Today in disaster resilience (23 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Sep 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukon https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59098/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Sep-2016-Santiaguito-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Colima-Shiveluch-Dukon.html

Victorian floods: State spared heavy rain falls, but emergency services remain on alert http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/victorian-floods:-state-spared-heavy-rain-falls/7863754

Typhoon Malakas Causes Heavy Flooding in Japan, Two Reported Missing https://weather.com/news/news/typhoon-malakas-japan-impacts

Firefighter dies, 1 hurt as 1,000 battle California wildfire http://www.cbs8.com/story/33151462/firefighter-dies-1-hurt-as-1000-battle-california-wildfire

Mexico – Floods in Guerrero and Chiapas Leave 13 Dead http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-guerrero-chiapas-september-2016

Flooding, landslides leave at least 19 dead http://www.cbsnews.com/news/indonesia-flooding-landslides-dead-missing-java-garut-sumedang-districts/

Flood kills 18, destroys 6,637 houses in Jigawa http://innosreport.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/flood-kills-18-destroys-6637-houses-in.html

Landslide kills four in Gorkha District, Nepal http://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/landslide-kills-four-in-gorkha-district.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+SciencyThoughts+(Sciency+Thoughts)

Turkey – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Trabzon and Giresun Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-2-dead-floods-landslides-trabzon-giresun-provinces

Extreme weather in Indonesia kills 19 people http://stocknewsusa.com/2016/09/21/extreme-weather-indonesia-kills-19-people/

Disaster risk reduction

Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous https://theconversation.com/humans-can-make-rockfalls-from-earthquakes-more-dangerous-65234

Latest UK flood plans fail to address growing risk of flash floods https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/16/latest-uk-flood-plans-fail-to-address-growing-risk-of-flash-floods

Sri Lanka: reducing Colombo’s flood risk while creating a more livable city http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/50215

Flood mapping made easier in Bihar, India http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/50239

America’s last top (flood) model http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/americas-last-top-model/

Working together for effective wildfire management strategies http://www.sustainablenorthwest.org/blog/posts/working-together-for-effective-wildfire-management-strategies?platform=hootsuite

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don’t Account For Climate Change http://www.npr.org/2016/09/15/492260099/outdated-fema-flood-maps-dont-account-for-climate-change

NASA works with US Forest Service to improve fire shelters http://www.firerescue1.com/gear-gadgets/articles/121668018-NASA-works-with-US-Forest-Service-to-improve-fire-shelters/

‘Apocalyptic’ mega-earthquake killing 86,000 people could ‘strike US at any time’ http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/546778/mega-earthquake-central-america-madrid-seismic-zone

Development of online community modelling ‘toolkit’ that would be available to flood affected communities across the UK https://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/research/current-iaa-projects/bringing-academics-and-communities-together-to-reduce-UK-flooding

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

Planting trees for Living Firebreaks http://www.smalltreefarm.com.au/about-retardants.pdf

How Vague Historical Writings Help Scientists Predict Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/how-vague-historical-writings-help-scientists-predict-floods

Defining loss and damage https://www.sei-international.org/mediamanager/documents/Publications/Climate/SEI-DB-2016-Loss-and-damage-4-traits.pdf

Experts See No Single Explanation for ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Attacks http://www.wsj.com/articles/experts-see-no-single-explanation-for-lone-wolf-terror-attacks-1474396268

Floodplain managers, planners visualize future flooding impacts http://masgc.org/news/article/floodplain-managers-planners-visualize-future-flooding-impacts

Updated flood insurance needed for Ohio, nation http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/09/expand_flood_insurance_options.html

New Hope in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/new-hope-in-the-fight-against-antimicrobial-resistance/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_HLTH_BLOG

Social Entrepreneurs Predict Flooding Risk In Vulnerable Communities http://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2016/09/21/social-enterpreneurs-predict-flooding-risk-in-vulnerable-communities/#2524249e3ac1

Increased Wildfire Risk Driven by Climate and Development Interactions in the Bolivian Chiquitania, Southern Amazonia http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0161323&utm_content=buffer3b5ea&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study promotes “managed retreat” as a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable flood areas http://www.builderonline.com/building/regulation-policy/buyouts-for-flood-prone-properties-in-ny-nj_o

These are the world’s most fragile cities – and this is how they can turn things around https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/09/these-are-the-world-s-most-fragile-cities-and-this-is-how-they-can-turn-things-around?utm_content=buffer16c11&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration http://www.huffingtonpost.com/A-View-from-the-United-Nations-/disasters-are-fuelling-di_b_12121652.html

Floods risk under a changing climate http://www.cmcc.it/article/floods-risk-under-a-changing-climate-2

A multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate pluvial floods risk under changing climate: The case study of the municipality of Venice (Italy) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969716305757

Emergency management

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Sep 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Colima, Dukono, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59081/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-18-Sep-2016-Santiaguito-volcano-Colima-Dukono-Turrialba.html

Healthy trees being removed ‘unnecessarily’ after Great Ocean Road fires, residents say http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-16/trees-removed-unnecessarily-great-ocean-road-fires-residents/7837246

Louisiana flood damage estimates make marked jump http://deltafarmpress.com/management/louisiana-flood-damage-estimates-make-marked-jump

First Responders Discuss Advances in Tech Since 9/11 http://linkis.com/emergencymgmt.com/G5xap

Big Sur Wildfire Fight Now Costliest In U.S. History http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/big-sur-soberanes-fire-costliest-u-s-history/

September Earthquake Deemed Oklahoma’s Strongest on Record; Insured Costs Uncertain http://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/features/2016/09/19/426340.htm

Estimated insurable losses from Louisiana floods to range between US$8.5 billion and US$11 billion: AIR Worldwide http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/estimated-insured-losses-louisiana-floods-range-us8-5-billion-us11-billion-air-worldwide-1004100294/

Modelling large scale evacuation scenarios to build safer cities https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308296986_Modelling_large_scale_evacuation_scenarios_to_build_safer_cities

3-D view of Canyon Wildfire http://wildfiretoday.com/2016/09/19/canyon-fire-delays-launch-of-satellite-at-vandenberg-air-force-base/

As disasters become more frequent, U.S. disaster recovery policies are not ready. Here’s a better plan http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/09/how-to-fix-our-disaster-recovery-strategy-000203

Drone footage turns grassfire modelling on head http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/drone-footage-turns-grasfire-modelling-on-its-head.html

Pumps brought in to give town an edge on floods http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14755254.Pumps_brought_in_to_give_town_an_edge_on_floods/

Smoke from 2015 Indonesian fires may have caused more than 100,000 deaths http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20160922-smoke-from-2015-indonesian-fires-may-have-caused-more-than-100-000-deaths?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+homelandsecuritynewswire%2Frss+%28Homeland+Security+News+Wire%29

  1. Korea says floods ‘worst disaster’ since WWII https://www.yahoo.com/news/n-korea-says-floods-worst-disaster-since-wwii-114712717.html

The science of tsunamis: creating tsunami waves in the laboratory to help protect coastal communities http://www.hrwallingford.com/news/the-science-of-tsunamis-creating-tsunami-waves-in-the-lab

Muskoka, Ontario residents launch $900 million suit against province over flood damage http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/muskoka-ontario-residents-launch-900-million-suit-province-flood-damage-1004100264/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

IRGC Resource Guide on Resilience https://www.irgc.org/irgc-resource-guide-on-resilience/

Hurricane preparedness includes animals, too http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/hurricane-preparedness-includes-animals-too/

Recent Publications from the IRDR http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/irdr/general-news/recent-publications

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Ready Kids http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34411

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet http://www.cdc.gov/features/petsanddisasters/index.html

Red Cross lists five things people most regret leaving behind in emergencies http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-19/five-items-people-most-regret-leaving-behind-in-emergencies/7857048

Resilient Australia Awards Victorian winners announced https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/latest-news/resilient-australia-awards-victorian-winners-announced/

New NFPA resources for students in grades 6-12 about wildfire https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2016/09/21/new-nfpa-resources-for-students-in-grades-6-12-about-wildfire

TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities http://ymiclassroom.com/lesson-plans/nfpa/

Citizen science projects where people monitor and map flooding and climate change https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/craft-hobbies/hobbies/citizen-science-projects-get-involved#

Social media and emergency management

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-twitter-users-can-generate-better-ideas/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=featmay15

Social media could be transitioning to the new “emergency cavalry” http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/09/07/social-media-time-disaster/89746104/

The future of emergency management collaboration is virtual http://crisiscommscp.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/the-future-of-emergency-management.html?utm_content=buffer2039d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Social media campaign using everyday council staff during floods has won praise http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-19/social-media-blitz-during-flood-emergency-wins-praise/7856134

Competition for youth to combat desertification using social media http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/LandForLife/Pages/Youth-Social-Media-Activist—Are-you-the-ONE.aspx

Jakarta is the world’s capital of Twitter activity full of “human sensors” for tracking disasters http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-09-16/need-latest-news-flooding-jakarta-theres-app

Recommendations for mandatory social media training within the emergency planning professions http://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-the-built-environment/133/25016

Social media and immersion in the digital world can be contributing factors in the development of an array of psychological problems http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/generation-z-online-and-at-risk/

Social media important in a two-way approach to communicating with Syrian refugees http://innovation.unhcr.org/labs_post/social-media-and-sms-outreach/

Psychology and disasters

Patterns of cooperation during collective emergencies in the help-or-escape social dilemma http://www.nature.com/articles/srep33417

Are people becoming resilient to terrorism? http://www.newsweek.com/new-york-chelsea-bombing-resilience-acceptance-500801?rx=us&utm_content=buffer49206&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The impact of working in high stress emergencies http://blog.humansurge.org/en/impact-of-working-high-stress-emergency/

Age-related differences in decision-making for digital escape route signage under strenuous emergency conditions of tilted passenger ships http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687016301983

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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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