Today in disaster resilience (8 September 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cornwall floods leave motorists trapped in vehicles http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-41141331

More than 1,000 firefighters battling largest fire in Los Angeles history http://us.cnn.com/2017/09/02/us/los-angeles-wildfire/index.html

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/desert-safe-wildfire-threat-blazing-west-49556823

More Than 100,000 People Have Been Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/nigeria-flood-100000-displaced/

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ulawun https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65039/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Sep-2017-Dukono-volcano-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Ulawun-S.html

Dozens of wildfires very active in Montana and Idaho http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/09/04/dozens-of-wildfires-very-active-in-montana-and-idaho/

Cross River flood kills 15 in 2 months https://dailytimes.ng/news/criver-flood-kill-15-2-months/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Current wildfires in the USA https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-irma-record-atlantic-ocean-category-5-track-forecast-path/

NASA shares video of Hurricane Irma viewed from space http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-41167062/nasa-shares-video-of-hurrican-irma-viewed-from-space

Benue Floods: Three dead, 110,000 risk contracting disease http://www.fastworldlink.com/2017/09/benue-floods-three-dead-110000-risk.html?m=1

Hurricane Irma latest: Record high winds and flash floods lash Caribbean as ‘most powerful storm in 80 years’ rages towards Florida https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/hurricane-irma-latest-record-high-winds-and-flash-floods-lash-caribbean-as-most-powerful-storm-in-80-a3628586.html

Hurricane Irma – High resolution flood depths – Caribbean 06/09/2017 – FREE Dataset – JBA https://oasishub.co/dataset/hurricane-irma-high-resolution-flood-depths-caribbean-06-09-2017-free-dataset-jba

Hurricane Irma leaves 3 dead in eastern Caribbean https://www.ems1.com/fatal-incidents/articles/320535048-Hurricane-Irma-leaves-3-dead-in-eastern-Caribbean/

Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history, tears through the Caribbean https://grist.org/article/irma-the-strongest-atlantic-hurricane-in-history-keeps-getting-stronger/

Wildfire smoke crosses U.S. on the jet stream https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2624/wildfire-smoke-crosses-us-on-the-jet-stream/

The U.S. Virgin Islands sit squarely in Hurricane Alley. Irma will test the storm-weathered islands’ limits https://psmag.com/environment/are-the-virgin-islands-equipped-to-handle-hurricane-irma

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/07/it-was-like-something-you-see-in-a-horror-movie-irma-survivors-tell-of-devastation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The impacts of the Eagle Creek fire https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/oregons-eagle-creek-fire-and-the-new-reality-of-life-in-the-smoke-filled-american-west

Potential catastrophic flooding in Florida from Hurricane Irma http://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-irma-florida-catastrophic-flooding-660291

 

Disaster risk reduction

We already knew how to reduce damage from floods. We just didn’t do it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/we-already-knew-how-to-reduce-damage-from-floods-we-just-didnt-do-it/2017/09/01/cc6c4174-8f2a-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.050e118e53ca

Florida big contributor to flood program shortfall http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/09/02/florida-big-contributor-flood-program-shortfall/105231424/

European fire governance and the megafire challenge https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/european-fire-governance-in-the-era-of-megafires/

NZ needs to act now to protect people and property, leaked coastal erosion report urges https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/96433693/coastal-erosion-report-urges-immediate-action

When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/03/pinatubo-volcano-typhoon-ozone-layer-terrawatch

Time for a global policy on disaster risk reduction http://www.gulf-times.com/story/562448/Time-for-a-global-policy-on-disaster-risk-reductio

As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/02/flood-waters-rising-urban-development-climate-change

Future Flood Control: Time To Buy And Bulldoze Houston’s Most Flooded Homes https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2017/08/30/harvey-damage-tops-20-billion-as-40000-homes-destroyed/#2c2ace025774

Building A Flood-Proof Skyscraper Resilient To Climate Change https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/building-flood-proof-skyscraper-resilient-climate-change/

What earthquake science can tell us about North Korea’s nuclear test https://theconversation.com/qanda-what-earthquake-science-can-tell-us-about-north-koreas-nuclear-test-83415?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

South Asia floods put new GloFAS river discharge forecasts to the test https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/south-asia-floods-put-new-glofas-river-discharge-forecasts-test

Quaternary earthquakes: Geology and palaeoseismology for seismic hazard assessment http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618217305773

Transition time for chief resilience officers http://citiscope.org/story/2017/transition-time-chief-resilience-officers

Freetown’s mudslides and the slippery slope of urban risk in Africa https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/08/23/freetown-s-mudslides-and-slippery-slope-urban-risk-africa

The Catastrophic Floods in India: A Perspective on Embankments http://waterpolicy.online/1353-2/

Why Chennai – like other Indian cities – will definitely flood again http://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/why-chennai-like-other-indian-cities-will-definitely-flood-again/story-KVxgIt0zyctNFO70EklYGJ.html

End-To-End Probabilistic Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Community Resilience https://hepex.irstea.fr/end-to-end-probabilistic-impact-based-early-warning-systems-for-community-resiliencelder/

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/38?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=southernfireoutlook2017

Aon Benfield teams up with JBA on UK flood risk modelling http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/aon-benfield-teams-up-with-jba-on-uk-flood-risk-modelling-12971

96% uninsured in parts of Puerto Rico and USVI hit hardest by Hurricane Irma https://medium.com/living-beyond-floods/96-uninsured-in-parts-of-puerto-rico-to-be-hit-hardest-by-hurricane-irma-683d87f465c1

“Passive approaches [to flood management] are always the key” https://www.fastcodesign.com/90138912/the-cities-of-the-21st-century-will-be-defined-by-water

Risk of Strong Hurricane Winds to Florida Cities http://myweb.fsu.edu/jelsner/PDF/Research/MalmstadtElsnerJagger2010.pdf

Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas http://wri-india.org/blog/keeping-heads-above-water-lessons-building-resilience-after-flooding-south-asia-and-texas

Houston’s disaster is a lesson in the importance of urban land-use regulation — of not letting developers build whatever they want http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/why-can-t-the-us-get-its-cities-right-1.2085585

More floods are coming and we’re making them worse http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/09/06/opinion/more-floods-are-coming-and-were-making-them-worse

The CSIR coastal flood risk viewer is an interactive web-based tool to visualise the extent of coastal flooding in specific areas https://www.csir.co.za/csir-developed-coastal-flood-risk-viewer-improved-disaster-risk-management-and-development-planning

Hurricane Harvey shows how floods don’t pay attention to flood zone maps — or politicians https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/09/07/hurricane-harvey-shows-how-floods-dont-pay-attention-to-flood-zone-maps-or-politicians/?utm_term=.f3f4d645479a

“We’ve built our cities and flood protections with assumptions based on the climate of the past” https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608800/our-hurricane-risk-models-are-dangerously-out-of-date/

 

Emergency Management

Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/01/547816150/texas-expedites-help-from-out-of-state-health-care-providers

What would really happen if Britain came under nuclear attack? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/would-really-happen-britain-came-nuclear-attack/

Humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh as floods leave victims stranded, suffering, and close to starving http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/09/humanitarian-crisis-looms-in-bangladesh-as-world-media-prioritises-us-floods.html

A Bipartisan Bill Helped Save Pets From Harvey, And Maybe Their Humans Too http://www.npr.org/2017/09/02/547972616/a-bipartisan-bill-helped-save-pets-from-harvey-and-maybe-their-humans-too?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

Harvey Aftermath: A Public Health Crisis in the Making https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31082017/hurricane-harvey-health-risks-climate-change-disease-toxic-chemicals-mold?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms https://fivethirtyeight-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/fivethirtyeight.com/features/hurricane-harveys-impact-and-how-it-compares-to-other-storms/amp/

Hurricane Harvey: What Happens to Drug Users During a Storm? http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/hurricane-harvey-what-happens-to-drug-users-during-a-storm-w500734

Hurricane Harvey could cost $190 billion, be worst-ever U.S. natural disaster, says AccuWeather http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hurricane-harvey-could-cost-190-billion-be-worst-ever-us-natural-disaster-says-accuweather-2017-08-31

Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did https://qz.com/1068790/floods-in-africa-in-august-killed-25-times-more-people-than-hurricane-harvey-did/

Harvey Has Morphed into a Multi-Pronged Environmental Disaster https://newrepublic.com/article/144635/harvey-morphed-multi-pronged-environmental-disaster?utm_content=buffer8110f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New York hospitals lend Texas a hand with Harvey http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170831/HEALTH_CARE/170839975

Harvey victims leave shelters but face dire housing needs https://apnews.com/28dc090723c64275b152cb2b39774ca1

FEMA’s Role In Responding To Disasters http://www.npr.org/2017/09/04/548434477/fema-s-role-in-responding-to-disasters?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

Morwell residents seven times more likely to have a heart attack since Hazelwood mine fire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/morwell-residents-seven-times-more-likely-to-have-heart-attack/8869874

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57455#.Wa8hhPMjHIV

Estimating the Cost of Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/estimating-the-cost-of-disasters.html

City’s underserved population foresees uneven recovery http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-s-underserved-population-foresees-uneven-12169898.php?cmpid=twitter-premium

‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/04/hurricane-harvey-landlords-demand-rent-for-flooded-homes

Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia’s worst floods in a decade recede http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southasia-floods/thousands-hit-by-malaria-dengue-as-south-asias-worst-floods-in-a-decade-recede-idUSKCN1BH10B

Photos From The South Asian Flood That Left 1200 People Dead But No One Talked About http://www.trueactivist.com/photos-from-the-south-asian-flood-that-left-1200-people-dead-but-no-one-talked-about/

Houston floods: Uninsured and anxious, victims return home http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40927487

Flooded by Hurricane Harvey: New Map Shows Energy, Industrial, and Superfund Sites http://blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/flooded-by-hurricane-harvey-new-map-shows-energy-industrial-and-superfund-sites

Total property damage from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding estimated at between US$65-75 billion: AIR Worldwide https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/total-property-damage-hurricane-harveys-flooding-estimated-us65-75-billion-air-worldwide-1004120229/

Red Cross launches first U.S. drone program for disasters http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-redcross-drones/red-cross-launches-first-u-s-drone-program-for-disasters-idUKKCN1BI2X9

With no government help, Mumbai flood victims are on their own http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/with-no-government-help-mumbai-flood-victims-are-on-their-own/articleshow/60406012.cms

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The inside story of what it took to keep a Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/inside-story-what-took-keep-texas-grocery-chain-running-chip-cutter

These are the apps helping people affected by Hurricane Harvey http://mashable.com/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-rescue-apps/#h5DSpgp_DmOq

Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/in_it_together_neighbourhood_preparedness_guide_web_final_2015.pdf

Sydney residents not being proactive or taking heatwaves seriously, researcher warns http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-05/sydney-residents-not-taking-heatwave-warnings-seriously/8870222?pfmredir=sm

Eye on Calderdale Flood Education site http://eyeoncalderdale.com/

Prepare for disaster: How your smartphone can help in an emergency http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2017/09/03/prepare-disaster-how-your-smartphone-can-help-emergency/629706001/

Come and see the Thames Barrier in action at our annual closure https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier#thames-barrier-annual-closure-sunday-10-september-2017

How do hurricanes form? https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/165053493274/how-do-hurricanes-form

Resilient … but to what? https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/articles/resilient-what

Don’t Fall For This Fake Viral Video Of Hurricane Irma https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/a-fake-video-of-hurricane-irma-has-been-viewed-more-than-18?utm_term=.cxNyxlxg9#.mm6BW3W6d

A photographer’s work fighting fires gave him rare, up-close access to California’s wildfire epidemic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/09/california-wildfires-drought/

Texas colleges devastated by Hurricane Harvey are moving face-to-face courses online https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/09/06/universities-proactively-prepare-online-transition-amid

Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world http://m.pnas.org/content/early/2017/09/01/1712125114.abstract

40th anniversary edition of ‘Disasters’ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-7717/homepage/VirtualIssuesPage.html#ANNIVERSARY

Seven ways to protect your pets in an emergency https://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

How one photojournalist covered Hurricane Harvey https://blog.photoshelter.com/2017/09/one-photojournalist-covered-hurricane-harvey-alyssa-schukar-houston/

Hurricane Harvey crowdsourced photo map https://napsg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StoryMapCrowdsource/index.html?appid=b6ef838e4d26489e8f62102639dc3d91

Understanding fire weather http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/?cid=003tw57

“Giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough” http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2017/09/07/its-not-a-lack-of-information-that-stops-many-americans-from-adapting-to-flood-risks-its-a-lack-of-cash/

 

Social media and emergency management

Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims http://mashable.com/2017/08/27/hurricane-harvey-social-media-reddit-twitter/#dP9sIqIBDkqz

Harvey shows that social media platforms and the way we’ve used them have ‘evolved tremendously’ http://mashable.com/2017/08/29/social-media-harvey-rescues-force-for-good/#xUwyC0C8mOqr

New Facebook philanthropy partner reflects trend toward long-term disaster response https://www.devex.com/news/new-facebook-philanthropy-partner-reflects-trend-toward-long-term-disaster-response-90951#.Wa1tqpPzsZk.twitter

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That’s Not Really A Plan https://www.buzzfeed.com/kevincollier/social-media-saved-harvey-victims-in-texas-but-thats-not

 

Disaster psychology

What NOT to Say to a Flood Survivor https://humans.media/what-not-to-say-to-a-flood-survivor

Matt: My Harvey story, our call to action for Houston https://spacecityweather.com/matt-my-harvey-story-our-call-to-action-for-houston/

Help Kids Cope app http://www.nctsn.org/content/help-kids-cope?platform=hootsuite

Breaking cognitive barriers to a sustainable future https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-016-0013.pdf

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Katrina and now Houston show how people, not just government, are key to effective disaster response http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865687953/Katrina-and-now-Houston-show-how-people-not-just-government-are-key-to-effective-disaster-response.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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