At the very least I am researching public assistance, and it is definitely a mixed bag. Do not assume you know *anything* about it unless you have gone through it yourself.
The following is on my list for improving my preparedness for being treated like garbage by the power and water utilities (in America, you either have money or you can go fuck yourself). Most of this is also useful for car camping / burning man like activities, and has been on the list for a while.
A. Improved or enhanced battery powered lighting
B. Extended battery pack for smartphone
C. Camping stove with propane canisters
D. Battery powered radio / short wave / emergency bands
E. Possibly a keyboard / dock for the smartphone or maybe a tablet/laptop with better battery life
F. Possibly some sort of solar power to recharge battery for smartphone
G. Some sort of online, measureable power distribution control to keep a tight handle on power
usage when the power is on.
5:47 pm Saturday
I am now leaving the house for the first time since I returned last night and repowered the estate. I do not understand why I can not find a powerstrip that measures current on each plug, aggregates results, and makes it available on my local internet or wifi.
I have unplugged the refridgerator, washing machine and dryer.
I am determinedly working my way through the detritus here to make it easier to move.