Today in disaster resilience (14 July 2017)

DisasterPlease find links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

California wildfires: Hundreds evacuated as flames spread http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40549753

Federal government stepping in to help B.C. wildfire fight http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wildfires-sunday-1.4196721

Japan rescuers search for survivors after deadly floods http://www.dw.com/en/japan-rescuers-search-for-survivors-after-deadly-floods/

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Manipur, rivers in spate http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/heavy-rains-trigger-landslides-in-manipur-rivers-in-spate-117070900375_1.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Landslides, flash floods kill 9 in northern Vietnam http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/landslides-flashfloods-kill-9-in-northern-vietnam-3611237.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Second large earthquake on Philippine Fault in four days http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/second-large-earthquake-on-philippine-fault-in-four-days-4545/

Interactive map of current wildfires in north-western USA https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/interactivemap/index.html?webmap=ed0a7dad32fe4848b20c6f91c74c79ea

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Jul 2017: Fuego volcano, Reventador, Turrialba, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64192/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Jul-2017-Fuego-volcano-Reventador-Turrialba-Sinabung-Sabancaya-.html

Paris hit by heaviest July deluge since 1880 https://watchers.news/2017/07/10/paris-rain-flood-july-2017/

Unprecedented wildfires force evacuation of over 10 000 people in B.C., Canada https://watchers.news/2017/07/10/bc-wildfires-canada-july-2017/

Massive floods leave at least 20 dead in capital Lagos, Nigeria https://watchers.news/2017/07/11/nigeria-lagos-flood-july-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

North Texas storms kill one, flood streets http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article160441829.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

China – Severe Weather and Floods Hit Jingjinji http://floodlist.com/asia/china-severe-weather-floods-jingjinji-july-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thousands marooned in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat flood http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2017/07/11/thousands-marooned-kurigram-lalmonirhat-flood/

South Korea enters summer rainy season, up to 180 mm (7 inches) per hour https://watchers.news/2017/07/08/south-korea-flood-july-2017/

Mount Vesuvius on fire, tourists and residents evacuated, Italy https://watchers.news/2017/07/12/mount-vesuvius-on-fire-tourists-and-residents-evacuated-italy/

Japan flood death toll rises to 30 https://phys.org/news/2017-07-japan-death-toll_1_2.html

India – Floods and Landslides Affect 1.5 Million in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-landslides-assam-and-arunachal-pradesh-july-2017

 

Disaster risk reduction

Ready-to-use guides from the National Burning Project http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/ready-to-use-guides-from-the-national-burning-project

National best practice guidelines for prescribed burning http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/national-best-practice-guidelines-for-prescribed-burning

Pyrocumulus cloud: How fires can create their own weather systems http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-11/pyrocumulus-cloud-how-fire-can-create-weather/8693202

Crustal Stress Pattern in China and Its Adjacent Areas http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1367912017303498

Probing the Power of Pacific Supertyphoons https://eos.org/articles/probing-the-power-of-pacific-supertyphoons

Can Assam’s annual flood misery be blamed on government red-tape? https://scroll.in/article/843219/can-assams-annual-flood-misery-be-blamed-on-government-red-tape

How Will We Pay for Loss and Damage? http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21550085.2017.1342963

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/FAS%20Newsletter%20-%20June%202017.pdf

USGS Scientists to Track Effects of Historic Lake Ontario Flooding http://floodlist.com/america/usa/scientists-track-lake-ontario-flooding?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How we change the organisms that infect us https://theconversation.com/how-we-change-the-organisms-that-infect-us-74625

Nigeria: We’ll Embark On Holistic Solutions to Permanently Address Flooding, Says Ambode http://allafrica.com/stories/201707110397.html

Moving forward to disaster resilience: Perspectives on increasing resilience for future disasters http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162517306224

Falling sea level caused volcanos to overflow https://phys.org/news/2017-07-falling-sea-volcanos.html

Insurance could cut $29 bln natural disaster bill for poor nations http://news.trust.org/item/20170712113523-95lk2?cid=social_20170712_73270657&adbid=885253567551905792&adbpl=tw&adbpr=89711639

How infectious diseases have shaped our culture, habits and language https://theconversation.com/how-infectious-diseases-have-shaped-our-culture-habits-and-language-75061

Research opens fresh view on volcanic plumbing systems https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fresh-view-volcanic-plumbing.html

Study: Private flood coverage could slash costs for many in Louisiana, but some would see prices double http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_7f5ed19a-66fc-11e7-b631-13b16f3594ef.html

Boston’s first ever strategy for advancing resilience and racial equity across the City https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-07-2017/resilient_boston_digital.pdf

 

Emergency Management

The evolution of incident management in Australia http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/aiims-2017-evolution-incident-management-in-australia

Basic Home Fire Safety Training Materials http://www.afac.com.au/initiative/bhfs

Updated public safety learner resources available http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/updated-public-safety-learner-resources-pua-library

News from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC: national research priorities, Hazard Notes http://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bnhcrc-national-research-priorities-hazard-notes

A preliminary combined simulation tool for the risk assessment of pedestrians’ flood-induced evacuation http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815216308313

Fort McMurray rallies to help B.C. wildfire evacuees http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2017/07/08/fort-mcmurray-rallies-to-help-bc-wildfire-evacuees

New WA rural fire service could cost $560m a year, report finds http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-07/era-report-on-wa-country-fire-service/8686764

Rural Fire Service wait set to continue as WA Government performs balancing act http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-08/rural-fire-service-wait-set-to-continue-18-months-after-yarloop/8690422

Kaziranga using drones to monitor flood-affected animals http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/kaziranga-using-drones-to-monitor-flood-affected-animals-117070900439_1.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rivers do not have same rights as humans, India’s top court rules http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/08/asia-pacific/rivers-not-rights-humans-indias-top-court-rules/#.WWK7YRWGPIU

Province dictating rebuilding rules in flood zone, Gatineau councillors charge http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gatineau-flood-council-quebec-rebuilding-1.4191208

From Floods to Fires https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/10/from-floods-to-fires/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Italian tourist trap turned into ghost town by earthquake http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554843

Grenfell Tower investigation starting point is 80 deaths by manslaughter, police say https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/10/grenfell-fire-criminal-investigation-starting-point-is-80-deaths-by-manslaughter-police-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

Special Section: Fire Safety of High Rise Buildings https://link.springer.com/journal/10694/53/1?wt_mc=Other.Other.8.CON631.Grendfell&utm_content=buffereb1dd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Burning B.C.: Time to fight fire with fire, says expert http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wildfires-bc-smoke-prescribed-burns-fire-interior-displaced-evacuees-1.4198057

Louisiana has found itself in a nearly continual cycle of crises in recent years http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/When-you-come-back-to-Louisiana-its-like-you-have-never-Left.html

Lessons for First Responders on the Front Lines of Terrorism http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Lessons-for-first-Responders-on-the-Front-Lines-of-Terrorism.html

Quebec minister calls for patience from residents affected by floods http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/quebec-minister-calls-for-patience-from-residents-affected-by-floods-1.3498485

Prepare to Play It Cool: Helping At-Risk Populations Combat Extreme Heat https://www.phe.gov/ASPRBlog/pages/BlogArticlePage.aspx?PostID=269

Harvard EPREP Exercise Evaluation Toolkit https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/preparedness/toolkits/exercise-evaluation-toolkit/

“We must give the people back a sense of control in our preparedness planning”- Craig Fugate http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/The-Public-as-a-Resource.html?utm_content=bufferd98d5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Lekki floods: When the rich also cried https://loudinsider.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/lekki-floods-when-the-rich-also-cried/

Grenfell Tower ‘stay put’ advice lasted nearly two hours http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40575329

Animal protection in disasters a lifeline for rural families https://www.zilient.org/article/noahs-ark-animal-protection-disasters-lifeline-rural-families?cid=social_20170712_73205197&adbid=885227290723885056&adbpl=tw&adbpr=295713773

Airbnb tests new ways to unlock doors during disasters https://www.zilient.org/article/airbnb-tests-new-ways-unlock-doors-during-disasters

New life for flood-damaged buildings in Darwen town centre http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/darwen/news/15403590.New_life_for_flood_damaged_buildings_in_Darwen_town_centre/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How can we involve more people in the ongoing conversation on disaster preparedness? http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/174951-agos-summit-teleserye-social-media-disaster-preparedness

The use of 3D landscape visualisation technology (Google Earth) for enhancing and improving participation in Natural Flood Management http://www.ccri.ac.uk/survey-landscape-visualisation-technology/

We asked a local track athlete to see if he could make it before the tsunami http://www.seattletimes.com/video/5023414497001/outrun-a-tsunami-we-asked-a-track-athlete-to-try

Innovations in digital engagement http://localgovernmentmag.co.nz/lg-magazine/communication1/digital-engagement/

Public engagement is difficult and often emotional, but gratifying https://www.publicagenda.org/blogs/meaningful-community-engagement-is-like-exercise-difficult-emotional-and-gratifying

A framework for stakeholder engagement during systematic reviews and maps in environmental management https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3155&utm_content=buffer6a18f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIresearch

Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1498653710687-e1cf5f0c272c5380614978674e814c30/FEMA_p1000_June2017_508.pdf

World Population Day: Earth’s inequalities http://www.dw.com/en/world-population-day-earths-inequalities/a-39630816

Flood victims voice frustration at public consultation in Pointe-Claire http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/flood-victims-voice-frustration-at-public-consultation-in-pointe-claire

Hundreds attend flood zone consultation http://www.ottawasun.com/2017/07/10/hundreds-attend-flood-zone-consultation

Interactive maps shows breakup of Pangea to the present http://portal.gplates.org/cesium/?view=rift_v

The science that makes storytelling such a powerful form of communication https://www.hatchforgood.org/explore/182/the-science-of-storytelling-part-2-harnessing-the-power-of-patterns

Survey shows only 25 percent realized they are vulnerable, and only six percent knew they are located in a designated flood-risk area https://www.bdo.ca/en-ca/insights/consulting/risk-advisory/when-the-levee-breaks-a-deluge-of-risk-for-your-business/

Canadian voices on changing flood risk https://uwaterloo.ca/partners-for-action/sites/ca.partners-for-action/files/uploads/files/canadian_voices_on_changing_flood_risk_fnl.pdf

Age of the Seafloor map from the University of Sydney https://sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=119

Organising VOLCANOES’ NIGHT http://en.nochedevolcanes.es/organise-volcanoes-night/

 

Social media and emergency management

A novel approach to  leverage  geotagged  tweets  to  assess  the  evacuation  responses  of residents https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318277141_Leveraging_Twitter_to_gauge_evacuation_compliance_spatiotemporal_analysis_of_Hurricane_Matthew

Using Facebook to provide information on needs directly to the humanitarian community immediately after an emergency http://blog.veritythink.com/post/162764104334/using-facebook-surveymonkey-in-disaster-response

Engagement in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can build up children’s resilience https://epi.org.uk/report/social-media-and-childrens-mental-health-a-review-of-the-evidence/

Social media does not broaden scientific communication, but rather replicates and perpetuates pre-established disciplinary boundaries http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/07/12/scientific-birds-of-a-feather-flock-together-science-communication-on-social-media-rarely-happens-across-or-beyond-disciplinary-boundaries/

 

Disaster psychology

Need to address both cognition and affect in communicating risks and to make better use of social networks http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420916304496

The purpose of this programme is to strengthen resilience in individuals http://www.mindmatterstraining.co.uk/mental-health-training/strengthening-personal-resilience-programme/?utm_content=social-ui352&utm_medium=social&utm_source=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=SocialPilot

What Is a “Good” Decision? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-behind-behavior/201707/what-is-good-decision

Psychologists warn emotional impact of Cyclone Debbie is far from over, three months on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-11/cyclone-trauma-from-cyclone-debbie-three-months-on/8693572

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure https://hbr.org/2016/06/resilience-is-about-how-you-recharge-not-how-you-endure

The importance of positivity in the aftermath of a disaster http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/disaster-recovery-zm0z17jjzsor

What is this thing we call resilience? http://www.preparedex.com/thing-call-resilience/?utm_content=buffer55046&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How to bounce back when things go wrong https://www.alquimia.co.uk/2017/06/27/how-to-bounce-back-when-things-go-wrong/

Survival is less about heroic actions than avoiding mindless mistakes http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170711-what-not-to-do-in-a-disaster

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Vulnerable individuals are characterised by social and economic attributes and by societal dynamics rooted in each community http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0090.1

 

 

 

 

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I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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