Today in disaster resilience (22 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic – the first tropical storm of the season forms east of Florida https://www.severe-weather.eu/tropical-weather/arthur-first-storm-atlantic-mk/

‘Extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Amphan forces evacuations in India, Bangladesh https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/extremely-severe-cyclonic-storm-amphan-forces-evacuations-in-india-bangladesh-20200519-p54u70.html

South Dakota: 17 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods https://agfax.com/2020/05/15/south-dakota-17-counties-designated-natural-disaster-areas-to-floods/

Ecuador – Deadly Floods in Morona Santiago http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-morona-santiago-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sri Lanka – 2 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-may-2020

Philippines – 80,000 Affected by Tropical Cyclone Vongfong http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-vongfong-may-2020

Algeria – Damaging Floods in Oran and Mostaganem Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-oran-may-2020

USA – Floods in Illinois and Michigan After Days of Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-illinois-michigan-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Côte d’Ivoire – Floods in Duékoué Department http://floodlist.com/africa/cote-divoire-floods-duekoue-may-2020

Dams Fail in Central Michigan; Evacuations Underway https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-19-severe-weather-impacts-michigan-flooding-ohio-flooding

Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-rathnapura-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Kasai River Floods in Mai-Ndombe Province http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-kasai-river-maindombe-may-2020

Storm rips through Geelong, tearing roofs off homes in Waurn Ponds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-20/weather-storm-tears-roofs-off-homes-geelong-victoria/12265432

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52749935

Spectacular satellite imagery of a rapidly organizing depression moving towards western Europe today https://www.severe-weather.eu/mcd/cyclone-north-atlantic-towards-uk-mk/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/104003/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-May-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Ma.html

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-storm-india/cyclone-kills-at-least-82-in-india-bangladesh-causes-widespread-flooding-idUSKBN22X0JO

Central America – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador http://floodlist.com/america/floods-guatemala-honduras-elsalvador-may-2020

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global warming and drought impacts in the EU http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71836

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71838

Laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable against climate-related disaster risks http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71792

Climate change and water scarcity disrupting youth livelihoods in Ghana http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71811

Transforming knowledge management for climate action http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71821

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-17/climate-change-action-has-been-missing-hot-mess-richard-aedy/12200196

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-climate-future-to-evolve-as-economy-is-rebuilt-20200517-p54tps.html

Peter Davis of the British Antarctic survey on changes in the Thwaites Glacier https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2020.1751951

The future of solar power: From unbelievably cheap to insanely cheap https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-future-of-solar-power-from-unbelievably-cheap-to-insanely-cheap-77615/

Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52710224

Global heating is increasing the risk of fires and logging was making forests more flammable https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/19/victoria-should-expect-one-or-two-more-megafires-before-end-of-decade-study-finds

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71869

Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers ‘extreme’ emissions drop https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/experts-urge-further-climate-action-as-lockdown-triggers-extreme-emissions-drop-20200519-p54uhh.html

Shrinking Ice Sheets Lifted Global Sea Level 14 Millimeters https://eos.org/articles/shrinking-ice-sheets-lifted-global-sea-level-14-millimeters

Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2020 https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2020/

Latest Estimates on Sea Level Rise by 2100 Are Worse Than We Thought https://www.sciencealert.com/oceans-are-on-their-way-to-rising-over-a-meter-as-soon-as-2100

Major tropical cyclones have become ‘15% more likely’ over past 40 years http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71900

Adapting to rising river flood risk in the EU under climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71885

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71883

Global emissions plunge as working-from-home slashes transport emissions https://reneweconomy.com.au/global-emissions-plunge-as-working-from-home-slashes-transport-emissions-81597/

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/aging-dams-changing-climate-a-dangerous-mix

 

Disaster risk reduction

Using satellites to monitor river ice for flood early warning http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71819

COVID-19 and the nature-health-nexus http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71835

Land use planning for disaster resilient communities https://www.aidr.org.au/news/new-handbook-land-use-planning-for-disaster-resilient-communities/

How would people and systems cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues? https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-dual-risks-of-natural-disasters-and-covid-19

Tool shows what many know: State communities at high risk for wildfire https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/05/15/tool-shows-what-many-know-state-communities-at-high-risk-for-wildfire/#.XsGaA1KXsbV.twitter

Forty years have passed since a tremendous blast at Mount St. Helens—the deadliest eruption in U.S. history https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146735/mount-st-helens

Help Stop COVID-19 and Future Pandemics in Their Tracks https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=624&linkId=88891858

Project seeks super view of Earth’s mantle https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52701935

How Singapore is predicting floods http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71860

How this English region leads the way for flood prevention http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71859

Adapting to rising coastal flood risk in the EU under climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71839

The utility of earth science information in post-earthquake land-use decision-making: the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in Aotearoa New Zealand http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71868

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks https://ensia.com/features/the-worst-may-be-yet-to-come-5-ways-new-diseases-emerge-and-what-we-can-do-about-them/

Early Warning Systems for Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Natural Hazards https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920308980

WMO Updates Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71889

From mangrove to mountain: Building coastal resilience in Timor-Leste http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71890

African countries get new tool to predict climate-related disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71904

Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71903

Wetlands: Our frontline defence against floods http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71905

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71910

Flood impact on mainland Southeast Asia between 1985 and 2018 – The role of tropical cyclones http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71901

Flood risk assessment for Davao Oriental in the Philippines using geographic information system‐based multi‐criteria analysis and the maximum entropy model http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71898

A map of 2019 fatal landslides https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/05/13/2019-fatal-landslides-2/

The current landslide crisis in East Africa https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/05/18/landslides-in-east-africa/

A Likert scale-based model for benchmarking operational capacity, organizational resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71924

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike https://www.wired.com/story/a-hyperactive-hurricane-season-is-about-to-strike/

Less Fuel for the Fire: Wildfire Mitigation through Hazardous Fuels Reduction https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/less-fuel-for-the-fire-wildfire-mitigation-through-hazardous-fuels-reduction

 

Emergency management

Weakened by war and floods, Yemen fights twin health threat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71841

Australian Red Cross releases bushfire report https://www.aidr.org.au/news/australian-red-cross-releases-bushfire-report/

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/san-francisco-had-1918-flu-under-control-then-it-lifted-n1191141

U.S., European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine https://www.cp24.com/world/u-s-european-leaders-weigh-reopening-risks-without-a-vaccine-1.4943445

Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202005/mount-st-helens-40-years-later

Coronavirus: Don’t book your France trip yet – quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-dont-book-your-holiday-to-france-yet-as-confusion-over-quarantine-continues-11990285

How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2020/05/how-states-pay-for-natural-disasters-in-an-era-of-rising-costs

The value of spatial information for emergency services https://eena.org/document/spatial-information-for-emergency-services

Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of crises https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-floods-and-locusts-kenyas-triple-whammy-of-crises.html

COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/05/18/covid-19-uw-study-reports-staggering-death-rate-in-us-among-those-infected-who-show-symptoms/

Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341487189_Factors_affecting_successful_transition_between_post-disaster_recovery_phases_a_case_study_of_2010_floods_in_Sindh_Pakistan

How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic? https://www.hcn.org/articles/climate-desk-covid19-how-do-you-fight-wildfire-during-a-pandemic

First responders, such as fire and ambulance services, will likely struggle to reach urgent cases in a timely manner during low-level flooding in England https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-0516-7

Coronavirus health emergency declaration delayed by a week, Australian WHO expert panel member says https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/coronavirus-health-emergency-declaration-delayed-by-a-week-australian-who-expert-panel-member-says

What happens if a ‘big one’ strikes during the pandemic? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71854

Cyclone Amphan rages amid pandemic, no space in shelters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71925

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TLA173-1/tool.html

Knowledge Exchange and Disaster Recovery After Frequent Wildfires in Northern California: Exploring the Experiences of Organizations Responding to the 2018 Camp Fire https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/knowledge-exchange-and-disaster-recovery-after-frequent-wildfires-in-northern-california-exploring-the-experiences-of-organizati

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

US risk education program piloted in Emerald, Victoria https://www.aidr.org.au/news/us-risk-education-program-piloted-in-emerald-victoria/

Communicating and perceiving flood risks and warnings https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2020/communicating-and-perceiving-flood-risks-and-warnings

From The Embers – Stories from the Australian Bushfire Crisis https://omny.fm/shows/from-the-embers/

Tracing Individual Perceptions of Media Credibility in Post-3.11 Japan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341422612_Tracing_Individual_Perceptions_of_Media_Credibility_in_Post-311_Japan

Living Through a Plague: A Reading List https://lithub.com/living-through-a-plague-a-reading-list/

Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/mr-tornado/

Learning and sharing is key to climate adaptation and resilience building https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/12/learning-and-sharing-is-key-to-climate-adaptation-and-resilience-building/

People didn’t fail during Covid19, the messages did http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71914

Conceptual framework for motivating actions towards disaster preparedness through risk communication http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71917

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information https://eos.org/features/visualizing-science-how-color-determines-what-we-see#.XsaAJGahrlM.twitter

Landslides in Puerto Rico: A Collaboration Story https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/landslides-in-puerto-rico-a-collaboration-story

Can You Save the World? Game https://martin-jacob.itch.io/can-you-save-the-world

 

Disaster psychology

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap? http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71831

You Got This Mate provides tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health https://www.yougotthismate.com.au/

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health approach for mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341415583_A_qualitative_evaluation_of_Southwark_Council’s_public_health_approach_for_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_Bridge_and_Borough_Market_terror_attack

Australia: Victorians most at risk from bushfires believed emergency services could save them, CFA data shows http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71878

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mentalhealth-idUSKBN22Q0AO

 

Sociology and disasters

Society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71872

Local networks can help people in distress: South Africa’s COVID-19 response needs them http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71875

Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71848

A GIS Approach to Analyzing the Spatial Pattern of Baseline Resilience Indicators for Community (BRIC) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341468951_A_GIS_Approach_to_Analyzing_the_Spatial_Pattern_of_Baseline_Resilience_Indicators_for_Community_BRIC

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0890117120924531?casa_token=hQ8LqDBWQHkAAAAA%3AdpBPbQGmVUz6KscuyjfHxNIzvWge_WDwhSu71LlmlFzzG4TzU1tcTP4dZSry-SHAVtstMg4J8qIu

The role of social ties for culture-led development in inner areas. The case of the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquake https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2020.1759512

COVID-19 resources for sociologists https://www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-news/covid-19-resources-sociologists

Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71857

COVID-19 puts human rights of millions at risk http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71912

How to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditions into disaster risk management http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71909

Physical vulnerability and local responses to flood damage in peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71923

Profiling informal settlements for disaster risks http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71916

Confidence in authorities, neighborhood cohesion and natural hazards preparedness in Taiwan https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335068070_Confidence_in_authorities_neighborhood_cohesion_and_natural_hazards_preparedness_in_Taiwan

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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/ Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1119569796/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see https://neilduftyfiction.com/

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