Today in disaster resilience (29 June 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Divers re-enter Thai cave to search for 13 cut off by floods https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/power-line-put-in-thai-cave-to-help-search-for-missing-boys/777038624?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Floods, landslides in northern Vietnam kill 17, leaving 11 missing http://www.tert.am/en/news/2018/06/26/vietnam/2725044?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

India – Torrential Rain and Floods in Maharashtra and Gujarat http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-gujarat-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – Evacuations After Rivers Rise in Iowa and South Dakota http://floodlist.com/america/usa/iowa-south-dakota-floods-june-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Myanmar – Deadly Floods and Landslides Strike Mohnyin District, Kachin State http://floodlist.com/asia/myanmar-floods-landslides-strike-kachin-state-june-2018

Sudan – Rains Destroy 420 Homes in Central Darfur Camps http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-rains-destroy-420-homes-in-central-darfur-camps

Saddleworth Moor fire declared major incident as residents evacuated https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/27/manchester-moorland-fire-declared-a-major-incident-by-police?CMP=share_btn_tw

Destructive flash floods hit parts of Greece https://watchers.news/2018/06/27/destructive-flash-floods-hit-parts-of-greece/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Intense eruption starts at Sierra Negra volcano, evacuations ordered, Galapagos, Ecuador https://watchers.news/2018/06/27/sierra-negra-eruption-galapagos/

State of emergency in Northern California as Pawnee Fire destroys 22 buildings, threatens 600 https://watchers.news/2018/06/26/state-of-emergency-in-northern-california-as-pawnee-fire-destroys-22-buildings-threatens-600/

Destructive tornado hits Eureka, 5 people injured, state of disaster declared, Kansas https://watchers.news/2018/06/27/destructive-tornado-hits-eureka-5-people-injured-state-of-disaster-declared-kansas/

Flood halts academic activities in Moulvibazar https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2018/06/27/flood-halts-academic-activities-in-moulvibazar

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Jun 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/69565/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Jun-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Cl.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapting to Climate Change Will Take More Than Just Seawalls and Levees https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/adapting-to-climate-change-will-take-more-than-just-seawalls-and-levees/

Climate displacement: “an untold story” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/58917

Rising seas: ‘Florida is about to be wiped off the map’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/rising-seas-florida-climate-change-elizabeth-rush?CMP=share_btn_tw

There’s an Easy Way for National Governments to Help Cities Act on Climate Change – Give Them Data http://thecityfix.com/blog/theres-easy-way-national-governments-help-cities-act-climate-change-give-data-greg-carlock-pankaj-bhatia-christopher-ede-calton/

Unprecedented summer heat in Europe ‘every other year’ under 1.5C of warming https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-unprecedented-summer-heat-europe-1-5c-warming

Cities face dramatic rise in heat, flood risks by 2050, researchers say http://www.eco-business.com/news/cities-face-dramatic-rise-in-heat-flood-risks-by-2050-researchers-say/

Hit by extreme weather, Zimbabwe rolls out triple climate policy https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/58958

Responding to economic climate risk in Australia http://427mt.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Economic-Climate-Risk-in-Australia-1.pdf

Barents Sea seems to have crossed a climate tipping point https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/barents-sea-seems-to-have-crossed-a-climate-tipping-point/

New climate adaptation and resilience indicators for Canada http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2018/eccc/En4-329-2018-eng.pdf

Residual fossil CO2 emissions in 1.5–2 °C pathways https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0198-6

Even if global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century, rapid polar warming may release additional greenhouse gases, and sea-levels will rise by several metres https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/many-current-climate-models-could-be-wrong-about-global-warming-study-60965

4 tech startups that are fighting for coastal climate resilience — and winning https://www.greenbiz.com/article/4-tech-startups-are-fighting-coastal-climate-resilience-and-winning

Efforts to build climate resilience in Chad turn up a surprising barrier: Violence against women http://news.trust.org/item/20180621110729-vpd8b/

UK is not on track to meet its own climate targets, says report https://www.newscientist.com/article/2172829-uk-is-not-on-track-to-meet-its-own-climate-targets-says-report/

A city in Oman just posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded: 109 degrees https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/06/27/a-city-in-oman-just-set-the-worlds-hottest-low-temperature-ever-recorded-109-degrees/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ddae75feeecf

Rising seas are eating into Puerto Rico’s beaches and that makes it even more vulnerable to hurricanes https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/06/rising-seas-eat-into-puerto-rico-beaches/

As Science Improves Climate Change Forecast Gets Hotter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NGVZWXfKg0

Urbanists Should Not Ignore the Slow Creep of Climate Change on Resilience https://www.thenatureofcities.com/2018/06/28/urbanists-not-ignore-slow-creep-climate-change-resilience/

Meet America’s new climate normal: towns that flood when it isn’t raining https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/28/rising-elizabeth-rush-extract-towns-flooding

 

Disaster risk reduction

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation Planning: Tools for Prioritizing Potential Solutions https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-climate-smart-development

What Alabama Can Teach You about Storm Resilience https://nextcity.org/features/view/what-alabama-can-teach-you-about-storm-resilience

How Do You Reduce Disaster Risk in River Deltas? http://news.trust.org/item/20180620131059-06lrb

Coastal resilience is getting high-tech, but there are still information gaps to fill http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2018/06/20/coastal-resilience-public-sector-technology-mapping/

Lessons Learned From Hurricane Harvey Highlighted in Zurich Report https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2018/06/25/493207.htm

Movement around the world to build smarter and “spongier” cities that can absorb rainwater instead of letting it flow through miles of pavement and cause damaging floods https://www.citi.io/2018/06/26/how-to-build-a-city-that-doesnt-flood-turn-it-into-a-sponge/

Great visual report using satellite photos: Track flooding across Australia’s vast Lake Eyre Basin http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-26/lake-eyre-and-the-ancient-rhythms-of-our-red-centre/9864010

Flood data released for ten South American cities https://oasishub.co/your-city-your-future/south-america/

After Harvey, Houston has to get greener https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/harvey-houston-green-natural-infrastructure-13030407.php

Multiple factors often interact to amplify the effects of severe storms, droughts, and other extreme water-related events https://eos.org/features/when-environmental-forces-collide

The role of fire in UK peatland and moorland management: the need for informed, unbiased debate http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/1696/20150342

Mexico City, Mexico: Seismic Resilience Recovery Plan https://medium.com/urban-resilience-prospectus-latin-america-and-the/mexico-city-mexico-seismic-resilience-recovery-plan-60b5dea95aea

Canada’s best province for flood risk management https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/catastrophes/canadas-best-province-flood-risk-management-1004133390/

Early flood detection and warning system in Argentina developed with Libelium sensors technology http://www.libelium.com/early-flood-detection-and-warning-system-in-argentina-developed-with-libelium-sensors-technology/

Central Asia Fault Database https://esdynamics.geo.uni-tuebingen.de/faults/

A set of 38 indicators, recommended by an Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group, will track progress in implementing the seven targets of the Sendai Framework https://www.preventionweb.net/drr-framework/sendai-framework-monitor/introduction

Rapid 3-D analysis of rockfalls in Yosemite https://phys.org/news/2018-06-rapid-d-analysis-rockfalls-yosemite.html

Nature Does Flood Control Better Than Concrete: One Idea in South San Francisco https://www.kqed.org/science/1926410/nature-does-flood-control-better-than-concrete-one-idea-in-south-san-francisco

Suffolk businesses stand to gain from Ipswich’s new flood barrier http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/poundfield-products-isaacs-on-the-quay-businesses-benefit-from-ipswich-tidal-barrier-project-1-5579788

 

Emergency Management

Lessons learnt from 2017 Caribbean Hurricane Season https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/lessons-learnt-from-2017-caribbean-hurricane-season

Women’s leadership in disaster preparedness https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/58965

Disasters & emergency preparedness: a practical resource guide https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/58961

The Gulgong Fire Station just received a very special piece of equipment https://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/5490745/the-gulgong-fire-station-just-received-a-very-special-piece-of-equipment/?cs=1863

Good intentions, unintended consequences: how to help when disasters strike the Pacific https://reliefweb.int/report/samoa/good-intentions-unintended-consequences-how-help-when-disasters-strike-pacific

McAllen Dealing With Fallout From Heaviest Rainfall Since Hurricane Beulah http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/McAllen-Dealing-With-Fallout-From-Heaviest-Rainfall-Since-Hurricane-Beulah.html

Kilauea volcano helps emergency managers better prepare for threats in Washington https://medium.com/wagovernor/kilauea-volcano-helps-emergency-managers-better-prepare-for-volcano-threats-in-washington-42dec55d7f0c

State leaders preparing for what they say may be the biggest wildfire season in history http://kimatv.com/news/local/state-leaders-preparing-for-what-they-say-may-be-the-biggest-wildfire-seasons-in-history

 

 

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

More than half of Americans (53 percent) do not have any emergency preparation plans in place, yet 42 percent are concerned about an emergency happening https://www.healthcareready.org/programs/community-preparedness

The SC Emergency Manager contains a variety of tools and features that help people prepare for weather disasters or any other kind of emergency http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/New-App-Helps-People-Stay-Safe-During-Natural-Disasters.html

In Bihar, this initiative focuses on creating community leaders to tackle disasters https://yourstory.com/2018/06/help-hand-creating-community-leaders-disaster-bihar/

Fire Narratives: Are Any Accurate? https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-narratives-accurate/?platform=hootsuite

Practical Action supported flood drills in three vulnerable villages to enhance community preparedness and ensure effective use of early warning systems https://www.usaid.gov/nepal/fact-sheets/enhancing-flood-preparedness-nepal

Information and education critical to tackling U.S flood risk, says Swiss Re’s Junge https://www.reinsurancene.ws/information-and-education-critical-to-tackling-u-s-flood-risk-says-swiss-res-junge/

FloodSafe resources https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe

Participatory digital mapping: building community resilience in Nepal, Peru and Mexico https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/participatory-digital-mapping-building-community-resilience-in-nepal-peru-and-mexico

Preparing the community – An agency-based framework of community engagement for disaster preparation https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/resilience-hazards/4596

How stories can help communicate volcanic risk to communities http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/how-stories-can-help-communicate-volcanic-risk-communities?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

What if Vesuvius erupted today? https://www.gfdrr.org/en/aftershocks

Learning from public response to natural hazard videos https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Learning-from-public-response-to-natural-hazard-videos

What was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century? https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/what-was-largest-volcanic-eruption-20th-century?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products

University gets UNESCO backing to enhance global geoscience awareness https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/university-receives-unesco-backing-to-enhance-global-geoscience-awareness

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Struggling to stay on top of fake social media posts in a disaster https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/23/national/media-national/struggling-stay-top-fake-social-media-posts-disaster/

Canadian survey: While social media clearly has a place in spreading information during emergencies, the top preferred channels continue to be television (23 per cent) and local radio stations (22 per cent) http://www.redcross.ca/crc/documents/Disasters_report_2018.pdf

Investigating Community Resilience in the Age of Social Media https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Drop-Cover-and-Tweet

 

Psychology and Disasters

Are Wellingtonians prepared for a natural hazard event? https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Cultural-resilience-in-the-capital

Does A Major Earthquake Change Attitudes and Well-Being Judgments? A Natural Experiment http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550617707016#articleCitationDownloadContainer

Many firefighters silently suffer from PTSD https://www.cbsnews.com/video/many-firefighters-silently-suffer-from-ptsd/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Female leadership is crucial in building resilient communities http://news.trust.org//item/20180626104353-0djmk/

What is equitable resilience? https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X18301396

The slow recovery in Puerto Rico https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puertorico_photo-essay-slow-recoery-180969346/

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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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