Talking to folks who don't have a clue, I explain this: Pioneers to a new area would always build a "store" of necessary items and as often as they were able, would "put by" more food, firewood, and ANY other essentials as they possibly could. In summer they would STOCK UP on everything from their garden, the field, and the woods. Canning, preserving, root cellaring, smoking meats, chopping wood, gathering nuts, hay, ALL was done as if their life depended on it (because it DID!) They might trade surplus for items they could not produce themselves...tools, cloth, etc. In the middle of winter when the cupboard ran out, they ran to their "store" to replenish. We've seen the lists of "preps" to have. I know many of you are going one (or 10!) step(s) more. May I suggest a goal of STORING one years supply of food, water and essentials (whatever that means to you) on hand for when TSHTF. When that is complete, or as you are compiling it, focus on areas of your life where you could become more self-sufficient. PREPARING to take care of yourself and your family...For beginners, Lowe's Home Center ( or Amazon, too)has a book The Backyard Homestead that gives ideas to "grow all the food you need on a quarter acre", the typical size home lot in most towns. If you have a larger "homestead", have a warehouse and tools, the basis of providing skilled labor for making or repairing equipment, you are even more self sufficient.:beercheer: We in America have lost our "Pioneer Spirit". We are enslaved consumers of foreign products, we spend thousands of dollars on mostly unused "STUFF" :gaah: then have to rent storage units to keep it. (Interesting note: Storage Units are not thriving businesses in other countries!) :scratch If more of our population were considering how to get even SOME of the basics of self-sufficiency, we'd save our country from the threat of Economic Collapse and TEOTWAWKI. If we add in the idea of Reduce, ReUse, & Recycle, lower our consumption, learn to become producers again, who knows, maybe America could be the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".:2thumb: IMAGINE THAT!