I’m sorry you folks in the northeast have gotten pounded by this weather. Looks like the storm finally moves on after today.
Since several folks mentioned they were out of power/heat I hope it’s helpful (and not rude) to mention some of the benefits of a portable generator (for the next outage, not this one) while power outages are on people’s minds.
A small portable generator (as long as it’s not too small) can at least power a furnace blower, even if the house isn’t wired to accept a generator. Many furnaces have a pigtail (or can be easily wired with a pigtail) that you can unplug the furnace from the receptacle and plug into a generator with an extension cord. Obviously if a furnace is 100% electric, a small generator won’t run it.
But at a minimum, one could run a few lights, a microwave, TV, charge cell phones etc. with even the smallest generator.
Some generators are safe for electronics, some aren’t. Even modern furnaces have electronic boards which can be fried by a generator which is not electronics safe. Inverter generators are safe for electronics.
Honda makes some small high quality inverter generators (EU series) which are very quiet, fuel efficient and produce clean power for electronics. I think Yamaha also makes some good inverter generators.
Anyway I apologize if this seems like an ad, but a high quality portable generator could make a big difference for in the life of someone in an extended power outage.