Lesson learned: Make sure any power tools you may rely on are operational before the big storm hits. That includes tractors, generators, chainsaws, and anything else you might need.
If we had needed to get out, we would not have been able to. If I had time, I could have cut up the trees with my chainsaw, but as I was to discover, the chain on my chainsaw was so dull as to be useless. Luckily after about four days, a local power equipment store opened with power from their generator, and I was able to buy new chains.
Sure, I only needed my chainsaw to clear the damage from my front lawn, but what if I needed to cut through that mess on the road? What if a tree had fallen on someone and pinned them? I would not have been able to free them. You can argue that doing so should be left to the professionals, and I would agree, but take another look at the road. We were completely isolated before the road was cleared.
That said, if you don’t know how to use a chainsaw, don’t just buy one and expect to be a lumberjack. I grew up around them, and know how to be safe with them. There’s a reason they’re often featured in gory video games and movies, so if you have any doubts, best to call a professional.