Today in disaster resilience (28 September 2018)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage http://uk.businessinsider.com/ap-tunisia-floods-kill-at-least-4-cause-major-damage-2018-9/?r=AU&IR=T

‘It’s pretty devastating’: Ottawa family left to pick up pieces after tornado levels home https://globalnews.ca/news/4479219/ottawa-tornado-levels-home/

44 dead as Florence-weary Carolinas face more flooding and rising rivers https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/22/us/florence-carolinas-flooding-saturday-wxc/index.html

Rains, Flash Floods Claim Eight Lives In North India https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/2018/09/24/rains-pound-north-india-8-killed-in-j-k-hp-hry#gs.bEoPHq0

Thousands in South Carolina brace for post-Florence flooding https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-florence/thousands-urged-to-flee-ahead-of-post-florence-flooding-in-south-carolina-idUSKCN1M305N

Environment Canada confirms 3 tornadoes and 2 downbursts in Ottawa, Ontario https://watchers.news/2018/09/25/environment-canada-confirms-3-tornadoes-and-2-downbursts-in-ottawa-ontario/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Worst floods since 1995 claim lives of 25 people, over 1 100 stranded, Himachal Pradesh, India https://watchers.news/2018/09/25/worst-floods-since-1995-claim-lives-of-25-people-over-1-100-stranded-himachal-pradesh-india/

Nigeria – Floods Affect Half a Million as Death Toll Rises http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-september-2018-update

Mexico – 7 Dead, 8 Missing After Flash Floods in Michoacán http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-flash-floods-michoacan-september-2018

After Florence, South Carolinians brace for record flooding https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/historic-after-florence-south-carolinians-brace-record-flooding-n913036

Flash floods hit Connecticut turning roads into rivers https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/flash-floods-hit-connecticut-turning-roads-rivers/

Niger flood death toll up to 42: UN https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6216283/Niger-flood-death-toll-42-UN.html

Super Typhoon Trami heads for Japan as US flooding remains https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/26/world-weatherwatch-super-typhoon-trami-heads-for-japan-as-us-flooding-remains

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Sep 2018: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70782/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Sep-2018-Popocatepetl-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The ludicrous gulf between our climate change goals and reality, in one chart https://www.vox.com/2016/8/18/12520344/climate-change-goals-reality-one-chart

‘It’s hyped up’: Climate deniers in the path of Hurricane Florence https://grist.org/article/its-hyped-up-climate-deniers-in-the-path-of-hurricane-florence/

How much the vanishing ice will make global sea levels rise https://graphics.reuters.com/CLIMATECHANGE-GREENLAND-CHALLENGES/010080EH0V0/index.html

UN lacks plan to help climate migrants, finds internal report http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/09/21/un-lacks-plan-help-climate-migrants-finds-internal-report/

Florence and the 5 stages of climate change acceptance https://thebulletin.org/2018/09/florence-and-the-5-stages-of-climate-change-acceptance/

Documentary data and the study of the past droughts: an overview of the state of the art worldwide https://www.clim-past-discuss.net/cp-2018-118/

City resiliency in the face of climate change https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018663866/city-resiliency-in-the-face-of-climate-change

‘We’re moving to higher ground’: America’s era of climate mass migration is here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/24/americas-era-of-climate-mass-migration-is-here

The Long Hot Summer: Part 1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxlq9

Country-level social cost of carbon https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0282-y

Globe had its fifth warmest August and June–August on record https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201808

New study reconciles a dispute about how fast global warming will happen https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/sep/24/new-study-reconciles-a-dispute-about-how-fast-global-warming-will-happen?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

On the time evolution of climate sensitivity and future warming https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018EF000889

Florence floods damaged thousands more homes because of sea level rise, study shows https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218944875.html

Google’s New Tool to Fight Climate Change https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/09/google-climate-change-greenhouse-gas-emissions/571144/?utm_source=twb

Global warming isn’t just a natural cycle https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/09/global-warming-isnt-just-a-natural-cycle/

Years-Long Debate Over Sea Level Rise And Real Estate In N.C. Is Getting A Wake-Up From Hurricane Florence https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/commercial-real-estate/did-north-carolina-favor-development-over-sea-level-warnings-93239

73% of Australians are concerned about climate change, up from 66% in 2017 http://www.tai.org.au/content/climate-nation-2018

New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-26/new-climate-debate-how-to-adapt-to-the-end-of-the-world

The Climate Crisis And Your Health: Infectious Disease https://below2c.org/2018/09/the-climate-crisis-and-your-health-infectious-disease/

We haven’t reached climate despair just yet. We can still save ourselves https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/09/the-case-against-climate-despair

World ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/26/global-warming-climate-change-targets-un-report?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Warm waters boosted 2017’s major hurricane tally, study says https://phys.org/news/2018-09-boosted-major-hurricane-tally.html

Dominica: Striving Towards Climate Resilience http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/Dominica_Striving_Towards_Climate_Resilience.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

Little-known flood-control district asks Denver metro voters for first tax hike https://www.denverpost.com/2018/09/13/denver-metro-flood-control-district-tax-hike/

After the Big One: Understanding aftershock risk https://earth.stanford.edu/news/after-big-one-understanding-aftershock-risk

‘First salvo’: Lines drawn as battle over raising Warragamba Dam begins https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/first-salvo-lines-drawn-as-battle-over-raising-warragamba-dam-begins-20180920-p5050c.html

Lost for Words Amongst Disaster Risk Science Vocabulary? https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-018-0188-3

The Amazon is flooding five times more often than it used to https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/09/19/The-Amazon-is-flooding-five-times-more-often-than-it-used-to/9691537384801/

Too many Indian cities flood every monsoon https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/too-many-indian-cities-flood-every-monsoon/article24994808.ece

Mind the Gap: Reconciling Mitigation and Recovery in Home Buyout Programs https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/147?

Preparing to Research Hurricane Florence https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/early-reconnaissance-preparing-to-research-hurricane-florence?

Disaster-prone Asia must not cut corners on critical infrastructure http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=76a4960d-4f9a-43cd-9731-fb1872bf1a76

Kerala floods: IIT professor identifies four major factors https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-floods-iit-professor-four-major-factors-for-disaster/article25021967.ece

New NASA Study Able To Track Hurricane Harvey Storm Water With GPS https://sciencetrends.com/new-nasa-study-able-to-track-hurricane-harvey-storm-water-with-gps/

60 Minutes program on Dutch stormwater management https://www.cbsnews.com/news/storm-water-management-dutch-solution-henk-ovink-hurricane-florence-damage-60-minutes/

New earthquake risk model could better inform disaster planning https://phys.org/news/2018-09-earthquake-disaster.html

Peter Head on systems-thinking for planning resilience in the Hunter https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/design/peter-head-systems-thinking-planning-hunter/101017

What happens when you buy a house in a disaster zone – and no one told you? https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/sep/25/property-on-floodplain-laws-rights-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Serbia transformed its approach to disaster risk management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbw8DhkRzZo

North Carolina flooding soaks federal taxpayers all over again https://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/articles/north-carolina-flooding-soaks-federal-taxpayers-all-over-again

First Street Foundation: Analyzing the risks, causes and solutions to sea level rise and flooding https://firststreet.org/

Linking technology and community early warning: UNDP and People in Need to extend disaster early warning for Koh Kong and Sihanoukville communities http://adaptation-undp.org/linking-technology-and-community-early-warning-undp-and-people-need-extend-disaster-early-warning

Leading the Way to a More Resilient Future http://100resilientcities.org/leading-way-resilient-future/

Untangling Complex Systems: A Grand Challenge for Science https://comdig.unam.mx/2018/09/25/untangling-complex-systems-a-grand-challenge-for-science-pier-luigi-gentili/

Uncharted territory: Why the magnitude of the flooding yet to come is so uncertain https://wpde.com/news/local/uncharted-territory-why-the-magnitude-of-the-flooding-yet-to-come-is-so-uncertain

Philippine official proposes cooperation with Taiwan on flood management http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201809240011.aspx

Mapping the 2018 East Africa floods from space with smapr https://www.r-bloggers.com/mapping-the-2018-east-africa-floods-from-space-with-smapr/

Re-Charge Pakistan: PM Imran approves project for utilization of flood waters https://arynews.tv/en/re-charge-pakistan-pm-imran-approves-project-for-utilization-of-flood-waters/

Florence loss estimates vary wildly between £2.8bn and $11bn https://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/florence-loss-estimates-vary-wildly-between-2-8bn-and-11bn-16526

Building sustainable and resilient cities http://urbanresiliencehub.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/WCD-Concept-Note2.pdf

The terrifying, destructive force of glacial floods – and the growing threat to millions https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/26/terrifying-destructive-force-glacial-floods-growing-threat/

Swedish delegates visit Hull to learn how flood defence schemes are protecting the city https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/swedish-delegates-visit-hull-learn-2044499

New report finds barriers along US-Mexico border exacerbate flooding, harm ecosystems and contribute to migrant deaths https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/25/border-wall-security-dangers-flooding

Tackling climate extremes with technology in the Balkans https://floodresilience.net/blogs/tackling-climate-extremes-with-technology-in-the-balkans

Charleston adopts new flood prevention rules — mostly to avoid federal penalty https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-adopts-new-flood-prevention-rules-mostly-to-avoid-federal/article_9feb6b66-c0d9-11e8-a7b8-57b938f2407b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Preventing flooding via pre-emptive, preventive measures https://www.environewsnigeria.com/preventing-flooding-via-pre-emptive-preventive-measures/

Why does Nigeria keep flooding? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45599262

Model Decisions: Cost-Based & Value-Based Stormwater Infrastructure https://www.watercanada.net/feature/model-decisions-cost-based-value-based-stormwater-infrastructure/

Bangkok’s sinking truth https://theaseanpost.com/article/bangkoks-sinking-truth

 

Emergency Management

Debts stemming from reconstruction and recovery piling up in disaster-prone Japan https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/21/national/debts-stemming-reconstruction-recovery-piling-disaster-prone-japan/#.W6gKYU8UnIU

After a year of trying to rebuild with little government aid, these communities in Puerto Rico aren’t ready for another blow https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hurricane-maria-families-rebuilding-next-storm_us_5ba290a2e4b07c23ef37a282

Health Workers Go Above and Beyond for Vulnerable Patients in Rural North Carolina https://www.directrelief.org/2018/09/health-workers-go-above-and-beyond-for-vulnerable-patients-in-rural-north-carolina/

The Legacy of Maria https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/the-legacy-of-maria-quick-response-research-focuses-on-impacts-to-puerto-ricans?

Hurricane Florence, the Never-Ending Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/hurricane-florence-the-never-ending-disaster.html

How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters? https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06783-6

Nigeria: States Cry as Floods Reach Disaster Level https://allafrica.com/stories/201809220074.html

Protecting the local community or following the IC’s command? https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/protecting-the-local-community-or-following-the-ics-command/

The Buffalo fire, near Silverthorne, was one of the first big tests for fire breaks in Colorado. Now, communities are changing their tune toward them https://coloradosun.com/2018/09/26/buffalo-wildfire-clear-cut-colorado/

Facts and Stats: Disaster Preparedness in US Communities https://icma.org/blog-posts/facts-and-stats-disaster-preparedness-our-communities

Bangladesh: Displacement due to embankment collapse Emergency Plan of Action https://reliefweb.int/report/bangladesh/bangladesh-displacement-due-embankment-collapse-emergency-plan-action-dref-n

The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century https://news.agu.org/press-release/u-s-wildfire-smoke-deaths-could-double-by-2100/

Portugal charges 12 over huge wildfire that killed 66 people https://m.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Portugal-charges-12-over-huge-wildfire-that-13262251.php?utm_campaign=twitter-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

House Passes Bill To Improve Casualty Count In Natural Disasters https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/house-bill-casualty-count-natural-disasters_us_5baca2efe4b091df72edea98

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

1 in 3 children and young people is out of school in countries affected by war or natural disasters – UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/1-3-children-and-young-people-out-school-countries-affected-war-or-natural-disasters

City to meet with Austin areas projected to have greater flood risk https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/city-to-meet-with-austin-areas-projected-to-have-greater-flood-risk/1465496517

Read Up! New NHC Resource Features Hazards and Disaster Journals https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/150?

Some New Disaster Web Resources https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/some-new-web-resources-180?

Kia Pakari is for educators to empower young people to build resilience in school communities across Aotearoa New Zealand https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/education-programmes/kia-pakari-schools-resilience-programme/

September’s National Preparedness Month is a Reminder to Join Millions in October’s Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/septembers-national-preparedness-month-is-a-reminder-to-join-millions-in-octobers-great-shakeout-earthquake-drills-300717816.html

A continual challenge for preparedness and response leaders is communicating their story – here are hints to do it better https://soundcloud.com/harvard/whats-your-story?in=harvard/sets/leader-readycast

Five things to keep in mind when talking about disasters http://www.i-react.eu/5-things-to-keep-in-mind-when-talking-about-disasters/

Potential Pet Hazards After a Hurricane or Natural Disaster https://www.americanveterinarian.com/news/potential-pet-hazards-after-a-hurricane-or-natural-disaster

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October https://www.unisdr.org/disasterreductionday

The importance of personal relationships in risk mitigation: Meeting with business owners in North Canterbury https://resiliencechallenge.nz/economics-programme/the-importance-of-personal-relationships-in-risk-mitigation/

Science in the pub for bushfire researcher http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/science-pub-researcher

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/05/americans-are-changing-their-relationship-with-facebook/

 

Disaster Psychology

Disaster relief is about more than healing physical trauma. It’s about emotional recovery too https://mashable.com/article/psychosocial-disaster-relief-natural-disasters-unicef/#ilZTmYmomZqS

How to Support Survivors of Hurricane Florence https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/heal-and-carry/201809/how-support-survivors-hurricane-florence

You’ve Heard of Post-Traumatic Stress, but What about Post-Traumatic Growth? https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/youve-heard-of-post-traumatic-stress-but-what-about-post-traumatic-growth/

The Resilience in Survivors of Katrina Project (“RISK”) Project https://www.riskproject.org/

Evacuation decision-making: How people make choices in disasters https://phys.org/news/2018-09-evacuation-decision-making-people-choices-disasters.html

Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe, people tend not to panic during emergencies, and looting is rarely widespread https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/there-goes-hurricane-florence-here-come-the-disaster-myths/

 

Sociology and Disasters

The Black Communities That Have Fought for Their Right to Exist in the Carolinas https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/09/the-black-communities-that-have-fought-for-their-right-to-exist-in-the-carolinas/570751/?utm_source=twb

Climate gentrification: the rich can afford to move – what about the poor? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/25/climate-gentrification-phoenix-flagstaff-miami-rich-poor?platform=hootsuite

The Response: Disaster collectivism and community resilience https://www.shareable.net/blog/the-response-disaster-collectivism-and-community-resilience

Suggestions that change can be handled through ‘adaptation and resilience’ assume continuity of cultural norms and value judgements, but here we explore what might happen if cultural assumptions are upset by radically discontinuous change http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1742715016680675

Impacts of Structural Social Capital and Cognitive Social Capital on the Psychological Status of Survivors of the Yaan Earthquake https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327311329_Impacts_of_Structural_Social_Capital_and_Cognitive_Social_Capital_on_the_Psychological_Status_of_Survivors_of_the_Yaan_Earthquake

Mapping Where Environmental Justice Is Most Threatened in the Carolinas https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/09/mapping-where-environmental-justice-is-most-threatened-in-the-carolinas/570985/?utm_source=fbia

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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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