Today in disaster resilience (17 August 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

British holidaymaker’s terror after campsite submerged in France https://en.brinkwire.com/news/british-holidaymakers-terror-after-campsite-submerged-in-france/

Three villages flooded in Satkhira after embankment fails https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2018/08/12/three-villages-flooded-in-satkhira-after-embankment-fails

Flood Cripples Philippine Capital as 54,000 Are Evacuated https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-12/philippines-evacuates-17-000-after-intense-rain-floods-capital

A Fiat Chrysler dealership lost lots of cars to a major flood in northeast New Jersey https://jalopnik.com/watch-a-new-jersey-dealerships-jeeps-and-rams-get-swept-1828301463

Evacuations, rescues as ‘historic’ floods hit northeastern U.S. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/evacuations-rescues-as-historic-floods-hit-northeastern-us-idUKKBN1KZ1PX

Italy bridge: Rescuers search for survivors in Genoa https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45190735

B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada https://watchers.news/2018/08/15/b-c-declares-state-of-emergency-as-nearly-600-wildfires-burn-across-the-province-canada/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ilfracombe hit by flash flooding https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/ilfracombe-flash-flooding-1-5646416

Kīlauea Volcano status report https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/status.html

Himachal Pradesh: Five persons die, 60 animals buried alive https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/himachal-pradesh-five-persons-die-60-animals-buried-alive-due-to-rains/articleshow/65395030.cms

Four killed, houses and vehicles damaged in Jammu flash floods https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/four-killed-houses-and-vehicles-damaged-in-jammu-flash-floods/story-w4MhvVBaFtYXlfciKTg8CN.html

Kansas Storms: 2 Killed in Floodwater, Tornado Confirmed http://www.koamtv.com/story/38890734/2-killed-swept-away-by-floodwater-in-southeast-kansas

Fears for historic city of Agadez as flooding continues http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6063977/Fears-historic-city-Agadez-flooding-continues.html

Colombia and Venezuela – Thousands Displaced as Rivers Continue to Rise http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-venezuela-orinoco-river-floods-august-2018-update?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kerala rains: Toll rises to 79; PM asks MoD to step up relief & rescue ops https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/kerala-floods-toll-rises-to-79-pm-modi-asks-defence-min-to-step-up-relief-118081600217_1.html

Flash Floods in Sudan kill 23 and displace almost 9,000 families http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/flash-floods-in-sudan-kill-23-and-displace-almost-9000-families/#utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Aug 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ebeko https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70180/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-Aug-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Eb.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How can we address the effects of climate change on communities of color? http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/influencers/article216228920.html?__twitter_impression=true

A warmer world means a greater risk rain lands on snow, triggering floods https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/08/a-warmer-world-means-a-greater-risk-rain-lands-on-snow-triggering-floods/

Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/aug/13/halfway-boiling-city-50c?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate change and wildfires – how do we know if there is a link? https://theconversation.com/climate-change-and-wildfires-how-do-we-know-if-there-is-a-link-101304?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Heat: the next big inequality issue https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/aug/13/heat-next-big-inequality-issue-heatwaves-world

The Palgrave Handbook of Climate History https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/978-1-137-43020-5

Valuing the global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59929

Prioritizing the needs of children in a changing climate https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59829

Cyclical natural phenomena that affect planet’s climate will amplify effect of manmade global warming, scientists warn https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/14/extreme-temperatures-especially-likely-for-next-four-years?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coastal flooding in Europe ‘could cost up to €1 trillion per year’ by 2100 https://www.carbonbrief.org/coastal-flooding-in-europe-could-cost-up-to-one-trillion-euros-per-year-by-2100

Humanity can still avoid the apocalyptic future laid out in the much-discussed “hothouse earth” paper https://theintercept.com/2018/08/14/hothouse-earth-climate-change-neoliberal-economics/

July 2018 was third-warmest such month on Earth, NASA finds https://www.axios.com/july-2018-was-third-warmest-such-month-on-earth-1534345383-9fdaa57a-6f86-45b2-acce-208095d8a4a0.html

Mapping Sea-Level Change in Time, Space, and Probability https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025826

Study: As Sea Levels Rise, Home Values Sink https://www.forbes.com/sites/reneemorad/2018/07/31/study-as-sea-levels-rise-home-values-sink/#540f41e25029

Outlook for SE Australia: more heat and drought https://reg.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/overview/video

July 2018 Global Temperature Update http://www.columbia.edu/~mhs119/Temperature/Emails/July2018.pdf

Climate change is a women’s issue http://interactive.unwomen.org/multimedia/photo/climatechange/en/index.html

Climate Change, Health and Equity https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/climate-change/guide

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why we need to restore floodplains https://floodresilience.net/blogs/why-we-need-to-restore-floodplains

Better forecast, better preparedness – investing in improved weather services https://floodresilience.net/blogs/better-forecast-better-preparedness-investing-in-improved-weather-services

Building urban resilience in New Zealand https://resiliencechallenge.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Building-Urban-Resilience-in-NZ-2017-6.pdf

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44636934

What Role Does Adaptive Management Play in Restoring Our Coast? http://mississippiriverdelta.org/what-role-does-adaptive-management-play-in-restoring-our-coast/

Bridging the Divide: Integrating Animal and Plant Paradigms to Secure the Future of Biodiversity in Fire-Prone Ecosystems http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/2/29/htm

What’s changed in Louisiana’s housing codes since 2016’s epic flooding? Not much https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_a7cb87f4-9752-11e8-8db9-aff7b1343455.html

City of Katy to consider stricter building codes in floodplains and other ordinance updates https://communityimpact.com/houston/katy/city-county/2018/08/10/city-of-katy-to-consider-stricter-building-codes-in-floodplains-and-other-ordinance-updates/

The U.S. Desperately Needs a Better Way to Predict Storms. One Scientist Might Have the Solution http://time.com/longform/better-storm-prediction/?xid=tcoshare

We need to help people move to higher ground https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/editorial-we-need-to-help-people-move-to-higher-ground/article_6b54a15c-9c02-11e8-b67e-6f88bf267d0d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Is Investing in Defensible Space Worth It? Six Examples Point to Yes! https://fireadaptednetwork.org/is-investing-in-defensible-space-worth-it-six-examples-point-to-yes/

Understanding the 42-year-old Idukki dam which is now saving Kerala https://theprint.in/opinion/in-monsoon-battered-kerala-idukki-dam-has-stood-tall-to-prevent-floods/97579/

Improving Flood Maps in Ungauged Fluvial Basins with Dendrogeomorphological Data http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/8/300

Fight fires with indigenous knowledge, researchers say http://news.trust.org/item/20180813085232-1lw0o/

The impacts of flooding on well-being and the role of ecosystem-based adaptation https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59933

Cred crunch, Issue no. 51, July 2018 – Earthquakes in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59930

Role of women in disaster risk governance https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59870

Tsunami preparedness in the Chatham Islands 150 years after the devastating South American event https://resiliencechallenge.nz/media-release-tsunami-preparedness-in-the-chatham-islands/

How “levee wars” are making floods worse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTv6RkFnelM&feature=youtu.be

Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed nearly 400 https://apnews.com/4f2179321aeb4983a63bb4acf49fc51b

Wildfires are inevitable – increasing home losses, fatalities and costs are not https://theconversation.com/wildfires-are-inevitable-increasing-home-losses-fatalities-and-costs-are-not-101295

Bhutan Earthquake Opens Doors to Geophysical Studies https://eos.org/project-updates/bhutan-earthquake-opens-doors-to-geophysical-studies

What are the factors that turn some natural disasters into human catastrophes? https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/earthquakes-why-some-natural-disasters-are-more-deadly-than-others-1.3591048#.W3MSBZ__byg.twitter

Multiple benefits of Natural Flood Management http://naturalcourse.co.uk/uploads/2018/08/Multiple-benefits-of-NFM.compressed.pdf

Poll: Most Floridians Say They’re Prepared for Hurricanes, But Not Covered for Flood https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2018/08/14/497876.htm

Australian Rain Proves Fiercer Than Expected http://floodlist.com/australia/australian-rain-proves-fiercer-than-expected?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Europe needs coastal adaptation measures to avoid catastrophic flooding by the end of the century https://phys.org/news/2018-08-europe-coastal-catastrophic-century.html

After The Storm: The Rising Risk Of Floods http://theonebrief.com/after-the-storm-the-rising-risk-of-floods/

Flood event attribution and damage estimation using national‐scale grid‐based modelling: Winter 2013/2014 in Great Britain https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/joc.5721

Ten Principles for Building Resilience https://americas.uli.org/research/centers-initiatives/urban-resilience-program/ten-principles-building-resilience/

Financing resilient communities and coastlines https://www.edf.org/ecosystems/financing-resilient-communities-and-coastlines?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=expert_none_upd_eco&utm_medium=social-media&utm_id=1534196536

Flood inundation models are now being used for flood risk assessment and monitoring https://hepex.irstea.fr/we-need-better-topography-data/

There is a need for clear-cut Standard Operating Procedures for mitigating urban flooding https://thepolicytimes.com/urban-flooding-is-a-reality/

Time to rethink approach to floods, speaker says http://www.osoyoostimes.com/time-to-rethink-approach-to-floods-speaker-says/

Testing the Added Value of Market Incentives on Disaster Risk Reduction in Western Nepal https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/testing-the-added-value-of-market-incentives-on-disaster-risk-reduction-in-western-nepal

Resilient Cities Report 2018 https://resilientcities2018.iclei.org/wp-content/uploads/RC2018_Report.pdf

This Is Not the Way to Stop Homes From Flooding https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/opinion/fema-flooding-development-buyout.html

Why Two Years of Historic Wildfires Haven’t Made Southern California Safer https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-15/why-two-years-of-historic-wildfires-haven-t-made-southern-california-safer

Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy http://qldreconstruction.org.au/BCFRS

Resilient Queensland – regional approaches to building resilience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnE-eUsm34I

Brisbane Flood Resilient Homes Project https://www.citysmart.com.au/floodwise/

Ten years after the catastrophic Koshi embankment breach, none of its lessons seem to have been learned https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2018/08/15/a-dammed-history-of-the-koshi-in-bihar/

Florida’s flood laws can be a nationwide model https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article216644305.html

The Challenge Of River Basin Monitoring https://sciencetrends.com/the-challenge-of-river-basin-monitoring/

Home Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past Floods https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/home-buyers-face-stacked-decks-learn-past-floods?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=PolicyFlood

 

Emergency Management

Philippines bride wades down flooded church aisle to reach groom after monsoon https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/bride-aisle-church-flood-monsoon-wedding-philippines-manila-a8488491.html

Emergency Alert Systems Still Need a Major Upgrade http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/EDITORIAL-Emergency-Alert-Systems-Still-Need-a-Major-Upgrade.html

UK wildfires: prevention is more than a fire service issue https://theconversation.com/uk-wildfires-prevention-is-more-than-a-fire-service-issue-100127

Wildfire policy and management in England: an evolving response from Fire and Rescue Services, forestry and cross-sector groups http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/371/1696/20150341

The devastation caused by wildfires is self-evident – but their impact is greater and more wide-ranging than you might think https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/12/the-five-wildfires-impact-health-housing-economy-biodiversity-soil?__twitter_impression=true

Greece wildfires: Emergency chiefs replaced https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45077978

Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) return on investment study https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59894

How does resilience change over time? Tracking post-disaster recovery using mobile phone surveys https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59868

Nepal government’s emergency response to the 2015 earthquake: a case study https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59820

Is a Lack of Institutional Knowledge Plaguing Emergency Management? http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Is-a-Lack-of-Institutional-Knowledge-Plaguing-Emergency-Management.html

Does Wildfire Open a Policy Window? Local Government and Community Adaptation After Fire in the United States https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/56375

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attention http://evidencenetwork.ca/when-disasters-strike-seniors-need-priority-attention/

‘Patchwork’ System Leaves Some Californians Out of Emergency Alerts http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Patchwork-System-Leaves-Some-Californians-Out-of-Emergency-Alerts.html

Massachusetts Firefighters to Get Better Benefits for Cancer Treatment http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Firefighters-to-Get-Better-Benefits-for-Cancer-Treatment.html

What are you doing to transfer knowledge from one generation of emergency managers to the next? http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/learning-from-the-past-or-learning-anew-which-do-you-ascribe-to.html

Emergency management breakdown aide http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/sites/default/files/managed/embam/

The Team Process Checklist has been developed to assist emergency management teams deal with breakdowns in communication https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/teamprocesschecklist

‘It’s all bad’: Earliest total fire bans on record an ominous sign https://www.canberratimes.com.au/environment/weather/it-s-all-bad-earliest-total-fire-bans-on-record-an-ominous-sign-20180815-p4zxn8.html

Environment Agency’s ‘Incident Management Portal’ receives international award https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agencys-incident-management-portal-receives-international-award

AI Startups Promise to Help Disaster Relief and Evacuation https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-16/ai-startups-promise-to-help-disaster-relief-and-evacuation

U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-disaster-relief-home-and-abroad?utm_content=081618&utm_medium=social_earned&utm_source=tw&utm_term=us-disaster-relief-home-and-abroad

Victoria Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/PubPDocs.nsf/ee665e366dcb6cb0ca256da400837f6b/c8907db5d350657dca25823a007830c8!OpenDocument

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Why Do We Turn to Stories in the Midst of a Disaster? https://lithub.com/why-do-we-turn-to-stories-in-the-midst-of-a-disaster/

Newtown & Berhampore Community Response Planning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_skkB6bK3Q

Citizens with drones can help fighting disasters http://www.i-react.eu/citizens-drones-can-help-fighting-natural-disasters/

What controls the shaking you feel during an earthquake? https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/earthquake_intensity

In this powerful extract from her new book, Chessie Henry interviews her father who was caught up in the drama of the Christchurch earthquakes https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/13-08-2018/the-monday-excerpt-february-22-2011-christchurch/

Localisation in practice: emerging indicators and practical recommendations https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59895

Community puppet theatre as a participatory alternative method to strengthen flood resilience https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/community-puppet-theatre-as-a-participatory-alternative-method-to-strengthen-flood-resilience

In Cambodia and around the world, a safe community starts with a safe school https://undpasiapac.exposure.co/practicing-for-disaster

Earthquake Education Videos – Official Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDbAmX72CFA&list=PLuuX-B3xC1Fqus0qFpxHoPZTpSzsGNwPR

One year after Freetown mudslide http://news.trust.org/item/20180510080420-239zm/

Disaster Media Effects: A Systematic Review and Synthesis Based on the Differential Susceptibility to Media Effects Model https://academic.oup.com/joc/article-abstract/68/4/734/5003433?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Supervolcano lessons a hit for Hilltop students https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/What-s-new/Supervolcano-lessons

Texas Students Undergo Drone Training for Public Safety Use http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Sharyland-Students-Undergo-Drone-Training-for-Public-Safety-Use.html

A Model for Aligning Key Internal Resources Before Crisis https://thecrisiscommunicator.com/2018/08/13/a-model-for-aligning-key-internal-resources-before-crisis/

Crisis Communication: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from International Disasters https://www.amazon.com/Crisis-Communication-Studies-International-Disasters/dp/1498751342/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502144008&sr=8-1&keywords=brataas+crisis

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Calls for help fill social media as floods swamp Metro Manila http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/11/18/calls-for-help-fill-social-media-as-floods-swamp-metro-manila

14% of Americans have changed their mind about an issue because of something they saw on social media http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/08/15/14-of-americans-have-changed-their-mind-about-an-issue-because-of-something-they-saw-on-social-media/

Australian Twitter Collection https://www.qut.edu.au/institute-for-future-environments/facilities/digital-observatory

 

Psychology and Disasters

The Way We Process Risks Can Keep Us in Harm’s Way http://behavioralscientist.org/the-way-we-process-risks-can-keep-us-in-harms-way/

“Harvey’s not over”: School’s about to start — but the trauma from Hurricane Harvey lingers https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/13/harveys-not-over-schools-about-start-trauma-hurricane-harvey-lingers/

 

Sociology and Disasters

‘Natural disasters’ and people on the margins – the hidden story https://theconversation.com/natural-disasters-and-people-on-the-margins-the-hidden-story-100251?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Drought, Flood Driving Worsening Crises in Vulnerable Populations https://www.watercanada.net/drought-flood-driving-worsening-crises-in-vulnerable-populations/

Social Capital and Dietary Intakes Following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30033956

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Disaster Recovery https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/DRGS_gender_equality_WEB.pdf

 

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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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