Thousands of families in Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Bonner counties are still without power after Wednesday's damaging storms.
Some residents say they've never been without power for more than a few hours, so they never thought they would need to be ready for anything different.
This storm has given them a reason to get their home and themselves prepared.
Former KXLY reporter, Annie Bishop, is cooking dinner for her family on a camping stove.
"This is just easier because our barbeque is charcoal... and I don't want to be waiting for 2 hours for the barbeque to heat up before we eat,? said Bishop.
"We broke this out of our storage this morning so we could have breakfast we made breakfast and boiled water for coffee,? said Bishop.
But she was lucky to have the stove.
Bishop says they were not prepared for an emergency.
"We were scrambling to find our flashlights we went up to my husbands parents house to get candles and everything was kind of in all different spots. So we actually brought our solar lights in the first night it happened because we couldn't find our flashlights,? said Bishop.