Today in disaster resilience (10 March 2017)

Please find below recent internet news links to some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Deadly floods hit southern Zimbabwe, destroying many homes https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/deadly-floods-hit-southern-zimbabwe-destroying-many-homes/2017/03/05/9a6913ca-0193-11e7-9d14-9724d48f5666_story.html?utm_term=.6fae636ba9b4

Fears of 150kph winds in new storm alert https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Fears-of-150kph-winds-in-new-storm-alert

At least 6 people have been killed, 2 seriously injured and thousands displaced due to floods and landslides in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province https://www.sott.net/article/344424-6-killed-by-floods-and-landslides-in-West-Sumatra-Indonesia

NASA Sees Powerful Tropical Cyclone Enawo Make Landfall in Madagascar http://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/nasa-sees-powerful-tropical-cyclone-enawo-make-landfall-madagascar

Widespread flooding, slips, road chaos as rain continues in Auckland and Coromandel http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11813973&ref=NZH_Tw

Switzerland shaken by largest earthquake in 12 years http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/switzerland-shaken-by-largest-earthquake-in-12-years-2717/

Madagascar: Tropical Cyclone Enawo likely to affect 760,000 people https://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/madagascar-tropical-cyclone-enawo-likely-affect-760000-people

Wildfires burn more than 1 million acres, taking 7 lives http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/07/us/wildfires-texas-deaths/

Cyclone Enawo update https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/madagascar_enawo_sitrep1_09march2017.pdf?platform=hootsuite

Tropical Cyclone “Enawo” summary and damage report – Madagascar, March 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/03/09/enawo-madagascar-summary-damage-report-march-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Philippines – Floods in Sarangani Province Leave 1 Dead, 100s Evacuated http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-sarangani-province-march-2017

Health warnings after extraordinary flood on Fonoifua Island http://matangitonga.to/2017/03/09/health-warnings-after-extraordinary-flood-fonoifua-island

Disaster risk reduction

Widening gap between disaster risks and business preparedness http://tiddly.link/jzlwd

Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/dsstr-prvntn-mtgtn/pltfrm-dsstr-rsk-rdctn/rgnl-pltfrm-en.aspx

Fire-proneness as a prerequisite for the evolution of fire-adapted traits http://www.cafiresci.org/research-publications-source/category/which-came-first-fire-prone-fire-adapted?utm_content=bufferb5912&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The breakthrough has astonished geologists and raises the possibility that real earthquake prediction could be next https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603785/machine-learning-algorithm-predicts-laboratory-earthquakes/

UN calls for support to Haiti recovery plan as report reveals US $2.7 billion in hurricane losses http://www.unisdr.org/archive/52219

Risk for river flooding in lake-rich regions http://swicca.climate.copernicus.eu/start/implemented-cases-of-local-change-adaptation/impact-based-flood-risk-assessment-in-present-and-future-climate/

MPs: UK flood prevention “fragmented, inefficient & ineffective” and UK should adopt Dutch model https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/13632-mps-uk-flood-prevention-%E2%80%9Cfragmented-inefficient–ineffective%E2%80%9D-and-uk-should-adopt-dutch-model

Accounting for residual uncertainty: an update to the fluvial freeboard guide https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accounting-for-residual-uncertainty-an-update-to-the-fluvial-freeboard-guide

Challenging the firefighter stereotype: International Women’s Day 2017 http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/ceo-opinion-challenging-firefighter-stereotype-international-womens-day-2017

Wildfires: An expanding threat? http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/03/07/wildfires-an-expanding-threat?eNL=58bf0a7d150ba03428668eff&page_all=1&utm_content=buffereede1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Importance of Context in Disaster Risk Reduction http://emergency-planning.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/the-importance-of-context-in-disaster.html

A strange physical phenomenon is helping scientists predict where massive earthquakes will strike https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-causes-earthquakes-2017-2?r=US&IR=T

The marked decline of sudden mass fatality events in NZ (1900 to 2015) https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2017/03/01/the-marked-decline-of-sudden-mass-fatality-events-in-nz-1900-to-2015/

Canada’s National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/dsstr-prvntn-mtgtn/ndmp/index-en.aspx

Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56308#.WL8kLdKGPIU

Geological Insights from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search https://eos.org/project-updates/geological-insights-from-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-search

‘No getting out of this’: Major earthquake ‘certain’ to hit Southern California, study says https://www.rt.com/usa/379768-southern-california-major-earthquake/

Fault System off San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles Counties Could Produce Magnitude 7.3 Quake https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/fault-system-san-diego-orange-los-angeles-counties-could-produce-magnitude-73-quake

Federal Floodplain Mapping Framework https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/dsstr-prvntn-mtgtn/ndmp/fldpln-mppng-en.aspx

Example of the levee paradox http://kelo.com/news/articles/2017/mar/07/its-a-new-world-along-the-big-sioux-river/#.WMB1eclQN0E.twitter

Canadians need “politically toxic” flood plain maps: climate expert http://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/flood/canadians-need-politically-toxic-flood-plain-maps-climate-expert-62003.aspx

2016 U.S. catastrophe frequency the highest since 1980 http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2017/03/01/2016-u-s-catastrophe-frequency-the-highest-since-1980-pcs/

Americas region crafts disaster risk reduction plan http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/52247

Alteration Along the Alpine Fault Helps Build Seismic Strain https://eos.org/research-spotlights/alteration-along-the-alpine-fault-helps-build-seismic-strain

Construction of tornado-safe buildings boomed after Joplin http://www.ksdk.com/weather/recent-construction-boom-of-tornado-safe-buildings/419469500

Disaster Loss and Damage data for 9 countries https://data.humdata.org/organization/united-nations-office-for-disaster-risk-reduction-unisdr

Treating droughts like hurricanes would aid vulnerable areas – researchers http://news.trust.org/item/20170309173853-6t9xz/

Book Is Closed On Scotland’s Biggest Ever Flood Scheme http://www.insidemoray.com/book-is-closed-on-scotlands-biggest-ever-flood-scheme/

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, planners and designers realized they could protect the city by reintegrating water into the urban landscape, instead of pushing it out https://www.fastcoexist.com/3068730/this-new-orleans-neighborhood-is-fighting-flooding-by-welcoming-it

Study determines effects of Community Rating System on flood insurance use, claims http://masgc.org/news/article/study-determines-effects-of-community-rating-system-on-flood-insurance-use

Emergency management

‘A one-stop shop’: new boss, minister tour new SES headquarters http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4511613/a-one-stop-shop-new-boss-minister-tour-new-ses-headquarters/?cs=300

When Floods Force Survivors to Choose http://disasterphilanthropy.org/blog/floods/floods-force-survivors-choose/

The Kaikoura earthquake is teaching us how to save lives next time http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/90199581/Editorial-The-Kaikoura-earthquake-is-teaching-us-how-to-save-lives-next-time

Young chefs back in the classroom 15 months after Carlisle floods http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Young-chefs-back-in-the-classroom-15-months-after-Carlisle-floods-a5933c45-8596-4664-9e3c-84f8df340c77-ds

Only Sci-Fi Can Drown Manhattan and Make You Want to Live There https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-08/only-sci-fi-can-drown-manhattan-and-make-you-want-to-live-there

Tornado Sirens: Should They Stay or Should They Go? http://www.tornadotalk.com/podcast/episode-14-tornado-sirens-should-they-stay-or-should-they-go/

East coast surge prompts people to sign up for flood warnings https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/13652-east-coast-surge-prompts-people-to-sign-up-for-flood-warnings

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communication Strategies for Fire and Fuels Managers http://wildfireinthewest.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/communication-strategies-for-fire-and.html

New ways to use smartphones for science https://www.elsevier.com/connect/new-ways-to-use-smartphones-for-science?sf59640830=1

What is a floodplain? http://www.washingtonnature.org/fieldnotes/2017-science-two-minute-takeaway-what-is-a-floodplain

Revisiting the 1947 floods – 70 years on http://ousewashes.org.uk/ouse-news/revisiting-the-1947-floods-70-years-on-tomorrow/

Social Media and Emergency Management

Twitter pays attention to what you’re paying attention to http://mashable.com/2017/03/06/twitter-algorithms-targeting.amp?utm_content=buffer25349&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

More social connection online tied to increasing feelings of isolation http://mashable.com/2017/03/06/social-media-mental-health-study/#JNv34B4qMaq9

Online Social Networking and Mental Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183915/

Fukushima, Twitter and the Politics of Disaster Communications https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/DmiSummer2014MappingTheJDArchive

Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they inundate communities http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/flickr-tags-could-help-predict-floods

Citizens in Jakarta have been harnessing the power of social media to report flood locations http://www.pdc.org/news-n-media/pdc-updates/Jakarta-Residents-Tweet/#.WL_h0bYLcWw.twitter

Disaster psychology

PTSD risk can be predicted by hormone levels prior to deployment, study says http://www.psypost.org/2017/03/ptsd-risk-can-predicted-hormone-levels-prior-deployment-study-says-48101

Social capital and disasters

Bushfire-affected Pappinbarra Valley comes together for those who lost their homes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-06/pappinbarra-valley-community-comes-together-after-fires/8328956

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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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