Besides jerky and nuts, what should I buy to endure a power outage that may last a while?
Billerica Ma outside Concord, MA - crazy here too - lines 5 people deep at grocery stores, panicked people, crazy drivers. We have a generator and a freezer full of human-grade meat for the dog that can double as people food need be; sardines, canned salmon, nuts, frozen berries/fruit, canned coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil, garden veggies we collected, water, beef jerky, eggs, frozen bacon (should cook), rice, rice crackers and fresh, long-fermented sourdough bread for nonpaleo members of family (and me if necessary), grass fed butter and cream, Dr. Kresser's sourdough buckwheat pancake starter. Our Wolf stove runs on propane so the burners will still work unless tank is damaged. We can fry most anything and then there's the grill - assuming no wind damage. Flooding is our main concern but Hurrican Bob 20 yrs ago gave us one week power outage and they predicted the same with Irene. So will iron work clothes for one week this time since not all outlets are on generator! Clean tub and fill with water for sanitary purposes (and to clean bathroom sink and toilet and to flush toilet if necessary).
I just bought some of these for a backpacking trip next weekend: http://www.primalpacs.com
Also, check out this portable boiling system: http://www.jetboil.com
Go and see for yourself. Read the suggestions here and just have a great time for a few days without electricity apart from civilization somewhere in deep nature. That's how I would like to find out what I need during those times and get used to it. So you ensure you know what to do in case of emergency.