I think about grandma's wisdom here. Generations ago those who do what people do today, run to the store at the last minute, would have been thinned out very quickly. What I mean by that is if you didn't grow your food, put it up and make sure you had what you needed, you just might not make it. If you talk to anyone that lived during or directly after the Great Depression (an event that ended only 77 years ago) they will tell you how important it was to have what you needed and waste not.
How does this relate to natural living? If you are growing your own food, and learning to can it you have a skill that cannot be taken from you. If you are making your food from scratch then you are not overly concerned when you run out of bread or freezer meals as you know what to do. As long as a gal has some flour, sugar, yeast, and eggs it is amazing what you can whip up! Grandma's generation had a lot of wisdom we can glean here.
Preparedness is more of a lifestyle than an event that happens just before a big storm. Living a more natural lifestyle allows one to be able to make do and have things on hand that can either be re-purposed or made from scratch.
Just think, if you have followed these last 30 days and implemented even just a few of the baby steps, you are well ahead of most people today. By learning some skills you would not be lost in a disaster because you would have a skill set. Whether it be it knowing a bit about natural medicine and oils or being able to make your own soap and grow your own food you are ahead of the majority of people living in the US today.
So go on and start canning when you find a good deal, even if you didn't grow the food. Start making your own soap so you can have plenty on hands. Begin making your own laundry soap so you are fully stocked and pick up a few of the books I mentioned in yesterday's post. By getting in touch with the way our grandparents did things we are actually more prepared than you would think. If disaster ever did strike our country in a natural or man made form probably the least affected would be those who are lease reliant on mass manufactured products, I think that Amish communities would be scarcely phased, lets learn from them and generations past.