Today in disaster resilience (13 November 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Storm Eta pounds Cuba with torrential rain on track to Florida https://news.trust.org/item/20201108163713-ctfab/

Hurricane Eta: dozens killed by landslides in Central America https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/11/06/hurricane-eta/

Zimbabwe – Deadly Storms and Floods in Manicaland http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-manicaland-november-2020

Mexico – Deadly Floods in South After Heavy Rain From Hurricane Eta http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-chiapas-tabasco-hurricane-eta-november-2020

Uganda – Hundreds Hit by Floods in West http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-bundibugyo-kikuube-november-2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Top 10 Million https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/covid-2020-11-09

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise has declared a local state of emergency in Napier due to the widespread flooding https://www.hbemergency.govt.nz/

Congo Brazzaville – Over 80 Villages Flooded in Likouala Department http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-likouala-november-2020

Indonesia – Floods Damage Hundreds of Homes in Aceh http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-aceh-november-2020

Tropical Storm Eta flooded South Florida overnight, and the rain isn’t stopping https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article247070782.html?platform=hootsuite

Severe flooding affects more than 83 000 people in the Republic of Congo https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/severe-flooding-affects-more-than-83-000-people-in-republic-of-congo/

Massive floods sweep through eastern Libya https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/massive-floods-sweep-through-eastern-libya/

Tropical Storm “Vamco” (Ulysses) to rapidly intensify before striking Philippines https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/tropical-storm-vamco-ulysses-to-rapidly-intensify-before-striking-philippines/

New Zealand – Record Rainfall Causes Flooding in Napier http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-flood-napier-november-2020

UK becomes 5th country to exceed 50,000 coronavirus deaths https://www.cp24.com/world/uk-becomes-5th-country-to-exceed-50-000-coronavirus-deaths-1.5184681

Greece – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-crete-november-2020

Typhoon Vamco Leaves Parts of Manila Underwater https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/typhoon-vamco-leaves-parts-manila-underwater

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/113383/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Nov-2020-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-S.html

Somalia – Over 13,000 Displaced by Floodshttp://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-deyr-rain-floods-november-2020

Jamaica – Over 280 Roads Damaged by Floods From Tropical Storms Eta and Zeta http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-flood-damage-eta-zeta-november-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia warned it could be isolated over climate inaction after Joe Biden victory https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/08/australia-warned-it-could-be-isolated-over-climate-inaction-after-joe-biden-victory?CMP=share_btn_tw

California’s Mega Fires Have Arrived 30 Years Early https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/californias-mega-fires-have-arrived-30-years-early/

A Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Greater Melbourne https://engage.vic.gov.au/regional-climate-change-adaptation-strategy-greater-melbourne

Covid recovery plans threaten global climate hopes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/09/revealed-covid-recovery-plans-threaten-global-climate-hopes

Advancing Knowledge of ENSO in a Changing Climate https://eos.org/editors-vox/advancing-knowledge-of-enso-in-a-changing-climate

Risk to life warning over lack of action to make Scotland’s infrastructure safe from climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74623

Australia will benefit from shift to zero emissions, with no gas required https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-will-benefit-from-shift-to-zero-emissions-with-no-gas-required-12083/

NSW renewables plan marks a major new moment for climate action in Australia https://reneweconomy.com.au/nsw-renewables-plan-marks-a-major-new-moment-for-climate-action-in-australia-80628/

Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy approaches to climate migration https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74633

A review of the sustainable development goals through a climate lens https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74622

Epidemic Thunderstorm asthma warning: expected to become more frequent and severe due to climate changehttps://climateactionmoreland.org/2020/11/10/epidemic-thunderstorm-asthma-warning-expected-to-become-more-frequent-and-severe-due-to-climate-change/

Declining Snow Cover in U.S. Northeast Will Have Major Impacts on Rivers, Study Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/declining-snow-cover-in-u-s-northeast-will-have-major-impacts-on-rivers-study-finds

Climate change: Hurricanes get stronger on land as world warms https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54902068

Climate change blamed for fall’s super floods in South Florida https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/broward/fl-ne-humans-causing-increase-late-fall-flooding-south-florida-20201110-ugalh7jxjjhzzooiozf4eelql4-story.html

Seeing Clouds Clearly: Are They Cooling Us Down or Heating Us Up? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09112020/clouds-cooling-climate-effects

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

In India, urban planners anticipate climate change https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2020/1026/In-India-urban-planners-anticipate-climate-change

Record cold and snow engulf California and Nevada, U.S. https://watchers.news/2020/11/11/record-cold-and-snow-engulf-california-and-nevada-us/

Cape Town’s climate strategy isn’t perfect, but every African city should have one https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74659

Almost half of thermal coal firms set to defy climate pledge – report https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/12/thermal-coal-firms-climate-pledge-report-paris-goals?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rising levels of carbon dioxide increasing extreme weather events in Australia, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/13/rising-levels-of-carbon-dioxide-increasing-extreme-weather-events-in-australia-report-finds

Australia State of the Climate 2020 Report http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/

Climate change is already here: major scientific report https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-is-already-here-major-scientific-report-20201112-p56dyl.html

Pacific Islands: New UNEP programme to support climate resilience through early warning systems https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74680

Disaster risk reduction

Smaller earthquakes “with ambition” produce the most ground shaking https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74570

Natural disasters cost Central Asia $10 billion a year – Are we doing enough to prevent them?https://blogs.worldbank.org/europeandcentralasia/natural-disasters-cost-central-asia-10-billion-year-are-we-doing-enough

Half of UK businesses ‘have not prepared for climate risks’, survey finds https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74620

How do road characteristics influence flood fatalities? https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/83

Integrated Risk Management explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAWJmmmlhO0&feature=youtu.be

What are the major sources of earthquakes in Central America? https://www.iris.edu/hq/inclass/animation/central_americaearthquakes_and_tectonjics

Cameroon: Flood management via the rehabilitation of dykes and dams https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74666

We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 – here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes https://theconversation.com/well-see-more-fire-seasons-like-2020-heres-a-strategy-for-managing-our-nations-flammable-landscapes-149323

COVID-19 sewage testing helping guide coronavirus testing as Australia tries to stop the spread https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-13/covid-sewage-testing-makes-inroads-in-coronavirus-response/12875682

GIS for Science: Applying Mapping and Spatial Analytics, Volume 2https://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=391&moduleID=0

Jamaica: the drivers of flooding – pollution and land selection https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74687

Emergency management

Methodology and Application of Spatial Vulnerability Assessment for Evacuation Shelters in Disaster Planning https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344715744_Methodology_and_Application_of_Spatial_Vulnerability_Assessment_for_Evacuation_Shelters_in_Disaster_Planning

Australia: Frequent extreme bushfires as a new reality. Learning how to live with smoke-filled air https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74582

Guatemala Mayan villagers tell of harrowing escape from deadly landslide https://news.trust.org/item/20201109110534-7u9gl/

Odds and evens: a strategy for safely exiting lockdown 2 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74640

Steps forward for the Australian Fire Danger Rating System https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/steps-forward-for-the-australian-fire-danger-rating-system

Proceeds from sale of new Royal Australian Mint coin to be given to Australia’s firefighters https://www.ramint.gov.au/publications/proceeds-sale-new-royal-australian-mint-coin-be-given-australias-firefighters

October edition of the Australian Journal for Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2020/

Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook webinarhttps://www.aidr.org.au/events/25431?locationId=25432

Collaboration leads to new toolkit for emergency volunteer leaders https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2020/collaboration-leads-new-toolkit-emergency-volunteer-leaders

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73558

Interactive experience lets app users see weather warnings and analyze their effects on different areas of the map https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/create-captivating-geospatial-experiences/

Be Flood Ready https://www.befloodready.uk/

Citizen Seismology https://www.citizenseismology.eu/

Using Social Media to Build Community Disaster Resilience https://www2.slideshare.net/ndufty/using-social-media-to-build-community-disaster-resilience

Psychology and disasters

Depressive Symptoms in the Aftermath of Major Disaster: Empirical Test of the Social Support Deterioration Model Using Natural Experiment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666558120300063

Ron Howard Depicts Life After the Camp Fire https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ron-howard-depicts-life-after-camp-fire

Community views on wildfire risk and preparedness in the wildland urban interface https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74612

How Much Do Americans Value Their Health During the Pandemic? https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/10/how-much-do-americans-value-their-health-during-the.html

Community views on wildfire risk and preparedness in the wildland urban interface https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74612

Workplace resilience: leaders by influence and what this means https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi8Zuyo_nI0&feature=youtu.be

Preparing for the first summer after bushfire https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/in-focus/preparing-for-the-first-summer-after-bushfire#.X6tv1CQA7do.twitter

Hurricane’s impact still felt in Texas town https://www.examiner-enterprise.com/story/lifestyle/2020/11/11/lewis-hurricanes-impact-still-felt-texas-town/6222660002/

Sociology and disasters

How the climate emergency exacerbates homelessness https://thestreetspirit.org/2020/11/03/how-the-climate-emergency-exacerbates-homelessness/

Seawalls or Social Recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3727387

Humanitarian data justice: A structural data justice lens on civic technologies in post-earthquake Nepal https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345602354_Humanitarian_data_justice_A_structural_data_justice_lens_on_civic_technologies_in_post-earthquake_Nepal

Study shows disadvantaged communities may get overlooked for climate adaptation funding https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uomr-ssd110620.php

Retrospection, fairness, and economic shocks: how do voters judge policy responses to natural disasters? https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/political-science-research-and-methods/article/retrospection-fairness-and-economic-shocks-how-do-voters-judge-policy-responses-to-natural-disasters/

Prioritising social equity in disaster recovery and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74642

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04397-8

New solutions to manage uncertain times: how to prevent the collapse of the social fabric and recover together from COVID-19 https://parispeaceforum.medium.com/new-solutions-to-manage-uncertain-times-how-to-prevent-the-collapse-of-the-social-fabric-and-a2d01a216bd5 Shielding the vulnerable using a risk calculator – here’s why it won’t be enough https://theconversation.com/shielding-the-vulnerable-using-a-risk-calculator-heres-why-it-wont-be-enough-148754

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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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