I live in an area which is prone to hurricanes and heavy storms. It’s not unusual for the area to flood, and we sometimes lose electrical power. A few years ago, we got hit by an especially brutal storm. The high winds knocked down trees and power lines. The flooding swept away cars, filled basements and caused a tremendous amount of damage. The only road in or out of my neighborhood was completely washed away. We were without electric for five straight days, and we had no option of leaving the house. With no power, we lived without no running water, lights, sump pump, refrigerator, air conditioner or dehumidifier. Because of non stop rain, we were unable to open the windows. Without running the air conditioner, the heat and humidity of the house was nearly unbearable. Even after the power was restored, it took us a long time to recover from the storm. Our basement flooded, and the water left a mess behind. We needed to replace the washer, dryer, and water heater. We ran the dehumidifier at maximum capacity, and still faced issues with mold and mildew growth. Despite taking precautions to protect the exterior component of the air conditioning system, a falling branch caused irreparable damage. Fortunately, I had invested in flood insurance, and some of these problems were covered. However, it was such a terrible experience, that I never want to go through it again. I took out a home improvement loan and took the precaution of installing a backup generator. Even if we lose power, I can now operate household appliances, such as the air conditioner, dehumidifier and sump pump for as long as necessary.