This is the most frequently asked question I get. It is usually accompanied by "I feel I need to do something...." Our internal alarms are such a God given gift.
You dont need to rush out and buy everything. This week when you do your grocery shopping, buy 1 extra of what is on your list. Pick up a couple extra cans of veggies, some extra peanut butter, bottled water, a bag of beans and a bag of rice.
If you buy your groceries after carefully planning meals for the upcoming week, then plan on 2 or 3 extra meals and buy the fixins (Southern word) for those meals. In a month's time you will have more than an entire extra week's worth of food,almost 2 weeks.
Do not forget to add dry milk to your list. Although most of us do not reconstitute and drink dry milk, it would be excellent for cooking and if mixed, chilled and add chocolate, most kids will drink it. Think about being in your home for several weeks and not leaving - what would you need from the store - milk, bread, eggs - we have covered milk, make your bread and buy powdered eggs.
If money is not a problem visit this site:
Download the spreadsheet and start buying and filling it in... It would also be EXTREMELY HELPFUL to go through the videos where they walk you through beginning and maintaining a food storage system.
Your internal alarm is sounding for a reason. Dont panic, but begin to prepare, make your lists, begin to deepen your pantry - being proactive is the best way to turn down the volume on your alarm. It will replace that heavy fear feeling with a peace and a courage that you will be able to face whatever your alarm is announcing.