Today in disaster resilience (28 July 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Satellite sees Tropical Storm Greg after ‘eating’ a depression https://phys.org/news/2017-07-satellite-tropical-storm-greg-depression.html

Eight Tropical Cyclones At Once in the North Pacific Ocean For First Time Since 1974 https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/eight-tropical-cyclones-pacific-july2017?cm_ven=T_WX_CD_72317_2

New Zealand storms: Clean-up underway as Christchurch and Dunedin residents survey damage http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-23/new-zealand-storm-rain-eases-clean-up-underway-across-country/8735330

Crews search for man swept away by flooding in Augusta http://www.wlwt.com/article/flash-flooding-leads-to-water-rescues-in-maysville/10347012

Gujarat: Heavy rain kills three https://www.wefornews.com/gujarat-heavy-rain-kills-three-ndrf-iaf-rescue-people/

Fires destroy 1,400 hectares of forest in southern France http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-wildfires-idUSKBN1A92M0?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

Floods drown several parts of India; over 70 dead http://www.abplive.in/india-news/floods-drown-major-parts-of-northern-india-over-70-dead-555688

Over 1,100 houses in South Korea suffer flood damage from weekend rain http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170724000705

Floodwaters swallow pagoda, displace 100,000 people in Myanmar http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/floodwaters-swallow-myanmar-pagoda

Rajasthan floods: More than 200 rescued; red alert continues as rain looms http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rajasthan-floods-more-than-200-rescued-red-alert-continues-as-rain-looms/story-z2ZhCD4BevTYtKoo3kZaQJ.html

Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2017/07/25/winter-storm-delivers-wettest-day-on-record-new-zealand/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Thailand – Floods in Ayutthaya and Nakhon Phanom http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-ayutthaya-nakhon-phanom-july-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

1 Missing After Floods in Northern Kentucky http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-northern-kentucky-july-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

France wildfires force mass evacuation http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40725294

Widespread flash floods hit Las Vegas Valley, Nevada https://watchers.news/2017/07/26/flash-floods-las-vegas-valley-july-2017/

Floods hit northern Germany, force some evacuations http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/Heavy-rain-leads-to-flooding-in-parts-of-Germany-11436563.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Jul 2017: Dukono volcano, Turrialba, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64440/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Jul-2017-Dukono-volcano-Turrialba-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Tropical Storm “Nesat” (Gorio) heading toward Taiwan https://watchers.news/2017/07/26/tropical-storm-nesat-gorio-heading-toward-taiwan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Scientists reveal Auckland’s explosive history http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11892070

Disasters Conference: learning from the past 40 years https://www.odi.org/events/4487-disasters-conference-learning-past-40-years?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter

Dunedin City Council to review zoning after Otago flooding http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/335670/new-subdivision-flooding-worrying-dunedin-mayor-says

Are We Ready for a ‘Managed Retreat’ from the Coasts — and from the Forests? https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/07/21/Are-We-Ready-for-Managed-Retreat/

Typhoon Haiyan overwash sediments from Leyte Gulf coastlines show local spatial variations with hybrid storm and tsunami signatures http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0037073817301410

Smart cities can make urban living safer http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/10193-smart-cities-can-make-urban-living-safer

Global geology GIS from One Geology http://monde-geospatial.com/global-geology-gis-from-one-geology/

Scientists know how to prevent catastrophic loss from forest fires. Why don’t we follow their advice? http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/july-23-2017-the-sunday-edition-1.4212070/scientists-know-how-to-prevent-catastrophic-loss-from-forest-fires-why-don-t-we-follow-their-advice-1.4212074

Assam floods: CAG report reveals 60% shortfall of central funds for disaster management in state http://www.firstpost.com/india/assam-floods-cag-report-reveals-60-shortfall-of-central-funds-for-disaster-management-in-state-3841367.html

The Value of Flood Damage Data https://eos.org/editors-vox/the-value-of-disaster-damage-data

Chitral at high risk of disaster https://www.dawn.com/news/1347048

FEMA Issues Update to Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Guidance http://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=511

You first need to model what those bushfires burn: the “fuel” on the ground http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/What-Is-a-Fuels-Layer-and-Why-Should-I-Care-/

Underground sensors help measure surface flooding woes in Florida http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/underground-sensors-help-measure-surface-flooding-woes-florida?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cyclone Mora: Bangladesh’s Natural Disaster Warning System Saved Thousands http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/cyclone-mora-bangladeshs-natural-disaster-warning-system-saved-thousands/

New science upgrades to the Met Office’s high resolution models over the UK http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/2017/science-upgrades-to-met-office-high-resolution-uk-models

Using drones in the Maldives for resilience http://stories.undp.org/drones-for-social-good

Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2017 http://qldreconstruction.org.au/QSDR

Repeatedly Rebuilding: The Unintended Consequences of Flood Insurance https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/what-national-flood-insurance-program-0

Queensland’s Strategic Framework for Riverine Flood Risk Management and Community Resilience http://qldreconstruction.org.au/u/lib/cms2/Strategic%20Policy%20Framework%20for%20Riverine%20Flood%20Risk%20Management.pdf

A majority of India’s flood forecast systems have either been washed away or their parts have been stolen http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/indias-flood-forecast-capability-a-washout-cag.html

Evaluation of the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during June 2017 https://resiliencepost.com/2017/07/22/major-environmental-disasters-june-2017/

Volcanic Eruptions and Their Repose, Unrest, Precursors, and Timing https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24650/volcanic-eruptions-and-their-repose-unrest-precursors-and-timing

Current NFIP is underwater with debt http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/07/20/revised-federal-flood-insurance-program-looks-to-sandy-for-lessons-learned/

UK Met Office: High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the UK https://watchers.news/2017/07/25/uk-met-office-high-risk-of-unprecedented-rainfall-in-the-uk/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A new multi-dimensional view of Hurricane “Matthew” https://watchers.news/2017/07/25/multi-dimensional-view-of-hurricane-matthew/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Unifying Research on Social–Ecological Resilience and Collapse http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534717301623

Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118921496.html

Overall global disaster losses in the first half of 2017 came to US$ 41bn https://www.munichre.com/en/media-relations/publications/press-releases/2017/2017-07-18-press-release/index.html

Flood management scheme to benefit Worcester homes http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/15430133.__500K_flood_management_scheme_set_to_benefit_thousands_of_Worcestershire_homes/

‘Hindcasting’ study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood https://phys.org/news/2017-07-hindcasting-extreme-colorado.html

CDB approves US$256-k grant to update Rio Cobre flood monitoring system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CDB_approves_US$256-k_grant_to_update_Rio_Cobre_flood_monitoring_system?profile=1228

After recon trip, researchers say Greenland tsunami in June reached 300 feet high http://ce.gatech.edu/news/after-recon-trip-researchers-say-greenland-tsunami-june-reached-300-feet-high

If a person wants to leave a house that constantly takes on water, it can be hard to find a buyer willing to take on the risk http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Congress-Urged-to-Find-Ways-to-Move-Families-Ttrapped-in-Homes-That-Flood-Repeatedly.html

As Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire belches 1,000-foot fountain of lava, PDC helps with new tools to reduce risk http://www.pdc.org/news-n-media/pdc-updates/Guatemala-NDPBA-Final-Workshop/

Terrible Flood Planning? http://ghurtechai.com/dhaka-rain-go-away/

Flooding problems and costs https://resiliencepoort.nl/flooding-problems-costs/

How Aboriginal knowledge can help the world combat wildfires https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23531331-600-how-aboriginal-knowledge-can-help-the-world-combat-wildfires/

Exploring the circumstances surrounding flood fatalities in Australia—1900–2015 and the implications for policy and practice http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901117301818

Study of heatwave effects on northern NSW communities in 2017 http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-3823

A molten puddle deep under Iceland may reveal where volcanoes get their lava http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/molten-puddle-deep-under-iceland-may-reveal-where-volcanoes-get-their-lava

A New High: Elevating House Rises 5 Feet Off the Ground to Escape Flooding http://dornob.com/a-new-high-elevating-house-rises-5-feet-off-the-ground-to-escape-flooding/

India must improve its flood forecasting capability hugely to minimise loss of lives and property http://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/why-india-is-failing-to-minimise-monsoon-flood-destruction/story-4qC6DuVWacsebWBwnvLbjI.html

 

Emergency Management

Using Drones for Emergency Management http://edmdigest.com/news/drones-emergency-management/

How Drones Are Changing Humanitarian Disaster Response https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2015/11/09/how-drones-are-changing-humanitarian-disaster-response/#3f4733c310c2

How Drones are being used in Disaster Management? http://geoawesomeness.com/drones-fly-rescue/

Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/20/skysafe/

The Development of an Evacuation Protocol for Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices During a Disaster https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/development-of-an-evacuation-protocol-for-patients-with-ventricular-assist-devices-during-a-disaster/951976F55FD22F7795E6442E61F2940B

Terrorist attacks and deaths were on the decline worldwide for the second year in a row in 2016 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/terrorism-attacks-decline-worldwide-second-year-state-department-says-n784421?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_nn

This indoor navigation system can track people in buildings struck by disaster https://factordaily.com/openshoe-project-inertial-navigation-disaster-buildings/

The smoke is rising but where is the fire? Exploring effective online map design for wildfire warnings https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-017-2929-9

Disaster Preparedness among Older Adults: Social Support, Community Participation, and Demographic Characteristics http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01488376.2017.1321081

Best Practices in the Design of a Citizen Focused Crisis Management Platform https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-52419-1_5

Horses and rabbits make lucky escapes from New Zealand floods – video report https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/jul/26/horses-and-rabbits-make-lucky-escapes-from-new-zealand-floods-video-report

Storm Model Foresaw Tornado Precursor Hours Before Twister Hit https://eos.org/articles/storm-model-foresaw-tornado-precursor-hours-before-twister-hit

Bullying ‘prevalent in emergency services’ and NSW Parliament wants answers http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-27/emergency-services-inquiry-ambulance-worker-bullied/8745754

Grenfell fire: Grounds for corporate manslaughter charges http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/335992/grenfell-fire-grounds-for-corporate-manslaughter-charges

Otago flooding cleanup ‘will be millions’ http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/335891/otago-flooding-cleanup-will-be-millions

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

2017 Hurricane Season Awareness http://www.pciaa.net/docs/default-source/industry-issues/hurricaneprep_bythenumbers.pdf?sfvrsn=2

This week marks a decade since devastating floods brought Worcestershire to its knees http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/15420964.2007_Floods_Anniversary__How_unprecedented_rainfall_led_to_record_breaking_floods/?ref=twtrec

The Canadian Disaster Database https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/cndn-dsstr-dtbs/index-en.aspx

You Can Help the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team With Its Research on Crowdsourced Damage Assessment https://www.gislounge.com/can-help-humanitarian-openstreetmap-team-research-crowdsourced-damage-assessment/

The Cognitive Bias Survival Guide – Manage the Mind to Make Better Decisions http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2017/07/21/cognitive-bias-survival-guide/

Communicating the impacts of extreme cold along with mitigation strategies https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1319&utm_content=buffer5f9ac&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.WXZw2hWGPIV

Using video games for volcanic hazard education and communication: An assessment of the method and preliminary results https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/16/1673/2016/nhess-16-1673-2016.pdf

Although Americans not well-prepared generally, preparedness even lower with the poor https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/dtac/srb-low-ses.pdf?platform=hootsuite

Many high-rise dwellers are unprepared for disaster http://www.king5.com/news/local/disaster/many-high-rise-dwellers-are-unprepared-for-a-disaster/458855645

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” https://www.ready.gov/september

A Tribute to the World’s Oceans: Why We Couldn’t Survive Without Them http://scitechconnect.elsevier.com/worlds-oceans-couldnt-survive/

Animation of World’s Population Growth http://www.openculture.com/2016/12/animated-map-shows-how-it-took-200000-years-for-human-population.html

SOS alerts is a new set of features in Google Search and Maps to help you quickly understand what’s going on and decide what to do during a crisis https://www.blog.google/products/search/helping-people-crisis/

A former female firefighter’s call for the joy of adventure in a culture obsessed with risk-averse achievement https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/03/01/gutsy-girl-caroline-paul/

Flood Re searches for local heroes http://www.floodre.co.uk/localheroes/

“Ready, Set, Go!” Your Personal Wildfire Action Plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtoFAYBGUQA

Community guide to managing water including floods and droughts http://www.grcc.org.uk/news/news/post/343-water-where-you-live/

Community flood risk mapping project in Vietnam http://icem.com.au/portfolio-items/open-data-for-resilience-initiative-opendri-community-mapping-for-can-tho-vietnam/

 

Social media and emergency management

Facebook provides a different set of markers or cues that allow us to make judgements about people online https://www.universal-sci.com/headlines/2017/5/4/you-can-tell-more-about-a-person-from-their-facebook-page-than-by-actually-meeting-them

The 2017 Social Media Universe in One Infographic https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/2017-social-media-universe-one-infographic-prism-50-brian-solis

Gujurat floods: “social media is very useful for coordinating relief work and disseminating information” http://www.firstpost.com/india/gujarat-floods-social-media-acts-as-boon-as-govt-reaches-out-to-locals-coordinates-relief-work-3858283.html

 

Disaster psychology

IAFC Report Explores Emotional, Mental Impact of Fire Service https://www.iafc.org/docs/default-source/1VCOS/vcosyellowribbonfinal.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Book Review: The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook https://psychcentral.com/lib/book-review-the-posttraumatic-growth-workbook-2/

The effect of flooding on mental health: Lessons learned for building resilience http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017WR020435/full

Seneca on the key to resilience in the face of loss https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/02/seneca-consolation-to-helvia/

“There is a naturally learnable set of behaviors that contribute to resilience” – Dr Adam Grant https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/well/mind/how-to-boost-resilience-in-midlife.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Psychological resilience in U.S. military veterans: A 2-year, nationally representative prospective cohort study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022395616305441

Early warnings may blunt trauma of displacement due to flooding http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-trauma-flood-warnings-idUKKBN1AB2OO

Flooding-related displacement and mental health http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(17)30062-1/fulltext

Scientists reveal significant mental disorders in a Spanish community after severe flood https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-07-scientists-reveal-significant-mental-disorders.html

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Flood knits the community together – “Your neighbors become your friends” http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-cf-flood-residents-0727-20170724-story.html

 

 

 

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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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