Today in disaster resilience (6 October 2017)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fresh Floods Hit Assam, Over 78,000 People Affected https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/fresh-floods-hit-assam-over-78-000-people-affected-1757451

Flash flooding as widespread rain hits Queensland http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/flash-flooding-as-widespread-rain-hits-queensland/news-story/cf7cb864d92d1086afc4548f2c1b8446

At least 50 people are dead and hundreds wounded at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip http://live.reuters.com/Event/Las_Vegas_shooting_4?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

Marseille knifeman ‘used several aliases and stole’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41466614

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Oct 2017: Dukono volcano, Agung, Reventador, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65432/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-Oct-2017-Dukono-volcano-Agung-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Record-breaking snowstorm hits Rockies, heaviest October snow in Montana since 1914 https://watchers.news/2017/10/03/havre-montana-record-breaking-snowstorm/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hyderabad Cloudburst Kills 3, Downpour to Continue for Next 24 Hours http://www.news18.com/news/india/hyderabad-cloudburst-kills-3-downpour-to-continue-for-next-24-hours-1534365.html

Massive rain, worst flooding on record hits southern Norway https://watchers.news/2017/10/04/norway-flood/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australia – Bundaberg Floods After 300mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/australia/bundaberg-floods-october-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

City of Houston breaks annual rainfall record set in 1900 https://watchers.news/2017/10/04/houston-rainfall-record/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for five deaths in that country http://nypost.com/2017/10/05/tropical-storm-nate-could-grow-to-hurricane-aimed-at-gulf-coast/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mexico – Deadly Floods in Tamaulipas, Further Warnings for Severe Storms http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-tamaulipas-october-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Are Dutch Water Safety Institutions Prepared for Climate Change? http://edepot.wur.nl/198906

Can we really limit global warming to “well below” two degrees centigrade? http://sciencenordic.com/can-we-really-limit-global-warming-%E2%80%9Cwell-below%E2%80%9D-two-degrees-centigrade

Climate change drives Solomon Islands’ people of the sea ashore http://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-drives-solomon-islands-people-of-the-sea-ashore/a-40777201

Scientists may have found a solution to the atmosphere’s methane mystery https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/29/scientists-find-that-belching-cows-could-solve-a-key-mystery-about-the-atmosphere/

Sea level threatens Perth infrastructure http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-02/sea-levels-threaten-key-perth-infrastructure,-researchers-say/8998962

Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/04/australian-cities-to-have-50c-summer-days-by-2040-study-says?CMP=share_btn_tw

Is this a good time to talk about climate change? http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2017/09/is-this-a-good-time-to-talk-about-climate-change/

Extreme rainfall has tripled in India since 1950 – but droughts are worsening too http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/extreme-rainfall-has-tripled-india-since-1950-droughts-are-worsening-too-1641701?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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, disasters and displacement http://climatemigration.org.uk/video-understanding-disasters-displacement-and-climate/?utm_content=buffer1f106&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ex-FEMA Director: Rebuilding Puerto Rico Requires Acknowledging Climate Change http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/ex-fema-director-rebuilding-puerto-rico-requires-acknowledging-climate-change/

The Most Powerful Evidence Climate Scientists Have of Global Warming https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03102017/infographic-ocean-heat-powerful-climate-change-evidence-global-warming

Scientists say extreme storms to be ‘new normal’ https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/05/world/science-health-world/caribbean-hurricane-zone-bound-u-n-chief-scientists-say-extreme-storms-new-normal/#.WdWc1E8UnIU

New Toolkit for Building Urban Climate Resilience http://training.i-s-e-t.org/

A Climate Series for the Ages https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/event/climate-series-ages/

Miami Beach: A Model of Climate Adaptation for Coastal Cities? https://www.planetizen.com/node/94929/miami-beach-model-climate-adaptation-coastal-cities

Exceptional September heat in eastern Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs62.pdf

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Flood insurance program exhausts Treasury borrowing http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/28/flood-insurance-treasury-borrowing-243252?cid=apn

Dales farmers primed to build region’s flood defences http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/10/02/dales-farmers-primed-build-regions-flood-defences/

Managed retreat as a response to natural hazard risk http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v7/n5/full/nclimate3252.html?foxtrotcallback=true

Do you want to be an integral part in UR2018? https://understandrisk.org/ur2018-calls-for-proposals/?platform=hootsuite

Pearl City To Demolish 22 Homes in Flood Plain http://www.mystateline.com/news/pearl-city-to-demolish-22-homes-in-flood-plain/819915262

Houston’s Reservoirs Can’t Sustain Any More Rain https://www.citylab.com/environment/2017/08/houston-reservoirs-tk/538383/

Houston eyes flood control projects during Harvey recovery https://apnews.com/0f2c06610c46426d931e7d90e4e22a4d

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness https://africatimes.com/2017/09/30/in-comoros-africas-vulnerable-island-nations-talk-disaster-preparedness/

Flood prevention: A universal problem with a toolkit of solutions https://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/flood-prevention-a-universal-problem-with-a-toolkit-of-solutions

U.S. Cities Struggle To Meet Tighter Flood Standards http://www.npr.org/2017/10/02/554994446/flood-prone-communities-struggle-to-meet-post-katrina-standards

Council reviewing warning systems after Edgecumbe floods http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/doug-leader-council-reviewing-warning-systems-after-edgecumbe-floods/

Seeing is Believing: Stanford researchers visualize California’s drought http://news.stanford.edu/2017/09/15/new-portal-exploring-californias-drought/?utm_content=buffer67308&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A Machine Learning Model Of Tropical Cyclone Wind Risk http://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/a-machine-learning-model-of-tropical-cyclone-wind-risk/

Countries Are Getting Better At Preventing Flood-Related Deaths. Not India. http://www.indiaspend.com/cover-story/countries-are-getting-better-at-preventing-flood-related-deaths-not-india-64210

Austin officials discuss flood warning, mitigation efforts http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/austin-officials-discuss-flood-warning-mitigation-efforts/jDqFE5Vm5q3FJemseeSG7L/

Severe bushfire season on way as country WA firefighters get ready for the worst http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-04/severe-wa-bushfire-season-on-way-as-country-firefighters-prepare/9009048?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How megafires will shape our future https://islandpress.org/blog/how-wildfire-will-shape-our-future-conversation-edward-struzik

Community Risk Reduction: What Should It Mean for Your Community? http://www.fireemsleaderpro.org/2017/10/02/community-risk-reduction/

Real-time flood impacts mapping https://www.jbaconsulting.com/knowledge-hub/real-time-flood-impacts-mapping/

Could Sydney be the next Houston? https://riskfrontiers.com/could-sydney-be-the-next-houston/

Honda’s new robot prototype could help mitigate future disasters https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/03/hondas-new-robot-prototype-could-help-mitigate-future-disasters/

Rethinking the ‘Infrastructure’ Discussion Amid a Blitz of Hurricanes https://www.propublica.org/article/rethinking-the-infrastructure-discussion-amid-a-blitz-of-hurricanes?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1505338755

The mathematics of disaster https://cosmosmagazine.com/mathematics/the-mathematics-of-disaster

Special Issue: Risk Governance, Assessment, and Economic Impacts https://link.springer.com/journal/13753/8/3/page/1

Do trees in UK-relevant river catchments influence fluvial flood peaks?: a systematic review http://paper.li/slowtheflow_UK/1484420534?read=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farminguk.com%2FNews%2FTree-planting-not-the-universal-panacea-in-combating-floods_47530.html%3Fplatform%3Dhootsuite

Some Property Insurers Pulling Back From Highest Wildfire Risk Areas http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/some-property-insurers-pulling-back-highest-wildfire-risk-areas

We Need to Manage Flood Risk http://meetingoftheminds.org/need-manage-flood-risk-23045

What is the yearly risk of another Harvey-level flood in Houston? http://jakewestfall.org/blog/index.php/2017/09/25/what-is-the-yearly-risk-of-another-harvey-level-flood-in-houston/

Predicting the next big flood in Greenland http://sciencenordic.com/predicting-next-big-flood-greenland

In wake of major floods, Texas water agency drafting statewide flood plan https://www.texastribune.org/2017/10/04/texas-drafting-statewide-flood-plan-2019-legislative-session/

Updated flood maps coming to Canada? http://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/opinion/updated-flood-maps-coming-to-canada-78259.aspx

£50 million flood defence scheme opens in Leeds https://www.gov.uk/government/news/50-million-flood-defence-scheme-opens-in-leeds

Costs and benefits of flood mitigation in Launceston https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/40

New Orleans Has to Work Fast to Avoid Washing Away by 2050 https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-new-orleans-has-to-work-fast-to-avoid-w/f-236c59171f%2Fvice.com

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Lessons Learned, Cautions for New York & New Jersey https://www.stevens.edu/news/hurricanes-harvey-and-irma-could-they-happen-new-york-stevens-says-yes

Coasts: Life in the Danger Zone https://eu.boell.org/en/2017/06/02/coasts-life-danger-zone

Multi-variable flood damage modelling with limited data using supervised learning approaches https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/17/1683/2017/

Vulnerability reduction plays an essential role for successful flood risk management http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017EF000606/full

 

Emergency Management

 

Hurricane response: Caribbean disaster agency comes of age https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2017/09/28/hurricane-response-caribbean-disaster-agency-comes-age

B.C. wildfires caused more than $127 million in insured damage http://citopbroker.com/news/b-c-wildfires-caused-more-than-127-million-in-insured-damage-ibc-13065

Texas Towns Crushed by Hurricane Harvey Struggle to Clean Up and Rebuild https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-towns-crushed-by-hurricane-harvey-struggle-to-clean-up-and-rebuild-1506697280

Amateur Radio Operators Stepped In To Help Communications With Puerto Rico http://www.npr.org/2017/09/29/554600989/amateur-radio-operators-stepped-in-to-help-communications-with-puerto-rico

Where, Why And How Are Australians Dying In Floods? http://apfmag.mdmpublishing.com/where-why-and-how-are-australians-dying-in-floods/

The Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies http://www.needs2018.com/call-for-papers/

EU to provide €1.2 mil for flood-affected people in Bangladesh http://www.clickittefaq.com/eu-provide-e1-2-mil-flood-affected-people-bd/

Emergency services praised after more than 200 homes affected by flooding http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2017/10/01/emergency-services-praised-200-homes-affected-flooding/

Seven graphics that sum up Puerto Rico disaster http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41447184

Michael VanRooyen Discusses Hurricane Maria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etqPDVly8rY

The Kiwi vulcanologist monitoring Mt Agung http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/340827/the-kiwi-vulcanologist-monitoring-mt-agung

With Irma – and a power failure – Miami gets a taste of deadly heat http://news.trust.org/item/20170926003704-g5xa5/?utm_content=bufferb6c25&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Long-Lead Prediction of the 2015 Fire and Haze Episode in Indonesia http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL073660/abstract

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Getting Outreach Right, the NASF’s Priorities, and the Evolution of Wildfire Risk Mapping https://fireadaptednetwork.org/getting-outreach-right-nasfs-priorities-evolution-wildfire-risk-mapping-interview-john-fish/?platform=hootsuite

Survival plans for people living in bushfire-prone zones should be second nature http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/bushfire-warning-as-season-begins-in-wa/news-story/ffaaae3d15febafc798c3f7fdd0b8084

Plan ahead for your pet in emergencies http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/4956482/plan-ahead-for-your-pet/?cs=1432

‘The Kendal Flood’ project https://kendaloralhistory.com/the-kendal-flood-of-december-2015-project/

Plate tectonics: When we discovered how the Earth really works http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41472281

Serious games in the context of early warning for natural hazards in South Asia http://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/faculty-of-engineering/civil/public/phd-opportunities/Kings_SeriousGames.pdf

Brisbane City Council provides free early warning alerts for Brisbane residents and visitors https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community-safety/community-safety/disasters-emergencies/severe-weather-alerts/brisbane-early-warning-alert-service

Civic Engagement: Teaching Children How to Think Instead of What to Think http://www.pearsonlearningnews.com/civic-engagement-teaching-children-think-instead-think/

10 Ways To Keep Your Dogs Safe Before, During And After A Flood http://3milliondogs.com/dogbook/10-ways-to-keep-your-dogs-safe-before-during-and-after-a-flood/

The FAC Self-Assessment Tool  helps communities understand where they are in their fire adaptation journey https://fireadaptednetwork.org/using-fac-self-assessment-tool/?platform=hootsuite

Weather Channel Goes Into Overdrive Covering Back-to-Back Hurricanes https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/09/business/media/weather-channel-hurricane-irma.html

Gamification: What it is, and how to fight it http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0038026117728620?utm_content=buffer621f8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Armed with smartphones and boots, Niger youths map flood risks http://news.trust.org/item/20171002001812-u6mli?utm_content=buffer505c0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Social media and emergency management

Social media is becoming an increasingly popular platform for civic and political engagement http://online.rutgers.edu/resources/infographics/how-social-media-is-changing-public-administration/?program=mpa

A Bogus Climate Change Story Goes Viral on Social Media https://www.buzzfeed.com/zahrahirji/how-climate-myths-spread-online?utm_term=.mhaAknkyX#.oeMG2W24g

Via social media, residents can contribute to public map that increases safety and helps response planning http://www.openhealthnews.com/content/mit-map-offers-real-time-crowd-sourced-flood-reporting-during-hurricane-Irma

 

Disaster psychology

 

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx?utm_content=1506951022&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

How to Talk to Kids About the Las Vegas Shooting https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201710/how-talk-kids-about-the-las-vegas-shooting

Complex recovery awaits those injured in Las Vegas attack https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/04/world/crime-legal-world/complex-recovery-awaits-injured-las-vegas-attack/#.WdWdIE8UnIU

Mitigating the Mental and Physical Health Consequences of Hurricane Harvey http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2654052

 

Sociology and Disasters

Research shows that a ‘disaster community’ emerges in these events http://discoversociety.org/2017/10/04/what-happens-after-a-disaster/

Houston’s Community Places Can Be Hubs for Recovery https://www.pps.org/blog/houstons-community-places-can-be-hubs-for-recovery/

Football has long helped disaster recovery: Delaware Voices http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/10/05/football-has-long-helped-disaster-recovery-delaware-voices/733010001/

 

Latest version of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter http://emaillinks.com.au/tools/View.php?id=20573&t=ed81bbb11029228c7c702865ad410f91

 

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

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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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