At 8:30 this morning the power went out and it would have been easy to run to town to get breakfast and overlook it but I though I would think long term and see what I could do. I cooked a nice breakfast on the woodstove and yesterdays pot of coffee heated up nicely on it. I was actually hoping the power would not be restored for a few hours to take advantage of it as a learning experience and I really oriented my thinking toward long - term. A couple things I realized or learned: A secondary heat source such AS a wood stove will nearly be a necessity. Not only did I cook on it but because I did not 'stoke' it last night I woke up to a cool house and without power I was unable to run the furnace. It was 59 in the house when I got up and it was a matter of minutes to get a fire going and have the house warming up. Having to concern oneself about staying warm will nearly negate all other survival aspects. A secondary cooking system is a necessity. A LP BBQ with a side range top will take care of a lot of cooking issues and I was going to use mine but did everything on the woodstove for the experience. A Coleman stove will nearly replace a range top also. I was able to get a quick shower on the latent pressure in my tank but after that little pressure remained. Throughout the morning not having convenient water was an issue and I began to think about the possibility of a switching system to 'shunt' my water pump to a secondary 110 vac wiring system to temporarily run the pump off a generator to pressure the system up. Those without a well will face the problem of a lack of access. Water will be a priority in SHTF not just for drinking but for almost every aspect of our lives.. I found while I was doing other things I never really gave power a thought - other than the water issue. I don't think full time power will be a real need in a SHTF scenario but a generator for short term, specific uses (battery charging, cell phone charging etc.) would be handy - but solar could be used for some things but a small generator would have a multitude of uses. Night time will complicate things only because of the lack of light. I am giving a lot of thought to secondary lighting because it WILL be a necessity - as much as a secondary heating will be. If you have a lot of food in the freezer a couple days without power will require a lot of cooking to at least preserve it for a few more days so it does not go to waste. An advantage for US in the PNW is cold winters and that would be an advantage for food storage. If the nights are freezing we have a 'natural' refrigerator/freezer. Packaged food left out at night to freeze then in an ice chest during the day. Nearly as convenient as a refer/freezer. I realize none of this is new information but I was able to use it for my own experience and really give it some thought. My conclusion is water and heat will will be paramount needs. With these two in place one can effectively carry out other survival tasks. Without them you will use up your remaining physical energy and available time trying to find them.