Have you ever thought about what you would do for alternative heat? There are many people in the Northeast that dealing with no power and a need for heat. This is one of those things that you need to be prepared for because when the problem happens you usually can not go get the alternative heat. Fortunately many of the people in the Northeast have non-electrical means of heating.
In the South many homes only have an electric heat pump. That does not do much good for you it is really cold outside or the power is out. There are many ways to provide alternative heat. Growing up the two options that we used at various times were a wood stove and a kerosene heater. Both of those can be very good choices but there is some preparation needed.
If you plan to use a woodstove please make sure you have a functioning chimney in place. The kerosene heater makes it a little easier as you do not have to have a chimney. Either one involves an open flame and you need to make sure that you have your fire prevention skills down pat.
Whether you are heating by open flame or electric heat or even the sun you will want to have an alternative heat source no matter what method. Redundancy means that you will spend less time being cold. How about you what alternative heat sources do you have a plan for?