Today in disaster resilience (9 November 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Severe storms claim 27 lives across Italy, one of the most complex meteorological situations of the past 50 to 60 years https://watchers.news/2018/11/04/severe-storms-italy-november-2018/

Deadly storms move through southeastern United States https://watchers.news/2018/11/02/thunderstorms-tornadoes-texas-oklahoma-mississippi-arkansas-november-2018/

Four people killed in new floods in Red Sea state https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/four-people-killed-new-floods-red-sea-state

Indonesia – Deadly Floods in West Sumatra and West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-sumatra-west-java-november-2018

9 people from 2 families killed in Sicily flooding as Italy death toll rises to 29 https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/04/europe/italy-flooding-deaths/index.html

8 tornadoes confirmed after storms tore across Middle Tennessee https://www.wkrn.com/weather/7-tornadoes-confirmed-after-storms-tore-across-middle-tennessee/1578660229

Melbourne floods: More rain in 2 hours than September and October combined https://watchers.news/2018/11/06/melbourne-flood-australia-november-6-2018/

Fuego volcano enters new eruptive phase, Guatemala https://watchers.news/2018/11/07/fuego-volcano-guatemala-november-2018/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Disappearing Islands: What Happens To Their Nations and People? https://medium.com/@riad.meddeb/disappearing-islands-what-happens-to-their-nations-and-people-f318c374188

It’s not rocket science: Climate change was behind this summer’s extreme weather https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-not-rocket-science-climate-change-was-behind-this-summers-extreme-weather/2018/11/02/b8852584-dea9-11e8-b3f0-62607289efee_story.html?utm_term=.93b71bf41560

UK heatwaves lasting twice as long as 50 years ago – Met Office https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/02/uk-heatwaves-lasting-twice-as-long-as-50-years-ago-met-office

Rising danger of deadly river floods with global warming https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/rising-danger-deadly-river-floods-global-warming

They Know Seas Are Rising, but They’re Not Abandoning Their Beloved Cape Cod https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23102018/cape-cod-sea-level-rise-trump-voters-climate-change-questions-science-based-coastal-building-codes

Climate comms research round-up https://climateoutreach.org/climate-communications-research-round-up/#november

The global temperature was well above average in October 2018 https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-october-2018

This simulation aims to enable a better understanding of the mechanisms of glaciation https://www.cscs.ch/science/earth-env-science/2018/an-ice-age-lasting-115000-years-in-two-minutes/

A rising tide of climate resilience https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-11-06/a-rising-tide-of-climate-resilience/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australian students plan school strikes to protest against climate inaction https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/07/australian-students-plan-school-strikes-to-protest-against-climate-inaction

‘Risk data hub’ to enhance EU resilience to climate hazards https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/risk-data-hub-to-enhance-eu-resilience-to-climate-hazards/

The world’s deltas are at risk of being drowned due to rising relative sea levels as a result of climate change http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/474/2219/20180396

EIB survey: 70% of Spaniards believe climate change is a threat to humanity https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/11/08/inenglish/1541671878_582991.html?id_externo_rsoc=TW_CM_EN

Climate change: Actuaries sound extreme weather alarm for insurers https://www.afr.com/news/climate-change-actuaries-sound-extreme-weather-alarm-for-insurers-20181107-h17lr4

 

Disaster risk reduction

Tsunami are a clear and ever-present danger https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2018/11/01/commentary/world-commentary/tsunami-clear-ever-present-danger/#.W99gLNIzbIX

Definition of a Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/definition-of-a-disaster.html

The majority of the world’s cities are highly exposed to disasters https://reliefweb.int/report/world/worlds-cities-2018

Turkey: Micro-earthquakes preceding an earthquake near Istanbul as early warning signs? https://www.gfz-potsdam.de/en/media-and-communication/news/details/article/micro-earthquakes-preceding-an-earthquake-near-istanbul-as-early-warning-signs/

A new probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment for Australia http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/events/public-talks/public-talks-archive/a-new-probabilistic-tsunami-hazard-assessment-for-australia

Sava Flood Forecasting Warning System: example of transboundary cooperation on flood forecasting https://www.deltares.nl/en/news/sava-flood-forecasting-warning-system-example-transboundary-cooperation-flood-forecasting/

How tsunami risk informs natural hazard management https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFP4YaB2GE

Good Resilience Planning Involves More Than Building Barriers – It’s About Making Connections http://www.100resilientcities.org/good-resilience-planning-making-connections/

The concept of resilience: a bibliometric analysis of the emergency and disaster management literature https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328754513_The_concept_of_resilience_a_bibliometric_analysis_of_the_emergency_and_disaster_management_literature

Data from Kaikōura quake features in updated geological map of NZ https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/updated-map

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

Improving NC’s Floodplain Buyout Program https://www.coastalreview.org/2018/11/improving-ncs-floodplain-buyout-program/

Meeting on regional co-op for building resilience to disasters opens in Tehran https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/429279/Meeting-on-regional-co-op-for-building-resilience-to-disasters#

If precipitation extremes are increasing, why aren’t floods? https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018WR023749

Protecting Canadian Communities from Floods https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Climate-Change-Adaptation-Projects-FINAL.pdf

FEMA floodmaps failed to predict Mexico Beach flooding http://www.newsherald.com/news/20181103/fema-floodmaps-failed-to-predict-mexico-beach-flooding

Even locals who believe climate change is real have a hard time grasping that NYC will almost certainly be flooded beyond recognition http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/09/new-york-future-flooding-climate-change.html

Argentina’s mega-storms attract army of meteorologists https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07268-2

‘We want the opportunity to rebuild out of the floodplain’ https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060102125?platform=hootsuite

Weathering financial shocks from disasters in the Pacific Islands https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/weathering-financial-shocks-disasters-pacific-islands

How science can help us prepare for disasters https://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/how-science-can-help-us-prepare-for-disasters/story-SLozme2ezuYOu0LpG7so7J.html

Hurricane Michael Teaches New Home Building Lessons https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiegold/2018/11/07/hurricane-michael-teaches-new-home-building-lessons/#2f0a161d48e9

Unplanning a disaster: What India should learn from Kerala https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/61693

Hurricane Michael was a deadly reminder that many FEMA flood-risk maps are faulty https://therealdeal.com/miami/2018/11/04/hurricane-michael-was-a-deadly-reminder-that-many-fema-flood-risk-maps-are-faulty/

Natural disasters cost Japan over $10 billion http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/123999.php

The US next housing crash could be caused by weather, not Wall Street – here are the places that should be worried https://www.businessinsider.com.au/housing-hurricanes-floods-weather-building-2018-10?r=US&IR=T

 

Emergency Management

Tropical Cyclone Warning Advice http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/about/warnings/advice.shtml

Lessons from tropical storms Urduja and Vinta disasters in the Philippines https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-03-2018-0077?journalCode=dpm

California’s new earthquake warnings deliver critical seconds of notice https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/california-s-new-earthquake-warnings-deliver-critical-seconds-notice

Reconstructing Hurricane Harvey to Find Its Overlooked Victims https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/10/hurricane-harvey-houston-recovery-aid-federal-funds-fema/573094/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_term=2018-11-02T18%3A29%3A13&utm_campaign=city-lab&utm_source=twitter?utm_source=twb

It was a disaster on an almost inconceivable scale, then the world moved on https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/03/it-was-a-disaster-on-an-almost-inconceivable-scale-then-the-world-moved-on

Estimating the Lost Economic Production Caused by Internal Displacement Because of Disasters https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-018-0190-9

Tsunami Emergency Planning in Australia Handbook https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/tsunami-planning-handbook/

Early warning and community preparedness in the Pacific http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/preventing-the-next-disaster.html

Puerto Rico governor creates “9/20 Committee” to improve protocols on counting disaster deaths https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/puerto-rico-governor-creates-9-20-committee-to-establish-protocols-on-counting-disaster-deaths/?__twitter_impression=true

Rising Costs Feared to Crimp Puerto Rico’s Building Boom https://www.wsj.com/articles/rising-costs-feared-to-crimp-puerto-ricos-building-boom-1541500202

Tough choices for Uganda landslide survivors https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/11/06/tough-choices-uganda-landslide-survivors?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

In Disaster’s Grip, Again and Again, on Indonesian Island https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/world/asia/indonesia-earthquake-tsunami-sulawesi.html

The first mile of warning systems: who’s sharing what with whom? https://odihpn.org/blog/first-mile-warning-systems-whos-sharing/

Typhoon Haiyan: A Tale of Relief and Recovery https://adb.exposure.co/typhoon-yolanda

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Building the Resilience of 8250 students through Tsunami Simulation Drills http://www.lk.undp.org/content/srilanka/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2018/11/05/building-the-resilience-of-8250-students-through-tsunami-simulation-drills-.html

Schools’ Flood Emergency Preparedness in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-018-0175-8

Guidebook on community disaster preparedness https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/61446

World Tsunami Awareness Day http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/

Online game aims to save lives by educating children on how to identify storm surges http://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2018/october/storm-force-game-launched/

Over 750 schoolchildren participate in tsunami evacuation trainings in coastal areas http://www.tl.undp.org/content/timor_leste/en/home/newscentre/articles/2018/over-750-schoolchildren-participate-in-tsunami-evacuation-traini.html

Child-centred disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/files/61522_childcentreddrrr2abriefeng2018.pdf

It can take just 15 cm to float a car http://15tofloat.com.au/

Students want more DRR education https://www.unisdr.org/archive/61721

Stop Disasters Game http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/

Flood Snakes & Ladders game is available online http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/our-outputs/flood-snakes-and-ladders/

2018 Resilient Australia National School Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAby63zE_aE

2018 Resilient Australia National Award https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op8qPJtsYF4

Evacuation drills in all tsunami-prone schools in the Philippines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5W3YgT86UA

 

Sociology and Disasters

The unequal vulnerability of communities of color to wildfire https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0205825

Substitute or Complement? How Social Capital, Age and Socioeconomic Status Interacted to Impact Mortality in Japan’s 3/11 Tsunami https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3278259

Rural versus urban perspective on coastal flooding: The insights from the U.S. Mid-Atlantic communities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096318301037

What causes nations to recover from disasters? An inquiry into the role of wealth, income inequality, and social welfare provisioning https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S221242091830712X

Disasters, local organizations, and poverty in the USA, 1998 to 2015 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11111-018-0304-8

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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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