Today in disaster resilience (29 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Uganda – 8 Dead After More Floods in Kasese http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-may-2020

USA – President Approves Emergency Declaration for Floods in Midland, Michigan http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-midland-michigan-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Extreme ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia https://watchers.news/2020/05/25/extreme-once-in-a-decade-storm-brings-destructive-winds-and-rain-to-western-australia/

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Samarinda http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-samarinda-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Heavy rains and damaging tornado hit central Cuba https://watchers.news/2020/05/26/heavy-rains-damaging-tornado-cuba/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cuba – Evacuations After Floods in Central Region http://floodlist.com/america/cuba-florida-floods-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Central African Republic – 3 Missing After Flash Floods in Bangui http://floodlist.com/africa/centralafricanrepublic-floods-bangui-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains wreak havoc across Yekaterinburg, leave at least 3 people dead, Russia https://watchers.news/2020/05/27/hurricane-force-winds-and-heavy-rains-wreak-havoc-leave-at-least-3-people-dead-across-yekaterinburg-russia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S. https://watchers.news/2020/05/27/record-heavy-rains-trigger-severe-flooding-florida-us/

More than 30 000 affected by flooding in East Kalimantan, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2020/05/27/indonesia-flood/

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast https://www.aol.com/article/weather/2020/05/27/tropical-storm-bertha-forms-hits-south-carolina-coast/24444720/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

India – Floods and Landslides in North East Leave 5 Dead, 16,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-arunachalpradesh-meghalaya-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UAE – Deadly Flash Floods in Sharjah http://floodlist.com/asia/uae-flash-floods-sharjah-may-2020

Honduras – 2 Dead After More Severe Weather http://floodlist.com/america/honduras-floods-francisco-morazan-may-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/104413/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-May-2020-Karymsky-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reyk.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fighting infectious diseases: the connection to climate change http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71956

Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71951

Powerful women face the climate crisis head on in Colombia http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71948

3 steps to scaling up nature-based solutions for climate adaptation http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71947

Miami’s fight against rising seas https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170403-miamis-fight-against-sea-level-rise?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

Climate-related deaths going unrecorded, says doctor working in some of our hottest towns https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-24/climate-change-related-heat-deaths-going-unnoticed-doctor-says/12276064

A New Primer on Climate Change Science https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/05/14/climate-change-science-primer/

Did you know… tropical cyclones cause large snowfall on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers? https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/cr/2020/05/22/did-you-know-tropical-cyclones-cause-large-snowfall-on-kilimanjaros-glaciers/

Six in ten Americans feel well informed about global warming, but only one in ten feel “very well informed.” https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2020/11/

A record-breaking heatwave has arrived in the Arctic this month, appearing unusually early and with shocking intensity https://www.earth.com/news/arctic-heatwave-is-breaking-records-and-its-not-even-summer-yet/

Human-caused climate change affects the weather, but this is not the disaster https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202005/does-climate-change-cause-disasters

Climate Change: Finding Solutions through Technology, Science, and Our Humanity https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/podcast/climate-change-finding-solutions-through-technology-science-and-our-humanity/

Winter ‘will lose much of its punch’: Climate change may diminish big snowstorms in the USA https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/26/climate-change-reduce-big-winter-snowstorms-study/5258663002/

UK Climate Resilience programme is playing an increasing role in helping to better estimate risks from present and future weather and climate variability https://www.ukclimateresilience.org/blog/genesis-of-the-joint-met-office-ukri-uk-climate-resilience-programme/

Mapping Snow on Arctic Sea Ice https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146758/mapping-snow-on-arctic-sea-ice

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/05/26/cyclone-amphan-climate-adaptation/

Without swift action on climate change, heat waves could kill thousands in U.S. cities https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/without-swift-action-climate-change-heat-waves-could-kill-thousands-ncna1017376

 

Disaster risk reduction

Building safer and more resilient cities in the Philippines http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71887

Flood risk management in the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71949

Sustainable flood risk management strategies to reduce rural communities’ vulnerability to flooding in Mozambique http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71950

Concrete inside unstable Paradise Dam wall may have failed design standard, inquiry finds https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-21/concrete-in-paradise-dam-wall-fails-to-meet-design-standard/12272216

River Flow 2020 http://riverflow2020.org/

Fire season extends by almost four months in parts of Australia https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/fire-season-extends-by-almost-four-months-in-parts-of-australia-20200525-p54w28.html

Australia heading into new ‘fire age’, warns global fire historian https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-26/australia-is-in-a-fire-era-pyrocene/12282274

Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ bushfires ‘not a one-off event’, royal commission hears https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-black-summer-bushfires-not-a-one-off-event-royal-commission-hears?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Nearly Half of States Are Likely to Experience Flooding This Spring https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/04/02/nearly-half-of-states-are-likely-to-experience-flooding-this-spring

Tectonic plate under Indian Ocean splitting apart, research finds https://watchers.news/2020/05/24/tectonic-plate-under-indian-ocean-splitting-apart-research-finds/

Together with the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES), Council recently updated the Municipal Flood Emergency Management Plan (MFEP) for Golden Plains Shire https://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/news/new-flood-management-plan-golden-plains

The world needs Covid-19 vaccines. It may also be overestimating their power https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/22/the-world-needs-covid-19-vaccines-it-may-also-be-overestimating-their-power/

We must build back better after Cyclone Amphan https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/22/must-build-back-better-cyclone-amphan/

The new Mary Regional Resilience Strategy uses a coordinated catchment approach to disaster risk reduction https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/maryregion

Disaster Management Reference Handbooks https://www.cfe-dmha.org/DMHA-Resources/Disaster-Management-Reference-Handbooks

Australia, you have unfinished business. It’s time to let our ‘fire people’ care for this land https://theconversation.com/australia-you-have-unfinished-business-its-time-to-let-our-fire-people-care-for-this-land-135196

More rain, more floods, more often. Why wet basements and swollen rivers are becoming the new spring reality for Illinois https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-illinois-floodplains-extreme-weather-20200522-wlnu3qpasrhi7g32no5w3xuhge-story.html

Coastal Letter of Map Revisions https://www.floodsciencecenter.org/event/ctp-webinar-coastal-letter-of-map-revisions-mt-2s/

Why do some earthquakes disappear from the map/list? https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/why-do-some-earthquakes-disappear-maplist

Classification and mathematical modeling of infrastructure interdependencies https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23789689.2020.1753401?journalCode=tsri20#.Xs-mUGX5GQk.twitter

A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth https://phys.org/news/2020-05-clues-deep-earthquake-mystery.html

The problem America has neglected for too long: deteriorating dams https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/problem-america-neglected-too-long-deteriorating-dams/

The mystery of coronavirus superspreaders https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-superspreaders-7f91c28a-a68a-460b-93e7-43b3ddf1eddd.html

Statistical Methods in Water Resources https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/tm4A3

 

Emergency management

Researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a complex model predicting the exact date the pandemic will end in the US, UK, and other countries around the world https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8350935/US-coronavirus-pandemic-early-November-predictive-model-shows.html

Malawi Weather Chasers – celebrating four years of early warning and civic action http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71888

‘Perfect storm’: Haiti COVID-19 peak set to collide with hurricanes http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71940

Increased red tape leaves Great Ocean Road community stranded by rising river levels https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-21/aire-valley-flooding-traps-great-ocean-road-residents/12270402

Given the pandemic, how will emergency experts cope with evacuating people who might fear shared shelters, refuse to wear masks, and distrust authorities? https://www.wired.com/story/a-hyperactive-hurricane-season-is-about-to-strike/

‘Incredibly blessed’: Royal commission to eye fire success and failure https://www.smh.com.au/national/incredibly-blessed-royal-commission-to-eye-fire-success-and-failure-20200522-p54vej.html

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Database https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

Bushfire royal commission hears that Black Summer smoke killed nearly 450 people https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-26/bushfire-royal-commission-hearings-smoke-killed-445-people/12286094

Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital https://apnews.com/54423b73d8be5fbc2a491bcc60f10285?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

The Evidence Base on Anticipatory Action https://www.wfp.org/publications/evidence-base-anticipatory-action

First Came the Virus. Next Come the Storms https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/hurricane-planning-coronavirus-covid-pandemic/612016/

When the waters rise, how will we keep schools open? https://hechingerreport.org/when-the-waters-rise-how-will-we-keep-schools-open/

Covid-19 has become one of the biggest killers of 2020 https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/05/01/covid-19-has-become-one-of-the-biggest-killers-of-2020

Some Countries Have Brought New Cases Down To Nearly Zero. How Did They Do It? https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/05/23/861577367/messaging-from-leaders-who-have-tamed-their-countrys-coronavirus-outbreaks

The Graphic Truth: The United States of Pandemic https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-graphic-truth-the-united-states-of-pandemic

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Covid-19 lockdown may be disruptive but it is also a time of reflection and learning. Our shared experiences will re-shape how we think and act in future https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/2020/05/01/1151416/six-new-approaches-in-a-world-beyond-lockdown

New MOOC on Water – Addressing the Global Crisis https://www.siwi.org/watercourse/

Find out about Arctic sea ice https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/quick-facts

Long-term Perspectives During a Pandemic https://medium.com/the-long-now-foundation/long-term-perspectives-during-a-pandemic-cf99335cf897

Announcing 2020 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners recognising outstanding individuals who share Myers passion for disaster loss reduction nationally and internationally https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/announcing-2020-mary-fran-myers-scholarship-winners

 

Disaster psychology

Little sense of shared grief as coronavirus deaths near 100,000 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-22/little-sense-of-shared-grief-as-virus-deaths-near-100-000

When coronavirus arrived these students’ worlds turned upside down https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-24/students-use-art-to-capture-the-new-coronavirus-world/12268048

Social support and sense of belonging may protect against the psychological impact of COVID-19 https://www.psypost.org/2020/05/social-support-and-sense-of-belonging-may-protect-against-the-psychological-impact-of-covid-19-56873

‘Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19’ free book download https://www.socialsciencespace.com/2020/05/addressing-the-psychology-of-together-apart-free-book-download/

 

Sociology and disasters

Coping with floods: Indigenous survival strategies in Bangladesh http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71931

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338670970_Social_capital’s_role_in_humanitarian_crises

Disasters force us to rely on each other https://grist.org/climate/forget-the-tp-heres-what-you-really-need-to-get-through-a-disaster/

Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place https://theconversation.com/hurricanes-and-other-extreme-weather-disasters-prompt-some-people-to-move-and-trap-others-in-place-129128

How Brazil’s COVID-19 response has fallen to community leaders https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2020/05/27/Brazil-coronavirus-response-community-leaders

An Anthropology of Deep Time https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/an-anthropology-of-deep-time/D5B5D1825BF9D440246A17118E17080E

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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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