Ouch, glad to hear the juice is flowing again. I bought a standby generator this year and it's currently sitting in my driveway awaiting install next week. I'm afraid if godzilla el nino does let loose that there are going to be some serious issues where I live.
People overestimate the reliability of the grid, and it is amazing how many half million dollar homes are effectively winter-useless in the event of an outage. I'm a believer that it is darn near negligent to build a home in a northwestern state and not put in a wood stove. There are numerous scenarios that could result in a week(s) long outage - many not too far fetched. Pipes and people would be freezing unnecessarily.