Today in disaster resilience (20 January 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Freak storm brings ‘twister’, flash flooding to Queensland http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/freak-storm-brings-twister-flash-flooding-to-queensland/news-story/5a5954348d48c0c8a085ad9396f303a7?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=News.com.au&utm_medium=Twitter

‘The worst isn’t over’: Thai south still inundated as flood death toll hits 40 https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/worst-isnt-thai-south-still-inundated-flood-death-toll-hits-40/

Mudslides, Flooding Reported in Southern California as New Levee Failure Fears Arise in Sacramento County https://weather.com/news/weather/news/atmospheric-river-california-impacts

Will this week’s floods be like 1996? http://koin.com/2017/01/16/will-this-weeks-floods-be-like-1996/

#FloodPH: Areas in Cagayan de Oro where forced evacuation is ordered http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/158562-list-areas-cagayan-de-oro-preemptive-evacuation-enforced-flooding

Earthquake rocks Tennant Creek http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/earthquake-rocks-tennant-creek/news-story/632f661d5c820d86ef34507bafc5074b

In early January 2017 two winter storms brought extreme weather to many parts of Europe http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Images/ImageLibrary/DAT_3334205.html

German Baltic coast hit by storm surge flooding http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38516687

Snowy central Italy hit by four earthquakes felt in Rome http://news.sky.com/story/strong-earthquake-felt-in-rome-and-central-italy-region-10733082

NSW bushfires: Hunter Valley fires which left homes ablaze being treated as ‘very suspicious’ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-18/homes-ablaze-as-firefighters-tackle-hunter-valley-bushfires/8191438

2 killed, others feared dead after avalanche buries Italian hotel http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/19/europe/italy-avalanche-earthquake-deaths/index.html

Earthquake triggers deadly avalanche in Italy http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/earthquake-triggers-deadly-avalanche-in-italy-2211/

Death toll from California’s winter storms continues to rise http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-rain-season-deaths-20170117-story.html

Disaster risk reduction

Mismatched Flood Control System Compounds Water Woes in Southern Bangladesh https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2017/01/mismatched-flood-control-system-compounds-water-woes-southern-bangladesh/

The Challenge of Timely, Responsive and Rigorous Ethics Review of Disaster Research http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0157142

Global Platform host Mexico is icon of risk management http://www.unisdr.org/archive/51521

Uzbekistan moves towards proactive approach to Disaster Risk Management http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/51504

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be urban https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/the-10-fastest-growing-megacities-in-the-world/

Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/mount-rainier-to-get-new-digital-warning-system-for-massive-mudflows/

What’s Keeping Those Freeway Interchanges Up In An Earthquake? http://laist.com/2017/01/16/caltrans_retrofitting_program.php

Using Archives of Past Floods to Estimate Future Flood Hazards https://eos.org/meeting-reports/using-archives-of-past-floods-to-estimate-future-flood-hazards

NASA study finds a relationship between wildfire and drought https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2017/01/12/nasa-study-finds-a-relationship-between-wildfire-and-drought

Surrey’s local flood risk management strategy https://www.surreysays.co.uk/ceo-communications/surrey-s-local-flood-risk-management-strategy/

Future shock – the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/01/16/future-shock/

Heatwaves hit the most disadvantaged Australians the hardest http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2014/03/30/3974586.htm

Flood mitigation under EPCOR could lead to higher utility rates in Edmonton: report http://globalnews.ca/news/3179370/flood-mitigation-under-epcor-could-lead-to-higher-utility-rates-in-edmonton-report/

Tectonic summaries of magnitude 7 and greater earthquakes from 2000 to 2015 https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20161192

Understanding geomorphic response to hydrological events: filling the data gaps http://www.centa.org.uk/themes/dynamic-earth/lb2/

Urban resilience is the ability of a city to survive, adapt, and grow http://action.100resilientcities.org/page/content/catalyzing-the-urban-resilience-market/#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMid1PWI%3D/

Floodplains can’t do their job any more http://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/13279-climate-change-impact-of-land-management-on-flood-risk-ignored-for-too-long

Flood most damaging peril of 2016, causing nearly one-third of $210bn global economic losses http://aon.mediaroom.com/2017-01-17-Flood-most-damaging-peril-of-2016-causing-nearly-one-third-of-210bn-global-economic-losses-according-to-Aon-catastrophe-report

Fraud, cyber, and security incidents are now the ‘new normal’ for companies across the world http://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/erm-news/1702-report-reviews-risk-incident-trends

Building resilience to cyclones and drought in Myanmar includes promoting and encouraging gender equality https://plan-uk.org/standing-up-for-equal-pay-empowering-women-through-our-disaster-resilience-work

From Flood Control to Water Management: A Journey of Bangladesh towards Integrated Water Resources Management http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/1/55

State of Utah will pay the costs of catastrophic fires in exchange for local governments implementing prevention, preparedness and mitigation actions

https://fireadaptednetwork.org/key-principles-behind-utahs-new-wildfire-policy-municipalities-risk-distribution/

2017 Global Infectious Diseases Threats to the United States http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2016/12/22/2017-global-infectious-diseases-threats-to-the-united-states/

Chicago’s New Sensor-Based Stormwater Management System http://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/how-a-smart-city-tackles-rainfall-956

Emergency management

Are we ready for disaster? http://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2017/01/14/are-we-ready-for-disaster/

Volunteer fire department struggles reflect larger problem https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-chief/articles/160918018-Volunteer-fire-department-struggles-reflect-larger-problem/

Ontario firefighters’ battle over volunteer work heads to union trial http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-firefighters-battle-over-volunteer-work-heads-to-trial/article33630944/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

US disasters by the numbers http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/disaster-stats-by-the-numbers.html?utm_content=bufferc36aa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Visually impaired experiences of earthquakes highlight gaps in disaster preparedness http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/national/88048003/Visually-impaired-experiences-of-earthquakes-highlight-gaps-in-disaster-preparedness

Quantitative Comparison Between Crowd Models for Evacuation Planning and Evaluation https://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.0366v2.pdf

Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/financial-impact-of-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-reaches-9-5-billion-study-1.3245055?hootPostID=b71f0ac1a593d166bfc0cb30c227d2bd

Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tepco-fukushima-costs-idUSKBN13Y047

Drones can spark bushfires and hinder aerial support, DFES warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-17/firefighters-warn-drones-could-interfere-with-water-bombing/8188224

Chilean Gov’t to Indemnize Affected People by Tsunami http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=8163&SEO=chilean-govt-to-indemnize-affected-people-by-tsunami

Mayor welcomes record business confidence despite earthquakes http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/5/272959

NCAR Ensemble Forecasts http://ensemble.ucar.edu/

Chile’s M=7.7 earthquake Christmas gift: A ferocious start, but it fizzled http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/chiles-m7-7-earthquake-christmas-gift-a-ferocious-start-but-it-fizzled-2162/

Sevier County wildfire losses near $1 billion http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/tennessee/2017/01/18/sevier-county-fires-spark-insurance-claims-842m-well-above-500m-estimate/96727112/

High-reliability organizing and the language of wildland fire managers http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08941920.2015.1014590?scroll=top&needAccess=true

Hunter Valley bushfire survivor describes how a ‘fireball’ threatened his home during emergency situation http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-19/hunter-valley-bushfire-survivor-describes-seeing-a-fireball/8194400

Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/19/flood-disasters-more-than-double-across-europe-in-35-years

Disaster education, communications and engagement

47% of American homes and 31% of Australians rely solely on mobile phones http://www.canberratimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/the-long-inexorable-decline-of-the-landline-in-australia-20161221-gtfjsp.html

Nepal marks 19th Earthquake Safety Day amid growing fears of quake http://www.myrepublica.com/news/13155

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD) http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html

Weather: Beaufort scale http://linkis.com/www.youtube.com/EewaX

In the Age of Resilience https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/blog/in-the-age-of-resilience/?utm_source=social%20media&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_content=RF%20Blog

First mathematical model that accurately reproduces the patterns that innovations follow https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603366/mathematical-model-reveals-the-patterns-of-how-innovations-arise/?utm_content=buffer5b999&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Engaging Communities In New Hampshire To Strengthen Resilience https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/newfields.html?utm_source=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=Northeast17&utm_medium=SocialMedia

NASA Earth Science Data: Yours to Use, Fully and Without Restrictions https://earthdata.nasa.gov/nasa-data-policy

The Importance of Storytelling in Science http://blogs.plos.org/ecology/2016/12/30/the-importance-of-storytelling-in-science/#.WGw607_rjDA.twitter

Turn Around Don’t Drown http://tadd.weather.gov/

New Climate Change Learning Modules on Health and Cities Now Available Online! http://www.uncclearn.org/news/new-climate-change-learning-modules-health-and-cities-now-available-online

Social media and emergency management

Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38631847

Virtual reality is going to be a key topic of discussion in social media circles in 2017 http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/facebook-conducts-new-research-benefits-social-virtual-reality

School fires web co-ordinator for correcting a student’s bad grammar on Twitter http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/school-fires-web-coordinator-for-correcting-a-students-bad-grammar-on-twitter/news-story/d3afc91c3ac2e2e849ac29117928f7b4

Digital immortality enabled by social networking sites http://discoversociety.org/2017/01/03/shadows-of-the-dead-social-media-and-our-changing-relationship-with-the-departed/?utm_content=buffer5b16f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Tweets with one or two hashtags get more attention than tweets with less or more hashtags https://blog.thesocialms.com/truth-hashtags-when-where-how-many/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Social Media: Strategy and Design Tips for Success https://designschool.canva.com/blog/social-media-for-nonprofits/?utm_content=bufferfd44d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Could Facebook save your life in a disaster? https://www.wired.com/2016/11/facebook-disaster-response/

Measuring the Best Times to Post on Social Media http://sproutsocial.com/insights/best-times-to-post-on-social-media/

“We mostly use emojis like gestures, as a way of enhancing emotional expressions” http://psychcentral.com/news/2017/01/18/emojis-and-emoticons-help-explain-personality/115283.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=hot-topics&utm_content=buffer48e68&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Disaster psychology

Natural disasters can bring out the best in human beings https://hipgive.org/what-powerful-lessons-can-we-learn-from-natural-disasters/

PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters http://www.journalofpsychiatricresearch.com/article/S0022-3956(16)30295-3/abstract

 

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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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