Today in disaster resilience (28 June 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

8,100 Alberta wildfire evacuees allowed to return home Tuesday https://globalnews.ca/news/5428552/alberta-wildfire-high-level-area-evacuees-return/

8,100 Alberta wildfire evacuees allowed to return home Tuesday https://globalnews.ca/news/5428552/alberta-wildfire-high-level-area-evacuees-return/

Ecuador – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Tungurahua Province http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-landslides-tungurahua-june-2019

UK – Rescues After Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Scotland http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/floods-scotland-edinburgh-stirling-june-2019

Extreme rainfall hits capital Belgrade, 1 month worth of rain in 45 minutes, Serbia https://watchers.news/2019/06/24/extreme-rainfall-hits-capital-belgrade-1-month-worth-of-rain-in-45-minutes-serbia/

Massive eruption at Raikoke volcano, ash to 13.1 km (43 000 feet) a.s.l., Sea of Okhotsk https://watchers.news/2019/06/22/raikoke-volcano-eruption-june-2019/

Rescue for 14 in Stirling trapped by flash floods https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-48755009

Vietnam – 2 Dead After Storms, Floods and Landslides Hit North West http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-2-dead-after-floods-and-landslides-hit-north-west

Mexico and USA – Floods Hit Texas and Tamaulipas After 30cm of Rain in 4 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-usa-floods-texas-tamaulipas-june-2019

France – Flash Floods and Evacuations in Normandy http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-lisieux-normandy-june-2019

European heatwave: Spain battles major Catalonia wildfire https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48790242

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Jun 2019: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/82399/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Jun-2019-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Rev.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Florida newsrooms band together to cover the effects of climate change https://www.tampabay.com/breaking-news/florida-newsrooms-band-together-to-cover-the-effects-of-climate-change-20190625/

Guide: Communicating Climate Impacts Through Adaptation https://climateoutreach.org/resources/guide-communicating-climate-impacts-through-adaptation-wi/

‘Climate apartheid’ to push 120 million into poverty by 2030, UN says https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/25/world/climate-apartheid-poverty-un-intl/

Electricity Demand Will Soar as Households Try to Cope With Hotter Temperatures https://e360.yale.edu/digest/electricity-demand-will-soar-as-households-try-to-cope-with-hotter-temperatures

Europe heatwave: record high of 45C expected in France https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/highs-of-45c-expected-in-france-as-heatwave-scorches-europe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

‘Hell is coming’: Europe braced for hottest June on record https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/hell-is-coming-europe-braced-for-hottest-june-on-record-20190626-p521ab.html

Australian cities are declaring a ‘climate emergency’, but does that actually mean anything? https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-27/climate-emergency-sydney-extinction-rebellion/11243486

Europe heatwave: Why are temperatures on the continent soaring? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48756480

7 strategies for infrastructure resilience in a changing climate https://www.icf.com/blog/climate/climate-change-infrastructure-resilience#.XRQJ4R4hza4.twitter

New Perspectives on 2,000 Years of North Atlantic Climate Change https://eos.org/research-spotlights/new-perspectives-on-2000-years-of-north-atlantic-climate-change

 

Disaster risk reduction

Abandoning A Floodzone https://www.npr.org/2019/06/23/735191247/abandoning-a-floodzone

Japan Disasters Digital Archive http://jdarchive.org/en/about/about-archive

Answer to rising waters? Raise the house https://www.tampabay.com/st-petersburg/answer-to-rising-waters-raise-the-house-20190624/

Stop building on floodplains, say flood-hit U.S. families https://news.yahoo.com/stop-building-floodplains-flood-hit-220826380.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw

Planning an International Magma Observatory https://eos.org/project-updates/planning-an-international-magma-observatory

How mangroves protect people from increasingly frequent and powerful tropical storms https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/66140

We probed Santorini’s volcano with sound to learn what’s going on beneath the surface https://phys.org/news/2019-06-probed-santorini-volcano-beneath-surface.html

Hull leads the way in how to tackle threat of flooding https://www.hullccnews.co.uk/24/06/2019/hull-leads-the-way-in-how-to-tackle-threat-of-flooding/

Options for managing the flood costs of Canada’s highest risk residential properties https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/options-for-managing-the-flood-costs-of-canada-s-highest-risk-residential-properties-874327077.html

Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns https://apnews.com/d14581e6fdb34b2483bc305763ae304b

The UK’s big flooding problem is only going to get worse https://www.wired.co.uk/article/flooding-in-uk-weather-defence

After the flash flood: Fourmile, Beaverdale one year after a devastating deluge https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/06/26/des-moines-flooding-four-mile-creek-beaverdale-flash-flood-storm-sewers-buyouts-anniversary/1456894001/

Flood and tornado have cost city $5.6M — and counting https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/flood-and-tornado-have-cost-city-5-6m-and-counting-1.5191498

Works confirmed for next phase of Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme after £76m contract signed https://news.leeds.gov.uk/works-confirmed-for-next-phase-of-leeds-flood-alleviation-scheme-after-76m-contract-signed/

How Much Does Fire Behavior of Leaf Litter Beds Change within Two Months? https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/2/33

Joint UN effort bolsters Iran’s ability to reduce its disaster risk https://www.unisdr.org/archive/65049

Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/national-strategy-public/

 

Emergency Management

Corps making progress on repairing Missouri River levees, but full restorations will take time https://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/region/corps-making-progress-on-repairing-missouri-river-levees-but-full/article_50395f13-3ab8-5c3b-9336-d796652f9a61.html

Changes to Civil Defence after minister declares ‘room for improvement’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113627758/changes-to-civil-defence-after-minister-declares-room-for-improvement

Lawmakers Urged to Plan Ahead for Worsening Natural Disasters https://www.courthousenews.com/lawmakers-urged-to-plan-ahead-for-worsening-natural-disasters/

Disaster Management: Lessons Learned for Communities Near and Far https://impakter.com/disaster-management-lessons-learned-for-communities-near-and-far/

Emergency personnel rely on teamwork to help those in need during disasters https://www.koamnewsnow.com/news/emergency-personnel-rely-on-teamwork-to-help-those-in-need-during-disasters/1089013377

EU hit by 1,381 wildfires so far in 2019 — risk higher in areas with heatwave https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/25/eu-hit-by-1-381-wildfires-so-far-in-2019-risk-higher-in-areas-with-heatwave

Canada’s flood crisis https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/canadas-flood-crisis-don-forgeron-1c/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Virtual reality helps scare residents to flee looming storms, research says http://news.trust.org/item/20190621212633-jf3ox/

Communities hold the key to disaster preparedness https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/450298-in-the-face-of-climate-change-communities-hold-the-key-to-disaster

Community Adaptation to Flood Disaster Risk in Koto Parik Gadang Diateh District, Solok Selatan Regency http://senjop.ppj.unp.ac.id/index.php/senjop/article/view/44

Understanding Community-Level Flooding Awareness in Remote Coastal Towns in Northern Chile through Community Mapping https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/9/7/279

Play Flood Snakes and Ladders http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/floodsnakesandladders/

Communicating Flood Risk https://firststreet.org/updates/communicating-flood-risk/

 

Disaster psychology

Study provides new insights into the relationship between PTSD, genetics and inflammation https://www.psypost.org/2019/06/study-provides-new-insights-into-the-relationship-between-ptsd-genetics-and-inflammation-53932

A community plan to link farmers to mental health support after a major bushfire could be rolled out across Australia to help rural people cope after natural disasters https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/vic/2019/06/23/farm-van-inspires-emergency-relief-plans-around-australia/

Special issue of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology focuses on how children can be prepared for natural disasters and the mental health aspects of such events https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6095022/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Black Residents In Long Island Community Struggled To Get Federal Aid https://www.npr.org/2019/06/24/735329167/black-residents-in-long-island-community-struggled-to-get-federal-aid

Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology (Seventh Edition) https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/our-social-world/book259286

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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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