Today in disaster resilience (17 March 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Nearly 90 per cent of Queensland in drought after latest declarations http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/nearly-90-per-cent-of-queensland-in-drought-after-latest-declarations-20170312-guwai4.html

Canadian town declares emergency after 57-hour blizzard https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/canadian-town-declares-emergency-after-57-hour-blizzard/80215

Ethiopian landslide puts focus on landfill squatters http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/12/africa/ethiopia-trash-landslide/index.html

New Zealand – Over 300 Homes Damaged as More Flooding Hits North Island http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-north-island-floods-march-2017

Magnitude of floods ‘far worse’ https://www.newera.com.na/2017/03/13/magnitude-of-floods-far-worse/

Super storm to hit Sydney and Brisbane http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/rain-hail-flash-flooding-predicted-as-super-storm-set-to-lash-sydney-brisbane/news-story/e3dbd644fe2c3709f602192d39d64665

Popular tourist spot Alicante is hit by worst floods in 20 years http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4313180/Alicante-Spain-hit-worst-floods-20-years.html

NSW storms: SES rescues four people as heavy rain causes chaos in Sydney http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-14/bom-forecasts-rain-for-sydney-severe-thunderstorms-for-nsw/8351422

Activity at Mount Etna spreading to all craters, Italy https://watchers.news/2017/03/15/activity-at-mount-etna-spreading-to-all-craters-march-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Austria avalanche: Four skiers dead in Tyrol http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39283797

BOM issues severe weather warning as flash flooding, heavy rain hits state’s north http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/flash-flooding-causes-chaos-in-coffs-harbour/8356920

Colombia – Floods Affect 2,000 After Rivers Overflow in Urabá, Antioquia http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-affect-2000-rivers-overflow-uraba-antioquia

Floods in Oshikango displace businesses https://www.newera.com.na/2017/03/15/floods-in-oshikango-displace-businesses/

Five killed in Northeast winter storm, coastal areas flooding http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/03/15/Five-killed-in-Northeast-winter-storm-coastal-areas-flooding/2891489572876/

Active volcanoes in the world: March 8 – 14, 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/03/16/active-volcanoes-in-the-world-march-8-14-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Major flooding after heavy rains hit Peru https://watchers.news/2017/03/16/major-flooding-after-heavy-rains-hit-peru/

Disaster risk reduction

One-third of Colorado under moderate drought conditions as officials wary of wildfires, flooding http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/one-third-of-colorado-under-moderate-drought-conditions-as-officials-wary-of-wildfires-flooding

Resilience in the new Constitution for Mexico City http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/resilience-in-the-new-constitution-for-mexico-city#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMSd1PWI%3D/

Seismic lessons from Japan’s Tohoku earthquake http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/shaken-beliefs-seismic-lessons-from-japans-tohoku-earthquake

Earthquake assessment group set up http://times-age.co.nz/earthquake-assessment-group-set/

Tracking Volcanic Bombs in Three Dimensions https://eos.org/research-spotlights/tracking-volcanic-bombs-in-three-dimensions

Hat Yai’s flood resilience measures https://www.acccrn.net/news/coming-terms-reality-flooding-hat-yai

Kaikoura earthquake ruptured 21 faults – that’s possibly a world record http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/90444877/kaikoura-earthquake-ruptured-21-faults–possibly-a-world-record

EMO to get new flood-risk tool from NSCC http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1441612-emo-to-get-new-flood-risk-tool-from-nscc

NIWA adds more faults to the latest Kaikoura fault rupture map https://watchers.news/2017/03/15/fault-rupture-map-after-m7-8-kaikoura-earthquake/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Researchers Begin Second Year of Tornado Study in Southeastern United States http://blog.nssl.noaa.gov/nsslnews/2017/03/vortexmediaday/

Complex picture for likelihood of ENSO-driven flood hazard http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14796

Wellington Resilience Strategy http://www.100resilientcities.org/strategies/city/wellington#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMSd1PWI%3D/

Earthquake hotspots identified in regional Queensland as seismic activity heats up http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-13/report-identifies-earthquake-hotspots-in-regional-qld/8349172

Flood prevention measures need closer monitoring https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4018/flood_prevention_measures_need_closer_monitoring

Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not ‘a silver bullet’, say researchers http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/201703_Natural_flood_management

Rain, rivers and risk reduction http://www.paneuropeannetworks.com/government/rain-rivers-and-risk-reduction-2/

Private Flood Insurance Future Could Be Off the Map https://riskmarketnews.com/private-flood-insurance-future-off-map/?utm_content=buffer6df32&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Extreme flood could trap residents of proposed development, SES warns http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/extreme-flood-could-trap-residents-of-proposed-development-ses-warns-20170315-guyf1t.html

The bangs, crackles and hums of Earth’s seismic orchestra https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/mar/15/the-bangs-crackles-and-hums-of-earths-seismic-orchestra

Flood risk engineers: the next generation https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2017/03/16/flood-risk-engineers-the-next-generation/

GB Top 10 – In defence of flood resilience http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/features/gb-top-10-%E2%80%93-defence-flood-resilience

Floods of water, floods of data http://www.i-react.eu/floods-of-water-floods-of-data/

New Flood Maps, More Development http://www.elseif.net/new-flood-maps-more-development?via=tw

Emergency management

Deadly 2012 tornado still fresh in community’s memory http://www.sentinel-echo.com/news/years-after-deadly-tornado-still-fresh-in-community-s-memory/article_4a05b1c4-04f7-11e7-a54c-c34094bc940b.html

Port Hills fires: Lessons for the entire country http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/90199389/Port-Hills-fires-Lessons-for-the-entire-country

It’s safe to return to Fukushima, study suggests http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/it-s-safe-return-fukushima-study-suggests

Morbid obesity in disasters: bringing the “conspicuously invisible” into focus http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/52236

10 stunning side-by-side photos show just how destructive Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami were http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-show-damage-of-japans-2011-disaster-2017-3/?r=AU&IR=T

Caribbean tests tsunami warning system http://reliefweb.int/report/world/caribbean-tests-tsunami-warning-system

Drones saving lives with the Red Cross https://bizedge.co.nz/story/project-hero-drones-saving-lives-red-cross/

Data practices for measuring and monitoring recovery after the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence http://resilscience.com/data-practices-measuring-monitoring-recovery-2010-2011-canterbury-earthquake-sequence/

Victoria’s bushfire season winds down with unseasonably warm conditions http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/victorias-bushfire-season-almost-over-without-any-major-fires/8354096

Infographic: Fort McMurray 2016 Wildfire – Economic Impact http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2017007-eng.htm

Ecuadorians struck by earthquake plead: ‘Don’t forget us’ http://angelusnews.com/articles/ecuadorians-struck-by-earthquake-plead-don-t-forget-us

Improving the safety culture and practices of Rural Fire Personnel in relation to near miss reporting http://www.fire.org.nz/Research/Published-Reports/Pages/Report158.html

Army Corps on trial over Missouri River flooding complaint https://phys.org/news/2017-03-army-corps-trial-missouri-river.html

The ‘supers’ who can predict the future: can we learn how to see disaster coming? https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/mar/06/forewarned-is-forearmed-learning-how-to-predict-the-future

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding disaster risk http://www.preventionweb.net/risk

MOOC: From Climate Science to Action https://www.coursera.org/learn/climate-science?cid=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Photo exhibition highlights Japan tsunami devastation http://www.gulf-times.com/story/537201/Photo-exhibition-highlights-Japan-tsunami-devastat

Colorado Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week http://www.weather.gov/pub/FSWPW1introsunday

Communicating science effectively https://www.nap.edu/download/23674

Geostorm is going to be a disaster flick centred on mankind enduring the worst weather ever http://io9.gizmodo.com/disaster-thriller-geostorm-will-have-the-most-terrifyin-1793079770?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_twitter&utm_source=io9_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Media remain committed when disaster strikes https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/media-remain-committed-when-disaster-strikes

Glacial Outburst Flood near Mount Everest Caught on Video https://eos.org/articles/glacial-outburst-flood-near-mount-everest-caught-on-video

See Every Piece of Earth’s Surface Change With New Satellite Map http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/earth-surface-satellite-map/

Communities prepare for fire season with FireWise program http://www.krem.com/news/local/communities-prepare-for-fire-season-with-firewise-program/422616759

Arctic Imagination: library collection about melting ice http://www.arcticimagination.com/?utm_content=bufferf848a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Resilience 2017 http://www.conferenceboard.ca/conf/17-0067/default.aspx

Weather Service made poor decision in overplaying Nor’easter snow predictions https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/15/weather-service-made-poor-decision-in-overplaying-noreaster-snow-predictions/?utm_term=.fbc8e66278f1

Essential practices for community change http://activelivingbydesign.org/about/community-action-model/essential-practices/

From disaster planning to conservation: mobile phones as a new tracking too https://theconversation.com/from-disaster-planning-to-conservation-mobile-phones-as-a-new-tracking-tool-74072?utm_content=buffer1f4fc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10 Common Earthquake Myths Debunked http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/Earthquake-Myths-172886441.html

Social Media and Emergency Management

“Weaponising” Twitter in a disaster by helping users make the most of different features http://uk.reuters.com/article/disaster-tech-aid-idUKL5N1GM0E5

Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook should be doing more to combat the emerging threat of fake news https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/mar/14/facebook-twitter-gchq-combat-fake-news

How social media posts may help predict natural disasters http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-for-next-natural-disaster-prediction-login-on-twitter-2351309

Disaster psychology

Depression, anxiety, PTSD: The mental impact of climate change http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/climate-change-mental-health-eprise/index.html

Flooding and mental health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5273816/pdf/12889_2016_Article_4000.pdf

Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently http://www.psypost.org/2017/03/refugees-ptsd-regulate-stress-differently-48323

Social capital and disasters

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans http://www.prb.org/Publications/Reports/2017/todays-research-aging-neighborhoods-health.aspx

Nepal bulldozes earthquake survivors’ relief camp in capital http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=1a5c8554-796f-447d-9517-8887ed511351&cid=social_20170314_70775596&adbid=841623721458642944&adbpl=tw&adbpr=727524717121409024

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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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