Today in disaster resilience (7 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread https://www.foxnews.com/world/argentina-delta-fire

Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/01/apple-fire-riverside-county-california-thousands-evacuate/5565699002/

Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods in Nangarhar Province http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-floods-nangarhar-july-2020

South Korea – 5 Dead, 7 Missing After Heavy Rain in Central Areas http://floodlist.com/asia/south-korea-floods-gyeonggi-north-chungcheong-august-2020

Georgia – Floods Destroy Roads and Bridges in Western Region http://floodlist.com/asia/georgia-floods-july-2020

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Sinlaku Brings Flooding Rains to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand http://floodlist.com/asia/storm-sinlaku-flood-vietnam-laos-thailand-august-2020

Sudan – 5 Dead, Thousands of Homes Damaged After Widespread Flooding http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-bluenile-august-2020

India – Over 300 Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-uttar-pradesh-august-2020

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53626544

Snow engulfs Victorian towns as Melbourne braces for coldest four-day spell since 1996, Australia https://watchers.news/2020/08/04/snow-engulfs-victorian-towns-as-melbourne-braces-for-coldest-four-day-spell-since-1996-australia/

Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan https://watchers.news/2020/08/04/series-of-powerful-eruptions-at-nishinoshima-volcano-japan/

Flash floods, mudslides kill 13 people in South Korea https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/flash-floods-mudslides-kill-13-people-south-korea-200804035050195.html

Yemen – More Floods Leave at Least 20 Dead http://floodlist.com/asia/yemen-floods-august-2020

Beirut explosion https://apnews.com/4475998de078a93bbe91b7ac9d43ada2?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

Rain Batters Mumbai, Heaviest Since 2005 https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-rain-heavy-rain-floods-parts-of-mumbai-city-on-red-alert-for-2-days-2273668

2 people killed after tornado from Isaias destroyed mobile homes in Windsor https://www.wxii12.com/article/bertie-county-windsor-north-carolina-tornado-isaias-storm/33512618#

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Floods in South West State http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-floods-south-west-state-august-2020

Saudi Arabia – Over 70 Rescued From Floods After Days of Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/saudi-arabia-floods-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Aug 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Turrialba, Telica https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/107884/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Aug-2020-Popocatepetl-volcano-Reventador-Turrialba-Telica-Sabanc.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian bushfire and climate plan  http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72976

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Pathways for policy coherence in Sub-Saharan Africa http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72981

Strategic and managed retreat as adaptation: Addressing climate vulnerability in the Sundarbans http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72979

Ten ways to support climate change adaptation planning and decision-making http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72982

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0860-7

At What Cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/at-what-cost-how-chronic-gaps-in-adaptation-finance-expose-the-world-s-poorest-people-to-climate-chaos

Projections of global-scale extreme sea levels and resulting episodic coastal flooding over the 21st Century https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-67736-6

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03082020/climate-change-scenarios-emissions

NJ Shore Towns See More ‘Sunny-Day’ Floods as Seas Rise, Federal Report Says https://www.njspotlight.com/2020/07/nj-shore-towns-see-more-sunny-day-floods-as-seas-rise-federal-report-says/

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time https://www.carbonbrief.org/extreme-glacier-loss-events-linked-to-human-caused-climate-change-for-first-time

‘A tsunami in the sky’: Climate change is melting Bhutan’s glaciers and the danger is real https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bhutan-climate-change-glacial-flood-tsunami-in-the-sky-12546148

‘There’s still a choice’: New Zealand’s melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/04/theres-still-a-choice-new-zealands-melting-glaciers-show-the-human-fingerprints-of-climate-change

Flooding could occur daily in Sydney by the end of this century because of climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/05/flooding-could-occur-daily-in-sydney-by-the-end-of-this-century-because-of-climate-change

Sea‐Level Rise Driving Increasingly Predictable Coastal Inundation in Sydney, Australia https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020EF001607

Climate Change Brings Stronger Hurricanes and Threatens Pandemic Response https://ucsusa.org/resources/climate-change-stronger-hurricanes-and-covid-19-response

More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/03/more-coal-power-generation-closed-than-opened-around-the-world-this-year-research-finds

Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10311-020-01059-w

Northern Australia is at risk of severe coastal flooding impacts, which are set to soar by the end of the century http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/coastal-flooding-forecast

Climate change: Coastal flooding could threaten up to 20% of global GDP http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73016

Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73017

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73018

Climatology and Dynamical Evolution of Extreme Rainfall Events in the Sinai Peninsula http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73028

What can you do to fight the climate crisis? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/04/what-can-you-do-to-fight-the-climate-crisis

Some Indian states gear up to tackle climate disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73046

 

Disaster risk reduction

Early warning system saves lives as flood wreaks havoc in north Bihar http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72983

This code of practice (CoP) is concerned with Property flood resilience (PFR) measures that can be introduced to buildings at risk from flooding http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72975

Monsoon, floods and COVID-19: building community resilience in Bangladesh https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/monsoon-floods-and-covid-19-building-community-resilience-in-bangladesh-1

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-%E2%80%98triple-dividend-of-early-warning-systems-evidence-from-tanzanias-coastal-areas

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-july-2020/

Extra 23 million people could face coastal flooding within 30 years, even with emission cuts, study says https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/31/extra-23-million-people-could-face-coastal-flooding-within-30-years-even-with-emission-cuts-study-says

Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/conl.12719

Understanding hazards first step in addressing them, says scientific community http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72998

Streamflow prediction for flood warning and satellite-based inundation mapping for the HKH region http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72988

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal: Delineation of roles and responsibilities http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72985

Australian Government to provide $88.1 million over 10 years for future research into bushfires and natural hazards following the devastating 2019-20 fire season https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/afac-welcomes-research-funding-announcement

Melbourne’s stage 3 lockdown prevented thousands of coronavirus cases, research data shows https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-04/melbournes-coronavirus-lockdown-worth-it-burnet-institute-data/12521434

The many-headed beast of wildfire risks in Aotearoa-New Zealand http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73024

Ecosystem-based adaptation project reduces flood risk in Seychelles https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/06/29/ecosystem-based-adaptation-project-reduces-flood-risk-seychelles/

Study of insurance demand finds errant behavior after disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73044

 

Emergency management

Patterns of Population Displacement During Mega-Fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343335275_Patterns_of_Population_Displacement_During_Mega-Fires_in_California_detected_using_Facebook_Disaster_Maps

A dual disaster handbook: 6 recommendations for local leaders responding to floods during Covid-19 https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/a-dual-disaster-handbook-6-recommendations-for-local-leaders-responding-to-floods-during-covid-19

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781642503272

One-size does not fit all for post-disaster recovery, PSU study finds http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72994

July 2020 edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2020/

Monsoon floods submerge a third of Bangladesh; affect around 5 million people amid COVID-19 https://en.gaonconnection.com/monsoon-floods-submerge-a-third-of-bangladesh-affect-around-5-million-people-amid-covid-19/

Epidemic model shows how COVID-19 could spread through firefighting camps https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-08-epidemic-covid-firefighting.html

Naming and ranking heatwave to highlight invisible threat http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73040

Somalia sets up disaster warning centre to battle floods and locusts http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73038

Rapid damage assessment of Beirut docks through remote observation (5 August 2020) https://maps.mapaction.org/dataset/rapid-damage-assessment-of-beirut-docks-through-remote-observation-5-august-2020

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social Media Data and Housing Recovery Following Extreme Natural Events https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920312905

Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/resources-about-disasters/help-for-agencies/recap

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program is a 2-year initiative funded by the NSW Government which will be managed jointly through Resilience NSW and Hunter Joint Org https://www.hunterjo.com.au/2011-2/

Stakeholder engagement for disaster management in master-planned communities http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73025

Adaptation in the Outer Hebrides: A Community Planning Partnership-led response https://www.adaptationscotland.org.uk/get-involved/our-projects/adaptation-outer-hebrides-community-planning-partnership-led

Home Stockpiling of Food and Essential Items https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/usa/reports/health/home-stockpiling-guidance-2019.pdf

Survival Kit Supplies https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html

Hurricane Safety Checklists https://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/

 

Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBrzw71eBrg&feature=youtu.be

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/03/survivors-of-covid-19-show-increased-rate-of-psychiatric-disorders-study-finds

The Role of Experience and Different Sources of Knowledge in Shaping Flood Risk Awareness https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/12/8/2130

Cry wolf effect? Evaluating the impact of false alarms on public responses to tornado alerts in the Southeastern United States Weather https://journals.ametsoc.org/wcas/article/11/3/549/344427/Cry-Wolf-Effect-Evaluating-the-Impact-of-False

Disruptions and mental-health outcomes following Cyclone Debbie http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73020

How Mobile Home Residents Understand and Respond to Tornado Warnings http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73006

 

Sociology and disasters

An empirical exploration of the capabilities of people with disabilities in coping with disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=72999

Local leadership for disaster resilience: profiles from Asia and the Pacific http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73001

Building Community Resilience: Social ties and connections https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343239280_Building_Community_Resilience_Social_ties_and_connections

As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in https://grist.org/justice/extreme-heat-redlining-portland/

The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city https://theconversation.com/the-port-of-beirut-vital-historic-centre-of-a-complex-city-144022

How a packed slum in Mumbai beat back the coronavirus, as India’s cases continue to soar http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73045

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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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