Today in disaster resilience (19 October 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Callum: One killed as Wales suffers ‘worst flooding for 30 years’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-45838058

27 injured as hurricane-force winds batter Portugal https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/14/27-injured-as-hurricane-force-winds-batter-portugal

Death toll climbs to 24 as flood situation improves in Odisha http://www.wionews.com/india-news/death-toll-climbs-to-24-as-flood-situation-improves-in-odisha-171509

Flash floods sweep through valleys in Norway https://www.newsinenglish.no/2018/10/14/flash-floods-sweeping-through-valleys/

4 months’ worth of rain in 6 hours floods southern France, death toll in Europe rises to 31 https://watchers.news/2018/10/14/flood-europe-october-2018/

Flash flooding and landslides devastate Indonesia https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/flash-flooding-and-landslides-devastate-indonesia/news-story/2af1ddbe93cccb21b222c93d19ffa301

Oman and Yemen – Tropical Cyclone ‘Luban’ Leaves 3 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/oman-yemen-tropical-cyclone-luban-october-2018

11 dead in France flooding, as three months of rain falls in one night https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2168701/11-dead-france-flooding-three-months-rain-falls-one-night

A 2nd victim has died in the Texas flooding, but the Llano River is going down https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/16/us/texas-llano-river-flooding/index.html

45 people and 33 000 livestock killed, 17 400 homes destroyed in Niger floods https://watchers.news/2018/10/17/niger-floods-2018/

Tunisia – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain in Central and Northern Areas http://floodlist.com/africa/tunisia-floods-october-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Oct 2018: Krakatau volcano, Dukono, Kerinci, Reventador, Turrialba https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/71186/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-18-Oct-2018-Krakatau-volcano-Dukono-Kerinci-Reventador-Turrialba-S.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

One of the leading climate scientists of our time is warning of the horrifying possibility of 15-to-20 feet of sea-level rise https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/climate-change-sea-level-rise-737012/

Individual action won’t achieve 1.5C warming – social change is needed, as history shows https://theconversation.com/individual-action-wont-achieve-1-5-warming-social-change-is-needed-as-history-shows-104643

Climate change is becoming so real that it’s gaining converts for a carbon price https://qz.com/1422126/climate-change-is-forcing-investors-to-put-a-price-on-carbon/

Climate change provided high octane fuel for Hurricane Michael https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-provided-high-octane-fuel-for-hurricane-michael/

‘Jaw dropping’: New Zealand offers lessons in tackling climate change https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/jaw-dropping-new-zealand-offers-lessons-in-tackling-climate-change-20181012-p509di.html

With climate change fiction, novelists aim for ‘radical empathy’ https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/309764/climate-change-fiction-novelists-aim-radical-empathy/

Sea Level Rise and the Fate of Coastal Cities https://earth.google.com/web/@34.7325449,-94.20824275,312.21005962a,12000013.90194194d,35y,0h,0t,0r/data=CjASLhIgNzJlM2QwZWU3NGMyMTFlODhjMWNiZjg2OTQ1ZTVlZWMiCnZveV9zcGxhc2g

Raising awareness of climate change in Kiribati https://www.caritas.org.au/learn/programs/pacific—kiribati-building-disaster-response-and-preparedness-of-caritas-partners

Make best use of time to prepare for sea level rise, says coast flood expert http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-coast-forum-sea-level-rise-john-curtin-environment-agency-1-5735781

2018 is “almost guaranteed” to be Earth’s 4th-warmest year on record https://www.axios.com/climate-change-global-warming-2018-4th-warmest-7d71bd47-f45c-4c52-afde-acdf3ba77688.html

After the panicky IPCC report on climate change, it’s easy for pessimism to set in – but that would be conceding defeat https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/14/climate-change-taking-action-rebecca-solnit?CMP=share_btn_fb

A new scenario resource for integrated 1.5 °C research https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0317-4

Exacerbated fires in Mediterranean Europe due to anthropogenic warming projected with non-stationary climate-fire models https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-06358-z

Transforming Vulnerability: Shelter, Adaptation, and Climate Thresholds https://www.i-s-e-t.org/resource-transforming-vulnerability

The Dutch Can’t Save Us From Rising Seas https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2018/10/the-dutch-cant-save-us-from-rising-seas/573079/?utm_source=twb

Cool solutions http://idrc.canadiangeographic.ca/blog/cool-solutions-heat-stress-south-asia.asp

More floods and droughts in a warmer world. But certain regions will be worse off than others https://www.circleofblue.org/2018/world/u-n-climate-report-water-extremes-unevenly-distributed-worsen-with-more-heat/

While my island nation sinks, Australia is doing nothing to solve climate change https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2018/oct/10/while-my-island-nation-sinks-australia-is-doing-nothing-to-solve-climate-change

NASA’s New Satellite Will Provide Best Picture Yet of How Much and How Fast Seas Will Rise https://www.newsweek.com/2018/10/26/nasa-new-satellite-will-give-scientists-their-best-picture-yet-how-much-and-1170964.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

Flood-hit Kerala has to sensibly re-think its tourism model – sustainability is a must https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/flood-hit-kerala-has-to-sensibly-re-think-its-tourism-model-sustainability-is-a-must/1348176/

Africa, Arab States to deliver on Sendai https://www.unisdr.org/archive/61210

Reducing disaster risks in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Indonesia https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/reducing-disaster-risks-kenya-sierra-leone-and-indonesia

Only way to prevent disasters is anticipate and plan carefully https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Only-way-to-prevent-disasters-is-anticipate-and-plan-carefully/440808-4803724-jtqst8/index.html

Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/us/hurricane-michael-florida-mexico-beach-house.html#click=https://t.co/ZcrrrNEg6P

The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0074-z

Hurricane Michael insured losses could total up to $4.5B https://www.wral.com/report-hurricane-michael-insured-losses-could-total-up-to-4-5b/17915497/

Solomon Islands to get new seismic monitoring network https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Solomon-Islands-seismic-monitoring

Disaster preparedness in Bangladesh: A shift in paradigm https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/environment/news/disaster-preparedness-shift-paradigm-1646194

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/building-better-next-disaster-how-retrofitting-homes-can-save-lives-and-strengthen-economies?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCities_EN_EXT

Flash flood risks grow as downpours get more intense https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/10/yes-downpours-are-getting-more-intense/

A Fiscally Based Scale For Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/WAF-D-17-0174.1?fbclid=IwAR3yERTt4P8nknf6OO2T-T0f0LZLmh4Wt_UnO2LNjUf8gHB8FhTuB33jsHQ&

Yes, a tsunami could hit Sydney – causing flooding and dangerous current https://theconversation.com/yes-a-tsunami-could-hit-sydney-causing-flooding-and-dangerous-currents-103348

Dutch Masters: The Netherlands exports flood-control expertise https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/dutch-masters-netherlands-exports-flood-control-expertise

Envisioning urban resilience for Tanzania https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/61258

Creating a web map of flood risk https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-online/analytics/determine-flood-risk/

The latest disaster in Indonesia shows the need for the global system put in place in the wake of 2004’s devastating waves https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/04/is-the-world-ready-for-the-next-big-tsunami/

Plan to address Boston flooding http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/10/marty_walsh_unveils_plan_to_address_boston_flooding_climate_change

World’s first wind-mapping satellite set to launch https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05976-3

Why floodplains need to be protected http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/why-floodplains-need-be-protected

After Hurricane Michael, A Call For Stricter Building Codes In Florida’s Panhandle https://www.npr.org/2018/10/17/658156093/after-michael-a-call-for-stricter-building-codes-in-floridas-panhandle?utm_medium=RSS

Surface water: The biggest flood risk of all: Speech by Sir James Bevan KCMG, Chief Executive, Environment Agency https://www.gov.uk/government/news/surface-water-the-biggest-flood-risk-of-all

Tsunami scientists clash with Indonesian government over rules on foreign research https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07030-8

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds https://www.apnews.com/9ddb3deeec9a49d6a1349b78f1ca0f03

Earthquake sensor network aims to give B.C. crucial seconds to prepare for the ‘Big One’ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/installation-of-underwater-earthquake-early-warning-sensors-complete-1.4867638

Our opinion: Interactive flood-risk map can be a useful tool http://www.houmatoday.com/news/20181018/our-opinion-interactive-flood-risk-map-can-be-useful-tool

As climate change batters U.S. cities, some discuss ‘managed retreat’ http://news.trust.org//item/20181018123410-897y3/

 

Emergency Management

Indonesia limits foreign aid https://www.pri.org/file/2018-10-12/indonesia-limits-foreign-aid

Florida schools scramble to get students back in class after Hurricane Michael https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/14/us/hurricane-michael-schools-students/

Hurricane Michael killed her husband as she watched. She refused to leave his body in the wreckage https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/13/us/hurricane-michael-victim-widow/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_us+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+U.S.%29

Diversity in Disaster Monograph https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/6031/diversity-in-disaster-monograph.pdf

At epicentre of Indonesia disaster, Guterres praises resilience of Sulawesi people https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022962

One Red Cross aid worker’s experience with Indonesia’s back-to-back disasters https://medium.com/@AmericanRedCross/through-my-eyes-one-red-cross-aid-workers-experience-with-indonesia-s-back-to-back-disasters-86b788045bfd

Disasters reveal gender gap https://www.unisdr.org/archive/61189

An imperfect storm: Professionalism and politics in disaster management https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/410859-an-imperfect-storm-professionalism-and-politics-in-disaster

South Island Alpine Fault Earthquake Response (SAFER) Framework https://mailchi.mp/10c290cb547f/introducing-the-safer-framework

Indonesia is reeling from a series of geologically-triggered disasters https://earther.gizmodo.com/indonesia-faces-long-road-to-recovery-after-earthquake-1829756065?IR=T

Why the Current Hurricane Rating System Needs to Be Scrapped https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-the-current-hurricane-rating-system-needs-to-be-scrapped

Hurricane Michael’s destruction wasn’t limited to the Florida coast https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/13/hurricane-michael-struck-rural-areas-coastal-communities/1632273002/

Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises To At Least 29 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hurricane-michael-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-29_us_5bc645ade4b0d38b58728fd0

Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dukes-of-hazards-the-emergency-management-podcast/id810691908?mt=2&i=1000407561644

Inside Hurricane Michael’s dangerous, unreal world for first responders https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/12/hurricane-michael-relief-disaster-government-response-column/1614920002/

Ghosts of Kedarnath floods: 5 years on, remains of 670 victims still unidentified https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/ghosts-of-kedarnath-floods-5-years-on-remains-of-670-victims-still-unidentified/story-QP6TPd4aaPlzv0xKbltMMM.html

Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It’s Not As Simple As ‘Get Out’ https://www.npr.org/2018/10/18/658258370/why-stay-during-a-hurricane-because-its-not-as-simple-as-get-out?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=environment

Near Real-Time Extracting Wildfire Spread Rate from Himawari-8 Satellite Data https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/10/1654/htm

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The importance of raising public awareness about disaster risk https://blog.dfat.gov.au/2018/10/12/the-global-battle-to-reduce-disaster-losses-will-be-won-or-lost-in-asia-and-the-pacific/

Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html

Missing: A cutting-edge hub for risk communication for action http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/mediaactioninsight/entries/1aefac0e-749c-4927-afca-5ebe82ec7fca

Few Auckland businesses ready for disaster https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12143069

Scientists aim to use crowdsourced data to improve flood predictions https://phys.org/news/2018-10-scientists-aim-crowdsourced.html

Should we stop calling hurricanes natural disasters? http://www.theweek.co.uk/97063/should-we-stop-calling-hurricanes-natural-disasters

Multi Hazard School Drills https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iy6Wi-idjI

Small businesses and flooding: What are the options? https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources/small-businesses-and-flooding-what-are-the-options

Indonesia’s indigenous languages hold the secrets of surviving disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/61249

Hazard communication by volcanologists: part 2 – quality standards for volcanic hazard assessments https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13617-018-0079-8

Warrimoo Public School recognised for bushfire ready program https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/5705368/warrimoo-public-school-recognised-for-bushfire-ready-program/

Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-michael-disabilities/without-captions-warnings-about-hurricane-michael-failed-to-reach-disabled-idUSKCN1MN0D0

Millions Worldwide To Participate In 2018 Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/millions-worldwide-to-participate-in-2018-great-shakeout-earthquake-drills-300733237.html

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Heart-wrenching images of Hurricane Michael flood social media https://aleteia.org/2018/10/15/heart-wrenching-images-of-hurricane-michael-flood-social-media/

 

Disaster Psychology

Recovering emotionally from disaster https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/recovering-disasters.aspx

If you’re suffering from climate grief, you’re not alone https://grist.org/article/climate-grief-un-ipcc-report/

‘A Little Broken’ – First Responders Grapple With Unseen Scars of the 2017 Fire Siege https://www.kqed.org/news/11698335/a-little-broken-first-responders-grapple-with-unseen-scars-of-the-2017-fire-siege

It’s what you don’t imagine that kills you https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-what-you-dont-imagine-kills-kelly-mckinney-1e/?published=t

 

Sociology and Disasters

Perceived neighborhood boundaries: A missing link in modeling post-disaster housing recovery https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303436

Indonesia’s Disaster Politics https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/09/indonesias-disaster-politics-sulawesi/

Podcast: Social capital: tough ties for tough times (with Professor Daniel Aldrich) https://www.thegloaming.com.au/podcast/2018/7/socialcapital-danielaldrich

Responding to natural disasters: Examining identity and prosociality in the context of a major earthquake https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjso.12281

Using a natural experiment to estimate the electoral consequences of terrorist attacks http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/10/01/1800302115

 

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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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