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How to Help End Hunger in the United States

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 04:00 PM PST

Hunger is a real problem in the United States—while there's plenty of food to go around, there isn't a great system in place for distributing the food efficiently. To help end hunger in the US, it's a good idea to spread the message about how big the problem truly is. You can start raising money to donate to organizations, volunteering at local food banks, or writing to local lawmakers asking them to help with your mission of ending hunger.


[Edit]Raising Awareness

  1. Read about hunger in the US for up-to-date information. Go online to find information about hunger in the US—you can read articles providing statistics and peruse news stories covering the problem. Researching the topic beforehand will help you understand the problem, allowing you to come up with helpful solutions.[1]
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    • Memorizing specific facts and statistics will help you be more persuasive and knowledgeable when discussing the topic with others.
  2. Spread the word to friends and family to encourage them to help. Start up a discussion with your family and friends about the information you've learned through researching hunger in the US. Encourage them to talk to others about the hunger crisis and help them find ways to start volunteering their time or resources.[2]
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    • You can also share what you've learned with coworkers or school acquaintances.
    • Use social media to help you spread the word, or focus on talking one-on-one with people to have a thorough conversation about it.
  3. Use social media to inform others about the problem of hunger. This is a great way to reach a lot of people all at once. You can post scholarly or news articles about hunger in the US on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, encouraging people to read them.[3]
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    • You could also post links to interviews about the issue, or just post a couple of facts about the issue of hunger to get people thinking about it.
    • Encourage friends and other connections on social media to choose a way to help reduce hunger, such as hosting a food drive or donating to a food organization.
  4. Organize a bake sale or run to raise awareness. By doing one of these events, not only will you be able to spread information to others, but you'll also raise money in the process. Design a run to promote hunger awareness and encourage people to sign up. You can also set up a bake sale, yard sale, or other creative event to raise money for an organization that supports the hungry.[4]
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    • Create a lemonade stand to raise money, or plan a local car wash.
    • Make signs to advertise your fundraising event and hang them up around town.
  5. Start a letter campaign to encourage others to write to local lawmakers. By having lots of people write letters to lawmakers about the issue of hunger in the US, lawmakers will see how many people want change. To start your letter campaign, you can look up websites to help you with the process, such as[5]
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    • Brainstorm with others about topics to bring up in your letters, such as asking policymakers to increase funding for nutrition services.
  6. Host a movie screening showing a movie about hunger in the US. Movies such as "A Place at the Table" highlight the issue of hunger in the country, making them a great tool for teaching others about the problem. Plan a movie screening at a place such as your local library, community center, or even your own home to get people together to learn about hunger.[6]
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    • Go online to find other movies or documentaries discussing hunger in the US.
    • Ask your local community center or other spots suitable for movie screenings if they would help you with the screening.
    • Hang flyers around town telling when and where the movie screening will take place.
    • You can even create a Facebook event for the screening and invite your friends to it while encouraging them to invite people they know as well.

[Edit]Supporting Programs and Organizations

  1. Donate excess food in your home to an organization. If you have extra canned goods that aren't being used or bought too much food the last time you went to the store, consider donating the leftovers. Do some research online to find an organization that's right for your extra food.[7]
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    • Use coupons when you go grocery shopping to purchase extra food specifically to donate.
    • Packaged food can almost always be donated, and there are many food pantries or organizations (such as Ample Harvest) that will take fresh food.
  2. Contact your local food bank to learn about volunteer opportunities. Your local food bank or food pantry is always looking for people to help out, whether by organizing food, raising funds, or spreading awareness. Visit your local food bank in person, call their number, or visit their website to find out how you can get involved.[8]
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    • They'll be able to tell you valuable information, such as which foods are best to donate as well as other places that need help collecting food.
    • You can also check with your church or local non-profits to see if there are any events or opportunities to help raise money for food, start a food drive, or help end hunger in another way.
  3. Host a healthy food drive in your area. Collect food from others that you can then donate to places such as a food pantry. Try to collect healthy foods instead of just junk food to provide a truly nutritious meal for someone.[9]
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    • Ask for foods such as peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, whole wheat pasta, or low-sodium canned beans.
    • Choose a place to have your food drive and put up flyers to advertise it.
    • Post on social media to encourage others to donate to the food drive.
  4. Set up an online food drive to easily collect food. If you aren't able to host a real food drive, you can start one online through You Give Goods. Click on "Start an Event" on the main page to set up your event, and make sure you pick a charity to donate the food to. People will be able to purchase food online through the site, and the food will go directly to the charity.[10]
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    • You'll be able to select a goal of how many food items you'd like to have donated, as well as how long you'd like the food drive to go on.
    • Check out the online food drive website at
  5. Help grow food locally. Not only is growing food locally a great way to know where the food is coming from, but it's also sure to be fresh, which is something that malnourished or hungry people truly need. Start getting involved in community gardening projects, or start your own mini garden and donate some of the food to people in need.[11]
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    • Read your local paper, ask around, or look online to see if there are any community gardens in your area.
  6. Volunteer throughout the year, not just during winter holidays. A lot of people choose Thanksgiving or Christmas to volunteer at food pantries, homeless shelters, or church organizations. Try to volunteer year-round to help make a difference no matter the holiday.[12]
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[Edit]Choosing Organizations to Support

  1. Contribute to Feeding America to provide meals to the hungry. Feeding America has over 200 food banks around the country, making them super accessible and influential in helping end hunger in the US. You can donate on their website, either donating a flat amount or by choosing to give money each month.[13]
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    • They help distribute food through food pantries, soup kitchens, and after-school programs.
    • Click on the red "Donate" button at the top of the page when you visit
    • Each dollar you give to Feeding America provides 10 meals.
  2. Donate to Meals on Wheels to promote the delivery of food. Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers food to people who can't make or buy their own food. There are Meals on Wheels organizations in every single state, so you can either donate online at their website, or you can contact your local Meals on Wheels site to see how else you can get involved.[14]
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  3. Visit Feed the Children's website to make a difference in children's lives. When you donate to Feed the Children, each dollar you give multiplies by 7, giving children nourishing food and important supplies. You can go on their website and click on the pink donate button to donate easily.[15]
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  4. Support No Kid Hungry in their goal to reduce children's hunger. No Kid Hungry works to do things like give kids meals over the summer when they don't have access to school food, teach families about nutritious foods, and work with policymakers to change the food system.[16]
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  5. Help UNICEF save children from experiencing hunger. UNICEF is a large organization that encourages people's involvement to help end malnutrition, whether through advocating, fundraising, or donating. To donate, you can visit their website at
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    • Scroll over "Our Mission" and then click on "Nutrition" to learn more about their efforts to help end hunger.


How to Dress for a Conference

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 08:00 AM PST

Attending a conference is a great way to learn about new ideas in your industry and network with other professionals in your field. Conferences usually only last for a few days, so you want to make sure that you dress appropriately so you can put your best foot forward. To help you decide what to wear, check if there is a conference dress code, or do a little research about typical attire for conferences in your field. Then, whether the conference is formal, business casual, or even more casual, you can plan your outfit accordingly and feel confident that you are dressed to impress.


[Edit]Assessing the Type of Dress

  1. Ask a colleague for advice on how conference attendees usually dress. Ask your boss or more experienced colleagues to find out how attendees tend to dress for conferences in your field. In most cases, conference attire is business casual. However, there are some exceptions. Asking people who have attended similar conferences can help you get an idea about what to expect.[1]
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    • For example, while academic conferences tend to be business casual, at a fashion industry conference, you may be able to wear more statement-making attire. Asking colleagues is a great way to help you get a better idea. 
  2. Take your role at the conference into account. In addition to your field or industry, taking your role at the conference into account can help you assess the type of dress you should wear. If you are presenting, for example, you'll like want to dress more formally than an attendee since all eyes will be on you during your presentation. Similarly, if you are a conference organizer, speaker, or have a management or executive role, erring on the more formal side will help ensure that you look professional and pulled-together.
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    • In addition, you'll likely want to dress in a more formal outfit that is simple, sleek, and professional if you are hoping to make new contacts to help you find a job.
    • While you may be able to get away with a more casual shirt or dark denim as an attendee, for example, try to avoid these types of more casual pieces if you're role at the conference is more public and hands-on.
  3. Check if there is a conference dress code. Look on the conference website or check any conference-related emails to see if the organizers have implemented a dress code. While dress codes are less frequent these days, they are still implemented for some disciplines.[2] If there is a dress code, it can help you determine what is appropriate for that specific conference. 
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    • For example, if the dress code is described as "business formal," you will likely need to wear a work-appropriate suit and, for men, a tie or bow tie.
  4. Look at the activity schedule and venues for clues. If the dress code isn't immediately apparent on the conference's website, look at the conference schedule to see what activities are planned and where they are taking place. This can help give you a clue about how to dress.
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    • For example, if the conference is taking place at a 5-star hotel, you will likely want to choose a more formal outfit.
    • If the conference activity schedule includes a long walking tour, you will need to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Therefore, you can likely choose a more relaxed, casual outfit.
  5. Consider the typical dress for conferences in your field. In general, conferences in a given industry or field tend to have a similar level of formality. Therefore, even if you aren't able to find any information on a specific dress code, you'll likely be able to assess how formal you should dress based on what's typical for your field.[3]
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    • For example, conferences in business-related fields, such as finance and business management, tend to be more formal. Therefore, if you are attending a business management conference, you'll likely want to choose a more formal outfit, such a business suit.
    • Conferences in personal wellness-related fields, on the other hand, tend to be more casual. If you are attending a conference on yoga and mindfulness, for example, you will likely be able to wear more casual attire, such as jeans and a sweater.
  6. Check social media for images of past conference meetings. Many conference organizers post updates about conferences on social media these days, including images of presenters and attendees. If you are unsure what to wear, searching on social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook can be a great way to look at pictures from past years of the conference to see what people tend to wear.
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    • One way to check social media for conference images is to search for the conference account.
    • If the conference does not have its own social media account, try searching for relevant hashtags.
  7. Choose standard professional attire if you aren't sure what to wear. You really can't go wrong with timeless professional pieces. If you are having a hard time figuring out what to wear, go for items that are clean, professional, and neutral.[4]
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    • A fitted blazer and slacks, for example, is appropriate for almost any professional conference and is a great outfit option for men and women alike.[5]
    • If you are a woman, a sleek pencil skirt paired with a neutral button-down and pumps is a classic option that is appropriate for almost any professional setting, including a conference.
    • Wearing neutral, professional basics also makes it easier to mix and match your outfits. Therefore, you won't have to pack all new pieces for every day of the conference.[6]

[Edit]Dressing for a Formal Conference

  1. Wear a more formal outfit than you do for work. In general, it is better to be overdressed for a formal conference than underdressed. While you may be able to get away with a cotton v-neck tucked into your slacks on laundry day for work, at a conference, it is important that you put your best foot forward. You only have a few days to make a good impression and if the conference is formal, you need to be sure that you are following suit.[7]
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    • As a general rule of thumb, if you are questioning whether an item is too casual, don't wear it. Even if your office is more formal and you have worn this item to work before, for the conference, stick to items that are completely in-line with the dress code or what is expected.
    • It is particularly important that you dress appropriately when you're presenting. As a result, when choosing what to wear to present at a formal conference, go for an outfit that is strictly professional, even if it means wearing something more conservative than you normally would.[8]
  2. Avoid distracting patterns or color schemes. Instead, choose pieces in more neutral, professional color tones, such as black, white, nude, or navy. When attending a more formal conference, you want people to pay attention to you and your work, not your outfit.[9] As a result, avoid wearing any items that may be distracting.
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    • Even if you love your favorite hot pink or psychedelic print shirt, for example, save it for a social occasion.
    • If you want to add a pop of color or bit of visual interest to your outfit, you can add a colorful but still muted and appropriate accessory, such as simple emerald earrings or a patterned pair of loafer socks.
  3. Choose a professional suit for an easy formal option. Whether you are a man or a woman, a well-tailored business suit will make you look sharp and professional. Conferences are often just as much about networking as they are about sharing ideas. Wearing a clean business suit in a muted tone and pattern can help you make sure that other conference-goers see you as someone respectable and important.[10]
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    • If you are a woman, you can mix up your suits from one day of the conference to the next by switching out your slacks for a pencil skirt or simple silk midi skirt.[11]
    • If you are a man, while it is perfectly acceptable to wear the same suit more than once, make sure that you pack enough shirts and ties to mix up your outfit from day to day.
  4. Go for a classic black dress if you are a woman. If you own a classic black dress, you can easily turn it into professional attire for a formal conference by adding a neutral pair of heels and pantyhose or tights.[12] Make sure that you choose a dress that is not too short (preferably one that hits below the knee), or that shows too much of your chest (boat-neck or high v-neck cuts are good options).
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    • To ensure that your black dress is business formal, avoid more flirty, flared cuts. Instead, focus on options that are straight down like a pencil skirt.
    • If you want to cover up your arms, wear a chic fitted blazer on top of your black dress. This will instantly elevate your dress into more professional attire.
  5. Wear simple and neutral closed-toe shoes. To help complete your formal, professional look, select shoes in classically professional styles and in neutral-toned colors. While you may love your new pair of peep-toe wedges if you are a woman, or navy blue boat shoes if you are a man, for a formal conference, try to keep your footwear as simple as possible.
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    • If you are a woman, black or nude pointy-toe pumps with comfortable mid-high heels will look perfectly professional and complement almost any formal conference outfit.[13]
    • If you are wearing a business suit, classic dress shoes or loafers are a great option that will go well with your suit and keep you looking sleek and professional.
  6. Choose simple, understated accessories. When finalizing your formal conference look, avoid selecting any jewelry or accessories that are too large, bright, colorful, or distracting. Instead, focus on choosing accessories that subtly add to your outfit and that are in-line with the professional tone of your outfit.
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    • For example, if you are wearing a tie, choose an option with a small, simple pattern, such as a small plaid or dot pattern, that comes in a muted, neutral color scheme, such as a navy with a subtle red or dark green pattern.
    • When selecting your jewelry, for example, avoid any large costume-style jewelry. Instead, focus on simple, professional pieces, such as a sleek leather or metal watch or thin gold hoop earrings.
    • If you plan to accessorize with a bag, focus on finding an option that is both practical and professional, such as a simple tan leather tote or a brown leather briefcase.

[Edit]Getting Dressed for a Business Casual Conference

  1. Choose less formal fabrics and styles in professional cuts. When you are attending a business casual conference, you still want to look professional. To dress more casually but still present yourself well, choose items in more relaxed, comfortable styles and fabrics that still look put together and professional.[14]
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  2. Remove or replace 1 or 2 standard business-attire items. If you want to wear more formal pieces but tone them down, you can remove or replace 1 or more formal pieces of the outfit with more casual pieces. That way, you will be able to utilize your more formal conference attire and make it feel more appropriate and approachable for a casual conference.
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    • For example, if you are a man and plan to wear a business suit to a casual conference, skip the tie. You can also choose a more relaxed style of shirt, such as a simple plaid, rather than the more formal crisp white button down you may usually wear with your suit.
    • If you are a woman, you can replace your suit jacket with a cardigan sweater, or wear a silk or cotton blouse to make your suit pants or skirts more causal.
  3. Add in elements of your personal style. While you want to look professional and appropriate at the conference, you also want to feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. Business casual conferences allow you to exhibit a bit more creativity with your attire. Adding just a touch of something unique or personal can make your outfit a bit more casual by showing more of your individual style.[15]
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    • At a business casual conference, feel free to get a bit more creative with colors and patterns. While you still want to keep things fairly muted and professional, you can add in a fun accessory or colorful top to give your outfit a bit more pizzazz.
    • If you are a man, for example, you could select a tie or pocket square in a color or pattern that suits your personal style. 
  4. Avoid wearing anything overly trendy or revealing. While business casual conferences allow for a bit more flexibility, you should still steer away from wearing any clothing pieces that are too trendy, revealing, or impractical. While you want to feel like yourself, you also want to present yourself as a professional who takes their job seriously.
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    • To help you decide whether an item is too trendy or revealing, consider whether your boss would wear it to a conference. If the answer is no, you should probably choose something different to wear yourself.
    • For example, avoid wearing any tops that are too tight, low cut, sheer, or cropped.
    • While trendy items, such as platform wedge shoes and cropped flare jeans, might look great for a night out with friends, these items are best left at home when you are packing for a conference.
  5. Try khakis with a crisp shirt and blazer for a clean-cut look. Instead of a business suit, try clean-cut, fitted khaki trousers with a crisp shirt and a tweed or cotton tailored blazer. The fabric of the khaki and tweed will make your outfit more casual than a formal suit, but the tailored fit of the trousers and blazer will keep you looking sharp.
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  6. Go for a midi skirt with a cotton turtle neck top. For a more feminine look to wear to a business casual conference, try a midi skirt in a less-structured fabric and fit, such as a flowy silk fabric. Wear your midi skirt with a simple cotton turtle neck or tie-neck top and classic nude or black pumps for an on-trend, stylish business casual look.[16]
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  7. Wear tailored cropped pants for a structured, less formal option. Instead of suit pants, try a pair of well-tailored cropped pants. The cropped cut will keep your outfit from looking too formal, while the tailored fit will ensure that you'll still look pulled together.
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    • To complete your look, pair your tailored cropped pants with a silk tie-neck blouse and flats.[17]
  8. Choose dark wash, tailored jeans if you want to go more casual. If you want to wear jeans to a business casual conference, choose jeans that are well-tailored and come in a darker wash, such as a dark blue or black.[18] While wearing denim will immediately make your outfit more casual, you can still look professional enough for a conference if you choose a well-structured darker wash.
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    • Make sure that you avoid any denim that is faded, ripped, frayed, or baggy. While you may want to tone things down for a business casual conference, you still need to make a good impression. Faded, ripped, frayed, or baggy jeans may send the message to other attendees that you don't take your career seriously.
    • Pair dark jeans with a blazer, collared shirt, and dressier shoes for a relaxed but still professional look.

[Edit]Going Casual for a Conference

  1. Avoid wearing any pieces that are wrinkled, stained, or ripped. While dressing for a casual conference gives you much more flexibility in your attire, you'll still want to make sure that you look professional and appropriate. As a result, avoid wearing any pieces that are wrinkled, stained, or ripped – even if the ripping is purposeful. Instead, stick to items that are clean and well-fitted so that you can present yourself well even when you are going more casual.
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    • For example, avoid any tops that are cut-off or frayed at the bottom or sleeves. While cut-off cropped tops are great for lounging and running errands, such items may send the wrong message at a conference.
  2. Choose comfortable, work-appropriate shoes. When you are dressing down for a more casual conference, choose shoes that are casual and comfortable, yet covered-up. Even for a casual conference get-together or activity, you'll likely want to avoid flip flops or sneakers, as both options can instantly make your outfit a bit too informal. Instead, focus on finding shoes that will complement or even elevate your more casual outfit.[19]
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    • Ballerina flats or lace-up boat shoes, for example, are both great options that pair well with jeans or a simple dress for more casual conference.
  3. Bring an extra layer in case you've dressed too casually. If you are attending a more casual conference but you aren't quite sure about your outfit, bring a slightly more formal item that you can wear on top of your outfit to make your look a bit more professional.[20] A simple cardigan sweater, tailored blazer, or classic beige trench coat are all options that can instantly elevate your outfit if you get to the conference and feel a bit underdressed.
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    • By bringing an extra layer, you'll also have option to put on your sweater or jacket if the conference rooms get a bit chilly.

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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Posted: 02 Dec 2019 12:00 AM PST

Is Mother Nature's snow and ice extravaganza hitting your area hard this year? Having a few emergency supplies on-hand can save you a lot of discomfort and trouble when the storm hits. Stock up on items you need to survive so you can go without leaving your house for a few days. And, by the way, don't forget to keep the tools to help you leave at hand. Once the storm begins, cuddle up, stay informed, and stay warm.


[Edit]Stocking Up Before the Storm

  1. Get a snow shovel. Get a quality snow shovel so you can dig yourself out if need be. You may also need to shovel to dig your car out once the storm is over.[1]
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    • Try the shovel out before you buy it. Check that it is easily handled.
    • Consider getting a small snow shovel to dig snow out of smaller corners.
    • Rock salt is effective at melting snow, but it can be devastating for your local water and soil, not to mention the sidewalk. Use a shovel or hot water instead.
  2. Buy flashlights and battery powered lamps. Put fresh batteries in your lamps and flashlights if a storm is coming. Go for a model that can power your cell phone if you can.[2]
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  3. Stock up on candles and holders. In case your flashlight suddenly gives out or you run out of batteries, you can light your home the old-fashioned way. However, fire from candles during a blackout is a real risk. If you use candles, put them in safe holders. Keep them away from anything flammable never leave them unattended; and put them out before going to bed.[3]
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  4. Fill some shelves with non-perishable food. Stock up on canned soups and vegetables, powdered food, and grains like rice and pasta. Make sure you have enough to last your family at least three or four days. Find a hand-operated can-opener too.[Image:Prepare for a Winter Storm Step 1 Version 9.jpg|center]][4]
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    • If you drink coffee, get instant coffee.
    • If you have pets, stock up on pet food as well.
  5. Fill up some containers of water. If you're worried about the pipes freezing, stock up on some water. You can buy it bottled – either in small bottles or in gallon jars. You can also simply recycle a few gallon jugs or purchase some, then fill them from the tap.[5]
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  6. Gather blankets and warm clothing. You may already have these items, but remember you will need enough blankets to keep you warm without any heat and in adverse conditions. Consider purchasing mittens, thick woolen socks, and a hooded sweatshirt, if you don't already own these items.[6]
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  7. Locate your first aid kit. You never know what kind of injuries or emergencies will happen when the lights go out. Buy a first aid kit if you don't have one, and familiarize yourself with the contents.
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    • Check through your kit to make sure you have sterile bandages, disinfectant, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter painkillers available.
  8. Get your hands on a camping stove or grill. A gas-powered camping stove is a wise investment for any emergency situation. If you have an electric stove in the kitchen a camp stove is almost a necessity. Be sure you use it with proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and have plenty of backup fuel.
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  9. Find some matches. You can use these to light your gas range, camping stove, and candles. Do not rely on lighters, as these can run out of fuel or break down all too easily.[7]
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  10. Ensure you have a phone you can use. Get a cordless cellphone charger if you can. Landline phones work during power outages because the power comes from the phone company. However, cordless home phones will not work when the power is out.[8]
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    • Many states require at least one wall plugged phone, which receives power from the telephone connection, in all households.
  11. Stock up on diapers, formula, and baby food. If you have an infant, make sure you have a few days of supplies for them. Consider getting disposable diapers, as you may not be able to do laundry.[9]
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    • Buy powdered milk, as fresh milk may spoil.
  12. Get a refill on your prescription medications. If you're not due for a refill, call your doctor and explain that you're worried about running out during the storm. Get enough to last you for several days.
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    • In some states, pharmacies are permitted to issue emergency refills when there's a dangerous weather alert. Check your state's regulations.[10]
  13. Consider investing in a battery operated radio. \ It's best not to rely on cell service or wireless connections during a storm. With a radio, you can get news without wall power. Make sure the batteries are good. You can buy a motion charging radio, as you can with a flashlight.[11]
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[Edit]Planning Far in Advance

  1. Winterize your home. Protecting your house and outbuildings from the cold can save you a lot of money and hassle down the line. Insulate walls and attics, caulk and weather-strip doors and windows, and install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
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    • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks in order to avoid clogging and flooding.
    • Cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
    • Consider hiring a contractor to check the structural strength of the roof. Make sure your roof can sustain the unusually heavy weight of snow and ice.
    • Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid them freezing.
  2. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector. If you ever need to run a gas stove inside your home for heat or cooking, you'll definitely want a carbon monoxide detector on-hand. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but deadly.[12]
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  3. Keep your supplies fresh. Check the batteries in your flashlights every so often, and make sure you have enough potable water and non-perishable food to last your family at least 48 hours. Once every year or two, replace your current stock of canned goods with a fresh batch
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  4. Consider investing in a generator. If the power frequently goes out where you live, consider getting a portable or stationary electrical generator. Generators cost anywhere form $400 to $10,000 dollars.[13]
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    • Run the generator outdoors. Do not run it in your house or garage.
    • Plug equipment directly into the generator. Do not use your home's electrical system while the power is out, as this could harm utility crews.[14]

[Edit]Staying Safe During the Storm

  1. Keep the heat in. Losing heat is definitely uncomfortable, but you can survive it if you keep yourself warm.[15]
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    • Stop your pipes from freezing. Go around your house and turn on every faucet so that it's dripping just slightly. Keeping the water moving through the pipes should help prevent them from freezing.
    • Seal up any drafts. Put towels at the bottom of any doors that have a gap, or around drafty windows. If your windows are single-paned, close the curtains or pin a blanket up over them to keep the heat in.
  2. Keep yourself warm. Bundle up in warm clothes and stay near your loved ones. If you're all in a room together you'll help keep each other warm with your body heat.
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    • Dress in layers. Put on a thin layer of synthetic clothing close to your skin and cover as much as your body as you can. Long underwear or warm leggings will help. On top of that, wear as many layers as you need to keep warm, finishing with a pair or two of warm socks and a sweatshirt or coat with a hood.
    • Wear a head covering. You lose a lot of heat from the top of your head, so keep it covered. If you don't have hooded clothing, wrap a scarf or towel around your head, or put on a warm winter hat.
    • Stay in bed. Put as many covers as you need onto your bed, and hop in. Keeping your body heat in an enclosed space under the sheets will help you stay as warm as possible.
    • Cuddle up. Join forces with a freezing roommate or family member and huddle/cuddle under the same blankets. — You'll warm up faster.
  3. Stay updated. Having current information is vital in an emergency, so make arrangements to stay informed.
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    • Watch updates on the news or listen to the radio for as long as you can before power goes out.
    • Use social media for updates. If you don't have access to a battery-operated radio, follow national and local disaster agencies (such as FEMA) on Facebook and Twitter. Check periodically for updates.
    • Use SMS messaging if your land-line service is down. You can send an SMS via basic text messaging, or through Twitter updates. Get the phone numbers or Twitter handles of all your family members, keep them handy, and make sure they know how to reach you.
    • Keep tabs on your family members. Try to find out where everyone is before the storm and make a plan to stay in a safe location. If you're going to be separated from anyone, set up a pre-determined time and method for touching base again (such as connecting via text message every 12 hours).
  4. Keep the fridge closed as much as possible. This will help it stay cool in spite of the lack of power, and keep your food from spoiling as quickly. Only open the refrigerator when it's absolutely necessary, grab what you need, and close it up.[16]
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    • Place frozen items outside. Make use of Mother Nature's freezer, and put them in a snowbank outside. If temperatures are below freezing, you could also keep refrigerated items on an enclosed porch.
  5. Plan some entertainment. It can help you stave off boredom while you wait for the power to return.
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    • Play cards. Use a classic deck for games like Blackjack, Poker, War, Go Fish, Crazy Eights or Egyptian Ratscrew.
    • Read a book (to yourself, or aloud for others). Try to pick an engrossing epic that will keep you engaged and entertained for hours, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter novels, or whatever interesting book you happen to be reading.
    • Get artsy. Draw on pads of paper, or do handcrafts like crocheting or knitting.



  • Charge tablets, laptops, phones, etc. before a storm if you want to use them in case of a blackout/power outage.


  • Never use charcoal or a propane heater in an enclosed area without proper ventilation. Carbon monoxide can build up. Silent and odorless, it is deadly. Cook on the back porch or near an open window.
  • One of the first things you need to do during a blackout is unplug anything that's in a wall outlet. Power can come back in spikes, which can cause severe damage.
  • During a power outage, don't use data to play online games or text friends. You may need it to call someone or check the status of the outage.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Canned food
  • Can opener
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • A self powered radio and a self powered flashlight. Batteries will run down eventually, especially if you live in a remote area that is iced in. Some models will also charge your cell phone.
  • Coleman stove or grill
  • Enough fuel to run the stove
  • Blankets
  • Lots of clothing
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Foot and hand warmer packs
  • Matches
  • Extra hats, socks and mittens
  • Any necessary medications
  • Non-electric entertainment: books, cards, board games, etc.
  • Portable fire extinguisher
  • Pet supplies: food, litter and water for your pet to drink. An emergency shelter lined up (who will take pets) in case you need to evacuate.

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[Edit]Quick Summary

How to Improve Your ACT Score

Posted: 01 Dec 2019 04:00 PM PST

If you've gotten your ACT results and they're not as high as you hoped, you may want to consider taking the test again. A higher score increases your chances of being accepted into the college of your choice and can help you earn scholarships, so it's worth the effort and preparation involved in taking the test again. When you're properly prepared, retesting can raise your score by several points. In fact, students who retook the ACT scored an average of 2.9 points higher on their composite score than people who took the test only once.[1] By practicing efficiently and using solid testing strategies, you can improve your ACT score.


[Edit]Analyzing Your Score

  1. Review your score report. You can get a copy of your test booklet to find out which questions you missed. Use your score report as a guideline to help you focus your efforts. Concentrate more of your efforts on improving your weaker areas to practice more efficiently.[2]
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    • As you're reviewing your score report, reflect on your testing day. Take notes of any sections that you felt were difficult or places where you ran out of time and couldn't complete the questions.
    • If you scored high on a particular section, don't devote too much of your practice time to that area. Don't aim for perfection; it's better to target your weaker areas to improve your score.
  2. Use data to your advantage. As you're practicing, make notes to help refine your study techniques. Time your practice and track which sections are taking the longest, and how many questions you're able to complete within the time limit. Analyze which questions you're missing the most often, and try to figure out why. [3]
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    • Keep track of your practice test scores to monitor progress. As your scores improve, shift your focus to weaker areas.
  3. Space out your study sessions. Rather than long weekly sessions, try several short daily sessions. Schedule two or three 30-40 minute blocks of study time with breaks in between. Cramming in too much information all at once is counterproductive and could lead to burn out.[4]
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    • Consistent practice is important, so once you've made your schedule stick with it.
  4. Rethink your time management strategy. The ACT is a fast-paced test. Plan ahead how you'll manage your time effectively to maximize your score and avoid leaving questions unanswered. Decide how you'll handle hard questions, and how you'll make sure you're staying on track timewise.[5]
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    • When in doubt, guess! A blank answer is a guaranteed loss of points, but a good guess could result in points.
    • Consider choosing a standard answer like C to bubble in when you're running out of time. When the five-minute warning is called, fill in all unanswered questions with the standard answer to avoid blank answers.
    • A digital watch with a silent timer is a great tool to make sure you're staying on track.

[Edit]Seeking Additional Practice Help

  1. Take an ACT prep class. ACT prep classes can help you learn effective test-taking skills and strategies. They can also help you target your weak content areas. Bring your results with you so your teacher can help you devise an efficient study plan. [6]
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  2. Work with a tutor. A tutor is great if you need more one-on-one help and attention. Tutors are also a great resource for help with filling in knowledge gaps in specific content areas. You can ask another student who is great in your weaker subject areas to help you out or hire a tutor from a local tutoring company.
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  3. Maximize low-cost resources. Not everyone can afford a tutor or prep class, and that's ok! There are tons of reliable free or inexpensive resources to help you do your best on the ACT. Check your local library for ACT practice tests, or utilize online resources like Khan Academy's math, science, and grammar tutorials.[7]
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    • If your library ACT prep books are out of date, that's ok! As long as they are authentic ACT prep material, they'll be helpful
    • Consider forming a study group with your friends! It will make studying more enjoyable.

[Edit]Preparing for the Test Day

  1. Pack your bag the night before the test. Make sure you have your ticket, your ID, several sharpened pencils, and an ACT approved graphing calculator. This will save you a lot of stress, and prevent you from running out the door without something you need. [8]
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  2. Properly fuel your body. Your brain works more efficiently when it has the proper fuel. Eat a breakfast high in protein to give you the energy and stamina to complete the test. Bring healthy snacks in your bag to refuel on your breaks. Make sure to drink plenty of water. [9]
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    • When packing your snacks, choose foods like fruit, nuts, and cheese for healthy lasting energy.
  3. Go to bed early. Your brain can't operate at peak capacity if you're tired. Not getting enough rest affects your processing and speed and memory. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep so you can perform your best. [10]
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