Today in disaster resilience (31 May 2019)

disaster

Please below find links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flooding leads to Oklahoma and Arkansas evacuations https://www.foxnews.com/us/flooding-leads-to-oklahoma-and-arkansas-evacuations

Death toll from storms lashing central U.S. rises to seven https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/violent-weather-kills-three-in-missouri-floods-rivers-in-oklahoma-idUSKCN1ST115

After wildfires ravage Israeli homes, American Jews send emergency aid https://israelseen.com/2019/05/26/after-wildfires-ravage-israeli-homes-american-jews-send-emergency-aid/

Afghanistan – More Flash Floods Leave 24 Dead, Houses Destroyed http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-flash-floods-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods Hit North http://floodlist.com/asia/oman-deadly-flash-floods-ash-sharqiyah-north-may-2019

Iran – 1 Dead, 3 Missing After Floods Hit South Khorasan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-south-khorasan-province-may-2019

Guinea – 5 Killed by Floods in Conakry http://floodlist.com/africa/guinea-conakry-may-2019

Strong quake in Peru kills one person, disrupts some oil operations https://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-quake/strong-quake-in-peru-kills-one-person-disrupts-some-oil-operations-idUSKCN1SW06U?

Alberta Wildfire Week Two: Chuckegg Creek wildfire expands to 127,000 hectares https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-wildfire-week-two-evacuation-alert-issued-for-trout-lake

India – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Tripura http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-tripura-may-2019

Saudi Arabia – Dozens Rescued, 1 Missing After Flash Floods in South West http://floodlist.com/asia/saudi-arabia-jazan-najran-may-2019

Flood sweeps lady into Lagos canal, found dead 11 days later https://www.herald.ng/tragedy-flood-sweeps-lady-into-lagos-canal-found-dead-11-days-later/

Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least two http://news.trust.org/item/20190526165724-1433o/

China – Deadly Floods in Guangxi After Torrential Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-guangxi-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Extensive damage after multiple powerful tornadoes hit Dayton area, Ohio https://watchers.news/2019/05/28/extensive-damage-after-2-tornadoes-rips-through-dayton-ohio/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Floods in Paraguay displace 70 000 households, Paraguay River close to disaster level https://watchers.news/2019/05/28/floods-in-paraguay-displace-70-000-households-paraguay-river-close-to-disaster-level/

Heavy rain, floods and landslides affect 200 000 people, leave 7 dead and 2 missing in southern China https://watchers.news/2019/05/29/heavy-rain-floods-and-landslides-affect-200-000-people-leave-7-dead-and-2-missing-in-southern-china/

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 May 2019: Etna volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/80918/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-May-2019-Etna-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-R.html

Arkansas fears historic flooding as a slow-motion disaster unfolds https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/30/us/arkansas-flooding-wxc/index.html

Eight dead, hundreds displaced as flash floods hit Kampala https://reliefweb.int/report/uganda/eight-dead-hundreds-displaced-flash-floods-hit-kampala

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Torres Strait Islanders ask UN to hold Australia to account on climate ‘human rights abuses’ https://theconversation.com/torres-strait-islanders-ask-un-to-hold-australia-to-account-on-climate-human-rights-abuses-117262

Not the norm: TFS State Conference puts climate change front and centre after repeated devastating fire seasons https://www.examiner.com.au/story/6181623/not-the-norm-tfs-bracing-for-worsening-fire-reality/?cs=95

Australia isn’t doing its part for the global climate. Sooner or later we’ll have to pay our share https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/27/australia-isnt-doing-its-part-for-the-global-climate-sooner-or-later-well-have-to-pay-our-share?CMP=share_btn_tw

Tracking global climate change adaptation among governments https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0490-0

Iceland Thaws: The Glaciers Are Melting – What Does It Mean For Iceland? https://grapevine.is/mag/feature/2019/01/31/on-thin-ice-the-glaciers-are-melting-what-does-it-mean-for-iceland/

Earth’s methane emissions are rising and we don’t know why https://www.newscientist.com/article/2204466-earths-methane-emissions-are-rising-and-we-dont-know-why/

Two die and nearly 600 taken to hospitals as heat wave roasts much of Japan https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/05/26/national/hokkaido-city-temperature-hits-may-record-heat-wave-envelops-japan/#.XO20dtIzbIV

Australia to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 without government intervention, analysis finds https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/29/australia-to-achieve-50-renewables-by-2030-without-government-intervention-analysis-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

The summer of 2018 saw wildfires, power outages, and buckling roads and railways. Scientists put the blame on climate change https://nexusmedianews.com/how-humans-fueled-last-summers-extreme-heat-2ccd9d08bcc7

New report to the UN shows again that Australia faces a huge task in meeting its obligations under the Paris agreement https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/29/australias-greenhouse-gas-emissions-increased-for-fourth-year-in-a-row-in-2018?CMP=share_btn_tw

Britain goes record 10 days without coal power – and counting https://reneweconomy.com.au/britain-goes-record-10-days-without-coal-power-and-counting-77743/

Rising seas threaten Australia’s major airports https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/65702?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

A warming Arctic produces weather extremes in our latitudes https://phys.org/news/2019-05-arctic-weather-extremes-latitudes.html

Climate change a factor in US Mid-West flooding https://www.wired.com/story/for-the-midwest-epic-flooding-is-the-face-of-climate-change/

Are waterfront hotels ready for climate change? https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/65721

Key assessments from the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 °C and the implications for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65632

Living with climate change: Throw a block party https://sacblog.newsreview.com/2019/05/30/living-with-climate-change-throw-a-block-party/

Floods, tornadoes, snow in May: Extreme weather driven by climate change across US https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/05/29/severe-weather-across-us-driven-climate-change-trump-administration-new-jersey-kansas-dallas-fort/1271937001/

Australia just had its record warmest start to a year. Will winter turn it around? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-30/winter-outlook-australia-warmest-start-to-year-on-record/11159656

Melting glaciers threaten Asia’s drought buffer, scientists warn http://news.trust.org/item/20190529165425-5hvu3

 

Disaster risk reduction

After two catastrophic floods, tiny Ellicott City faces a critical decision: Rebuild, or retreat? https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/05/ellicott-city-flood-control-historic-downtown-memorial-day/589054/

Deadly extreme weather is the new normal https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/445230-deadly-extreme-weather-is-the-new-normal?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Louisiana has a new plan to prevent flood disasters https://grist.org/article/louisiana-has-a-new-plan-to-prevent-flood-disasters/

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help predict the next wildfire https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/researchers-are-using-artificial-intelligence-to-help-predict-the-next-wildfire-1.5150103?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

A critical factor in exposure to hazards – World Population Growth (latest data) including density and distribution https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth

Researchers document the value of pre-fire mitigation on structure losses during 2017 Thomas Fire https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/05/21/researchers-document-the-effect-of-pre-fire-mitigation-on-structure-losses-during-2017-thomas-fire/

Post-fire evaluation finding: ‘Community partnerships between agencies and citizens are critical for identifying and implementing place-based solutions to reducing wildfire vulnerability’ https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/1/9/htm

Flood buyout costs rise as storms intensify, seas surge http://www.startribune.com/cost-of-buying-out-flood-prone-homes-5b-and-rising/510466822/

The Physics of Mississippi Flood Control https://www.wired.com/story/the-physics-of-mississippi-flood-control/

Investigating the effects of Indigenous-style burning on herbivores https://firecentre.org.au/investigating-the-effects-of-indigenous-style-burning-on-herbivores/

Artificial intelligence for disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/ai4drr

Rainfall guidelines reinvented for 21st-century runoff challenges https://www.createdigital.org.au/rainfall-guidelines-reinvented-21st-century-runoff/?utmsource=ExactTarget

Vulnerable to verdant: turning flood risk into farm resource https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/vulnerable-verdant-turning-flood-risk-farm-resource

Scientists to value benefits of eco-friendly flood schemes https://www.stir.ac.uk/news/2019/05/scientists-to-value-benefits-of-eco-friendly-flood-schemes-/

Will Indian cities again drown this monsoon? https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/urbanisation/will-indian-cities-again-drown-this-monsoon–64755

The radical approach these communities have taken to flood mitigation https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/the-radical-approach-these-communities-have-taken-to-flood-mitigation

$76 million pledged for coastal flooding mitigation in Surrey and Delta https://www.peacearchnews.com/news/76-million-pledged-for-coastal-flooding-mitigation-in-south-surrey-and-delta/

Indonesia and UN to work closely on disaster prevention following 2018 disaster death toll https://www.unisdr.org/archive/65729

We’re Not Doing Enough Prescribed Fire in the Western United States to Mitigate Wildfire Risk https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/2/30

Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/179207

Silver Jackets teams facilitate collaborative solutions to state flood risk priorities http://silverjackets.nfrmp.us/

Let’s seize the opportunity for resilience in storm-hit Mozambique http://news.trust.org/item/20190529142136-qem9x/

London’s In Danger Of Flooding. What Can Be Done To Stop It? https://londonist.com/london/features/london-flooding-danger

World Bank loan to reduce vulnerability of China’s southern Shaanxi region to floods https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/65726

Australia’s regions are at risk of economic ruin following natural disasters https://www.sgsep.com.au/application/files/2115/5779/1864/190417-Economic-benefits-of-Suncorp-Insurance-2019-REPORT-FINAL.pdf

Overcoming barriers to knowledge integration for urban resilience: A knowledge systems analysis of two-flood prone communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901118309559?dgcid=author

Government of Canada and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) will launch the Canada-Caribbean Resilience Facility (CRF) https://www.gfdrr.org/en/canada-caribbean-resilience-facility

Risk-Informed Development – From Crisis to Resilience https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/risk-informed-development.html

 

Emergency Management

Local emergency management special issue https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/flgs20/45/3?nav=tocList

Rethinking Disaster Recovery After A California Town Is Leveled By Wildfire https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/724404528/rethinking-disaster-recovery-after-a-california-town-is-leveled-by-wildfire?

Hurricane Season 2019: NASA Ready to Help https://blogs.nasa.gov/disaster-response/2019/05/28/hurricane-season-2019/

Learnings from CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise https://www.nisconsortium.org/partner-highlights/capstone-14/

Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty https://www.amazon.com.au/Gender-Wildfire-Uncertainty-Christine-Eriksen/dp/1138546321

Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass https://www.aidr.org.au/events/20324?locationId=20325

Guidelines for assessing the human impact of disasters https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65624

On the arsonist’s trail: inside Australia’s worst bushfire catastrophe https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/24/arson-black-saturday-australia-worst-bushfire-chloe-hooper

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4 https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/29/end-seen-struggle-mississippi-flood-enters-month/39524091/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

9 Tips to Prepare Your Android Phone for Emergencies https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/prepare-android-emergencies/

Using community education interventions to build resilience and avert crises: how accidental dwelling fires decreased in Essex County, UK https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03003930.2019.1573729

Training Courses for the Disaster Information Specialist Program https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/training

Fewer Than Half of British Columbians Have an Emergency Kit https://researchco.ca/2019/05/22/big-shake-to-the-land-thats-falling-down/

Regional Guide for Schools to Prepare for Tsunamis http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/library/climate-and-disaster-resilience/regional-guide-for-schools-to-prepare-for-tsunamis.html

Flood Readiness Guide https://www.calgary.ca/_layouts/cocis/DirectDownload.aspx?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.calgary.ca%2fUEP%2fWater%2fDocuments%2fWater-Documents%2fFlood-Info-Documents%2fFlood_Preparedness_Booklet_2016.pdf&noredirect=1&sf=1

Changing Methods of Science Communication http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/citizen-science-salon/#.XO24RdIzbIU

New signs raise awareness of future flood risks https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190521/new-signs-raise-awareness-of-future-flood-risks

Online tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent everyone? https://theconversation.com/online-tools-can-help-people-in-disasters-but-do-they-represent-everyone-116810?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Hurricane speak: Leaders seek to save lives by shifting tropical storm language https://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricane/os-ne-changing-hurricane-language-to-save-lives-20190528-hjy6bg3fojhy5mp2voohhqhgt4-story.html

‘Like looking at a god’: Chasing the storms roiling Tornado Alley https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/like-looking-at-a-god-chasing-the-storms-roiling-tornado-alley-20190529-p51saj.html

Benefits and challenges of serious gaming – the case of “The Maladaptation Game” https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65630

Mapping participation: A systematic analysis of diverse public participation in the UK energy system https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2514848619845595

Hundreds kick off “California For All” Emergency Preparedness Campaign https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/hundreds-kick-off-california-for-all-emergency-preparedness-campaign

 

Disaster psychology

Psychology conference to focus on rising ‘climate anxiety’ https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/psychology-conference-to-focus-on-rising-climate-anxiety/11148068

Most B.C. residents are unprepared for major earthquake or disaster https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/2019/05/22/bc-residents-unprepared-earthquake-disaster/

Tasmanian forest fires leave people feeling threatened https://firecentre.org.au/tasmanian-forest-fires-leave-people-feeling-threatened/

The psychology of decision-making under uncertainty: A literature review https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65490

 

Sociology and Disasters

Disasters: A Sociological Approach https://www.wiley.com/en-aw/Disasters%3A+A+Sociological+Approach-p-9780745671017

Indirect contact in social networks: Challenging common interpretations of the extended contact hypothesis https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1368430219846337

Assessing social vulnerability to flood hazards in the Dutch province of Zeeland https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13753-019-0222-0

What helps and hinders individual and community resilience in disasters? https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65615

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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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