A warning regarding generators.
If you connect a portable electric generator to the main electrical supply coming into the house, the electrical generator could feed back into your electric cooperative's system and electrocute workers who are repairing the electrical lines.
To avoid back-feeding of electricity into utility systems, you must have a qualified, licensed electrician install a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch between the generator and utility power in compliance with all state and local electrical codes. Your generator might not be large enough to handle the load of all the lights, appliances, TV, etc. at one time. Try to use only essential equipment and stay away from use of several items at one time.