Disaster preparedness

Well, I'm hoping nothing important happens today, as we only recently got power back here in our Yarmouth, Maine, offices, and we're still without a reliable Internet connection (I'm using one of those Sprint wireless cards, but we have to share it among about 10 of us) or email server (that's totally kaput). Such is life in Maine, where we get blasted fairly regularly with ice storms (in this case), blizzards, and Nor'easters. But there's a lesson in all of this: Plug in your cell phone before a storm so that when you lose power, you don't lose your cell. We have a landline at home, but no long-distance service on it. So I could call for help if I needed it, but I couldn't get on conference calls I had, say, scheduled with certain prominent sources in the industry. Whoops! Anyhoo, no power is actually pretty fun when you're prepared for it. We cooked pancakes on the woodstove this morning and went tromping through the ice and snow to check out all the smashed up and broken trees. Big fun for a two-year-old and a five-year-old, I'll tell ya. Also, I'm thankful that our school district has invested in a mass notification system, but I could have done without the 5 a.m. phone call to tell us school was cancelled.