Today in disaster resilience (8 June 2018)

Disaster

Please find links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Three people trapped by lava airlifted to safety near Hawaii volcano https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hawaii-volcano/three-people-trapped-by-lava-airlifted-to-safety-near-hawaii-volcano-idUSKCN1IZ0WR?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b145de604d3017fcb99f03c&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Guatemala volcano blankets nearby villages with ash http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/article212456399.html

Death toll in Oman, Yemen from Cyclone Mekunu rises to 30 https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/death-toll-in-oman-yemen-from-cyclone-mekunu-rises-to-30/story-n978yAeQSDJscsFmDPBpSL.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – Flood Rescues After Heavy Rain Hits Valencia, Albacete and Murcia http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-valencia-albacete-murcia-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

France – Evacuations After Storms and Floods in Brittany http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-brittany-june-2018

USA – Flood Emergency Declared in West Virginia http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flood-emergency-west-virginia-june-2018Volcan de Fuego 2018 https://www.volcanocafe.org/volcan-de-fuego-2018/

Guatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44350974

 

Guatemala volcano: Search after deadly eruption https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44363444

Tajikistan – Floods in South Leave 6 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-floods-khatlon-may-2018

India – Flooding and Deadly Landslide in Mizoram http://floodlist.com/asia/india-flooding-and-deadly-landslide-in-mizoram

Vietnam – Landslides and Flooding Destroy Houses and Leave 1 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-landslides-june-2018

Europe – Flash Floods Hit South West France and Northern Spain http://floodlist.com/europe/floods-aquitaine-france-catalonia-spain-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Earthquake and ash eruption hit Kilauea volcano http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/nation-world/national/article212718554.html

Large fire ravages Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, tons of water poured in by planes https://www.rt.com/news/428807-chernobyl-exclusion-zone-fire/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How Climate Change Ignites Wildfires From California to South Africa https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-wildfires-2573967514.html

Does global warming make tropical cyclones stronger? http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2018/05/does-global-warming-make-tropical-cyclones-stronger/

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29687?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Limiting global warming to 2 degrees now ‘aspirational’: scientists https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/limiting-global-warming-to-2-degrees-now-aspirational-scientists-20180604-p4zjeb.html

South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/05/south-australia-rides-renewables-boom-to-become-electricity-exporter?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Norfolk Wants to Remake Itself as Sea Level Rises, but Who Will Be Left Behind? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/15052018/norfolk-virginia-navy-sea-level-rise-flooding-urban-planning-poverty-coastal-resilience?platform=hootsuite

The World Is Dangerously Lowballing The Economic Cost Of Climate Change, Study Finds https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/climate-change-cost_us_5b11bc9de4b010565aac04fa

Why India’s approach to climate change is missing the point https://qz.com/1294417/climate-change-is-ravaging-india-but-ordinary-indians-are-doing-very-little-about-it/

Renewable energy capacity set to exceed target Federal Government said was impossible http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-18/renewable-energy-capacity-to-exceed-impossible-target/9667870

This tool shows you which cities will flood as ice sheets melt https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/this-nasa-tool-can-tell-you-which-melting-glacier-may-flood-your-city/

Earth’s Average CO2 Levels Cross 410 ppm for the First Month Ever https://www.ecowatch.com/earth-co2-levels-fossil-fuels-2565799028.html

Report: US high-tide flooding twice what it was 30 years ago https://apnews.com/c833043446364ee4937433ed5c0b2180/Report:-US-high-tide-flooding-twice-what-it-was-30-years-ago

Volunteers who have been monitoring glaciers for generations are firsthand witnesses to a warming Arctic landscape https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/the-icelandic-families-tracking-climate-change-with-measuring-tape/562184/

Media and Climate Change Observatory http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/icecaps/research/media_coverage/index.html

Map of the world during the last ice age (21,000 years ago) https://sta.sh/01andzseyoey

Managed retreat; unpacking the ‘black box’ https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Edge/Managed-retreat-unpacking-the-black-box

Thanks to global warming-induced sea-level rise, coastal waters are increasingly spilling into communities https://grist.org/article/noaa-like-2017-2018-will-be-a-record-year-for-floods/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Weathering the Storm: Building Community Resilience in Environmental Justice Communities https://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/weathering-the-storm-building-community-resilience-in-environmental-justice-communities

Jersey towns compete for bragging rights over flood proofing https://whyy.org/articles/jersey-towns-compete-for-bragging-rights-over-flood-proofing/

Become a Certified Floodplain Manager http://www.floods.org/index.asp?menuID=215&firstlevelmenuID=180&siteID=1

A St. Augustine man has developed a unique way to protect home’s from a storm from storm surge and debris during a hurricane https://www.news4jax.com/weather/hurricane/st-augustine-man-creates-hurricane-panels-to-protect-from-storm-surge?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Street Grids May Make Cities Hotter https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/04/street-grids-may-make-cities-hotter/558845/?utm_source=twb

Floods are not “natural” disasters outside our control—we can reduce the impacts and risks if we resolve to https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/05/america-is-flooding-and-its-our-fault/561605/

Cheap property, expensive risk: living on the path of destruction https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/cheap-property-expensive-risk-living-on-the-path-of-destruction-20180531-p4zilt.html

Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption Draws Scientific Interest https://www.npr.org/2018/05/30/615486399/hawaiis-volcanic-eruption-draws-scientific-interest?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

After floods, some people in this neighborhood decided not to rebuild https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/05/when-people-decide-against-rebuilding/?popupally_stop=subscriber

Hurricane season is officially here. How much damage will 2018 bring? https://www.ajc.com/weather/hurricane-season-officially-here-how-much-damage-will-2018-bring/awpmmMjEejg1Kbdipw3NmN/

Researchers decipher readings from January’s Montecito, California landslide to determine details of disaster’s scale and location https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/05/30/seismometer-readings-could-offer-debris-flow-early-warning/

Looking forward: Chief Resilience Officers share their hopes for the next 5 years http://www.100resilientcities.org/looking-forward-chief-resilience-officers-share-their-hopes-for-the-next-5-years/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=blog

Government-backed home flood insurance coming to Canada? https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/government-backed-home-flood-insurance-coming-canada-1004132447/

Seismometer Readings Could Offer Debris Flow Early Warning http://www.caltech.edu/news/seismometer-readings-could-offer-debris-flow-early-warning-82393

Poland joins Resilient Cities Campaign https://www.unisdr.org/archive/58588

Wildfire Risk Increase http://www.climatesignals.org/climate-signals/wildfire-risk-increase?utm_content=buffer2dd40&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anniversary of historic floods in Germany: What is the best protection against flooding? https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/2018/06/flood-europe

In 2016/17, 11% of new homes in England and Wales were built within areas of high flood risk https://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/rise-homes-built-flood-risk-land-green-belt-england-wales/

Natural Flood Management Network launched http://www.hutton.ac.uk/news/natural-flood-management-network-launched

Mt Ruapehu crater lake warming up, rise in volcanic tremor https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104493902/mt-ruapehu-crater-lake-warming-up-rise-in-volcanic-tremor

Could some quakes come with warning signals? Researchers’ Alaskan findings could have implications for New Zealand https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12064935

Revealed: the areas building the most new homes in flood zones https://www.lgcplus.com/services/housing/revealed-the-areas-building-the-most-homes-on-flood-zones/7024731.article

Renaturalizing Floodplains http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=84952&utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=chenling

Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they used to. That means storms are dumping more rain and doing more damage when they make landfall https://www.npr.org/2018/06/06/616814022/hurricanes-are-moving-more-slowly-which-means-more-damage

Jacksonville resilient after Great Fire. But what about Great Flood? http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180602/mark-woods-jacksonville-resilient-after-great-fire-but-what-about-great-flood

Latest version of Disaster Prevention and Management https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/27/3

The 2018 Storm Surge Report https://www.corelogic.com/insights/storm-surge-report.aspx?WT.mc_id=crlg_180601_y2m5Q

A 1,000-year flood in Maryland shows the big problem with so much asphalt https://grist.org/article/a-1000-year-flood-in-maryland-shows-the-big-problem-with-so-much-asphalt/

Understanding Risk (UR) is an open and global community of more than 6,500 experts and practitioners in the field of disaster risk assessment https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/Understanding%20Risk%20SOI.pdf

From Kilauea to Fuego: three things you should know about volcano risk https://theconversation.com/from-kilauea-to-fuego-three-things-you-should-know-about-volcano-risk-97775?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

thinkWhere Innovation Helps Manage Disasters in Cambodia https://gisgig.com/2018/06/06/thinkwhere-innovation-helps-manage-disasters-in-cambodia/

Scientists compiled a database of all recorded volcanic fatalities since 1500 https://www.sciencenews.org/article/worlds-deadliest-volcanoes-and-how-they-kill

Thousands of tarmacked driveways blamed for Birmingham flooding https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/thousands-tarmacked-driveways-blamed-birmingham-14750233

Using the hard lessons of a disaster to build resilience for the next event https://www.zurich.com/en/knowledge/articles/2018/06/how-hard-lessons-strengthen-resilience-against-disasters

Monitoring Urban Floods Using Remote Sensing https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/disasters/webinars/urban-flooding-18?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=urban_flooding

What precipitation is extreme? http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6393/1072

Hidroituango: the potential for extremely large landslides? https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/06/06/hidroituango-8/

Satellites can help provide flood warnings https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/04/26/satellites-could-further-help-mitigate-river-floods/

After spring floods, Nairobi moves to cut disaster risks https://www.zilient.org/article/after-spring-floods-nairobi-moves-cut-disaster-risks

 

Emergency Management

Study Estimates Prolonged Increase in Puerto Rican Death Rate After Hurricane Maria https://fxb.harvard.edu/2018/05/29/study-estimates-prolonged-increase-in-puerto-rican-death-rate-after-hurricane-maria/

The death toll can be difficult to assess in the aftermath of a major disaster such as Hurricane Maria https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1803972

Disaster Relief Via Drone https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/disaster-medicine/73183

Millions of older people with disabilities risk being excluded from humanitarian assistance http://www.helpage.org/newsroom/latest-news/millions-of-older-people-with-disabilities-risk-being-excluded-from-humanitarian-assistance-new-helpage-report-reveals/

NSW Firefighter successfully appeals against demotion https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/nsw-firefighter-successfully-appeals-against-demotion/

A spate of record-breaking storms has spurred a call for expanding the hurricane scale for better warnings that could save lives https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02062018/hurricane-season-2018-noaa-storm-forecast-global-warming-atlantic-ocean-temperature-new-category-6

Horn of Africa burdened with crisis after crisis https://www.devex.com/news/horn-of-africa-burdened-with-crisis-after-crisis-92839

Spring 2018 edition of HazNet on Fire http://haznet.ca/editors-note-spring-2018/

In the fire-scarred Wine Country, new help for the blind in disasters https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/In-the-fire-scarred-Wine-Country-new-help-for-12964498.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The Big One could leave 250,000-400,000 quake refugees in California. Where will they go? http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-earthquake-refugee-arizona-20180603-story.html

Are wildfires ‘natural’? https://fireadaptednetwork.org/science-tuesday-naturally-human/?platform=hootsuite

New resilience organization at FEMA aims to build ‘culture of preparedness’ https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/2018/06/new-resilience-organization-at-fema-aims-to-build-culture-of-preparedness/

Dial for help: The surprise hotline helping quake survivors in Papua New Guinea https://www.irinnews.org/news/2018/05/07/dial-help-surprise-hotline-helping-quake-survivors-papua-new-guinea?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

How corruption slows disaster recovery https://theconversation.com/how-corruption-slows-disaster-recovery-96832?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Quantifying Disaster Deaths http://www.disaster-ology.com/home/2018/6/4/quantifying-disaster-death-tolls

Always looking at the sky’: Life amidst Somalia’s flood waters http://www.irinnews.org/photo-feature/2018/06/04/always-looking-sky-life-amidst-somalia-s-flood-waters

As rains lash Sri Lanka, warnings arrive on time http://news.trust.org/item/20180606020556-smnz9/

Updates to national principles for disaster recovery https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/national-principles-disaster-recovery/

GeoNode, a web-based, open source software that enables users to access, share, and visualize geospatial data for disaster recovery https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/GeoNode%20SOI.pdf

FEMA Chief: ‘The Key to Resiliency Is at the Local Level’ https://www.routefifty.com/infrastructure/2018/05/brock-long-fema-resliency/148196/

Guatemala volcano: Emergency agency ‘failed to heed warnings https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44393085

Suit Against Omni Hotels Details Drowned Employee’s Struggle to Escape Harvey Flood Waters http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Suit-Against-Omni-Hotels-Details-Drowned-Employees-Struggle-to-Escape-Harvey-Flood-Waters.html

Internal displacement Global Picture http://www.internal-displacement.org/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase Project http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=Cumbria%20Flood%20Resilience%20Showcase%20Project&edid=a56b3613-b7cb-4bc7-9141-48e0b04d3712

Graduate level courses in Communication Planning & Community Disaster Resilience https://stluciatimes.com/2018/06/01/uwi-moves-to-enhance-the-regions-capacity-for-comprehensive-disaster-risk-management/

Why We Need A National Hurricane Memorial And Museum https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hurricane-harvey-irma-disaster-memorial_us_59badc76e4b02da0e1405aa9

Ten years after Sichuan, China transforms quake preparedness, but Asia lags http://news.trust.org/item/20180511101843-jwz0t/

Disaster and climate change reporting paints a picture of tragedy and hopelessness, framing community members as victims to sell the urgency of mitigation to the public https://shorensteincenter.org/media-disengagement-climate-change/

Iceland and Hawaii: A comparison exercise for your classroom https://www.discover-the-world.co.uk/study-trips/blog/iceland-and-hawaii

Understanding storm surge from tropical cyclones https://www.globalweatherclimatecenter.com/tropical-cyclones/importance-of-grasping-a-tropical-cyclones-storm-surge-credit-meteorologist-jordan-rabinowitz

Collaborative mapping creating local flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/collaborative-mapping-creating-local-flood-resilience-with-global-impact

Children’s books can do more to inspire the new generation of Earth warriors https://theconversation.com/childrens-books-can-do-more-to-inspire-the-new-generation-of-earth-warriors-97580

Flood Risk Management in Scotland- 2018 Consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/pvas2018/

The children and young people who worked on this project collaborated with filmmakers from across Europe to produce a film about what needs to be done to improve disaster risk reduction http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/en/film/

Co-creating resilience solutions to coastal hazards https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Edge/Co-creating-resilience-solutions-to-coastal-hazards

Manual for Mock Flood Response Exercise with Early Warning System https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/manual-for-mock-flood-response-exercise-with-early-warning-system

Rethinking flood risk communication https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3273-4

For communities to be prepared for future extreme weather and climate events, the momentum of implementing and taking action to build community resilience should continue to be fostered and expanded https://www.nap.edu/download/25054

Flood Stories from Tampa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwmAJzN2mGA&feature=youtu.be

Building learning networks for wildfire mitigation https://fireadaptednetwork.org/its-the-relationships/

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves) https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44389413

Community engagement in the floodplain management process https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/61/

Putting the community into Total Flood Warning Systems https://works.bepress.com/neil_dufty/60/

 

Social Media and Emergencies

The do’s and don’ts of hashtags https://business.twitter.com/en/blog/the-dos-and-donts-of-hashtags.html?utm_medium=organic&utm_source=twitter

 

Psychology and Disasters

A film on the impact of flooding on the residents of Churchtown, UK https://vimeo.com/197953623

Injuries and loss of life boost religious faith after disasters https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/uobc-ial060518.php

“You have no idea where to start… It’s just very mentally overwhelming all at once and it just tires you out” – The psychological toll of Ellicott City’s flooding http://www.ehn.org/mental-health-impact-of-ellicot-city-floods-2575729082.html

 

Sociology and Disasters

Warning systems as social processes for Bangladesh cyclones https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-12-2017-0318?journalCode=dpm

Suitability of the early warning systems and temporary housing for the elderly population in the immediacy and transitional recovery phase of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918306198

The link between social capital and disaster recovery: evidence from coastal communities in Bangladesh https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-018-3367-z

The Wisdom or Madness of Crowds http://ncase.me/crowds/

Post-disaster social capital: trust, equity, bayanihan and Typhoon Yolanda https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-02-2018-0060

Puerto Rico Is a “Playground for the Privileged”: Investors Move In as Homes Foreclose & Schools Close https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/6/puerto_rico_is_a_playground_for

Nine months after Harvey, middle-class Houston has recovered, but low-income neighborhoods are in disarray https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/29/houston-hurricane-harvey-fema-597912

 

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter http://emaillinks.com.au/tools/View.php?id=20954&t=d52d568dac30817ee6fbd3e81b49cb84

 

 

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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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