Today in disaster resilience (21 July 2017)

Disaster

What was in the news this week about disaster resilience?

Recent emergencies/disasters

12 Lakh Affected In Assam Floods, Number Of Deaths Near 60 http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/12-lakh-affected-in-assam-floods-number-of-deaths-nears-60-1725250

Italy wildfires force evacuations, cause disruption http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/italy-wildfires-force-evacuations-disruption-48667199

‘Beginning of the fire season’ has already created 36,600 B.C. evacuees http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wildfire-williams-lake-1.4207548?utm_content=buffer44a01&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

China Rescues 49 Tourists Stranded On Island By Typhoon http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/china-rescues-49-tourists-stranded-on-island-by-typhoon-1725449

Flood Situation Critical In Southern Odisha http://ommcomnews.com/public/flood-situation-critical-in-southern-odisha

Record-breaking rains hit China’s Jilin, leave 8 dead and 1 missing https://watchers.news/2017/07/17/jilin-china-record-rain-damage-july-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Russian capital Moscow flooded yet again https://watchers.news/2017/07/17/russian-capital-moscow-flooded-yet-again/

Rare Chile snowstorm leaves one dead, 337 000 homes without power https://watchers.news/2017/07/16/chile-storm-santiago-snow-july-2017/

Nine people killed, one missing after major flash flood hits Arizona https://watchers.news/2017/07/17/flash-flood-cold-springs-arizona-july-15-2017/

Eruption continues at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion https://watchers.news/2017/07/17/piton-de-la-fournaise-eruption-july-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Jul 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64306/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Jul-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Dukono-Sinabung-Sangeang-Api.html

Anguish in Sierra foothills as dangerous fire season kicks off http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Anguish-in-Sierra-foothills-as-dangerous-fire-11290593.php

India – 400 Rescued From Floods in Gujarat http://floodlist.com/asia/india-400-rescued-from-floods-in-gujarat

Homes evacuated as Cornwall hit by flash floods https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/18/homes-evacuated-as-cornwall-hit-by-flash-floods

Baltimore County Recovering After Monday’s Storms, Flooding http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/07/18/baltimore-county-recovering-after-mondays-storms-flooding/

Heavy rain floods Instanbul https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/jul/18/heavy-rainfall-floods-istanbul-metro-video?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cornwall floods: Clear-up follows flood ‘devastation’ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-40652594

Heavy storms flood streets, kill one in west Germany https://www.thelocal.de/20170720/heavy-storms-flood-streets-kill-one-in-west-germany-weather-cologne?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Assam Flood Toll Up To 73; CM Sonowal Seeks Release Of Rs 1138 Crore Central Share For Flood Control http://www.indian24news.com/india/assam-flood-toll-up-to-73-cm-sonowal-seeks-release-of-rs-1138-crore-central-share-for-flood-control/275351-news

300 000 hectares ablaze, more than 45 000 people evacuated, British Columbia https://watchers.news/2017/07/19/300-000-hectares-ablaze-more-than-45-000-people-evacuated-british-columbia/

16 dead after severe floods hit Afghanistan, 51 in Pakistan https://watchers.news/2017/07/20/floods-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan-july-2017/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Schemes across the country to receive £15 million of natural flood management funding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schemes-across-the-country-to-receive-15-million-of-natural-flood-management-funding

Experimental model predicts tornado’s path http://www.noaa.gov/stories/experimental-model-predicted-tornados-path-hours-not-minutes-before-it-formed

How First Nation fire wisdom is key to megafire prevention http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fire-fighting-first-nations-firekeepers-annie-kruger-penticton-bc-wildfire-mega-fire-1.4205506

A Powerful New Tool for Geoscience Research https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-powerful-new-tool-for-research

The rich, the poor, and the earth http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-07-17/rich-poor-earth/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How Willow Waterhole became a model for flood control in Houston http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/How-Willow-Waterhole-became-a-model-for-flood-11286370.php

Flood management in Radom, Poland http://www.resin-cities.eu/newsroom/news-archive/?c=search&uid=0072b435

RESIN resilience resources http://www.resin-cities.eu/resources/resources/

Flooding: Oyo develops 20-year master plan http://www.naijaonpoint.com/latest-nigerian-news-today/flooding-oyo-develops-20-year-master-plan.html

InterFLOOD Asia 2018 http://www.interflood.asia/

How to make cities more resilient: a handbook for local government leaders http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54256

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1704/us-geological-survey-using-drones-to-study-prescribed-burns

Can Satellites Be Used as an Early Warning System for Landslides? http://floodlist.com/forecasting-warning-systems/satellites-early-warning-system-landslides?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Latest issue of Disaster Prevention and Management http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/26/4

A new tool for rapidly and objectively identifying floodplain features on a landscape scale, with applications to flood risk mapping https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/5/369/2017/esurf-5-369-2017.html

Climate-driven variability in the occurrence of major floods across North America and Europe http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002216941730478X

MH370 search data unveils fishing hotspots, ancient underwater volcanoes http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/94907171/MH370-search-data-unveils-fishing-hotspots-ancient-underwater-volcanoes

When extremes aren’t that extreme http://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/extremes-arent-extreme/7543

Scientists are working hard to determine the how, why and when of earthquakes, but getting answers is a complex team effort https://phys.org/news/2017-07-earthquake-physics-multiple-scales.html

Academic team at LSU, elsewhere to study 2016 flood, recommend policies to avoid a repeat http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/article_a4a53512-6c05-11e7-82ad-07dc8cb15ae5.html

HydroNET processes 13 years of German radar data to identify extreme rainfall events http://www.hydronet.com/hydronet-processes-13-years-of-german-radar-data-to-identify-extreme-rainfall-events/

Measuring flood resilience: the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool https://www.zurich.com/en/corporate-responsibility/flood-resilience/measuring-flood-resilience

Australia’s earthquake mapping tool http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/events/public-events/govhack2017

Sea cave preserves 5,000-year snapshot of tsunamis https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719084814.htm

Flood Standard, Critical to Public Safety, Is Also a Smart Investment http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/07/07/flood-standard-critical-to-public-safety-is-also-a-smart-investment

Over the last financial year the Environment Agency has protected over 42,000 more homes from flooding https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/company-news/item/14189-environment-agency-publishes-annual-report-and-accounts-for-2016-17

An interactive guide to reducing flood risk http://newsandviews.zurich.co.uk/talking-point/interactive-guide-reducing-flood-risk/

 

Emergency Management

Australian army to be deployed on domestic soil during future terrorist attacks http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australian-army-to-be-deployed-on-domestic-soil-during-future-terrorist-attacks-20170716-gxc7gu.html

Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Overview https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/overview

Allowing wildfires to run their course when appropriate https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/jul/17/look-todays-firefighting-techniques/?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=

Transboundary Disaster Management Training in Nepal http://gendermatters.in/2017/07/nepal-training/

46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/a-history-of-terrorism-in-europe/?tid=ss_tw

Swapping the keyboard for a drip torch https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/swapping-the-keyboard-for-a-drip-torch/3201911/#/0

Management and Organization of EOCs https://triecker.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/management-and-organization-of-eocs/

Assam Floods, an annual tragedy: A detailed report http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/assam-floods-an-annual-tragedy-a-detailed-report/articleshow/59611524.cms

Floods and the rainmakers of Lagos Island http://reubenabati.com.ng/index.php/reuben-views/item/2403-floods-and-the-rainmakers-of-lagos-island-reuben-abati

Sri Lanka Struggles to Adapt as Disasters Become a New “normal” http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-struggles-to-adapt-as-disasters-become-a-new-normal?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Strong, positive female role models’ female firefighter camp hosing down perceptions http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/strong-positive-female-role-models-female-firefighter-camp-hosing-down-perceptions-1.4200075

Lismore floods, did you stay or did you go? https://www.echonews.com.au/news/lismore-floods-did-you-stay-or-did-you-go/3202256/

Five people face charges over Amatrice earthquake building collapses https://www.thelocal.it/20170719/five-investigated-manslaughter-amatrice-earthquake-building-collapses

The Effect of Alerting and Tones on Firefighters’ Heart Rates https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/071317.html

Quebec floods: Coiteux eases rules for rebuilding homes in hard-hit areas http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/coiteux-establishes-rules-about-rebuilding-homes-hit-by-floods

Helping communities build sustainable local capacity for wildfire mitigation during high risk times https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/community-mitigation-assistance-teams-new-approach-help-Bruno

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Moving classes outside can improve test scores, wellbeing: report http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/moving-classes-outside-can-improve-test-scores-wellbeing-report-20170715-gxbukl.html

Flood of memories: Years of efforts rebuilt the town but its impact – and stories – are still felt http://www.tribdem.com/news/watch-video-flood-of-memories-years-of-efforts-rebuilt-the/article_850c7d50-69da-11e7-9623-eb6b3623ffef.html

Mitigating disaster: teens spend summer in forest preventing wildfires http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mitigating-disaster-teens-spend-summer-in-forest-preventing-wildfires-1.4207049

How the world gets its facts straight http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/july-2017/how-the-world-gets-its-facts-straight/

Reaching Resilience handbook http://www.reachingresilience.org/IMG/pdf/resilience-handbook.pdf

FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual http://www.firesmartcanada.ca/resources-library/firesmart-homeowners-manual

Urban vulnerability mapping: Participatory data collection and mapping of urban communities toolkit https://issuu.com/pulselabjakarta/docs/toolkit_-_urban_vulnerability_mappi

“Urban resilience depends not on infrastructure, but on communities” http://www.thesourcemagazine.org/adaptation-secure-communities-not-property/

Social networks can influence decisions https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/intentional-insights/201707/are-friends-the-enemies-wise-choices

Survey: Community experiences of flooding in northern NSW after cyclone Debbie https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X2H2DHS

Heroes who have helped ease flooding could win £10,000 http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/heroes-who-helped-ease-flooding-215962#ICID=sharebar_twitter

SES releases Horsham, Natimuk flood guides http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4800983/new-flood-guides-for-horsham-natimuk/?cs=225

 

Social media and emergency management

People are reporting riots on Twitter before they call the police http://mashable.com/2017/07/04/twitter-police-riots-geofeedia-surveillance/

Researchers have developed a new algorithm to pinpoint the geographic locations of natural disasters mentioned in tweets https://eos.org/articles/algorithm-discerns-where-tweets-came-from-to-track-disasters

Can Data Extracted from Twitter Help Map Flood Hazards? https://eos.org/articles/can-data-extracted-from-twitter-help-map-flood-hazards

Social media can benefit children’s learning, health and social interactions https://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-kids-and-social-media-its-not-all-bad-news-80547

Understanding Why People Use Twitter to Discuss Mental Health Problems https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28381392

6 things to Tweet when attending a conference https://business.twitter.com/en/blog/6-things-Tweet-when-attending-conference.html?utm_medium=paid&utm_source=twitter

 

Disaster psychology

Wise Reasoning in the Face of Everyday Life Challenges http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550616652206

The Seven C’s of Resilience http://diggingdeep.org/seven-cs-resilience/

 

Social Capital and Disasters

What Does ‘Community’ Mean? https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/07/what-does-community-mean/532518/

Volunteers working with authorities can help keep some of the millions of people living near dangerous volcanoes safer https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719090125.htm

 

 

 

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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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