Today in disaster resilience (11 November 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

NSW bushfires: Dozens of fires still burning with more than a dozen uncontained http://linkis.com/www.smh.com.au/envir/xSv0n

Tornado Strikes Near Rome, Italy, Killing Two, Injuring Dozens https://weather.com/news/news/tornado-italy-cesano-ladispoli-rome?cm_ven=T_WX_BD_110616_1

Rainstorms kill three in Albania, flooding land and highway http://www.reuters.com/article/us-albania-floods-idUSKBN1332LH?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Nov 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59853/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Nov-2016-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Shiveluch-Dukono-Turrialba-Ne.html

Red Cross responds to severe flooding in Vietnam http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/vietnam/red-cross-responds-to-severe-flooding-in-vietnam-73659/

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Penang http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/11/08/heavy-rains-wreak-havoc-in-penang-island-in-lockdown-as-traffic-comes-to-a-crawl/

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Nov 2016: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/59862/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Nov-2016-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Turrialba-Sabancaya.html

Flash floods kill at least two in Ekurhuleni, flights diverted http://www.enca.com/south-africa/one-person-drowned-in-johannesburg-flash-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe flooding in Balkans forces hundreds to evacuate https://watchers.news/2016/11/09/flood-serbia-albania-montenegro-november-2016/

Pemberton residents begin cleanup after heavy flooding http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pemberton-cleaning-up-after-floods-1.3845493

Flooding in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines https://pressroom.oecs.org/flooding-in-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines

Several People Missing After Flash Flood Hits South Africa’s Biggest City, ‘Johannesburg’ http://howafrica.com/several-people-missing-after-flash-flood-hits-south-africas-biggest-city-johannesburg/

Disaster risk reduction

Anticipating future risk in social-ecological systems using fuzzy cognitive mapping: the case of wildfire in the Chiquitania, Bolivia http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss4/art18/

Innovating with the past: How to create resilience through heritage http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/innovating-past-how-create-resilience-through-heritage?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Climate change, agriculture and food security http://www.fao.org/publications/sofa/sofa2016/en/

The geology that causes Italy’s spine to quake https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/nov/06/geology-italy-earthquakes-apennines-tectonic-plates-norcia-terrawatch?CMP=twt_a-science_b-gdnscience

Asia adopts ambitious Sendai plan http://www.unisdr.org/archive/50912

Penang to address flooding issue in 2017 budget http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2050463

Planning for a rainy day: there’s still lots to learn about Australia’s flood patterns https://theconversation.com/planning-for-a-rainy-day-theres-still-lots-to-learn-about-australias-flood-patterns-68170

Modern Approaches to Stormwater Management https://sourceable.net/modern-approaches-to-stormwater-management/

New framework unifies existing models for better analysis of floods produced by heavy rain events https://eos.org/research-spotlights/modeling-rainfall-runoff?utm_term=0_f923f18da4-f53382df69-286674909

Hornsby residents top the list of bushfire exposed homes in the greater Sydney area http://www.smh.com.au/environment/the-10-sydney-regions-most-exposed-to-bushfire-risk-20161107-gsk08y.html

How Much Do Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Hurricanes? http://blog.nature.org/science/2016/10/24/how-much-do-wetlands-reduce-property-damage-during-storms-and-hurricanes/

How the Ghana Floods animation was created http://datascience-africa.org/2016/11/ghana-floods-animation-created/

Farmers call for a bigger role in debate over future of UK’s flood management http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/farmers-call-for-a-bigger-role-in-debate-over-future-of-uk-s-flood-management/story-29862228-detail/story.html

International Volcano Scientists Unite https://www.usgs.gov/news/international-volcano-scientists-unite

Italy faces more earthquakes in near future, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/05/italy-faces-more-earthquakes-scientists-warn

Seaside Voters Back Bond To Move Schools From Tsunami Zone http://www.opb.org/news/series/election-2016/seaside-schools-tsunami-zone-vote-result/

An Ancient Tsunami That Ended a Civilization Gets Another Look http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/science/santorini-akrotiri-tsunami.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur

New revolutionary house which can raise itself above flood water planned for near Spalding http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/new-revolutionary-house-which-can-raise-itself-above-flood-water-planned-for-near-spalding-1-7666404

Improving Global Flood Forecasting using Satellite Detected Flood Extent http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/329238

Vancouver Weighs Options for Flood Resilience https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/vancouver-climate-change-resilience-strategies

Morpeth flood scheme scoops national award http://neconnected.co.uk/morpeth-flood-scheme-scoops-national-award/?platform=hootsuite

$33M for Calgary flood mitigation projects announced http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/flood-mitigation-calgary-ottawa-bonnybrook-sunnyside-stormwater-wastewater-funding-1.3845340

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas in Egypt Region http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2016/11/10-32291_Geospatial-Work-Identifies-High-Risk-Flooding-Area_story-wide.html

Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimetres each year https://news.agu.org/press-release/australian-continent-shifts-with-the-seasons-study-finds/

Emergency management

Landslides from the Norcia earthquake sequence in Italy http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/11/04/norcia-earthquake/

Risks to women and girls soar in hurricane-slammed Haiti http://www.unfpa.org/news/risks-women-and-girls-soar-hurricane-slammed-haiti

‘Where is everybody’? Towns are desperate after Matthew, but no one is coming to help http://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/national/article112908473.html

NASA and FEMA Conduct Asteroid Impact Emergency Planning Exercise http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-and-fema-conduct-asteroid-impact-emergency-planning-exercise

Early recovery in Haiti: Localize the relief effort to avoid the aid dependency trap http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2016/11/4/Early-recovery-in-Haiti-Localize-the-relief-effort-to-avoid-the-aid-dependency-trap-.html

Hurricane Matthew brought town’s demise, needs a ‘miracle’ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ef0c96ad988042b9a04b335e394b5177/hurricane-matthew-brought-towns-demise-needs-miracle

After the Florence Flood: Saving Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/arts/design/after-the-florence-flood-saving-vasaris-last-supper.html

‘Enough is enough’: Flood relief welcome news in Mill Woods http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/enough-is-enough-flood-relief-welcome-news-in-mill-woods-1.3845772

Disaster education, communications and engagement

People dismiss bushfire alert as ‘spam or white noise’ https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/33099707/people-dismiss-bushfire-alert-as-spam-or-white-noise/

Tales of resilience scoop film awards http://www.unisdr.org/archive/50913

Civic Engagement Research, Projects, and Guides https://www.wethinq.com/en/blog/2016/09/15/civic-engagement-resources.html

7 questions to test your flood survival skills https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/286877/7-questions-to-test-your-flood-survival-skills

Social media and emergency management

Traditional television dominated viewing of the Olympics compared with apps and social media http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/opinion/rio-olympics-dish-up-a-digital-disaster-for-broadcasters/news-story/983c1dcf50061b14565e4c5d0944ab70

You should be thinking about your bushfire safety, not selfies for social media http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/07/selfie-raging-brush-fire-australia/

Posts on social media about political candidates and social issues are actually changing minds — well, 1 in 5 minds https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/11/07/your-political-posts-on-social-media-are-actually-changing-minds-sometimes-2/

Psychology and disasters

Traumatic stresses can have an inoculating effect providing us with enhanced resilience to future crises https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/think-act-be/201610/7-ways-survivors-can-grow-after-trauma?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost

Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/elderly-dementia-risk-after-disaster/

Gender Difference in Spatial Ability Influenced by Task Context https://www.geolounge.com/gender-difference-spatial-ability-influenced-task-context/

When You Can’t Make Make Mental Maps: Developmental Topographical Disorientation https://www.geolounge.com/how-developmental-topographical-disorientation-affects-the-ability-of-some-people-to-make-mental-maps/

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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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