There is a ton of great info out here on the web. There are awesome reference books, websites, blogs. You can make yourself nauseous trying to learn it all. I have heard from people all over the world about wanting more information especially in our current state of economic distress. First you need to know your personal WHY.
Why do you feel the need to be prepared? Why is this important to you to your family? How does this match with your personal statement of faith? The easy answer ~ the one no one ever questions is that it just makes since to have things on hand. To be prepared in case something unexpected happens.. Maybe its illness, job loss, weather related, or maybe its economic, or even terrorists. Not so long ago if you had said terrorists folks would look at you funny but after September 11th 2001 even that is an acceptable mainstream answer. Add in Pandemic... and few other things, suddenly people are having "WHAT IF..." panic attacks. That's not going to help you or your family if you go spiraling off the deep-end in a panic. SO lets take a deep breath and do the work. Lets discover our "why" so we can move on to our "HOW" together.
First, The Prepper and myself agree there are FIVE types of books everyone needs to read.
1. The Holy Bible ( I study from NIV)
2. A solid gardening book (Depending on your gardening comfort level)
3. A tactical manual (How to safe guard your family and inventory)
4. Medical Field Guide (You need a medical HOW TO)
5. The LDS Prep Manual (see below)
Here is a very complete reference guide: LDS Preparedness 2011 Manual While our personal doctrine of faith differs from LDS (and perhaps yours as well) that does NOT discount this manual as a VERY solid reference material
~ You are NOT alone in your journey ~
Gather the suggested reading material.
Also print just the first 5 pages of the LDS manual. ~ keep in mind there are parts of this manual that contain statements made for the Mormans, supporting the belief structure of the LDS. We will not discuss these as they differ from our personal statement of faith
Statement of Faith: As Associated Reformed Presbyterians We are Christians.~ We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in faith and life.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven.