Today in disaster resilience (16 February 2018)


Please find below some links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Samoa recovers from Cyclone Gita while Tonga braces for impact

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power

Argentina – State of Emergency Declared as Rivers Overflow in Salta Province

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Sarawak State

Tropical storm threatens major flooding in Mindanao

Cyclone Gita: Tonga’s Parliament flattened as category four storm lashes country

Bolivia – 6 Dead, 10,000 Families Affected as Flooding Continues

Massive bushfire in Putty could burn for a month, as crews prepare for another tough day

Mount Agung erupts ash 4.5 km a.s.l., Alert Level remains at 3

‘Someone’s roof is in my front garden’: flooding and damage after cyclone batters Tonga

Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga

Road collapse near Vatican City in Rome destroys 7 cars, 20 families evacuated

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Turrialba, Mayon


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health

Climate Change Could Stop These 13 Cities From Hosting the Winter Olympics Again

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground

Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets?

How we measure global sea-level changes

Cooling Melbourne

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it

Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

King Tides and Rising Seas Are Predictable, and We’re Not Doing Enough About It

Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long

“We are not prepared for today’s climate, let alone for another degree of global warming”

Unprecedented climate events: Historical changes, aspirational targets, and national commitments

In Fiji, villages need to move due to climate change

The effectiveness of communicative tools in addressing barriers to municipal climate change adaptation: lessons from the Netherlands

It’s misleading to ask what Earth’s ‘ideal temperature’ is. Here’s what’s really important

Extreme weather to rise even if Paris goals are met: study

Climate change may bring North Texas longer droughts, heavy rains, 120-degree temps within 25 years

Polar ice is lost at sea


Disaster risk reduction

Savannah converting flood lots into southside park

Towards endogenous disasters and climate adaptation policy making in Indonesia

For Hurricane Surge, Designing to Exceed 2015 Codes Provides $7 Benefit for Each $1 Invested

Cities on Volcanoes

Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience in the South Central United States

The Resilience Accelerator will work directly with cities to move resilience projects from concept to design

The Big One: Toba Explodes–Andaman%20fault/Toba%20Volcano,%20ch_3%20-%20Explosion.htm

Five communities that made the world a more resilient place in 2017

Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk

Gulf Stream Slowed as Hurricanes Struck

Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region

A way to break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood

The world’s most dangerous cities

Hurricane Damage Survey Likely to Help Worldwide

Reducing flood risk in ‘dissolving’ town

Flood is a real concern for property valuation

Although some Houstonians want flood controls, new survey results show more don’t want to pay for them

The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature

Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetlands

Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide

The 100-year flood: Building ‘RiverSmart’ communities for flood resiliency in the Connecticut River Valley

Scientists study Washington’s Rattlesnake Ridge for clues to prevent landslide disasters

Mass shootings in the US since 2012

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods?


Emergency Management

Homeless Crisis, Mental Health Problems Just a Couple Issues That Tie Up Fire Department

Algorithm helps first responders identify vulnerable people during natural disasters

NSW coroner to inquire into 2017 Upper Hunter and Central West bushfire

Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)Fire-Side Story

After deadly 2008 tornado, Wynnewood, ‘miracle baby’, Castalian Springs rose from wreckage

A lack of volunteers has forced some of the county’s 31 volunteer departments to hire on paid, part-time staff to answer fire and emergency medical service calls

Living in Mayon volcano’s shadow

Streamlined approach gives Qld fire and emergency services the edge in disasters

Earthquake Early Warning 5 seconds before ‘killer pulse’


Disaster education, communications and engagement

People ignore ‘catastrophic’ alerts, go to look at fires, study finds

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing

Computer-generated imagery of the destruction of Pompeii

Volcanology Teaching Resources

Ways to involve the community in preparing for a disaster


Social Media and Emergency Management


Twitter has thrived as a platform for academic research

Trust in social media for news declines in 2017

As an information source during Hurricane Harvey, millennials relied more heavily on social media than those aged over 40

Everything You Need to Know About Hashtags


Sociology and Disasters


Lingering effects of 2011 disaster take toll in fallout-hit Fukushima, experts warn

How We Describe Complex Systems To Solve Global Dilemmas

We need to analyze what puts disadvantaged communities at risk and engage marginalized people in disaster planning


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