1. Pay attention to any announcements or news reports related to funding and appropriations bills passed by Congress.
2. Research the past government shutdowns and the effects they had on federal agencies, programs, and services.
3. Keep track of the budget discussions held by Congress and the White House, as future appropriations bills are necessary to avert a shutdown.
4. Stay informed on the presidential budget requests and any changes to those requests.
5. Understand the differences between a government shutdown and the debt ceiling, and seek a better comprehension of both as it relates to future scenarios of potential government shutdowns.
6. Consider activity by both sides of the aisle to ensure measures are taken to prevent a government shutdown or, if a shutdown occurs, to make the necessary arrangements to alleviate potential problems.
7. Research the history and consequences of government shutdowns, including the effects on companies, the stock market, and the public sector.
8. Look into the effects of sequesters and their potential impact in the event of a future government shutdown.
9. Remain mindful of the consequences of a possible government shutdown, such as delayed paychecks and suspension of services, as well as the measures necessary to reduce those consequences.
10. Make sure to reach out to your Congressional representatives and express your views on the important issues that are related to the budget and government operations.