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Ohio.

We have had several power outages that have lasted for 3 to 7 days. You would think that people would remember from year to year what they had to do without during the last one and be better prepared with things like canned soups, a portable stove to cook on (butane or something similiar). Plenty of batteries and flash lights, toilet paper, etc. but No.. you see them like zombies driving all over the place after a storm has hit trying to find those basic items that they should have had in stock. We for one have learned our lesson, each time we have had to learn something new (don't stock your deep freezer in the summer months). I now keep as much frozen water in my deep freezer as I can fit in there so that what I do have doesn't go bad.. 2012 June 30th we lost power for 6 days with temps in the high 80's, whew! And unplug your appliances, we lost our refrigerator when the power came back on and caused a surge. Now I know to turn the main circuit breaker off when the power is out. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to have a battery operated radio. Of course these are just a few of the things we do to be prepared my list is longer but on the stupidity front these are some of things that drive me nuts.