Today in disaster resilience (11 March 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

NSW residents warned to prepare again as more dangerous weather forecast https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/nsw-flood-danger-not-over-with-east-coast-low-forecast/100886342

Destructive tornadoes hit Iowa, leaving at least 7 people dead, U.S. https://watchers.news/2022/03/06/iowa-tornado-march-2022-casualties-damage/

Flooding in Mindanao displaces hundreds as tropical wave lingers over the Philippines https://watchers.news/2022/03/07/flooding-in-mindanao-displaces-hundreds-as-tropical-wave-lingers-over-the-philippines/

Colombia – Thousands Isolated After Rivers Overflow in Antioquia https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-antioquia-floods-march-2022

Haiti and Dominican Republic – 2 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After Rain Triggers Flash Floods https://floodlist.com/america/haiti-dominican-republic-floods-march-2022

Thousands of acres near Panama City are torched as Florida Panhandle wildfires continue https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/07/us/florida-panhandle-wildfire-monday/index.html

Sydney floods: two found dead, roads inundated, homes and suburbs across the city swamped https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/08/sydney-floods-nsw-evacuation-orders-flood-manly-dam-spills-roseville-bridge-inundated-road-closures-flooding

Wildfires erupt after hottest week in history across parts of the West ignited them https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/wildfires-erupt-after-hottest-week-history-across-parts-west-ignited-n1271603

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Java and Sulawesi Islands https://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-java-sulawesi-march-2022

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Mar 2022: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay, Pavlof https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/174958/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Mar-2022-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Pavlof-Kir.html

Ecuador – Hundreds of Homes Damaged, Communities Isolated After Floods in Cotopaxi https://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-cotopaxi-march-2022

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Worse weather and more floods: The IPCC report contains warnings Australia should heed https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/climate-change-to-intensify-weather-in-australia-ipcc-report-say/100882692

How climate data scarcity costs lives https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2022/03/01/how-climate-data-scarcity-costs-lives

Tasmania’s dry summer in review, as BOM eyes autumn with waning La Niña https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-07/bom-tasmania-summer-review-autumn-preview/100885004

Lismore embodies the problem now facing Australia from climate change https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/03/07/alan-kohler-lismore-climate-change/

Ten climate-resilient homes https://dezeen.com/2022/03/07/climate-resilient-homes-roundups/

How climate change is already hitting Europe and how we need to adapt https://thebristolcable.org/2022/03/leading-scientist-how-climate-change-is-already-hitting-europe-and-how-we-need-to-adapt/

The importance of hydrology in routing terrestrial carbon to the atmosphere via global streams and rivers https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2106322119

Causes and Consequences of Epic Western US Drought https://blog.ucsusa.org/pablo-ortiz/causes-and-consequences-of-epic-western-us-drought/

“Delay Means Death,” UN Chief Warns About Climate Change https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/delay-means-death-un-chief-warns-about-climate-change

A new study challenges a commonly accepted explanation that a “sudden stratospheric warming” caused the unusually cold weather over the U.S. early last year https://news.ucar.edu/132831/new-study-questions-explanation-last-winters-brutal-us-cold-snap

The UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/independent-assessment-the-uks-heat-and-buildings-strategy/

New Climate Council report A Supercharged Climate: Rain bombs, flash flooding and destruction’ https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/more-rain-three-days-entire-year-london-new-report-shows-disaster-off-charts/

Projected Impact of Mid-21st Century Climate Change on Wildfire Hazard in a Major Urban Watershed outside Portland, Oregon USA https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/3/4/70

So, we are “learning to live with COVID” — can we learn to live with climate change? https://www.abc.net.au/religion/should-we-learn-to-live-with-climate-change/13789412

The floods have killed at least 21 Australians. Adapting to a harsher climate is now a life-or-death matter https://theconversation.com/the-floods-have-killed-at-least-21-australians-adapting-to-a-harsher-climate-is-now-a-life-or-death-matter-178761

Our climate crisis https://www.sciencenews.org/century/climate-change-carbon-dioxide-greenhouse-gas-emissions-global-warming

Human actions accelerate climate-driven floods and droughts https://uwaterloo.ca/news/media/human-actions-accelerate-climate-driven-floods-and-droughts

Disaster risk reduction

Can Cloud Seeding Help Quench the Thirst of the U.S. West? https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-cloud-seeding-help-quench-the-thirst-of-the-u.s.-west

Victims of NSW and Queensland floods have lodged 60,000 claims, but too many are underinsured. Here’s a better way https://theconversation.com/victims-of-nsw-and-queensland-floods-have-lodged-60-000-claims-but-too-many-are-underinsured-heres-a-better-way-178294

Scientists seek to solve mystery of why some people do not catch Covid https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/02/scientists-seek-to-solve-mystery-of-why-some-people-do-not-catch-covid

South-east Queensland flood damage bill revised to cost up to $2.5b https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-07/south-east-queensland-flood-disaster-damage-bill-budget/100888958

Expert calls for better flood preparation across south-east Queensland after severe weather event https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/qld-flood-weather-south-east-queensland-brisbane-property/100874398

What is flood planning? https://stateresilience.org/planning/

The normative dimensions of flood risk management: Two types of flood harm https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12798

Join Pew and Partners March 8 for ‘Flood Resilience and Adaptation Planning in the U.S.: Challenges and Opportunities’https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/about/events/2022/flood-resilience-and-adaptation-planning-in-the-us-challenges-and-opportunities

Should every house be rebuilt after flooding? https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-03-10/floods-nsw-queensland-climate-change-worst-ever-natural-disaster/100894956

One in 4 homes and businesses in UK at risk of flooding http://www.floodsax.co.uk/news/one-in-4-homes-and-businesses-in-uk-at-risk-of-flooding-and-it-will-only-get-worse/

Toward integrated fire management to promote ecosystem resilience https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190052822000013

Hurricanes and Other Tropical Cyclones Linked to Rise in U.S. Deaths from Several Major Causes https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/hurricanes-and-other-tropical-cyclones-linked-rise-us-deaths-several-major-causes

Under-resourced and undermined: as floods hit south-west Sydney, our research shows councils aren’t prepared https://theconversation.com/under-resourced-and-undermined-as-floods-hit-south-west-sydney-our-research-shows-councils-arent-prepared-178293

Briefing Note on Systemic Risk https://council.science/publications/briefing-systemic-risk/

All disaster risk is systemic, all disaster impact is systemic…but what does it mean? https://www.undrr.org/news/all-disaster-risk-systemic-all-disaster-impact-systemicbut-what-does-it-mean

To Track Magma’s Path to Eruption, Scientists Say There’s Something in the Water https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2022/03/10/to-track-magmas-path-to-eruption-scientists-say-theres-something-in-the-water/

A framework for research on recurrent acute disasters https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abk2458

One in 1,000 years? Old flood probabilities no longer hold water https://theconversation.com/one-in-1-000-years-old-flood-probabilities-no-longer-hold-water-178524

Weather forecasts won’t save us – we must pre-empt monster floods years before they hit https://theconversation.com/weather-forecasts-wont-save-us-we-must-pre-empt-monster-floods-years-before-they-hit-178767

Emergency management

How a spreadsheet became a lifesaver in Lismore’s flood crisis https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-06/nsw-floods-how-a-spreadsheet-became-lifesaver-in-lismore/100885054

NMSU researchers dive deeper into humanitarian response of COVID-19 crisis https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/nmsu/2022/03/05/nmsu-researchers-dive-into-humanitarian-response-covid-19-crisis/9378131002/

‘His body was just there’: Mullumbimby volunteers confronted by horrors and chaos of flood aftermath https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/05/his-body-was-just-there-mullumbimby-volunteers-confronted-by-horrors-and-chaos-of-flood-aftermath

Mapping of current Australian floods https://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/list-of-components/EMSR567

Chefs lead volunteers to feed NSW flood victims in absence of government food relief https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/08/chefs-lead-volunteers-to-feed-nsw-flood-victims-in-absence-of-government-food-relief

‘The sad reality is many don’t survive’: how floods affect wildlife, and how you can help them https://theconversation.com/the-sad-reality-is-many-dont-survive-how-floods-affect-wildlife-and-how-you-can-help-them-178310

US National COVID Preparedness Plan https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/NAT-COVID-19-PREPAREDNESS-PLAN.pdf

Lori Moore-Merrell, the new US Fire Administrator, discusses her agency’s priorities and challenges https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2022/Summer-2022/POV/Perspectives

Two years on, COVID-19 pandemic ‘far from over’ https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/03/1113632

Understanding the uneven spread of COVID-19 in the context of the global interconnected economy https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-04717-3

Northern NSW vets work to save hundreds of starving, suffering animals amid flood crisis https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-09/qld-vet-angry-over-ignorance-of-animal-crisis-post-floods/100894214

The national emergency declaration came days after the east coast was already underwater. Why? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-09/why-did-it-take-days-to-declare-national-emergency-floods/100894892

‘A year’s worth of landfill’: what will happen to all the waste from flood-damaged homes in Queensland and NSW? https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/09/qld-and-nsw-floods-create-mountains-of-waste-and-spark-environmental-and-vermin-fears

Floods left thousands without power. Microgrids could help communities weather the next disaster https://theconversation.com/floods-left-thousands-without-power-microgrids-could-help-communities-weather-the-next-disaster-178311

Louisiana hurricane aid missing from federal spending deal https://www.theadvocate.com/lake_charles/article_6c34e26e-9fd0-11ec-8676-1f73acb0a83c.html

Water releases from Wivenhoe have been halted. So what’s the status of south-east Queensland’s major water supply? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-10/wivenhoe-dam-capacity-stopping-water-releases/100896366

Disaster education, communications and engagement

These Photos Show the Already Devastating Impact of Australia’s Dystopic ‘Rain Bomb’ https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxd7yx/these-photos-show-the-already-devastating-impact-of-australias-dystopic-rain-bomb

People could’ve prepared for the floods better if the impacts of weather forecasts were clearly communicated https://theconversation.com/people-couldve-prepared-for-the-floods-better-if-the-impacts-of-weather-forecasts-were-clearly-communicated-178309

Disasters: Deconstructed Podcast: Engaging with Communities https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-he9p2-11c5f10

Engaging communities to prepare for natural hazards: a conceptual model https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-022-05290-2

Sea Level Rise Viewer https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/#

Why Vulnerability Still Matters: The Politics of Disaster Risk Creation https://www.routledge.com/Why-Vulnerability-Still-Matters-The-Politics-of-Disaster-Risk-Creation/Bankoff-Hilhorst/p/book/9781032113432

Whether people prepare for natural disasters depends on how the message is sent https://theconversation.com/whether-people-prepare-for-natural-disasters-depends-on-how-the-message-is-sent-178986

Psychology and disasters

Shining a Light on Suicide Risk for Wildland Firefighters https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08032022/suicide-risk-wildland-firefighters-wildfire-climate-change/

First come floods, then domestic violence. We need to prepare for the next inevitable crisis https://theconversation.com/first-come-floods-then-domestic-violence-we-need-to-prepare-for-the-next-inevitable-crisis-178607

Sociology and disasters

Women and Girls in Disasters https://disasterphilanthropy.org/issue-insight/women-and-girls-in-disasters/

Black Neighborhoods Will Bear Future Flood Burden https://eos.org/articles/black-neighborhoods-will-bear-future-flood-burden

Mapping vulnerability: why the IPCC’s geography of climate risk is contentious https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/03/10/mapping-vulnerability-why-the-ipccs-geography-of-climate-risk-is-contentious/

Preparing for when lightning strikes the same place twice, then strikes again https://www.caryinstitute.org/news-insights/press-release/preparing-when-lightning-strikes-same-place-twice-then-strikes-again

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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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