Today in disaster resilience (26 August 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later http://www.fema.gov/blog/2016-08-19/louisiana-flooding-one-week-later

Two dozen structures destroyed by eastern Washington wildfires http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN10X26B?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Typhoon Mindulle over Japan http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=88616&src=twitter-nh

India – Floods in 5 States Leave At Least 35 Dead and Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-5-states-leave-least-35-dead-thousands-displaced

Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN10Y286?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29

UN relief arm monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54748#.V74WV1t97IU

At Least 159 Killed After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Italy https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/magnitude-62-earthquake-strikes-central-italy?utm_term=.eiw8W3vzp#.xyAWr4QXG

Strong quake hits Myanmar, at least 3 dead http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/08/24/strong-quake-hits-myanmar-least-3-dead?cx_navSource=related-side-cx#cxrecs_s

Kokomo tornado spawns damage http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/24/us/indiana-tornadoes/index.html

India – Floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Affect 4 Million, Ganges at Record Levels http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-bihar-uttar-pradesh-august-2016-ganges-record-levels

Disaster risk reduction

Himalayan migration northward found to be result of tectonic lift http://phys.org/news/2016-08-himalayan-migration-northward-result-tectonic.html

Fighting fire with fire http://www.takepart.com/feature/2016/08/19/prescribed-fire

110,000 homes worth a combined $21 billion are in Louisiana’s flood-affected zones, study says https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/19/110000-homes-worth-a-combined-21-billion-are-in-louisianas-flood-affected-zones-study-says/?utm_term=.b2c20616408c

Should the US Copy Dutch Defenses Against Flooding? http://www.seeker.com/should-us-copy-dutch-high-tech-defenses-against-flooding-1977873475.html

New tool hailed as a game changer for predicting floods, informing water-related decisions http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-launches-america-s-first-national-water-forecast-model

Managing disaster risks for jails http://www.preventionweb.net/files/49960_49960gaillardaldpmpb2016.pdf

Testing Earthquake Early Warning Using Geodetic Data in the Pacific Northwest http://www.unavco.org/science/snapshots/technology/2016/crowell.html

New modelling on bushfires shows how they really burn through an area http://phys.org/news/2016-08-bushfires-area.html

Assessing the performance of buildings in future earthquakes http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160821/environment/Assessing-the-performance-of-buildings-in-future-earthquakes.622680

Australian scientists uncover evidence of super eruptions 106 million years ago http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/australian-scientists-uncover-evidence-of-super-eruptions-106-million-years-ago/news-story/191a13eec66529b59a3e5f5a7acf6366

What We Can—and Can’t—Learn From the Floods in Baton Rouge http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/what-we-canand-cantlearn-from-the-floods-in-baton-rouge#/-_/

Better understanding seismic hazards https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160822174104.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Worsening Wildfire Environment Spurs Call for New Strategies http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Worsening-Wildfire-Environment-Spurs-Call-for-New-Strategies-390981141.html

Zika ‘clone’ could finally lead to a vaccine for the devastating virus http://www.wired.co.uk/article/zika-virus-vaccine-clone

New insights into the relationship between erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160823083555.htm

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Aug 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Sinabung, Villarrica, Sabancaya, Chikurachki https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/58820/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-Aug-2016-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Sinabung-Villarrica-Sabancaya-Chikurach.html

Tews Lane campaigners left frustrated by developers over flood risk fears http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/tews-lane-campaigners-left-frustrated-by-developers-over-flood-risk-fears/story-29647417-detail/story.html

Deadly quake hit in one of Italy’s most seismically-prone regions http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/08/25/deadly-quake-hit-one-italys-most-seismically-prone-regions

Earthquake Exposes Italy’s Disaster Vulnerabilities and Shortcomings http://www.wsj.com/articles/earthquake-exposes-italys-disaster-vulnerabilities-and-shortcomings-1472068886?mod=e2tw

Why the Earthquake in Italy Was So Destructive http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-earthquake-in-italy-was-so-destructive/

Big misconception: Insurance rates can vary greatly; everybody ‘in a flood zone’ http://www.theadvocate.com/louisiana_flood_2016/article_60eb4cd2-689e-11e6-8001-1f2443bdeb0a.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Life on the fault lines: Major earthquakes overdue and ‘no one in the world is safe’, expert says http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/life-on-the-fault-lines-major-earthquakes-overdue-and-no-one-in-the-world-is-safe-expert-says/news-story/0453eac947c8a9485be293364f56ac50

A tale of two dams: Is Bihar’s unprecedented flood an avoidable man-made disaster? https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/a-tale-of-two-dams-is-bihars-unprecedented-flood-an-avoidable-man-made-disaster/

Sikkim High Court issues notice to state government on landslide dam http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/sikkim-high-court-issues-notice-to-state-government-on-landslide-dam-55354?platform=hootsuite

The U.S. Strategy for Flood Resilience Is Underwater https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/us-strategy-flood-resilience-coastal-cities-competitions

Emergency management

2 men will be billed $37 million for 2015 Stouts Creek fire, forestry officials say http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/08/2_men_will_be_billed_37_millio.html

Court Rules Disabled Missouri Firefighter Entitled to Reduced Benefits http://www.firelawblog.com/2016/08/21/court-rules-disabled-missouri-firefighter-entitled-reduced-benefits/

Hurricanes And Tornadoes Have Them, Is It Time For A Flood Scale? http://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2016/08/18/hurricanes-and-tornadoes-have-them-is-it-time-for-a-flood-scale/#af10f81b21cf

The Dzongu landslide dam: an update http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/08/19/dzongu-landslide-dam/

5 Reasons Some Were Unaware Of One Of The Biggest Weather Disasters Since Sandy http://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2016/08/16/5-reasons-some-were-unaware-of-one-of-the-biggest-weather-disasters-since-sandy/#1e1513472520

Louisiana residents without flood insurance face uncertainty http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN10W0UG?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_content=buffer60b5a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Wildfire rebuild sparks business boom in Fort McMurray http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/wildfire-rebuild-sparks-business-boom-in-fort-mcmurray-1.3729648

Cumbria flood group set to go global http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Cumbria-flood-group-set-to-go-global-462cab8c-45b3-4c5e-a00e-8e564b0fa6d3-ds

Christchurch Dilemmas: How to rebuild the city’s heart http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/83394208/Christchurch-Dilemmas-How-to-rebuild-the-citys-heart

Disasters cost world $92b in first half of 2016, Swiss Re says http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-18/disasters-have-cost-world-92b-so-far-this-year/7764750

Louisiana residents assess damage from devastating floods – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2016/aug/22/louisiana-floods-photos-cleanup?CMP=edit_2221

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lightning-idUSKCN10X23R?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

The USGS response to the Louisiana floods is part of the larger USGS flood science mission https://www.usgs.gov/news/fighting-floods

Obama Praises FEMA, Pushes Back on Politics in Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/08/president-obama-tours-flood-ravaged-lousiana.html?mid=twitter_nymag

The untold story of the fight to save Fort McMurray http://www.cbc.ca/interactives/longform/news/battling-the-beast-fort-mcmurray-wildfire

Firefighters look for new technology as threat of wildfire grows http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/08/23/63226/firefighters-look-for-new-technology-as-threat-of/

NOAA launches new forecast to assist proactive flood response http://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/resilience-news/1352-noaa-launches-new-forecast-to-assist-proactive-flood-response

Preliminary Report Into Why Some Fort McMurray Homes Survived http://www.iclr.org/images/Westhaver_Fort_McMurray_Preliminary_Aug_2016.pdf

The e-GEOS Emergency Room is working to produce maps and detailed data of the areas affected by the Italy earthquake http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/egeos-copernicus-terremoto-earthquake

Flood after Storm Desmond report http://www.jbatrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/flooding-after-storm-desmond-PUBLISHED-24-August-2016.pdf

Flood forecasting gets major upgrade http://nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189556

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Why Translation Tools For Refugees Matters http://7piliers.com/post/149122123267/why-translation-tools-for-refugees-matters

Community resilience researchers share work at AEJMC conference http://ivoh.org/community-resilience-researchers-share-work-aejmc-conference/

How can the media help build community disaster resilience? http://tdc.missouri.edu/doc/dcc_disaster_journalism_factsheet.pdf

A new survey of disaster apps finds many options—some prone to failure—and much more to come http://www.fastcompany.com/3062786/how-disaster-apps-work-and-dont

Play the Hurricane Game http://humanityroad.org/be-a-force-of-nature-hurricane-game/

The game models how the Antarctic ice sheet responds to environmental changes http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ice-flow-penguin-game

The Great Fire of London https://www.abi.org.uk/Insurance-and-savings/Topics-and-issues/Great-Fire-of-London

Large-magnitude volcanic eruptions of the last 11700 years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TG4v-H1V9Y

The untold stories of Louisiana flood victims by Baton Rouge photographers http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/08/23/untold-stories-louisiana-flood-victims-baton-rouge-photographers/89210108/

Anatomy of an earthquake – Professor Iain Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QNigxTN384&feature=youtu.be

Floating school http://blogs.worldwatch.org/saikous-floating-school/

Disaster lessons: children taught to prepare for Bangladesh’s killer quakes https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/aug/24/lessons-in-disaster-children-taught-to-prepare-for-bangladesh-killer-quakes-south-asia

‘They didn’t warn you’: Louisiana disaster reveals deep challenges in flood communication https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/18/they-didnt-warn-you-louisiana-disaster-reveals-deep-challenges-in-flood-communication/?tid=a_inl

CoastAdapt: A new tool for a changing climate helps coastal communities prepare http://act-adapt.org/beta-version-of-coastadapt-launched/

Do you know your flood risk status? http://www.wrdw.com/content/news/Do-you-know-your-flood-risk-status-391295711.html

Social media and emergency management

41 percent of people in the UK use social media to find out what’s happening in their community http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2016/8/23/a-big-pile-of-useful-uk-social-media-stats-youll-like

Codified Hashtags for Weather Warning on Twitter: an Italian Case Study http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/codified-hashtags-for-weather-warning-on-twitter-an-italian-case-study/

The ‘proper’ way to spread ideas through social media http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/1467-954X.12378/full

Psychology and disasters

Why so many refuse to evacuate as wildfires approach http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-refusing-to-evacuate-20160817-snap-story.html

Firefighters suffer from PTSD in numbers to rival the military, officials say http://wset.com/news/nation-world/firefighters-suffer-from-ptsd-in-numbers-to-rival-the-military-officials-say

Social capital and disasters

Rural church among those providing aid after Louisiana flood http://newsok.com/rural-church-among-those-providing-aid-after-louisiana-flood/article/feed/1060631?custom_click=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Newsok%2FNews+%28NewsOK.com+RSS+-+news%29

Katrina Pain Index 2016: Race And Class Gap Widening http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/katrina-pain-index-2016-race-and-class-gap-widening_us_57baf8e8e4b07d22cc390045

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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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