Have in place a 'Black Pack' and know where it is. Some helpful items to have on hand include: Flashlight with extra batteries, candles and matches, water, food, can opener, and TP.
It might be nice to also have a portable radio, deck of cards and good book
Use natures refrigeration, snow can be used to pack coolers or Bear Bag perishables. Remember NEVER EAT SNOW as a way to stay hydrated. NEVER EAT YELLOW SNOW PERIOD.
All in all the evening was peaceful and relaxing, NPR, candles, and a good book complete with warm fire. The lesson learned was pre-planning for these events can eliminate most of the stress associated with the unexpected. Another option is to own a home equipped with a generator. Check out this www.sellingdeepcreek.com to learn more.