Last Week to Give

The Combined Fund Drive of 2016 is winding down to a close, and this is the last week to give. There is a lot going on with the campaign, as you will see below. Get in on the action.

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There is a lot going on this week, the last week to give during this year’s campaign.

In years past, there was often a “surprise” additional week beyond the so-called last week to give. This year the additional week will not be happening and Dec. 2 is the last day to give – for realz.

Anytime during this week, go to the Combined Fund Drive Facebook page, and enter a contest to win a $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card by telling us which nonrofit you would like to see as a future featured charity and why!

…..Or, anytime this week, fill out a Giving Matters statement and enter to win a prize, including the grand prize: a Quinault Beach Resort & Casino package!

Tuesday, Nov 29, is a call to action and a national day of giving during the holiday season called Giving Tuesday. If you are moved to join this movement by donating dollars, you can use the UW Combined Fund Drive as your vehicle for giving money – and meet both calls to action at once!

Charity Highlight: Arts, Culture, and Humanities

EARTH with ART is EH. Did you know that…..

  • $10 a month sponsors one child in an eight-week art class (Arts Corps)
  • $12 a month supports one hour of educational and informative weekend programming such as This American Life and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me (KNKX 88.5)
  • $20 a month supports our volunteer-run organization promoting, celebrating, and creativing opportunities to showcase local, national, and international Deaf artists and their works (Deaf Spotlight)


Bonus: Street Art: 41 Incredible Examples


Across the globe, street art has never been more popular or more relevant. Although the term is often associated with urban spray paint art, it comes in all shapes and forms, from sculptures to ‘yarn bombing’, and it has inspired everything from graffiti font families to window displays and beyond.

In this article, we’ve gathered together the work of our favourite inspirational street artists, featuring some well-known faces, as well as some you may not have heard of – but will want to hear more about. Some just want to brighten up their neighbourhoods, while others have political points to make.

examples of street art -1000 shadows

examples of street art - fallen soldiers

Street art: NeSpoon

examples of street art: Julian Beever

For many more photos, plus captions and artist attributions, visit the article here.



Happy Thanksgiving! How nice it is to have a holiday whose entire purpose is to express gratitude! What can you do with that nice feeling? First, allow yourself to stay with that good feeling for a bit. Next, move that feeling outwards to action. Be kind to those you love and those in your community. Think for a moment about others who are in need. Certainly the full expression of gratitude is giving back, isn’t it?

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Holocaust Center For Humanity

Each year the Combined Fund Drive partners with a local charity to highlight their mission and bring extra donations to their well-run organization. This year, it is the Holocause Center for Humanit. Their mission is to inspire teaching and learning for humanity in the schools and communities of this region through the study of the Holocaust. Founded in 1989, the Center fulfills its mission through its popular “Teaching Trunks” program which provides teachers in the Pacific Northwest with the materials and curriculum necessary to teach lessons of tolerance and citizenship.

One of the Center’s “Teaching Trunks”

The Holocaust Center for Humanity has also expanded on its commitment to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive through its new museum in downtown Seattle. Here, the students of Washington state can view the artifacts and stories of Holocaust survivors who went on to settle in the local area.

“Our opening exhibit explores the best and worst of human behavior through local Holocaust survivors’ stories,” says Dee Simon, the Center’s Executive Director. “Learning about the Holocaust empowers students to speak up for one another, and against injustice and hatred.”

Although Holocaust education is recommended in Washington State, it is not mandated and there is no funding to teach it. Addressing complicated contemporary themes, from bullying at school to hate crimes and genocide, the Holocaust Center has been reaching students, teachers, and community groups since 1989 through direct outreach, educational materials, curriculum, and access to Holocaust survivors and legacy speakers (descendants of survivors), who tell their stories to 20,000 people each year.

A docent presenting in the museum

The UW Combined Fund Drive is proud to partner with the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and bring its message of tolerance to the University of Washington as our 2016 featured charity.

For more information on the Holocaust Center, visit their website here.


Charity Highlight: Education and Literacy

  • $25 pays for test preparation materials to help a student place into college-level classes (Seattle Education Access)
  • $50 covers the cost of one new Facilitator Training to prepare domestic and international students
  • $100 provides students with special needs the opportunity to interact with their mainstream peers while refining fine motor skills and cognitive functions by providing educational software for the classroom (Northshore Schools Foundation)
  • $150 sends a FIUTS student to a local classroom to share their culture with K-12 students in Seattle, promoting cross-cultural understanding (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students)

Bonus: Do you feel like you don’t have enough of your own to give to others?

Here is an interesting article on charitable giving when you are just starting your career: How to Give Away Money When it Feels Like You Don’t Have Any

It isn’t always about MONEY, either! Another way to give is with your time or expertise, rather than your dollars. An excellent way to find a volunteer opportunity is to visit For more local hands-on, go to United Way of King County’s volunteer site.

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

A New Urgency

After last week’s election, it is a fact that some groups in our community are going to feel more vulnerable due shifting policies and rhetoric in the coming weeks and months. Consider some of the groups listed below when you wonder how you can help immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ folk, women, people of non-christian religions, and others, as we all face new political realities. The Combined Fund Drive is a tool you can use to give to:

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Step Up to Tolerance – UW Climb to $10K

The UW Combined Fund Drive (CFD) and The Whole U invite you to participate in a special event that will get you moving and help this year’s featured charity—the Holocaust Center for Humanity.

The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches tolerance and citizenship through the lessons of the Holocaust. They do this by providing curricula and teaching trunks to educators, students, academics, authors and various organizations across our state.

The event is on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and starts at noon. All you need to do is pledge a $10 donation (or more!) and climb stairs with your colleagues on November 16. You can climb anywhere or join us for group climbs noon – 1 p.m. at six locations: UW Tower, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, South Lake Union, UW Medical Center and Harborview. There will be prizes……(more info)

Bonus: Emotional Self-Care

7 Self-Care Rituals That Will Make You a Happier and Healthier Person

(Full article from here)

With stress (both on and off the job) on the rise, the danger of not implementing simple self-care rituals is burnout, depression, or even worse, an emotional breakdown. Incorporating a few of these simple science-backed rituals into your daily life will help you breathe a little easier and keep your stress levels in check. More details at the link.
–Do Some Free-Form Journaling
–Schedule Alone Time
–Schedule Alone Time
–Try Dry Body Brushing
–Yoga, of course
–Try Grounding


Why Give?

Giving through the Combined Fund Drive comes with benefits that make tangible sense for the charities of your choice….and for you.

Read on for details on why it is awesome to “give at the office.” And there is an easy way to win a gift below.

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Nonprofits appreciate workplace giving programs like the UW Combined Fund Drive because they are one of the most inexpensive forms of fundraising and one of the largest sources of income. In addition, it is often easier for donors to give smaller amounts throughout the year via payroll deduction than in a lump sum check which means you may be able to give more.

Nonprofits save time and money. All employee donations are sent in a single check once per quarter, requiring far fewer nonprofit staff and volunteers to process individual donations, and lowering bank fees. Organizations also save the expense of multiple fundraising campaigns, so more dollars go to services.

Nonprofits can budget. The quarterly distribution allows charities to budget more effectively knowing they have a steady stream of income throughout the year. Regular donations allow nonprofit organizations to better plan their upcoming activities.

Nonprofits depend on workplace giving. The UW Combined Fund Drive is a significant source of income for many nonprofits. Gifts donated through the UW Combined Fund Drive help nonprofits leverage other funding sources including grants and corporate sponsorships.

Your gift through the UW Combined Fund Drive changes lives.

Your gift helps achieve stronger, healthier communities by supporting local, national, and global organizations ranging from the arts, education, food distribution, and medical research to the environment, animal welfare, disaster relief, and human services.

Giving is easy. Regular payroll deductions of your gifts are darn-near painless.

Donors find choice. Any charity you can think of is available to donate to, and if you don’t see the one you want, the CFD can add them to their list of over 5000 charities.

Donors appreciate that itʼs tax-deductible.

Charity Highlight: Animals and the Environment

  • $5 per pay period will purchase and plant a fruit tree for an urban orchard, providing a community with up to 150 pounds of fresh fruit a year for decades (Earthshare Washington)
  • $25 a month provides preventative medicine for one wolf (Wolf Haven International)
  • $500 installs a remote camera in a vital wildlife corridor near I-90 wildlife crossings, and supports a team in our Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project (Conservation Northwest)

Free giveaway! Email me ( with the Seattle Humane Society’s vision statement, and your name will be entered into a drawing for one of two gifts. The odds are in your favor!

Bonus: Cat Videos!

Because it feels good.

Helping and giving to others appears on the face of it to be about selflessness. But there is a quiet and lovely side effect: Giving makes you feel good about yourself and about the world. Research has shown that giving makes us far happier than receiving. Thus, in a way, we are actually being both selfish and selfless by giving to others.

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Join us for Pupcakes on Monday, Oct. 31, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the UW Tower Auditpuppiesorium. The event will feature puppies from Summit Assistance Dogs, a photo booth, and cupcakes. Wear your costume and vie for prizes in the costume contest! Alex Stone from Summit will be speaking at 12:45 p.m. with costume contest cupcakesjudging immediately following. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit Summit Assistance Dogs. Register today!


Support the UW Campus Food Pantry

From October 13-31, the UW Combined Fund Drive is sponsoring a food drive to support the new UW Campus Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable donations to collection bins in the following locations through Halloween: Ethnic Cultural Center first floor lounge, Health Sciences Rotunda, HUB Information Desk, UWMC Plaza Café entrance, and UW Tower Sky Bridge Lobby. Help ensure that no Husky goes hungry.

Charity Spotlight: Hunger & Food Distribution

  • $10 per month provides 720 pounds of nutritious food including rice and beans, fruits, vegetables, rolled oats, meat, and pasta (Northwest Harvest)
  • $150 will supply 15 weeks’ worth of food for a student in our backpack program (Ballard Food Bank)
  • $100 provides a family with a bag of groceries every week for a month (Family Works Food Bank and Resource Center)

Bonus! Food and Kitchen Hacks

Keep potatoes white
Cover shredded or diced potatoes with cold water before cooking to prevent the spuds from turning that gross grayish/brown caused by the release of a starch that makes them oxidize.
Slow down rotting
Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling as quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine. Storing them at room temperature rather than in the fridge also makes them last longer.
Give bananas a longer life
Keep bananas fresher, longer by wrapping the end of the bunch with plastic wrap. Better yet, separate each banana. The plastic wrap blocks ethylene gases from releasing out of the stem, consequently ripening the fruit too fast.
Speed up ripening
Be a total magician and morph a peach from crunchy to juicy or a banana from green to yellow with the help of a paper bag. When fruit is tossed into the bag, concentrated ethylene gas helps it ripen faster.
Save cut fruit from browning
You’ve probably heard that a little squeeze of lemon juice can keep apple slices from looking unappetizing. A mixture of one part honey to two parts water works much the same to keep fruit from browning. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice as well as a peptide in honey slows down the oxidation process that causes discoloring.
Get creative with covering food
They’re known for hair hackery, but shower caps are not limited to the bathroom. Cover leftovers with a fresh cap (right in their dishes) to keep bugs and unidentifiable particles from tainting food. They’re reusable and much easier than repeatedly removing and replacing plastic wrap or tin foil.
Check if eggs are still (incredibly) edible
Gently place raw eggs in a bowl of cold water to see if they’ve gone bad. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s a-OK. If it floats, it has seen better days. Over time, the liquid inside eggs evaporates through the porous shell, leaving a gas bubble inside. The floatier it is, the older it is.
Never wrestle eggshell pieces again
Scoop up bits of broken eggshell from a batter or bowl of cracked eggs ready from scrambling with an already-cracked egg. Gently ladle out the piece of shell with half of an eggshell. The shell acts as a magnet to draw up shell pieces without wasting too much egg.
Easily scoop out squash seeds
Remove seeds from vegetables such as squash and pumpkin with an ice cream scoop. Because the edge of the scoop is sharp, it cuts through the fibery, gooey stuff inside the squash easier than your hand or a regular spoon can.
Skim the fat
Spoon out excess fat from stocks, stews, and sauces by skimming a few ice cubes (wrapped in a paper towel or cheese cloth) along the surface of the liquid. The ice helps the fat solidify, making it easier to remove with a spoon or a piece of toast.
Separate yolks from whites
Separate eggs by gently squeezing a plastic water bottle over a cracked egg. When the bottle re-inflates with air, it will scoop the yolk right up. (Disclaimer: This method may take a little practice.)
Pit cherries with ease
Place cherries on top of an empty beer bottle, one at a time, and use a chopstick to push the pit into the bottle.
Peel that papery skin from ginger
Ditch the peeler in favor of a spoon to peel finicky ginger root.
Peel garlic the fuss-free way
Remove all cloves from the bulb, then whack each clove with the side of a chef’s knife. The skin will fall right off.
De-skin potatoes without a peeler
Time to ditch the peeler again! Peel a potato in a snap by boiling it and then giving it an ice bath. The skin will separate from the potatoey center and you can pick it right off.

Still want more? This article (, 73 Kitchen Hacks to Save Time, Get Organized, and Stay Sane) has 60 more food hacks. And yet more here.

Why Giving Matters

The UW Libraries has often exceeded CFD participation rates of many other departments.
Somehow….library employees seem to know that helping others is a good thing to do.

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First Week to Give!

Oct 13 – 21
Any donor who makes a pledge of $5 or more or adds $5 or more to an existing donation during the first week of the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card compliments of WSECU! Donate today!

  • New and increased donations made October 13-21 will be included in the promotion
  • All new and increased monthly donations must be $5 or more per month
  • All new and increased one-time donations must be $5 or more for one pay period
  • Checks in the amount of $5 or more, made payable to UWCFD, are also accepted.
  • Mail checks with a giving form to UWCFD, Box 359200
  • Limit one gift card per donor
  • Gift cards will be mailed directly to donors after the promotion

Why Giving Matters

People opt to help others through charitable giving for many reasons. If you are curious about why your colleagues give to the Combined Fund Drive, visit the Giving Matters page – and post your own reasons to support the charities you do.
Giving matters because lives matter.
It makes a difference to people, change for the good, and gives hope. It makes you feel good.
I am fortunate enough to be in a position in which I’m able to give!

Charity Highlight: Housing and Homelessness

Did you know that…..

  • $5 a month will purchase one adult staying in a shelter a fresh pair of socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant (Catholic Community Services of Western Washington)
  • $50 buys 34 pairs of new socks to keep kids feet warm and dry (YouthCare)
  • $250 fills baby cupboards and toddler pantries with healthy age-appropriate food for infants and toddlers, as well as make much-needed supplies available such as breast pumps, diapers, and food grinders for mothers living on low incomes. (Solid Ground)

Bonus: Practicing Gratitude

From, Why Gratitude Makes You a Happier Person

“Stop pitying yourself, people have it worse, you should be grateful.” You’ve probably heard this before, and it’s some of the most cliché, unhelpful advice around. When gratitude is inspired by guilt, obligation, or shame, that’s not gratitude at all. True gratitude is a practical tool that serves a number of purposes beyond the after school special fluff of being thankful for what you have.

How to Harness Gratitude

On a basic level, gratitude is just being satisfied and appreciative of what you have. It’s easy to say you’re grateful and remind yourself to be grateful when you’re feeling a little spoiled. Embracing gratitude as a feeling, however, is a different story. That’s what makes it a powerful tool, not just a nice habit. And the good news is, it’s an easy enough tool to use.

A regular gratitude session is an easy way to get started. This just involves sitting down and making a list of things you’re grateful for. Leaving notes for your future self is another fun option, and so is simply writing down a list of things you’re grateful for.

Gratitude researcher Robert Emmons recommends a strategy, too. It might help to remember the bad. Interestingly, we have a tendency to be less grateful when times are good, because we start thinking we’re invulnerable. We get used to life being a ball, and we come to expect it. To combat this, he suggests:

Try this little exercise. First, think about one of the unhappiest events you have experienced. How often do you find yourself thinking about this event today? Does the contrast with the present make you feel grateful and pleased? Do you realize your current life situation is not as bad as it could be? Try to realize and appreciate just how much better your life is now. The point is not to ignore or forget the past but to develop a fruitful frame of reference in the present from which to view experiences and events.

Starting a gratitude journal can be useful, but to go along with Emmons’ suggestion, you might even consider starting a “how far I’ve come” journal, in which you remember and write about unhappy times in your past and how you’ve overcome them. Of course, revisiting old wounds can also be damaging, so you want to be mindful of that, too.

And speaking of mindfulness, getting yourself out of autopilot and being present in the moment is key to feeling grateful, because you take time to tune into your life and be a little more aware.

Once you start embracing gratitude, a healthy dose of it can make your relationships better, make you feel more in control, and even get you through tough times.

Gratitude Makes You Resilient

In one of the most widely cited studies on gratitude, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emmons found that when people kept a gratitude journal, they were happier.

To test this, researchers simply asked subjects to record events of their day, and one group of participants was told to make a list of ways in which their life was better than most people’s—basically, a gratitude list. No judgement, no shame, just an objective list of reasons why their life might be awesome.

Here’s what the study concluded:

…participants in the gratitude condition reported considerably more satisfaction with their lives as a whole, felt more optimism about the upcoming week, and felt more connected with others than did participants in the control condition. Therefore, it appears that participation in the gratitude condition led to substantial and consistent improvements in people’s assessments of the global well-being.

It’s kind of obvious, really (why wouldn’t you feel happier when thinking about happy things?) but the key words here are “substantial and consistent.” It seems happiness sticks over time.

What’s even more impressive, though, is how this is even true when your life really sucks.

At one of my lowest points in life, I embraced gratitude as a defense mechanism. I was alone, broke, and I’d just gone through some unsettling trauma. At the time, it didn’t seem like life could get much worse, but I got tired of feeling sad all the time. I wanted to feel something else. I startedlooking for things in my life to be happy about, because I was tired of being down.

I didn’t know it at the time, but research shows this can help you bounce back from trauma. A study in the Journal of Social Psychology found that positive emotions, including gratitude, actually helped people better cope after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The study reported:

Mediational analyses showed that positive emotions experienced in the wake of the attacks— gratitude, interest, love, and so forth—fully accounted for the relations between (a) precrisis resilience and later development of depressive symptoms and (b) precrisis resilience and postcrisis growth in psychological resources. Findings suggest that positive emotions in the aftermath of crises buffer resilient people against depression and fuel thriving, consistent with the broaden-and-build theory.

If, at that low point in my life, someone would have told me “hey, just be grateful for what you have!” I would’ve wanted to kick them in the kneecaps. It’s the equivalent of telling someone to just suck it up and deal—not helpful. You don’t process your pain at all with that strategy. However, because I approached gratitude as a coping mechanism, rather than a forced sentiment, it was actually useful.

Like the study says, gratitude was the perfect buffer. It won’t fix the aftermath of a tragedy, but it can be a helpful way to cope.

Gratitude Improves Your Relationships

When I’m feeling stressed and angry, I’m not a cool person. Like a lot of people, I have a tendency to take my feelings out on people around me. It’s not an attractive quality, but the good news is, it works the other way around, too. When you’re feeling thankful and appreciative, you have a tendency to be kinder and more empathic to people.

A recent study on gratitude found as much. Researchers from the University of Georgia interviewed couples about how happy they were in their marriage. They found that expressing gratitude was a consistent predictor of happiness.

They studied 468 couples, asking them about their communication styles, financial issues, and how often they expressed gratitude. According to the study, couples who were likely to show their appreciation were more likely to power through obstacles that bring a lot of relationships down: money issues, for example. The study’s lead author said:

It goes to show the power of ‘thank you.’ Even if a couple is experiencing distress and difficulty in other areas, gratitude in the relationship can help promote positive marital outcomes.

It makes sense. When you’re feeling grateful, you’re in a better emotional state. You’ve slowed down to enjoy the moment and be a little more mindful of it. That gives you the breathing room to open yourself up to others and try to understand them a little more.

Gratitude Makes You Feel More in Control

When I shifted my own perspective and started actively embracing gratitude by focusing on the things in my life that I actually enjoyed, I was surprised at just how big of a difference that could make. I felt in control of my emotions, rather than overwhelmed by them.

 It worked the same way with my finances. A lot of personal finance is focused on what you don’t have. Think about it. We’re always progressing, moving forward, making goals, trying to get more. And that’s cool, because that’s how stuff gets done, but it has a drawback that’s worth thinking about: it suggests what you have now is not good enough, and that may not be true.

That’s why it took a while to get my finances straight. A few years ago, I totally drained my savings because of a dumb mistake. I had to rebuild, but rebuilding seemed overwhelming, and I was scared of being broke for the rest of my life. It may be a legitimate fear, but after soaking in some real personal finance advice, I learned to get over that fear.

As I saved, I started to be more conscious about the things I did have instead of the things I didn’t, and I started to think about what could be instead of what wasn’t. I invested, I focused on ways to earn more money. And then, a funny thing happened: my finances started to get better. It wasn’t because of some positive thinking Law of Attraction stuff, either. It was because gratitude made me feel more in control, and feeling in control is essential to getting your money right. There’s nothing wrong with striving for more, but, ironically, trying to find ways in which your life is okay right now seems to make it easier to strive for more.

In a recent TED talk, psychologist Guy Winch pointed out how we tend to beat ourselves up when we get rejected or make a mistake. It’s a useless habit that often only makes things worse. One suggestion he made was to be moreimpartial about analyzing your mistakes so you don’t make them again. But he also suggested gratitude: instead of focusing on why you got turned down, think about the ways in which life is still good. This puts you back in the driver’s seat.

First week of giving!

Welcome to the UW Libraries blog on the Combined Fund drive. We will publish weekly during this year’s fall campaign, October 13 – Dec. 2. Keep your eyes on this page for news, information about charities, contests, progress reports, giveaways, and bonus content!

UWCFD Charity Fair & Silent Auction

chickenHeifer International’s Oscar the
Rooster at the 2015 Charity Fair

Thursday, October 13, 2016
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
HUB Ballroom

Take a break! Enjoy refreshments and giveaways while learning about more than 80 nonprofit organizations that benefit from the UW Combined Fund Drive.

Enter to win fabulous door prizes including Seattle Sounders tickets and a GoPro camera!

Get inspired, bid in the silent auction, have some popcorn, pick up a new pen! Charities of all stripes are represented.

The fair is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and retirees, and located in the HUB. Drop by at your convenience! RSVP today.

First Week to Give

Oct 13 – 21
Any donor who makes a pledge of $5 or more or adds $5 or more to an existing donation during the first week of the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card compliments of WSECU! Donate today!

  • New and increased donations made October 13-21 will be included in the promotion
  • All new and increased monthly donations must be $5 or more per month
  • All new and increased one-time donations must be $5 or more for one pay period
  • Checks in the amount of $5 or more, made payable to UWCFD, are also accepted. Mail checks with a giving form to UWCFD, Box 359200
  • Limit one gift card per donor
  • Gift cards will be mailed directly to donors after the promotion

Charity Highlight:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

  • $1 vaccinates a child against the deadly threat of measles (American Red Cross)
  • $30 a month feeds five hungry children (Mercy Corps)
  • $75 supplies a bicycle to a Red Cross volunteer in another country allowing them to reach remote villages in need of help (American Red Cross)

Bonus: Life hacks for Emergency Preparedness

1. Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light.

Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light.

3. Or out of olive oil.

Or out of olive oil.

Get directions here

4. Stock up on batteries and keep them organized and protected from water damage.

5. Convert AAA batteries to AA batteries with tin foil.

6. Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

Pack an emergency preparedness kit for your pet.

Include a towel, food, water, an extra food dish, a leash, a toy, and any medicine.

7. Protect important documents.

8. This includes a list of phone numbers that you might not have memorized anymore because of cell phones.

This includes a list of phone numbers that you might not have memorized anymore because of cell phones.

9. Store matches in a mason jar with a strikable lid.

10. Make an electricity-free refrigerator.

Make an electricity-free refrigerator.

11. Keep flashlights in smart places.

Keep flashlights in smart places.

12. Make a freezer-fail detector.

Make a freezer-fail detector.

Learn how to properly deal with human waste when you lose water.

14. Make firestarter balls out of dryer lint and petroleum jelly.

Make firestarter balls out of dryer lint and petroleum jelly.

15. Build a tiny stove out of tin cans.

16. Keep 100 gallons of clean water in your tub with a WaterBob. 

17. Know what needs to take up space in your fridge and what doesn’t.Know what needs to take up space in your fridge and what doesn't.
Download a food storage chart here

18. Learn How to Use the Internet When the Internet Is Gone

19. Hide an emergency supply of chocolate in your storm kit.

Hide an emergency supply of chocolate in your storm kit.