A few years ago, we had some bad storms come through Alabama, and the tornadoes pretty much shut the whole state down. We were without power for almost two weeks. We used the little outside solar lights to see in the house at night. Roads were closed, so there was no going out to buy batteries, candles, and anything that was not already in the house. This really made me realize the importance of being prepared for some kind of an emergency situation like this, and one of the things that I have been doing , is adding a few solar-powered items, as I can afford them. I have a couple of solar flashlights, and a little box that has a battery in it to run the phone and iPad. It plugs in and charges, and then when you use that up, it can charge back up with solar power again. They make more ways to charge up gadgets that have a USB cord; so that if you do lose power, you can use solar, or one of the little radios that also has solar and a hand crank. After going through the tornado and living with no power; I think that it is important to have a way to charge up at least your phone to be able to make contact with family, or emergency services.