I am so thankful for the internet. The internet has helped me find so many valuable tools to start on our family preparedness journey. The first sites I found were Jodi & Julie at Food Storage Made Easy, Crystal at Everyday Food Storage, and Lisa Bedford at The Survival Mom. These three sites were the best motivation and encouragement. No scare tactics, no fear mongering, just good, useful information about family preparedness.
Crystal's book is a wonderful book for beginners. This book is done in a different format, taking you through food storage by ingredients, verses total food storage recipes that your family may or may not like. Her focus is primarily on food storage from the Latter Day Saints' Canneries, which is also an amazing resource an place to start. Powdered milk, dried carrots, dried onions, dried beans, wheat flour, etc. The basics. I love her format! It helped me so much, and I still use the 30 Minute breadsticks or Pizza Dough recipe. My family LOVES it (and my church family does too!).
Lisa's book is also a favorite of mine because she looks at preparedness from a very practical perspective. The first thing she encourages the reader to do is to make a list of reasons you personally should be prepared. Live in tornado alley? You should probably be prepared for that. Live in an earthquake prone zone? Definitely should be prepared for that! Making a list of real life emergencies takes the fear out of preparedness and makes it realistic. Her whole book is approached just like this! There are lots of sites out there that talk about economic collapse, EMPs, and great depressions (all of which are important to think about, but you shouldn't dwell there everyday), but realistic things like job loss, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are everyday occurrences that should be thought of first. If you are prepared for those things, you are prepared for the big things too!
These books are invaluable to my family, and can't wait to give these to someone else as well!