Today in disaster resilience (14 June 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Battling a wild fire in Southwest China’s Sichuan province https://chinanews.worldtimes.news/hundreds-battling-forest-fire-in-southwest-china/

Month of rain in a day: Parts of Southeast USA deal with flooding, high water rescues https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/09/flooding-high-water-rescues-southeast/1401234001/

Heavy rain prompts flash flood warnings in Charlotte area; three who died identified https://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/article231362558.html

China – Thousands Displaced After Floods in Southern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/china-floods-jiangxi-guangxi-guizhou-june-2019-displaced-after-floods-in-southern-provinces

Tajikistan and Afghanistan – 5 Killed in Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/tajikistan-afghanistan-floods-june-2019

Haiti – Flash Floods Turn Deadly in Ouest Department http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-flash-floods-ouest-department-june-2019

Maldives – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/maldives-floods-may-june-2019

Sulawesi engulfed by floods, thousands evacuated https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/06/10/sulawesi-engulfed-by-floods-thousands-evacuated.html

India to evacuate thousands as cyclone nears west coast http://news.trust.org/item/20190611141019-do0p2/

Europe – Rescues and Travel Disruption After Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/floods-england-italy-germany-greece-poland-june-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Turkey – Major Floods Hit Ankara http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-floods-ankara-june-2019

Yemen – Deadly Floods Hit After Torrential Rain https://watchers.news/2019/06/11/heavy-rain-turns-wadis-into-raging-rivers-cause-deadly-floods-in-southern-and-eastern-yemen/

Brutal hailstorms hit Germany, severe damage reported, several people injured https://watchers.news/2019/06/11/brutal-hailstorms-hit-germany-severe-damage-reported-several-people-injured/

Flash floods wash away bridge over Arin nallah in Bandipora, inundate villages https://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/kashmir/flash-floods-wash-away-bridge-over-arin-nallah-in-bandipora-inundate-villages/

Wales flooding: Four rescued after car swept into river https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48600293

England flooding: Flood passengers stranded on rescue train https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48620405

Two dozen dead as downpours strike southern China https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/two-dozen-dead-as-downpours-strike-southern-china-little-relief-expected-for-rest-of-june/70008529

770 homes swept away by North Darfur flash floods https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/770-homes-swept-away-north-darfur-flash-floods

Indonesia – Over 35,000 Affected by Floods in Samarinda City, East Kalimantan http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-samarinda-city-east-kalimantan-june-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Jun 2019: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/81523/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Jun-2019-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Agu.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Arctic death spiral speeds up sixfold, driving coastal permafrost collapse https://thinkprogress.org/arctic-death-spiral-coastal-permafrost-collapse-23d650acea99/

85 per cent of NSW coastal users believe the sea level is rising, a staggering 50 per cent do not think it will impact them https://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/half-the-people-on-nsw-coast-don-t-think-rising-sea-levels-will-hurt-them-gary-is-not-one-of-them-20190607-p51vjl.html

At least three in five Americans are reporting being personally affected by more extreme weather https://ecoamerica.org/american-climate-perspectives-survey-2019-vol-v/

UK’s net zero emissions plan can help lead the world https://www.ft.com/content/d4fdfb3c-8b6a-11e9-b8cb-26a9caa9d67b

Alberta wildfires are ‘climate change in action,’ scientist says as summer heat looms https://globalnews.ca/news/5370840/alberta-wildfires-climate-change/?utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=%40globalbc

Concurrent 2018 hot extremes across Northern Hemisphere due to human‐induced climate change https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019EF001189

Australia missing out on huge cuts in emissions through energy efficiency failure https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/12/australia-could-cut-emissions-halfway-to-paris-target-under-global-energy-standards?CMP=share_btn_tw

Understanding and countering misinformation about climate change http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Cook_2019_climate_misinformation-1.pdf

Extreme weather may finally make climate change a ballot-box issue https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/extreme-weather-may-finally-make-climate-change-a-ballot-box-issue/

Extreme heat to hit one third of the African urban population https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/65861

Barriers and opportunities for social-ecological adaptation to climate change in coastal British Columbia https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569119300390

Expected impacts of climate change in south and central America in 2050 https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/bz7mlo/expected_impacts_of_climate_change_in_south_and/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app

North Carolina’s New Outlook on Climate Resilience https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/north-carolinas-new-outlook-climate-resilience

Japan adopts long-term emissions strategy under Paris Agreement http://news.trust.org/item/20190611105955-wo2rb/

A new analysis indicates that the frequency and magnitude of extreme precipitation events are expected to increase as Earth continues to warm https://eos.org/research-spotlights/extreme-precipitation-expected-to-increase-with-warming-planet

Reports that say we’re all doomed in the face of the climate crisis ignore a history of survival—and the opportunity to make the future better https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nea93d/actually-humans-probably-will-survive-the-climate-crisis

British newspaper takes lead in reframing climate change discussion https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/climate-change-journalism-language-guardian-cbc-1.5166678

Nearly a billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, Global Peace Index finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-12/climate-change-hazards-global-peace-index-report/11198144

Why old-school climate denial has had its day https://theconversation.com/why-old-school-climate-denial-has-had-its-day-117752?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Flood experience changes people’s views on climate change https://www.fastcompany.com/90360538/watching-their-community-get-destroyed-by-a-flood-helps-convince-people-about-climate-change

Sea Level Rise when the Ground is Sinking https://www.ovela59.com/the-blog/sea-level-rise-when-the-ground-is-sinking

Plans for Australia’s largest coal mine to go ahead are fundamentally at odds with Australia’s commitment to tackling climate change https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/carmichael-coal-report/

Wildfires & Global Warming: Portugal & the EU face up to dual dangers (part 1) https://www.france24.com/en/20190611-talking-europe-portugal-wildfires-forests-climate-change-risks-part-one?ref=tw

Arctic sea ice extent just hit a record low for early June; worse yet to come https://www.eco-business.com/news/arctic-sea-ice-extent-just-hit-a-record-low-for-early-june-worse-yet-to-come/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Many People Living In Flood-Prone Areas Can’t Afford Expensive Flood Insurance https://www.npr.org/2019/06/07/730758882/many-people-living-in-flood-prone-areas-cant-afford-expensive-flood-insurance?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

The MyCoast NSW Study explores what the New South Wales community understands about coastal erosion and coastal inundation, as well as the driving forces behind these hazards: sea level rise and severe coastal storms https://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/nsw-my-coast-study

What does it take to be resilient? Louisville has a plan for that https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/louisville-resilience-strategy-release

Wildfires, heat waves foreshadow what could be a perilous summer across the globe https://thinkprogress.org/wildfires-heat-waves-california-washington-alberta-india-arctic-circle-1100d01ebef0/

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all? https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/inclusive-resilience-are-we-building-resilience-all

Quantification of inter-regional differences in risk mitigation from prescribed burning across multiple management values http://www.publish.csiro.au/wf/WF18135

These scientists are setting a forest on fire — and studying it with drones https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01604-w

Twenty-three Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507

Three new landslide videos https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/06/11/landslide-videos/

With ‘lessons learned’ from 2013 flood, Boulder County officials eyeing preparations for next disaster https://www.dailycamera.com/2019/06/10/with-lessons-learned-from-2013-flood-boulder-county-officials-eyeing-preparations-for-next-disaster/

Protection from floods getting pricier https://www.kitv.com/story/40623257/protection-from-floods-getting-pricier#.XQEIKC5cAqw.twitter

UK inland flooding would, on average, cost almost 3 times more on an annual basis without structural mitigation https://www.abi.org.uk/news/news-articles/2019/06/inland-flood-defences-save-the-uk-1.1-billion-a-year/

Roughly 40% of Americans agree flood insurance is a “good idea,” but only 17% of respondents said they have it https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2019/06/11/customers-love-flood-insurance-survey-says-so-why-arent-they-buying-it/?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20190512181719

Map to see if your state’s real estate disclosure laws mean “buyer beware” when it comes to flooding https://www.nrdc.org/flood-disclosure-map

East Ascension drainage board proposes building moratorium https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_c26e4528-8bea-11e9-b04c-335c7466d472.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

The 2017 Nayong rock avalanche: an analysis using drone and seismic data https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/06/12/nayong-rock-avalanche/

Improved model will boost weather forecasts across the U.S. https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-upgrades-us-global-weather-forecast-model

Queensland firefighters worry about bushfire season as time runs out for hazard reduction https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-11/firefighters-are-worried-about-this-years-bushfire-season/11195602

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/06/climate-change-resilience-cities-rockefeller-foundation/589861/

Learning from disasters http://www.learningfromdisasters.org/

Laos to give data to prevent Isan floods https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1693396/laos-to-give-data-to-prevent-isan-floods

Millennials More Likely to Buy Flood Insurance Than Baby Boomers https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/06/04/528323.htm

Australian small businesses still ignoring flood risk https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/au/news/breaking-news/australian-smes-still-ignoring-flood-risk-169328.aspx

Hurricane resilience test https://www.kezi.com/content/news/OSU-tests-hurricane-resilience-510643111.html

FEMA Flood Data: 2.4 Million Damage Claims and Counting https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anna-weber/fema-flood-data-24-million-damage-claims-and-counting

Britain is in the middle of a drought – so how come there’s flooding? https://theconversation.com/britain-is-in-the-middle-of-a-drought-so-how-come-theres-flooding-118710

Costly floods shine a spotlight on Canada’s flood management https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/costly-floods-shine-a-spotlight-on-flood-management-in-canada/

 

Emergency Management

Safe Spaces: Creating a Culture to Support Infant Feeding in Shelters https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/safe-spaces-creating-a-culture-to-support-infant-feeding-in-shelters

Flood survivors left in despair two months after devastating Iran floods https://irannewswire.org/two-months-after-devastating-flood-victims-left-in-despair/

How Qantas and other airlines decide whether to fly near volcanoes https://theconversation.com/how-qantas-and-other-airlines-decide-whether-to-fly-near-volcanoes-117899?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

No End in Sight to Record Midwest Flood https://www.enr.com/articles/47014-no-end-in-sight-to-record-midwest-flood#.XP-87KR69GQ.twitter

911 calls from Hurricane Michael paint horrifying picture of what it’s like to not evacuate https://www.tampabay.com/florida/2019/05/30/911-calls-from-hurricane-michael-paint-horrifying-picture-of-what-its-like-to-not-evacuate/

Emergency Operations & Continuity of Operations Plans: Virginia Beach Tragedy Serves as Reminder Both are Needed https://www.boldplanning.com/2019/06/11/emergency-operations-continuity-of-operations-plans-virginia-beach-tragedy-serves-as-reminder-both-are-needed/

Mysterious flooding leads to discovery of 5,000-year-old underground city in Turkey’s Cappadocia https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/06/08/mysterious-flooding-leads-to-discovery-of-5000-year-old-underground-city-in-turkeys-cappadocia

FEMA admits it’s ‘short a few thousand employees’ as hurricane season begins https://thinkprogress.org/fema-short-staffed-hurricane-season-2019-74093f98acb4/

How the Rugby World Cup has brought hope to a Japanese city devastated by earthquake and tsunami https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/06/12/sport/kamaishi-rugby-world-cup-japan-2019-spt-intl/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

First Nation evacuees begin to receive compensation 8 years after flood disaster https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/flood-compensation-claims-deficient-1.5172082

Farmers in Hiroshima Prefecture struggle to recover after 2018 flooding wrecked rice paddies https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/12/national/farmers-hiroshima-prefecture-struggle-recover-2018-flooding-wrecked-rice-paddies/#.XQLWbtIzbIU

Four years after the Tbilisi flood https://jam-news.net/a-year-after-the-flood/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Podcast Season 1 – Episode 2 – Are disasters ever natural? https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-au4w8-b3fa2f?utm_campaign=u_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=u_share

New online tool helps communities prepare for coastal flooding https://phys.org/news/2019-06-online-tool-coastal.html

Google’s natural disaster alerts will soon come with more visual detail https://mashable.com/article/google-sos-alerts-visual/

FEMA Girl Scout Day Aims to Prepare Youngsters for Disaster https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/FEMA-Girl-Scout-Day-Aims-to-Prepare-Youngsters-for-Disaster-.html

3D Printing: A Remedy to Common Misconceptions about Earthquakes https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/571538/3d-printing-a-remedy-to-common-misconceptions?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction and Comprehensive School Safety Bibliography https://www.zotero.org/groups/1857446/ccrr__css

As historic flooding continues to affect regions across the US, farmers are taking to Twitter to document the challenges they face https://www.businessinsider.com.au/midwest-flooding-farmers-use-noplant19-to-record-climate-change-2019-6?r=US&IR=T

The commission that manages water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is calling an emergency meeting to review its current management plan https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/38874/20190613/st-lawrence-river-residents-debate-over-flooding-ijc-calls-emergency-meeting

 

Disaster psychology

Children and Disasters Special Collection https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/introduction-children-count-in-disasters

The challenges of longitudinal surveys in the flood risk domain https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13669877.2019.1617339

Association between long-term stressors and mental health distress following the 2013 Moore tornado: a pilot study https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333705505_Association_between_long-term_stressors_and_mental_health_distress_following_the_2013_Moore_tornado_a_pilot_study

A psychologist explains: Trauma and loss after fire https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/kelowna-psychologist-explains-trauma-loss-after-fire-1.5172989

 

Sociology and Disasters

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Geographic and Social Predictors of Flood Risk Awareness https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/risa.13357

The Storm is Over, But in Southern Africa, Cyclone Idai Continues to Rage for Women and Girls http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/06/the-storm-is-over-but-in-southern-africa-cyclone-idai-continues-to-rage-for-women-and-girls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-storm-is-over-but-in-southern-africa-cyclone-idai-continues-to-rage-for-women-and-girls

 

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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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