Today in disaster resilience (3 February 2017)

Please find below links to recent important news about some aspects of disaster resilience:

Current emergencies/disasters

Origin of deadly Chile forest fires remains unknown: president http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/29/c_136019208.htm

Military helps New Brunswick after devastating ice storm https://watchers.news/2017/01/30/new-brunswick-canada-ice-storm-january-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood death toll hits 91 in Thailand, four people still missing http://reliefweb.int/report/thailand/flood-death-toll-hits-91-four-people-still-missing

100,000 displaced due to floods in Caraga region, Philippines https://watchers.news/2017/01/30/caraga-philippines-flood-january-2017/

NASA Sees Fires Still Dotting U.S. Southeast https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/nasa-sees-fires-still-dotting-us-southeast

U.S. Increases Firefighting Aid To Chile As More Than 70 Blazes Rage http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/01/512865429/u-s-increases-firefighting-aid-to-chile-as-more-than-70-blazes-rage?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews

Disaster risk reduction

Chile’s forest fires partly due to poor planning, say fire chiefs https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/29/chiles-forest-fires-poor-planning-fire-chiefs-monoculture-fire-breaks

When the heat is on, we need city-wide plans to keep cool https://theconversation.com/when-the-heat-is-on-we-need-city-wide-plans-to-keep-cool-70738

The best conditions for flooding http://www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk/the-best-conditions-for-flooding/

Increased Risk of Katla Eruption http://icelandreview.com/news/2017/01/30/increased-risk-katla-eruption

Surfing drone to monitor tsunamis on Japan’s newest island http://www.miragenews.com/surfing-drone-to-monitor-tsunamis-on-japans-newest-island/

Hydrologic and geomorphic changes resulting from episodic glacial lake outburst floods: Rio Colonia, Patagonia, Chile http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL071374/abstract?campaign=wolearlyview

Calls for Cumbria farmers to be compensated for flood schemes on their land http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/Calls-for-Cumbria-farmers-to-be-compensated-for-flood-schemes-on-their-land-8c1a162f-a7da-4e39-886d-f86cfa3a4a61-ds

Miami Beach to begin new $100 million flood prevention project in face of sea level rise http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article129284119.html

Humanity’s Ten Great Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-41270-2

When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk https://www.revealnews.org/article/when-spark-meets-sprawl-building-in-wildlands-increases-fire-risk/

Australia’s deadly relationship with heat http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38805402

Experts warn that the flooding exacerbated by climate change will disproportionately impact low-lying, low-income communities http://e360.yale.edu/features/a-vulnerable-community-braces-for-the-impacts-of-sea-level-rise

Suncorp, the company where the price isn’t right on extreme weather http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/suncorp-the-company-where-the-price-isnt-right-on-extreme-weather-20170131-gu2rd4.html

WorldPop, open data for spatial demography http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata20174

Group calls for U.S. flood insurance revamp as program deadline nears http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-floods-insurance-idUSKBN15G4O2

Floodplains and flooding risk prevention http://medwet.org/2017/02/floodplains-and-flooding-risk-prevention/

Need to establish flood early warning and forecasting systems is a ground truth in all European countries http://www.imprex.eu/flood-early-warning-and-forecasting-across-europe

Understanding the sociology and politics around word ‘retreat’ http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2017-01/researchers-avoid-flood-zone-to-limit-sea-level-rise

Flooding and the Somerset Levels and Moors http://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/valuing-nature-somerset-levels-and-moors-future

The rush to build one million new homes in England by 2020 is set to increase flooding by overwhelming drains https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/02/rush-to-build-new-homes-will-increase-flooding-experts-warn

Emergency management

Flood evacuees can go forward with class-action suit against province http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/class-action-flooding-manitoba-1.3956363

Possible nuclear fuel find raises hopes of Fukushima plant breakthrough https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/31/possible-nuclear-fuel-find-fukushima-plant?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld

In a recent landslide on Chandigarh-Shimla highway, a car was crushed https://chandigarhmetro.com/yes-landslide-chandigarh-shimla-highway-horryfying-pictures/

Identify and assess the water quality risks from extreme events http://www.waterra.stfi.re/project-details/158?sf=lgavwno&utm_content=buffered896&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#aa

Nearly $1 billion in losses claimed in Sevier Co. wildfires http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Nearly-1-billion-in-losses-claimed-in-Sevier-Co-wildfires-412187933.html

Latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-32-01

Flood, Move, Repeat: A Generational Story http://wwno.org/post/flood-move-repeat-generational-story

Report a Flooded Property app for UK emergency responders https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2017/02/report-flooded-property-app-emergency-responders/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_source=Twitter

New portable weather stations will improve fire intelligence http://www.environment.act.gov.au/home/latest_news/new-portable-weather-stations-will-improve-fire-intelligence

Elbow Park School reopens after four-year flood recovery project http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/elbow-park-school-reopens-after-four-year-flood-recovery-project

Disaster education, communications and engagement

ISeeChange app enables people to document their experiences with extreme heat, flooding, climate http://therealtimereport.com/2017/01/29/iseechange-and-nasa-launch-citizen-science-app/

Development and testing of a community flood resilience measurement tool http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/17/77/2017/nhess-17-77-2017.pdf

Home Sellers Should Disclose Flood History and Risk to Buyers http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/01/17/home-sellers-should-disclose-flood-history-and-risk-to-buyers

Artist Teams Up with NASA on Climate Education http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/01/artist-teams-up-with-nasa-on-climate-education/?utm_content=bufferba60d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

What is the difference between a tsunami and a tidal wave? https://www2.usgs.gov/faq/categories/9755/3141_home

Have a scientific passion? Become a citizen scientist https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/have-a-scientific-passion-become-a-citizen-scientist/2017/01/27/647e8a22-dcc9-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.fe256f470f25

Total fire bans explained for city dwellers http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/total-fire-bans-explained-for-city-dwellers/8220210

Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth Guide https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/smart-growth.html

Hurricane Season: Here’s What to Expect http://www.livescience.com/57671-hurricane-season.html

Stroll Through the Story of GIS https://www.gislounge.com/stroll-through-the-story-of-gis/

Victims of 1953 floods remembered on anniversary with flowers at Felixstowe http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/gallery_victims_of_1953_floods_remembered_on_anniversary_with_flowers_at_felixstowe_1_4870896?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

How does a seismic station work? http://www.usarray.org/public/about/how

Province asks public for input on emergency flood channel http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lake-st-martin-emergency-outlet-channel-input-1.3957680

Campaigners opposed to the design of Cork city’s massive flood defence scheme are planning a human chain protest to highlight their fears http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/human-chain-protest-to-highlight-fears-over-cork-citys-quay-flood-defences-441503.html

Introducing Zilient: A global resilience network https://www.zilient.org/?utm_content=bufferbb5c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A 100-year flood means a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year —not a flood only once in a century https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/nyregion/a-guide-to-flood-resistant-building-terms.html?_r=0

Landscape Photographer Jeff McPheeters Captures the Majestic Fury of Storms on the Great Plains http://www.shutterbug.com/content/landscape-photographer-jeff-mcpheeters-captures-majestic-fury-storms-great-plains#155OgA9y28r2vyT4.97

Safe Evacuation of Schools – Can Everyone Get Out https://evaculife.com.au/blog/safe_eveacuation_of_schools_can_everyone_get_out

Web mapping app for updating and sharing the current status of businesses in flooded areas http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcuser/fall-2016/crowdsourced-open-for-business-app-supports-flood-response

Social Media and Emergency Management

Digital in 2017 overview http://wearesocial.com/uk/blog/2017/01/digital-in-2017-global-overview

Social media competence is a critical communication tool for academics https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-academics-and-researchers-can-get-more-out-of-social-media

York Floods Report: lack of an official message on social media added to the confusion http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15042108.York_flood_inquiry__Sirens_proposed___Better_response_needed_next_time___See_the_complete_report_here/

24% of US social media users lack any confidence in these sites to protect their data http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/americans-and-cybersecurity/

Using social media to identify the network of climate influencers http://www.onalytica.com/blog/posts/cities4climate-power-influencer-engagement/

Tweets with hashtags clearly get more engagement than tweets without hashtags. One or two hashtags are optimum https://blog.thesocialms.com/twitter-statistics-you-cant-ignore/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Map visualises the climate change conversation on Twitter in 2016 https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-the-climate-change-conversation-on-twitter-in-2016

“Authentic and timely stories” aligned with Facebook’s wider efforts to combat the spread of fake news http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/facebook-updates-news-feed-algorithm-focus-authentic-and-timely-content

89% of newspaper reading is still in newsprint, with just 7% via mobile devices and 4% on PCs https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2017/jan/31/wouldnt-you-just-know-it-editors-are-better-than-algorithms?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Disaster psychology

Bourke Street Mall incident – Community anger and understanding tragedy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xRpU90_p20&feature=youtu.be

UK mental health study finds impacts of flooding are large, prolonged and extend beyond just those whose homes are flooded http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-4000-2

Fires Across Tasmania, One Year On http://www.oliviahickey.com/blog/2017/1/31/fires-across-tasmania-one-year-on

 

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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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