Today in disaster resilience (16 June 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Earthquake near the western Turkey coast https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=597714#

Tropical Storm “Calvin” dumping heavy rain on Mexico, flash floods and mudslides expected https://watchers.news/2017/06/12/tropical-storm-calvin-mexico/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hong Kong shuts down overnight as Tropical Storm “Merbok” makes landfall https://watchers.news/2017/06/12/tropical-storm-merbok-hong-kong/

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Jun 2017: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63646/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Jun-2017-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiv.html

Northern Manitoba rail line cut off after ‘catastrophic’ flood damage https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/northern-manitoba-rail-line-cut-off-after-catastrophic-flood-damage/article35279392/

Greece Declares Emergency After Earthquake Hits Lesbos https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/world/europe/greece-earthquake-lesbos.html?&_r=1

Arizona Has Most Wildfires Burning in the United States http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Arizona-Has-Most-Wildfires-Burning-in-the-United-States.html?utm_content=buffere922e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Heavy monsoon rains wash away over 350 houses, kill at least 10 people in Mizoram https://watchers.news/2017/06/13/mizoram-floods-june-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least 68 killed in Bangladesh landslides, death toll expected to rise https://watchers.news/2017/06/13/bangladesh-landslides-death-toll-rising/

Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America’s West claim 21 lives https://watchers.news/2017/06/13/record-snowmelt-raging-rivers-us-west/

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Jun 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63672/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Jun-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Duko.html

London fire: Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40280169

Nine children killed as houses collapse in rains in Niger http://punchng.com/nine-children-killed-as-houses-collapse-in-rains-in-niger/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jun 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Shiveluch, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63686/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Jun-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Shiveluch-Ibu-Dukono-Sinabu.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Jun 2017: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63698/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Jun-2017-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabu.html

13 Killed In Northeast Deluge, Assam Issues Flood Alert http://www.nelive.in/north-east/news/13-killed-northeast-deluge-assam-issues-flood-alert

 

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and evidence: A worrying trend http://www.evidenceaid.org/disaster-risk-reduction-drr-and-evidence-a-worrying-trend/

How to backup life on Earth ahead of any doomsday event https://theconversation.com/how-to-backup-life-on-earth-ahead-of-any-doomsday-event-79271?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Can Volcanic Gas Levels Predict an Eruption? https://eos.org/research-spotlights/can-volcanic-gas-levels-predict-an-eruption

Nowcasting may help forecast big earthquakes in 53 major cities https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132809-nowcasting-may-help-forecast-big-earthquakes-in-53-major-cities/

To better prepare for drought and flood, India needs an integrated system to map water, air, climate https://scroll.in/article/839387/to-better-prepare-for-drought-and-flood-india-needs-an-integrated-system-to-map-water-air-climate

Vietnamese DFAT Fellows Flood Management Plans https://www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-engineering-and-information-technology/news/vietnamese-dfat-fellows-flood-management?adbsc=social_20170613_22787834&adbid=874471448034779136&adbpl=tw&adbpr=1429396230

Copernicus Masters 2017: Disaster Management Challenge http://www.copernicus-masters.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CopernicusMasters_PressRelease_Astrosat.pdf

Latest models take guess work out of Grafton’s floods https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/latest-models-take-guess-work-out-of-graftons-floo/3190153/#/0

What are the biggest obstacles to Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TztLcpjbF4&utm_content=buffer04427&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Draft West Gippsland Regional Floodplain Management Strategy http://www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/flood-advice/flood-studies/floodplainstrategy

Earthquakes and the Rainfall Cycle http://earthquakes.berkeley.edu/blog/2017/06/15/earthquakes-and-the-rainfall-cycle.html

Near fault observatories https://www.epos-ip.org/tcs/near-fault-observatories

Modern computing power may help mitigate future flood disasters https://phys.org/news/2017-06-modern-power-mitigate-future-disasters.html

‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/timothy-morton-anthropocene-philosopher?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why Fairness Matters in Reforming Flood and Health Insurance Programs http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/importance-fairness-reforming-flood-health-insurance-programs/

A new paradigm for flood management in California http://waterfdn.org/what-we-are-saying/a-new-paradigm/

As the floods come, who should pay the price for home mitigation? http://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/flood/as-the-floods-come-who-should-pay-the-price-for-preparation-70479.aspx

 

Emergency management

Bankrupt, hungry and homeless: life after Madagascar’s cyclone https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/16/after-cyclone-enawo-madacasgar-village-forging-new-life-from-ruins

Prepare better today for tomorrow’s natural disasters – It’s possible http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/prepare-better-today-tomorrow-s-natural-disasters-it-s-possible

Winds of gender diversity blowing through Victoria’s fire services http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/winds-of-gender-diversity-blowing-through-victorias-fire-services-20170610-gwoon8.html

Fire danger forecast service for Europe http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/static/effis_current_situation/public/index.html

Forecasters predict above normal wildfire danger in areas of the Southwestern United States and Hawaii https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2017/06/09/forecasters-predict-above-normal-wildfire-danger-in-areas-of-the-southwestern-united-states-and-hawaii#.WUBdvYMPKaM.twitter

Interior Department Enhances Program to Deter Drones from Wildfires https://unmanned-aerial.com/interior-department-enhances-program-deter-drones-wildfires

Georgia Gets Ready for Terrorism, Disasters With New GEMA Emergency Operations Center http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Georgia-Gets-Ready-for-Terrorism-Disasters-With-New-GEMA-Emergency-Operations-Center.html?utm_term=Georgia%20Gets%20Ready%20for%20Terrorism%2C%20Disasters%20with%20New%20GEMA%20Emergency%20Operations%20Center&utm_campaign=Flood%20Victims%20File%20Claims%20Amid%20New%20Revelations&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Preparing for the safe disposal of sandbags after flooding https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0190-001239

Could more of Fort McMurray been saved? http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/staples-report-on-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-makes-explosive-criticism

An Emergency Management Framework for Canada – Third Edition https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2017-mrgnc-mngmnt-frmwrk/index-en.aspx?platform=hootsuite

Guide to working with rumours in missions to prevent the loss of lives and alleviate suffering http://www.cdacnetwork.org/tools-and-resources/i/20170613105104-5v7pb

New Technology for First Responders Tested at the Gorge in Washington State http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Rescue-Tech-New-Technology-for-first-Responders-Tested-at-the-Gorge.html?utm_term=Rescue%20Tech%3A%20New%20Technology%20for%20First%20Responders%20Tested%20at%20the%20Gorge%20in%20Washington%20State&utm_campaign=Flood%20Victims%20File%20Claims%20Amid%20New%20Revelations&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On%20Software&utm_medium=email

Crisis mapping and crowdsourcing in flood management http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/APFM_Tool_26_e.pdf

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Supporting vulnerable girls to become resilient girls http://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/53594

Citizen seismology http://www.citizenseismology.eu/

Landslides in Art Part 29: a Victorian view of Black Ven http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/06/11/black-ven-art-1/

From science to action: Principles for undertaking environmental research that enables knowledge exchange and evidence-based decision-making http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030147971630696X

‘The age of the citizen is coming’ https://www.positive.news/2017/society/26310/the-age-of-the-citizen-is-coming/

The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/12/532554252/the-dangers-of-hidden-jargon-in-communicating-science?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=KQEDScience

 

Social media and emergency management

Facebook to Provide Data Maps to Help Agencies After Natural Disasters https://www.voanews.com/a/facebook-data-maps-natural-disasters/3890772.html

Should Facebook be reacting to a tragedy by sending push alerts? https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/14/facebooks-safety-check-is-a-stress-inducing-flip-of-social-norms/

Facebook’s Safety Check prompts us to relate to global crises mainly on individualistic terms http://reallifemag.com/safety-in-numbers/

 

Disaster psychology

Why are humans still drawn to fire after thousands of years? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-10/why-are-humans-attracted-to-fire/8592436

The most common response to traumatic events is resilience http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/06/13/simon-wessely-et-al-responses-to-traumatic-events-may-not-be-what-you-think/

 

Social Capital and Disasters

What the Grenfell Tower fire tells us about London’s housing crisis https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/14/what-the-grenfell-tower-fire-tells-us-about-londons-housing-crisis/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.3135953cfc53

 

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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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