Some think of RV's as only a luxury, an item unneeded. While it may, in principle, I think there are a good number of us who have them with the understanding that fire, hurricane and other disasters can make a suitable RV THE way to bridge the gap between pre-disaster and post-disaster.
Since Hurricane Ike made it's fateful turn farther up the coast from us I have been reading, and collecting, news items about survivors trying to make ends meet afterwards. It appears that the trade-off between significant discomfort and distance in settled in favor of the former due to reasons of time and money. That is, living in a tent or minivan until a FEMA trailer is delivered, as the job cannot bear a 200-mile commute. Hotels, apartments and the like are booked a great distance out.
I would think that, and hope not to test, electricity for a trailer would be reasonably easy to come by, even if plumbing is not. One can bridge that with a generator for a while.
At least, with a trailer and pickup one can salvage as much as possible beforehand, and be on site in a reasonable time to have one's house rebuilt, even if the trailer is a few miles away. One's own trailer -- self-contained -- can be moved any number of times as favorable opportunities arise.
Otherwise, one may be stuck in an apartment or hotel that is anything but convenient, or in a FEMA trailer with less than desirable neighbors.
An RV gives choices, and if that isn't luxury -- in a different, or broader sense -- then it is worth sacrificing for when one lives in an area prone to weather-related problems.
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling
; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 10-cpm solo, 18-cpm towing
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411