Today in disaster resilience (17 February 2017)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news:

Current emergencies/disasters

Heavy floods create havoc on Northern California homes, roads http://www.kcra.com/article/heavy-floods-create-havoc-on-northern-california-homes-roads/8732807?src=app

NSW fires: Uarbry all but wiped out as firefighters continue to battle blazes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/nsw-fires:-uarbry-wiped-out-as-crews-battle-blazes-in-nsw/8263820

Floodwaters claimed the life of another man trying to cross a road near the town http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-12/wa-floods-one-man-dead-another-missing-near-esperance/8263286

Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38952847

Drought Turns to Deluge in California http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=89650&src=twitter-nh

NSW fires: Many residents yet to return to homes in fire-ravaged central west http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/residents-yet-to-return-to-homes-in-fire-ravaged-in-central-west/8267088?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Farmers in Great Southern begin to assess flood damage to property http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/western-australian-farmers-assess-flood-damage/8266224

Deadly Night time Earthquake Strikes Philippines http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/11/deadly-philippines-earthquake/

Queensland storm clean-up underway after lightning, heavy rain lashes south-east http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/queensland-storm-clean-up-underway-after-lightning-rain-bom/8267866

WA weather: Natural disaster declared over Swan Valley, other areas hit by flooding http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/premier-declares-natural-disaster-over-swan-valley-flood-areas/8265464

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 12 Dead, Thousands Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-bali-february-2017

Severe floods hit Saudi Arabia after 3 months worth of rain in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2017/02/16/saudi-arabia-flood-february-2017/

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Feb 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/61669/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Feb-2017-Shiveluch-volcano-Dukono-Sinabung-Sabancaya-Bagana-Suw.html

Firefighters halt advance of Port Hill wildfire on city homes in Christchurch http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/new-zealand-firefighters-halt-advance-wildfire-city-homes-christchurch/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Southern California is facing its strongest storm in years https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/02/16/southern-california-is-facing-its-strongest-winter-storm-in-years-heres-the-forecast/?utm_term=.1e95cb27cf14

Storm Dineo kills at least seven people in Mozambique http://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-storm-idUSKBN15V1LX

Disaster risk reduction

We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-barnett-nature-alternative-facts-20170210-story,amp.html

How the Shocks of Disasters are Impacted by the Stresses of Social Issues http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/How-the-shocks-of-disasters-are-impacted-by-the-stresses-of-social-issues.html

Protecting thousands of families living in Quito’s low-income neighbourhoods from disasters is an urgent task http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/metro-line-better-city-planning-to-aid-quitos-poor#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMSd1PWI%3D/

We need a comprehensive housing approach to deal with heatwaves https://theconversation.com/we-need-a-comprehensive-housing-approach-to-deal-with-heatwaves-72800

New property fees proposed to raise money to fight Washington wildfires http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/new-bills-in-olympia-aim-to-prepare-washington-for-wildfire-season/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

Building a future above the floodwaters https://asunow.asu.edu/20170208-global-engagement-building-future-above-floodwaters-asu-anthropologists

Ventura fault can cause stronger shaking and more damage https://watchers.news/2017/02/16/ventura-fault-study-model-february-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

What the Oroville Dam crisis tells us about natural infrastructure http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2017/02/15/what-the-oroville-dam-crisis-tells-us-about-natural-infrastructure/

How to manage global catastrophic risk https://www.brookings.edu/events/how-to-manage-global-catastrophic-risk/

Building a National Seismic Monitoring Center: NEIC from 2000 to the Present http://m.srl.geoscienceworld.org//content/early/2017/02/13/0220170023.full

Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/27/3/article/GSATG321A.1.htm

Oroville crisis highlights risky dams, spotty inspections around U.S. http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/15/dam-safety-infrastructure-oroville/97921650/

High River flood homes being auctioned off by Alberta government http://www.newstalk770.com/2017/02/15/high-river-flood-homes-being-auctioned-off-by-alberta-government/

‘Virtual storms’ for Design of Coastal Flood Warning Systems and Defence https://www.hydro-international.com/content/news/virtual-storms-for-design-of-coastal-flood-warning-systems-and-defence

Floodscore is a simple yet useful tool that provides flood scores for single locations based on their risk to fluvial, pluvial and coastal flooding http://www.ambiental.co.uk/quantifying-flood-risk-and-claims-at-the-property-level/

 

Tabqa Dam at risk of ‘catastrophic’ flooding, UN warns http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/150220172

Emergency management

Review of a paper: the Dongla Landslide in Sichuan, China http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/02/09/dongla-landslide/

More details emerging on Western Australia’s new rural fire service and it is not part of the DFES https://emergency.life/2017/02/09/%F0%9F%87%A6%F0%9F%87%BA-more-details-emerging-on-western-australias-new-rural-fire-service-and-it-is-not-part-of-the-dfes/

5 essentials for the first 72 hours of disaster response https://medium.com/@UNOCHA/5-essentials-for-the-first-72-hours-of-disaster-response-51746452bc88#.90go2olax

Supporting civil authorities in the event of a domestic outbreak of a pandemic disease https://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/record/14344

Real-time updates of storms will help forecasters track and predict where the most damage could occur https://eos.org/articles/noaa-video-shows-satellite-views-of-louisiana-tornadoes

PG&E to Implement Earthquake Warning Technology http://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/87782

How Early Warning Systems Can Help Save People From Mudslides http://www.ictworks.org/2017/02/13/how-iot-early-warning-systems-can-help-save-people-from-mudslides/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

1931 earthquake survivors share stories at Napier tea http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11799292

We need to think about redefining citizenship in the Anthropocene https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-think-about-redefining-citizenship-in-the-anthropocene-72138

Learning for Sustainability http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002472/247275E.pdf

YEARS of LIVING DANGEROUSLY Season 1 Now on YouTube http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/announcement/season-1-now-youtube/

Social Media and Emergency Management

“Social media is used for information, emotion and opinion but is not necessarily a useful way to learn as an evacuation proceeds” https://preparednessthoughts.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/oroville-evacuation-dont-rely-on-technology/

How learning communities form within the climate conversation on Twitter https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-the-climate-change-conversation-on-twitter-in-2016

Twitter Alerts Another Tool For Your Emergency Toolbox https://palmcentrix.com/2017/02/twitter-alerts/

Disaster psychology

PTSD and Communities http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/community/index.asp

The Ostrich Paradox http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/book/ostrich-paradox/?&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=salon&utm_campaign=ostrich-paradox&utm_content=link

Our memories are short — even when the consequences have already proven deadly http://www.salon.com/2017/02/12/why-disasters-repeat-themselves-we-ignore-the-lessons-of-the-past-at-our-own-expense/

Social capital and disasters

Building Belonging in an Age of Divisiveness http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-samuel/where-is-the-love-buildin_b_14372250.html

In Japan tsunami city, people power turns disaster into opportunity http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/51848

The Tohoku disasters reinforce past evidence about the importance of social networks and social capital in disaster recovery https://theconversation.com/recovering-from-disasters-social-networks-matter-more-than-bottled-water-and-batteries-69611

 

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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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