Blackout '03: Lessons Learned: Be Prepared: 10 Handy Tips

If you were willing to overlook the 90° heat, the gridlocked traffic, the lack of water, the absence of cash, the 40-flight treks down office-building stairs, the day-old clothes wilting on your back and the food turning into inedible goo inside your refrigerator, the blackout was a lot of fun. Really.

Nearly two years after the horror of 9/11, many found it downright bracing to pull together in an emergency that was just an accident. If 9/11 taught us how to survive while grieving, the blackout taught us how to survive without grumbling--or without too much of it at least. Should...

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