Today in disaster resilience (4 August 2017)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Area of B.C. burned by wildfires at a 56-year high http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/area-of-b-c-burned-by-wildfires-at-a-56-year-high-1.4226227

West Virginia Governor declares State of Emergency following flooding http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/West-Virginia-Governor-declares-State-of-Emergency-following-flooding-437389833.html

Taiwan typhoon injures over 80 people, leaves dozens trapped by floodwaters http://globalnews.ca/news/3634611/taiwan-typhoon/

Wildfire Season Is Scorching the West http://www.climatecentral.org/news/western-wildfire-season-off-to-blazing-start-21661

India floods: 213 killed in Gujarat as receding waters reveal more victims https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/india-monsoon-floods-gujarat-death-toll-over-200

Taiwan and China to face more flooding as Tropical Storm Haitang follows Nesat https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/typhoon-nesat-slams-into-northern-taiwan-to-soak-southeastern-china-next/70002301

Wildfires burn in British Columbia https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/wildfires-burn-british-columbia

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Aug 2017: Karymsky volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64513/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Aug-2017-Karymsky-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabancaya-Bagana.html

Thailand: Disaster zones declared as flood damage spreads http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1298030/disaster-zones-declared-as-flood-damage-spreads

New Eruption at Indonesia Volcano Spreads Ash for Miles https://www.voanews.com/a/new-eruption-at-indonesia-volcano-spreads-ash-for-miles/3969063.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in West Bengal http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-west-bengal-july-august-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Typhoon Noru to Slam Ryukyu Islands, Western Japan Starting Friday With Gusty Winds, Storm Surge, Flooding Rain https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/typhoon-noru-forecast-west-pacific-japan-2017

Red Alert Raised as Torrential Rains Flood Southwest Beijing http://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2017/08/03/torrential-rains-flood-beijing-suburb-fangshan

Pakistan: Four killed as heavy rain wreaks havoc in KP http://reliefweb.int/report/pakistan/pakistan-four-killed-heavy-rain-wreaks-havoc-kp

 

Disaster risk reduction

Governors adopt Iwate declaration to boost Japan’s disaster preparedness and recovery http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/27/national/governors-adopt-iwate-declaration-boost-japans-disaster-preparedness-recovery/#.WX5U008UnIV

Prevention, disaster management key lessons from Fort McMurray wildfire: report http://www.timescolonist.com/prevention-disaster-management-key-lessons-from-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-report-1.21408510

FEMA infrastructure money is needed to repair what the levees broke http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/07/fema_settlement.html

The three myths of natural disasters https://www.zilient.org/article/three-myths-natural-disasters

NZ landslides deadlier than quakes or tsunami http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/336078/landslides-deadlier-than-quakes-or-tsunami

Monitoring forest fire risk and incidence across Europe http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what-we-do/civil-protection/forest-fires_en

Call for urgent upgrade to flood alert system http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30322209

Weather-related Natural Disasters: Should we be concerned about a reversion to the mean? https://riskfrontiers.com/weather-related-natural-disasters-should-we-be-concerned-about-a-reversion-to-the-mean/

Opinion: Gov’t must act to reduce wildfire threat http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/opinion-govt-must-act-to-reduce-wildfire-threat

Mitigation Measures: Sound Investments in Disaster Recovery https://adjustersinternational.com/publications/disaster-recovery-today/mitigation-measures/2/

A plan to address Mississippi River flooding rests on those who disagree on control measures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plan-address-mississippi-river-flooding-rests-those-who-disagree-control-measures#stream/0

How can Nigerians be protected from the annual floods? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40720985

Ten years on from the UK summer floods of 2007 https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2017/07/31/ten-years-on-from-the-summer-floods-of-2007/

High risk of unprecedented UK rainfall in the current climate https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00275-3

The 2007 Floods: ten years of thinking big and acting early https://floodresilience.blog/2017/07/31/the-2007-floods-ten-years-of-thinking-big-and-acting-early/

Key factors of increased forest fire risk in the Mediterranean region https://phys.org/news/2017-07-root-forest.html

Scientists Discover Fault Linked To Unusually High Tsunami Risk In Alaska https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/08/01/scientists-discover-fault-linked-unusually-high-tsunami-risk-alaska/#61b25bc563b6

Disasters, funds, and policy: Creatively meeting urgent needs and long-term policy goals https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/disasters-funds-and-policy-creatively-meeting-urgent-needs-and-long-term-policy-goals?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Saldim Peak in Nepal: a glacial flood that was actually caused by a giant rockslide http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/07/31/saldim-peak-1/

Seven Rules for the Application of Operations Research to Disaster Management https://emergency-planning.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/seven-rules-for-application-of.html

The Tinder-Box Tower: Fire and the Neo-Liberal Model of Disasters https://emergency-planning.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-tinder-box-tower-fire-and-neo.html

The Tinderbox Tower (2): Disaster in the Sky https://emergency-planning.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/the-tinderbox-tower-2-disaster-in-sky.html

Wildfires are raging in the Mediterranean. What can we learn? https://www.thelocal.fr/20170731/wildfires-are-raging-in-the-mediterranean-what-can-we-learn?utm_content=buffera050d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Number of Large Fires Rising in the West http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/number-of-large-fires-rising-in-the-west

Stanford researchers find similar characteristics in human-induced and natural earthquakes http://news.stanford.edu/2017/08/02/manmade-natural-earthquakes-share-shaking-potential/

Boosting resilience to modern-day threats – what is it worth? http://in.reuters.com/article/global-disaster-resilience-aid-idINL5N1KN1WS

The role of climate variability in extreme floods in Europe http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7c22/meta

Benefits of dikes outweigh costs – effective measures for reducing future flooding http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/news/2017/dike-benefits.html

A global framework for future costs and benefits of river-flood protection in urban areas http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3350.html?foxtrotcallback=true

Teacup tornado’s inner twists and writhes seen for first time https://www.newscientist.com/article/2142815-teacup-tornados-inner-twists-and-writhes-seen-for-first-time/

Residents Fear More Flooding If Illinois Loosens Oversight Of High Levees http://northernpublicradio.org/post/residents-fear-more-flooding-if-illinois-loosens-oversight-high-levees

Arcadis to assess flood risks in Poland https://www.arcadis.com/en/europe/news/latest-news/2017/arcadis-to-assess-flood-risks-in-poland/

 

Emergency Management

Decentralized, international exercise, focused on the impact of long-duration power outages http://eiscouncil.com/EarthEx

Horror bushfire season forecast for NSW with early start predicted, RFS says http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/early-nsw-bushfire-season-expected-rfs-says/8750672?pfmredir=sm

Tsunami alert system 80% out of order http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1295915/tsunami-alert-system-80-out-of-order

Australia police ‘foil terror plot to bring down plane’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40766858

Nebraska village rebuilds after 2014 tornado damage http://www.theindependent.com/news/state/nebraska-village-rebuilds-after-tornado-damage/article_c7e2852e-d4d1-5e97-9709-14386fc8643f.html?platform=hootsuite

10 years on: How heavy rain left West Berks in floods of tears http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/hampshire/21955/10-years-on-how-heavy-rain-left-west-berks-in-floods-of-tears.html

Attitude: The Driving Force in the Fire Service http://www.firefighternation.com/articles/2017/07/attitude-the-driving-force-in-the-fire-service.html

Indian PM Modi says flood-hit people getting aid, blames climate change http://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-floods-climatechange-idUSKBN1AG1PB

Everyone loves a ‘good flood’, hints CAG report https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/environment/everyone-loves-a-good-flood-hints-cag-report

Communications interoperability lessons from Fort McMurray wildfire http://blog.basecampconnect.com/english/part-2-what-can-we-learn-from-the-fort-mcmurray-wildfire-reportg-post-title-here

Ex-US Army Black Hawks to be refurbished in Australia for firefighting operations http://avbfb.org.au/ex-us-army-black-hawks-to-be-refurbished-in-australia-for-firefighting-operations/

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Landscape: Findings from the 2016 Preparedness Profile Assessment http://nacchopreparedness.org/the-public-health-emergency-preparedness-landscape-findings-from-the-2016-preparedness-profile-assessment/

Scores Of Grenfell Survivors Still Waiting To Be Rehoused While 1,600 Properties Sit Empty http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/grenfell-survivors-rehoused-justice_uk_5981a812e4b02b36343f03be?ir=UK&utm_hp_ref=uk&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The hidden side of natural disasters http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/the-hidden-side-natural-disasters-1420597

A film about the flood digital service https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/2017/08/03/a-film-about-the-flood-digital-service/

Rhode Island researchers partner with emergency managers for statewide preparedness exercise http://coastalresiliencecenter.unc.edu/rhode-island-researchers-partner-with-state-emergency-managers-for-statewide-preparedness-exercise/?platform=hootsuite

Madagascar: 4 months after tropical cyclone Enawo https://medium.com/@UNDP/madagascar-4-months-after-tropical-cyclone-enawo-a5a8624903d0

NSW Rural Fire Service announces $9 million Centre for Excellence http://avbfb.org.au/nsw-rural-fire-service-announces-9-million-centre-for-excellence/

San Jose Flood Response: An ‘A’ in Aftermath, ‘F’ in Foresight http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/San-Jose-Flood-Response-An-A-in-Aftermath-F-in-Foresight.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Southerly Buster: Henry Lawson’s poetry http://paulineconolly.com/2012/southerly-buster/

Business Continuity Security and Resilience Articles http://www.continuityforum.org/content/articles

Are You A Master Of Disasters? Test Yourself https://www.interestingshit.com/quiz/master-natural-disasters-quiz/

Thredbo disaster: Flare run, fireworks light up the night to honour 18 landslide victims http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-30/thredbo-disaster-flare-run-and-fireworks-display-honour-victims/8757412

Watch The Earth Crack: Animated Map Shows Every Earthquake For 15 Years https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/07/31/watch-earth-crack-animated-map-shows-every-earthquake-15-years/#428b34277400

Revisiting the ‘Art of Learning’ bushfire preparedness model http://www.uowblogs.com/ausccer/2017/07/31/aol/

Challenging perceptions of disaster through film https://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/research-and-innovation/challenging-perceptions-of-disaster-through-film

Listen first, write second http://www.braced.org/news/i/listen-first-write-second/?cid=social_20170731_73486317&adbid=891948680151945216&adbpl=tw&adbpr=3064485958

Avoid using ‘should’ in reports https://emergency-planning.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/the-should-ratio.html

Horses, hurricanes and floods https://www.humanityroad.org/horses/

Public is Invited to Use the Flood Hazard Mapper http://waterfrontalliance.org/2017/07/21/new-mapping-tool-shows-nycs-existing-and-future-flood-risk/

 

Social media and emergency management

Who Tweets in the United Kingdom? Profiling the Twitter Population Using the British Social Attitudes Survey 2015 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2056305117698981

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Those older adults who maintained stronger social connections after 2011 Japan earthquake disaster experienced less cognitive decline https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/after-disaster-social-ties-may-help-elderly-stave-off-cognitive-decline/

The most important predictor of whether a person will recover well from a crisis is having a close and stable network of family, friends and community http://reliefweb.int/report/world/psychosocial-support-flooding-toolbox

Community, locality and social(ist) transformation http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0038026117723251

 

 

 

 

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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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