After we moved into the new house two years ago we had a very bad winter for extended power outages. It was decided that before the next winter came (Winter 2009-2010) we would have a generator in place. Fortunately we never lost power last winter at all.
Fast forward to November 2010. No snow falling or on the ground just a little light rain. Despite this it seems most of southern Cumberland County is without power. Except me that is. Generator is finally getting used! A bit noisy sitting outside on the pad but extremely effective. Feeling much better about the investment now.