Today in disaster resilience (22 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

India – Over 120 Dead After Monsoon Rains Cause Floods and Landslides in 8 States http://floodlist.com/asia/india-120-dead-monsoon-rain-floods-8-states-july-2016

Heavy rains and flooding across Sudan http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/OCHA_Sudan_Weekly_Hum_Bulletin_Issue_29.pdf

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods in Khost Province http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-khost-province-july-2016

Disaster risk reduction

Promoting the right kind of fire—and smarter development—is safer and more cost-effective than fighting a losing battle http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/2016/4/coexisting-with-wildfire/1

Infrastructure ‘still faces flood risk’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36839274

A New Way to Explore City Resilience Strategies http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/a-new-way-to-explore-city-resilience-strategies#/-_/

Super-eruptions may give only a year’s warning before they blow http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2016/07/super-eruptions-may-give-only-a-years-warning-before-they-blow/

Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds http://citiscope.org/story/2016/why-copenhagen-building-parks-can-turn-ponds

The UK’s supply of food could be put at risk as droughts and storms devastate farmland in the UK and abroad http://www.floodsax.co.uk/2016/extreme-weather-such-as-floods-putting-food-supply-at-risk/

Volcanic and Caldera Collapse: Up Close and Personal http://edmdigest.com/opinion/volcanic-and-caldera-collapse-up-close-and-personal/

Major natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/OCHA_ROAP_Hazard_Oversize_2016.pdf

B.C. megathrust earthquake could rupture like a zipper, expert says http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-megathrust-earthquake-could-rupture-like-a-zipper-expert-says-1.2917261

Fire clues in cave dripwater – researchers find wildfire signatures in cave formations for the first time http://phys.org/news/2016-07-clues-cave-dripwater-wildfire-signatures.html

Fiji – Whole Village Relocated After Landslide and Cyclone Disasters http://floodlist.com/australia/fiji-tukuraki-village-relocated-landslide-cyclone

The poverty trap of perennial flooding of Kenya’s Tana River http://cwsglobal.org/tana-flooding/

Emergency management

How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2016/07/20/how-our-disaster-relief-system-forces-foolish-decisions/C6fh5dzz4LbgfvMy5c5PxM/story.html

Deputy chief of operations says drones will make fire response more timely, effective and safe http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-regional-fire-department-drones-1.3687489

California man arrested for flying drone over wildfire near Sacramento http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/07/california-man-arrested-for-flying-drone-over-wildfire-near-sacramento/

Wildfires Heat Up Across the West https://www.doi.gov/blog/wildfires-heat-across-west

Allied World reports $10.3 million in reinsurance catastrophe losses from Fort McMurray wildfire http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/allied-world-reports-10-3-million-reinsurance-catastrophe-losses-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-1004097116/

Incident Management Systems and Building Emergency Management Capacity During the 2014–2016 Ebola Epidemic – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea http://resiliencesystem.org/cdc-mmwr-incident-management-systems-and-building-emergency-management-capacity-during-2014%E2%80%932016

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013 http://www.grantshand.co.nz/ami-lumley-liable-selwyn-fire-damage-2015/

Pacific islanders to benefit from computer based programs for Met Services http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/49618

Defensible space saves business from wildfire http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/defensible-space-saves-business-from-wildfire/278206545

First B.C. offshore earthquake sensor up and running http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/first-b-c-offshore-earthquake-sensor-up-and-running-1.3689186

Fiji to spend $205 million to recover from cyclone Winston http://www.poandpo.com/politics/fiji-to-spend-205-million-to-recover-from-cyclone-winston-207201693/

Global economy weathered $98bn natural hazard loss in first half of 2016, according to Aon catastrophe report http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-economy-weathered-98bn-natural-hazard-loss-in-first-half-of-2016-according-to-aon-catastrophe-report-300301441.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

We’re Launching an Open Online Harvard Course on Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster – Watch the Trailer! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/were-launching-open-online-harvard-course-response-conflict-davies

Participatory [Citizen] Science https://povesham.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/participatory-citizen-science/

Social media and emergency management

Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit https://www.ready.gov/heat-toolkit

Social media evolving with times of crises http://m.indianapolisrecorder.com/mobile/news/article_40ae4148-49f6-11e6-8c5e-b72e45a4c078.html

Digital engagement methods for earthquake and fire preparedness: a review http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2378-x

Like real life, Facebook livestreaming can have a light side and a dark side https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/07/07/is-facebook-ready-for-live-videos-important-role-in-police-accountability/?postshare=1861469123879812&tid=ss_fb-bottom

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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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