Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.
When you read you begin with A, B, C.
When you prep you begin with "use 1, buy 2 (or more)".
When I started, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't know there were other people doing this, I was clueless. I simply started with my goal to "put stuff back in case".
For me,one of the most important things I feel I did was I made a comprehensive list of what I used everyday, starting from the first thing in the morning.
Toilet paper, water, OTC's, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant...
1. The next time I bought toilet paper, I bought two (really big) packages.
2.. I started with getting some gallons of water for $1 and setting them aside.
3. I already utilized Walmart.com for shopping (I don't like to shop at all). So I would put things in my cart online times two (OTCs, soap, etc.). On payday, I would place the order & have them ship the order (over $45, they ship most things for free).
For the things on the list, I started dating bottles and such with a sharpie to see how long they lasted for us. It helped me estimate how many I would need for a six month supply, 1 years supply, etc.
I found that deodorant last about 6+ weeks for me. So, right now I have about 2 years of deodorant stored.
4. I started to do the same thing with food. Boxes of cereal, cans of tuna, cans of chicken,
If you are completely a newbie & haven't made that decision to get started, please take that first step & make that decision do. There are many here that can attest to how their "preparations have literally saved the day". Don't wait until it is too late.
Come out of the closet & state so on the facebook page; that you are really ready to take the second step...commit to buying two of everything you use as you stock up.
Remember we are all here to help out.