I bought a used (for only one day) 5k watt generator for $350, and stumbled upon this site http://www.propane-generators.com/ where I can convert my generator to LP gas, which my home has, and tap into a gas line with a flexible hose and run the generator from the large tank behind the house, releasing me from the trouble of chasing after gasoline every few days to keep the generator happy at a rate of approx. 5ga per 8 hours run time. Plus, there is no rule that says you can have only one generator!
People should prepare, not wait for the utility companies or gov to fix things. The cost of one refridgerator or freezer of food saved would counter the expenses incurred.