Today in disaster resilience (23 March 2018)


Please find links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news this week…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Widespread floods hit Kenya, at least 19 killed and scores injured

Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Belo Horizonte in Brazil

Channel Country gets three weeks’ notice of floods after rain 700km away

Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Eliakim Leaves 17 Dead and 6,000 Displaced

Spain – 1 Dead, 1 Missing as Storm in Andalusia Causes Flash Floods

Dominican Republic – Record Rain Causes Flash Floods in North

Uruguay – Evacuations After Floods in South

Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued

Toxic gases released from Kawah Ijen injure 24 people, evacuations ordered

Record-breaking rain hits California, worst yet to come

Severe flooding in São Paulo kills 3, leaves 1 000 displaced

Tropical Cyclone Nora has formed off the Northern Territory and is expected to track towards Queensland

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sakurajima


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


The Paris Agreement is deeply flawed – it’s time for a new deal

More accurate maps of bed topography reveal physical processes controlling retreat

Stark Differences in Sea Level Rise Flooding Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming

A new study shows that rising temperatures in the Himalayas have led to more avalanches

Research scientist’s maps show how sea level rise will affect Nova Scotia communities

Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns

UN Arctic chief: ‘Climate change isn’t linear – it’s accelerating’

Greenland Is Literally Cracking Apart and Flooding the World

‘I’m furious’: Tathra councillor says now is the time to talk climate

Boston Sea Level Projected To Rise 1.5 Feet By 2050

Building urban resilience to climate change: A review of Madagascar

The governance of climate change adaptation in Canada

Quantified, localized health benefits of accelerated carbon dioxide emissions reductions

Government of Liberia launches project to prioritize climate governance through improved National Adaptation Plans

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons

Global Energy & CO2 Status Report

Darwin will get hotter and people will die thanks to climate change, scientists warn


Disaster risk reduction

Nairobi sets aside Sh194m to deal with flooding

Payouts after disasters and costly litigation leave insurance companies exposed, report finds

Papua New Guinea in bid to quake-proof buildings sitting on the Ring of Fire

Capacity development strategy for Sendai Framework

Roughly 80% of large historical floods in South East Queensland happened within a series of five-year flood-prone periods

Large floods in South East Queensland, Australia: Is it valid to assume they occur randomly?

As Storms Get Stronger, Building Codes Are Getting Weaker

Building stronger communities through disaster preparedness and resilience collaboration

Extended bushfire season ‘the new normal’

In a Historic Downtown, Disaster Becomes a Chance to Build Something Better

First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated

Should communities at the highest risk be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated?

Who’s at Risk? Rapid Mapping of Potential Hazard Exposure

U.S. Gun Policy in a Global Context

Complex fault geometry and rupture dynamics of the Mw 6.5, 2016, October 30th central Italy earthquake

New Large-Scale Modeling Gives Worsening Picture of the Nation’s Flood Risk

“Everyone has a part to play to reduce flood risk and homeowners in flood risk areas should know the risks and what action they can take” – Sir James Bevan

Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth’s history in the central Mediterranean

Complex floodplain management issues on the Mississippi River

Flooding and heavy rains rise 50% worldwide in a decade, figures show

Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is making ‘friends with water’ to mitigate extreme weather events in modern metropolises

Environment Agency says a different approach is needed to tackle flooding over next 50 years

Police say Hawkesdale, Garvoc, Terang and Camperdown fires all started by electrical assets

Learning from El Niño Costero 2017: Opportunities for Building Resilience in Peru

WMO Statement on the state of the global climate in 2017

How To Build Resilience To Catastrophic Events With Alice Hill

Earthquake early warning system gets big boost in House budget bill

Houston identifies $700M in priority flood control projects

How do people behave if flood risk decreases as a result of dams?

Optimal investment and location decisions of a firm in a flood risk area using impulse control theory


Emergency Management

A Truck in Saudi Arabia Outruns a Flash Flood in the Desert

Six months on, how is the Caribbean recovering from hurricanes and Irma and Maria?

Care for an elderly relative must include planning for natural disasters

What happens to pregnant women when disaster strikes?

FEMA’s Plan for Dealing With Natural Disasters Is Missing the Two Most Important Words

State issues report on flaws in Sonoma County wildfire alerts

Private sector can shoulder more responsibility for disaster readiness

Expert reaction: Bushfire ravages NSW coastal town

NSW authorities defend warning system after devastating Tathra fire – Some residents say text alerts never arrived

Six months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes

FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Plan Is a Disaster for the U.S.

Ohio statewide tornado drill scheduled for today

How did the plague impact health regulation?

Only 30% of businesses have reopened in Fukushima nuclear disaster-hit areas: survey

Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told



Disaster education, communications and engagement

Elementary students’ evacuation route choice in a classroom: A questionnaire-based method

Influence seekers: the production of grey literature for policy and practice

The tool that enabled a change in student engagement

Master of Disaster:  learning resources, supporting documents and a multimedia library to help children and students learn about hazards in British Columbia

Ninety per cent of Canadians who actually live in a flood risk zone don’t know that they are at risk of flood

Comrie flooding inspires festival film about loss and memory

2013 Alberta flood victims “not even aware” of risk

Bring community voices into disaster rebuilding and infrastructure planning

Games about trust

Giving UK Children a Voice in Emergencies

How can we measure resilience? Mobile phones – and the right questions – can help

‘Plate Tectonics’ book explores the Earth’s building blocks and the geophysical theory that changed the way we look at the world

World Water Day: exploring the solutions we find in nature

New EGU publications: Geoscience Communication and Encyclopedia of Geosciences


Social Media and Emergency Management


Seniors are the age group most likely to say they never go online

Unpacking and Exploring the Relationship between Crisis Management and Social Media in the Era of ‘Smart Devices’

Early detection and information extraction for weather-induced floods using social media streams

How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People

Millions of people follow science-related pages on Facebook



Psychology and disasters

Understanding Social-Force Model in Psychological Principles of Collective Behavior

Echoes of Katrina: Post-Hurricane Maria Public Health Threats and Trauma

The secret science that rules crowds




Sociology and Disasters

Social Identity and Intergroup Relationships in the Management of Crowds during Mass Emergencies and Disasters: Recommendations for Emergency Planners and Responders

Study: US inequality persists 50 years after landmark report


Today in disaster resilience (16 March 2018)


Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Queensland floods: Mammoth clean-up and more rain to come

Single lightning strike kills 16, injures 140 in Rwanda

State of emergency after landslide destroys over 100 homes, Peru

Deadly thunderstorm, tornado hits Thailand

Kazakhstan – Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain and Melting Snow Cause Flooding in East

At least a third of the Queensland’s local government areas are impacted by floods, with the damage bill to reach “in the millions”

Records broken by 3rd nor’easter in 2 weeks, 4th possible next week

Landslide destroys 7 homes in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia

Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Britain’s CO2 Emissions Have Fallen to Levels Last Seen in 1890

Special issue: Resilience and the climate threat

Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels have jumped yet again, increasing for the third consecutive year

Global Carbon Budget 2017

Australia’s solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels

22 leading Commonwealth science bodies urge action on climate change

‘Vulnerable’: Climate change threatens Wollongong homes, WIN Stadium

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Data Snapshot: Millennials and Climate Change

Climate Conflicts: Myth or Reality?

As the Arctic warms, nor’easters may get worse

Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war

A climate-themed album sobers and inspires

February 2018 was sixth warmest February on record

It’s 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out

Physicians are noticing an influx of patients whose illnesses are directly or indirectly related to global warming

How people in Nepal live with the threat of a dangerous glacial lake outburst flood caused by climate change


Disaster risk reduction

Turning Dhaka into a resilient city

After the tsunami: Japan’s sea walls – in pictures

Drones will be used to investigate Auckland’s big landslide threats as part of EQC-funded study

Sendai Framework Monitor takes off

Wet, cool summers create major fire threat on neglected crown land

Water crises are hitting our economies: Time to hit back with natural infrastructure

Options for reducing house-losses during wildfires without clearing trees and shrubs

Improving meteorological services to issue advance warnings & protect people from climate hazards in Moldova

Flooding has flushed 43 billion plastic pieces out to sea

Continental United States Hurricane Landfall Frequency and Associated Damage: Observations and Future Risks

Vietnam and U.N. to build storm-proof housing for coastal communities

Once the levee is constructed and accredited, more than 3,100 properties in Aberdeen and Hoquiam will be removed from the area that FEMA has mapped

St. Louis’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment

How plant traits determine the flammability of ecosystems and interact with climate and weather to influence fire regimes

Study shows NRA is wrong about Aussie gun laws

To grow economically, protect Houston from flooding

Six figures for six feet: Some Harvey victims in Houston spend huge sums to elevate their homes

U.S. Infrastructure Must Be Flood-Ready, State and Local Officials Say

A New Flood Protection Standard for the US’ Flooding Problem

East Coast Nor’easters Amplify Calls for Resilient Building Code Regulations

Delivering urban resilience

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say

Historic reconstructions of daily river flow for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015)

Disaster resilience at the local level

Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies

Natural Disasters Are Costing Farming Billions of Dollars a Year

Africa: Climate-Threatened Nations to Get Profiles of Drought, Flood Risk

Floods don’t just happen in flood zones

Number of natural disasters in the United States from 1900 to 2016, by type

Cascading hazards: need to focus on research


Emergency Management

Papua New Guinea quake: An invisible disaster which could change life forever

Five months after Hurricane Maria, the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico is powered by women

Here’s How Mobile Technology Makes Disaster Zones Less Disastrous

Puerto Rico’s New Resiliency Commission Pushes for Community-Led Recovery

Fukushima nuclear disaster: did the evacuation raise the death toll?

Firebombers in Australia set to tackle bushfires at night

Incorporating intelligence for typical evacuation under the threat of fire spreading

90 Years Later, The St. Francis Dam Failure Remains A Vital Safety Lesson

Irma Caused 129 Deaths, More Than $53 Billion in Damages, Hurricane Center Concludes

Elevating Emergency Response in Tanzania

A study of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has emphasized the importance of economic recovery to the well-being of communities in the post-disaster phase

The Relationship Between Firearm Availability and Suicide

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Community Resilience Strategy 2016-2019 – Year One Outcomes Report has been released

FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Impressive animation – family prepares for major Tokyo earthquake

Dozens of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the Province of Benguet underwent a one day training on disaster preparedness

Tornado safety starts with preparedness

3M survey shows public has hope for science, if others do it

Japan marks 7th anniversary of tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster

Seismic waves visualisation

European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response

We should be promoting early STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills

When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes

Fun way to examine Australia’s future population scenarios

Everything has changed. Even the way we change has changed

FEMA offers tips for rebuilding after Harvey at home improvement stores

Giant Spider Rescued From Herbert River, North Queensland, Twitterati Frightened After Watching The Video

Drills in schools to mark 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami

“Americans use the phrase ‘natural disaster’ with ease, but have continued to debate its meaning even more following Hurricane Katrina”

Australians rescued a giant spider from floodwaters. The rest of the world wonders why

Measurement and communication: what worked and what did not in Fukushima

Malawi’s Recovery and Resilience Efforts Have Major Impact on Education

Gamification in disaster management

Resilience Through Creativity: Global Resilience Institute Art Show


Social Media and Emergency Management

A social media analysis tool that monitors Twitter to gather real-time information on the disaster situation to be tested in Piedmont

A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram

Unofficial weather forecaster Higgins Storm Chasing criticised for alarmist social media flood post

With 7 billion hits, Hurricane Irma nearly broke the Internet


Psychology and disasters

Pre-Disaster PTSD as a moderator of the relationship between natural disaster and suicidal ideation over time


Sociology and Disasters

Flooding and gentrification

Humans ‘thrived’ after historic Mount Toba eruption

Research shows the importance of social capital in longevity



Today in disaster resilience (9 March 2018)


Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rains pound, flood parts of Nairobi

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power

Dozens die across Europe as cold weather blights continent

Storm Emma: Risk of flooding in many areas as thaw begins

PNG earthquake: 11 people dead after strong aftershocks rock Highlands

Angola – 8 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in 3 Provinces

Rwanda – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Western Province

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan

Australia – Rivers Rise After Record Rain in Central Queensland

Indonesia – 3,000 Evacuated After Floods in West Nusa Tenggara

Tropical Cyclone “Hola” crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands

Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Malawi – Floods in Central and Southern Regions Affect 2,000

Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Mayon, Kirishima

New Zealand – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in Hawke’s Bay

Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone Hola Brings Heavy Rain

Flood warning: Ingham residents told rising river will isolate communities, inundate properties


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations Tied to Increase in Heart Attacks

Climate Short film: They said it couldn’t be done

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists

It was officially New Zealand’s hottest summer on record

Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts

What It’s Like To Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshi islanders must decide between keeping the water out—or letting it in

How Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network

13 Cities May Exceed 2C Temperature Rise by 2020s, Say Scientists


Disaster risk reduction

Defining Extreme Wildfire Events: Difficulties, Challenges, and Impacts

The challenge of urbanisation in Africa

Despite recommendations, some Southern Indiana homeowners reject flood insurance

Los Angeles Releases Resilience Strategy

Province working on technology to ease damage in flood season

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada

New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption

Flood insurance program remains in limbo as U.S. Senate makes few moves before deadline

Wildfire problem to increase in coming decades

Autumn planned burning program kicks off across Victoria

The floodplains work — if only we didn’t develop in them

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing

Megathrust quake: Evacuation zones would protect Kiwis from monster Hikurangi tsunami, scientist say

Hikurangi tsunami warning system: Is it possible?

Canadian researchers find way to better predict severe storms

Drilling project probes New Zealand’s risk of killer quakes

Green Spaces in Cities Help Control Floods, Store Carbon – Study

Will Miami Beach’s anti-flooding measures work?

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone


Emergency Management

Go inside when storm comes and go upstairs when it floods!

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tens of thousands need urgent aid

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa

Health staff ‘too stressed’ to deal with disasters

CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine

Marshall County family suffers fire and flood in the same year

Drones Helping in Puerto Rico

Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike

The European Commission signed an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management

Workshop on Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment

Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria

‘We put our lives at risk’: What it’s like running a remote Aussie roadhouse in cyclone season

Measuring Hurricane Wind Speed from Space


Disaster education, communications and engagement

HayWired is a California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative that aims to shift behavior about earthquakes

Letters From the Dust Bowl

Forming a flood action group can play a vital role in reducing the communities flood risk

Footage of San Francisco After 1906 Quake Found at Flea Market

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management

Implementing a tiered wildfire risk assessment approach to inform wildfire education programs

Sketches of the Seine flooding

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters


Social Media and Emergency Management


Five billion people — two-thirds of the global population — now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information


Psychology and disasters


Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others

Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina


Sociology and Disasters


Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster

Women, resilience and social movements

Since 2000, 6.4 million Brazilians moved after large-scale flooding, droughts and other disasters

Today in disaster resilience (2 March 2018)


Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 4 dead after reported tornadoes, flooding sweep through the South

Crazy floods hit the Midwest when hardly anyone was looking

PNG troops respond to major 7.5 quake as aftershocks feared

M6.0 and 6.3 aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea

Unprecedented hailstorm hits Saudi Arabia, injures more than 50 people

USA – 6 Dead as Flooding in Central and Southern States Worsens

USA – Rising Rivers Prompt Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in Java Leave 15 Dead and 50,0000 Affected

Iraq – Floods Affecting 200,000 in Relief Camps

Extinct Bosavi volcano showing signs of awakening, Papua New Guinea

Flood Rescues After Heavy Rain in Queensland

These striking photos show the extent of the Midwest flooding

Record-breaking cold claims at least 24 lives across Europe

Papua New Guinea: at least 16 dead after strongest ever earthquake hits

Planet Labs imagery of the Pasir Panjang landslide in Indonesia

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Major rainfall event affecting Queensland, record floods possible


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Managing climate change risks: an independent audit

Climate change and your life events

These flood-proof towers could withstand rising sea levels in New York

Sweden pledges to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

‘Really extreme’ global weather event leaves scientists aghast

Northeast Florida scientists agree: Sea-level rise is here, and it’s dangerous

Extreme Weather Will Occur More Frequently Worldwide

Vulnerabilities and resilience of European power generation to 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming

Climate Models Are Uncertain, but We Can Do Something About It

Our Drowning Coast: Left to Louisiana’s tides, Jean Lafitte fights for time

Ireland Demonstrates Climate Leadership with €22 billion Investment Plan

Pictures Show Climate Change’s Dramatic Arctic Impact

Could More Snow in Antarctica Slow Sea Level Rise?

Climate change pushing weather extremes ‘off the scale’, says global cities group

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented

Gone With the Wind: Norway’s Glaciers to Disappear in Hundred Years

It might seem counterintuitive, but global warming plays a role in blasts of bitter cold weather. The reason: It influences the jet stream

China’s Arctic Dream

Six research priorities for cities and climate change

The Climate Just Map Tool shows the geography of England’s vulnerability to climate change at a neighbourhood scale

Reality Check: Where in the world is snow getting rarer?

What is the most climate-resilient place in the US?

Integrating adaptation into cities, infrastructure and local planning in Uruguay


Disaster risk reduction

A bottom-up approach to developing a neighbourhood-based resilience measurement framework

Better flood management: How can we help make every second count?

Strengthening resilience in the face of natural disasters and shocks in Pakistan

Urban Development and Flood Risk in Vietnam-experience in three cities

Here come the megacities

The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance

Animated Map: The 20 Most Populous Cities in the World by 2100

Major study probes NZ’s big landslide threat

Coastal communities hit by Harvey will get $1 billion for hazard mitigation

South African risk and vulnerability atlas

“We must build resilient communities before disaster strikes”

Why Canada needs to change how to forecast and prepare for floods

When is the right time for a prescribed bushfire reduction burn?

A groundbreaking new study, led by the University of Bristol, has found that 41 million Americans are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate

Many Irish cities to face more extreme weather conditions by 2100

Can Atmospheric Science Improve Global Disaster Resilience?

Harvey victims: do you want your homes bought out or elevated?

Drought and flood risk profiles to be developed for 16 countries in Africa

The NSW Government has funded a $3 million land swap arrangement to save a number of Murwillumbah businesses devastated by the 2017 Flood

Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out his thoughts on the future of the water industry at this year’s Water UK City Conference

Humble, Houston propose new floodplain development regulations

Investing in Mitigation to Build a More Resilient Nation

Why Is California Rebuilding in Fire Country?

UN launches effort to collect data on disaster losses


Emergency Management

The Population of Montecito Plummeted 75% after the January Mudslides

A framework for disaster resilience education with homeless communities

What happens if… disaster recovery for the smart city and beyond

Disaster diplomacy governs who gets help after catastrophic events around the world

Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year

After a devastating storm season, researchers are seeking better ways to rebuild and to support their most vulnerable colleagues

First Responder Research Monitor

Disaster diplomacy investigates how and why disaster-related activities do and do not influence conflict and cooperation

New evidence of nuclear fuel releases found at Fukushima

Tonga – Drones Play Key Role in Cyclone Gita Disaster Recovery

Police breath-test a helicopter pilot after he landed on a road to deliver supplies to residents trapped by flooding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Performance of the UK’s Flood Information Service

What if the dinosaurs had survived?

Global view of rocks

Planting the seeds for a flood resilient future

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness Through A Real Estate Professional Training Program

Efficient, Adaptable Simulations: A Case Study of a Climate Negotiation Game

Managing animals in emergencies

A river runs through my office

Find out about the latest plans to reduce flood risk in Otley

Educating local middle-schoolers about emergency preparedness allows the small city of Miami to build climate resilience in an accessible way—and broach the topic of climate change

Prototyping Virtual Reality Serious Games for Building Earthquake Preparedness: The Auckland City Hospital Case Study

School earthquake and tsunami safety

Students of flood-prone school in Oro trained in disaster preparedness

The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services has just released a new school education program called North West Bushfire Patrol

Property Flood Resilience Training for Surveyors

Learning Events Boost Capacity for Living with Fire

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin


Social Media and Emergency Management

The role of unstructured data in real-time disaster-related social media monitoring

Artificial Intelligence system that continuously monitors different types of hazards on social media and autonomously extracts high-quality, organized information from posts

A new report will offer plans, proposals and guidance on handling social media during and after disasters

Twitter’s bookmark feature will help us keep tweets for later reading


Psychology and disasters


Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma

The science of resilience: What are the ingredients that help people cope?

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others

What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?

‘I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy’: Flood also leaves behind emotional mess


Sociology and Disasters


Social Capital and Natural Hazards Governance

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery video

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery guide




Today in disaster resilience (23 February 2018)


Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Ohio River flood advisory remains as region recovers from deluge

Ramban: massive landslides cut-off the Kashmir Valley for four days (includes a dramatic video)

Grassfire destroys several Wee Jasper buildings including ‘The Stables’ tavern

A month’s worth of rain in 60 minutes floods Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Massive eruption at Sinabung volcano, ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l.

Levant – Flooding in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq After Heavy Rain

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin weakens, but heavy flooding cuts off Great Northern Highway

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita causes landslips, destroys two homes near Kaikōura

Widespread flooding hits US South and Midwest, excessive rain continues

Broome hit by two years’ worth of rain in two months, Western Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Mayon

Deadly landslide hits Java, over a dozen missing

USA and Canada – 2 Dead, 1 Missing as Rivers Overflow in Midwest and Ontario


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Draft UN Report Says World Has Little Chance of Keeping Warming Below 1.5 Degrees

Climate change will accelerate extreme weather events in the coming years

Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions

We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years

Cyclone Gita ‘revved up’ by record summer’s warm oceans

Committed sea-level rise under the Paris Agreement and the legacy of delayed mitigation action

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides

Does climate denialism still matter? The prevalence of alternative frames in opposition to climate policy

Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’

B.C. lacks climate change policies, especially on wildfires and flooding: audit

Future heat-waves, droughts and floods in 571 European cities

Public Awareness of Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Is Rising

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming

Rainfall’s natural variation hides climate change signal

Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed

Taking a proactive approach to climate extremes in Serbia


Disaster risk reduction

Houston City Council clears way for another 40 flood-prone homes to elevate

Can Security Measures Really Stop School Shootings?

Floods and water storages in Mexico City

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience indicators

Global volcanic hazards and risk

The new science of cities? Four reasons we need networked knowledge

Unusual Dutch bridge embraces flooding in a thought-provoking way

Reducing run-off to prevent floods

Trends in urban resilience 2017

Sensitivities of NearField Tsunami Forecasts to Megathrust Deformation Predictions

How common are earthquakes in the UK?

Community-built bio-dykes

The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid

Landslide models

Researchers fill gap in current flood models

Disaster vulnerability index for each country in the world

Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

Ecuador is paying more and more attention to data collection and disaster risk management across sectors

Exeter flood defence scheme

With only vague plans, Houston races to build new reservoir


Emergency Management

Lessons learned from wildfire response in Napa and Sonoma County helped set safe evacuation distances

Learning from the 2013 Calgary flood

Would an earthquake early warning system work for New Zealand?

After the Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey: Climate change, staggering costs, and people at the heart of it all

78 seconds of earthquake warning

From Theory to Practice: a Disaster Simulation Exercise

Drone Fleet Supports Modern Approach to Managing Wildfire and Natural Resources on Public Lands

Improving Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Flood trivia

A survey by the Environment Agency and AA reveals two-thirds of drivers would risk their lives in flood

A proposal to United Nations for an ‘International day of Volcanoes’ to be recognised on 10th April

Monitoring Tropical Cyclones with Lightning and Satellite Data

Next Generation of Youth in Tanzania to Be Equipped With Critical Skills in Urban Resilience

What role do video games play in preparing people for disasters?

Participatory Early Warning Systems: Youth, Citizen Science, and Intergenerational Dialogues on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brazil

Surviving Sandy — the Book–the-book.html?utm_content=bufferbfffb&utm_medium=social&

Fire Narratives: Are Any Accurate?

How to make sure your fire safety messages are accurate

Social Media and Emergency Management

UK Government’s Flood Action Campaign targets 18 to 34 year olds using social media

Using social media to come forward and share painful, personal, and often stigmatized stories

Welcome to Social Media Analysis During Disasters



Psychology and disasters

Carwoola fires: A resident still overcoming trauma and a community continuing its support



Sociology and Disasters

The silent march for Grenfell: Context of a disaster

Social Capital, Resilience and Accessibility in Urban Systems: a Study on Sweden

Today in disaster resilience (16 February 2018)


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Recent emergencies/disasters

Samoa recovers from Cyclone Gita while Tonga braces for impact

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power

Argentina – State of Emergency Declared as Rivers Overflow in Salta Province

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Sarawak State

Tropical storm threatens major flooding in Mindanao

Cyclone Gita: Tonga’s Parliament flattened as category four storm lashes country

Bolivia – 6 Dead, 10,000 Families Affected as Flooding Continues

Massive bushfire in Putty could burn for a month, as crews prepare for another tough day

Mount Agung erupts ash 4.5 km a.s.l., Alert Level remains at 3

‘Someone’s roof is in my front garden’: flooding and damage after cyclone batters Tonga

Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga

Road collapse near Vatican City in Rome destroys 7 cars, 20 families evacuated

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Turrialba, Mayon


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health

Climate Change Could Stop These 13 Cities From Hosting the Winter Olympics Again

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground

Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets?

How we measure global sea-level changes

Cooling Melbourne

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it

Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

King Tides and Rising Seas Are Predictable, and We’re Not Doing Enough About It

Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long

“We are not prepared for today’s climate, let alone for another degree of global warming”

Unprecedented climate events: Historical changes, aspirational targets, and national commitments

In Fiji, villages need to move due to climate change

The effectiveness of communicative tools in addressing barriers to municipal climate change adaptation: lessons from the Netherlands

It’s misleading to ask what Earth’s ‘ideal temperature’ is. Here’s what’s really important

Extreme weather to rise even if Paris goals are met: study

Climate change may bring North Texas longer droughts, heavy rains, 120-degree temps within 25 years

Polar ice is lost at sea


Disaster risk reduction

Savannah converting flood lots into southside park

Towards endogenous disasters and climate adaptation policy making in Indonesia

For Hurricane Surge, Designing to Exceed 2015 Codes Provides $7 Benefit for Each $1 Invested

Cities on Volcanoes

Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience in the South Central United States

The Resilience Accelerator will work directly with cities to move resilience projects from concept to design

The Big One: Toba Explodes–Andaman%20fault/Toba%20Volcano,%20ch_3%20-%20Explosion.htm

Five communities that made the world a more resilient place in 2017

Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk

Gulf Stream Slowed as Hurricanes Struck

Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region

A way to break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood

The world’s most dangerous cities

Hurricane Damage Survey Likely to Help Worldwide

Reducing flood risk in ‘dissolving’ town

Flood is a real concern for property valuation

Although some Houstonians want flood controls, new survey results show more don’t want to pay for them

The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature

Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetlands

Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide

The 100-year flood: Building ‘RiverSmart’ communities for flood resiliency in the Connecticut River Valley

Scientists study Washington’s Rattlesnake Ridge for clues to prevent landslide disasters

Mass shootings in the US since 2012

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods?


Emergency Management

Homeless Crisis, Mental Health Problems Just a Couple Issues That Tie Up Fire Department

Algorithm helps first responders identify vulnerable people during natural disasters

NSW coroner to inquire into 2017 Upper Hunter and Central West bushfire

Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)Fire-Side Story

After deadly 2008 tornado, Wynnewood, ‘miracle baby’, Castalian Springs rose from wreckage

A lack of volunteers has forced some of the county’s 31 volunteer departments to hire on paid, part-time staff to answer fire and emergency medical service calls

Living in Mayon volcano’s shadow

Streamlined approach gives Qld fire and emergency services the edge in disasters

Earthquake Early Warning 5 seconds before ‘killer pulse’


Disaster education, communications and engagement

People ignore ‘catastrophic’ alerts, go to look at fires, study finds

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing

Computer-generated imagery of the destruction of Pompeii

Volcanology Teaching Resources

Ways to involve the community in preparing for a disaster


Social Media and Emergency Management


Twitter has thrived as a platform for academic research

Trust in social media for news declines in 2017

As an information source during Hurricane Harvey, millennials relied more heavily on social media than those aged over 40

Everything You Need to Know About Hashtags


Sociology and Disasters


Lingering effects of 2011 disaster take toll in fallout-hit Fukushima, experts warn

How We Describe Complex Systems To Solve Global Dilemmas

We need to analyze what puts disadvantaged communities at risk and engage marginalized people in disaster planning

Today in disaster resilience (9 February 2018)


Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood in Central and Eastern Latvia

Ex TC Fehi causes major flooding in New Zealand

Record rainfall causes flooding in southern Bolivia

Snowfall of the century: Record-breaking snow and freezing rain wreak havoc across Moscow

Massive floods hit Argentina as Pilcomayo River reaches record highs

Eruption of Fuego volcano forces school closures, Orange Alert issued

Indonesia’s capital braces for floods as landslides kill 2

Taiwan has been hit by a 5.7 magnitude aftershock almost 24 hours after a 6.4 quake that led to the deaths of at least seven people

Selangau floods worst in 15 years

Nine Dead, 10 Still Missing in Aftermath of Taiwan Earthquake

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Heaviest snowfall since 1986 gridlocks Paris, record 740 km (460 miles) of traffic jams


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Climate Change, Transitions, and Geopolitics

The number of hot days in Sydney increased in the past decade across the city, particularly those with extreme heat

Call for scientists to lead action on climate change

Climate change further complicates the urbanisation challenge

Let Cape Town revolutionise the way we think about water

‘Nepal’s climate to get warmer and wetter in future’

Scientists Find Strong Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires

HUD tells states to consider sea level rise when rebuilding from storms

As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever

This Overview Brief explores the topic of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process

Disaster risk reduction

Volcanic Threat and Monitoring Capabilities in the United States

Create “Sponge Cities” to Tackle Worsening Floods

Central Asia Fault Database

Barriers towards hotel disaster preparedness: Case studies of post 2011 Tsunami, Japan

Moving Mitigation Forward

The Great Unconformity—a huge time gap in the rock record—may have been triggered by the uplift of an ancient supercontinent

Building urban disaster resilience in 2018

Hurricane-hit Dominica hurries to prepare for next storm season

Conceptualising the link between information systems and resilience: A developing country field study

As Paris mops up, warning of more floods in Europe’s future

Cities from five continents – Amman, Cape Town, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Hull and Mexico City – have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience

Stronger measures required in NSW to reduce the risk of fatalities in home fires

Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning resources available

Report Says Houston Can Learn From Floodplain Buyout Programs In Other Cities

Creating a flood resilient city: Moving from disaster response to disaster resilience in Ibadan

Complex picture for likelihood of ENSO-driven flood hazard

Paris flooding harks back to one of the great breakthroughs in hydrology

Common sense flood reforms would save lives, billions of dollars

What fault caused the M=6.4 Taiwan earthquake?

A hydroclimatological approach to predicting regional landslide probability using Landlab

A Focus on Resilience After Southern California Fires

Giant working model of the Mississippi

Insurance, public assistance and household flood risk reduction: A comparative study of Austria, England and Romania


Emergency Management

Area-specific flood alerts give residents time to save lives, property

Localizing Humanitarian Drones: Robotics & Disaster Response

Research strengthens Incident Management Team development

Annual National Memorial Service for fire and emergency services

FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets identify tools for organizations to sustain or to improve their capabilities to close identified gaps

Responding to Peru’s worst floods in 30 years

City of Elko faces $3.6 million suit over February flooding


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Do It Together Toolkit for Building Urban Community Resilience

Which fault line do I live on? A guide to the major Bay Area faults

The Environment Agency has launched a new series of short films to help north east communities be better prepared for flooding

A cycle of prediction, comparison, and feedback supports spatial learning in geoscience

A virtual river valley showing the devastation of flash flooding

Virginia Tech students help develop flood strategies in Hampton


Social Media and Emergency Management

Making use of the overwhelming amounts of imagery content on social media within minutes of a potential disaster hitting


Disaster psychology


Psychosocial aspects of the Grenfell Fire disaster

How do children recover from disasters?

How to deal with victim confrontation and stress


Sociology and Disasters

An Assessment of the Effects of Social Connections on the Decision to Evacuate

Social attachment shapes emergency responses: Evidence from a postfire study

Individuals and families who are homeless are among the most vulnerable to disasters

Enhancing Flood Resilience through Livelihood adaptation

Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era

In poorer neighborhoods, no recovery yet from Matthew