Millions of Americans along the east coast of the U.S. were affected last week as Hurricane Irene tore through their towns and cities, wreaking havoc with high winds & flooding and ultimately cutting off power to nearly six million people for several days.

While many were set apart from the outside world with no telephones, cell phones or internet service, people had to find a way to pass the time without their everyday amenities. And if it happened again most say they'd want daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to be there with them.

Ellen was tops in a recent poll by GE Generator Systems asking American families which star they'd prefer to spend time with in the event of a power outage of at least 48 hours - and a whopping 21% of people asked said they'd prefer her over other TV talk show hosts, such as Regis and Kelly and Matt Lauer.

September is FEMA's (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) "National Preparedness Month," and to mark the occasion the new survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, shows that if the power were to go out again for an extended period of time, the best way to be ready for any emergencies is to be prepared with food, water, batteries and something to charge those cell phones, laptops and personal DVD players with - like a generator. (If you're interested in a generator, check out GE's Home Standby Generators website or GE Generator Systems' Facebook page.)

And it's a good idea to also know which talk show host you'd rather have in your living room to entertain your family by candlelight!

Check out the rest of the results:


Jon Stewart (12%)


Rachael Ray (11%)


Regis and Kelly (6%)


Stephen Colbert (5%)


Matt Lauer (4%)


Robin Roberts (2%)


Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (2%)