Making your way about a darkened house at two AM can be an educational experience as you rediscover all the obstructions you ignore in the light. You become a sort of refugee in your own home. The rules are changed, and your usual way of dealing with the world has been stamped null and void. Add to this that your standard means of redress are ineffective if the power is out. No flick of the breaker will fix the situation.
Call the power company. You’ll find out that all the circuits are busy, the website is down, and your account has been canceled.
This little lesson in humility is a sample of what many people are going through: floods, fires, storms, and power outages. On one level, you can be sanctimonious and ask, “Why didn’t they have Go Kits ready? What? They didn’t know where the flashlights were?”
It may take a bit to get into the frame of mind needed to appreciate these problems if you happen to be among those who have not been landed in the sauce yet.
But it doesn’t seem to be a matter of if, just a matter of when.
I don’t know about you, but this scares the heck out of me.