Today in disaster resilience (24 February 2017)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars whole http://mashable.com/2017/02/19/southern-california-storms-photos/?utm_cid=hp-r-1#TapiDODLmkqV

Town of Maxwell floods as worry about Oroville Dam shifts to creeks and canals http://www.sacbee.com/news/weather/article133701629.html

Homes lost, firefighter injured as Queanbeyan blaze burns out of control http://www.smh.com.au/national/homes-lost-firefighter-injured-as-queanbeyan-blaze-burns-out-of-control-20170217-gufsn5.html

Severe storms hit Sydney http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/clique/severe-storms-on-the-way-20170217-guffif.html

Sydney storms: 12,000 insurance claims lodged from hailstorm, $31 million in damages http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/insurance-already-flooded-with-sydney-storm-claims-from-hail/8284246

Atmospheric River Brings Historic Flood Risk to California https://psmag.com/california-braces-for-historic-floods-2f38774515e8#.gedet0vzv

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Feb 2017: Barren Island volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/61749/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Feb-2017-Barren-Island-volcano-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Dukono-Sinabun.html

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Alfred makes landfall, weakens to tropical low http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/ex-tropical-cyclone-alfred-makes-landfall/8288596

More than 40 homes damaged by tornado in near North Side neighborhood http://www.ksat.com/weather/more-than-40-homes-damaged-by-tornado-in-near-north-side-neighborhood

Severe flash flooding hits Malaga, Spain https://watchers.news/2017/02/20/flood-malaga-spain-february-2017/

Flooding impacts urban agriculture in Zimbabwe https://zwnews.com/2017/01/19/zim-flooding-impacts-news/

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/

Earthquake swarm to west of Tokaanu (Turangi) continues http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/quake/2017/02/22/Update%3A+Swarm+to+west+of+Tokaanu+%28Turangi%29+continues

Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-storm-20170221-story.html

4 US tourists, pilot killed in Australian light plane crash https://www.ems1.com/fire-ems/articles/197297048-4-US-tourists-pilot-killed-in-Australian-light-plane-crash/?utm_content=bufferf707e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Indonesia – Widespread Flooding in Jakarta Leaves 1 Dead, 180 mm Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-flood-jakarta-february-2017

Driver ignores signs, drowns in California creek https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-storm-prompts-evacuations-in-monterey-county/2017/02/20/5a505122-f7d9-11e6-aa1e-5f735ee31334_story.html?utm_term=.38d248dcf298

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Feb 2017: Krakatau volcano, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/61795/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Feb-2017-Krakatau-volcano-Dukono-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Wildfires continue in Chile http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/02/23/wildfires-continue-in-chile/

A ‘weather bomb’ named Doris batters the UK http://mashable.com/2017/02/23/storm-doris-weather-bomb-uk-winds-planes/#b.2_f7fSDOq0

Disaster risk reduction

Oroville Dam crisis could be sign of things to come https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/oroville-dam-crisis-sign-things-come/

Building flood resilience into the fabric of Britain https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2017/02/17/building-flood-resilience-into-the-fabric-of-britain/

Earthquake faults are smarter than we usually think http://www.geologypage.com/2016/12/earthquake-faults-smarter-usually-think.html

Managing flooding by working with nature http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/win16-nature/

Revealing what the next hundred years could hold for coastal flooding and erosion http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/win16-coast/ Value of research for improved flood warning and other mitigation measures http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/win16-numbers/

Models for ‘what if?’ scenarios https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/models-what-scenarios-bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc

Managing multi-purpose water infrastructure http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/environment/managing-multi-purpose-water-infrastructure_bbb40768-en;jsessionid=310btf6nahedk.x-oecd-live-03

The 1905 Chamonix earthquakes: active tectonics in the Mont Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges massifs http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00015-017-0262-7

Flooding: what is normal? https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/flooding-what-is-normal/

Flood monitoring and forecasting system allowing the proactive management of local to global scale river flood risks and impacts before, during and after an event https://www.floodforesight.com/

Earthquake forecasts – So why do we do earthquake forecasting? http://info.geonet.org.nz/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=21200923

Shallow Landslide Hazard Forecast Map http://www.dnr.wa.gov/slhfm

Cumulative Hazard: The Case of Nuisance Flooding http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EF000494/abstract

The Project for Livelihood Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas http://www.tj.undp.org/content/tajikistan/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/02/17/drr-initiatives-implemented-under-litaca-will-ensure-the-safety-.html#.WKw6eIP8cKs.twitter

A groundwater flood risk map of the UK is being made widely available for the first time http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/bluesky-announces-new-online-flood-risk-map-of-the-uk/490984

How to Use Models for Disciplined Flood Risk Underwriting http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/How-to-Use-Models-for-Disciplined-Flood-Risk-Underwriting/

Too hot to learn: Why Australian schools need a national heatwaves policy http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-23/why-schools-need-a-national-policy-on-heatwaves/8294056

Human exposure and sensitivity to globally extreme wildfire events http://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-016-0058

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions KE Fellow call http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/schemes/kefellows/dkefellowscall/irnh-kecall/

Oroville shows importance of flood insurance http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/Oroville-shows-importance-of-flood-insurance-10942102.php

Protecting Georgia from floods http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/52010

A summary of risk areas and scenario analyses 2012–2015 for Sweden http://www.preventionweb.net/files/51634_msb1021summaryriskareasscenarioanal.pdf

‘Slow slip’ earthquake season raises risk of ‘The Big One’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-slow-slip-1.3995645

Planning for Community Resilience https://islandpress.org/book/planning-for-community-resilience

Coastal subsidence and flooding https://speakingofgeoscience.org/2017/02/22/coastal-subsidence-harbinger-of-future-flooding/

MPs to demand UK Govt answers on flood risk management in parliamentary debate https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/13592-mps-to-demand-uk-govt-answers-on-flood-risk-management-in-parliamentary-debate

Big data project aims to improve Dutch flood control, save the government millions http://www.pcworld.com/article/2042941/big-data-project-aims-to-improve-dutch-flood-control-save-the-government-millions.html

Emergency management

Environment Agency Rainfall API http://environment.data.gov.uk/flood-monitoring/doc/rainfall

Hundreds of hay bales delivered to fire-affected farmers from across Australia http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-18/hay-drive-brings-relief-to-fire-afected-warrumbungles/8283306

CFA helps farmers in need http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/cfa-helps-farmers-in-need.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Then and Now photos: Appomattox tornado recovery, one year later http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/then-and-now-photos-appomattox-tornado-recovery-one-year-later/collection_ae17e9f4-f523-11e6-9589-c3abdd82b044.html#1

This Time We Were Lucky: The Oroville Dam Emergency http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/This-Time-We-Were-Lucky–The-Oroville-Dam-Emergency/

“Community participation is a vital part of the early warning system” https://www.zurich.com/en/knowledge/articles/2017/02/early-warning-systems-save-lives-in-peru

Severe Weather Europe http://www.severe-weather.eu/

Carwoola fire: Wildlife carers prepare for influx of injured animals after blaze in southern NSW http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/influx-of-injured-wildlife-after-carwoola-fire/8290780

Integrating Cascading Disasters in London’s Response and Preparedness Strategies https://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/cascading/01-news-cascades/LRcascading

Local councils’ flood preparedness: How technology can help http://www.adjacentopenaccess.org/farming-environment-marine-sustainable-news/local-councils-flood-preparedness-technology/31025/ Defining success for post-disaster recovery is harder than it seems http://www.themandarin.com.au/75399-nz-earthquake-recovery-mistake-governments-keep-making/

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority: Assessing its effectiveness and efficiency http://www.oag.govt.nz/2017/cera

Water, Dams, Earthquakes and Mudslides http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/water-dams-earthquakes-and-mudslides.html?utm_content=buffere6ada&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10 Things UNDP does in Disaster Recovery http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/10-things-undp-does-in-recovery.html

Recovery postponed: The long-term plight of people displaced by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster http://www.internal-displacement.org/publications/2017/recovery-postponed-idmc-case-study-february-2017

Carwoola fire: NSW RFS praises role of giant American air tankers that helped contain blaze http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-23/nsw-rfs-praises-role-of-giant-air-tankers-in-carwoola-fire/8294870

One year since Cyclone Winston, Fiji is still rebuilding http://reliefweb.int/report/fiji/one-year-cyclone-winston-fiji-still-rebuilding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tornado safety: Knowing what to do now will save you precious time during the storm http://whnt.com/2017/02/17/tornado-safety-knowing-what-to-do-now-will-save-you-precious-time-during-the-storm/

Snow covers 30 percent of land on Earth http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/157370270499/six-things-you-dont-know-about-snow

Latest Planet Earth magazine features articles on flood science http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/

What causes flooding and what are we doing to prevent it? http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/win16-poster/

Scientists have developed a new virtual reality game that lets you experience a flash flood http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/publications/planetearth/win16-vr/

Formidable Footprint – A Neighborhood Tabletop Exercise – Flood http://www.onxsystem.com/?q=onx/ex/2430

How to sand bag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbPOF5AJTDo&feature=youtu.be

How scientists are using virtual reality to show people effects of global warming http://www.ocregister.com/articles/people-744000-virtual-reality.html?utm_content=buffer495ff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Cartoons and calendars help Bolivian farmers dampen fire risk http://news.trust.org/item/20170220200617-9pnlv

New online map shows flood risk to every street in Hull from Environment Agency http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/new-online-map-shows-flood-risk-to-every-street-in-hull-from-environment-agency/story-30147024-detail/story.html

‘It brought tears to my eyes’: Quake memorial opened to emotional families http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/89660143/it-brought-tears-to-my-eyes-quake-memorial-opened-to-emotional-families

Climate change glossary – understanding global warming from A to Z http://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/02/21/climate-change-glossary-%E2%80%93-understanding-global-warming-z

Last Call for Community Flood Action Groups http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/02/21/last-call-community-flood-action-groups/

More about Fire Danger Rating http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/fire_bans_and_ratings/mor

If it’s flooded, forget it. Peter’s story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zF1EFR7jbo

e_about_fire_danger_rating.jsp

Evacuation – who does and who doesn’t? http://prpulse.usq.edu.au/evacuation-who-does-and-who-doesnt/

2017 Great Washington ShakeOut http://www.shakeout.org/washington/

Haiti radio drama teaches people how to stay alive during disasters http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2017/02/haiti-radio-drama-teaches-people-how-to-stay-alive-during-disasters/?platform=hootsuite#.WKI_EW8rKUk

Print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/09/01/book-reading-2016/

5 Easy Ways To Prepare the Elderly for an Emergency http://edmdigest.com/preparedness/5-easy-ways-for-the-elderly-to-stay-prepared/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=5-easy-ways-for-the-elderly-to-stay-prep&utm_campaign=Blog%20-%20In%20CyberDefense%20-%20ST%20-%20AMU

Tropical Cyclone Naming https://public.wmo.int/en/About-us/FAQs/faqs-tropical-cyclones/tropical-cyclone-naming

UK Flood Defence Alliance https://www.ukflooddefencealliance.com/lessons-flood-group-certuk-share-experience/

Award-Winning Story Map Spells Out Flood Danger to French Schoolchildren http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcwatch/0217/award-winning-story-map-spells-out-flood-danger-to-french-schoolchildren

Bradford flood network https://odileeds.org/blog/2017-02-17-bradford-flood-network?platform=hootsuite

How community groups are tackling flood risk http://newsandviews.zurich.co.uk/expert-lab/community-groups-tackling-flood-risk/

Social Media and Emergency Management

There are talks of “rebalancing” NASA’s mission as it continues to tweet about climate change http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/nasa-climate-change_us_58a91361e4b045cd34c2689e

Tweets re #CAstorm #flooding via The Tweeted Times http://tweetedtimes.com/v/13397

Five Oroville Dam workers were fired for posting spillway photographs to social media http://fox40.com/2017/02/19/oroville-dam-workers-fired-for-posting-spillway-photos-to-social-media/

Not owning a cellphone gives you time to ruminate and to rest https://aeon.co/ideas/not-owning-a-cellphone-gives-you-time-to-ruminate-and-to-rest

Each of us now has a more powerful voice with the use of social media https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resist-social-media-movement-nancy-richmond?published=t

#MEXICOGP2017 To raise awareness of the Global Platform, UNISDR has launched the “From Sendai to Cancun” social media campaign http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2017/globalplatform/en/news-media

Disaster psychology

Living beneath a wall of water: Can Oroville residents trust the dam will hold? http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article133613859.html

Salient Public Beliefs Underlying Disaster Preparedness Behaviors: A Theory-Based Qualitative Study https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/div-classtitlesalient-public-beliefs-underlying-disaster-preparedness-behaviors-a-theory-based-qualitative-studydiv/3942A0CAD3076215AB972E5CE1B3CA99

Simulation model of pedestrians swarm in evacuation situations http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJCAT.2017.082267?journalCode=ijcat

United by grief: Two earthquake families finally meet after six years http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89706677/United-by-grief-Two-earthquake-families-finally-meet-after-six-years

What Firefighters Can Tell US About PTSD Risk http://www.newswise.com/articles/what-firefighters-can-tell-us-about-ptsd-risk#.WK8yXnUx6fk.twitter

Social capital, vulnerability and disasters

Societal Inequality and individual subjective well-being http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X16302216

How Black History Has Influenced Disaster Planning http://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/floods/black-history-influenced-disaster-planning/

Flood resilience offers dignity to disabled people http://practicalaction.org/blog/news/campaigns/flood-resilience-for-people-of-disability-offers-dignity/

 

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I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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