Today in disaster resilience (1 June 2016)

Please find links below to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news today…

Current emergencies/disasters

Zika virus has infected 18 people in Virginia, state reports https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/zika-virus-has-infected-18-people-in-virginia-state-reports/2016/05/31/b1e9c064-273f-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html

Panic as three earthquakes strike Umbria http://www.thelocal.it/20160531/strong-earthquake-strikes-umbria

Brazos River rises to record level and floods area southwest of Houston on Memorial Day http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-7953527.php?t=39fd8525cd438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium&utm_content=buffer0f52b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Germany – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead http://floodlist.com/europe/germany-floods-baden-wurttemberg-may-2016

Haiti Floods – 3,000 Houses Damaged in Ouest Department http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-ouest-department-may-2016

Brazil Floods and Landslides – 1 Dead, 3 Missing in Recife After 235 mm of Rain in 12 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-landslide-recife-pernambuco-may-2016

Disaster risk reduction

Scientists are using drones to help predict coastal erosion https://theconversation.com/scientists-are-using-drones-to-help-predict-coastal-erosion-60135

Recreating Forests of the Past Isn’t Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problems http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-us/recreating-forests-of-the_b_10166298.html

The science and practice of urban planning in slums https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/the-science-and-practice-of-urban-planning-in-slums/

On the Bárðarbunga earthquakes http://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/on-the-bardarbunga-earthquakes

Storm Desmond ‘overwhelmed Cockermouth flood defences’ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-36420312

Hurricane Center to Launch Maps That will Predict Storm Surge, After Successful Tests on Outer Banks http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Hurricane-Center-to-launch-maps-that-will-predict-storm-surge-after-successful-tests-on-Outer-Banks.html?utm_content=buffer071fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A counterfactual analysis of cat modelling https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/counterfactual-analysis-cat-modelling-iain-willis

Dealing With Sinking Cities and a Risky Future http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-roome/dealing-with-sinking-citi_b_10164264.html

As Disaster Risks Rise, 20 Nations Get Help to Prepare http://www.climatecentral.org/news/disaster-risks-rise-vulnerable-nations-get-help-20385?utm_content=buffer3bceb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How Drought Exacerbates Gender Inequality in India https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/of-women-and-water-how-drought-exacerbates-gender-inequality-in-india

Review of existing modelling software, mapping techniques and data to establish how they could be used to assess a wide range of catchment processes to help develop flood and coastal erosion risk management projects that ‘work with natural processes’ to reduce flood risk http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=36C34C54-B1F8-4849-B5E0-CDD38A95BE32&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

The Multi-Coloured Manual data and handbook for flood risk appraisals are now available online http://www.mcm-online.co.uk/

Land use planning to reduce wildfire risk: lessons from five western cities http://headwaterseconomics.org/wphw/wp-content/uploads/Planning_Lessons_Full_Report_Web.pdf

Case studies of community resilience policy http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-002.pdf

Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5665e.pdf

Iraq: Impact of flood by possible failure of the Mosul dam http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/48978

Emergency management

South Carolina Insurance Head Talks Lessons Learned After Historic Floods http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2016/05/31/410208.htm?utm_content=buffer0afa8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Refugee and migrant crisis https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/refugee-and-migrant-crisis?utm_source=oxf.am&utm_medium=ZsXe&utm_content=redirect

Residents Return to Fort McMurray http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/residents-return-fort-mcmurray

US National Preparedness Report 2016 http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1464697982833-6a649516858e91ad00acee92eb2b3654/2016NPR_508c_052716_1600.pdf

New warning coincides with report from Amnesty International critical of Shell, a militant target http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Industry/2016/05/31/Things-will-get-bloody-Nigerian-militant-group-says/5181464695611/?spt=su&or=btn_tw

EarthView–Landsat 8 Imagery Reveals Heavy Flooding in Sri Lanka https://www.usgs.gov/news/earthview-landsat-8-imagery-reveals-heavy-flooding-sri-lanka

Houston, We Have a Solution! https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/houston-we-have-a-solution-the-birth-of-a-new-generation-of-flood-warning-systems

Flood prediction improvement is possible! http://www.kn-i.com/blog/2016/01/flood-prediction/

A flood cost estimate for the winter UK 2013/2014 floods http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=551D2DBD-0911-4612-9FF2-86CDB615F7ED&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

The research focuses on the role of spontaneous volunteers in flood situations who directly support the emergency responders http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=F7C7E6CC-4F7E-4729-9890-1DC4348B7F45&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Storm Chasers, Stay Home http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/05/storm_chasing_is_dangerously_crowding_rural_roads.html

Top 10 Google Maps games of all times http://geoawesomeness.com/10-top-google-maps-games-of-all-times/

Evidence, perceptions and approaches for helping communities to understand, believe and engage with flood risk http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=61AEFF60-F909-49FA-B39A-D09476AA82C6&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Evaluation http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&ProjectID=18744&FromSearch=Y&Publisher=1&SearchText=FD2664&SortString=ProjectCode&SortOrder=Asc&Paging=10#Description

Public Flood Survey 2013 to 2014 http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/Libraries/FCERM_Project_Documents/Public_flood_survey_report_-_2013_to_2014.sflb.ashx

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NeilDufty

I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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