Living out in the country in a highly wooded area we have had our share of power outages. The longest we have been out of power has been for four days, four long days might I add. All of our service lines are buried but those lines coming to our property are vulnerable.
We have experienced times when the weather was so bad that we still had power but could not make it out of our driveway. It didn't take too many times for us to make sure we were prepared in the event of dibilitating storms. We follow the weather forecasts very closely during the winter months.
We keep a supply of bottled water on hand all year long due to the rather frequent potable water outages we experience in our area. We keep a pantry of canned goods with a manual can opener handy. My husband is an avid outdoorsman and has a collection of propane-fueled equipment, cook stove, heaters, lanterns, etc., so those are utilized when our power is out. We keep our supply of batteries well stocked for the radios and flashlights.
We have discovered that entertainment is quite limited without power so we make sure we have cards, games, books, etc. on hand to help fill the quiet, boring hours.