Today in disaster resilience (2 December 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 27 Nov 2016: Colima volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Copahue https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/60116/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Nov-2016-Colima-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Sabancaya-Copah.html

Qatar hit by widespread flooding http://conceptnewscentral.com/index.php/2016/11/27/qatar-hit-widespread-flooding/

Italy – Floods Ease in North, 2 Missing After Storm in Sicily http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-floods-ease-north-2-missing-storm-sicily

Less than two hours rainfall causes major flooding in Lagos http://wuzupnaija.com/2016/11/28/less-than-two-hours-rainfall-causes-major-flooding-in-lagos-see-photos-and-video/

Drought and high winds fuel ‘apocalyptic’ wildfire http://mashable.com/2016/11/29/wildfire-apocalypse-gatlinburg-tennessee/?utm_cid=hp-h-1#nKCBw3wsDqqI

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Nov 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabanca https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/60187/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-29-Nov-2016-Popocatepetl-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Sinabung-Sabanca.html

Greece – Floods in Central and Western Areas Leave 1 Dead http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-zakynthos-november-2016

Chapecoense air crash: Leaked tape shows plane ‘ran out of fuel’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38160713

Wildfire death toll rises to 7 http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/tennessee/2016/11/30/gatlinburg-assesses-wildfire-damage/94665376/

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods https://watchers.news/2016/11/30/snow-flood-saudi-arabia-november-2016/

Floods strike western Turkey after downpours https://www.sott.net/article/335215-Floods-strike-western-Turkey-after-downpours

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Langila, Copahue https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/60232/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Dec-2016-Popocatepetl-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Sabancaya-Langila-Copah.html

Twisters Cause Fatalities and Damage across Several States http://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2016/12/twisters-cause-fatalities-and-damage-across-several-states.html?utm_content=buffer81a45&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Disaster risk reduction

First major upgrade to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Guidelines in 30 years http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/first-major-upgrade-to-the-australian-rainfall-and-runoff-guidelines-in-30-years?utm_source=2016-promotion&utm_medium=sliderbanner&utm_content=guidelines-revised-button&utm_campaign=ARR

Extreme weather events can be modelled as “independent” by global reinsurers, Lloyd’s and Met Office study confirms http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/extreme-weather-events-can-modelled-independent-global-reinsurers-lloyds-met-office-study-confirms-1004104624/

Flood spending decisions ‘perverse’, Green Alliance says http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38126030

The ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario – A Story That Southern Californians Are Writing https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/cir1324

Researchers find biggest exposed fault on Earth http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/researchers-find-biggest-exposed-fault-on-earth

Park and flood: why do we let planners pave over our green valleys? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/28/park-flood-planners-joni-mitchell?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tanzanians pay dearly as tenants in flood-prone slum http://news.trust.org/item/20161124140346-vggzo/

Smarter flood risk management in England: Investing in resilient catchments http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/Smarter_flood_management.pdf

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk http://www.unisdr.org/archive/51072?utm_content=buffer9a42b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Gaps in flood insurance jeopardize tens of thousands in Ohio http://www.10tv.com/article/gaps-flood-insurance-jeopardize-tens-thousands-ohio

The way humans have used land in the Sierra has had more effect on fire behavior than climate change https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/11/28/study-finds-surprising-culprit-drives-forest-fire-behavior/

Increase in fire potential is predominantly in grassland areas of Victoria and New South Wales http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/23

Experts warn against underestimating heatwave threat http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-01/experts-warn-against-underestimating-heatwave-threat/8081264

9% of homes built in England last year ‘in areas at high risk of flooding’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3986356/9-homes-built-England-year-areas-high-risk-flooding.html

Reinsurers face growth opportunity in US flood risk http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/reinsurers-face-growth-opportunity-in-us-flood-risk-10443

Conducting research in the context of global health emergencies: identifying key ethical and governance issues http://nuffieldbioethics.org/project/workshop-research-global-health-emergencies/background-paper/

Quantifying lahar damage using numerical modelling http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/nhess-2016-282/nhess-2016-282.pdf

Earthquake Hazard: What Has New Zealand’s Kaikoura Earthquake Taught Us So Far? http://www.rms.com/blog/2016/12/01/earthquake-hazard-what-has-new-zealands-kaikoura-earthquake-taught-us-so-far/

We have ignored the impact of land management on flood risk for too long https://greenallianceblog.org.uk/2016/11/29/we-have-ignored-the-impact-of-land-management-on-flood-risk-for-too-long/

Emergency management

New Zealand earthquake damage map: Images reveal massive destruction http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/new-zealand-earthquake-damage-map-1830/

Geo-boffins say ‘quake moved New Zealand by 8m at 3km/second http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/27/geoboffin_say_quake_moved_new_zealand_by_8m_at_3kmsecond/?mt=1480282377344

The burning investigation into whether the 2013 NSW infernos were deliberate http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/the-burning-investigation-into-whether-the-2013-nsw-infernos-were-deliberate-20161123-gswalg.html

EH&S to Lead UNC System-Wide Exercise on Hurricane, Disaster Response in 2017 http://uncw.edu/news/2016/11/ehs-to-lead-unc-system-wide-exercise-on-hurricane,-disaster-response-in-2017.html

Latest issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management features research on heatwave and building community resilience during cyclone http://us14.campaign-archive2.com/?u=181a5c1f0ece823d9f8447360&id=a144a6b2ba&e=e38cada5d5

Fire camera system helps firefighters respond to catastrophic wildfires http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/51131

NASA Calculates Record-Setting Hurricane Otto’s Rainfall in Nicaragua and Costa Rica https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/td16-atlantic-ocean

Large-Loss fires in the United States in 2015 http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/publications/nfpa-journal/2016/november-december-2016/features/large-loss-fires-2015

Government announces emergency legislation for Kaikoura earthquake recovery http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/86976950/government-announces-emergency-legislation-for-kaikoura-earthquake-recovery

Beaches devastated by extreme storms showing little signs of recovery, study shows http://phys.org/news/2016-11-beaches-devastated-extreme-storms-recovery.html

Latest edition of the Australian Red Cross’s ‘Resilience’ newsletter http://supporteracquisitiondevelopment.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/FC5B589E3094B0422540EF23F30FEDED/A202927B127A4B6CDCC9454293137CA2

Helping Australia’s Deaf community get ready for disasters http://publications.redcross.org.au/helping-australias-deaf-community-prepare-for-disasters/

A new research project seeking to build disaster resilience in homeless populations has begun http://publications.redcross.org.au/building-disaster-resilience-for-the-homeless/

‘It’s heartbreaking’: First of 17 homes in Sydney (Canada) flood zone demolished http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/it-s-heartbreaking-first-of-17-homes-in-sydney-flood-zone-demolished-1.3180746#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=UktpgjU

‘Massive efforts’ under way in flood-hit northern DPRK require additional support – UN https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55660

Soldiers On 24-Hour Flood Standby Over Christmas http://forces.tv/98595996#.WD8nEJTJJvU.twitter

Cumbria Flood Action Plan https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1oNu22ruvMtD2Y8TGtZukC-5kY8Y&ll=54.56314311474966%2C-3.1422870886406145&z=9

Campaigners call for closer examination of the cause of the Cumbrian floods http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Campaigners-call-for-closer-examination-of-the-cause-of-the-Cumbrian-floods-3654b238-9535-47c5-933f-133adcd592cc-ds

Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/01/earthquake-sensing-mobile-app-myshake-captures-hundreds-of-temblors-large-and-small/

Shrugging Off a Hurricane: A Three Hundred Year Old Culture of Disaster Resilience http://www.rms.com/blog/2016/11/16/shrugging-off-a-hurricane-a-three-hundred-year-old-culture-of-disaster-resilience/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Flood of memories in Chennai http://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2016/12/01115502/1022637/Flood-of-memories.vpf?TId=112132

Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25335

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development course http://www.stockholmresilience.org/education/masters-programme.html

View current and past tropical cyclones near Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/history/tracks/index.shtml?cid=007tw15

The Best New Maps, According to Cartographers http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/best-new-maps-atlas-design/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20161124news-maps&utm_campaign=Content&sf42627530=1

Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the Community Fireguard Program : Experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420915300443

A new tool in disaster resilience education http://publications.redcross.org.au/new-tool-in-disaster-resilience-education/

Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716305328

Communicating flood risks in a changing climate: nine principles for promoting public engagement https://www.weadapt.org/knowledge-base/global-initiative-on-community-based-adaptation-gicba/communicating-flood-risks-in-a-changing-climate

“Belo Monte: After the Flood” | A New Film About Dams in the Amazon https://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/belo-monte-after-the-flood-a-new-film-about-dams-in-the-amazon-11580

Civil Defence slams controversial ‘triangle of life’ earthquake survival technique http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/87033356/civil-defence-slams-controversial-triangle-of-life-earthquake-survival-technique

A landmark global map shows nearly every human settlement on Earth http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/New_map_offers_precise_snapshot_of_human_life_on_Earth

Currently in England and Wales there is no systematic or statutory flood education programme in schools http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/files/2016/12/Children-Young-People-and-Flooding-Report-Final.pdf

MyShake: Initial observations from a global smartphone seismic network http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL070955/full

“Let’s make a little film about flooding” – and he found resilient communities https://thetopofthetree.uk/2016/08/30/this-film-im-making/

In Bangladesh, both the government and aid groups are working in schools to educate students about disasters and climate change http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-bangladesh-climatechange-disaster-edu-idUKKBN13P0YM

Social media and emergency management

Roughly one-quarter of US online adults use Twitter http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/11/11/social-media-update-2016/?utm_content=buffere5858&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Facebook creates Community Help tool so users can aid each other after disasters http://mashable.com/2016/11/17/facebook-community-help/#62.1QoQY2EqO

Social media does not distinguish between fact and fiction http://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2016/11/27/law-in-the-age-of-social-media/#3544bcb87cd3

Only one-third of the world is connected to the internet but Facebook is seeking to change that http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/facebook-looking-expand-reach-india-and-china-too

Online volunteers provide up-to-date disaster geographic information http://news.trust.org/item/20161130184701-z3j6n/

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us? https://theconversation.com/misinformation-on-social-media-can-technology-save-us-69264

Smartphones and social media correct inaccurate disaster reporting http://mashable.com/2016/12/01/how-publications-can-prepare-for-citizen-reporting/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#f7oAb.bZMOqQ

Psychology and disasters

Firefighters discuss PTSD, emotional toll of career https://www.firerescue1.com/health/articles/146831018-Firefighters-discuss-PTSD-emotional-toll-of-career/?utm_content=buffer2f138&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Psychosocial preparedness: helping people get ready for disasters http://publications.redcross.org.au/psychosocial-preparedness-for-disasters/

Social capital and disasters

Six-year study of mental toll from Australia’s worst bushfire shows social ties are key to resilience and recovery https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/black-saturday-the-hidden-costs

Social ties help sow the seeds for bushfire recovery http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/social-ties-help-sow-the-seeds-for-bushfire-recovery-20161127-gsyvdg.html

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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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