is   backyard nature,  backyard wildlife,   and green business for consumers
backyard lawn and garden plants including mushrooms in forestry and urban natural areas

Animals: Pets & Wildlife
Home Improvement
Natural Housing
Conservation Tips

Green & Sustainable
Urban Agriculture & Farming
Organic Food
Energy Efficiency
Nature Tips
Eco & Nature Travel
California Nature
California Beach Communities
Hiking & Camping
Events Calendar
California Green Solutions
Bird Profiles
Buddy's Diner
Insects & Weird Critters
Plants & Green Stuff
Other Fun Stuff
Nature Education Center
California Scrapbook
Japan Scrapbook
Naturalists & Heroes
Backyard Blessings
Nature Education
Nature Art & Illustration
Nature Films & Video

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education." -Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
Published by
Solutions For Green We also publish California Green Solutions and a series of blogs about healthy living solutions.

We don't share your information with anyone else. We ask that parents subscribe to the newsletter. We respect our community's children. We believe we are part of "our village" and need to care for one another.

california native plants are poppies for wildflowers and native plant ecosystem

For more sustainable business information, visit for Sustainable Workplace and Green Products, and ~ Movie Industry Marketing for Indie Filmmaking Tips Arkansas Pet Services ~ for Lifestyles ~ Home and Garden Habitat, Organics and Sustainability
organic foods, organic landscaping, organic farming and organic products for babies, kids and adults.

Disaster Preparedness Needs YOU -- especially in coastal areas.

If a manmade or natural disaster strikes Linn County, Iowa, such as a leak at its nuclear power plant or a storm that might trigger devastating river floods—local officials are prepared to bring in 650 buses and move 35,000 of the county's most vulnerable residents to safety.

The county emergency manager knows exactly where frail older residents and others with special needs are in Cedar Rapids and in the countryside surrounding it because he has mapped their locations by computer.

"A high proportion of Linn County citizens are retirees, and we've got this GIS program—geographic information system—that puts every nursing home, assisted living and congregate care facility in the county on a map," he says. People who live at home and need help register and are put on the map, too.

This plan for special-needs residents has been cited as a model by federal emergency officials and by the National Association of Counties. Linn County has planned every step—from setting up a large shelter with emergency power for those on dialysis or life support to how to ensure that city, county and school bus drivers report for duty in a crisis to transport these residents.

Most communities have not even considered the issue of how to evacuate people with special needs, let alone made specific plans. "It's a problem that is going to get bigger, not smaller, and it's going to get bigger particularly in those coastal areas where the risk is the greatest," says Jack Harrald, director of the George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management.

Linn County developed its special-needs plan on its own—Iowa has no specific laws governing that evacuation issue. Only a handful of states require that kind of planning by communities. Florida is one.

Dennis S. Mileti, an expert in disaster planning who co-founded the "Natural Hazards Review" journal, suggests that to plan ahead for disasters, you need to look at what your local government has planned.

Florida has developed a comprehensive program and "is one of the few states that has seriously dealt with this issue," says Jack Harrald. Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Florida has passed a number of laws spelling out what communities must do to prepare for and respond to a disaster. Its lengthy special-needs legislation includes provisions for:

  • A registry—maintained by local emergency management offices—of people with physical or mental disabilities.
  • A state registry of health care practitioners who can staff shelters.
  • A periodic survey of potential shelter sites such as schools, with reports on which facilities need retrofitting, using state funds, to be storm-ready.
  • Evacuation plans—including transportation, medication and shelter—to be coordinated for clients by home health care agencies.

"This is the window of opportunity for people and organizations to demand better disaster preparation from the bottom up," says George Haddow, a research scientist and disaster planning consultant who has co-authored a textbook on emergency management. "People have to demand it now."

Preparing means more than just writing a plan. About 15 times a year Linn County conducts disaster exercises, which, experts say, are essential to help an emergency plan work even when it encounters the unexpected.

General rule: Improvisation works best for those who study and practice the most.


For more articles about NATURE EXPLORATION

Leaves of 3 Leave them be
Think Global - Act Local!
Certify Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder
Favorite Quotes about Nature
Bio-Diesel solving energy shortages