Today in disaster resilience (9 February 2018)

Disaster

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Flood in Central and Eastern Latvia http://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/list-of-components/EMSR268

Ex TC Fehi causes major flooding in New Zealand https://www.sott.net/article/376041-Ex-Cyclone-Fehi-causes-major-flooding-in-New-Zealand

Record rainfall causes flooding in southern Bolivia https://www.sott.net/article/376076-Record-rains-cause-flooding-in-Tarija-Bolivia-50000-affected

Snowfall of the century: Record-breaking snow and freezing rain wreak havoc across Moscow https://watchers.news/2018/02/04/snowfall-of-the-century-record-breaking-snow-freezing-rain-wreak-havoc-across-moscow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Massive floods hit Argentina as Pilcomayo River reaches record highs https://watchers.news/2018/02/04/massive-floods-hit-argentina-as-pilcomayo-river-reaches-record-highs/

Eruption of Fuego volcano forces school closures, Orange Alert issued https://watchers.news/2018/02/02/eruption-of-fuego-volcano-forces-school-closures-orange-alert-issued/

Indonesia’s capital braces for floods as landslides kill 2 http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/article198402844.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Taiwan has been hit by a 5.7 magnitude aftershock almost 24 hours after a 6.4 quake that led to the deaths of at least seven people http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/349886/taiwan-faces-aftershocks-as-death-toll-rises

Selangau floods worst in 15 years https://www.theborneopost.com/2018/02/09/tamin-rep-selangau-floods-worst-in-15-years/

Nine Dead, 10 Still Missing in Aftermath of Taiwan Earthquake https://reliefweb.int/report/china-taiwan-province/nine-dead-10-still-missing-aftermath-taiwan-earthquake

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67397/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-.html

Heaviest snowfall since 1986 gridlocks Paris, record 740 km (460 miles) of traffic jams https://watchers.news/2018/02/08/heavy-snowfall-gridlocks-paris-record-740-km-460-miles-of-traffic-jams-reported/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Climate Change, Transitions, and Geopolitics https://www.sei-international.org/publications?pid=3287&utm_content=buffer98906&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

The number of hot days in Sydney increased in the past decade across the city, particularly those with extreme heat http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/heat-is-on-in-sydney-as-number-of-extreme-days-nudges-higher-20180201-h0sdkf?

Call for scientists to lead action on climate change https://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW243305.html

Climate change further complicates the urbanisation challenge http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2018/01/31/3-big-ideas-to-achieve-sustainable-cities-and-communities?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Let Cape Town revolutionise the way we think about water https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/04/let-cape-town-revolutionise-the-way-we-think-about-water

‘Nepal’s climate to get warmer and wetter in future’ http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-02-02/nepals-climate-to-get-warmer-and-wetter-in-future.html

Scientists Find Strong Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/07/scientists-find-strong-link-climate-change-wildfires/

HUD tells states to consider sea level rise when rebuilding from storms https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/hud-tells-states-to-consider-sea-level-rise-when-rebuilding-from-storms/article/2648437

As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever https://ensia.com/voices/arts/

This Overview Brief explores the topic of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process http://napglobalnetwork.org/resource/snapshot-monitoring-evaluation-nap-process-opportunities-challenges-emerging-solutions/

Disaster risk reduction

Volcanic Threat and Monitoring Capabilities in the United States https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3142/

Create “Sponge Cities” to Tackle Worsening Floods http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/01/create-sponge-cities-tackle-worsening-floods/

Central Asia Fault Database https://esdynamics.geo.uni-tuebingen.de/faults/

Barriers towards hotel disaster preparedness: Case studies of post 2011 Tsunami, Japan https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918300384

Moving Mitigation Forward https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/moving-mitigation-forward-new-knowledge-and-next-steps

The Great Unconformity—a huge time gap in the rock record—may have been triggered by the uplift of an ancient supercontinent https://eos.org/articles/erasing-a-billion-years-of-geologic-time-across-the-globe

Building urban disaster resilience in 2018 http://thecityfix.com/blog/improving-urban-climate-resilience-in-2018-requires-more-data-and-urgency-arianna-flores-corral/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=wricities&utm_campaign=socialmedia

Hurricane-hit Dominica hurries to prepare for next storm season https://www.zilient.org/article/hurricane-hit-dominica-hurries-prepare-next-storm-season

Conceptualising the link between information systems and resilience: A developing country field study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/isj.12177/abstract

As Paris mops up, warning of more floods in Europe’s future https://phys.org/news/2018-01-paris-mops-europe-future.html

Cities from five continents – Amman, Cape Town, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Hull and Mexico City – have been selected to contribute to the development of a global framework for water resilience https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/water-issues/item/14811-hull-one-of-five-cities-selected-to-develop-global-water-resilience-framework

Stronger measures required in NSW to reduce the risk of fatalities in home fires https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/news.php?news=2364

Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning resources available https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/centre-of-excellence-for-prescribed-burning-resources-available

Report Says Houston Can Learn From Floodplain Buyout Programs In Other Cities https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/02/05/265892/report-says-houston-can-learn-from-floodplain-buyout-programs-in-other-cities/

Creating a flood resilient city: Moving from disaster response to disaster resilience in Ibadan http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/creating-a-flood-resilient-city-moving-from-disaster-response-to-disaster-resilience-in-ibadan?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Complex picture for likelihood of ENSO-driven flood hazard https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14796

Paris flooding harks back to one of the great breakthroughs in hydrology https://phys.org/news/2018-02-paris-harks-great-breakthroughs-hydrology.html

Common sense flood reforms would save lives, billions of dollars http://www.thetelegraph.com/opinion/117235/op-ed-common-sense-flood-reforms-would-save-lives-billions-of-dollars

What fault caused the M=6.4 Taiwan earthquake? http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/what-fault-caused-the-m6-4-taiwan-earthquake-6254/

A hydroclimatological approach to predicting regional landslide probability using Landlab https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/6/49/2018/

A Focus on Resilience After Southern California Fires http://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-02-08/a-focus-on-resilience-after-southern-california-fires/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Giant working model of the Mississippi https://www.fastcodesign.com/90159442/this-giant-working-model-of-the-mississippi-could-help-save-louisiana

Insurance, public assistance and household flood risk reduction: A comparative study of Austria, England and Romania http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14737/#.WnwpRaOSPG8.twitter

 

Emergency Management

Area-specific flood alerts give residents time to save lives, property https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/article/Area-specific-flood-alerts-give-residents-time-to-12549180.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Localizing Humanitarian Drones: Robotics & Disaster Response https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/02/01/localizing-humanitarian-drones/

Research strengthens Incident Management Team development https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/research-strengthen-imt-development

Annual National Memorial Service for fire and emergency services https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/national-memorial-service-to-recognise-over-400-names

FEMA’s Core Capability Development Sheets identify tools for organizations to sustain or to improve their capabilities to close identified gaps https://www.fema.gov/core-capability-development-sheets

Responding to Peru’s worst floods in 30 years http://ec.europa.eu/echo/field-blogs/videos/responding-perus-worst-floods-30-years_en

City of Elko faces $3.6 million suit over February flooding http://www.kmvt.com/content/news/City-of-Elko-faces-36-million-suit-over-February-flooding-467164453.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Do It Together Toolkit for Building Urban Community Resilience http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/training/do-it-together-toolkit-for-building-urban-community-resilience.html

Which fault line do I live on? A guide to the major Bay Area faults http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Bay-Area-fault-line-San-Andreas-Fault-Hayward-12530797.php

The Environment Agency has launched a new series of short films to help north east communities be better prepared for flooding https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-urged-to-log-on-for-new-flood-films

A cycle of prediction, comparison, and feedback supports spatial learning in geoscience https://eos.org/features/learning-to-form-accurate-mental-models

A virtual river valley showing the devastation of flash flooding https://sourceforge.net/projects/flash-flood/

Virginia Tech students help develop flood strategies in Hampton http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-student-flooding-hampton-20180201-story.html

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Making use of the overwhelming amounts of imagery content on social media within minutes of a potential disaster hitting http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/IDy29rzmwwGQvqDiztWb/full

 

Disaster psychology

 

Psychosocial aspects of the Grenfell Fire disaster https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2017-in-review/the-year-the-grenfell-tower-fire-revealed-the-lie-that-londoners-tell-themselves

How do children recover from disasters? https://www.newsy.com/stories/how-do-you-help-children-recover-from-natural-disasters/

How to deal with victim confrontation and stress https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/how-to-deal-victim-confrontation-stress-emergency-services-health

 

Sociology and Disasters

An Assessment of the Effects of Social Connections on the Decision to Evacuate https://hazards.colorado.edu/quickreport/evacuation-behavior-measured-during-an-evacuation-order

Social attachment shapes emergency responses: Evidence from a postfire study http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/sbp/sbp/2018/00000046/00000001/art00012

Individuals and families who are homeless are among the most vulnerable to disasters https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/preparing-the-whole-community-including-homelessness-in-disaster-planning

Enhancing Flood Resilience through Livelihood adaptation https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/markets-and-livelihoods/enhancing-flood-resilience-through-livelihood-adaptation/

Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/123/1/243/4840318?redirectedFrom=fulltext

In poorer neighborhoods, no recovery yet from Matthew http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180127/in-poorer-neighborhoods-no-recovery-yet-from-matthew?platform=hootsuite

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company. I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/ I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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