Today in disaster resilience (14 April 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical Cyclone 16P (Cook) wreaking havoc on Vanuatu, heading toward New Caledonia https://watchers.news/2017/04/08/tropical-cyclone-cook-wreaking-havoc-on-vanuatu-heading-toward-new-caledonia/

Floods destroy 80% of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina https://watchers.news/2017/04/07/floods-destroy-80-of-the-city-of-comodoro-rivadavia-argentina/

Banda Api awakens after 30 years of slumber, evacuations begin https://watchers.news/2017/04/06/banda-api-awakens-after-30-years-of-slumber-evacuations-begin/

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Apr 2017: Sinabung volcano, Sabancaya, Kambalny, Etna https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/62509/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-Apr-2017-Sinabung-volcano-Sabancaya-Kambalny-Etna.html

India – Floods in Kashmir Valley After Jhelum River Overflows http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-kashmir-valley-jhelum-river-overflows?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malawi – Floods in Karonga District Leave 4 Dead, Crops Destroyed http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-karonga-april-2017

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Apr 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Ibu, Dukono, Reventador, Poas, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/62534/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Apr-2017-Shiveluch-volcano-Ibu-Dukono-Reventador-Poas-Sinabung.html

Tropical Cyclone Cook: New Caledonia braces itself as severe system hits east coast http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-10/cyclone-cook-hits-new-caledonia/8431952

Major flash flooding in Paraguay’s Itapúa after dam breach https://watchers.news/2017/04/10/major-flash-flooding-in-paraguay-itapua-after-dam-breach/

Large group of tourists evacuated from Costa Rica’s Poas volcano https://watchers.news/2017/04/10/large-group-of-tourists-evacuated-from-costa-rica-poas-volcano/

River flooding to persist in central US this week http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/river-flooding-to-persist-in-central-us-this-week/70001334

Flood: NEMA warns communities close to River Niger to evacuate http://www.gistalways.com/2016/08/flood-nema-warns-communities-close-to.html

Argentina – 1 Dead, Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Chubut Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-1-dead-thousands-evacuated-floods-chubut-province?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tiwi Islanders prepare as tropical low that may become Cyclone Frances approaches http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/tiwi-islanders-brace-as-tropical-low-expected-to-become-cyclone/8433212

April severe weather outbreak keeps tornadoes at record levels http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/weathermatrix/april-severe-weather-outbreak-keeps-tornadoes-at-record-levels/70001375

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Apr 2017: Ibu volcano, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Kambalny https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/62542/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Apr-2017-Ibu-volcano-Dukono-Sinabung-Sabancaya-Kambalny.html

Texas: 1 person, vehicle missing in Fort Hood flooding http://www.kswo.com/story/35123189/texas-1-person-vehicle-missing-in-fort-hood-flooding?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New Caledonia – Tropical Cyclone Cook Leaves 4 Injured, 1 Missing http://floodlist.com/australia/new-caledonia-tropical-cyclone-cook-leaves-4-injured-1-missing

‘Vulnerable’ Coromandel spots on standby for evacuation as Cyclone Cook nears http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11837628&ref=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Houses damaged as earthquake hits southern Philippines http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/houses-damaged-as-earthquake-hits-southern-philippines

 

Disaster risk reduction

What is a one in 500-year flood, and does that really apply to Edgecumbe? http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91369561/qa-what-is-a-one-in-500year-flood-and-does-that-really-apply-to-edgecumbe

Slow-moving landslide discovered near the massive 2014 Oso landslide site https://watchers.news/2017/04/08/slow-moving-landslide-discovered-near-the-massive-2014-oso-landslide-site/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-trump-administration-is-ill-prepared-for-a-global-pandemic/2017/04/08/59605bc6-1a49-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?tid=ss_tw-bottom&utm_term=.249ee0d203e9

The youngest glacier on Earth https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/magazine%20e-reviews/March%202017/GeogRev%20Vol%2030%20No%204/GeographyReview30_4Poster.pdf?ext=.pdf

Volcanic arcs form by deep melting of rock mixtures https://phys.org/news/2017-04-volcanic-arcs-deep-mixtures.html

FEMA’s Hazard Grant Mitigation Program is a powerful tool to help communities that have experienced a major natural disaster http://adjustersinternational.com/publications/disaster-recovery-today/proper-benefit-cost-analysis/

What does “most dangerous” even mean for volcanoes? https://www.wired.com/2017/04/dangerous-volcano-can-tricky-thing-pin/

Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides? https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/34904611/why-is-south-america-being-hit-by-deadly-landslides/#page1

GR spends millions on protections after 2013 floods http://woodtv.com/2017/04/10/gr-spends-millions-on-protections-after-2013-floods/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Costs and benefits of prescribed burning http://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/how-much-do-we-invest-in-prescribed-burning/

Landscape architecture helps communities live with floods https://dirt.asla.org/2017/04/04/helping-communities-learn-how-to-live-with-floods/

What lessons can Toowoomba learn from Cyclone Debbie? https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/what-lessons-can-toowoomba-learn-cyclone-debbie/3164858/

500 Colombian towns face landslide risk http://www.unisdr.org/archive/52624

Global Flood Map aims to help businesses tackle natural hazard exposure http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3008072/global-flood-map-aims-to-help-businesses-tackle-natural-hazard-exposure

Experts slam government’s hands-off approach to flood risk management http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91432030/experts-slam-governments-handsoff-approach-to-flood-risk-management

High River is the most flood-protected town in Canada http://www.crebnow.com/reinventing-high-river/?platform=hootsuite

Large, high-intensity forest fires predicted to increase http://www.feedstuffs.com/news/large-high-intensity-forest-fires-predicted-increase

Insurers move to clear up flood definition http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/flood-insurance-versus-storm-insurance/8434452

Flooding and the higher ground https://openminds.swissre.com/stories/1207/

Bangladesh and World Bank Sign $113 Million Agreement to Improve Weather Forecasting and Early Warning Systems http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-world-bank-agreement-weather-forecasting-early-warning-systems

New £1 million flood competition to protect more communities https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-1-million-flood-competition-to-protect-more-communities

Drought and flood in the Anthropocene: feedback mechanisms in reservoir operation http://www.earth-syst-dynam.net/8/225/2017/esd-8-225-2017.pdf

Threatened Louisiana Rebrands Itself as ‘Master of Disaster’ http://floodlist.com/america/usa/climate-threatened-louisiana-rebrands-master-disaster

Queensland models higher Wivenhoe wall http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/qld-models-higher-wivenhoe-wall

Explainer: why some acts are classified as terrorism but others aren’t https://theconversation.com/explainer-why-some-acts-are-classified-as-terrorism-but-others-arent-76013

SwRI-built storm-scanning satellites enter operations phase http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/52648?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Alberta pledges $13.4 million for flood-mitigation projects in Calgary http://www.cknw.com/syn/98/208287/alberta-pledges-13-4-million-for-flood-mitigation-projects-in-calgary?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Emergency management

The Value of Timely Information During Disasters (Measured in Hours) https://irevolutions.org/2016/04/06/the-value-of-timely-information-during-disasters-measured-in-hours/

Cyclone Debbie: Queenslanders to be polled as part of disaster management review http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-09/cyclone-debbie-public-poll-on-how-cyclone-debbie-was-handled/8428572

Peru’s president says flood recovery may cost up to $9 billion http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-floods-economy-idUSKBN1792T0

Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper – feedback period now extended! https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/resilient-recovery-discussion-paper-feedback-period-now-extended

Emergency Managers Working With FCC To Learn Who Hacked Dallas Siren System http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/04/08/emergency-managers-working-with-fcc-to-learn-who-hacked-dallas-siren-system/

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today directed all wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2017/04/wireless_serviceprovidersmustjointhenationalpublicalertingsystem.html

Earthquake warning system takes step forward; still underfunded https://mynorthwest.com/595197/earthquake-warning-system-takes-step-forward-still-underfunded/

Pipiriki: The town expected to flood, but never does http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/91332570/pipiriki-the-town-expected-to-flood-but-never-does?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Emergency Coastal Flooding Decision Support System http://agrgims.cogs.nscc.ca/CoastalFlooding/

The 2017 Lismore Flood – Insights from the field https://riskfrontiers.com/the-2017-lismore-flood-insights-from-the-field/

Regional Project Manager – Disaster Resilience http://nrmjobs.com.au/jobs/10031211-Regional-Project-Manager-Disaster-Resilience

Robots to the rescue in post-disaster recovery http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/10/robots-to-the-rescue-in-post-disaster-recovery

Cyclone Debbie: Before and after photos http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/cyclone-debbie-before-and-after-photos/8434294?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Great Plains Ranchers Look To Rebuild In Wake Of Massive Fires http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1071408/great-plains-ranchers-look-rebuild-wake-massive-fires?utm_source=TWNews&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=GreatPlainsRanchersLookToRebuildInWakeOfMassiveFires&utm_content=Harvest

Auckland eruption scenario: 435,000 displaced http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11836369

Yasi’s lesson: local business the key to rebuilding after cyclones http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/cyclone-yasi-lessons-to-rebuild-stronger-communities/8431964

Central Queensland farmers devastated as million dollar crops washed away http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/central-queensland-flooding-icrop-losses-realised/8434206

Charles returns to Cumbria town as Storm Desmond recovery continues two years on http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/uk_national_news/15217421.Charles_returns_to_Cumbria_town_as_Storm_Desmond_recovery_continues_two_years_on/

Pakistan to set up flood early warning system https://tribune.com.pk/story/1380215/pakistan-set-flood-early-warning-system/

Assessing effectiveness of Flood Emergency Management Systems in Europe https://landscapeiskingston.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/assessing-effectiveness-of-flood-emergency-management-systems/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

CFA, MFB major shake-up possible as Victorian Government seeks to end industrial dispute http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/cfa-mfb-major-shake-up-could-be-in-the-cards/8439616

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Self-Perception of Medical Students’ Knowledge and Interest in Disaster Medicine https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/selfperception-of-medical-students-knowledge-and-interest-in-disaster-medicine-nine-years-after-the-approval-of-the-curriculum-in-german-universities/FE10DB0517502114E933E0ACC5051E5C

How to Think https://www.technologyreview.com/s/409043/how-to-think/

Building Resilience with Hunter the fox and Eve the owl http://dcc.missouri.edu/hunter-eve.shtml#solving-problems?platform=hootsuite

Effective Science Communication http://iopscience.iop.org/book/978-0-7503-1170-0

Census 2016: ‘typical’ Aussie is a 38-year-old mum with two kids http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/census-2016-typical-aussie-is-a-38yearold-mum-with-two-kids/news-story/e66cf9b01a6b312925888f25cfc56e7b

Preparedness toolkit inventory https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/preparedness/toolkits/perrcs-toolkit-inventory/

Resilience Scan: October-December 2016 https://www.odi.org/publications/10773-resilience-scan-october-december-2016

Researchers seek new ways to improve earthquake risk communications https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ways-earthquake.html

Flood-hit communities are the best placed to collect information about flash flooding http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2017/04/communityfloodmonitoring/#.WO3zuekmk1I.twitter

Burnley and Padiham flood resilience group could be formed to help fight against future flooding http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/15217973.Burnley_and_Padiham_flood_resilience_group_could_be_formed_to_help_fight_against_future_flooding/

Understanding public responses to flood warnings https://hepex.irstea.fr/understanding-public-responses-to-flood-warnings/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Social media preferences by generation http://sproutsocial.com/insights/data/q1-2017/

Using smartphone apps to register earthquake tremors around the world http://blogs.agu.org/tremblingearth/2017/04/11/who-feels-earthquakes/

NSW floods: Social media rallies thousands of volunteers for flood clean-up http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/social-media-rallies-thousands-of-volunteers-for-flood-clean-up/8432758

 

Disaster psychology

Most Strangers Are Safe: Learn to Spot Those Who Are Not https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/why-bad-looks-good/201703/most-strangers-are-safe-learn-spot-those-who-are-not

Cyclone Debbie: Why was aftermath deadlier than storm itself? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39451323

Sierra Leone Grapples with Mental Health Impact of Ebola https://www.voanews.com/a/sierra-leone-grapples-mental-health-impact-ebola/3801212.html

‘It was terrifying’: Small Tweed community still reeling from freak flood, dramatic escape http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-12/it-was-terrifying-small-tweed-community-still-reeling/8434650?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Building the Right Resources to Prevent Firefighter Suicides http://inpublicsafety.com/2017/03/building-the-right-resources-to-prevent-firefighter-suicides/

Terrorism and its effects on mental health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1472253/

 

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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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