Today in disaster resilience (3 May 2019)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cyclone Fani: India evacuates 800,000 from coastal areas https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/02/tropical-cyclone-fani-india-evacuates-800000-people?CMP=share_btn_tw&__twitter_impression=true

30 million under flash flood watches from Texas to Illinois, after severe storms kill 2 in Oklahoma https://www.foxnews.com/us/flash-flood-watch-texas-illinois-midwest-severe-weather?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cyclone Kenneth: UN says Mozambique may need another huge aid effort https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/25/cyclone-kenneth-mozambique-hit-by-strongest-storm-ever

Bolivia – La Paz Landslide Leaves 3 Missing and Over 40 Houses Destroyed http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-la-paz-landslide-april-2019

Canada – Thousands Evacuated After Rivers Flood in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario http://floodlist.com/america/canada-flood-in-quebec-new-brunswick-ontario-april-may-2019

Indonesia – Thousands Displaced as Floods and Landslides Kill at Least 30 http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-jakarta-bengkulu-lampung-april-2019

Very large tornado hits east of Bucharest, Romania https://watchers.news/2019/04/30/tornado-drajna-romania-april-2019/

At least 5 killed, 61 injured as severe dust storm sweeps through Iraq https://watchers.news/2019/05/02/at-least-5-killed-61-injured-as-severe-dust-storm-sweeps-through-iraq/

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 May 2019: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Kerinci, Reventador, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/79404/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-May-2019-Shiveluch-volcano-Dukono-Kerinci-Reventador-Sakurajima-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Photo exhibition: Myanmar’s Climate change http://www.yangonphoto.com/exhibitions/climate-change-in-myanmar/#more-1975

Guidance for Environment Agency staff on how to understand and address climate risks and impacts in our strategies and plans using our Climate impacts tool https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/climate-impacts-tool

MIT podcast breaks down the facts on climate change http://news.mit.edu/2019/mit-tilclimate-podcast-breaks-down-climate-change-facts-0502

April reached a new record Arctic low sea ice extent https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

How a price on carbon reduces emissions https://www.pembina.org/pub/how-price-carbon-reduces-emissions

Climate change: What is a climate emergency? https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47570654

In a Warming World, Evidence of a Human ‘Fingerprint’ on Drought https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/climate/global-warming-drought-human-influence.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Climate change link to global droughts goes back a century, study finds https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-link-to-global-droughts-goes-back-a-century-study-finds-20190501-p51j2n.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1556756104

Climate change: UK ‘can cut emissions to nearly zero’ by 2050 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48122911

The Vicious Climate-Wildfire Cycle https://blog.ucsusa.org/carly-phillips/the-vicious-climate-wildfire-cycle#.XMtV4F-GG5g.twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Contingency plans at FEMA and NASA – in case of asteroid strike https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/24/nasa-fema-and-international-partners-are-planning-an-asteroid-impact-exercise/

Storm-chaser snagged cyclonic winds with deft drone piloting in Oklahoma https://www.dpreview.com/news/9706116988/storm-chaser-captures-incredible-tornado-footage-with-a-drone

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record https://www.newscientist.com/article/2200502-the-uk-has-already-had-more-wildfires-in-2019-than-any-year-on-record/

Understanding Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2019/05/02/understanding_hekla_and_eyjafjallajokull/

Burn notice: Fire’s reality in the 21st century https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/34468/burn-notice-fires-reality-in-the-21st-century/

New sensors protect vulnerable Malawians against deadly lightning https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/05/1037721

Mapping America’s wicked weather and deadly disasters https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/mapping-disasters/

Calculating the Risk of Rare Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/calculating-the-risk-of-rare-floods

Trudeau says country must talk about how and where to rebuild after floods https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-trudeau-says-country-must-talk-about-how-and-where-to-rebuild-after-2/

Mapping flood risk is a never-ending calculation https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/mapping-flood-risk-is-a-never-ending-calculation

 

Emergency Management

Resilience, Adaptation, and Inertia: Lessons from Disaster Recovery in a Time of Climate Change https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332803856_Resilience_Adaptation_and_Inertia_Lessons_from_Disaster_Recovery_in_a_Time_of_Climate_Change

Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: the long road https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-april-2019-effective-diversity-in-emergency-management-organisations-the-long-road/

Man plummets off 300-foot cliff into caldera of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-plummets-off-300-foot-202237982.html?.tsrc=fauxdal

Cyclone Kenneth: Stories of resilience and generosity amid the destruction https://www.unocha.org/story/cyclone-kenneth-stories-resilience-and-generosity-amid-destruction

City Managers and Elected Officials Play a Key Role in Disaster Response https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/City-County-Managers-Are-Key-in-Disaster-Planning-and-Response.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch 60 Years Of Eruptions Shake The Planet In This Amazing Animation https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/04/30/watch-60-years-of-eruptions-shake-the-planet-in-this-amazing-animation/#194febf264bf

FEMA Readiness Dispatch: Is Your Community Financially Prepared for Disaster? https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/fema-dhs-federal-pages/fema-readiness-dispatch-is-your-community-financially-prepared-for-disaster/

 

Disaster psychology

Flood victims need more psychological support, says PTSD expert https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/flood-victims-need-more-psychological-support-says-ptsd-expert

‘It’s very emotional…it’s their lives’: What it’s like for soldiers rescuing flood victims, pets https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/it-s-very-emotional-it-s-their-lives-what-it-s-like-for-soldiers-rescuing-flood-victims-pets-1.5116947

 

Sociology and Disasters

Community resilience in response to the 2010 tsunami in Chile: The survival of a small-scale fishing community https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328739974_Community_resilience_in_response_to_the_2010_tsunami_in_Chile_The_survival_of_a_small-scale_fishing_community

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NeilDufty

I am a Principal at Molino Stewart Pty Ltd, an Australian-based environment and natural hazards company - see https://molinostewart.com.au/. 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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