Monday, September 4, 2017

What To Do To Be Prepared For A Hurricane

So a hurricane is coming what do you do?

Food and Water:
  • You need about a gallon of water per person per day. Figure you're on your own for at least three days before the Salvation Army, FEMA, Red Cross and/or National Guard gets there. So fill up what ever containers you have or can buy. Don't forget your critters.
  • Your FRIDGE.  Fill every available space with jugs of water to freeze (the bigger the  better).  They will freeze and your freezer will stay cold for days. Remove a couple to put in your fridge,  Just like a cooler!
  • Do you have a manual can opener? You'll need one.
  • Use up your refrigerated food first. Cook the meat and eat the dairy within the first couple of days on the grill. There is no saving it without power.
  • Do you have enough propane and/or charcoal to fuel the barbecue?
  • Canned food is fine. Packaged tuna, canned spaghetti, peanut butter and crackers, peanut butter and jelly, etc
  • Even if cell phones are mainly down or the circuits are busy, text messages can get through. 
  • Cash is king when there's no power. Debit and credit cards don't work without power.
  • Charge Everything! Have a chargers and surge protectors 

  • If you are on a wooded lot, check your chain saw. Do you have bar oil? What about treated gas? Gas that's been sitting, particularly with the ethanol levels, makes for crappy two-stroke fuel. Check that what you have is OK and works.
  • Fill up your fuel tanks and extra gas tanks now. Again, without power, the gas pumps don't work.
  • When cooking with the grill, use it away from the house. Make sure a flare-up can't catch the soffitt on fire. Don't grill in the garage.
  • Do you have a car charger for your phone? Now would be a good time to make sure it works 
  • Make certain you have at least one long (50 foot) heavy duty extension cord. 
  • Batteries for everything. You need batteries for flashlights and everyone in the family should have their own flashlight.

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  • Medications should be refilled early.
  • If you need meds refrigerated, call/visit the closest fire department. Explain the issue. They may know of a service within your town that offers ice for medical reasons after the storm arrives.
  • If you have a spare tub, fill that with water to flush the toilet. Though if the water levels get too high, the septic systems may not work. If the water gets really high, the sewer systems won't work. If the power is out long enough, the lift stations for the sewers won't work.
  • If there is someone in the house with medical issues that must have power, call the local Red Cross. There will be a medical shelter that will have back up power. Make sure you have a spot there.
Make an House BOOK
Your Safety:
  • If you're being told to evacuate, get out. 
  • If you need to evacuate, where are you going to go? Does everyone in your family know? Even the ones not in the area? 
  • Pack a readiness bag, clothing, meds, toiletries etc.
  • Locate your valuables and store them someplace safe
  • Every person in the family should have the phone numbers and addresses of family written down. Everything is in our phones, but when that battery dies, you can't access those phone numbers. Make a Friends and Family Book!

  • If you are even  near this storm and you're near a body of water or the coast, do you know at least two ways to leave your neighborhood? Plan it out. Write it down. If things get hairy, your mind may not be working all that clearly and things you thought you'd never forget, you don't know.
  • Before: Locate your paperwork for all your insurance policies.Make a House Book! Home, renters, car, business. If your house is damaged, the paperwork may not be available or may have been destroyed. 
  • Contact family/friends/redditors out of the storm area now so you have one spot to call if your family becomes separated.
  • Collect the phone numbers of the power, phone and cable companies. If there is an issue like a downed wire, or junction box destroyed by a fallen tree, they want to know.
Your Home and Car:
  • Have some solar light! (the garden kind will do, too)
  • Have gas in your car and a car charger.
  • Have  generator handy if you can
  • Rake the yard now. With the amount of rain expected, you need the drains open and running freely. A drain clogged with leaves does not flow and all the water may end up in your basement.
  • Buy a tarps and plastic. I get the medium and about a 10 mil just to protect the roof if 
     best tips ever-before and after a disaster!
    Best Emergency before & after tips Ever!
    I've got a tree down. If you don't need them, you can always return them.
  • Secret everything.  Clean the yard.  Make sure you put away anything that can fly away or into a neighbors home
  • After the storm is over, don't go sloshing through the puddles. Power lines will be down all over the place and that water may be hiding that live wire.
  • Have books and activities available for entertainment - you will need it if the power goes out. Particularly if you have kids.
  • If something should happen here are best hints ever for before and after a disaster and how to deal with it! Best Emergency Tips Before and After Any Home Disaster
  • Lastly:  Check out Our Emergency and Disaster Board on Pinterest-chock full of information, tips and tricks  and infographics to help you with any emergency.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Where To Find Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Not many days left 'til the ECLIPSE! HOW and WHERE to find Eclipse Glasses and Handheld Viewers

Where to get free or buy total eclipse glasses handheld viewers
Where to get  FREE or PURCHASE total eclipse glasses handheld viewers
If you are like many of us, you hope to get a peek of this astronomic event!

Recently I read that your local library has glasses supplied by the Library Networkwhich distributed over 2 million glasses free of charge to local libraries.  So, I looked at the chart to find out what library near us had them. Then went yesterday to the closest library, only to find out that they are all gone or being saved for their "Viewing Event".

Well, this tells me if you can't get glasses on time, contact and go to your library and sign up for their viewing event!  Perhaps, your school or local organization has a safe viewing event, too! Because it could be dangerous to view this without the proper equipment. 

If you are looking for places TO BUY the safety glasses check out this page at NASA.  They have a huge list of options.  BUT hurry because they are starting to be sold out!

To find out exactly when it happens where you live, go here to see the Countdown CLOCK 

For More important information regarding the Total Eclipse:

Loads of SAFE ways to View the Eclipse
The link:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About The Eclipse

The Eclipse is coming August 21.  This is a Rare event, which has't been seen in many decades and will not again for several more. It sure is worth seeing either live or livestream with family and or friends.
Loads of SAFE ways to View the Eclipse
Here are some of our favorite sources to help you see this upcoming scientific celestial event the August 21, 2017 Eclipse. 

Find out where in the world you can see it, what time in your zone, what to expect, and how to safely view it.

Just remember, if you watch it live, be careful!

When where how to see it:  Total Eclipse Guide and Map
From Farmers Almanac 
View it Live Stream from Nasa

Find out what to expect to see where you live in USA , closest place to see it from,  by your zip code

From National Geographic,  Get ready to see the Rare #ECLIPSE make a #DIY Eclipse Viewer

The most important thing is to watch it safely, so read this article on HOW TO WATCH THE ECLIPSE SAFELY from NASA

Saturday, July 8, 2017

What's In The Sky for July!

Happy Full Moon Pals!  The full moon is exact on July 9 at 13:10.

What are this months full moon names? The names for the July Moon are Ripe Corn Moon, Summer Moon, Ghost Moon, Crane Moon, Rose Moon, Mead Moon and Moon of Mid Summer.

This is a full month with the DELTA AQUARIUS METEOR Shower Jul 21-Aug 23 and the PERSEIDS Jul 13-Aug 26!

Coming in August we also have the Partial lunar eclipse August 7 and Total solar eclipse August 21!

Did you know we call the moon names?

Don't worry we are being kind!  The moon has been given names from different peoples based on the calendar and their culture for centuries! Some of May moon names are: The Flower Moon, The Milk Moon, Bright Moon, Hare Moon, Grass Moon, Planting Moon, Panther Moon, Dragon Moon and the Moon When Leaves Are Green.The Arapaho Indians referred to this Full Moon as "when the ponies shed their shaggy hair"
See the names for every month: 

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!

Monday, July 3, 2017

How Important Is Caring For Earth - Let Kids tell Us!

Teachers Help Kids Illustrate How Important Environmental Responsibility Is!

Kids around the world illustrate how important caring for the planet can be.

Canton Elementary School Student Andrew , first grade, drew his rendition of Planetpals Earthman.  

Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art
Muzak thought up his own Planetpals Characters....and shared them with us. This creative poster idea was part of an art compitition organized by HRCA mega events, Pakistan. Muaaz Salman and in the first grade received silver medal for this.

Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Simple ideas by using newsprint and printed type, teach us to plant trees. Drawing by Christie.

Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Division 1,  K-1st grade student Jonathan R. from Samoset Elementary Manatee County teaches us about water conservation.

Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art

Teaching us many things!  This clever poster by first grader Rachel Watson illustrates everything we can foo to help Earth.She won first prize.
Kids Illustrate how to Care about earth with art
There are many more great ideas for Teachers to Teach responsibility at Planetpals.  All Earth all the time!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Think Pink this June Full Moon!

June's full moon, will reach its peak this Friday, June 9, at 9:10 a.m. EST.  Known as the Strawberry Full Moon, the Strong Sun MoonMoon When Berries Are Ripe, the Dyan Moon, Moon of Horses, Planting Moon, Windy Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lotus Moon and Rose Moon.  Think about those while you view this special moon! 

This months moon is at 

The Full Moon will be in Sagittarius (Sun in Gemini opposite Moon in Sagittarius. 
Also on June 9, Jupiter ends its retrograde motion.

Learn more about the full moon pages and names.

Friday, June 2, 2017

How We Transformed A Swing Set Into A Tree House For Growing Kids

This recycle idea is not for the birds!

Playthings swing sets are a great addition to your yard when kids are young, but they soon outgrow them.  What do you do then?  
With three boys , one family in Canton MA had a unique idea.  Why not transform the existing swing set into a tree house, hence, get a few more years out of it!  It was a great building project for the kids as well as a lesson in the art of the 4 R's....Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remake.
A photo story from beginning to end:
The original Playthings Williamsburg swing set configuration.  

Family and friends had plenty of fun on the old swing set through the years.

A front view showing the new configuration as a tree house (still utilizing the swings)
Close up of the Tree House  section, roof and deck added, as well as, a bench inside. Allowing more room for grown kids and additional play space.

A side view of the new Tree House 

Brenden, Andrew, Christopher and friend Josh show off the final Tree House!  Notice the ropes tied to the front and sides for safety and adding a fun look.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Patriotic Craft Ideas for Summer Holidays

Whether you are celebrating Memorial Day, 4th of July,  Labor Day  or any other patriotic day or event check out these great craft ideas for the US Flag, decor or parties.

These RocK!  Painted Flag Rocks.  Fun to find the stones and fun to paint. 

Decorate your Camp site with Red, White, Blue And Oh So Green Patriotic Campers

Have a crafty Summer Pals!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Share and Care for Endangered Species Day Pals!

Endangered Species Day is In May.

On May 19, 2017 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will observe Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation efforts to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats.  

At Planetpals, We love Earth and all Earth's Creatures Big and Small,.  Check out Planetpals Endangered Species Page Learn all about Endangered Species Learn how may species there are, which creatures are the oldest, why habitats are so easy to break, and more.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy May 2017 Full Moon Pals!

The Full Moon May's 2017 will be on MAY 10  for the United States (EST) and May 11th in Europe. This months New Moon will come later in the month on May 25th. The full moon for this May occurs on May 10 AT 5:42 pm  (in Eastern Time EST) in the Astrological SIGN of TAURUS.

Did you know we call the moon names?
Don't worry we are being kind!  The moon has been given names from different peoples based on the calendar and their culture for centuries! Some of May moon names are: The Flower Moon, The Milk Moon, Bright Moon, Hare Moon, Grass Moon, Planting Moon, Panther Moon, Dragon Moon and the Moon When Leaves Are Green.The Arapaho Indians referred to this Full Moon as "when the ponies shed their shaggy hair"
See the names for every month: 

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970

Pin This Little Bit Of Earthday History!

My friend Julie went to one of the very first Earthday USA Events and she received this button!  It's a pretty clever design and she saved it all these years.  

Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970! 

This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday conference 1970. This one includes the original Earthday logo designed by Ron Cobb in 1969.  Learn more about the original Earthday Logo.

Check out the Original Earthday Buttons Circa 1970!

According to the Smithsonian Institute This is another Earthday button design which was from the original Earthday 1970.  David Powell, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, designed this button for the Philadelphia Earth Week Committee on the occasion of the first Earth Day in 1970. The button was made by Horn Badge Co. of Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about earthday.  Planetpals has the most complete and comprehensive Earthday pages and information available on the web! 

Happy Earthday Pals!

Friday, April 21, 2017

This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!

Bottle caps are usually made of # 5 plastic.  They need to be recycled separately!

Creative ways to recycle bottle caps or donate them for good use!
Bottle caps are made from #5 Plastic and get recycled differently than the bottle!

Did you know bottle top Plastic caps are typically made from plastic #5 while the bottles are made from #2. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Plastic caps on glass bottles
  • Caps on tubes
  • Caps on baby food pouches
  • Caps on cartons, such as those for milk, orange juice etc 
Remember, plastic takes over 500 years to biodegrade, if ever!  It's best to remove the tops and return them to a place that will use them.  There are a multitude of collection facilities such as manufacturers, grocery stores, schools and organizations.  *NOTE: If your cap is a #2 plastic you can leave it on if your town recycles bottles!

This List Of Places To Donate Bottle Caps Is Tops!
Bottle Cap Art Mural Caps can be sent to schools.  Check your town schools first!

Helpful List of Ideas and Places to Recycle Caps:

  • Try Googling “Plastic Cap Recycling”. There are many places that accept and request caps for recycling and have websites where that information is easy to access.
Recycle Caps LOCALLY:
  • Check with your city. Some cities do accept plastic bottle caps, but they may require that you remove the cap from the bottle and put it in the bin separately. 
  • Check local school or teachers organization to see if they need them for projects
  • Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods Markets accept #5 plastic caps for recycling. Next time you’re shopping, check their bins to see if yours does, too! Whole Foods takes part in the Gimme Five Program
Recycle Caps By Mail:  
If you can’t find a local place to drop off your plastic caps for recycling, you can mail them to one of these places!
  • Aveda, the skin and hair care company, offers an option for recycling bottle caps
  • Caps Of Love, This US charity funds children's wheelchairs 
  • Caps Can Do.  Caps Can Do is a company that specializes in recycling #5 plastic.
Recycle BY Repurposing:
Recycling is great, but reusing is also a good idea.  Particularly, if it is a permanent project like a mural! Check out our recycle craft ideas for bottles and caps on Planetpals Pinterest Page