Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday — a day to give back to your community, your favorite non-profits, and to those in need. This season’s terrible fires in California hit very close to home — and while the smoke has cleared the work is far from over.
ShipShape will be donating 10% of all its revenue for the month of December to three organizations that are helping those affected by the fires:
We encourage you to also consider these wonderful places if you decide to participate in Giving Tuesday — or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and on and on.
And because we’re ShipShape, we have to offer some handy tips as well. We thought it best to focus this time on emergency preparedness — and how with just a few simple measures you can save time and keep you and your loved ones as safe as can be.
Here is a list of 10 items to keep on hand (and readily available) in case of emergency:
- Water: 1 gallon per person per day, a minimum of 3 days worth plus additional water for your pets. Change out the water every 6 months.
2. Non-perishable Food: Ideally these items would be those that don’t require heating, and would last for at least 3 days. Be sure to have utensils, plates, and a can opener too!
3. Flashlights and extra batteries: You can never have too many of those.
4. Emergency radio and phone charger: A hand-crank radio can also charge your cell phone! Check one out here. And don’t forget an extra cable to connect your phone!
5. First Aid Kit and Medications: Medications should last for 7 days. We recommend a pill organizer together with a list of medications, doctors names and phone numbers.
6. Blankets + Sleeping bags: If you have a camping section in your garage or basement, grab it if you have time.
7. Rain gear + Clothing for warmth and protection: This also includes towels, gloves, and N95 rated Face Masks
8. Gear for your pets: Leash, Water bowl, food, medications — anything your fur baby needs.
9. Important documents: Scanning your documents is a great way to have those items saved (especially on the cloud) and make it easier to replace them. Try Tresorit or The Vault — or similar services. Here’s a list of documents you should have ready:
- Passport / Green Card / Naturalization Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Driver’s License
- Insurance Policies / Insurer and Policy Numbers + Phone Numbers
- Address book
- Deed or Lease
- Banking and Credit Card Accounts
- Mortgage Account
This holiday season we wish you and your family good health and safety. Let’s all look out for each other.