Today in disaster resilience (25 August 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4806960/At-700-killed-South-Asia-floods.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2017: egoFu volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64806/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Aug-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sa.html

B.C. wildfire status Sunday: Biggest fires remain same size despite wind http://globalnews.ca/news/3683519/b-c-wildfire-status-sunday-biggest-fires-remain-same-size-despite-wind/

Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner http://www.reuters.com/article/us-leone-mudslide-idUSKCN1B00Q5?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5999e33b04d30157869e6eb7&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Bangladesh floods toll rises http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/bangladesh-floods-toll-rises/article19525485.ece

Flood situation worsens in Bihar, death toll rises to 253 http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/flood-situation-worsens-in-bihar-death-toll-rises-to-253/816681/

Damaging earthquake below Ischia, Naples, Italy – at least 2 people killed – August 21, 2017 https://earthquake-report.com/2017/08/21/minor-earthquake-tyrrhenian-sea-on-august-21-2017/

Poland storms kill six, destroy tens of thousands of trees http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40959863

Harvey to threaten Central America, Mexico with flooding and rough surf https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/triple-tropical-threat-looms-in-the-atlantic-caribbean/70002485

Scarborough flash flood turns streets into rivers http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41026601/scarborough-flash-flood-turns-streets-into-rivers

India – Floods Affect 2 Million in Uttar Pradesh as West Rapti River Reaches Record High http://floodlist.com/asia/india-uttar-pradesh-august-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kansas City Flooding Kills 1; Residents Stranded on Roofs https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/kansas-city-flash-flooding-22aug17

Typhoon “Hato” turns deadly as it makes landfall in SE China’s Guangdong https://watchers.news/2017/08/23/typhoon-hato-casualties-damage-hong-kong-macau-china/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Lolo Peak fire grows to 32 328 acres, burns two homes, kills one – Montana https://watchers.news/2017/08/23/lolo-peak-fire-grows-to-32-328-acres-burns-two-homes-kills-one-montana/

Hundreds of firefighters battling largest wildfire ever recorded in B.C. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/largest-wildfire-1.4257021

Northern Ireland floods: More than 100 people rescued http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-41019610

Flood havoc across Sudan https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/flood-havoc-across-sudan

Worst case scenario looms for Texas with Hurricane Harvey http://mashable.com/2017/08/24/hurricane-harvey-worst-case-scenario-realized-texas.amp

 

Disaster risk reduction

Can Sun And Moon Trigger Quakes On Earth? https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/08/19/can-sun-and-moon-trigger-quakes-on-earth/#289260e6e484

The Financial Toll of Flooding http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/audio/2017/the-financial-toll-of-flooding-part-1?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=atf8

Special Issue “Disasters, Crisis, Hazards, Emergencies and Sustainable Development” http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Disasters-Crisis_Hazards_Emergencies_Sustainable_Development

New Study: Protecting Socially Vulnerable Communities and Natural Resources from Dangerous Flooding http://coastalresilience.org/new-study-protecting-socially-vulnerable-communities-and-natural-resources-from-dangerous-flooding/

Poverty is both a driver and consequence of disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/risk/poverty-inequality

Taxpayers will pay a high price for loss of flood protection standards http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/taxpayers-will-pay-a-high-price-for-loss-of-flood-protection-standards/article/2631996

Flood committee sets out £22million of spending for coming year https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-committee-sets-out-22million-of-spending-for-coming-year–2

Before the flood: What drives preparedness? http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/news/170821-flood-risk.html

How LiDAR is Being Used to Help With Natural Disaster Mapping and Management https://www.gislounge.com/lidar-used-help-natural-disaster-mapping-management/

Human vulnerability to tornadoes in the United States is highest in urbanized areas of the Mid South https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ta6uh/

Could Buffering Explain the Hurricane Drought? http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Could-Buffering-Explain-the-Hurricane-Drought-/

GE Is Using AI To Investigate the Scalding-Hot Secrets of Volcanoes http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/news/a27866/ge-ai-predict-volcanic-eruptions/

Reducing flood risk in Indonesia: drones to map and secure green infrastructure https://www.iucn.nl/en/recent/reducing-flood-risk-in-indonesia-drones-to-map-and-secure-green-infrastructure

City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’ https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/city-planning-for-natural-disasters-pivots-from-recovery-to-resilience/70002360#.WZ2fBKwKMKM.twitter

Australia’s volcanic history is a lot more recent than you think https://theconversation.com/australias-volcanic-history-is-a-lot-more-recent-than-you-think-58766

A ‘whole systems’ view to manage water resources and minimize flood risk https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/flooded-rivers-taking-bird-s-eye-view?CID=ECR_TT_worldbank_EN_EXT

Building a flood resilient Assam http://www.actiononclimate.today/blog/building-a-flood-resilient-assam/

Srinagar City Plan Puts Residents at Risk of Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/srinagar-city-plan-puts-residents-at-risk-of-floods-officials

Flammable and risky building products targeted by new laws in Queensland safety crackdown http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/safety-crackdown-flammable-risky-building-products-queensland/8841188?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Researchers are Using Machine Learning to Better Predict Weather Patterns https://www.gislounge.com/researchers-using-machine-learning-better-predict-weather/

A Just Resilience https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/5

Building urban resilience: Chief Resilience Officers share their stories https://www.zilient.org/article/building-urban-resilience-chief-resilience-officers-share-their-stories

Utah’s wildfire cost doubles, humans to blame, official says http://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-wildfire-cost-doubles-humans-to-blame-official-says

Country risk profiles for floods and earthquakes: Europe and Central Asia https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/risk_profiles_low.pdf

Improving Community Flood Resilience in Areas Remaining at Risk https://floodresilience.blog/2017/08/24/improving-community-flood-resilience-in-areas-remaining-at-risk/

 

Emergency Management

Wildfire efforts could lose up to 40% of crews as students return to school http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wildfire-efforts-could-lose-up-to-40-of-crews-as-students-return-to-school-1.4251537

Emergency planners know the sky is going dark, not falling https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/public-safety/the-eclipse-will-make-skies-dark-not-fall-so-why-are-people-planning-for-disaster/2017/08/17/91fa75b0-8124-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html

Mudslide rings alarm bells http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/mudslide-rings-alarm-bells-20170819

Do Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality? https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/081717.html

Dry winter primes Sydney Basin for early start of bushfire season https://theconversation.com/dry-winter-primes-sydney-basin-for-early-start-of-bushfire-season-82641?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Coverack flash floods one month on https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2360172/watch-the-coverack-flash-floods-one-month-on/#.WZsiGZgm1l8.twitter

‘Serious humanitarian crises’ in South Asia as floods affect over 16 million people http://www.arabnews.com/node/1147061/world

Preparing for the future of disaster health volunteerism https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24859/preparing-for-the-future-of-disaster-health-volunteerism-proceedings-of

New Orleans is now planning to evacuate the city if a heavy rainstorm comes http://grist.org/briefly/new-orleans-is-now-planning-to-evacuate-the-city-if-a-heavy-rainstorm-comes/

Italy’s latest deadly quake exposes inaction on illegal homes http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-quake-politics-idUSKCN1B21WG

Mapping tool allows users to visualize 2017 BC wildfire devastation http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/584414/mapping-tool-allows-users-visualize-2017-bc-wildfire-devastation

As fighters streak towards ‘Sydney’, scientists in war lab game way to victory http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/as-fighters-streak-towards-sydney-scientists-in-war-lab-game-way-to-victory-20170823-gy2bdd.html?btis

Disaster archives not only are a tool for information storage, retrieval and transmission, they also play a key role in disaster reconstruction http://seaa.americananthro.org/2017/08/disasters-digitized-participatory-archiving-and-collaborative-commemoration/

A photo essay at the National Review examines quadrotor drones at work in both civilian and military spheres.

http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/drones-work-delivery-security-surveillance-war#0

Firefighter PPE cleaning rules are changing https://www.firechief.com/2017/08/22/firefighter-ppe-cleaning-rules-are-changing/#.WZ9KQhbv7RA.twitter

Industrial Safety and Utopia: Insights from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12821/full

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What we can learn from the book ‘Hiroshima’ http://lithub.com/fire-fury-and-americas-failure-to-learn-from-the-past/

How Eclipses Changed History http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history

“The best way to survive a bushfire is not to be there when it arrives” https://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-the-safest-place-to-be-in-a-bushfire-2017-8

User-friendly process for comprehensive planning, implementation guidance, and evaluation of community emergency programs and community initiatives https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL259/introduction.html

When the Bullin shrieked: Aboriginal memories of volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago https://theconversation.com/when-the-bullin-shrieked-aboriginal-memories-of-volcanic-eruptions-thousands-of-years-ago-81986

Intro to drones part 2: How to choose your first drone https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9879934458/intro-to-drones-part-2-how-to-choose-your-first-drone

How Mapping Disasters Can Help Devastated Communities Rally http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/07/12/how-mapping-disasters-can-help-devastated-communities-rally

Central Italian towns remember victims one year after deadly earthquake https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/central-italian-towns-remember-victims-one-year-after-deadly-earthquake

 

Social media and emergency management

A community perspective on resilience analytics http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12788/pdf

The Japanese earthquake changed our relationship to place, and post-disaster social media changed it again https://medium.com/re-form/cartographies-of-disaster-24fe711d04e6

Twitter hashtag turns 10 today http://abcnews.go.com/US/twitter-hashtag-turns-10-today-blessed/story?id=49376404

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health risk and resiliency training for disaster responders https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2017/8/community-impact/responders/index.htm

AFP commander and champion strongman Grant Edwards goes public with his PTSD battle http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/afp-strongman-grant-edwards-opens-up-about-ptsd-battle/8811844

Mental Health Dept warns public bracing for floods against mental health risks http://reliefweb.int/report/thailand/mental-health-dept-warns-public-bracing-floods-against-mental-health-risks

The mental health of children suffering post-earthquake stress dramatically improves with small changes to their school http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337789/tweaks-improve-quake-rattled-children-s-mental-health-study

What Makes a Terrorist? http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/08/23/what-makes-a-terrorist/

 

Social Capital and Disasters

New research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-buildings-high-density-neighbourhoods-make-life-worse-for-the-poor-82070

Vulnerability and Environmental Migration: The Case of Miyagi Prefecture after the Great East Japan Earthquake http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917302248

 

 

 

 

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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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