I have looked up and down the chat threads and seen a decent amount of chatter about different ways of getting power through hand cranks, bicycles generators, fuel generators, etc. the one problem with these is they either all have moving parts which will break sooner or later, are inefficient or use fuel (enough said). I have also seen threads about at home solar kits charging RV batteries, again not efficient unless you want to run a fan only. It has crossed many if not all of your minds to go solar the professional way. Some already have and are very happy with there decision, many others don't want to think about the cost. I don't blame you, but now is the time to take advantage of federal and state incentives which greatly reduce the end cost of the system. The systems can include battery backup systems or can be run completely off battery. With this, whichever system you choose, you could power your entire home or shelter when disaster strikes and you wouldn't have to give up the use of your everyday items. You could still use electric ovens, electric heat, air conditioning, lights, fans. And solar is zero maintenance and can last for over 50 years. Its a no-brainer.