Okay, here's my situation: I wish that I could say that I have my own land and well drilled, that I was off the grid with everything I need in case of emergency - but alas I live in the subburbs of Omaha in a rented three bedroom home. I have a reasonable size yard, but no acreage. I do have a woodburning fireplace, full basement and 2 car garage as potential storage space. I have no stored food or water or wood. We are a single income family of five (three kids in daycare cost more than a second income...so just not worth it!) Money is tight, but we get by. I have been reading and learning for at least 5 years about this stuff in all forms (mother earth news, internet, homesteading, living off the grid, disaster preparedness, etc.), but have not actually applied my knowledge yet. I am a believer in the need to do these things to protect my family and for our survival in the event of all bad things happening...but having a hardtime getting started. It is intimidating which I think is why I've been stalling. Don't have the extra money, need to start small. This year I am starting my first real garden, in the past I've only attempted a few things like tomatoes, corn, peppers. I am putting my first seedlings out tomorrow. So if all goes well with my garden, I will try canning and freezing, maybe dehydrating? I am starting to freak out...I feel like it's going to take me years to get ready and I don't have years! What do I start with that's easy, fast, cheap, practical, and will build my confidence and make me feel like I've accomplished something? I am planning to start filling our two liters with water and storing those in the basement (do I need to treat the tap water first?) I was also think of using our fresh garden vegetables to eat now and using the extra grocery money to buy canned foods which can last for years and are affordable (I am a little scared of canning myself, what if I don't do it right and poison my family with botulism?) What's the cheapest fasted route to build up my food supplies??? As you can see, I am lost. I need so much help! Of course I am actively reading the existing posts and threads on here, so I should eventually find the answers - but any sagely advice is much appreciated.