Today in disaster resilience (27 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘It’s going to be biblical’: flood fears rise in southern B.C. as snowpack melts http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/landslide-evacuation-osoyoos-bc-flood-1.4630027

Lifeless Ambae: Heavy ashfall forces permanent relocation of entire island https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/lifeless-ambae-heavy-ashfall-forces-permanent-relocation-entire-island/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Violent explosions at Stromboli volcano, Italy https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/violent-explosions-at-stromboli-volcano-italy/

Significant damage after M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, dozens injured https://watchers.news/2018/04/24/significant-damage-after-m5-2-earthquake-hits-turkey-dozens-injured/

Four tornadoes hit southern US, including a destructive tornado at Fort Walton beach https://watchers.news/2018/04/23/four-tornadoes-in-southern-us-including-a-destructive-tornado-at-fort-walton-beach/

Flooding in Kenya leaves at least 15 people dead and thousands displaced in several parts of country https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/112106/kenya-flooding-leaves-at-least-15-dead-and-thousands-displaced-april-23-update-4

Somalia – Floods in 3 Regions as Juba and Shabelle Rivers Rise http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-juba-shabelle-rivers-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Floods and Landslides Leave 18 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-landslides-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Réunion and Mauritius – Heavy Rain From Tropical Cyclone Fakir Triggers Deadly Landslide http://floodlist.com/africa/reunion-mauritius-cyclone-fakir-april-2018

Sweden – Snowmelt Causes Flooding in Gävleborg http://floodlist.com/europe/sweden-snowmelt-flooding-april-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68658/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aabb32

What happened to winter? Vanishing ice convulses Alaskans’ way of life https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/21/alaska-climate-change-winter-way-of-life?CMP=twt_gu

On the 20th anniversary of the graph that galvanized climate action, it is time to speak out boldly https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/earth-day-and-the-hockey-stick-a-singular-message/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=link-post&utm_term=sustainability_blog_text_free&sf187410215=1

Here’s how fast a glacier can slip into the sea once it’s destabilized https://qz.com/1257090/heres-how-fast-a-glacier-can-slip-into-the-sea-once-its-destabilized/

Review of the draft second “State of the Climate Cycle Report” (SOCCR2) https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25045/review-of-the-draft-second-state-of-the-carbon-cycle-report-soccr2?

California is headed for a future of precipitation extremes https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/study-forecasts-a-severe-climate-future-for-california/

The Great Crack-Up http://time.com/antarctica-climate-change/?xid=tcoshare

Who should pay the costs for climate-change-related disasters? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2018-3-may-june/feature/the-case-for-climate-reparations

Greenland’s Biggest Fire Is a ‘Warning’ for Its Future https://www.livescience.com/62297-greenland-biggest-wildfire-warning-sign.html

In ‘This is Climate Change,’ you can’t look away from the destruction https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/22/this-is-climate-change-vr/

Flooding Hot Spots: Why Seas Are Rising Faster on the U.S. East Coast https://e360.yale.edu/features/flooding-hot-spots-why-seas-are-rising-faster-on-the-u.s.-east-coast

Climate change to drive migration from island homes sooner than thought https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/25/climate-change-to-drive-migration-from-island-homes-sooner-than-thought?CMP=share_btn_tw

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas https://www.ecowatch.com/nasa-study-methane-spike-2526089909.html

How Are We Learning to Live With Climate Change? https://www.ecowatch.com/linktv-earth-focus-2563242538.html

Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles as temps warm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425162015.htm

Friday essay: recovering a narrative of place – stories in the time of climate change https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-recovering-a-narrative-of-place-stories-in-the-time-of-climate-change-95067?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

UK worries about climate change are at their highest level since 2010 http://www.noiseofthecrowd.com/uk-worries-climate-change-highest-level-since-2010/

Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-and-climate-change-public-attitudes-tracker-wave-25

 

Disaster risk reduction

‘Green’ coastal protection solutions could prevent damages worth $50 billion in the Gulf of Mexico http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/green-coastal-protection-solutions-could-prevent-damages-worth-50-billion-i

Seismologist Lucy Jones catalogues devastating earthquake and tsunamis throughout history https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/april-20-2018/

Scientists can examine rain–induced landslide threats anywhere around the globe every 30 minutes https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=92018

The CEOS Working Group on Disasters – Maximising the use of EO data in Disaster Risk Reduction http://copernicus.eu/news/ceos-working-group-disasters-%E2%80%93-maximising-use-eo-data-disaster-risk-reduction

Strengthening Integrated Early Warning Systems for More Effective Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean Through Knowledge and Tool Transfer http://www.cdema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1780:strengthening-integrated-early-warning-systems-for-more-effective-disaster-risk-reduction-in-the-caribbean-through-knowledge-and-tool-transfer&catid=34:news&Itemid=266

How could a moderate-sized earthquake so far away cause so much damage? https://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/everyone/dcshake/

An Operational Method for Flood Directive Implementation in Ungauged Urban Areas http://www.mdpi.com/2306-5338/5/2/24

Contrary to common belief, some forests get more fire-resistant with age https://theconversation.com/contrary-to-common-belief-some-forests-get-more-fire-resistant-with-age-95059

‘Earthquake Lady’ Relates Her Decades of Understanding Science and Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Earthquake-Lady-Relates-Her-Decades-of-Understanding-Science-and-Disasters-.html

A seven-part Houston Chronicle series will explain why the storm’s damage was both a natural and man-made disaster https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/hc-investigations/harvey/developingstorm/

Flood Apex http://coastalresiliencecenter.unc.edu/crc-projects/flood-apex/?platform=hootsuite

Helping coastal managers plan better for future storms http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/helping-coastal-managers-plan-better-for-future-storms?utm_source=2018-promotion&utm_medium=29-April-CoastalErosion&utm_content=Twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Connecting with the people beyond the computers: my experience in flood risk management in Buenos Aires https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/my-experience-in-flood-risk-management-in-Buenos-Aires

Disasters could cost Asia-Pacific region $160 billion per year by 2030, UN warns https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/04/1008182

Centre to help plug flooding skills gap launched at Brunel https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Centre-to-help-plug-flooding-skills-gap-launched-at-Brunel

Winter Wave Heights and Extreme Storms on the Rise in Western Europe http://floodlist.com/europe/winter-wave-heights-and-extreme-storms-on-the-rise-in-western-europe?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Geography of global floods and droughts http://www.pbl.nl/sites/default/files/cms/publicaties/pbl-2018-the-geography-of-future-water-challenges-2920.pdf

New methods in resilience measurement: early insights from a mobile phone panel survey in Myanmar using subjective tools https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56775?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

The “Build-Destroy-Rebuild” cycle https://lesliechapmanhenderson.blog/2018/04/25/learning-from-the-2017-disasters-to-create-a-reliably-resilient-u-s/

Squamish residents at highest risk of flood unlikely to find insurance http://squamishchief.com/news/local-news/squamish-residents-at-highest-risk-of-flood-unlikely-to-find-insurance-1.23281508

Brisbane City Council has announced a 20-year plan to transform a renowned flood corridor, sitting on more than 1000 hectares, into park land http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/qld-flood-corridor-to-become-leisure-area/news-story/076351f22aa5ddac583b25a289d75439?

Disasters Are Costing Us More. Why Aren’t We Insuring More? https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-20/sparklines-disasters-are-costing-us-more-as-we-insure-them-less

Floods in urban areas are a growing risk in many countries of the developing world http://www.globaldev.blog/blog/flood-warning-urgent-action-needed-three-continents

Unjust waters: climate change, flooding and the urban poor in Africa http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956247808089156

Manhattan is building a massive $1 billion wall and park to guard against the next inevitable superstorm https://www.businessinsider.com.au/new-york-city-flooding-manhattan-coastal-barriers-2018-4?r=US&IR=T

 

Emergency Management

Handbook for assessing disaster loss and damage in vulnerable communities http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:6032/Online_No_21_Handbook_170510w.pdf

Top 5 Resources for Planning For Wildfire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/top-5-resources-planning-wildfire/?platform=hootsuite

Resources on Post-Event Analysis of Natural Hazards http://www.i-s-e-t.org/resources-by-theme-perc

Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24935/emergency-alert-and-warning-systems-current-knowledge-and-future-research?

The Limits of Earthquake Early-Warning Alerts http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2018/04/limits-earthquake-early-warning-alerts/147273/

Big gaps in emergency preparedness for seniors https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/big-gaps-in-emergency-preparedness-for-seniors/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=EM_Weekly

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Ready for disaster: Why more people are preparing for the worst https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article-why-the-preparedness-movement-is-gaining-momentum/

Ipsos survey: 19% of Americans feel very prepared and 51% feel somewhat prepared for an emergency in their community https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/booz-allen-hamilton-ipsos-study-on-community-resilience

Introducing EarthTime: animations which show how our planet is changing https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/04/introducing-earthtime-a-global-magnifying-glass-to-help-us-see-common-ground?utm_source=Facebook%20Videos&utm_medium=Facebook%20Videos&utm_campaign=Facebook%20Video%20Blogs

IMMERSED: A VR Experience About Flood & Resilience https://www.fema.gov/immersed

The HayWired scenario depicts a scientifically realistic earthquake sequence, and its cascading impacts https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/science-application-risk-reduction/science/haywired-scenario?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

A City of York Councillor has called for a review of flood messaging https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2559315/calls-for-a-review-of-flood-messaging-alerts/?platform=hootsuite

Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities book https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/489c0395-45a1-4290-a1ad-210a543d6d25

Heed hints when relocating to Houston https://www.chron.com/news/article/Heed-hints-when-relocating-to-Houston-12857926.php

Business continuity planning for disasters http://evaq8.co.uk/Business-Continuity-Disaster-Preparedness-for-Business.html

“Our teachers and students need to be prepared for tsunami events” http://fijisun.com.fj/2018/03/02/tsunami-preparedness-vital-seruiratu/

Communicating volcanic risk: lava, eruptions and uncertainty https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/communicating-volcanic-risk-lava-eruptions-and-uncertainty

Perceptions of water in Britain http://aboutdrought.info/news-review-drought-briefing/

National Hurricane Preparedness Week https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

Disasters Create Emotional Connections With Future Generations http://freeresources.luciencanton.com/2018/04/disasters-create-emotional-connections-with-future-generations.html

Flooding challenges in spotlight at Shrewsbury event https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/2018/04/26/flooding-challenges-to-be-discussed/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

51% of Americans say they would rely heavily on social media to keep them updated during a disaster https://www.slideshare.net/AnneMarieMoran2/booz-allen-community-resilience-report-4-418

Introducing VOST: A Way to Make Social Media Work for Emergency Response http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Introducing-VOST-A-Way-to-Make-Social-Media-Work-for-Emergency-Response.html

Twitter and Facebook used to investigate the relationship between meteorological conditions and the sentiment of human expressions http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195750

British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/25/british-adults-using-facebook-less-to-communicate-with-friends?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Add_to_Pocket

As the internet becomes more mobile, newer forms of social media are gaining popularity https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/113222/Adults-Media-Use-and-Attitudes-Report-2018.pdf

 

Psychology and disasters

Junot Díaz’s beautiful and searing personal essay ‘The Silence’ https://longreads.com/2018/04/23/on-junot-diazs-the-silence-and-our-uncomfortable-reckoning/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Volunteer weather observers: more than 100 years of vital data collection http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/853/volunteer-weather-observers-more-than-100-years-of-vital-data-collection/

Motel misery: Hundreds fled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico only to end up functionally homeless in Florida https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/04/20/politics/sutter-puerto-rico-motel-misery-invs/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Louisiana ‘islanders’ find a new home beyond the water https://www.zilient.org/article/louisiana-islanders-find-new-home-beyond-water

Community cooperation following disasters key to recovery, Stanford study finds https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57918

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NeilDufty

I write fiction including poems and short stories. I also write non-fiction about disaster management and the environment.

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