Great post. Thanks!
Have a wind up alarm clock or an alarm clock that is hooked up to some sort of source that can keep your alarm clock charged.
I have found that when I travel my cell phone is the most reliable way to get awake at the right time. The same would be true at home during a power outage. At home my cell phone is on my nightstand getting charged from the same solar electric setup that powers my CPAP. After two power outages at night (when you don't want to run a generator) in three months, I found a very inexpensive 55 watt solar electric system at Costco. It is great never having to worry about power loss at night again.
Have several sources of lighting.
As was mentioned, LED flashlights and headlights are wonderful, and the modern versions with CREE LEDs are amazingly bright and use little power from the batteries. The headlights we use also have red LEDs for night use. It saves the night vision, and makes the batteries last many time longer.
For flashlights other than those in regular use, either don't leave batteries in them, or use Lithium batteries which do not leak. For certain flashlights I use EverReady Ultimate Lithium AA cells. They have a 15 year shelf life, work much better in the cold than common alkaline cells, store more power than alkaline cells, and are lighter weight. The only down side is higher cost. For certain applications such as a first aid kit flashlight I am willing to spend the extra money to have a light that is ready to grab and use.
Store extra gas, the pumps will usually be down
Don't forget that every vehicle you own has a gas tank, which if full can be a source of emergency gas. We have a large vehicle that is only used a few times a year, but is always kept full of fuel. Of course our daily commute vehicles are also never allowed to go below 1/2 tank.
If you plan to do this, have a siphon, try using it, and have a few gas cans to siphon gas into before you pour it into the generator tank.
Generators are noisy, and attract attention
If you can afford them, the latest Honda inverter generators like the EU6500iS are amazingly quiet. I did not want to spend $4000 for that generator, but I found a used Honda ES6500. This was the generation before Honda went inverter. It is quieter than my old Coleman generator, and built amazingly well. Firms that rent generators use these, so they are built to take near continuous use.
Generators are made to be supplemental...not run on a continuous basis for a long period of time
That was true of my Coleman, but I use only synthetic small engine oil in it, and keep the air filter clean (or replaced), and it is still working great after 12 years of use. My used Honda ES6500 is built much better. It has a two cylinder engine with an oil filter (almost no portable generators have oil filters), foam and paper air filter, fuel filter, and a liquid cooled engine with a fan cooled radiator.
With two generators I now have a backup.
you should routinely do a dry run with your generator
A true dry run will include trying to power everything you would need to power in an emergency. If you don't test stuff, don't expect it to work when you really need it.
Know the basics of canning and have the proper equipment on hand to can
Again do at least a little canning so you know everything works and that you know how to use it. Have enough canning jars and lids to can the contents of your freezers. Make sure you do your test canning on a stove that does not require electricity. I use a Coleman dual fuel camp stove and it works great.
have a hand can opener handy
We own several Swing-A-Way brand hand can openers. They work great (a lot better than most), last for many years, and are relatively inexpensive. The last couple we bought came from Restaurant Depot.