Today in disaster resilience (23 February 2018)


Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Ohio River flood advisory remains as region recovers from deluge

Ramban: massive landslides cut-off the Kashmir Valley for four days (includes a dramatic video)

Grassfire destroys several Wee Jasper buildings including ‘The Stables’ tavern

A month’s worth of rain in 60 minutes floods Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Massive eruption at Sinabung volcano, ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l.

Levant – Flooding in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq After Heavy Rain

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin weakens, but heavy flooding cuts off Great Northern Highway

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita causes landslips, destroys two homes near Kaikōura

Widespread flooding hits US South and Midwest, excessive rain continues

Broome hit by two years’ worth of rain in two months, Western Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Mayon

Deadly landslide hits Java, over a dozen missing

USA and Canada – 2 Dead, 1 Missing as Rivers Overflow in Midwest and Ontario


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Draft UN Report Says World Has Little Chance of Keeping Warming Below 1.5 Degrees

Climate change will accelerate extreme weather events in the coming years

Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions

We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years

Cyclone Gita ‘revved up’ by record summer’s warm oceans

Committed sea-level rise under the Paris Agreement and the legacy of delayed mitigation action

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides

Does climate denialism still matter? The prevalence of alternative frames in opposition to climate policy

Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’

B.C. lacks climate change policies, especially on wildfires and flooding: audit

Future heat-waves, droughts and floods in 571 European cities

Public Awareness of Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Is Rising

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming

Rainfall’s natural variation hides climate change signal

Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed

Taking a proactive approach to climate extremes in Serbia


Disaster risk reduction

Houston City Council clears way for another 40 flood-prone homes to elevate

Can Security Measures Really Stop School Shootings?

Floods and water storages in Mexico City

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience indicators

Global volcanic hazards and risk

The new science of cities? Four reasons we need networked knowledge

Unusual Dutch bridge embraces flooding in a thought-provoking way

Reducing run-off to prevent floods

Trends in urban resilience 2017

Sensitivities of NearField Tsunami Forecasts to Megathrust Deformation Predictions

How common are earthquakes in the UK?

Community-built bio-dykes

The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid

Landslide models

Researchers fill gap in current flood models

Disaster vulnerability index for each country in the world

Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams

Ecuador is paying more and more attention to data collection and disaster risk management across sectors

Exeter flood defence scheme

With only vague plans, Houston races to build new reservoir


Emergency Management

Lessons learned from wildfire response in Napa and Sonoma County helped set safe evacuation distances

Learning from the 2013 Calgary flood

Would an earthquake early warning system work for New Zealand?

After the Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey: Climate change, staggering costs, and people at the heart of it all

78 seconds of earthquake warning

From Theory to Practice: a Disaster Simulation Exercise

Drone Fleet Supports Modern Approach to Managing Wildfire and Natural Resources on Public Lands

Improving Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Flood trivia

A survey by the Environment Agency and AA reveals two-thirds of drivers would risk their lives in flood

A proposal to United Nations for an ‘International day of Volcanoes’ to be recognised on 10th April

Monitoring Tropical Cyclones with Lightning and Satellite Data

Next Generation of Youth in Tanzania to Be Equipped With Critical Skills in Urban Resilience

What role do video games play in preparing people for disasters?

Participatory Early Warning Systems: Youth, Citizen Science, and Intergenerational Dialogues on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brazil

Surviving Sandy — the Book–the-book.html?utm_content=bufferbfffb&utm_medium=social&

Fire Narratives: Are Any Accurate?

How to make sure your fire safety messages are accurate

Social Media and Emergency Management

UK Government’s Flood Action Campaign targets 18 to 34 year olds using social media

Using social media to come forward and share painful, personal, and often stigmatized stories

Welcome to Social Media Analysis During Disasters



Psychology and disasters

Carwoola fires: A resident still overcoming trauma and a community continuing its support



Sociology and Disasters

The silent march for Grenfell: Context of a disaster

Social Capital, Resilience and Accessibility in Urban Systems: a Study on Sweden


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