Today in disaster resilience (15 September 2017)


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

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

Sheveluch erupts ash up to 8.5 km a.s.l., Klyuchevskoy alert level raised, Russia

Death Toll From Hurricane Irma Climbs in Caribbean as Jose Approaches

Mexican earthquake death toll reaches 90 as food supplies fly in

Hurricane Irma: Where it is now and what we know

Shorelines drained in eerie effect of Hurricane Irma

Niger floods threaten neighboring west African countries

Tropical Depression “Maring” to make landfall over Quezon-Aurora area, Philippines

116 wildfires burning in the US

Hundreds evacuated in Swiss Alps over Trift glacier avalanche threat

Assam floods worsen

Croatia – Floods in Zadar After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Hurricane Irma Causes Major Flooding in Northern Florida

No Rest for the Hurricane-Weary: Jose a Potential East Coast Threat

Area sees ‘incredible’ flooding as Irma pounds Charleston, coastal South Carolina

At least three dead, six missing, as storm hits Philippines

Two Cyclones Stir Up Asian Waters

Tropical Storm “Max” forms, about to hit Mexican state of Guerrero

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Sep 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch

Bangladesh: where the rain keeps coming

Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds causing power cuts and travel chaos

Severe windstorm hits Germany, killing at least 3

Tropical Storm “Doksuri” intensifying, landfall expected in northern Vietnam

Bangladesh devastated in 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?

Hurricane Harvey shows lack of awareness of flood risk

In Houston, a Terrifying Real-Life Lesson for Disaster-Prone Cities

Houston: boom town, flood town

Floodplains in California’s future

Floodplains: Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services

Scientists say nation must choose: Planned fires or more unchecked wildfires?

Kaikoura quake triggered Hawke’s Bay slow slips – study

What distance into fuel treatments fire needs to travel before fire severity is diminished?

As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies

Seismologists hope to create earthquake forecasts for California, using small temblors to warn of big ones

In 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

NASA researcher says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters

Hurricane Harvey Caused 500,000-Year Floods in Some Areas

Harvey and Irma’s lasting lesson — America needs stronger flood policies

Building codes pay for themselves in disaster-prone regions

Africa Hydromet Forum: Improving climate and weather forecasting to build disaster resilience

Where will future hurricanes make landfall? Scientists in Boulder are circling closer to the answer

More damaging wildfires in USA and Canada

How to Build Hurricane-Proof Cities

Floods May Cost South Asia $215 Billion a Year by 2030

Earthquake forecasting during the complex Amatrice-Norcia seismic sequence

Encouraging rebuilding in areas where homes and businesses probably shouldn’t have been built in the first place

How will you choose what flood events to model?

Harvey and Irma should change the way the U.S. deals with catastrophic storms

Some investors bet big against disasters

Hurricane Irma broke a bunch of meteorological records

These images provide valuable information about the movement of water across the floodplain

Mumbai floods: what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development

Mexico steps up to unique triple disaster threat

Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities

Abandon Florida? Not quite. But it’s time for a retreat from flood zones.

How to implement the strategy of managed retreat


Emergency Management

Harvey delivered wide-spread 25,000-year rains over a 120-hour period

Destructive Hurricanes Harvey and Irma May Wipe Out 100,000 Jobs: Goldman Sachs

Hurricane Irma highlights the great divide in disaster vulnerability

FEMA could run out of cash this weekend

Are this year’s violent, massive storms going to be the trigger for violent social unrest?

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

“People are reluctant to leave their homes unless they can bring the family dog or cat with them”

Whether to evacuate the public or advise them to shelter in place?

Four Storm Surges in One Storm: Perspective on Irma’s Wild Coastal Floods

Vulnerable Communities Lose Critical Documentation in Natural Disasters’ Wake

6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted, Testing Shows

New Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner announced

8 die at Florida nursing home in Irma’s sweltering aftermath

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

Disaster response and recovery in Bangladesh and Nepal

Getting power back to millions in Florida won’t be easy

Why disaster recovery is a long, slow process

Incredible satellite photos show Florida and the Caribbean before and after Irma battered the regions

Texas has launched aerial attacks on mosquitoes after floods

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

Why Did Hurricane Irma Leave so Many People in the Dark?

Nepal’s Flood Recovery Set to Exclude the Most Marginalised


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating contested geoscience to the public: Moving from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’

Five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information

Make a Plan

New RFS Bushfire Plan

A Scholar Looks at History to Chart a New Narrative on Natural Disasters

Models of community engagement

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy

Progress in emergency communications since Katrina

Public libraries can (literally) serve as a shelter from the storm

Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR

Community Wildfire Resilience Workshop Gets Rave Reviews — Key Ingredients

UK flood information service

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies


Social media and emergency management

Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit

Open data and social networks like Snapchat and Facebook have helped FEMA react more quickly and effectively

When calling 911 failed, stranded Houstonians turned to Twitter and Facebook

Social media reaches 3 billion users globally, says new report


Disaster psychology

How much trauma has Hurricane Irma caused?

The mental health impact of major disasters like Harvey and Irma

New research shows the role of emotions in reactions to disasters

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

Florida coasts and flood-prone areas are home to many people who are particularly vulnerable in storms

Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin

“Disasters tend to worsen the already present inequalities in their paths. Irma is no different.”

Neighbors helping neighbors: the power of community preparedness revealed during Harvey, Irma, wildfires

Role of Social Capital in Emergency Preparedness

India’s floods expose poor countries’ total vulnerability to climate change

Why Every Hurricane Should Be Named “Jim”


September 2017 edition of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) newsletter



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