Kat, we live near Buffalo and had a terrible ice and snow event last year that knocked power out for a week in some places. We were lucky enough to purchase a generator the third day of the crisis. We have a sumpump and our basement was flooding. Ron and I bailed water for 12 hours while he got the generator. It is a very good portable one with 4 plugs. We hooked up our sump, the fridge and both neighbors sumps on either side. I'd love a standby if we could afford it or had planned ahead for it. I don't like keeping fueel, but most stations were working during the storm here.
~Joan, Happy mom to 2 beautiful kiddos, one new puppy and 2 lovely felines