Living in the country has its challenges. We are on a well and septic system. Our electricity is through a coop which is usually very responsive and when our whole house propane generator came on this morning around 10A I was not worried. At noon, I called the electric coop and found that a transmitter had gone off line, and when the next door neighbor came to plow my drive, he indicated the large home (on 200 acres) next door was also on generator at the moment. At 6P the generator is still on and neighbors' homes are dark and many have left for area hotels with power.
I'm not sure why, but somewhere my husband decided to put in a whole house generator after a September hurricane 7+ years ago and he had to deal with dog issues as I flew home from a real estate convention in Hawaii. I drove into our drive with a small Honda generator in the driveway and extension cords running everywhere. The refrigerator was plugged in and he had the NASCAR race on so the tv and satellite were powered also. I had NASCAR and cold Diet Pepsi!!! I was fine * the house was steamy; however, we had gas for the generator and could grill on the deck.
After this event, he researched whole house generators and started the process of ordering the equipment, pouring the concrete pad, having the propane tank buried, etc.
This morning I barely realized it was on. The only glitch is that when the power is interrupted, the ceiling fan in our family room stops, the light comes on and the fan reverses * easily fixed. The generator can run for almost a week and I know the propane tank is full...this is MUCH EASIER than transporting 2 dogs to my sister's apartment and dealing with her cats!!