Today in disaster resilience (18 October 2019)

disaster

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Typhoon Hagibis: Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50032170

Firefighters make progress on Saddleridge fire; Southern California blazes kill 3, injure others https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/wildfires/2019/10/12/saddleridge-fire-chars-7-500-acres-thousands-still-under-evacuation-orders/3958060002/

Typhoon Hagibis hammers Tokyo, 33 dead https://7news.com.au/news/severe-weather/typhoon-hagibis-hammers-tokyo-33-dead-c-501995

Tanzania – Floods Cause Fatalities in Morogoro and Tanga Regions http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-morogoro-tanga-october-2019

El Salvador – Flooding and Landslides Leave 4 Dead http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-flooding-landslides-october-2019

Iran – Deadly Flooding in Northern Provinces http://floodlist.com/asia/iran-floods-gilan-mazandaran-golestan-october-2019

Ethiopia – Over 20 Killed in Landslide in South http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-landslide-snnpr-october-2019

Colombia – Flooding and Landslides in Risaralda Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-flooding-and-landslides-in-risaralda-department

At least 27 people have been confirmed dead after days of flooding in the Upper East region of Ghana https://starrfm.com.gh/2019/10/scores-confirmed-dead-in-upper-east-floods/

DR Congo – Deadly Floods Hit Kinshasa http://floodlist.com/africa/drc-floods-kinshasa-october-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Fuego, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Karangetang https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/89700/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Oct-2019-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Krakatau-Shiveluch-Karangetang-Duko.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

National Governments Can’t Solve Climate Change Alone https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/national-governments-cant-solve-climate-change-alone/

Climate Change Insurance; California’s Homeless Crisis https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/10/15/oct-15-2019-hn-two

Stripped bare: Australia’s hidden climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/oct/17/stripped-bare-australias-hidden-climate-crisis

Four Storytellers Tackle Climate Change https://www.guernicamag.com/four-storytellers-tackle-climate-change/

Higher temperatures driving ‘alarming’ levels of hunger – report https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/oct/15/higher-temperatures-driving-alarming-levels-hunger-report-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw

Transforming mined out lands into solar plants https://energytransition.org/2019/09/fire-in-the-holes-transforming-mined-out-lands-into-solar-plants/

‘It’s a crisis, not a change’: the six Guardian language changes on climate matters https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/16/guardian-language-changes-climate-environment

Tracking the Ongoing Recovery of Earth’s Ozone Hole https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2916/the-atmosphere-tracking-the-ongoing-recovery-of-earths-ozone-hole/

Prince William calls for climate change action on glacier visit https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50068645

Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate Politics http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/extinction-rebellion-and-the-birth-of-a-new-climate-politics.html

Mass migration from Africa likely as government invests in satellite monitoring of vulnerable countries https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mass-migration-africa-likely-government-170000066.html?guccounter=1

How Scientists Finally Got Americans to Worry About the Climate https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-01/americans-are-finally-worried-about-climate-change

Climate Change Impacts Monsoon Flooding In India https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauratenenbaum/2019/10/15/climate-change-impacts-monsoon-flooding-in-india/#24a656ff4550

GHI 2019: Climate change driving alarming levels of global hunger https://www.concern.net/press-releases/Climate-change-driving-alarming-levels-of-global-hunger

Assessing the health effects of extreme temperatures and the development of adaptation strategies to climate change in the Asia-Pacific region https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68214

More than 370,000 sign e-petition for climate emergency declaration https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/more-than-370-000-sign-e-petition-for-climate-emergency-declaration-20191017-p531g2.html

Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/16/australia-wasted-decades-in-climate-denial-and-must-break-free-of-the-mire-of-misinformation?CMP=share_btn_tw

A visual alternative to tackling the 1170 pages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) https://eciu.net/news-and-events/infographics/ipcc-srocc

Planning for the economic risks of climate change https://www.c2es.org/2019/10/planning-for-the-economic-risks-of-climate-change/

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/peruvian-glaciers-have-shrunk-by-30-percent-since-2000

Climate change and displacement https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2019/10/5da5e18c4/climate-change-and-displacement.html

Olympics Marathon Moved Out of Tokyo Over Heat Concerns https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/olympics-marathon-moved-out-of-tokyo-over-heat-concerns/

Firms ignoring climate crisis will go bankrupt https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/13/firms-ignoring-climate-crisis-bankrupt-mark-carney-bank-england-governor

 

Disaster risk reduction

Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/world/asia/japan-typhoon-hagibis.html

Probabilistic Hydrological Post-Processing at Scale: Why and How to Apply Machine-Learning Quantile Regression Algorithms https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/10/2126

What happens if you put 100 people interested in flood risk management in a room for a full month? http://co-risk.org/2019/10/11/rethinking-flood-risk-management-the-chiang-mai-field-lab-2019-experiment/

Our attempts to wall in a surging Mississippi have failed up and down the river, leading to catastrophic flooding. Now momentum is building to work with nature, not against it https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2019/a-better-way-decrease-disastrous-flooding

Flooding Menace: Italian Firm, Rivers Community Sign Pact To End Flooding https://veritynewsonline.com/2019/10/14/flooding-menace-italian-firm-rivers-community-sign-pact-to-end-flooding/

New study analyzes FEMA-funded home buyout program https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191010113205.htm

Lagos flood: Beyond panic control, but high-tech engineering solutions https://www.environewsnigeria.com/lagos-flood-beyond-panic-control-but-high-tech-engineering-solutions/

Edinburgh’s ‘urban creep’ flood risk: 15 football pitches worth of green land lost each year to conservatories, driveways and patios https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/edinburghs-urban-creep-flood-risk-15-football-pitches-worth-green-land-lost-each-year-conservatories-driveways-and-patios-814612

Australian Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2019 to 2020 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/cyclones/australia/

Great Lakes flooding: The warning signs that homes must be moved https://phys.org/news/2019-10-great-lakes-homes.html

Disaster Risk Analysis Part 2: The Systemic Underestimation of Risk https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330739905_Disaster_Risk_Analysis_Part_2_The_Systemic_Underestimation_of_Risk

Factors influencing the behaviour and perceptions of Australian veterinarians towards antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336426670_Factors_influencing_the_behaviour_and_perceptions_of_Australian_veterinarians_towards_antibiotic_use_and_antimicrobial_resistance

We can’t drought-proof Australia, and trying is a fool’s errand https://theconversation.com/we-cant-drought-proof-australia-and-trying-is-a-fools-errand-124504

FSU Research: Strong storms often generate earthquake-like seismic activity https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2019/10/15/fsu-research-strong-storms-often-generate-earthquake-like-seismic-activity/

UK: Flood defences save £1.1 billion a year https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/68111

Asia-Pacific DRR Country Status Reports https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68230

Evidence for sharp increase in the economic damages of extreme natural disasters https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/10/01/1907826116

Practitioner perspectives of disaster resilience in international development https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919302353?via%3Dihub

Catalyzing urban resilience http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/660751548946460826/pdf/134232-WP-30-1-2019-9-35-30-ProgramBriefJancompressed.pdf

Thirty years after devastating quake, is San Francisco ready for the next? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/16/california-earthquake-bay-area-prepared-loma-prieta-1989

Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-17/unprecedented-movement-recorded-on-california-earthquake-capable-of-8-0-temblor

Florida Keys neighborhood’s been flooded for over 40 days https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article236261848.html

Thoughtfully Using Artificial Intelligence in Earth Science https://eos.org/opinions/thoughtfully-using-artificial-intelligence-in-earth-science#.Xahwkg5pijk.twitter

Exmoor river ‘reset’ aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/17/exmoor-river-reset-aims-to-cut-flood-risk-and-bolster-wildlife

Fixing Insurance in Far North Queensland https://advisr.com.au/fixing-insurance-in-far-north-queensland/

 

Emergency management

Two Years After Hurricane Harvey, One Group Says It Has Been Overlooked: Renters https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/us/hurricane-harvey-lawsuit-texas.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Toll from typhoon in Japan, both human and material, keeps rising https://www.cbsnews.com/news/typhoon-in-japan-death-toll-hagibis-flooding-nagano-bullet-trains-today-2019-10-15/

Limitations and challenges of early warning systems: A case study of the 2018 Palu-Donggala Tsunami https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68152

Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/16/california-earthquake-bay-area-prepared-loma-prieta-1989

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis http://www.newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/125698.php

Estimating the Sequencing of Evacuation Destination and Accommodation Type in Hurricanes https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336072713_Estimating_the_Sequencing_of_Evacuation_Destination_and_Accommodation_Type_in_Hurricanes

Developing a freely available platform to simulate the evacuation of residential communities from wildfire https://www.movementstrategies.com/blog-posts/understanding-evacuation-from-fire

Vladimir Putin held a meeting on flood relief measures in Irkutsk Region and the Far East http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/61837

Urban flooding a hot button topic among those affected https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/urban-flooding-a-hot-button-topic-among-those-affected/articleshow/71622446.cms

Hagibis Floods Japan https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145736/hagibis-floods-japan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Reduction https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/disasterreductionday

Tips on How to Prepare Your Business for Flooding https://www.cbiz.com/insights-resources/details/articleid/7675/tips-on-how-to-prepare-your-business-for-flooding

Strategic approaches for developing a culture of safety management in schools: Indications from literature studies https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/694

Immersed: a VR experience about flood and resilience

https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68171

Virtual reality based disaster resilience training https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68170

Philippines disaster preparedness simulator https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68169

Disaster Scope is an augmented reality (AR) application which contains flooding and fire smoke simulations built by Itamiya laboratory https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/68172

PreparedBC: Guide for Apartments, Condos and Townhomes https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/preparedbc-guides/preparedbc_condo_guide_2018.pdf

Download California’s New Earthquake Early Warning App https://www.kqed.org/science/1949333/download-californias-new-earthquake-early-warning-app

 

Psychology and Disasters

Large Study Shows PTSD Has Strong Genetic Component https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/10/12/large-study-shows-ptsd-has-strong-genetic-component/150939.html

Getting Canadians prepared for natural disasters: a multi-method analysis of risk perception, behaviors, and the social environment https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335843500_Getting_Canadians_prepared_for_natural_disasters_a_multi-method_analysis_of_risk_perception_behaviors_and_the_social_environment

Flash Flood Risk Perception by the Population of Mindelo, S. Vicente (Cape Verde) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329156239_Flash_Flood_Risk_Perception_by_the_Population_of_Mindelo_S_Vicente_Cape_Verde

Geo-hydrological and seismic risk awareness at school: Emergency preparedness and risk perception evaluation https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335284681_Geo-hydrological_and_seismic_risk_awareness_at_school_Emergency_preparedness_and_risk_perception_evaluation

Educational Attainment, Disaster Experience, and Emergency Preparedness 1 Formal Education and Disaster Protective Action Decision Making: The Interacting Effects of Prior Experience and Income https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326234098_Educational_Attainment_Disaster_Experience_and_Emergency_Preparedness_1_Formal_Education_and_Disaster_Protective_Action_Decision_Making_The_Interacting_Effects_of_Prior_Experience_and_Income

Florida names its first mental health coordinator for hurricanes, disaster recovery https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article236308533.html

 

Sociology and disasters

Post-disaster recovery and sociocultural change: Rethinking social capital development for the new social fabric https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919306120

The role of traditional leadership in disaster management and disaster risk governance: A case of Ugu District Municipality by-laws https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/802

Gender mainstreaming: A lasting solution to disaster risk reduction https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/view/723

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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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