Today in disaster resilience (9 December 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Death Toll Rises to 14 in Gatlinburg; Residents Get First Look at Wildfire Devastation https://www.wunderground.com/news/tennessee-gatlinburg-sevier-fires-death-toll?__prclt=ncnQaac1

Popocatepetl volcanic update http://volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=341090

Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales https://watchers.news/2016/12/05/sydney-storm-december-5-2016/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thailand – Floods in South Leave 11 Dead and 350,000 Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-south-december-2016

Vietnam – Deadly Floods Strike Central Region for Third Time in 8 Weeks http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-deadly-floods-december-2016

Spain – Torrential Rain and Floods Leave 2 Dead http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-costa-del-sol-december-2016

Koh Phangan Island declared as disaster zone after heavy rain http://kohphangannews.org/high-alert/koh-phangan-island-declared-disaster-zone-heavy-rain-3382.html

One dead after Mt Warning campers struck by lightning, rescue operation underway http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-06/mt-warning-death-campers-struck-by-lightning-nsw-police/8095280

Heavy flooding in Thailand kills 14, inundates tourist isles http://news.trust.org/item/20161206053115-ixp3w/

Indonesia earthquake: frantic rescue efforts as at least 97 people killed in Aceh province http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/07/earthquake-rocks-indonesias-aceh-province-several-dead/

6.2 Magnitude Quake Rocks Trinidad & Tobago, But No Tsunami Worry http://www.caribbean360.com/news/trinidad_tobago_news/6-2-magnitude-quake-rocks-trinidad-no-tsunami-alert-issued

Solomon Islands rocked by magnitude-7.8 quake, widespread tsunami warning issued across Pacific http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-09/solomon-islands-rocked-by-powerful-earthquake/8105686

Disaster risk reduction

ABR Explorer: the missing link in disaster management http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/abr-explorer-disaster-management

Building transport resilience for the inevitable future disasters http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/87053620/building-transport-resilience-for-the-inevitable-future-disasters

Earthquake-prone list not the be-all and end-all http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/87106445/earthquakeprone-list-not-the-beall-and-endall

An earthquake worse than the ‘Big One’? Shattered New Zealand city shows danger of Seattle’s fault http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/earthquake-worse-than-big-one-ruined-new-zealand-city-christchurch-shows-danger-seattle-fault/?utm_content=buffer1a809&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=owned_buffer_tw_m

Nigeria managed flood better in 2016 leading to less deaths, destruction – NEMA http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/217043-nigeria-managed-flood-better-2016-leading-less-deaths-destruction-nema.html

Bushfire disaster looms for Tasmania as conditions likened to 1967 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/bushfire-disaster-looms-for-tasmania-as-conditions-likened-to-1967/news-story/51c42fdba58f714e567216419aecd886

Let’s build the infrastructure that no hurricane can erase https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/let-s-build-infrastructure-no-hurricane-can-erase?CID=ECR_TT_worldbank_EN_EXT

Lough Neagh: Winter flooding report urges review of water levels http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-38209870

Environment Canterbury welcomes Government earthquake legislation http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/87024359/environment-canterbury-welcomes-government-earthquake-legislation

CIDCO´s tidal-water drainage system averted flooding in monsoon http://india.smartcitiescouncil.com/article/cidco%C2%B4s-tidal-water-drainage-system-averted-flooding-monsoon

Copenhagen water project wins Nordic cities award http://www.thesourcemagazine.org/copenhagen-water-project-wins-nordic-cities-award/

Coastal Resilience mapping portal http://maps.coastalresilience.org/network/

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

Using environmental tracers to test the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management techniques https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=79481

£530m: The Hidden Economic Cost of Groundwater Flooding Revealed http://esi-consulting.co.uk/530m-hidden-economic-cost-groundwater-flooding-revealed/

Flexible modelling of extreme events https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=80653

Half surface water in some countries has been lost since 1980s https://www.newscientist.com/article/2115509-half-surface-water-in-some-countries-has-been-lost-since-1980s/

Providing flood hazard mapping and probabilistic flood risk assessment to support international governments http://www.ambiental.co.uk/flood-risk-modelling-for-the-state-of-santa-catarina-in-brazil/

Flood risk in Africa: an insurable peril https://www.cover.co.za/flood-risk-africa-insurable-peril/

Tsunami Risk to UK Higher Than Anticipated https://www.tidetimes.co.uk/news/tsunami-risk-to-uk-higher-than-anticipated/

Most U.K. coastal flooding caused by moderate, not extreme storms http://phys.org/news/2016-12-uk-coastal-moderate-extreme-storms.html

Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK https://21stcenturychallenges.org/policy-network/policy-seminars/past-events/achieving-sustainable-flood-risk-management-in-the-uk-8th-november/

Report finds NSW and ACT annual bushfire costs projected to more than double by 2050 due to climate change http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/nsw-act-bushfires-report-2016

Spatial and temporal analysis of extreme sea level and storm surge events around the coastline of the UK http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata2016107

A Changing Climate: Water, Flooding and Historic Buildings https://heritagecalling.com/2016/12/07/a-changing-climate-water-flooding-and-historic-buildings/

Emergency management

State launches fire disaster mapping http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/tennessee/2016/12/02/state-launches-fire-disaster-mapping/94838412/

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2016/12/02/433824.htm

How New Mini-Satellites Could Impact Hurricane Forecasts http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/How-New-Mini-Satellites-Could-Impact-Hurricane-Forecasts.html

Storm Desmond: Hundreds unable to go home one year on http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-38194698

We’ve repaired and prepared – a year after storms caused devastating floods https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2016/12/05/weve-repaired-and-prepared-a-year-after-storms-caused-devastating-floods/

The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 in the UK http://www.ceh.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2015-2016%20Winter%20Floods%20report%20Low%20Res.pdf

A utility threshold model of herding–panic behavior in evacuation under emergencies based on complex network theory http://sim.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/11/28/0037549716678659.abstract

Here’s why computer models 10 days into the future cannot be trusted https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/12/06/heres-why-computer-models-ten-days-into-the-future-cannot-be-trusted/?utm_term=.a0fc6d526224

Supreme Court Upholds Hurricane Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/06/504572603/supreme-court-upholds-hurricane-katrina-fraud-verdict-against-state-farm

BoatUS Estimates Hurricane Matthew Damage to Recreational Boats at $110M http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2016/12/06/275392.htm

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Wildland Fire Management Must be Addressed http://myemail.constantcontact.com/AFE-Releases-Position-Paper-on-Sexual-Harassment—Gender-Discrimination.html?soid=1104469772907&aid=hvuJZr4AW6k

Louisiana in line for $1.243B more in federal flood relief funding http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_daf5803c-bbec-11e6-ba4b-737b4b0e2789.html

Opportunity knocks: Realising the potential of partnerships in the Nepal earthquake response http://reliefweb.int/report/nepal/opportunity-knocks-realising-potential-partnerships-nepal-earthquake-response

Sea spray studied to improve hurricane intensity forecasting https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161206111417.htm

Tennessee and Israel wildfires, New Zealand quake among expensive catastrophes in November: Aon Benfield http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/tennessee-israel-wildfires-new-zealand-quake-among-expensive-catastrophes-november-aon-benfield-1004105221/

Flood Response Using Earth Observation Data and Products https://eos.org/meeting-reports/flood-response-using-earth-observation-data-and-products

Gender & shelter: Good programming guidelines http://insights.careinternational.org.uk/publications/gender-shelter-good-programming-guidelines

New storm shelters ready in Birmingham before tornado season http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/12/3_birmingham_storm_shelters_to.html

Bushfire predictions at the fingertips of fire fighters http://phys.org/news/2016-12-bushfire-fingertips-fighters.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

And then the sea came back http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/and-then-the-sea-came-back/8082192

Be Bushfire Ready http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_bushfire/be_bushfire_ready.jsp

Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health and vulnerability https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/ageing-and-society/article/lifelong-learning-in-active-ageing-discourse-its-conserving-effect-on-wellbeing-health-and-vulnerability/11AFC1CEF86DE712513A97FC9FDF2D63

Are you prepared for fire? http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/are-you-prepared-for-fire.html

At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk http://www.unisdr.org/archive/51166

Get Some Credits! Conserving Land to Reduce Flood Risk and Save Money https://geozoneblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/get-some-credits/

Zombie pedagogies: the problems with using the undead in public pedagogies for emergencies http://roar.uel.ac.uk/5236/

Engagement matters: tools for disaster resilient communities https://www.aidr.org.au/events/aidr-events/engagement-matters-tools-disaster-resilient-communities/

How to make a flood plan http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/how-to-make-a-flood-plan/

GeoScience Videos: A Quarter of a Million Views Later https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2016/12/06/geoscience-videos-a-quarter-of-a-million-views-later/

Climate Resilience Means Meaningfully Engaging Vulnerable Communities in Urban Planning Processes http://www.thenatureofcities.com/2016/12/07/climate-resilience-means-meaningfully-engaging-vulnerable-communities-urban-planning-processes/?utm_content=buffer3e08e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Watch 15 Years Of Earthquakes Rock The Planet http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/earthquake-animation-noaa-pacific-tsunami_us_58420f7ce4b0c68e0480f908?utm_content=buffer14dc9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The causes of Earth’s transition are human and social so involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene http://www.nature.com/news/involve-social-scientists-in-defining-the-anthropocene-1.21090

How to include animals in your emergency plan http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/emergency-planning-animals.php

Study Offers Coastal Communities Better Way To Prepare For Devastating Storms https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161129114430.htm

 

Enabling Stakeholder Involvement in Coastal Disaster Resilience Planning http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12737/epdf

Social media and emergency management

There are 6 phases during a crisis on Twitter as shown in the Brussels attacks http://eena.org/download.asp?item_id=215

Twitter has become a popular social media platform for discussing climate change http://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-the-climate-change-conversation-on-twitter

During the tsunami warning that hit Japan in November 2016, the top issue facing disaster response teams was having to manage the impact of social media trolls http://www.getsignal.info/blog/2016/11/30/9-ways-civil-defence-combats-trolls-during-a-tsunami

Social media training for emergency managers http://whotv.com/2016/12/07/iowa-governmental-agencies-learn-social-media-strategy-to-improve-communication/

Facebook features like GIFs for comments, offline communications and shared photo albums are likely soon http://www.computerworld.com/article/3147740/social-media/zuckerberg-shows-off-upcoming-facebook-features.html

Psychology and disasters

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South https://apnews.com/98a40a494ba941569a1ccb9d4a0c6227/Experts-warn-of-mental-health-woes-as-wildfires-ravage-South?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Research is showing that firefighter behavioral health problems are more long-term than single-event occurrences https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-chief/articles/147994018-Why-firefighter-PTSD-is-like-hypertension/

Family that fled Hurricane Matthew struggles with life in Charlotte http://www.wbtv.com/story/33942931/family-that-fled-hurricane-matthew-struggles-with-life-in-charlotte

Social capital and disasters

Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation http://climatescience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228620-e-342

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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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