Today in disaster resilience (6 September 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas, moves closer to United States https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-02/hurricane-dorian-category-5/11469130

Hurricane Dorian Becomes the 5th Atlantic Category 5 in 4 Years https://weather.com/amp/storms/hurricane/news/2019-09-01-hurricane-dorian-atlantic-hurricane-category-five-history.html?__twitter_impression=true

Hurricane “Dorian” caused ‘unprecedented damage’ to the Bahamas https://watchers.news/2019/09/02/hurricane-dorian-damage-september-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ravaging hailstorm in Edmonton racked up $90 million in insured damages, Alberta, Canada https://watchers.news/2019/09/01/edmonton-hailstorm-damage-august-2019/

Vietnam and Thailand – Floods Hit After Rain From Tropical Cyclone ‘Podul’ http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-thailand-cyclone-podul-august-2019

Kenya – Deadly Flash Floods in Hell’s Gate National Park http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-floods-hells-gate-national-park-september-2019

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-landslides-bulambuli-eastern-region-august-2019

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/dorian-triggers-massive-flooding-in-bahamas-at-least-5-dead/ar-AAGGwXg?ocid=spartandhp

Algeria – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-flash-floods-skikda-jijel-september-2019

Central African Republic – Deadly Floods in North West http://floodlist.com/africa/central-african-republic-ouham-pende-floods-august-2019

Tropical Cyclone “Lingling” forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula https://watchers.news/2019/09/04/tropical-cyclone-lingling-forms-in-the-western-pacific-ocean-heading-toward-the-korean-peninsula/

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/86719/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Sep-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador.html

Morocco – 2 Dead in Khenifra Floods, Massive Debris Flow in Imlil http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-floods-khenifra-imlil-september-2019

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact https://www.edx.org/course/climate-change-the-science-and-global-impact?

Scientists discover evidence for past high-level sea rise https://phys.org/news/2019-08-scientists-evidence-high-level-sea.html

The four big climate challenges for India https://www.livemint.com/news/india/the-four-big-climate-challenges-for-india-1567354297958.html

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/major-floods-will-happen-more-often-due-to-climate-change/article/557147

Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03092019/hurricane-dorian-climate-change-stall-record-wind-speed-rainfall-intensity-global-warming-bahamas

Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/755349748/trees-are-key-to-fighting-urban-heat-but-cities-keep-losing-them

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49483580

Devastation from Hurricane Dorian provokes calls for reporters to acknowledge the climate emergency’s connection to extreme weather https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/04/analysis-finds-us-corporate-media-failing-connect-climate-crisis-strongest-atlantic

70% of Americans worried about climate change https://climatenexus.org/wp-content/uploads/National-Poll-Toplines-Crosstabs-PR1922.pdf?utm_content=buffercef76&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-49570809/greenland-s-rapidly-vanishing-glaciers

Disaster risk reduction

Best practices for successful coastal flooding adaptation https://www.coastalnewstoday.com/post/best-practices-for-successful-coastal-flooding-adaptation

Making Mitigation Work: The Battle for Better Building Codes https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/237

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano https://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6425/367

Natural Hazards Research Platform https://www.naturalhazards.org.nz/NHRP/Publications/Natural-Hazards-Issues

Analysis of the Potential of IT System Support in Early Warning Systems: Mitigating Flood Risk in Poland https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/analysis-of-the-potential-of-it-system-support-in-early-warning-systems-mitigating-flood-risk-in-poland/96FF5761834B69DD08E19EE7F6456A76

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/flood-data-environmental-risk/35352/

A “Managed Retreat” from Disasters http://pcap2016.org/a-managed-retreat-from-disasters/

Whose resilience matters? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305750X19302803

Disasters drive up insurance rates https://www.climatechangenews.com/2019/09/03/natural-disaster-spike-drive-2020-insurance-rate-rise/

Why Forecasting Floods Should Be a Global Collaborative Effort http://theconversation.com/why-forecasting-floods-should-be-a-global-collaborative-effort-119657

 

Emergency management

Japan conducts emergency drills in preparation for the huge quake predicted to hit Tokyo area https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/01/national/japan-conducts-emergency-drills-preparation-huge-quake-predicted-hit-tokyo-area/#.XWxA4xqP7IU

Grim fire season looms but many Australians remain unprepared https://theconversation.com/grim-fire-season-looms-but-many-australians-remain-unprepared-122711?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Recovery of Tourism-Based Economies on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/recovery-of-tourism-based-economies-on-the-texas-gulf-coast-after-hurricane-harvey

Dramatic video shows people in Bahamas swimming through rushing floodwaters https://abcnews.go.com/International/dramatic-video-shows-people-bahamas-swimming-rushing-floodwaters/story?id=65348072

Bahamas Relief Efforts Frustrated as Dorian Pulls Away https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/world/americas/bahamas-hurricane-dorian.html

Six months after cyclones, Pope spotlights Mozambique’s needs http://news.trust.org/item/20190904161802-y022r/

Aerial footage reveals extent of storm devastation in Bahamas – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/sep/03/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-florida-storm-flooding-live-updates

NASA’s ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas https://phys.org/news/2019-09-nasa-aria-team-bahamas.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s emergency advisories are too complex and hard to understand, even for fluent Japanese speakers, experts say https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/30/national/japans-emergency-advisories-complex-hard-understand-even-fluent-japanese-speakers-experts-say/#.XWxAdhqP7IU

Students Promote Landslide Education Across Puerto Rico https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/students-promote-landslide-education-across-puerto-rico

September is US National Preparedness Month. Theme: Prepared, Not Scared https://www.ready.gov/september

New map marker a stark reminder to be ready for natural disasters http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909010006.html

Protecting schools from natural hazards https://www.policyforum.net/planning-for-the-worst-2/

700 people gather in Tokyo for memorial of Koreans massacred during Great Kanto Earthquake http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/860478.html

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/houston-floods-calgary-social-media-1.4267539

Residents invited to learn more about flood risk work https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/news/article/residents-invited-learn-more-about-flood-risk-work

 

Psychology and Disasters

Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/240

 

Sociology and disasters

A Global Survey on the Perceptions and Impacts of Gender Inequality in the Earth and Space Sciences https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019EA000706

Building and measuring community resilience https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25383/building-and-measuring-community-resilience-actions-for-communities-and-the

Indigenous Women of the Amazon Send a Call: The Fight for Mother Earth Is the Mother of All Fights https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/29/indigenous-women-amazon-send-call-fight-mother-earth-mother-all-fights

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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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