Today in disaster resilience (15 September 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century leaves dozens dead http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/08/americas/earthquake-hits-off-the-coast-of-southern-mexico/index.html

Livorno flood aerial photos reveal devastation caused in Tuscan port where six people have died and three remain missing https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4433452/livorno-flood-aerial-photos-reveal-devastation-caused-in-tuscan-port-where-six-people-have-died-and-three-remain-missing/

Destructive Hurricane “Irma” moving through Florida, toward Georgia https://watchers.news/2017/09/10/hurricane-irma-florida-landfall-track-september-2017/

Sheveluch erupts ash up to 8.5 km a.s.l., Klyuchevskoy alert level raised, Russia https://watchers.news/2017/09/08/eruption-sheveluch-klyuchevskoy-russia-september-2017/

Death Toll From Hurricane Irma Climbs in Caribbean as Jose Approaches http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Death-Toll-From-Hurricane-Irma-Climbs-in-Caribbean-as-Jose-Approaches.html

Mexican earthquake death toll reaches 90 as food supplies fly in http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/mexican-earthquake-death-toll-reaches-90-as-food-supplies-fly-in-1-4556354

Hurricane Irma: Where it is now and what we know https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/10/when-hurricane-irma-move-inland/650721001/

Shorelines drained in eerie effect of Hurricane Irma http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/10/us/shorelines-drained-hurricane-irma-storm-surge/index.html

Niger floods threaten neighboring west African countries http://www.africanews.com/2017/09/10/niger-floods-threaten-neighboring-west-african-countries/

Tropical Depression “Maring” to make landfall over Quezon-Aurora area, Philippines https://watchers.news/2017/09/11/tropical-depression-maring-to-make-landfall-over-quezon-aurora-area-philippines/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

116 wildfires burning in the US http://wxshift.com/climate-change/climate-indicators/us-wildfires

Hundreds evacuated in Swiss Alps over Trift glacier avalanche threat http://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-evacuated-in-swiss-alps-over-trift-glacier-avalanche-threat-11028789

Assam floods worsen http://www.firstpost.com/india/assam-flood-situation-worsens-one-drowns-40000-people-affected-in-sonitpur-4031981.html

Croatia – Floods in Zadar After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/croatia-floods-zadar-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hurricane Irma Causes Major Flooding in Northern Florida http://floodlist.com/america/usa/hurricane-irma-floods-florida-september-2017

No Rest for the Hurricane-Weary: Jose a Potential East Coast Threat https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/jose-potential-east-coast-threat?__prclt=1kWTA0BN

Area sees ‘incredible’ flooding as Irma pounds Charleston, coastal South Carolina http://www.postandcourier.com/news/area-sees-incredible-flooding-as-irma-pounds-charleston-coastal-south/article_b752803e-96ee-11e7-9c8a-3f6a906b40d4.html

At least three dead, six missing, as storm hits Philippines http://www.gulf-times.com/story/563538/At-least-three-dead-six-missing-as-storm-hits-Phil

Two Cyclones Stir Up Asian Waters https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=90972&src=twitter-nh

Tropical Storm “Max” forms, about to hit Mexican state of Guerrero https://watchers.news/2017/09/13/tropical-storm-max-forecast-track-mexico-landfall/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Sep 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65163/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Sep-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Duko.html

Bangladesh: where the rain keeps coming https://www.mnnonline.org/news/bangladesh-rain-keeps-coming/

Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds causing power cuts and travel chaos https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/13/storm-aileen-batters-britain-with-high-winds-and-power-cuts

Severe windstorm hits Germany, killing at least 3 https://watchers.news/2017/09/14/windstorm-sebastian-germany/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm “Doksuri” intensifying, landfall expected in northern Vietnam https://watchers.news/2017/09/13/tropical-storm-doksuri-forecast-track-landfall-vietnam/

Bangladesh devastated in third flood, incurs severe losses http://www.atimes.com/article/bangladesh-devastated-third-flood-incurs-severe-losses/

 

Disaster risk reduction

In flood-prone coastal Louisiana, towns have started to ask a question Texans may face soon: When should we all just leave? http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/01/harvey-texas-louisiana-floods-relocation-215565

Hurricane Harvey shows lack of awareness of flood risk http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/hurricane-harvey-shows-lack-of-awareness-of-flood-risk-13028

In Houston, a Terrifying Real-Life Lesson for Disaster-Prone Cities https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/houston-harvey-disaster-lessons.html?smid=tw-share

Houston: boom town, flood town https://projects.propublica.org/houston-cypress/

Floodplains in California’s future https://californiawaterblog.com/2017/09/10/floodplains-in-californias-future/

Floodplains: Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520294103

Scientists say nation must choose: Planned fires or more unchecked wildfires? https://treesource.org/news/management-and-policy/prescribed-fire-living-with-fire/

Kaikoura quake triggered Hawke’s Bay slow slips – study http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/09/kaikoura-quake-triggered-hawke-s-bay-slow-slips-study.html

What distance into fuel treatments fire needs to travel before fire severity is diminished? http://www.cafiresci.org/research-publications-source/category/fire-severity-change-with-distance-into-fuel-treatments

As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies http://news.trust.org/item/20170720110332-qlh6j/

Seismologists hope to create earthquake forecasts for California, using small temblors to warn of big ones http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-earthquake-forecast-20170911-htmlstory.html

In flood-prone South Asia, early warning systems buy precious time https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/09/05/flood-prone-south-asia-early-warning-systems-buy-precious-time

A significant proportion of the unprecedented flood losses generated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana will be uninsured http://aon.mediaroom.com/2017-09-11-Hurricane-Harvey-highlights-magnitude-of-insurance-protection-gap-according-to-Aon-outlook-report

NASA researcher says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters http://inhabitat.com/nasa-researchers-says-harvey-flooding-pushed-houston-down-two-centimeters/

Hurricane Harvey Caused 500,000-Year Floods in Some Areas https://www.livescience.com/60378-hurricane-harvey-once-in-500000-year-flood.html

Harvey and Irma’s lasting lesson — America needs stronger flood policies http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/350251-harvey-and-irmas-lasting-lesson-america-needs-stronger-flood

Building codes pay for themselves in disaster-prone regions https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/housing/building-codes-pay-disaster-prone-regions

Africa Hydromet Forum: Improving climate and weather forecasting to build disaster resilience https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/africa-hydromet-forum?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Where will future hurricanes make landfall? Scientists in Boulder are circling closer to the answer http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/where-will-future-hurricanes-be-boulder/

More damaging wildfires in USA and Canada https://www.cbsnews.com/news/western-wildfires-devastate-parts-of-u-s-canada/

How to Build Hurricane-Proof Cities http://www.routefifty.com/infrastructure/2017/09/build-hurricane-proof-cities/140923/

Floods May Cost South Asia $215 Billion a Year by 2030 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-12/south-asia-cities-face-215-billion-worth-extreme-rainfall-risks

Earthquake forecasting during the complex Amatrice-Norcia seismic sequence http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/9/e1701239

Encouraging rebuilding in areas where homes and businesses probably shouldn’t have been built in the first place https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/will-rebuilding-after-harvey-and-irma-make-more-flooding-inevitable

How will you choose what flood events to model? https://waterdecisions.org/how-to-choose-flood-events-to-model-to-characterise-flood-risk/

Harvey and Irma should change the way the U.S. deals with catastrophic storms https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-11/get-ready-for-more-hurricanes

Some investors bet big against disasters https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/13/economy/some-investors-bet-big-against-disasters

Hurricane Irma broke a bunch of meteorological records https://www.businessinsider.com.au/hurricane-irma-weather-meteorology-records-2017-9?r=US&IR=T

These images provide valuable information about the movement of water across the floodplain http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/environmentalwater/murray-lower-darling-news.htm?utm_content=bufferdd961&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Mumbai floods: what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development https://theconversation.com/mumbai-floods-what-happens-when-cities-sacrifice-ecology-for-development-83328?utm_content=buffer17256&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Mexico steps up to unique triple disaster threat https://www.zilient.org/article/mexico-steps-unique-triple-disaster-threat

Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought https://watchers.news/2017/09/14/tectonic-plates-weaker-than-previously-thought/

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities http://www.unisdr.org/archive/54837

Abandon Florida? Not quite. But it’s time for a retreat from flood zones. https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/9/14/16304730/flooding-irma-houston-retreat-floodplains-buyouts

How to implement the strategy of managed retreat http://news.stanford.edu/2017/03/27/keeping-communities-harms-way-changing-climate/

 

Emergency Management

Harvey delivered wide-spread 25,000-year rains over a 120-hour period http://www.climatesignals.org/scientific-reports/hurricane-harvey-%E2%80%93-extraordinary-flooding-houston-and-surrounding-areas

Destructive Hurricanes Harvey and Irma May Wipe Out 100,000 Jobs: Goldman Sachs https://www.thestreet.com/story/14299423/1/destructive-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma-may-wipe-out-100-000-jobs-goldman-sachs.html

Hurricane Irma highlights the great divide in disaster vulnerability https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-highlights-great-divide-disaster-vulnerability

FEMA could run out of cash this weekend http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/politics/fema-funding-disaster-relief/index.html

Are this year’s violent, massive storms going to be the trigger for violent social unrest? https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-09-09-are-this-years-violent-massive-storms-going-to-be-the-trigger-for-violent-social-unrest.html

A long road to recovery: Why flood victims in Bihar are not hopeful of speedy compensation https://scroll.in/article/849796/a-long-road-to-recovery-why-flood-victims-in-bihar-are-not-hopeful-of-speedy-compensation

‘Not fit to live on’: Chaos grips Caribbean islands days after Irma’s rampage https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/11/hurricane-irma-caribbean-islands-evacuation?CMP=share_btn_tw

“People are reluctant to leave their homes unless they can bring the family dog or cat with them” https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/0910/For-those-fleeing-Irma-relief-gratitude-and-sometimes-guilt

Whether to evacuate the public or advise them to shelter in place? http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/commentary/rethinking-disaster-evacuation/

Four Storm Surges in One Storm: Perspective on Irma’s Wild Coastal Floods http://wxshift.com/news/blog/irmas-wild-coastal-floods-storm-surge

Vulnerable Communities Lose Critical Documentation in Natural Disasters’ Wake https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/09/how-id-laws-disenfranchise-voters-in-the-wake-of-a-hurricane/538512/?utm_source=SFTwitter

6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events https://theconversation.com/6-rules-for-rebuilding-infrastructure-in-an-era-of-unprecedented-weather-events-83129?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted, Testing Shows https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/health/houston-flood-contamination.html

New Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner announced http://avbfb.org.au/new-fire-and-emergency-services-commissioner-announced/

8 die at Florida nursing home in Irma’s sweltering aftermath https://apnews.com/b01d27a86b644196ba7081f72eed88d8?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Harvey and Irma take a huge bite out of the U.S. economy http://grist.org/briefly/harvey-and-irma-take-a-huge-bite-out-of-the-u-s-economy/

Mexico City is one of the few lucky places to have a public earthquake warning system https://www.wired.com/story/mexico-city-earthquake-alert/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

Disaster response and recovery in Bangladesh and Nepal https://medium.com/creating-opportunity/southasiadisasterrecovery-e69289233865

Getting power back to millions in Florida won’t be easy https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/11/sustainability/getting-power-back-millions-florida-wont-be-easy

Why disaster recovery is a long, slow process https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/07/world/why-disaster-recovery-long-slow-process

Incredible satellite photos show Florida and the Caribbean before and after Irma battered the regions http://www.businessinsider.com/irma-damage-satellite-images-of-florida-and-the-caribbean-2017-9/?r=AU&IR=T

Texas has launched aerial attacks on mosquitoes after floods http://www.businessinsider.com/r-texas-calls-in-us-air-force-to-counter-post-storm-surge-in-mosquitoes-2017-9?IR=T

The Virgin Islands, After Irma: ‘It Was Like Stepping Onto Another Planet’ http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/14/550940009/the-virgin-islands-after-irma-it-was-like-stepping-onto-another-planet

Tech companies are redefining how we respond to natural disasters—in a good way https://qz.com/1075435/tech-companies-are-redefining-how-we-respond-to-natural-disasters-in-a-good-way/?utm_content=bufferf2fc5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Why Did Hurricane Irma Leave so Many People in the Dark? http://blog.ucsusa.org/julie-mcnamara/hurricane-irma-power-outage?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw

Nepal’s Flood Recovery Set to Exclude the Most Marginalised https://thewire.in/177243/nepal-flood-recovery-tenant-farmers/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating contested geoscience to the public: Moving from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’ http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825217301125

Five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/09/11/how-people-approach-facts-and-information/

Make a Plan https://happens.nz/make-a-plan/

New RFS Bushfire Plan http://www.myfireplan.com.au/

A Scholar Looks at History to Chart a New Narrative on Natural Disasters http://www.wnyc.org/story/scholar-looks-history-chart-narrative-natural-disasters/?hootPostID=ab42659839ea26c5a6b474c120759b87

Models of community engagement https://participation.cymru/en/resources/community-engagement-models/

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/I-downloaded-an-app-And-suddenly-I-was-talking-12172506.php

Progress in emergency communications since Katrina https://www.wired.com/story/harvey-shows-progress-on-emergency-communications-since-katrina/

Public libraries can (literally) serve as a shelter from the storm https://theconversation.com/public-libraries-can-literally-serve-as-a-shelter-from-the-storm-83070?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR http://www.placard-network.eu/using-narratives-to-help-integrate-cca-drr/

Community Wildfire Resilience Workshop Gets Rave Reviews — Key Ingredients https://fireadaptednetwork.org/community-wildfire-resilience-workshop/

UK flood information service https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies http://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba

 

Social media and emergency management

Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit https://theconversation.com/why-social-media-apps-should-be-in-your-disaster-kit-83743

Open data and social networks like Snapchat and Facebook have helped FEMA react more quickly and effectively https://www.fastcompany.com/40459641/from-katrina-to-harvey-how-disaster-relief-is-evolving-with-technology

When calling 911 failed, stranded Houstonians turned to Twitter and Facebook http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/harvey-social-media_us_59a47f42e4b050afa90c1049

Social media reaches 3 billion users globally, says new report http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/3-billion-global-social-media-users/#XLHQ1M1amaqI

 

Disaster psychology

How much trauma has Hurricane Irma caused? http://thewire.org.au/story/after-hurricane-irma-then-what/

The mental health impact of major disasters like Harvey and Irma https://theconversation.com/the-mental-health-impact-of-major-disasters-like-harvey-and-irma-83764

New research shows the role of emotions in reactions to disasters https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201709/what-does-it-take-survive-emotionally-after-disaster

In Houston, Children Are Likely To Experience Trauma From Hurricane Harvey http://www.npr.org/2017/09/11/550218492/in-houston-children-are-likely-to-experience-trauma-from-hurricane-harvey

 

Sociology and Disasters

‘This is human kindness’: Hurricane Katrina survivors help Houston after Harvey https://www.today.com/parents/katrina-survivors-helping-houston-after-hurricane-harvey-t116108

Florida coasts and flood-prone areas are home to many people who are particularly vulnerable in storms https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/irma-is-bearing-down-on-some-of-floridas-most-vulnerable-residents/?ex_cid=story-twitter

Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin https://apnews.com/6150ee8349fe4cb78a5293b82cf68de9

“Disasters tend to worsen the already present inequalities in their paths. Irma is no different.” https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/09/the-poor-in-irmas-path/539412/?utm_source=nl__link4_091217&silverid=MzEwMTkxMTQyOTAxS0

Neighbors helping neighbors: the power of community preparedness revealed during Harvey, Irma, wildfires https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2017/09/12/neighbors-helping-neighbors-the-power-of-community-preparedness-revealed-during-harvey-irma-wildfires

Role of Social Capital in Emergency Preparedness https://medium.com/the-community-engager/neighborfest-fc6fcd90f6b8

India’s floods expose poor countries’ total vulnerability to climate change http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/09/01/indias-floods-expose-total-vulnerability-climate-change/

Why Every Hurricane Should Be Named “Jim” https://theleap.org/portfolio-items/why-every-hurricane-should-be-named-jim/

 

September 2017 edition of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) newsletter http://www.tiems.info/images/pdfs/TIEMS-2017-Newsletter-Septemberver1.pdf

 

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