Today in disaster resilience (2 March 2018)


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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 4 dead after reported tornadoes, flooding sweep through the South

Crazy floods hit the Midwest when hardly anyone was looking

PNG troops respond to major 7.5 quake as aftershocks feared

M6.0 and 6.3 aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea

Unprecedented hailstorm hits Saudi Arabia, injures more than 50 people

USA – 6 Dead as Flooding in Central and Southern States Worsens

USA – Rising Rivers Prompt Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in Java Leave 15 Dead and 50,0000 Affected

Iraq – Floods Affecting 200,000 in Relief Camps

Extinct Bosavi volcano showing signs of awakening, Papua New Guinea

Flood Rescues After Heavy Rain in Queensland

These striking photos show the extent of the Midwest flooding

Record-breaking cold claims at least 24 lives across Europe

Papua New Guinea: at least 16 dead after strongest ever earthquake hits

Planet Labs imagery of the Pasir Panjang landslide in Indonesia

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Major rainfall event affecting Queensland, record floods possible


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


Managing climate change risks: an independent audit

Climate change and your life events

These flood-proof towers could withstand rising sea levels in New York

Sweden pledges to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

‘Really extreme’ global weather event leaves scientists aghast

Northeast Florida scientists agree: Sea-level rise is here, and it’s dangerous

Extreme Weather Will Occur More Frequently Worldwide

Vulnerabilities and resilience of European power generation to 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming

Climate Models Are Uncertain, but We Can Do Something About It

Our Drowning Coast: Left to Louisiana’s tides, Jean Lafitte fights for time

Ireland Demonstrates Climate Leadership with €22 billion Investment Plan

Pictures Show Climate Change’s Dramatic Arctic Impact

Could More Snow in Antarctica Slow Sea Level Rise?

Climate change pushing weather extremes ‘off the scale’, says global cities group

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented

Gone With the Wind: Norway’s Glaciers to Disappear in Hundred Years

It might seem counterintuitive, but global warming plays a role in blasts of bitter cold weather. The reason: It influences the jet stream

China’s Arctic Dream

Six research priorities for cities and climate change

The Climate Just Map Tool shows the geography of England’s vulnerability to climate change at a neighbourhood scale

Reality Check: Where in the world is snow getting rarer?

What is the most climate-resilient place in the US?

Integrating adaptation into cities, infrastructure and local planning in Uruguay


Disaster risk reduction

A bottom-up approach to developing a neighbourhood-based resilience measurement framework

Better flood management: How can we help make every second count?

Strengthening resilience in the face of natural disasters and shocks in Pakistan

Urban Development and Flood Risk in Vietnam-experience in three cities

Here come the megacities

The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance

Animated Map: The 20 Most Populous Cities in the World by 2100

Major study probes NZ’s big landslide threat

Coastal communities hit by Harvey will get $1 billion for hazard mitigation

South African risk and vulnerability atlas

“We must build resilient communities before disaster strikes”

Why Canada needs to change how to forecast and prepare for floods

When is the right time for a prescribed bushfire reduction burn?

A groundbreaking new study, led by the University of Bristol, has found that 41 million Americans are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate

Many Irish cities to face more extreme weather conditions by 2100

Can Atmospheric Science Improve Global Disaster Resilience?

Harvey victims: do you want your homes bought out or elevated?

Drought and flood risk profiles to be developed for 16 countries in Africa

The NSW Government has funded a $3 million land swap arrangement to save a number of Murwillumbah businesses devastated by the 2017 Flood

Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out his thoughts on the future of the water industry at this year’s Water UK City Conference

Humble, Houston propose new floodplain development regulations

Investing in Mitigation to Build a More Resilient Nation

Why Is California Rebuilding in Fire Country?

UN launches effort to collect data on disaster losses


Emergency Management

The Population of Montecito Plummeted 75% after the January Mudslides

A framework for disaster resilience education with homeless communities

What happens if… disaster recovery for the smart city and beyond

Disaster diplomacy governs who gets help after catastrophic events around the world

Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year

After a devastating storm season, researchers are seeking better ways to rebuild and to support their most vulnerable colleagues

First Responder Research Monitor

Disaster diplomacy investigates how and why disaster-related activities do and do not influence conflict and cooperation

New evidence of nuclear fuel releases found at Fukushima

Tonga – Drones Play Key Role in Cyclone Gita Disaster Recovery

Police breath-test a helicopter pilot after he landed on a road to deliver supplies to residents trapped by flooding

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Performance of the UK’s Flood Information Service

What if the dinosaurs had survived?

Global view of rocks

Planting the seeds for a flood resilient future

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness Through A Real Estate Professional Training Program

Efficient, Adaptable Simulations: A Case Study of a Climate Negotiation Game

Managing animals in emergencies

A river runs through my office

Find out about the latest plans to reduce flood risk in Otley

Educating local middle-schoolers about emergency preparedness allows the small city of Miami to build climate resilience in an accessible way—and broach the topic of climate change

Prototyping Virtual Reality Serious Games for Building Earthquake Preparedness: The Auckland City Hospital Case Study

School earthquake and tsunami safety

Students of flood-prone school in Oro trained in disaster preparedness

The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services has just released a new school education program called North West Bushfire Patrol

Property Flood Resilience Training for Surveyors

Learning Events Boost Capacity for Living with Fire

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin


Social Media and Emergency Management

The role of unstructured data in real-time disaster-related social media monitoring

Artificial Intelligence system that continuously monitors different types of hazards on social media and autonomously extracts high-quality, organized information from posts

A new report will offer plans, proposals and guidance on handling social media during and after disasters

Twitter’s bookmark feature will help us keep tweets for later reading


Psychology and disasters


Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma

The science of resilience: What are the ingredients that help people cope?

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others

What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?

‘I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy’: Flood also leaves behind emotional mess


Sociology and Disasters


Social Capital and Natural Hazards Governance

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery video

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery guide





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