Today in disaster resilience (17 May 2019)

disaster

Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145029/flooding-continues-along-the-mississippi

Intense heatwave claims at least 111 lives, India https://watchers.news/2019/05/11/intense-heatwave-claims-at-least-111-lives-india/

Houston braces for more flooding; Louisiana declares state of emergency https://news.yahoo.com/houston-braces-more-flooding-louisiana-123300363.html

Flash floods cause major freight train derailment in Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/05/12/flash-floods-cause-major-freight-train-derailment-in-mississippi/

Flooding turns Ontario neighbourhood into island accessible only by boat https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/flooding-turns-ontario-neighbourhood-into-island-accessible-only-by-boat-1.4418663

Italy – Evacuations and Rescues After Floods and Landslides in North http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-emilia-romagna-floods-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – Flooding Prompts Mississippi and Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/mississippi-louisiana-may-2019

Indonesia and East Timor – Cyclone Lili Causes Flooding and Wind Damage http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-east-timor-cyclone-lili-may-2019

Romania – Flooding in 11 Counties Leaves Homes, Roads and Bridges Damaged http://floodlist.com/europe/romania-11-counties-flood-may-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 May 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/80149/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-May-2019-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Torres Strait Islanders are bringing the first climate change case against the Australian federal government over human rights http://ourislandsourhome.com.au/

Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/lens/climate-change-josh-haner-air-land-and-sea.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

The World’s Last Coal Plant Will Soon Be Built https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-15/coal-s-end-foreshadowed-in-iea-s-plant-investment-report

Antarctic instability ‘is spreading’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48249287

The Music of Climate Change http://drlucyjones.com/the-music-of-climate-change/

How ocean melts Antarctic Ice Sheet https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515110307.htm?utm_content=buffer6a8be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

 

Disaster risk reduction

Facing Floods, Towns Call for New Controls on the Great Rivers https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-floods-towns-call-for-new-controls-on-the-great-rivers-11557480600

Global Platform for Risk Reduction 2019 https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/climate_change/global-platform-for-risk-reduction-2019/

Actors’ diversity and the resilience of social-ecological systems to global change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0236-z

Traditional Indigenous knowledge supports flood mitigation research in James Bay region https://www.folio.ca/traditional-indigenous-knowledge-supports-flood-mitigation-research-in-james-bay-region/

Consultation on a new flood and coast strategy for England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-chair-calls-for-new-approach-to-flood-and-coastal-resilience

Floods have ravaged Hamilton for over a century. Can outsiders persuade the town to move? https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/floods-have-ravaged-hamilton-for-over-a-century-can-outsiders-persuade-the-town-to-move/

Hurricane Florence: Building Resilience For The New Normal https://www.i-s-e-t.org/hurricane-florence-resilience

Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass https://www.aidr.org.au/events/20324?locationId=20325&utm_source=Collective+Trauma+Events&utm_campaign=4be935a39f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_06_11_49_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73e42e11b3-4be935a39f-223472061

Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65182

Charleston City Council puts off vote on elevation rules for new buildings https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-city-council-puts-off-vote-on-elevation-rules-for/

Today’s Floods Occur Along “a Very Different” Mississippi River https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/todays-floods-occur-along-a-very-different-mississippi-river/?redirect=1

2019 edition released: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster https://gar.unisdr.org/

Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience https://shelterforce.org/2019/05/13/the-uncertain-flood-zone/risk

No extreme flood risk in forecast for Calgary, but city says it’s prepared for one https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-risk-assessment-city-prepared-1.5135759?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The relative importance of different flood‐generating mechanisms across Europe https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR024841

UN official highlights need for disaster risk reduction in Caribbean http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20190514/un-official-highlights-need-disaster-risk-reduction-caribbean

Cloud-Enabled Resilience: London’s Answer To Flood Risk https://www.wateronline.com/doc/cloud-enabled-resilience-london-s-answer-to-flood-risk-0001

Flood jargon https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/2019/03/28/geosciences-column-flooded-by-jargon/

Applying ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya Basin, DRC https://panorama.solutions/en/solution/applying-ecosystem-based-disaster-risk-reduction-eco-drr-integrated-water-resource

ISciences Worldwide Waterwatch May 2019 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2019/05/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-may-2019

Gilbert White and the Flood Problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F0oiXg1Lc4&feature=youtu.be

Louisiana Unveils Ambitious Plan to Help People Get Out of the Way of Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-louisiana-strategic-plan/

Words into Action guideline: Developing national disaster risk reduction strategies https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65095

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities: Boosting community resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-boosting-community-resilience

More Than 30,000 Earthquakes Trace the Movement of Magma https://eos.org/articles/more-than-30000-earthquakes-trace-the-movement-of-magma

UK Flood Hydrology Road Map Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FloodHydrology/

In Tanzania, Citizen Scientists Help Reduce Flood Risk with Soil Sampling https://www.marketscreener.com/news/World-Bank-In-Tanzania-Citizen-Scientists-Help-Reduce-Flood-Risk-with-Soil-Sampling–28604944/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=20190515&utm_source=dlvr.it

 

Emergency Management

How the University of Iowa Recovered From the ‘Unfathomable’ Flood That Ruined It https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/climate/iowa-floods-disasters-lessons-learned.html

‘We’re just gobsmacked’: Freak weather destroys life saving club https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-re-just-gobsmacked-freak-weather-destroys-life-saving-club-20190510-p51m6d.html

Strengthening Disaster Recovery Efforts Across the Globe http://www.thepattersonfoundation.org/blog/strengthening-disaster-recovery-efforts-across-the-globe.html

After the floods: the struggle for survival in a tiny Mississippi town https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/mississippi-floods-tchula-william-barber-poverty

Recovering livelihoods after disaster strikes https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/recovering-livelihoods-after-disaster-strikes.html

Multiple Survey Technologies Speed Flood Response https://www.pobonline.com/articles/101637-multiple-survey-technologies-speed-flood-response

California Says PG&E Power Lines Caused Fire That Killed 85 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-california.html

Many fire-prone California towns don’t plan for evacuations

https://apnews.com/4eb3806b4c5c448f985646d91ce03c20

Public health and natural hazards: new policies and preparedness initiatives developed from an Australian bushfire case study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1753-6405.12897

Should Hurricane Warnings Say More About Water, Less About Wind? https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Should-Hurricane-Warnings-Say-More-About-Water-Less-About-Wind.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Raising awareness of the 30days30waysUK campaign https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2019/may/postgraduate-student-travels-to-un-headquarters/

Tsunami evacuation drills for schools https://feature.undp.org/lessons-for-life/

Edmontonians learn about emergency preparedness at annual event https://globalnews.ca/news/5267340/edmonton-emergency-preparedness-annual-event/

Company is selling “disaster preparedness for everybody”

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/09/meet-the-prepared-the-media-company-pitching-disaster-preparedness-for-everyone/

Your iPhone Could Save Your Life: 6 iPhone Emergency Features https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-emergency-features/

Curious Kids: how do bushfires start? https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-how-do-bushfires-start-116664?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

How to talk to kids about climate change without scaring them https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-talking-to-kids/

World media unite for DRR at Global Platform https://www.unisdr.org/archive/65369

Come together against flooding https://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/17636228.come-together-against-flooding/

 

Disaster psychology

Psychology of Behaviour in an Emergency https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psychology-of-behaviour-in-an-emergency-tickets-60747997897

 

Sociology and Disasters

Anthropologists providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak http://www.ebola-anthropology.net/

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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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