Today in disaster resilience (24 March 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 75 dead, 626,298 affected as natural disasters hit Peru http://www.andina.com.pe/Ingles/noticia-at-least-75-dead-626298-affected-as-natural-disasters-hit-peru-658878.aspx

Thousands Still Trapped By Northern NSW Floods http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/19/thousands-still-trapped-by-northern-nsw-floods_a_21902776/

Burundi – Floods and Landslides Leave 6 Dead, 160 Homes Destroyed http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-cibitoke-bujumbura-march-2017

Namibia braces for worst flooding in living memory, over 70 dead https://watchers.news/2017/03/20/namibia-braces-for-worst-flooding-in-living-memory-over-70-dead/

Drone footage shows widespread flooding in Peru http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/21/drone-footage-shows-widespread-flooding-peru/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The hidden threat behind Kenya’s worsening drought https://www.irinnews.org/feature/2017/03/02/hidden-threat-behind-kenya%E2%80%99s-worsening-drought

London attack: At least four dead, 20 injured after terrorist targets Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-23/london-terrorist-attack-on-uk-parliament-westminster-bridge/8378392

Another Tornado Record’s in Sight for U.S. as Thunderstorms Boom https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-23/another-tornado-record-s-in-sight-for-u-s-as-thunderstorms-boom

Wildfire Fears In Jefferson County: ‘I’ve Never Seen A Winter Like This’ http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/03/22/jefferson-county-wildfires-colorado/

Botswana: North West District to Mitigate Flood Aftermath http://allafrica.com/stories/201703210359.html

Disaster risk reduction

UNDP, Tohoku University, and Fujitsu start joint project to reduce damages due to disasters http://reliefweb.int/report/world/undp-tohoku-university-and-fujitsu-start-joint-project-reduce-damages-due-disasters

Ply in the sky: wooden buildings on the rise http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201836382/ply-in-the-sky-wooden-buildings-on-the-rise

Assessing Jurisdictional Risk http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Assessing-Jurisdictional-Risk.html?utm_content=buffer4c1ce&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Trump’s cut to flood map program could trigger insurance rate hikes http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-budget-idUSKBN16R2FT

2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction http://reliefweb.int/report/world/mexico-meeting-bring-world-together-disaster-prevention

Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, two sides of the same coin http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2017/3/17/Disaster-risk-reduction-and-sustainable-development-two-sides-of-the-same-coin.html

Creating a register for managing water levels https://data.blog.gov.uk/2017/03/20/creating-a-register-for-managing-water-levels/

Tiny Nevada Town Flooded by Failed Dam https://www.floodbarrierusa.com/2017/03/nevada-flooded-failed/

Earthquake expert wins award for research on severity of quake damage based on location http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/90663418/scientist-helping-predict-which-land-will-shake-more-in-a-big-quake

Before the Flood: the Value of Mitigation http://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/col-value-flood-mitigation.html

GIS Technology Now A Critical Tool In Flood Zone Determination http://www.mortgageorb.com/gis-technology-helps-flood-zone-determinations#.WNLbvznpJJk.twitter

Ancient Quakes Reveal Risk For California: “L.A. Will Sink As Much As 3 Feet” http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/ancient-quakes-reveal-risk-for-california-l-a-will-sink-as-much-as-3-feet_03222017

Sustainability is not enough; we need regenerative cultures https://medium.com/@designforsustainability/sustainability-is-not-enough-we-need-regenerative-cultures-4abb3c78e68b#.eh0mnq1dc

A new wave of hurricane-hunting technology from NOAA explores atmospheric and oceanic interactions in the Caribbean http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/keynotes_0117_underwaterglider.html

Haiti And Why We Need More Women Managing Disaster Risk http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/haiti-and-why-we-need-more-women-managing-disaster_us_58befc86e4b05386ddc0ca86?platform=hootsuite

World Water Day: Why tackling flooding remains a sustainability priority https://www.edie.net/blog/World-Water-Day-Why-tackling-flooding-remains-a-sustainability-priority/6098201

Health impacts of extreme events https://health2016.globalchange.gov/extreme-events

New Zealand temblor points to threat of compound quakes http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6331/1250

Forecasting for Catastrophes: How Investment in Weather Services Can Save Lives and Grow Economies http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/03/23/forecasting-for-catastrophes-how-investment-in-weather-services-can-save-lives-and-grow-economies?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

How earthquake forecasting could improve https://eos.org/editors-vox/neotectonics-and-earthquake-forecasting

Maps, Drones Bring Lifesaving Information to Disaster-prone Guatemala http://reliefweb.int/report/guatemala/maps-drones-bring-lifesaving-information-disaster-prone-guatemala?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Calgary looks to mitigate flood effects in city rivers while waiting for upstream plan http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-mitigate-flooding-1.4036970

First Of Sheffield’s Flood Defences Nearing Completion http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/First-Of-Sheffields-Flood-Defences-Nearing-Completion?platform=hootsuite

Emergency management

A smartphone-based diagnostic platform for rapid detection of Zika, chikungunya, and dengue viruses http://www.nature.com/articles/srep44778

Natural Disaster Response Exercise Vigilant Guard To Begin https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1124303/natural-disaster-response-exercise-vigilant-guard-to-begin-spokesman-says?source=GovDelivery#.WNBHEJbGBlo.twitter

From Concept to Operations: Building Disaster Health Resilience in one of America’s Largest Communities https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=f59454e5-a08d-4a13-9abe-0d31ef99f1af&ID=246&Web=e1195e40-c916-4c28-aa5a-de2eda4302e4

How disaster relief efforts could be improved with game theory https://theconversation.com/how-disaster-relief-efforts-could-be-improved-with-game-theory-72923

The City of Johannesburg has developed a set of proactive measures in a bid to prevent fatalities during flooding http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11399&catid=88&Itemid=266

The 2017 US wildfire season is off to alarming start http://gizmodo.com/wildfires-have-already-toasted-a-staggering-amount-of-l-1793496136?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_twitter&utm_source=io9_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Bermuda takes part in tsunami exercise http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170321/bermuda-takes-part-in-tsunami-exercise

Responding to forest fires in Europe http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what-we-do/civil-protection/forest-fires_en

San Jose flood destroys professor’s house http://lavozdeanza.com/news/2017/03/21/san-jose-flood-destroys-professors-house/

Trump budget blueprint raises questions about disaster aid http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/16/politics/trump-budget-cdbg-block-grant-cuts/index.html

Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians Collaborate to Prepare for Earthquake http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2017/march/israelis-palestinians-jordanians-collaborate-to-prepare-for-earthquake

Stranded residents question flood warnings on NSW north coast http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-22/locals-query-why-no-warning-was-given-for-heavy-rain/8377698

Ushahidi Supporting crisis response efforts in Peru https://www.ushahidi.com/blog/2017/03/23/supporting-crisis-response-efforts-in-peru

San Jose flood: A month later, 500 have yet to return home http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/23/san-jose-flood-a-month-later-500-have-yet-to-return-home/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1490305115

In cyclone’s wake, UN appeals for $20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56408&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.WNRHadKGPIU

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Measures of Community Resilience for Local Decision Makers https://www.nap.edu/download/21911

NFPA and State Farm announce winners of 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project awards http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/news-and-media/press-room/news-releases/2017/nfpa-and-state-farm-announce-winners-of-2017-wildfire-community-preparedness-day-project-awards?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nfpanewsreleases+(NFPA+News+Releases)

World Meteorological Day – 23 March 2017: post your cloud pics https://public.wmo.int/en/WorldMetDay2017

Flooding advice for children http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/flooding-advice-for-children/

Community-based learning for sustainable development http://uil.unesco.org/literacy-and-basic-skills/community-engagement/community-based-learning-sustainable-development

How to foster long-term recovery after a wildfire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/long-term-recovery-planning-thinking-start/

Statistics on US wildfires https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Teens taught search and rescue skills http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503768&objectid=11819457

World Water Day: Take Action around the World to Tackle a Water Crisis http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/03/22/world-water-day-2017?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Guy drives into a raging flood. You’ll definitely believe what happens next https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/22/guy-drives-into-a-raging-flood-youll-definitely-believe-what-happens-next/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_term=.b6c31a90e651

City to Help Residents Prepare, Respond to Potential Tsunamis https://lbpost.com/news/2000010617-city-to-help-residents-prepare-respond-to-potential-tsunamis

Engaging youth in post-disaster research: Lessons learned from a creative methods approach http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijcre/article/view/4875

Met office gets young visitors http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/met-office-gets-young-visitors/article17621406.ece?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

SEPA flood education models http://laserflair.co.uk/sepa-flood-education-models/

Vehicles become vulnerable to moving floodwaters once the depth reached the floor of the car https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/half-metre-deep-flood-flowing-like-being-hit-by-an/3158405/

Social Media and Emergency Management

Evidence of Complex Contagion of Information in Social Media: An Experiment Using Twitter Bots https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.06027

Obsessive Use of Social Media Tied to Brain Imbalance https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/03/20/obsessive-use-of-social-media-tied-to-brain-imbalance/117918.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=hot-topics&utm_content=buffer5911d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Social media users 2017 infographic https://www.tracx.com/resources/blog/social-media-demographics-2017-marketers/

Social Media: Tornado Safety https://www.weather.gov/wrn/spring2017-tornado-sm?utm_content=buffer45f1c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Social media users around the world have united in a show of support for the people of Britain following the terror attack in London http://news.sky.com/story/westminster-attack-social-media-unites-wearenotafraid-prayforlondon-10810970?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

Twitter purged nearly 377,000 accounts suspected of supporting terrorism in the last six months of 2016 http://fox40.com/2017/03/23/twitters-purging-terror-accounts-at-a-dizzying-rate-tmwsp/

Disaster psychology

Coping in a ‘disaster zone’: How do adults and children deal with ongoing trauma? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-11/christchurch-how-adults-and-children-deal-with-ongoing-trauma/8344908

Documentary ‘Newtown’ examines a town’s lasting trauma http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/documentary-newtown-examines-towns-lasting-trauma/#.WNGQVlxDbNs.twitter

Heat exposure associated with mental illness https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170321123641.htm

How to cope with traumatic news – an illustrated guide http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-23/illustrated-guide-coping-traumatic-news/5985104

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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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