Today in disaster resilience (29 September 2017)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico’s misery after hurricane http://news.trust.org/item/20170923100208-p6xr1/

Tens of thousands flee rumbling Bali volcano https://www.yahoo.com/news/tens-thousands-flee-rumbling-bali-volcano-063847385.html

New magnitude-6.2 tremor shakes jittery Mexico http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-24/new-magnitude-6.2-earthquake-shakes-jittery-mexico/8978348?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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

World weatherwatch: hurricanes, wildfires – and early snow https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/sep/24/world-weatherwatch-hurricanes-wildfires-and-early-snow?CMP=share_btn_tw

Flood sacks Cross River communities http://punchng.com/flood-sacks-cross-river-communities/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hurricane Maria Causes Damaging Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic http://floodlist.com/america/caribbean-hurricane-maria-floods-haiti-dominican-republic-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Engineers inspecting Puerto Rico’s cracked dam that could ‘collapse at any minute’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/puerto-rico-guajataca-dam-hurricane-maria-1.4304878?platform=hootsuite

Over 8 000 people evacuated around Aoba (Ambae) volcano, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2017/09/26/aoba-ambae-volcano-eruption-vanuatu/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Canyon Fire rapidly grows to 2 500 acres, 500 homes evacuated, California https://watchers.news/2017/09/27/canyon-fire-california/

Rumbling volcanoes in Indonesia and Vanuatu http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2017/09/27/agung-ambae-rainier-rumbling/

Three volcanoes around Pacific Rim on brink of major eruptions https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/97323957/three-volcanoes-around-pacific-rim-on-brink-of-major-eruptions

Maria, again a hurricane, swirls over North Carolina beaches http://www.fox13memphis.com/news/north-carolina-latest-to-suffer-in-2017-hurricane-season/615487291?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Brutal flash floods, landslides hit Turkey, at least one fatality reported https://watchers.news/2017/09/28/flash-flood-cayeli-rize-turkey/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Understanding impacts and adaptation to high-end climate scenarios in Europe https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3210&utm_content=bufferb6a22&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

When will humans be horrified by climate change? When the media give it the coverage it deserves http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-climate-change-brains-media-20170922-story.html

Australia’s east coast sweats under unusual spring heat wave https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/australias-east-coast-sweats-under-unusual-spring-heat-wave

Trump laments string of warming-fueled superstorms: “It’s just one after another” https://thinkprogress.org/trump-one-after-another-hurricanes-50c288af4ea6/

What real action on climate change looks like http://news.trust.org/item/20170922090437-yd2un/

Australia failing to meet Paris targets and more renewables needed, report says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/25/australia-failing-to-meet-paris-targets-and-more-renewables-needed-report-says?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

How 73 cities are using innovative climate action to ‘future-proof’ themselves http://citiscope.org/story/2017/how-73-cities-are-using-innovative-climate-action-future-proof-themselves

Climate change is shifting when Europe’s rivers flood https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-shifting-when-europes-rivers-flood

Portuguese children to crowdfund European climate change case https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/25/portuguese-children-crowdfund-european-climate-change-case-sue-47-countries

A Caribbean leader calls for action on climate change https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/eden-is-broken-a-caribbean-leader-calls-for-action-on-climate-change

Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes https://headwaterseconomics.org/wp-content/uploads/Adapt_To_More_Wildfire.pdf

Water Stress is Driving Conflict and Migration. How Should the Global Community Respond? http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/water-stress-driving-conflict-and-migration-how-should-global-community-respond

Climate Leadership Conference https://www.climateleadership.com.au/so/0LwspJ9J?cid=169b9ac4-a0a1-425f-8c82-d01cc65a9051&region=be86293e-3a12-490b-d165-9bd3dc41ebaf#/main

‘Attacked from two sides’: Antarctic sea ice hits another record low http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/attacked-from-two-sides-antarctic-sea-ice-hits-another-record-low-20170926-gyouuc.html

New temperature records expected as NSW, Queensland brace for second spring heatwave http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-26/bom-records-will-fall-as-eastern-australia-braces-for-heatwave/8988650

Warm waters tripled the amount of ice lost in these Antarctic glaciers — and that’s bad for sea level rise https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16363158/antarctica-glaciers-melting-marguerite-bay-climate-change-warming-oceans

Ethiopia’s National Adaptation Plan http://napglobalnetwork.org/2017/09/national-sub-national-govts-collaborate-implement-ethiopias-nap/

Sunken continent Zealandia used to be closer to the surface, with a very different climate https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/97323821/sunken-continent-zealandia-used-to-be-closer-to-the-surface-with-a-very-different-climate

Right-wing media could not be more wrong about the 1.5°C carbon budget paper https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/sep/27/right-wing-media-could-not-be-more-wrong-about-the-15c-carbon-budget-paper?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Jamaican communities getting climate-smart to Climate Change http://www.jm.undp.org/content/jamaica/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/09/22/jamaican-communities-getting-climate-smart-to-climate-change.html

Lake Chad Basin: One long climate catastrophe http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/lake-chad-basin-long-climate-catastrophe-170923075220951.html

6 Early Lessons on Long-Term Climate Strategies http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/6-early-lessons-long-term-climate-strategies

Exposure to extreme heat and heatwaves is already a significant public health problem http://climatenexus.org/climate-issues/health/extreme-heat/?utm_content=buffer86b87&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate Change and surface flooding in Sierra Leone http://standardtimespress.org/?p=5374

Without action to tackle global warming, deadly summer temperatures of 40C in Europe could be normal by 2050 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/climate-change-made-lucifer-heatwave-far-more-likely-scientists-find?utm_content=buffer663a5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

One of the clearest signs of climate change in Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey was the rain https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/9/28/16362522/hurricane-maria-2017-irma-harvey-rain-flooding-climate-change

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Latest issue of Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/0/ja

Incentivising the public to help manage flooding in their gardens http://paper.li/slowtheflow_UK/1484420534?read=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birminghampost.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fnews-opinion%2Falister-scott-incentivising-public-help-6884844

Bushfire survivors in Adelaide Hills undertake ‘extreme’ rebuild of home complete with bunker http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-22/grand-design-inspired-adelaide-hills-bushfire-bunker/8966994

How Prepared Is The U.S. For Earthquakes? http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/552708118/how-prepared-is-the-u-s-for-earthquakes

What would an entirely flood-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/sep/25/what-flood-proof-city-china-dhaka-houston

Wildfire Experts’ Paper Informs Effective Policy https://headwaterseconomics.org/wildfire/insights/

How Damaging Would A Major Earthquake Be For San Francisco And Los Angeles? http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/09/19/major-earthquake-san-francisco-los-angeles

Terrorism: The Lessons of Barcelona http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/09/19/terrorism-the-lessons-of-barcelona/

Fighting Central Oregon Wildfire with Fire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fighting-central-oregon-wildfire-fire/

Past could be key to forecasting future quakes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11926277

£300,000 to be spent on detailed study as Smallfield is revealed to be at high risk of flooding http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/300000-spent-detailed-study-smallfield-13657338

Extreme weather to cost UK billions and leave 2.5m homes at risk of flooding unless ministers take action http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-global-warming-extreme-weather-flooding-homes-drought-uk-economy-a7964851.html

The flood resilient home https://makewealthhistory.org/2017/09/22/building-of-the-week-the-flood-resilient-home/

Are Catastrophic Disasters Striking More Often? https://futurism.com/are-catastrophic-disasters-striking-more-often/

Report on the workshop for the participatory evaluation of earthquake risk and resilience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/55006

A Slow, Weak, and Wet Typhoon Wreaked Havoc in Japan 70 Years Ago http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/A-Slow,-Weak,-and-Wet-Typhoon-Wreaked-Havoc-in-Japan-70-Years-Ago/

Arsonists on NSW north coast in sights of Forestry Corporation http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-25/arsonists-on-nsw-north-coast-in-the-sights-of-forestry-corp/8984244

The BGS coastal vulnerability dataset combines multi-hazards within the coastal zone of England and Wales http://www.bgs.ac.uk/products/geohazards/coastalVulnerability.html

Flooding: NEMA urges Imo Govt to demolish houses on waterways https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/flooding-nema-urges-imo-govt-demolish-houses-waterways/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Where will the deadly floods strike next? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41384689

All-In-One Structure Solves Flooding, Parking and the Lack of Green Space in Cities http://www.archdaily.com/880164/all-in-one-structure-solves-flooding-parking-and-the-lack-of-green-space-in-cities

Standard would help enhance flood resilience of new communities: report https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/standard-help-enhance-flood-resilience-new-communities-report-1004121041/

Free Special Issue: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1539-6924/homepage/special_issue__preparing_for__responding_to__and_recovering_from_hurricane_flood.htm?elq_mid=21423&elq_cid=2250727

As communities rebuild after hurricanes, study shows wetlands can significantly reduce property damage https://theconversation.com/as-communities-rebuild-after-hurricanes-study-shows-wetlands-can-significantly-reduce-property-damage-83935?utm_content=buffere00d2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Leveraging new technology to enable better flood predictions http://paper.li/slowtheflow_UK/1484420534?read=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ambiental.co.uk%2Fflood-alerting-and-monitoring-solutions-for-emergency-responders%2F

The Next Paradigm Shift: From ‘Disaster Risk Reduction’ to ‘Resisting Disaster Risk Creation’ http://www.aaroncg.me/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LAVELL-AND-WISNER-2017-DRRRDRC.pdf

Western senators push wildfire legislation after most expensive firefighting season on record http://www.kivitv.com/news/western-senators-push-wildfire-legislation-after-most-expensive-firefighting-season-on-record

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia https://theconversation.com/explorers-probe-hidden-continent-of-zealandia-83406

Malaysia’s new flood mitigation measures http://www.intellasia.net/expert-gives-thumbs-up-to-malaysias-flood-mitigation-measures-623316

Massive Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami Expected by the End of 2017? http://www.snopes.com/indian-ocean-earthquake-tsunami-prediction-2017/

Methods for Measuring Impact of Malaria Control Efforts on Child Deaths https://www.measureevaluation.org/news/methods-for-measuring-impact-of-malaria-control-efforts-on-child-deaths

Building the first Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/building-first-global-hydrological-status-and-outlook-system

Remote-Sensing Streamflow Radar Provides Advance Warning for Flooding https://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/09/remote-sensing-streamflow-radar-provides-advance-warning-flooding

How engineering earthquake-proof buildings could save lives http://www.businessinsider.com/earthquake-proof-buildings-are-they-safe-2017-9?IR=T

How We Can Stop Earthquakes From Killing People Before They Even Hit http://time.com/4955836/earthquake-risk-damage-technology/

 

Emergency Management

 

How Cuba and Puerto Rico responded to their hurricanes http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41371793

Japan, Catfish, and the Need for Disaster Preparedness https://medium.com/@robintlewis/japan-catfish-and-the-need-for-disaster-preparedness-3c9bcb8ed580

Australian civilian hospital nurses’ lived experience of a disaster http://www.jamieranse.com/2017/09/phd.html

Never Let a Disaster Recovery Go to Waste https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Never-Let-a-Disaster-Recovery-Go-to-Waste?gko=74cfb

Local Emergency Management Guidelines for Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in NSW http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/projects/Emergency%20Preparedness_brochure_August2017_WEB_ACCESS.pdf

Maria has plunged Puerto Rico into a humanitarian emergency http://grist.org/article/maria-has-plunged-puerto-rico-into-a-humanitarian-emergency/

What does it mean for a hospital to be ready for disaster? https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/what-does-it-mean-for-a-hospital-to-be-ready-for-disaster/505573/

Forest Service Wildland Fire Suppression Costs Exceed $2 Billion https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2017/09/14/forest-service-wildland-fire-suppression-costs-exceed-2-billion

Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Devastated Electricity System http://blog.ucsusa.org/juan-declet-barreto/rebuilding-puerto-ricos-devastated-electricity-system#.Wck2wIGYQtE.twitter

Government comes in for criticism ‘belated’ response to Donegal floods http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/forestry-enviro/government-comes-in-for-criticism-belated-response-to-donegal-floods-36170321.html

In Puerto Rico, another desperate plea for help http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-help-243133

Massive landfills on Caribbean islands were already poisoning the nearby soil. Hurricanes Maria and Irma likely just made them worse, experts say https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhisubbaraman/hurricanes-environment-landfills

It’s important to keep tourism afloat in areas that experience natural disasters https://theconversation.com/its-important-to-keep-tourism-afloat-in-areas-that-experience-natural-disasters-84461?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Disaster recovery and property restoration is a growth industry https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/26/investors-start-cleaning-up-with-disaster-recovery-boom.html

Amateur Radio’s Force of Fifty Answers the Red Cross Call in Puerto Rico http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-s-force-of-fifty-answers-the-red-cross-call-in-puerto-rico

A post-disaster map of Caribbean politics and aid status https://www.irinnews.org/feature/2017/09/27/post-disaster-map-caribbean-politics-and-aid-status?123

3 storms, 3 responses: Comparing Harvey, Irma and Maria http://www.newschannel5.com/news/national/3-storms-3-responses-comparing-harvey-irma-and-maria-1?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Puerto Rico’s Biggest Airport Becomes a Refugee Camp http://www.thedailybeast.com/puerto-ricos-biggest-airport-becomes-a-refugee-camp?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The National Weather Service’s hurricane updates are getting increasingly bizarre as more and more storms hit https://www.businessinsider.com.au/national-weather-service-bizarre-hurricane-update-2017-9?r=UK&IR=T

Drone captures Maria’s devastation https://www.wired.com/story/photo-of-the-week-drone-captures-hurricane-marias-devastation-in-puerto-rico/

How organizations prepare for natural disasters https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/20/life/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-medical-aid-disaster

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/sep/26/puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-in-pictures

People in Puerto Rico describe devastation after 6 days without basic resources: ‘The people that are outside know more than the people that are there’ https://www.businessinsider.com.au/puerto-rico-people-conditions-days-no-power-water-hurricane-maria-2017-9?r=US&IR=T

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery brutal – here’s why https://theconversation.com/puerto-ricos-bankruptcy-will-make-hurricane-recovery-brutal-heres-why-84559

Storm Claims Could Top $100 Billion; for Puerto Rico, ‘Maria Changes Everything’ http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Storm-Claims-Could-Top-100-Billion-for-Puerto-Rico-Maria-Changes-Everything.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The ‘miracle of Kamaishi’ : How 3,000 students survived 3/11 http://mnj.gov-online.go.jp/kamaishi.html

Students help map crisis response https://news.northeastern.edu/2017/09/after-recent-disasters-northeastern-students-faculty-help-map-crisis-response/

News gathering during natural disasters http://spacenews.com/news-gathering-during-natural-disasters/

Remembering the Past, Anticipating the Future: Community Learning and Adaptation Discourse in Media Commemorations of Catastrophic Wildfires in Colorado http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17524032.2017.1371053

Teaching tools to learn more about wildfire safety http://firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/teaching-tools.aspx?order_src=C365

[infographic] Disaster Preparedness and Prevention http://www.aidforum.org/infographic/infographic-disaster-preparedness-and-prevention

Assessing Flooding and Hydrodynamics for Community Revitalization http://thrivingearthexchange.org/project/connellsville-pa/

A Puerto Rican on the mainland: What you can learn from a disaster (when you are lucky not to actually be in one) https://medium.com/@tmunozerickson/a-puerto-rican-on-the-mainland-what-you-can-learn-from-a-disaster-when-you-are-lucky-not-to-29ca10138341

Using social capital formation as part of disaster preparedness engagement http://opportunityurbanism.org/2017/09/neighborfest-building-a-stronger-more-connected-world-from-the-block-up/

Preparedness Planning for Your Business https://www.ready.gov/business

How to Disarm Earthquakes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1rFoN-DnS8&feature=youtu.be

In the aftermath of the 2017 storms, it’s time for a new visual language for climate change http://climateoutreach.org/in-the-aftermath-of-the-2017-storms-its-time-for-a-new-visual-language-for-climate-change/

The paradox of a hurricane http://lithub.com/the-paradox-of-a-hurricane-harbinger-of-death-instrument-of-love/

How to set up a community response network for the next emergency https://www.trekmedics.org/blog/community-response-in-hurricanes/

Emergency Preparedness for Older Pennsylvanians https://www.governor.pa.gov/emergency-preparedness-older-pennsylvanians/

Five smart sensors to be installed in Calder Valley for citizen-science flood monitoring project http://abopen.com/blog/flood-network-partners-ab-open-river-level-sensor-initiative/

How do we communicate and warn about floods? http://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/publications/understanding-floods/flood-warnings

Chasing the flame: Does media coverage of wildfires probe deeply enough? https://theconversation.com/chasing-the-flame-does-media-coverage-of-wildfires-probe-deeply-enough-82631

Social media and emergency management

From Concept to Reality: Operationalizing Social Media for Preparedness, Response and Recovery https://www.dhs.gov/publication/vsmwg-concept-reality

#FuerzaMexico embodies the resilience of Mexico, even after a natural disaster https://hellogiggles.com/news/fuerzamexico-resiliance-mexico-natural-disaster/

The National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit https://www.ready.gov/september

How Puerto Ricans on the Mainland Are Getting News From Relatives https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/how-puerto-ricans-on-the-mainland-are-getting-news-from-relatives/541062/

Google activates crisis map and person finder for Puerto Rico http://www.poconorecord.com/news/20170923/google-activates-crisis-map-and-person-finder-for-puerto-rico

Twitter’s Testing an Expanded 280 Character Limit with Some Users http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/twitters-testing-expanded-280-character-limit-some-users

Launch of a new working group on social media in emergencies http://www.eena.org/pages/social-media#.Wcwh4o-CzIU

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/houston-floods-calgary-social-media-1.4267539

Social media have the power to significantly enhance emergency response capabilities http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc276/p805418_A1b.pdf

 

Disaster psychology

 

Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30% http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41164996

Powerful Storms Make For Compelling Stories, But Can Cause Mental Health Stress http://www.npr.org/2017/09/21/552708139/powerful-storms-make-for-compelling-stories-but-can-cause-mental-health-stress

The idiosyncratic nature of confidence https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0215-1?utm_content=buffer57b48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Storm After The Storm: Disaster’s Mental Toll http://ht.ly/JUya30fq6Zk

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

Convincing people that they’re at risk from an imminent natural disaster can be trickier than you might think http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-evacuation-study-mru-1.4307698

Sociology and Disasters

People travelling in groups instead of alone seem to reduce evacuation time https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-67074-4_16

The people who keep us company throughout our life cycle https://urbandemographics.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-people-who-keep-us-company.html

Why Is Trust Important? https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/09/28/why-is-trust-important/

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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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