Today in disaster resilience (22 September 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

The Latest: Thousands Told to Evacuate as Fla. River Floods https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2017-09-16/the-latest-keys-slowly-reopen-to-residents-business-owners

UK threat level raised to ‘critical’ after homemade bomb wounds 29 on London subway http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-london-subway-explosion-20170915-story.html

Bihar’s scary new flood http://www.hindustantimes.com/interactives/bihar-floods-2017/

Maria rapidly intensifying, about to slam into Leeward Islands as a major hurricane https://watchers.news/2017/09/18/hurricane-maria-forecast-track-leeward-islands-puerto-rico/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Under construction Nam Ao dam bursts, causing severe flash flooding, Laos https://watchers.news/2017/09/18/nam-ao-dam-burst-laos/

Severe storm kills 8, injures at least 140 in western Romania https://watchers.news/2017/09/18/severe-storm-kills-8-injures-at-least-140-in-western-romania/

Alert level raised for Agung volcano, site of one of the largest eruptions of 20th century https://watchers.news/2017/09/15/agung-volcano-alert-level-raised/

Typhoon Doksuri – Death Toll Rises in Vietnam, Flooding Hits Northern Thailand http://floodlist.com/asia/typhoon-doksuri-vietnam-thailand-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

56 dead, 200 000 homeless and 11 000 homes destroyed as floods ravage Niger https://watchers.news/2017/09/19/niger-floods-damage-casualties-2017/

Floods hit Penal, Siparia, Cedros http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-09-19/floods-hit-penal-siparia-cedros

At least 217 dead after powerful quake hits Mexico – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/20/mexico-city-earthquake-dozens-dead-powerful-quake-live-updates

Total devastation in Puerto Rico as Maria hits http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/20/americas/hurricane-maria-caribbean-islands/index.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Agung, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65240/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Sep-2017-Dukono-volcano-Agung-Reventador-Sangay-Sabancaya.html

Tropical Storm Watch In Effect For Suffolk County As Jose Expected To Bring Coastal Flooding http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/09/19/hurricane-jose-long-island/

Active volcanoes in the world: September 13 – 19, 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/09/21/active-volcanoes-in-the-world/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mumbai inundated after more than a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2017/09/21/mumbai-flood-india-september-2017/

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2017/09/20/vanuatu-earthquake-september-20-2017/

Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic after cutting off power to Puerto Rico; at least 19 killed http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-22/maria-lashes-dominican-republic-after-hammering-puerto-rico/8973198

Maria Back Over Water After Devastating Hit to Puerto Rico https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/maria-back-over-water-after-devastating-hit-puerto-rico

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Deadly Floods in North Kivu Province http://floodlist.com/africa/democratic-republic-congo-floods-north-kivu-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Poland – Floods in Elblag After 80mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/poland-floods-elblag-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wellington region to band together to tackle climate change https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/96927694/wellington-region-to-band-together-to-tackle-climate-change

Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5C https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo3031.epdf

Earth Has its Third Warmest August on Record in 2017 https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/earth-has-its-third-warmest-august-record-2017?__prclt=fmEhRO86

Extreme Weather: What’s Climate Change Got to Do With It? http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/extreme-weather-whats-climate-change-got-do-it

How Members of Parliament understand and respond to climate change http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0038026117731658

Climate Change made Australia’s warmest winter on record an astounding 60 times more likely http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/2017-weird-winter

Paris Agreement 1.5 °C warming target still possible https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/paris-agreement-1.5-c-warming-target-still-possible

Smoking gun demands grilling for Bureau of Meteorology http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/smoking-gun-demands-grilling-for-bureau-of-meteorology/news-story/ee3d67fca999ec7e176765eea18f100a

Do Hurricanes Feel the Effects of Climate Change? http://floodlist.com/climate/do-hurricanes-feel-the-effects-of-climate-change?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A new action plan shows how we can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 https://medium.com/natural-resources-defense-council/this-is-how-we-can-avoid-climate-catastrophe-a1600fb99c9e

Australia’s southern winters are drying out. Here’s why http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-20/winter-getting-drier-in-southern-australia-heres-why/8956754

Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rain, warmth for Alaska by end of century https://www.arcticnow.com/science/2017/09/19/study-unprecedented-rain-warmth-for-alaska-by-end-of-century/

Pathways into the unknown: Can your community cope with rising tides? http://ozewex.org/pathways-into-the-unknown-can-your-community-cope-with-rising-tides/

Climate Change and the Syrian Civil War http://politicalviolenceataglance.org/2017/09/19/climate-change-and-the-syrian-civil-war/

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-a-stunning-turnaround-britain-moves-to-end-the-burning-of-coal

UNDP Climate Change Adaptation http://www.adaptation-undp.org/Impact1/

Are the models “running too hot”? https://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/2017/are-the-models-running-too-hot/

Women’s leadership can strengthen resilience to climate change https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/09/20/don-t-ignore-one-group-can-make-climate-action-happen

Fire and Climate – A Collection of Articles http://ow.ly/d/6NuS

Researchers take on atmospheric effects of Arctic snowmelt http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2017/09/19/researchers-take-atmospheric-effects-arctic-snowmelt/

Mapping vulnerability to heatwaves in India https://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/record/15867?platform=hootsuite

Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected … and feared http://grist.org/article/harvey-irma-maria-this-is-the-hurricane-season-scientists-expected-and-feared/

Sea-level rise: No chaos in the satellite-data record https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v549/n7672/full/549334d.html

Climate Change Is Already Making People Sicker http://time.com/4949720/climate-change-united-nations/

Is our media covering climate change well? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11924662

Groningen and Rotterdam will accommodate Global Climate Adaptation Centre https://www.gceca.org/news/889296.aspx?t=Groningen+and+Rotterdam+will+accommodate+Global+Climate+Adaptation+Centre

The island people with a climate change escape plan http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41337815

 

Disaster risk reduction

Experts say repeatedly flooded homes should be purchased and razed, but funds for buyouts are lacking and residents push back https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-house-22-floods-repeated-claims-drain-federal-insurance-program-1505467830

What have we learned from disasters so far? https://www.zilient.org/article/what-have-we-learned-disasters-so-far?

Pickering leaky dams flood prevention scheme ‘a success’ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-36029197

For More Resilient Cities, Stop Trying To Conquer Nature http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-suzuki/for-more-resilient-cities-stop-trying-to-conquer-nature_a_23198021/

Disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes result from a combination of natural hazards and social and human vulnerability https://www.opendemocracy.net/ksenia-chmutina-jason-von-meding-jc-gaillard-lee-bosher/why-natural-disasters-arent-all-that-natural

Rapid development in Penang root cause of massive flash floods https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/280163/rapid-development-penang-root-cause-massive-flash-floods

The Elderly Are at Risk in Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-elderly-are-at-risk-in-disasters.html

iSciences World Waterwatch List August 2017 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2017/8/3/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-august-2017

Study Finds FEMA Flood Maps Missed 75% Of Houston Flood Damage Claims Between 1999 And 2009 https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/09/18/fema-flood-maps-missed-claims-harvey-houston/#66526f3f9938

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/07/americans-online-news-use-vs-tv-news-use/

China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/17/asia/china-sponge-cities/index.html?sr=twCNN091817china-sponge-cities0946AMStoryGal

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake part 3: the Leader 220 landslide http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/09/17/leader-220-landslide/

Influence of road conditions on flood fatalities in Australia http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-3923

Flood Protection for Cities Needed Now https://sourceable.net/flood-protection-for-cities-needed-now/

Automated water gauges have substantially improved the responsiveness of Cambodia’s Early Warning System to floods https://www.clovekvtisni.cz/en/what-we-do/humanitarian-aid-and-development/cambodia/automated-water-gauges-increasing-the-responsiveness-of-the-early-warning-system-4545gp

Strengthening Infrastructure in Tajikistan for Disaster and Climate Resilience http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/09/04/strengthening-infrastructure-in-tajikistan-for-disaster-and-climate-resilience

Building the resilience of Manila’s slums https://medium.com/protection-and-aid/building-the-resilience-of-manilas-slums-cffba3a549d7

The National Risk Register 2017 explains the risks of major emergencies that could affect the UK in the next five years and provides resilience advice and guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-risk-register-of-civil-emergencies-2017-edition

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake Part 4: partially failed slopes http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/09/18/partially-failed-slopes/

Nature isn’t on a rampage. That would be us. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-barnett-rain-harvey-irma-monster-20170910-story.html

Bushfire vulnerability through a gendered lens http://www.uow.edu.au/research/partnersforimpact/UOW236812.html

Assessing Flood Risk: New Foresight Tool at Cutting-Edge of Mitigation Efforts https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/17/1111/2017/

Austria’s mighty mobile flood walls can hold back 15 ft of floodwater http://www.ntd.tv/inspiring/life/austrias-mighty-mobile-flood-walls-can-hold-back-15-ft-of-floodwater-an-ingenious-initiative.html

Transforming Development and Disaster Risk https://www.sei-international.org/transforming-development-and-disaster-risk

How GIS Can Help Communities Prepare for Disaster http://www.govtech.com/data/How-GIS-Can-Help-Communities-Prepare-for-Disaster.html

Why Mexico City is so vulnerable to earthquakes http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/20/opinions/what-made-mexico-shake-vidale/index.html

Houston’s Anything-Goes Business Model Under Siege After Harvey https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-14/houston-s-anything-goes-business-model-under-siege-after-harvey

Australia relies on data from Earth observation satellites, but our access is high risk https://theconversation.com/australia-relies-on-data-from-earth-observation-satellites-but-our-access-is-high-risk-82985

Disaster prevention efforts must be refocused http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2017/09/21/2003678833?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

TRL study reveals global warming is contributing to an increased threat of disruptive flooding on coastal roads around the UK https://environmentalengineering.org.uk/news/coastal-road-flooding-risk-study-reveals-risk-6031/

Cities urged to invest in flood protection now for a safer, cheaper future https://uk.reuters.com/article/global-floods-infrastructure/analysis-cities-urged-to-invest-in-flood-protection-now-for-a-safer-cheaper-future-idUKL8N1LO5S2

Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/7/3/88

Are we spending enough on disaster preparation? https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/15/life/are-we-spending-enough-disaster-preparation

Who is responsible for hurricane damage? http://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-responsible-for-hurricane-harvey-irma-damage-2017-9?IR=T

Predicting disaster: better hurricane forecasts buy vital time for residents https://theconversation.com/predicting-disaster-better-hurricane-forecasts-buy-vital-time-for-residents-83810

Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake https://www.elsevier.com/books/impacts-and-insights-of-the-gorkha-earthquake/gautam/978-0-12-812808-4

The hidden simplicity of subduction megathrust earthquakes http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6357/1277

Leeds flood defence plans on show https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leeds-flood-defence-plans-on-show

Flooding: Over 3000 Communities In Niger In Danger http://www.thedreamdaily.com/flooding-3000-communities-niger-danger/

Hurricane Harvey Highlights Importance of Preparing for Storms http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/09/21/hurricane-harvey-highlights-importance-of-preparing-for-storms

Are Mexico’s two major earthquakes related, and what could happen next? http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/are-mexicos-two-major-earthquakes-related-and-what-could-happen-next-5149/

 

Emergency Management

The ability of some residences and businesses to stay functioning during Irma as the power went out https://www.fastcompany.com/40467003/during-irmas-power-outages-some-houses-kept-the-lights-on-with-solar-and-batteries

Harvey’s Poorest Victims Will Never Rebuild. They’re Getting Evicted http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/09/harveys-poorest-victims-will-never-rebuild-theyre-getting-evicted/

Floods class action against Qld government delayed until December https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/class-action-against-queensland-government-delayed-until-december-2017-20170917-p4yvyh.html

Low-Income Communities Were The Hardest Hit By Hurricane Harvey https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/14/low-income-communities-hardest-hit-hurricane-harvey/

What Makes Displacement Different Today? http://100resilientcities.org/makes-displacement-different-today/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=blog

Storm Surge Prediction Tool Helps Emergency Managers Prepare https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/09/14/snapshot-storm-surge-prediction-tool-helps-emergency-managers#?platform=hootsuite

Barbuda begins difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Irma https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/09/18/barbuda-begins-difficult-road-recovery-after-hurricane-irma

It’s not just Texas and Florida: 50 million people worldwide faced floods in the past month https://qz.com/1075870/hurricanes-harvey-and-irma-south-asia-monsoons-and-phillippines-floods-photos-of-floods-around-the-world/

Florida recovers, rests, reflects in wake of Hurricane Irma http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/florida-recovers-rests-reflects-wake-hurricane-irma-49912866

The (Very) Long Tail Of Hurricane Recovery https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/sandy-311/

Corelogic estimates Hurricane Irma property damage at $42.5-$65 billion http://wsau.com/news/articles/2017/sep/19/corelogic-estimates-hurricane-irma-property-damage-at-425-65-billion/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters of 2017 https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/slideshows/10-of-the-deadliest-natural-disasters-of-2017

Scenes of Earthquake Damage from Mexico City Neighborhood Reveal City in Rescue Mode https://www.directrelief.org/2017/09/scenes-earthquake-damage-mexico-rescue/

London Fire Brigade firefighters will be able to use the F.I.R.E bags at the scenes of incidents, specifically high rises http://www.frmjournal.com/news/news_detail.lfb-launches-kit-bags-for-high-rise-scenarios.html?_tkn=4821E174-6C3E-4D47-9BEEC904EF64B27B

Digital disaster relief https://blog.scistarter.com/2017/09/digital-disaster-relief-crowdsourced-responses-hurricanes-earthquakes-floods-around-world/#sthash.RDYNVZn2.w8HJCQwb.dpbs

Another False Alarm: A Tale of Complacency http://www.samatters.com/another-false-alarm-a-tale-of-complacency/

A massive, simultaneous Earthquake and Flood simulation is currently underway in Lorca http://www.tumbit.com/news/articles/11984-earthquake-and-flood-simulation-underway-in-lorca.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

People tend to ignore low-probability risks. And some people think that they have flood insurance when they do not https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/09/why-houstonians-didnt-buy-flood-insurance.html

Pinhole Eyes And Fujiwhara Effect: The Strange Terminology Of Hurricane Maria https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2017/09/19/pinhole-eyes-and-fujiwhara-effect-the-strange-terminology-of-hurricane-maria/#49b94a4f66fa

Art4Climate http://ht.ly/ExDA30ffCt4

Hours after an earthquake drill, the real thing struck http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-city-earthquake-drill/index.html

Houston must listen to the advocates and experts who predicted the unpredictable http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/They-warned-us-but-few-listened-12181607.php

How to tell the stories of those worst affected by a disaster like Hurricane Irma https://theconversation.com/how-to-tell-the-stories-of-those-worst-affected-by-a-disaster-like-hurricane-irma-83832

Covering Hurricanes: Before, During and After the Storm https://dartcenter.org/content/covering-hurricanes-before-they-hit#.WcPMZ1hk85k.twitter

Survey: Science News and Information Today http://www.journalism.org/2017/09/20/science-news-and-information-today/

Earthquake preparedness education http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/earthquakes?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

 

Social media and emergency management

Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/facebook-centralizes-its-crisis-response-tools-in-a-new-hub-called-crisis-response/

Crowdsourcing platform for disaster management using social media tested https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/fort-lauderdale-tests-disaster-response-crowdsourcing

Before the Next Hurricane, Get Your Apps in Order http://capeandislands.org/post/next-hurricane-get-your-apps-order#stream/0

Two-thirds of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media http://www.journalism.org/2017/09/07/news-use-across-social-media-platforms-2017/

Many people living in Bihar floods took refuge in Facebook and WhatsApp, and connected with support groups https://yourstory.com/2017/09/whatsapp-facebook-bihar-floods/

 

Disaster psychology

Why we find it hard to imagine and plan for worst-case scenarios https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/life/why-we-find-it-hard-to-imagine-and-plan-for-worst-case-scenarios/article36270627/

Hurricane Irma’s mental health impact will linger long after the damage is repaired http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2017/09/17/hurricane-irmas-mental-health-impact-linger-long-after-damage-repaired/666742001/

Disaster-proof: why some stay put during natural catastrophes http://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2017/09/disaster-proof-why-some-stay-put-during-natural-catastrophes

MU researchers develop framework for assisting domestic violence victims in disasters http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2017/9/12/mu-researchers-develop-framework-assisting-domesti/

Surviving A Big Storm Doesn’t Mean The Trauma Is Over https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/surviving-a-big-storm-doesnt-mean-the-trauma-is-over/?ex_cid=story-twitter

Using Data and Services to Meet the Disaster Mental Health Needs of Youth and Families: A Planning and Resource Guide http://dcc.missouri.edu/doc/needs-of-youth_family-in-disaster_final.pdf?platform=hootsuite

To maintain our capacity to address climate change, we need to recognize and address the trauma it creates https://ensia.com/voices/climate-trauma/

Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39448-learning-to-see-in-the-dark-amid-catastrophe-an-interview-with-deep-ecologist-joanna-macy

 

Sociology and Disasters

Check on your neighbours when natural disasters strike http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/bushfire-escape-prompts-plea-to-prepare/news-story/95cb8cc85054ab29d841059072a579eb

Each big catastrophe like a hurricane increases a U.S. county’s poverty by 1 percent, 90 years of data show https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/natural-disasters-by-location-rich-leave-and-poor-get-poorer/

 

TIEMS 2017 Annual Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine http://www.tiems.info/index.php/activities-events/current-events/2017-annual-meeting

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I write non-fiction about disaster management and resilience. I also write fiction including poems and short stories.

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