Today in disaster resilience (1 September 2017)

Disaster

 

Recent emergencies/disasters

Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, but details of devastation are emerging https://www.businessinsider.com.au/tropical-storm-harvey-hurricane-updates-map-texas-where-landfall-damage-2017-8

New mudslide hits Swiss town, eight hikers still missing https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-landslide-idUSKCN1B51WG

Harvey’s rain ‘beyond anything experienced,’ weather service says http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-landfall/index.html

Mammoth Flood Disaster in Houston: More Rain Yet to Come https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/mammoth-flood-disaster-houston-more-rain-yet-come

Tornado Touches Down in Vermillion Parish https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/louisiana/articles/2017-08-26/the-latest-sw-louisiana-can-expect-up-to-13-inches-of-rain

Bihar floods’ death toll touches 440 http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Q0VX3xLI4jLwhnX5hfQWpI/Bihar-floods-death-toll-touches-440-171-crore-people-stil.html

Bangladesh floods worst in 40 years, 8 million affected http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201856312/bangladesh-floods-worst-in-40-years-8-million-affected

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/27/texas-flood-disaster-harvey-has-unloaded-9-trillion-tons-of-water/?utm_term=.5a91b0f59d5f&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Family Of Six Drowns In Houston Flooding http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/28/family-of-six-drowns-in-houston-flooding/

Sierra Leone mudslides ‘kill more than 1,000’ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/sierra-leone-mudslides-kill-1000-170827205358504.html

Massive rockslope collapse with 35 fatalities caught on a remarkable video https://watchers.news/2017/08/29/zhangjiawan-landslide-china-video/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Active volcanoes in the world https://watchers.news/2017/08/24/active-volcanoes-in-the-world-august-16-22-2017/

With Ten Times the Usual Rain, Mumbai Heads Towards Imminent Flood http://www.news18.com/news/india/with-ten-times-the-usual-rain-mumbai-heads-towards-imminent-flood-1504367.html

Floods In South Asia Have Killed More Than 1,000 People This Summer http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/29/547078456/floods-in-south-asia-have-killed-more-than-1-000-people-this-summer

Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546693088/hurricane-harvey-brings-catastrophe-to-texas

Harvey leaving record rainfall, at least 22 deaths behind in Houston http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-hurricane-harvey-flooding-houston-20170829-story.html

India floods: Toddlers killed in Mumbai rains http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41093404

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2017/08/31/sumatra-indonesia-earthquake-august-31-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Turkey hit by 28 002 earthquakes during the first 8 months of 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/08/30/turkey-hit-by-28-002-earthquakes-during-the-first-8-months-of-2017/

Robust steam plume, new explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska https://watchers.news/2017/08/27/robust-steam-plume-new-explosive-eruption-at-bogoslov-volcano-alaska/

Flood displaces over 110,000 people in Makurdi https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/flood-displaces-over-110-000-people-in-makurdi-sema.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

The US is good at responding to flood damage. We’re terrible at mitigating it https://www.vox.com/2017/8/26/16208230/hurricane-harvey-flood-damage

In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data https://eos.org/editors-vox/in-pursuit-of-flash-flood-data

Within cities, poor communities of color often live in segregated neighborhoods with higher flood risks https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/08/a-catastrophe-for-houstons-most-vulnerable-people/538155/?utm_source=twb

Houston’s development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-s-development-boom-and-reduction-of-8403838.php&cmpid=twitter-premium

Texas flood damage from Harvey may match Katrina: insurance group https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-insurance-idUSKCN1B70W0

Five Reasons Houston Is Especially Vulnerable to Flooding https://www.wsj.com/articles/five-reasons-houston-is-especially-vulnerable-to-flooding-1503676480

Not so Natural Disasters https://thesocietypages.org/trot/2016/10/19/not-so-natural-disasters/

Shops under a volcano? The dangerous lure of Mount Etna https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/27/dangerous-lure-of-mount-etna-sicily-italy?CMP=share_btn_tw

How reconnecting with nature can help us cope with floods http://www.eco-business.com/news/how-reconnecting-with-nature-can-help-us-cope-with-floods/

Why moving inland might not keep you safe from floods http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/analysis-why-moving-inland-might-not-keep-you-safe-from-floods/

Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/dr_robert_bullard_houston_s_unrestrained

Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant https://qz.com/1064364/hurricane-harvey-houstons-flooding-made-worse-by-unchecked-urban-development-and-wetland-destruction/

Houston drainage grid ‘so obsolete it’s just unbelievable’ https://apnews.com/d279b95b3eff430f88fed9c4c2a22fad

Insured losses from Harvey’s wind, storm surge as much as US$2.3 billion: AIR Worldwide https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insured-losses-harveys-wind-storm-surge-much-us2-3-billion-air-worldwide-1004119802/

Harvey creating life-threatening flooding in southeastern Texas, early damage estimate up to US$2 billion https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/associations/harvey-creating-life-threatening-flooding-southeastern-texas-early-damage-estimate-high-us2-billion-1004119666/

Harvey forecast — Innovations in meteorology and climate science http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/harvey-forecast-innovations-in-meteorology-and-climate-science/article/501183

Satellite products support Afghanistan early warning system http://un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/satellite-products-support-afghanistan-early-warning-system

A century of wildland fire research https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24792/a-century-of-wildland-fire-research-contributions-to-long-term

How do we start putting a price on resilience? https://www.zilient.org/article/how-do-we-start-putting-price-resilience

Holland has solved the flooding problem; why can’t the US? http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/29/opinions/dutch-america-storms-opinion-ghitis/index.html

Wildfires to become “bigger, hotter, faster, and more frequent than those we confronted before” http://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/bigger-hotter-faster

Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides https://www.nature.com/news/creeping-earth-could-hold-secret-to-deadly-landslides-1.22485

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/addicks-barker

Satellite photos reveal how Mumbai killed its rivers and mangrove forests to risk epic floods https://qz.com/1065455/satellite-photos-reveal-how-mumbai-killed-its-rivers-and-mangrove-forests-to-risk-epic-floods/

No lessons learnt from the 2005 deluge in Mumbai http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/no-lessons-learnt/article19583161.ece

Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/54698

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/its-time-to-ditch-the-concept-of-100-year-floods/

Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-30/harvey-could-reshape-how-and-where-americans-build-their-homes

Poll: Nearly 75% of Voters Back Flood Reforms http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/04/05/poll-nearly-75-percent-of-voters-back-flood-reforms

Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston? http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/wetlands-stopped-650-million-property-damage-hurricane-sandy-can-help-houston/

Why Houston isn’t the only U.S. community ripe for disaster http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/why-houston-isn-t-only-us-community-ripe-disaster

Bengaluru floods because it is 78% concrete http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/bengaluru-floods-because-it-is-78-concrete-iisc-study/articleshow/60300957.cms

Flooding and the Economics of Risk Reduction http://www.brinknews.com/flooding-and-the-economics-of-risk-reduction/

 

Emergency Management

North West floods: £270,000 approved to help people affected by storms http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-41059940

Storm Harvey: Up to 2,000 rescued as Houston hit by ‘catastrophic floods’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41067315

Pensioners rescued after shocking photo of flooded Texas nursing home goes viral http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/27/pensioners-rescued-shocking-photo-flooded-texas-nursing-home/

New, Respected FEMA Chief Faces First Major Challenge With Hurricane Harvey http://www.npr.org/2017/08/25/546216170/hurricane-harvey-first-challenge-for-president-trumps-fema-director

Why the U.S. wasn’t prepared for Hurricane Harvey https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-the-us-wasnt-prepared-for-hurricane-harvey/article36098669/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Houston’s Mayor Made the Right Call Telling Residents to Stay Put http://fortune.com/2017/08/28/houston-flooding-hurricane-harvey-mayor-evacuation/

Uncertainty continues after Bangladesh floods despite falling water levels https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2017/08/28/millions-flood-affected-people-bangladesh-live-life-uncertainty-despite-decreasing-water-levels/

Houston disaster evokes painful memories of Katrina https://indaily.com.au/news/2017/08/28/houston-disaster-evokes-painful-memories-of-katrina/

Conversations Continue on Emergency Communications https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/the-last-word-on-firstnet-conversations-continue-on-emergency-communications

Hurricane Harvey: drone footage shows a suburban Houston underwater http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-drone-footage-shows-suburban-houston-underwater/

Harvey’s unprecedented floods bring a looming public health crisis https://thinkprogress.org/harvey-public-health-impacts-31d5fcfbb94a/

Before and after Houston floods http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/28/us/harvey-effect-on-houston-then-now-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN082817harvey-effect-on-houston-then-now-trnd0626PMStory

Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/29/houston-texas-harvey-recovery-efforts?CMP=share_btn_tw

About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance, face big bills https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-houston-flood-insurance-damages-claims/611910001/

The participation of Children & Young People in Disaster Management: a European view https://www.conftool.pro/esa2017/index.php?page=browseSessions&presentations=show&search=Israel%20Rodriguez%20Giralt

When disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, women are far more likely to be negatively affected than other groups http://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-harvey-likely-affect-women-more-other-group-656590

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch a Massive Avalanche and Mudslide Sweep Down a Mountain http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/rock-avalanche-mudslide-landslide-video-spd/

A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/hurricane-harvey-houston-a-reporter-disaster.html

‘This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,’ says man who rode out Harvey with wife, four dogs in a truck https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2017/08/26/dumbest-thing-ever-done-says-man-rode-harvey-wife-four-dogs-truck

10 Wildfire and Behavior Change Books to Choose From https://fireadaptednetwork.org/community-wildfire-resilience-behavior-change-books/?platform=hootsuite

A ‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/28/climate/500-year-flood-hurricane-harvey-houston.html

Hurricane Harvey Is Testing Our Ability To Communicate Natural Disaster Risks http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hurricane-harvey-communication-weather-disasters_us_59a41f8ae4b0821444c4a4ba

Text message alerts prove life saver in flood-hit Nepal https://www.zilient.org/article/text-message-alerts-prove-life-saver-flood-hit-nepal

A step-by-step cartoon guide to efficient, effective collaboration between Earth scientists and data scientists https://eos.org/opinions/three-steps-to-successful-collaboration-with-data-scientists

Texas media coverage in the US is about 160 times that of the Asian flooding https://www.irinnews.org/maps-and-graphics/2017/08/31/hurricane-versus-monsoon

Chile Prepares Mass Earthquake Drills for Students https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chile-Prepares-Mass-Earthquake-Drills-for-Students-20170831-0016.html

The ABC’s of Wildfire Terminology https://fireadaptednetwork.org/abcs-wildfire-terminology/

What does transformation really mean? http://resilience2017.org/blog/what-does-transformation-really-mean/

 

Social media and emergency management

 

People are challenging each other on Twitter to text a $10 donation to the Red Cross Harvey fund https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/people-challenging-other-twitter-text-102825326.html

Hurricane Harvey Facebook Safety Check https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/home/

Go on a Twitter holiday if you want to think and write well http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/smarter-need-quiet-time-4-steps-achieve/?utm_content=buffer1d4e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“Social media allowed many Houstonians to take their fate into their own hands” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/08/28/water-is-swallowing-us-up-in-houston-desperate-flood-victims-turn-to-social-media-for-survival/

Stranded Texans send pleas for help, share startling photos on social media as flood waters rise http://www.businessinsider.com/r-stranded-texans-turn-to-social-media-for-help-as-flood-waters-rise-2017-8?IR=T

Researchers in the US demonstrated the ability of social media to alert first responders http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/twitter-other-social-media-platforms-may-help-track-natural-disasters-117082100375_1.html

Social Media: A Critical Introduction https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/social-media/book250870?priorityCode=7B0846&hootPostID=b9d4828844a9d52b250183e15d9fdc68

Houston Chinese cope with flood on WeChat http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-08/29/content_31254572.htm

Facebook, Twitter Replace 911 Calls For Stranded In Houston http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/08/28/546831780/texas-police-and-residents-turn-to-social-media-to-communicate-amid-harvey

“Social Media Can Be a Tremendous Asset, but Beware Its Dark Side” http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/security-safety/commentaries/17-08-30/hurricane_harvey_emerging_insights_for_emergency_management.aspx

 

Disaster psychology

What psychologists do on disaster relief operations http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/disaster-site.aspx

Domestic Disaster Displacement (3D) Manual http://dcc.missouri.edu/three-d.shtml

A Framework for Empowering Women Experiencing Violence in Disaster Settings http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886109917706338

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Volunteers Flock to Houston to Help Hurricane Victims https://www.voanews.com/a/volunteers-flood-houston-help-hurricane-victims/4008145.html

 

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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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