Today in disaster resilience (15 June 2018)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hospital hit by flash floods as unit steeped in six inches of water https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/hospital-hit-flash-floods-unit-14771221

Colorado Blaze Continues to Grow; Entire San Juan National Forest to Close https://weather.com/safety/wildfires/news/2018-06-02-416-fire-colorado-ute-park-fire-new-mexico-aliso-fire-california?cm_ven=T_WX_JE_61118_2

Mexico – Flash Floods in Jalisco State as Hurricane Bud Intensifies http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-jalisco-june-2018-hurricane-bud?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

France – Record Rain Causes Floods and Landslides in Paris and North http://floodlist.com/europe/france-record-rain-floods-paris-north-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Myanmar and Bangladesh – Torrential Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-bangladesh-rohingya-monsoon-floods-june-2018

Deadly landslides hit Bangladesh again, just one year after its ‘worst landslides in history’ https://watchers.news/2018/06/12/deadly-landslides-hit-bangladesh-again-just-one-year-after-its-worst-landslides-in-history/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Deep sub-tropical low hits New Zealand, wreaking havoc across North Island https://watchers.news/2018/06/12/deep-sub-tropical-low-hits-new-zealand-wreaking-havoc-across-north-island/

Kilauea destroys 600 homes, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times https://watchers.news/2018/06/08/kilauea-destroys-600-homes-marking-its-most-destructive-eruption-in-modern-times/

Wildfires Unfurl in Colorado, Spurring Evacuations and Closing a National Forest https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/us/colorado-wildfires-forest.html

Europe – Floods in Switzerland, Italy and Germany After 50mm of Rain in 1 Hour http://floodlist.com/europe/europe-floods-switzerland-italy-germany-12-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Heavy rain triggers flood in Assam, several villages affected https://www.time8.in/new-heavy-rain-triggers-flood-in-assam-several-villages-affected/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Jun 2018: Dukono volcano, Agung, Kilauea, Yasur, Galeras, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69385/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Jun-2018-Dukono-volcano-Agung-Kilauea-Yasur-Galeras-Sakurajima.html

Flooding in parts of Cape Town as cold front hits the Mother City http://www.enca.com/south-africa/flooding-in-parts-of-cape-town-as-cold-front-hits-the-mother-city?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Understanding Sea Level Rise https://www.sciline.org/media-briefings-blog/sea-level-rise

The dangers of disaster-driven response to climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0208-8.epdf?

Projecting the Likely Rise of Future Heat Impacts Under Climate Change for Selected Urban Locations in South and Southeast Asia http://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-sheltering-series-9

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health https://apha.org/climate-changes-health

Ideas: a simple proposal to improve the contribution of IPCC WG1 to the assessment and communication of climate change risk https://www.earth-syst-dynam-discuss.net/esd-2018-36/

‘Just plain common sense’: Hawaii Governor adopts most ambitious climate laws in U.S. https://thinkprogress.org/hawaii-now-has-the-most-ambitious-climate-law-in-the-united-states-7392d5d061cf/

Few Southeast Cities Have Climate Targets, but That’s Slowly Changing https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11062018/cities-pollution-carbon-footprint-climate-action-renewable-energy-investment-sustainability-report

A Just Dystopia: Climate Activism Must Include Planning for the Worst-Case Scenario https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/06/12/just-dystopia-climate-activism-must-include-planning-worst-case-scenario

Disaster on the Horizon: The Price Effect of Sea Level Rise https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3073842

Short-term changes in Antarctica’s ice shelves are key to predicting their long-term fate https://theconversation.com/short-term-changes-in-antarcticas-ice-shelves-are-key-to-predicting-their-long-term-fate-95207?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Rate of ice loss In Antarctica is now three times faster than it was prior to 2012 https://earther.com/antarctica-is-losing-an-unfathomable-amount-of-ice-1826799202

To forecast winter rainfall in the Southwest USA, look to New Zealand in the summer https://news.uci.edu/2018/06/13/to-forecast-winter-rainfall-in-the-southwest-look-to-new-zealand-in-the-summer/

Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years. Time is running out for the frozen continent https://theconversation.com/antarctica-has-lost-3-trillion-tonnes-of-ice-in-25-years-time-is-running-out-for-the-frozen-continent-98176

Ocean waves and lack of floating ice can trigger Antarctic ice shelves to disintegrate https://theconversation.com/ocean-waves-and-lack-of-floating-ice-can-trigger-antarctic-ice-shelves-to-disintegrate-98177

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/391548-lets-have-a-worthy-debate-about-sea-level-rise

Article on rising heat http://news.trust.org/shorthand/risingheat/

Germany to miss 2020 climate target, government concedes in official report http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/06/12/germany-miss-2020-climate-target-government-concedes-official-report/

How to save Antarctica (and the rest of Earth too) https://phys.org/news/2018-06-antarctica-rest-earth.html

Alien Anthropocene: How Would Other Worlds Battle Climate Change? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alien-anthropocene-how-would-other-worlds-battle-climate-change/

Antarctic Ocean Discovery Warns of Faster Global Warming http://www.climatecentral.org/news/antarctic-ocean-discovery-warns-of-faster-global-warming-21865

Gender dynamics in a changing climate: How gender and adaptive capacity affect resilience https://careclimatechange.org/publications/gender-dynamics-changing-climate/

The NSW town that’s running out of water https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/06/14/11/04/coonabarabran-the-nsw-town-thats-running-out-of-water

 

Disaster risk reduction

Huge economic loss from mega-quakes http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123119.php

Fixing flood insurance http://www.milkenreview.org/articles/fixing-flood-insurance?IssueID=28#.Wx6TXqmuBlQ.twitter

Unified theory for stochastic modelling of hydroclimatic processes: Preserving marginal distributions, correlation structures, and intermittency https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309170817309892

Why Guatemala’s Volcano Has Been More Deadly Than Hawaii’s https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/science/volcano-guatemala-hawaii.html?linkId=52881585

IMD to forecast floods using new system, soil study data http://ddnews.gov.in/national/imd-forecast-floods-using-new-system-soil-study-data

Fire Research in Australia’s fire-prone heathlands https://mailchi.mp/feca3e484f42/fire-research-in-se-queensland-lots-more-in-seqfbc-enews-sit-back-with-a-coffee-as-there-is-so-much-in-this-issue

Iowa City growth, policies show remnants of 2008 flood’s ripple effect a decade later https://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2018/06/11/iowa-city-2008-river-water-floods-effect-policies/659814002/

10 Most Hazardous Countries For Volcanoes https://www.livescience.com/50451-10-hazardous-countries-volcanoes.html

Grace Poe seeks creation of unit to mind disaster risk management https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/06/11/grace-poe-seeks-creation-of-unit-to-mind-disaster-risk-management/

“Disasters are neither natural nor conflict-neutral” https://www.zilient.org/article/ignoring-conflict-undercuts-disaster-protection-efforts-researchers-warn

Forecasting hazards, averting disasters: implementing forecast-based early action at scale https://www.odi.org/publications/11069-forecasting-hazards-averting-disasters-implementing-forecast-based-early-action-scale

Surface Rupture of Multiple Crustal Faults in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura, New Zealand, Earthquake https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/bssa/article-abstract/532017/surface-rupture-of-multiple-crustal-faults-in-the#.WyAXXbEXNQw.twitter

More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities https://www.npr.org/2018/06/11/616944110/more-rain-more-development-spell-disaster-for-some-u-s-cities?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=atc&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180611

Hurricane Maria – Lessons Learned http://www.physicalplanning.gov.dm/images/hurricane_maria_lessons_learned.pdf

On the coastlines of America, many home buyers are ignoring the new realities of storms and floods https://psmag.com/environment/underestimated-flood-risk-could-crash-the-housing-market

3 Factors That Make Flooding in South America Worse http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/3-Factors-That-Make-Flooding-in-South-America-Worse/

Adaptive management for urban flood risk https://floodresilience.net/blogs/go-with-the-flow-adaptive-management-for-urban-flood-risk

Building Transboundary Flood Resilience in Nepal and India https://lwr.org/lwr-tbr-building-resilience-in-nepal-india

Landslide risk in a changing climate, and what that means for Europe’s roads https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/2018/06/13/geosciences-column-landslide-risk-in-a-changing-climate-and-what-that-means-for-europes-roads/

Why is it that property and economic losses associated with extreme events in “nature” continue to rise even while relevant knowledge and understanding has also greatly increased? https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/a-world-of-disasters-knowing-more-and-losing-more

Climatization: A critical perspective of framing disasters as climate change events https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096315000327

How do you define Terrorism? https://www.rand.org/blog/2018/06/how-do-you-define-terrorism.html?adbsc=social_20180613_2400171&adbid=1007010729273094144&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

Is volcanic activity on the rise? http://www.newsweek.com/volcanic-activity-rise-high-profile-eruptions-dont-signal-increase-volcanism-970927?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter

Gridlike cities retain more heat https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610816/gridlike-cities-retain-more-heat/

Relaxed rules in flood plain help homeowners, but could have consequences later https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Relaxed-rules-in-flood-plain-help-homeowners-but-12992389.php

About the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKSvswM6IcA

Extreme fire behaviour – reconstructing the Waroona fire to find out why it was so dangerous https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/48?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote48

Scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of natural hazards https://e360.yale.edu/features/native-knowledge-what-ecologists-are-learning-from-indigenous-people

Calgary faces 3.9% chance of ‘1-in-100-year’ flood before major mitigation is built http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-elbow-river-mitigation-five-year-anniversary-1.4702742

Chennai’s topography, along with civic apathy, official lethargy and a complete disregard for its natural floodplains see the city reeling under severe waterlogging every year http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/flood-free-chennai

 

Emergency Management

How will New Yorkers power through future hurricanes? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/58197?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Final report: Harvey’s impact on Houston area laid out in grim detail https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harvey-s-impact-on-Houston-area-in-grim-detail-12969537.php

State officials want to know how much damage remains from Hurricane Harvey https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/06/University-of-texas-survey-damage-hurricane-harvey/

Typhoon Haiyan – the king of tropical cyclones http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/products/tc_realtime/storm.asp?storm_identifier=WP312013

A new report demonstrated how drones can come to the rescue in disasters https://phys.org/news/2018-06-highlights-drones-good-society.html

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

911 Center a Critical Link to Public Safety http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-911-Center-a-Critical-Link-to-Public-Safety.html

Airbnb Is Using Its Platform To Provide Housing During Natural Disasters https://studybreaks.com/news-politics/airbnb-natural-disasters/

Technological tools provide protection agencies with services that offer real-time information before, during, and after the disaster situation http://www.i-react.eu/i-react-tests-its-technology-against-floods-in-ipswich/

Alternative deployment models for the fire service https://www.firechief.com/2018/06/11/alternative-deployment-models-for-the-fire-service/#.WyA3K5y8DL0.twitter

Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Disaster Recovery http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/avoiding-unintended-consequences-in-disaster-recovery.html

Changes in Human Well-being and Rural Livelihoods Under Natural Disasters https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800917318505

As storms become stronger, safety instructions for threats can be contradictory https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/run-or-hide-forecasters-struggle-with-warnings-as-disasters-change/?amp;text=

The review looked at the effectiveness and consistency of current flood plans produced by Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) in England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multi-agency-flood-plan-mafp-review

New Firefighting Helicopter Technology Tested in California https://www.kqed.org/science/1925580/new-firefighting-helicopter-technology-tested-in-california?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts https://in.reuters.com/article/us-usa-disaster-fema-insight/u-s-disaster-response-force-stretched-thin-as-hurricane-season-starts-idINKBN1J91C8

New Michigan State University study that is the first to focus on the “livelihood portfolio” of families when evaluating disaster recovery https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/new-study-focuses-on-disaster-recovery/

Grenfell Tower victims remembered one year on https://news.sky.com/story/grenfell-tower-victims-remembered-one-year-on-11404797?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

Introduction to Emergency Management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780128030646

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Master of Disaster and Emergency Response http://www.ecu.edu.au/degrees/courses/master-of-disaster-and-emergency-response

Students can play an active role in their own emergency response http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2018/06/11/tsunami-drills-in-thailand-show-that-students-can-play-an-active-role-in-their-own-emergency-response-.html

Why you should write down an emergency plan http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2018/06/05/write-emergency-plan/

Using stories to help recover from floods in Houston https://catapult.co/stories/wrack-line-life-after-hurricane-harvey-in-houstonians-own-words

Monetary incentives to get people to prepare for the hurricane season http://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Pages/default.aspx

Geoscience Communication – Building bridges, not walls https://www.geosci-commun.net/1/1/2018/

Public drop-in events have been organised in June for people affected by flooding in Sparkhill and Selly Park https://www.gov.uk/government/news/supporting-flooded-communities-in-sparkhill-and-selly-park

Gamification Science, Its History and Future: Definitions and a Research Agenda http://journals.sagepub.com/stoken/default+domain/10.1177/1046878118774385-free/full?hootPostID=de98e395568e1a666aeebb5db50614cd

The hardest part of preparing for disasters is overcoming human nature https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/26/17321100/the-big-ones-natural-disasters-lucy-jones-earthquakes-hurricanes-volcanoes-floods

Recognition is overdue that young people are citizens who already contribute to community flood response and so need to be more explicitly consulted and included in the development of flood risk management https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1353829217310511

Survey: Majority of pet owners unprepared for upcoming disaster https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/survey-majority-of-pet-owners-unprepared-for-upcoming-disaster/

“To help audiences live through floods, journalists need to keep themselves alive first” https://www.sej.org/publications/tipsheet/do-journalists-need-come-out-rain

Climate Information for Those Who Need It Most: Contributions of a Participatory Systems Mapping Approach in Niger https://www.climatelinks.org/sites/default/files/asset/document/2018_CISRI_Climate-Information-Participatory-Systems-Mapping-Approach-Niger.pdf

Organizations are partnering with local emergency managers to work on community wildfire resilience https://fireadaptednetwork.org/are-you-partnering-with-your-emergency-manager-four-stories-to-demonstrate-why-you-should-be/

Partnerships facilitate lasting wins for communities https://www.herald.co.zw/partnerships-key-to-societal-priorities/

You Can Now Search For Addresses Across 750 Million Years Of Earth’s History https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/06/you-can-now-search-for-addresses-across-750-million-years-of-earths-history/

Exhibition aims to collect memories of flooding in Leicester https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2018/june/exhibition-aims-to-collect-memories-of-flooding-in-leicester/

Pyroclastic flows: the hazard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-f7JxMfS9Y&list=PLfQrRLVgrlwjIEeiAivbQ-Kl39E5RbdiX&index=1

Cedar Rapids Dedicates Memorial 10 Years After Record Flood http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-dedicates-memorial-10-years-after-record-flood#stream/0

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Proceedings – 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management https://iscram2018.rit.edu/sites/rit.edu.iscram2018/files/docs/2018_ISCRAM_Conference_Proceedings.pdf

How Social Media Exploits Our Moral Emotions http://nautil.us/blog/how-social-media-exploits-our-moral-emotions

 

Psychology and Disasters

“Flooded household members experienced significantly higher worry and stress” https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/After-The-Flood.pdf

Findings pioneer the relevance of nostalgia as source of comfort in adverse weather http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167218756030

Grenfell Tower fire: How are children getting on now? http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/44456172

 

Sociology and Disasters

Engaging culture in disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery presents promise and problems http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2018/06/07/what-can-we-learn-from-practitioners-stories/

Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities https://ssir.org/articles/entry/strong_social_networks_are_key_to_turning_around_communities#

Network Effectiveness in Neighborhood Collaborations https://www.mdrc.org/publication/network-effectiveness-neighborhood-collaborations

How Guatemala has dealt with volcanoes over the centuries https://theconversation.com/how-guatemala-has-dealt-with-volcanoes-over-the-centuries-97817

Living with disasters: social capital for disaster governance https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/disa.12257

Learning to build disaster resilience by identifying several factors that affect displacement: social networks, homeownership and area of employment https://news.gsu.edu/research-magazine/spring2018/the-gathering-storm?

Community vulnerability and resilience in disaster risk reduction: an example from Phojal Nalla, Himachal Pradesh, India https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-018-1326-6

 

My latest blog post – Flood risk management: how to engage with communities https://disasterece.com/2018/06/14/flood-risk-management-how-to-engage-with-communities/

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

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