Today in disaster resilience (26 October 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Qatar Floods After Almost A Year’s Rain Falls In One Day https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/qatar-floods-after-almost-a-years-rain-falls-in-one-day-1935018

Bayelsa flood a major national disaster https://twinklenews.com/bayelsa-flood-a-major-national-disaster-vp-osinbajo/

Flooding in Trinidad https://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/local/a-flood-of-caring-citizens-rally-to-help-victims/article_03551f4a-d551-11e8-bd0f-0f13b4ecaa83.html

An area larger than Perth torched by out-of-control bushfire in WA https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-20/massive-area-in-kimberley-torched-by-out-of-control-bushfire/10398450

Spanish firefighter dies as flash flooding hits south https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article220400880.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rome suffers freak hailstorm and flooding https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45938879

Torrential rain causes flash floods in Sicily http://ilglobo.com.au/news/40760/torrential-rain-causes-flash-floods-in-sicily/

Italy floods: Heavy rain causes bridge to ‘turn into waterfall’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-floods-rain-video-bridge-waterfall-weather-europe-a8597481.html

National disaster declared in Trinidad and Tobago after widespread floods https://watchers.news/2018/10/22/trinidad-and-tobago-flood-october-2018/

Extensive damage after large tornado hits Nicosia, Cyprus https://watchers.news/2018/10/22/nicosia-cyprus-tornado-october-21-2018/

Hurricane Willa batters Mexico, sparking floods, outages https://indianexpress.com/article/world/hurricane-willa-batters-mexico-sparking-floods-outages-5415581/

Jordan floods: At least 18 dead after torrential rains sweep away students on school trip near Dead Sea https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jordan-floods-dead-sea-death-toll-rain-latest-update-school-trip-teachers-students-a8601611.html

Extreme Category 5 typhoon, the worst U.S. storm since 1935, leaves Northern Mariana Islands devastated https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/24/extreme-category-typhoon-yutu-makes-devastating-landfall-northern-mariana-islands-us-commonwealth/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a02ff739f63a

Kenya: Floods As Heavy Rains Pound Mombasa https://allafrica.com/stories/201810250677.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Oct 2018: Stromboli volcano, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/71303/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-24-Oct-2018-Stromboli-volcano-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Public views on climate change and climate scientists http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/10/04/public-views-on-climate-change-and-climate-scientists/?utm_content=buffera3a46&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change and mental health: risks, impacts and priority actions https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5984805/

Climate Change and Cities: What We Need to Do https://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/2018/10/15/climate-change-and-cities-what-we-need-to-do/#7e22971d28f6

Wentworth’s crack of light on climate change https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/alan-kohler/wentworths-crack-of-light-on-climate-change/news-story/b88b6bc46c7adfc6bf93fa316c63f115

Climate change: Nauru’s life on the frontlines https://theconversation.com/climate-change-naurus-life-on-the-frontlines-105219

Large increase in global storm runoff extremes driven by climate and anthropogenic changes https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-06765-2

Greenland’s ice sheets hold clues to global sea-level rise https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/greenland-ice-sheet-predicts-sea-level-rise-climate-change/?user.testname=none

Visualizing Specific Impacts of Climate Change Could Change Behavior https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/visualizing-specific-impacts-of-climate-change-could-change-behavior/

‘Dire’ IPCC report ignites headlines, media coverage https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/10/dire-climate-report-ignites-media-coverage/

Framing future rises in global temperature in the context of previous regionally-specific extreme heat events https://blogs.agu.org/sciencecommunication/2018/10/23/imagine-how-hot-the-future-will-be-by-looking-to-your-past/

Melting glacier in China draws tourists, climate worries https://www.apnews.com/1227c98709d24a5a921def3463655f6e

Remote Hawaiian Island Wiped Off The Map https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hawaii-east-island-lost-to-hurricane-walaka-french-frigate-shoals-climate-change_us_5bcf2a8ee4b055bc9484e803

‘Despair’ as global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018 http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/10/18/despair-global-carbon-emissions-hit-new-record-2018/

Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25259/negative-emissions-technologies-and-reliable-sequestration-a-research-agenda

Explainer: What is Global Warming? https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-45971337/explainer-what-is-global-warming

 

Disaster risk reduction

Iran floods result of government mismanagement https://irannewswire.org/iran-floods-result-of-government-mismanagement/

Scientists warn flooding to be more common in Central Texas https://www.statesman.com/news/20181019/scientists-warn-flooding-to-be-more-common-in-central-texas

Why some earthquakes are so deadly https://theconversation.com/why-some-earthquakes-are-so-deadly-104880

Recent Hurricanes Underscore Critical Need for Better Flood-Ready Infrastructure Standards https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/10/19/recent-hurricanes-underscore-critical-need-for-better-flood-ready-infrastructure-standards

Government-funded buyouts after disasters are slow and inequitable – here’s how that could change https://theconversation.com/government-funded-buyouts-after-disasters-are-slow-and-inequitable-heres-how-that-could-change-103817?

What We Learned From Hurrricane Florence http://science.unctv.org/content/video/Florence

Newly discovered fault lines could trigger 7.2 earthquake in Oregon https://www.kron4.com/news/national/newly-discovered-fault-lines-could-trigger-72-earthquake-in-oregon/1542528407

Could Michael get reclassified as a stronger hurricane? It wouldn’t be the first https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article220164630.html

FEMA Releases New Bulletin Aligning Mitigation Planning and the Community Rating System http://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=569

Potential and Limitations of Open Satellite Data for Flood Mapping https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/11/1673

Has Houston gone insane? New homes in the flood plains https://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Has-Houston-gone-insane-New-homes-in-the-flood-13328280.php

George Town: another major fatal landslide in Penang, Malaysia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/10/24/penang-1/

Quake split a tectonic plate in two, and geologists are shaken https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/10/news-tectonic-plate-split-earthquakes-tsunamis-geology/?user.testname=none

There Are 40 Volcanoes Erupting On Earth Right Now. Here’s Why That’s Not Strange https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/10/24/there-are-40-volcanoes-erupting-on-earth-right-now-heres-why-thats-not-strange/#2815df226836

Disaster Risk Reduction and violent conflict in Africa and Arab states: implications for the Sendai Framework priorities https://www.odi.org/publications/11208-disaster-risk-reduction-and-violent-conflict-africa-and-arab-states-implications-sendai-framework

Why does the US need another flood map? https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/why-does-the-us-need-another-flood-map/

How UK universities are building flood resilience in Vietnam and Peru https://environmentjournal.online/articles/how-uk-universities-are-building-flood-resilience-in-vietnam-and-peru/

Franz Josef: Developing resilience in a community at risk https://resiliencechallenge.nz/hazard-programme/franz-josef-developing-resilience-in-a-community-at-risk/

Egypt prepares for winter, works to finish flood control projects http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/59470/Egypt-prepares-for-winter-works-to-finish-flood-control-projects

 

Emergency Management

After China Warning To India, Arunachal Districts On Flood Alert https://in.news.yahoo.com/china-warning-india-arunachal-districts-105050474.html

Hurricane Florence: By the numbers (for now) https://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20181020/hurricane-florence-by-numbers-for-now

Hurricane Michael unearthed 19th century shipwrecks in Florida https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/20/hurricane-michael-unearthed-ship-wrecks-dog-island-florida/1712168002/?platform=hootsuite

Hurricanes Florence, Michael Raise the Issue of Public Health During Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Hurricanes-Florence-Michael-Raise-the-Issue-of-Public-Health-During-Disaster.html

The city of Houston suspected that many people in need after Harvey weren’t getting aid from the federal government, so they contracted with Civis Analytics to build a new, data-driven mode https://www.fastcompany.com/90251020/big-data-determines-that-post-disaster-aid-doesnt-go-to-the-people-who-most-need-it

Puerto Rico Bonds Soar, Pointing to Hope for Restructuring https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-rico-bonds-soar-after-revised-forecast-for-disaster-funding-1540222127

Lack of flood insurance heaps misery on homeowners slammed by Hurricane Florence https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/09/16/florence-and-flood-insurance/1327854002/

Getting More out of Storm Surge Forecasts: Emergency Support Personnel Needs in North Carolina https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/WCAS-D-17-0074.1

Household Disaster Preparedness in New York City before Superstorm Sandy: Findings and Recommendations https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jhsem.ahead-of-print/jhsem-2017-0002/jhsem-2017-0002.xml?format=INT

Helping the Chronically Ill During Natural Disasters https://www.domesticpreparedness.com/healthcare/helping-the-chronically-ill-during-natural-disasters/

Five ways to do better post-disaster assessments http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/five-ways-do-better-post-disaster-assessments

Using graphs for good: Modelling multi-hazard impact scenarios to better inform communities and emergency services https://resiliencechallenge.nz/hazard-programme/using-graphs-for-good/

Census OnTheMap Data Tool Helps Measure Impact of Disasters https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2018/10/tracking-hurricanes-potential-impact-on-workforce-industries.html

‘It was just erased.’ A North Carolina community, devastated by hurricane flooding twice in two years, contemplates the future https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/it-was-just-erased-north-carolina-community-devastated-by-hurricane-flooding-twice-in-two-years-contemplates-the-future/2018/10/24/cf0f24e8-d635-11e8-aeb7-ddcad4a0a54e_story.html?utm_term=.3ed47f67619a

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

A theoretical foundation for children’s involvement in disaster risk reduction activities https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5804784/

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

How collective action produces psychological change and how that change endures over time: A case study of an environmental campaign https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjso.12270

No PhDs needed: how citizen science is transforming research https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07106-5

Resilient Australia Awards finalists https://www.aidr.org.au/news/national-finalists-of-the-2018-resilient-australia-awards-announced/

Radio crucial following Hurricane Michael http://www.newsherald.com/news/20181022/radio-crucial-following-hurricane-michael

You’re Misusing the Term ‘100-Year Flood’ https://www.outsideonline.com/2358486/youre-misusing-term-100-year-flood

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Idea behind Crowdsource Rescue: collect calls for help posted on social media, geolocate them, and route volunteers to the distressed parties https://www.wired.com/story/an-app-built-for-hurricane-harvey-is-now-saving-lives-in-florida/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Instagram To The Rescue? Universities Spearheading Crowdsourced Flood Information App https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkart/2018/10/15/instagram-to-the-rescue-universities-spearheading-crowdsourced-flood-information-app/#21750a5e443f

 

Disaster Psychology

Rising rates of anxiety, anger and sadness follow extreme weather and global warming https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/growing-ecological-grief-is-the-mental-health-cost-of-climate-change-1.4871666

Perceptions of floods and flood risk in Hull past/present/future https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=101726

Volunteer firefighter is met with challenges in getting PTSD diagnosis https://globalnews.ca/news/4592247/volunteer-firefighter-ptsd-diagnosis/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Why I study Māori and indigenous disaster response https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/12-10-2018/why-i-study-maori-and-indigenous-disaster-response/

The association between social cohesion and community disaster resilience: A cross-sectional study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hsc.12674

Youth engagement in disaster recovery strengthens social ties, fosters a sense of community https://www.whysocialscience.com/blog/2018/10/23/because-it-helps-build-resilience-in-the-face-of-disasters?fbclid=IwAR2ag26ntj0Q-7Z016F4uu7y_nBk1cJrTX_yXqC0aMamLe2FHszjdSjX9e0

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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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