Today in disaster resilience (24 May 2019)

disaster

Please find below links to recent news from around the world about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Over 45 tornadoes touch down across four US states https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/severe-storms-widespread-damage-central-190519075702401.html

Flooding in Mali kills at least 15 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/flooding-mali-kills-15-190518090801034.html

Extreme hailstorm stops traffic in Shifa, Saudi Arabia while intense flooding inundates other parts of the country and Oman http://strangesounds.org/2019/05/hailstorm-saudi-arabia-video-flooding-oman-video.html

Growing wildfire prompts warning for Alberta town to prepare for evacuation https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/growing-wildfire-prompts-warning-for-alberta-town-to-prepare-for-evacuation-1.4429928

Floods leave 600 000 ha (1.5 million acres) of crops damaged or destroyed, Argentina https://watchers.news/2019/05/19/floods-crop-loss-argentina/

At least 16 killed as severe floods hit Paraguay https://watchers.news/2019/05/20/at-least-16-killed-as-severe-floods-hit-paraguay/

Deadly storms wreak havoc across Germany https://www.thelocal.de/20190521/deadly-storm-causes-chaos-across-germany

Much-needed rain brings flooding to parts of Cape Town https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-21-much-needed-rain-brings-flooding-to-parts-of-cape-town/

Flood rescues are underway in Oklahoma as millions in US face severe storms https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/21/us/severe-weather-tuesday-wxc/index.html

Mississippi River above flood stage for 137 days https://watchers.news/2019/05/22/mississippi-river-above-flood-stage-for-137-days/

Cerro Blanco eruption among the largest in last 11 700 years, comparable to massive Santorini eruption https://watchers.news/2019/05/21/cerro-blanco-eruption-among-the-largest-in-last-11-700-years-comparable-to-massive-santorini-eruption/

Floods destroy properties in Lagos https://nigeriarealestatehub.com/flood-destroys-properties-in-lagos-after-monday-rainfall.html/

3 Killed As Violent Tornadoes Cause ‘Devastation’ In Missouri https://www.npr.org/2019/05/23/726006657/violent-tornadoes-cause-catastrophic-damage-in-missouri-killing-at-least-3?

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 May 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/80532/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-23-May-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Ibu-Dukono-Reventador-Saku.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘It’s like nature’s on steroids:’ Well-known Canadian weather expert tackles climate change and eco-anxiety https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2019/05/14/its-like-natures-on-steroids-well-known-canadian-weather-expert-tackles-climate-change-and-eco-anxiety.html

Using moral clarity to counter defeatism around the climate crisis https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/5/17/18626825/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-greta-thunberg-climate-change

Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing Tuvalu https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/16/one-day-disappear-tuvalu-sinking-islands-rising-seas-climate-change

Satellite information reveals Antarctica ice thinning at ‘extraordinary rate’ https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/satellite-information-reveals-antarctica-ice-thinning-at-extraordinary-rate/news-story/2dc2523dfc613bc7e77a2fbea25ae9c5#.wgm89

Did a Volcanic Eruption in 1783 Change the Climate in Europe? https://eos.org/research-spotlights/did-a-volcanic-eruption-in-1783-change-the-climate-in-europe

American Samoa most severely afflicted by earthquake is sinking, potentially increasing coastal flooding and causing sea levels to rise faster than global average https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2019/05/16/earthquake-in-2009-intensified-american-samoas-rising-sea-levels/

We’ve declared a climate emergency – here’s what universal basic income could do to help the planet https://theconversation.com/weve-declared-a-climate-emergency-heres-what-universal-basic-income-could-do-to-help-the-planet-110222

April 2019 second-hottest in the 140-year record behind April 2016 https://www.noaa.gov/news/april-2019-was-2nd-hottest-on-record-for-globe

How Will the Jet Stream Respond to Future Warming? https://eos.org/research-spotlights/how-will-the-jet-stream-respond-to-future-warming

Reviews of two new climate change books https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-change-david-wallace-wells-nathaniel-rich-the-uninhabitable-earth-losing-earth-book-review/

Insurers urge Morrison to take on climate action https://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/insurers-call-on-morrison-to-take-climate-action-20190520-p51p77

Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48337629

Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/05/14/1817205116.short?rss=1

Climate change: sea level rise could displace millions of people within two generations https://theconversation.com/climate-change-sea-level-rise-could-displace-millions-of-people-within-two-generations-116753?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Warming-driven Economic Inequality, Disappearing Alps and Plummeting Penguin Populations https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/05/month-climate-science-warming-driven-economic-inequality-disappearing-alps?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=worldresources&utm_campaign=socialmedia

More back-to-back heat waves will come with climate change https://depts.washington.edu/urbanuw/news/more-back-to-back-heat-waves-will-come-with-climate-change/

Increased sea level predictions could result in displacement of 187m people, study finds https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/112893031/increased-sea-level-predictions-could-result-in-displacement-of-187m-people-study-finds

Leonardo DiCaprio Details Fight to Curb Climate Change in ‘Ice on Fire’ Trailer https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/leonardo-dicaprio-climate-change-documentary-ice-on-fire-trailer-838765/

Sydney told to expect water restrictions ‘soon’ as dam levels dive https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-told-to-expect-water-restrictions-soon-as-dam-levels-dive-20190522-p51q6j.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1558512704

Climate Crisis: Deadly and destructive fires increasing in the West https://mynews4.com/weather/weather-on-your-side/climate-crisis-deadly-and-destructive-fires-increasing-in-the-west

Coasts Should Plan for 6.5 Feet Sea Level Rise by 2100 as Precaution, Experts Say https://insideclimatenews.org/news/21052019/antarctica-greenland-ice-sheet-melting-sea-level-rise-risk-climate-change-polar-scientists?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

2040: hope and action in the climate crisis https://theconversation.com/2040-hope-and-action-in-the-climate-crisis-117422

Australians say more action needed on climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-24/federal-election-2019-vote-compass-australia-as-100-people/11114554

Historic Solutions to Sea Level Rise May Help Modern Communities https://eos.org/articles/historic-solutions-to-sea-level-rise-may-help-modern-communities

 

Disaster risk reduction

What risks do CEOs perceive? https://www.strategy-business.com/article/The-confidence-premium?gko=504fa&utm_campaign=ConfidenceCEOTwitterChart1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter

Making sense of resilience planning and policy in the pursuit of sustainable development and disaster risk reduction https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333179405_Making_sense_of_resilience_planning_and_policy_in_the_pursuit_of_sustainable_development_and_disaster_risk_reduction

The fluidity of risk: Variable vulnerabilities and uncertainties of behavioural response to natural and technological hazards https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-01-2019-0014

A spatial and integrated flood risk diagnosis: Relevance for disaster prevention at Ourika valley (High Atlas-Morocco) https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-12-2018-0379

Battle over the patchwork of human-made levees designed to control the Mississippi River https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-endangered-mississippi-river-illinois-missouri-20190510-story.html

Floating houses that survive floods, produce food https://thesamikhsya.com/news-brief/floating-houses-that-survive-floods-produce-food

Can Patches of Cold Air Cause Thunderstorms to Cluster? https://eos.org/research-spotlights/can-patches-of-cold-air-cause-thunderstorms-to-cluster

Burning Down the Silos in a Multidisciplinary Field. Towards Unified Quality Criteria in Human Behaviour in Fire https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-019-00867-z

Analysing the social impacts of flood risk management options https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333207829_Analysing_the_social_impacts_of_flood_risk_management_options

Floods prompt scrutiny of Missouri River dams and levees https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060362841

Fire restrictions on Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Central Plateau a threat to farms, wilderness https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-17/threat-of-fire-in-tasmania-world-heritage-listed-wilderness/11118476

Large Earthquake in Papua New Guinea re-ruptures major fault in just 19 years: More to follow? http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/shaking-in-the-southwest-pacific-8680/

Computer program designed to calculate the economic impact of forest fires https://phys.org/news/2019-05-economic-impact-forest.html

Growing disaster threats put human survival in doubt, warns U.N. http://news.trust.org/item/20190515133204-0csyo/

Integrated urban flood risk management: Learning from the Japanese experience https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/integrated-urban-flood-risk-management-learning-japanese-experience?deliveryName=FCP_16_DM11873#UrbanFloodsTDD

Integrating disaster and climate risk into the SDGs https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/integrating-disaster-and-climate-risk-into-the-sdgs.html

Nations Work Together to Size Up Caribbean Tsunami Hazards https://eos.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/may-19-magazine.pdf

Fiscal Resilience to Natural Disasters http://www.oecd.org/gov/fiscal-resilience-to-natural-disasters-27a4198a-en.htm

Taking the pulse of the Hikurangi subduction zone https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/taking-the-pulse

Prado Dam Failure Could Flood Dozens Of OC Communities https://patch.com/california/orange-county/prado-dam-failure-could-flood-dozens-oc-communities

ADB, Fiji Confirm Partnership to Build Resilience Against Floods https://www.adb.org/news/adb-fiji-confirm-partnership-build-resilience-against-floods

Sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing ‘slow-motion disaster’ https://phys.org/news/2019-05-philippine-cities-slow-motion-disaster.amp?__twitter_impression=true

This House Is Built to Stare Down a Hurricane https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-11/home-of-the-future-will-withstand-whatever-wild-weather-comes

Are hurricanes getting stronger – and is the climate crisis to blame? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/20/are-hurricanes-getting-stronger-and-is-the-climate-crisis-to-blame

Storm Desmond: Study says flood was ‘largest in 600 years’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-48351653

90 percent of our wildfires are caused by humans https://kimatv.com/news/local/a-tinder-box-in-our-woods-local-wildfire-season-anticipated-to-be-most-dangerous-yet

Can Congress Find the Political Will to Solve Our Flood Problems? https://www.ecowatch.com/flood-risk-insurance-congress-2637616744.html

Global Flood Maps https://www.jbarisk.com/flood-services/maps-and-analytics/global-flood-maps/30m-global-flood-maps/

When ‘1-In-100-Year’ Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them? https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/720737285/when-1-in-100-year-floods-happen-often-what-should-you-call-them

Study: More than 475,000 Harris County residents live in units at risk of flooding https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/Study-More-than-475-000-Harris-County-residents-13704459.php?__twitter_impression=true

Wildlife hazards and disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918302887

Hazard reduction burns leave pollution in the air https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/6161146/hazard-reductions-lead-to-highest-pollution-readings/?cs=1432

Statistical model could predict future disease outbreaks https://news.uga.edu/statistical-model-predict-disease-outbreaks/

Floods in 2009 and 2015 were worst in Cumbria for centuries – study https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/22/floods-in-2009-and-2015-were-worst-in-cumbria-for-centuries-study

New real-time flood projection system developed by joint Waseda and University of Tokyo team to be tested in Tokyo https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/21/national/new-real-time-flood-projection-system-developed-joint-waseda-university-tokyo-team-tested-tokyo/#.XOXQptIzbIU

The nation’s biggest cattle company says extreme weather conditions across northern Australian has cost it more than $100 million in losses https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-05-22/aaco-financial-results/11137100

UK scientists to research benefits of eco-friendly flood scheme https://www.oceanographicmagazine.com/eco-friendly-flood-scheme/

Galgibaga river flooding: World Bank’s Rs 35 crore grant comes to the rescue http://englishnews.thegoan.net/story.php?id=51669

‘Our very survival is in doubt’: Disasters and threats to life escalating due to human activity, UN warns https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-news-disaster-link-un-report-pollution-epidemic-a8915711.html

 

Emergency Management

Resilience in Talcahuano, Chile: appraising local disaster response https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-07-2018-0212

US attempt to improve wildland firefighter shelters fails https://www.apnews.com/e31f4c5e50a7495cb812a84c9a4b6b14

Disaster displacement report http://www.internal-displacement.org/sites/default/files/publications/documents/201905-disaster-displacement-global-review-2008-2018.pdf

Survival lessons for Congo in the aftershock of West Africa’s Ebola crisis https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/05/16/survival-lessons-congo-aftershock-west-africa-s-ebola-crisis?

Scientists are using crowdsourced data to help firefighters flee dangerous flames https://www.hcn.org/articles/technology-wildfire-escape-routes-theres-almost-an-app-for-that

U.S Household Disaster Giving Report https://disasterphilanthropy.org/resources-2/household-disaster-giving-report/

The Wettest 12 Months: New Analysis Shows Spikes in Flood Alerts in the US https://blog.ucsusa.org/juan-declet-barreto/spikes-in-flood-alerts-in-us

Trenches and Blockades in Malawi Save Communities From Cyclone Flooding https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/malawi-cyclone-idai-flooding-protection/

Emergency Food Assistance for Thousands of Flood-Affected Families in Iran https://www.un.org.ir/all-stories/item/5397-22-may-2019-emergency-food-assistance-for-thousand-of-flood-affected-families-in-iran

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

4 ways to make sure your pet survives tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/20/pet-survival-disasters-tornadoes-column/3734412002/

Flood Awareness Week: How To Be Prepared https://www.freese.com/blog/flood-awareness-week-how-be-prepared

Earthquake Education Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDbAmX72CFA&list=PLuuX-B3xC1Fq-YCA4QZvFScQXpWgka2sX

Vulnerability Reduction Scorecard helps cities save lives and resources https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2019/05/14/snapshot-vulnerability-reduction-scorecard-helps-cities

Play and learn to stop disasters! http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/#1540393288105-457a25c1-59a6

Communicating model uncertainty for natural hazards: A qualitative systematic thematic review https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918306630

An overview of serious games for disaster risk management – Prospects and limitations for informing actions to arrest increasing risk https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917304090

Leveraging Norms for Wildfire Preparedness http://www.engaginglandowners.org/resources/case-study-leveraging-norms-wildfire-preparedness

Introducing Miro Mind Map – A quick and easy way for teams to capture, organize, and structure their ideas https://miro.com/mind-map-software/

Avianto Amri explains his research on disaster risk reduction and education for children as an entry in the CRC Association Early Career Researcher communication competition 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Izd65VTC0&feature=youtu.be

More risk prevention education required for clients https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/more-risk-prevention-education-required-for-clients-168060.aspx

Mobile apps have become an important lifeline before, during and after catastrophic events https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilyeoh/2019/05/23/a-surprising-solution-to-natural-disasters-mobile-apps/#38bf5cc11582

Getting ready for hurricane season: 4 essential reads https://theconversation.com/getting-ready-for-hurricane-season-4-essential-reads-117460

Ghana needs responsible citizens to end flooding https://citinewsroom.com/2019/05/ghana-needs-responsible-citizens-to-end-flooding-article/

 

Disaster psychology

The role of social identity processes in mass emergency behaviour: An integrative review https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10463283.2018.1471948

Exploring the barriers for people taking protective actions during the 2012 and 2015 New Zealand ShakeOut drills https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918313888?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=386b0285-6f3a-495c-a329-828fae20ce15&utm_content=&utm_campaign=

Advancing public health in the context of natural hazards: normalising preparedness within a framework of adapted protection motivation theory https://researchdirect.westernsydney.edu.au/islandora/object/uws%3A49051

Factors Influencing the Mental Health Consequences of Climate Change in Canada https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332975223_Factors_Influencing_the_Mental_Health_Consequences_of_Climate_Change_in_Canada

Do those who directly experience damage from extreme climatic events – such as disastrous flooding – change their beliefs about the causes of flooding? http://ciresblogs.colorado.edu/prometheus/2019/05/23/do-experiences-with-extreme-weather-change-beliefs-about-climate-change-perhaps-if-your-neighbors-are-harmed/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Deconstructing resilience: why gender and power matter in responding to climate stress in Bangladesh https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2018.1442790?journalCode=tcld20

Tiny homes, social capital and disaster recovery https://shareok.org/bitstream/handle/11244/319647/2019_Hamel_Jennifer_Thesis.pdf?sequence=4&isAllowed=y

Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/05/having-library-or-cafe-down-block-could-change-your-life/589813/

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

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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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