Many folks will also probably remember the run on batteries, especially D-types, that emptied nearly every local store.
Utility company National Grid, which officials and residents criticized last year for delays in restoring electrical service, this year issued a list of steps it's taken to be in better shape to respond to potential problems.
Now that we're back in hurricane season — although there's no immediate threat of a storm of Irene's power — it's a good time to ask: Have you done anything to prepare for another hurricane or tropical storm?
Did you go out and buy an electrical generator? Have you stocked up on water, canned food, candles, and batteries?
Or, will you worry about a storm once it's on the way?
Let us know in the comments — and click the "Upload photos and video" link to add your memories of Tropical Storm Irene from 2011.