How to Get Air Quality Alerts from the EPA

Exposure to polluted air can lead to heart disease, asthma, and other complications.[1] With all of the issues that air pollution can cause, it certainly seems like a good idea to know when there is high air pollution. Luckily, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows you to sign up for alerts so that you know whenever air pollution is high. This wikiHow will teach you how to sign up for air quality alerts from the EPA.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Signing Up for Alerts
Navigate to the EnviroFlash website. The URL is enviroflash.info.[2]
Click on . It’s a green button near the top right corner.
Enter your subscriber information. You have to enter your email and ZIP code.
If you want to get alerts via text message instead of email, then click on “Receive as a text message?” and use the chart to find your cell phones email address to enter.
You can also add your first and last name, but it is not recommended for security reasons.
Select in the “City Selection” section.
You may be able to skip this step if your city comes up after you enter your ZIP code.
Enter your ZIP Code or select your state. Once the information is entered, then your closest city will be displayed next to “Nearest EnviroFlash City:” and it will be highlighted yellow. Once this happens, then you can move on to the next section.
You may be able to skip this step if your city is already displayed.
Select what type of email format you want to be sent. It’s recommended that you chose “HTML” to receive the best-looking email, however, if you are receiving text notifications, then you should select the “Short” format.
Decide which alerts you want to receive. You can choose to receive a total of three different alerts. Once you chose an alert, then select the checkmark next to the alert and fill out any additional information that is requested. A description of the alerts can be found below:
Receive Action Day Notifications: Action Days are days when the EPA declares that it is unsafe to go outside because of very hazardous air pollution. It is best to stay inside during Action Days and limit the use of chemicals. All subscribers will receive Action Day notifications.
Receive Forecasts: When this is selected, you will get an email every morning with the expected air quality forecast if the forecast is over your set level.
Receive Current Conditions: When this is selected, you will receive an email whenever the current air quality for your city goes above your set level. This option is not available in most areas.
Read the Privacy Policy. If you agree with it, then select the checkbox next to “I have read the privacy policy:”. If you do not agree with the privacy policy, then you cannot use this service.
Click . Once you click this, then you will get an email with a confirmation code.
Enter the Confirmation Code. Once you get the confirmation email, then copy and paste the code into the box and click on . Once you confirm your email, then you will be subscribed. You will be given an option to subscribe to another city, or you can simply close the window.[Edit]Managing Your Subscription
Navigate to the EnviroFlash website. The URL is www.enviroflash.info.[3]
Click on . It is a blue button near the top right corner of the page.
Enter the email address that you used to sign up for alerts. Then, click .
If you get text message alerts, then use this form to help you find your cell phones email address.
Click on the city that you want to edit. You will only see this screen if you are subscribed to get alerts for multiple cities. If you are only subscribed to get alerts from one city, then skip this step.
Change the settings that you want to change. Once you are done, click at the bottom of the page.
If you want to stop getting alerts, then click the red button near the top left corner, and then click the green button.[Edit]Tips
If you want to subscribe to multiple cities, then sign up for alerts using the steps in method 1 for each city.
EnviroFlash is only available in the United States.[Edit]Warnings
If an Action Day is declared in your area, then stay inside as much as possible. For more information on what to do during an action day, read How to Respond to an Air Quality Action Day for Ozone (USA).
It’s not recommended that you enter your first and last name because EnviroFlash does not require a password to access information related to your email, which means that any random person on the internet can find your first and last name using your email address if you provide your name to EnviroFlash.
You may not get EnviroFlash emails during a government shutdown.[Edit]References↑ http://www.enviroflash.info/assets/pdf/EnviroFlash_factSheet.pdf

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Today in History for 19th October 2019

Historical Events

1924 – General Christian Worker’s union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium
1944 – US forces land in Philippines
1959 – Florence Henderson joins Today Show panel
1974 – Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena
1981 – MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
1988 – South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize

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Famous Birthdays

1858 – George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
1878 – Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), born in Langenfelde near Hamburg (d. 1980)
1882 – Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
1901 – Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
1931 – John le Carré, English novelist
1946 – Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan’s Heroes, Westworld)

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Famous Deaths

1793 – Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
1894 – James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (translations of the Avesta, the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism), dies at 45
1970 – Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, dies at 54
1994 – Martha Raye [Margaret Reed], American actress (Waikiki Wedding, Martha Raye Show), dies after illness at 78
1994 – Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
2007 – Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)

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How to Make a Ladybug Costume

It’s easy to make a no-sew ladybug costume for you or your little one using things you might already have on hand. Create red ladybug wings with black spots using fabric or cardboard and make a simple antennae headband. When you’re ready to dress up, just wear the wings over a black shirt and add a few details, such as a ladybug mask or makeup spots. Pair the costume with the antennae headband and have fun!

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Making the Wings
Draw a large circle on red felt or cardboard. Decide how large you want your ladybug wings to be at their widest point. Then, lay red felt fabric or a piece of cardboard on your work surface. Use chalk or a pen to draw the circle on your material.[1]To make little kid-sized ladybug wings, you might want to make the circle between . For an adult, try drawing a circle.
Cut out the circle and cut it in half. Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut out the fabric or cardboard circle. Then, you can use a ruler to draw a straight line right down the middle of the circle. Cut the circle in half using the line as a guide.[2]
You should now have 2 halves for your ladybug wings.
Paint the wings red and let them dry if you used cardboard. Get out a bottle of red acrylic paint and dip a brush or roller into the paint. Cover the cardboard wings so they’re completely red. Then, leave them to dry completely. This should take about 1 hour.[3]If you used red fabric to make the wings, you can skip this step.
To make your ladybug wings sparkly, sprinkle a little red glitter over the red paint before it dries.
Cut out black fabric or cardboard circles. You can make the circles for the ladybug spots as big or small as you like. If you’d like perfectly round circles, set a glass on the material and trace around it. Then, cut around the circle and use it as a template to cut out more circles.Make as many circles for your ladybug spots as you like. You might even make the spots different sizes.
Glue the black spots to the red wings. If you’re using fabric, squeeze fabric glue onto the black spots before you stick them onto the wings. To glue black cardboard spots onto cardboard wings, try using wood glue.[4]
You can paint black spots onto the wings instead of attaching fabric or cardboard spots.
Glue the top of the wing tips together. Squirt a little fabric or wood glue onto the pointed end of 1 wing. Then, lay the other wing tip over the glue so the wings overlap at an angle by about . This will make the wings look as though they’re spreading apart near the bottom. Remember to let the wings dry completely before you assemble the rest of your ladybug costume.[5]To make the costume more secure, you can use hot glue to glue the wings together.[Edit]Creating an Antennae Headband
Choose a black headband. If you’re going for a simple look, pick a plain headband that’s comfortable to wear. You could also use a black headband that has decorative swirls or detail.[6]
You should use a sturdy headband, not a flexible fabric headband. This will help the antennae stay in place.
Twist the end of 2 black pipe cleaners onto the top of the headband. Take a long black pipe cleaner and wrap the bottom around the headband. The rest of the pipe cleaner should stick up from the top of the headband. Do this for the other pipe cleaner to make the other antenna.[7]Try to leave between each antenna.
Tape the pipe cleaners to the headband using black tape. Tear off 2 pieces of black duct or electrical tape and stick them onto the pipe cleaners at the base of the headband. The tape will prevent the pipe cleaner antennae from sliding around.[8]If you prefer, you could use red tape to give the headband a little more color.
Glue a red or black pom pom to the end of each antenna. Heat a hot glue gun and carefully squeeze a little glue onto the pom pom. Then, stick the pom pom onto the end of a pipe cleaner to make the end of the antenna. Repeat this for the other antenna.Use caution when handling hot glue because it can easily burn you.
Use any size of pom poms, but keep in mind that large ones might make the antennae droop over.
You could also use black pom poms if you’d like completely dark antennae.
Twist each antenna into a curlicue if you’d like wiggly antennae. To give the antennae a sense of movement, wrap each one tightly around your index finger to curl them. Then, slide your finger out and pull gently on the pipe cleaner to unwind it a little.Try bending the antennae to make a zigzag design too![Edit]Putting the Costume Together
Pick a black shirt and pants. To make the red ladybug wings really stand out, you’ll want to find a comfortable black shirt with black pants or get out a long-sleeve black leotard with leggings.
You could choose a red or black dress instead of the leotard or shirt.
Feel free to swap out red clothing for any of the black pieces. You could even cut red fabric circles to glue onto the black clothes.
Attach the ladybug wings to the back of your shirt. You can use fabric or wood glue to stick the top of the fabric or cardboard wings to the back of your shirt near your neckline. This will leave the wings so they hang down loosely. You should leave the glue to dry for at least 1 hour before you wear the costume.If you don’t want to wait for the glue to dry, use safety pins to attach the fabric wings to the shirt.
To make a longer lasting costume, sew the fabric wings onto the fabric of your shirt.
Apply spots to your face with makeup. To complete the ladybug look, use makeup or costume paint to draw small black and red dots across your face. If you’d like to cover more of your face with a design, draw red wings across your eyes and add black dots over them.[9]You could also powder your face with a red blush before adding the black dots.
Add a tutu to make a toddler ladybug costume. Little kids love the feeling of twirling around with a bunch of tulle. Buy or make a red tutu that you can tie around your toddler’s waist.[10]
You can leave the tutu solid red or glue black fabric circles to the tutu so they look like spots.
Wear an eye mask covered in spots. Buy a simple red eye mask and glue small black dots made of foam over the mask. These will look like ladybug spots. If you’re short on time, draw the black dots using a permanent black marker.[11][Edit]Tips
For an adult-style ladybug costume, you could wear a red dress and glue black dots to it. Then, wear the ladybug wings over it.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Making the Ladybug Wings
Red fabric or cardboard
Black fabric
Chalk or pen
Scissors
Red paint, optional
Hot glue gun, optional[Edit]Creating an Antennae Headband
Black headband
2 black pipe cleaners
Black duct or electrical tape
2 red pom poms
Hot glue gun[Edit]Putting the Costume Together
Black shirt and pants
Makeup or costume paint
Red tutu[Edit]Related wikiHows
Make an Octopus Costume
Paint a Ladybug Face
Make a Crocodile Costume[Edit]References↑ https://www.bhg.com/halloween/kids-costumes/diy-ladybug-costume/

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