Saw a man from Connecticut on The Weather Channel this morning describing the family ordeal after being without electricity for 12 days following a large snowstorm. Saw people on other channels describing chaos in Greece and the impending (or is it ongoing) Italian financial collapse. Another channel carried the devastation from a strong aftershock in Turkey.
Our interconnected web of high tech life is pretty fragile. Having a source of heat, food, and water in the event of a disaster is a very good idea.