I live in a tree-filled community that frequently suffers power outages when strong winds blow through. This weekend the visitor was Hurricane Irene. The first night, the neighbors gathered by candlelight and shared food. [Gas grills and gas stoves allow cooking.] The next day and a half, we did yardwork and relaxed. It helped, of course, that the newspapers were delivered and the plumbing doesn't require electricity.
It is far better to lose power in summer than in winter, when a homeowner fears frozen pipes, ice dams in gutters, and so forth. The daylight also lasts longer.
Now back to business as usual.