Some scoff at the idea of storing large amounts of food, but really, having just a little extra is always a good idea. I remember once as a younger girl, we had a huge blizzard. The roads were closed for several days. The grocery stores were an amazing sight to me. Empty shelves everywhere. In just a few days, those well stocked shelves were completely empty. No milk, no bread. I remember it very vividly. Luckily, my mother has a basement full of food, so we weren't too affected, aside from the convenience factor. But how many people weren't so prepared?
I realize winter blizzards aren't a concern for everyone, but there are plenty of other natural disasters to pick from. How can you know if you are really prepared? Something kind of fun to do is to take the week-long challenge. To do it, you pretend that you cannot get to the grocery store, or that there is nothing there. Look in your pantry and feed your family from there for a week. No preparing before hand. Starting right now, could you do it? Would it be absolutely miserable?