Today in disaster resilience (12 April 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Iran floods: Fresh evacuations with more rain forecast https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47837692

Major floods in Crete, streets turn into raging rivers, Greece https://watchers.news/2019/04/07/major-flooding-in-crete-streets-turn-into-raging-rivers-greece/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

National emergency declared as deadly wildfire destroys 300 structures, South Korea https://watchers.news/2019/04/05/national-emergency-declared-as-deadly-wildfire-destroys-300-structures-south-korea/

Greece – Crete Hit by Flash Flooding Again http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-rhodes-floods-april-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Special Climate Statement 70—drought conditions in eastern Australia and impact on water resources in the Murray–Darling Basin http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs70.pdf

Rio de Janeiro storm: Six killed in flash flooding and mudslides as Brazilian city battered by torrential rains https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newslondon/rio-de-janeiro-storm-six-killed-in-flash-flooding-and-mudslides-as-brazilian-city-battered-by-torrential-rains/

Brazil – Deadly Floods in Piauí State http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-piaui-state-april-2019

Ghana – Hundreds Displaced After Floods Hit South http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-floods-accra-ho-kumasi-april-2019

Severe storm leaves at least 6 people dead and over 50 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan https://watchers.news/2019/04/10/pakistan-flood-april-9-2019/

Major storm system producing widespread hazardous weather across much of the Central U.S. https://watchers.news/2019/04/11/major-storm-system-producing-widespread-hazardous-weather-across-much-of-the-central-us/

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Apr 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Bromo, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/78489/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Apr-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Bromo-Shiveluch-Dukono-Agu.html

Floods in Iran: Death toll stands at 78, 1 136 injured and around 10 million affected https://watchers.news/2019/04/11/floods-in-iran-death-toll-stands-at-70-1076-injured-and-around-10-million-affected/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Deadly flooding around the world is a warning of the cascading impacts of climate change https://thinkprogress.org/deadly-flooding-climate-change-impacts/

Sydney set to sizzle as temperatures creep back into the 30s https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-set-to-sizzle-as-temperatures-creep-back-into-the-30s-20190408-p51bu6.html

Melting glaciers contribute a third of sea-level rise https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/world-mountain-glaciers-melting-sea-level-rise/

Global glacier mass changes and their contributions to sea-level rise from 1961 to 2016 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1071-0

Global Warming Is Pushing Arctic Toward ‘Unprecedented State,’ Research Shows https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08042019/arctic-climate-change-temperature-permafrost-sea-ice-wildilfe-ecology-study

Key indicators of Arctic climate change: 1971–2017 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aafc1b

‘Land of the short white cloud’ – NZ glaciers’ huge loss of ice in just 42 years https://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=12220542&ref=rss

Climate damages and adaptation potential across diverse sectors of the United States https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0444-6

‘For Canada as a whole, there is a lack of observational evidence of changes in daily and short-duration extreme precipitation’ https://www.cityfloodmap.com/2019/04/environment-canada-report-confirms-no.html

Warmest March on record for Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/summary.shtml

23 former Fire and Emergency Chiefs call for stronger action on climate change, warning that worsening extreme weather is threatening Australian lives https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/emergency-chiefs-australia-unprepared-for-worsening-extremes/

Climate change will crush real estate values for investors who don’t prepare, new report says https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/08/climate-change-will-crush-real-estate-values-for-unprepared-investors-report.html

Interactive Arctic Sea Ice Graph http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

How humans derailed the Earth’s climate in just 160 years https://theconversation.com/how-humans-derailed-the-earths-climate-in-just-160-years-114021?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Alps ‘will melt by 2100’ https://www.tiredearth.com/news/two-thirds-glacier-ice-alps-will-melt-2100

Scientists drilling old ice to learn more about climate change https://earther.gizmodo.com/scientists-are-gearing-up-to-drill-some-of-the-oldest-i-1833942134?IR=T

Managing climate change with early warnings https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/managing-climate-change-with-early-warnings.html

Extreme Hemispheric Heat Waves Like 2018’s Growing More Common with Climate Change, Study Says https://insideclimatenews.org/news/11042019/2018-heat-wave-climate-change-attribution-northern-hemisphere-extreme-weather-record

Renewables will dominate world’s energy needs, says global body https://reneweconomy.com.au/renewables-will-dominate-worlds-energy-needs-says-global-body-73381/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Colorado Project Is a Roadmap for State-Specific Hazard Planning https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/guiding-communities-colorado-project-is-a-roadmap-for-state-specific-hazard-planning

State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering https://simcenter.designsafe-ci.org/media/filer_public/13/b5/13b5ba3e-f94a-48af-9d12-ca5d0abad5c1/state_of_art_report.pdf

Why a big Mt Taranaki eruption just got more dangerous https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12220060

Planning and Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9173565/

New Washington geological maps can help residents escape tsunamis http://mynorthwest.com/1336570/tsunamis-earthquake-washington/

Driving force of volcanic super-hazards uncovered http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm

Volcanic ‘avalanches’ glide on air, boosting their deadly speed https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/04/volcanic-avalanches-pyroclastic-flows-glide-on-air-boosting-deadly-speed/

Recommendations for Improving Integration in National End-to-End Flood Forecasting Systems: An Overview of the FFIR (Flooding From Intense Rainfall) Programme https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/4/725

Disaster Research and the Second Environmental Crisis https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030046897

Future hot-spots for hydro-hazards in Great Britain: a probabilistic assessment https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/5387/2018/

Tackling the drivers of East Africa’s surprising earthquake risk http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/tackling-the-drivers-of-east-africas-surprising-earthquake-risk

How Meteorologists Compare To Other Professions That Predict The Future https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/04/02/how-meteorologists-compare-to-other-professions-that-predict-the-future/#56e2e1f35698

Australia has a new National Construction Code, but it’s still not good enough https://theconversation.com/australia-has-a-new-national-construction-code-but-its-still-not-good-enough-113729

Deforestation seen as aggravating Zimbabwe, Mozambique flood crisis https://furtherafrica.com/2019/04/08/deforestation-seen-as-aggravating-zimbabwe-mozambique-flood-crisis/

Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan released https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=159&v=nDxpNCH05EM

As Missouri’s rivers rise, lawmakers may stop subsidizing risky floodplain projects https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/as-missouri-s-rivers-rise-lawmakers-may-stop-subsidizing-risky/

Brisbane River Catchment – Strategic Floodplain Management Plan and Flood Studies https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/brcfs

Design Flood Estimation: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Two Alternative Approaches https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/4/729

A draft environmental impact statement confirms the NSW government is planning to raise parts of the Warragamba Dam wall higher than was admitted publicly https://www.9news.com.au/national/warragamba-esi-shows-dam-to-be-raised-17m/3f71af5e-038a-47d8-a666-245dd03d5ec4

Hurricane experts predict near normal season https://www.wpri.com/weather/hurricane-experts-predict-near-normal-season/1902992685?platform=hootsuite

Two Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Have Already Struck the U.S. in 2019 https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2019-04-09-two-billion-dollar-weather-disasters-united-states-2019

Scientists monitoring Ruapehu as crater lake heats up https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12221130&ref=twitter

‘Long or strong, get gone’: Tsunami could strike New Zealand before public officially alerted – scientists https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/long-or-strong-get-gone-tsunami-could-strike-new-zealand-before-public-officially-alerted-scientists/ar-BBVMvL1?ocid=st

Study identifies danger glacial lakes across Tibetan Plateau https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47874792

Anak Krakatau: Collapsed volcano’s tsunami simulated https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47875777

‘I Don’t Want to Stay Here’: Half a Million Live in Flood Zones, and the Government Is Paying https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/us/houston-flooding.html

Hurricane Harvey provides lessons learned for flood resiliency plans https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410095942.htm

 

Emergency Management

Thargomindah dusts off never-been-used SES boat as flooded Bulloo River cuts off town https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-05/flood-boat-finally-gets-used-in-the-middle-of-qld-drought/10972544

Optimisation patterns for the process of a planned evacuation in the event of a flood https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1593816

Flood-hit Iran getting no financial aid from abroad due to U.S. sanctions: statement https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-floods-redcrescent/flood-hit-iran-getting-no-financial-aid-from-abroad-due-to-u-s-sanctions-statement-idUSKCN1RJ0GY

‘No Help Is Coming.’ How Devastating Floods Are Fueling Sexual Violence and the Spread of HIV in Malawi http://time.com/5559499/floods-malawi-women-violence-hiv/

Six months after Hurricane Michael, a housing crisis for survivors with disabilities https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/04/10/hurricane-michael-survivors-disabilities-6-months-housing-crisis/3271068002/

How Malawi saved lives in Cyclone Idai http://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2019/04/08/how-malawi-saved-lives-cyclone-idai

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai & Floods Situation Report No. 7 https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/mozambique-cyclone-idai-floods-situation-report-no-7-8-april-2019

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Tests Faith In Government https://www.npr.org/2019/04/08/711166854/1a-across-america-hurricane-harvey-recovery-tests-faith-in-government

Giving After Disasters https://hbr.org/2019/01/giving-after-disasters

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Educational Continuity: How One Community Kept Schools On Track after Disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/educational-continuity-how-one-community-kept-schools-on-track-after-disaster

Natural Disaster Response: What Role Can You Play? https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/natural-disaster-response-volunteer/

The Fix-it face-to-face intervention increases multihazard household preparedness cross-culturally https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-019-0563-0

In disasters, Twitter users with large networks get out-tweeted http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20190401-in-disasters-twitter-users-with-large-networks-get-outtweeted

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

The Science Behind Vanishing Ice – New Immersive Mixed Reality https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=3297Doifr7c

Riskville – A Game for Learning about Disaster Risks and Urban Planning https://www.kau.se/files/2019-01/IJMED_2018%20November%20Issue%20Christenson%20et%20al.pdf

Stories from the Storm: Houstonians reflect on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives https://www.npr.org/podcasts/633055042/stories-from-the-storm

A serious game in which players have to protect a city from flooding https://research.reading.ac.uk/research-blog/imprexive-game-highlights-importance-of-forecasting-in-flood-management/

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health and disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/collections/mental-health-risks

What Resilience Looks Like in Complex Trauma https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201904/what-resilience-looks-in-complex-trauma

 

Sociology and Disasters

Convergence as a vehicle that can drive the framework where we effectively come together to characterize the mounting natural hazards threats we face https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/convergence

How disaster aid leaves the disadvantaged even further behind economically https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/433609-how-disaster-aid-leaves-the-disadvantaged-even-further-behind

Measurement of Social Networks for Innovation within Community Disaster Resilience https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/7/1943

Paradise High principal quits, can’t find housing after Camp Fire https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/04/09/paradise-high-principal-announces-resignation/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/022663843X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

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Today in disaster resilience (5 April 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-floods-idUSKCN1RB068

Iran calls emergency in flood-threatened southwest province https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-floods-idUKKCN1RB0FJ

Severe thunderstorm in Nepal leaves 25 dead, hundreds injured http://news.trust.org/item/20190331193946-kc1mu/

China forest blaze: 30 firefighters killed in Sichuan https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47772483

Strong dust devil hits playground in China’s Henan, 18 children injured https://watchers.news/2019/03/31/dust-devil-playground-china-march-31-2019/

Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran, Damage 60,000 Others https://en.radiofarda.com/a/floods-demolish-25-000-houses-across-iran-damage-60-000-others/29854736.html

At least 180 people in Zimbabwe known to have been killed by landslides triggered by Idai https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/02/terrawatch-cyclone-idai-reveals-secondary-impact-of-climate-change

Flash Floods Hit Iran Again as Western Province Submerged https://www.voanews.com/a/flash-floods-hit-iran-again-as-western-province-submerged/4857979.html

Peru – Thousands Hit by Floods in San Martín and Junín Regions http://floodlist.com/america/peru-san-martin-junin-march-april2019

Indonesian Mount Agung erupts again, sparking panic among locals, Bali https://watchers.news/2019/04/04/agung-eruption-april-3-2019/

Flooding in Paraguay’s capital http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/flooding-in-paraguay-s-capital-due-to-heavy-rain/article/546829

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Apr 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/78096/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Apr-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Ibu-Dukono-Reventa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A record share of Australians say humans cause climate change: poll https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-record-share-of-australians-say-humans-cause-climate-change-poll-20190328-p518go.html

Cyclone Idai and the New Reality of Climate Change in Africa https://www.cfr.org/blog/cyclone-idai-and-new-reality-climate-change-africa?utm_medium=social_share&utm_source=tw

Climate change and when human nature can lead to rejection of science https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-31/climate-change-when-human-nature-leads-to-rejection-of-science/10952244

Islands are just disappearing https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/are-islands-disappearing

New report launch: Climate change – Liability risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64534

Australia swelters through the warmest March on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-01/2019-hottest-march-on-record-in-australia/10959828

Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate https://www.eli.org/sites/default/files/images/49.10320_.pdf

When the dike breaks: How climate change threatens Maritime lowlands https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/climate-change-threatens-dikes-1.5077253

Canada warming at twice the global rate, leaked report finds https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canada-warming-at-twice-the-global-rate-leaked-report-finds-1.5079765

Building For An Uncertain Future: Miami Residents Adapt To The Changing Climate https://www.npr.org/2019/03/31/706940085/building-for-an-uncertain-future-miami-residents-adapt-to-the-changing-climate

UK Climate Projections 2018: From science to policy making https://cabot-institute.blogspot.com/2019/04/uk-climate-projections-2018-from.html

In ‘The Wall,’ Climate Change Pushes Us Further Apart https://chireviewofbooks.com/2019/03/27/in-the-wall-climate-change-pushes-us-further-apart/

For a flooded Midwest, climate forecasts offer little comfort https://theconversation.com/for-a-flooded-midwest-climate-forecasts-offer-little-comfort-114140

2018 was boom year for renewables despite political chaos, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/04/2018-was-boom-year-for-renewables-despite-political-chaos-report-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

How tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to plan for climate change https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/04/01/how-tribes-are-harnessing-cutting-edge-data-to-plan-for-climate-change/

Personalized risk messaging can reduce climate concerns https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959378018304655?dgcid=raven_sd_via_email

“The Invading Sea” wins national journalism award for editorial leadership https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2019/04/02/the-invading-sea-wins-national-journalism-award-for-editorial-leadership/?fbclid=IwAR1J31GBBvsClzS3udyjsusA_d_Ybx3lufWCTfcS-dd31Bg6vBqZgpS4fuI

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/03/south-pole-tree-fossils-indicate-impact-of-climate-change

Iceberg History May Explain Climate Change http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/19387/20190330/iceberg-history-may-explain-climate-change.htm

It’s raining on Greenland’s ice sheet. That’s a big problem https://grist.org/article/its-raining-on-greenlands-ice-sheet-thats-a-big-problem/

Insurers slam budget’s ‘short-sighted’ climate measures https://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/insurers-slam-budget-s-short-sighted-climate-measures-20190403-p51a93

7 American cities that could disappear by 2100 https://www.businessinsider.com.au/american-cities-disappear-sea-level-rise-2100-2019-3?

Great Lakes are rapidly warming, likely to trigger more flooding and extreme weather https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/great-lakes-climate-warming-1.5065922

 

Disaster risk reduction

‘Breaches Everywhere’: Flooding Bursts Midwest Levees, and Tough Questions Follow https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/31/us/midwest-floods-levees.html

New Report Calls for Different Approaches to Predict and Understand Urban Flooding http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=25381#.XJ5VP1vLYEI.twitter

The multibillion disaster centered in Nebraska will spread this spring https://earther.gizmodo.com/how-historic-flooding-in-the-midwest-could-fuel-the-gul-1833615535?IR=T

Answer to Missouri River flood control found in serene waters of Cora Island https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-answer-to-missouri-river-flood-control-found-in-serene/article_9706ea70-8f4b-5590-ab17-28dd87631fc4.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

The Mocoa Debris Flow: an analysis of the causes and effects https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/03/29/mocoa-debris-flow/

Colombia: Merged satellite, ground data may forecast volcanic eruptions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64529

An Update from 100 Resilient Cities http://100resilientcities.org/update-from-100rc/

Earthquake safety law could put California’s hospitals in ‘financial distress,’ report warns https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article228588474.html

California Earthquake Early Warning System Gets an Early Test https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/California-Earthquake-Early-Warning-System-Gets-an-Early-Test.html

Large volcanic eruptions can alter hurricane strength and frequency https://phys.org/news/2019-04-large-volcanic-eruptions-hurricane-strength.html

Corps studies improving New Orleans levees to keep pace with hurricane flood risk https://www.nola.com/environment/2019/04/corps-studies-improving-new-orleans-levees-to-keep-pace-with-hurricane-flood-risk.html

An Unmitigated Disaster: Shifting from Response and Recovery to Mitigation for an Insurable Future https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s13753-019-0214-0?

The Face of Disasters 2019 http://www.seedsindia.org/faceofdisasters/

Asia must prioritize disaster resilience in face of growing risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64601?platform=hootsuite

A ‘seiche’ wave can outpace a tsunami, and both can be triggered by meteorites and earthquakes https://theconversation.com/a-seiche-wave-can-outpace-a-tsunami-and-both-can-be-triggered-by-meteorites-and-earthquakes-114753

Using Drones to Improve Flood Forecasts https://www.uasvision.com/2019/04/04/using-drones-to-improve-flood-forecasts/

Limitations of FEMA flood maps https://www.globalweatherclimatecenter.com/flood-events-topics/limitations-of-fema-flood-maps-credit-science

 

Emergency Management

In major change, feds could pay less to victims https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060131529

Puerto Rican families fled Hurricane Maria’s destruction to Panama City. Months later, Michael struck https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-hurricane-survivors-maria-michael-20190328-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

Dramatic drone footage reveals Cyclone Idai’s devastating power https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/26/africa/mozambique-drone-footage-cyclone-idai-intl/index.html

Governments meet in Fiji to address displacement caused by disasters and climate change in Pacific island States https://reliefweb.int/report/world/governments-meet-fiji-address-displacement-caused-disasters-and-climate-change-pacific

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy sets New Zealand’s vision and long-term goals for civil defence emergency management https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/cdem-sector/plans-and-strategies/proposed-national-disaster-resilience-strategy/

The role of businesses in community recovery https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/64528

According To Satellite Data, “At Least 1 Million Acres Of U.S. Farmland” Have Been Devastated By Floods https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/according-to-satellite-data-at-least-1-million-acres-of-u-s-farmland-have-been-devastated-by-floods.html

‘We have lost everything’: Afghans describe deadly floods https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/south-central-asia/227120-afghanistan-deadly-floods-aftermath-march-2019

Iran Estimates Agricultural Losses from Floods at $180 Million https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-estimates-agricultural-losses-from-floods-at-180-million/4854788.html

Flood-hit Territory cattle station owner calls for government support https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-31/cattle-station-inundated-cyclone-trevor-nt-government-assistance/10956714?smid=ABCRural-Twitter_Organic&WT.tsrc=Twitter_Organic&sf210191675=1

Townsville flooding crisis leaves almost 1,000 homeless two months on https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-02/townsville-flooding-leaves-a-thousand-homeless-two-months-on/10959250

Record Floods in Iran Kill 62, Cause Over $1 Billion in Damage https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Record-Floods-Iran-Kill-62-Cause-Over-1-Billion-Damage

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park acts as a central base of operations for disaster prevention in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/showa/tokyorinkai/english/index.htm

Flood toolkit for public health and emergency response https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00631.pdf

Cyclone Idai: After the Storm https://dec.shorthandstories.com/cyclone-idai-after-the-storm/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Don’t panic, but ‘The Big One’ podcast helps us face the crazy quake that’s on the way https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-big-one-podcast-20190329-story.html

Coping With Distress after International Disasters: Tips & Resources for Individuals, Families & Communities https://www.vibrant.org/coping-with-distress-after-international-disasters-tips-resources-for-individuals-families-communities/

The Art of Resilience Exhibition https://www.gfdrr.org/en/art-of-resilience

Social media can help identify evacuation patterns https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/04/01/social-media-can-help-identify-evacuation-patterns/

A continual challenge for preparedness and response leaders is communicating their story. Here’s some hints. https://soundcloud.com/harvard/whats-your-story?in=harvard/sets/leader-readycast

Crowdsourcing speeds up earthquake monitoring https://phys.org/news/2019-04-crowdsourcing-earthquake.html

“What makes the #SafePlaceSelfie campaign so powerful is its simple message and call to action” https://www.noaa.gov/stories/where-will-you-be-on-safeplaceselfie-day

 

Disaster psychology

Flooding can take toll on mental health https://www.ksnblocal4.com/content/news/Flooding-can-take-toll-on-mental-health-507856721.html

New book: ‘Disaster Mental Health Case Studies’ https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351252256

Conflicting cues with emergency warnings impacts protective action http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/59?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=haznote59

 

Sociology and Disasters

Time to enhance global support to the most vulnerable communities https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/politics-climate-change/news/time-enhance-global-support-the-most-vulnerable-communities-1722937

Charting the new norm? Local leadership in the first 100 days of the Sulawesi earthquake response https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/64520

More socially aware, community-based urban planning https://thecityfix.com/blog/socially-aware-planning-key-building-sustaining-communities-hillary-smith/

When Storms Hit Cities, Poor Areas Suffer Most https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-storms-hit-cities-poor-areas-suffer-most/?amp

Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development https://www.wsj.com/articles/flattened-by-hurricane-michael-florida-town-tries-to-stave-off-big-development-11554296401?

Today in disaster resilience (29 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Death toll from southern Africa cyclone, floods exceeds 700 https://in.reuters.com/article/africa-cyclone/death-toll-from-southern-africa-cyclone-floods-exceeds-700-idINKCN1R40AA

1.8 million people across Mozambique, including 900,000 children, have been affected by Cyclone Idai https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/1-million-children-affected-cyclone-idai-and-subsequent-floods-mozambique-actual

WA cyclone Veronica brings 12-hour onslaught of wind, rain, storm tides https://www.sbs.com.au/news/wa-cyclone-veronica-brings-12-hour-onslaught-of-wind-rain-storm-tides

TS Iba: Very rare tropical storm forms near the coast of Brazil, the first since 2010 and third ever in recorded history https://watchers.news/2019/03/24/tropical-storm-iba-brazil-march-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/more-floods-loom-as-high-river-waters-recede-in-midwest-idUSKCN1R60UO

At least 21 dead in unprecedented Iran floods https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d34416a4e33457a6333566d54/index.html

Waiho Bridge washes away amid flooding and heavy rainfall as state of emergency declared https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12216555

Pakistan – Deadly Landslide in Balochistan Province http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-landslide-balochistan-province-march-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Veronica dumps more than a year’s worth of rain in less than 12 hours, Western Australia https://watchers.news/2019/03/26/tropical-cyclone-veronica-year-worth-of-rain-12-hours/

New rainfall record set in New Zealand with 1 086 mm (42.7 inches) in 48 hours https://watchers.news/2019/03/27/new-zealand-sets-new-rainfall-record-march-2019/

Burundi – Homes Destroyed After Heavy Rain in North http://floodlist.com/africa/burundi-floods-ngozi-karuzi-march-2019

Peru: Floods in Amazon kill 51, blame El Nino https://www.skymetweather.com/content/global-news/peru-floods-in-amazon-kill-51-blame-el-nino/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Bromo, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/77741/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Bromo-Ibu-Dukono.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Adapting To Climate Change In Miami https://www.npr.org/2019/03/24/706295320/adapting-to-climate-change-in-miami

Climate change has some Floridians fleeing https://buffalonews.com/2019/03/25/don-paul-climate-change-has-some-floridians-fleeing/

Child poverty, disasters and climate change: investigating relationships and implications over the life course of children https://www.odi.org/publications/11281-child-poverty-disasters-and-climate-change-investigating-relationships-and-implications-over-life

In blow to climate, coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/26/blow-climate-coal-plants-emitted-more-than-ever/?utm_term=.101a3df406d0

CO2 emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record https://www.iea.org/geco/

Why fear and anger are rational responses to climate change https://theconversation.com/why-fear-and-anger-are-rational-responses-to-climate-change-114056?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Climate change: Drilling in ‘Iceberg Alley’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47711600

Storm-slammed Mozambique must rebuild for ‘tomorrow’s climate’ http://news.trust.org/item/20190327162323-nmosv/

Half a degree more warming may cause dramatic differences on drought-flood compound risks https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190326105648.htm

State of the Climate in 2018 shows accelerating climate change impacts https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/state-of-climate-2018-shows-accelerating-climate-change-impacts

Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-handbook-on-climate-change-adaptation-policy

Sir David Attenborough to present climate change documentary https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47666007

Mozambique isn’t alone. Rising sea levels threaten millions in the developing world https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/26/mozambique-isnt-alone-rising-sea-levels-threaten-millions-developing-world/?utm_term=.f65a4459c193

Climate change’s fingerprints are on U.S. Midwest floods: scientists https://news.yahoo.com/climate-changes-fingerprints-u-midwest-floods-scientists-094006471.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

After 2017’s devastating floods, Quebec communities face tough questions about building on flood plains https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-floods-homeowners-1.5066394

Why Small Businesses Should Invest in Preparedness https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/why-small-businesses-should-invest-in-preparedness

Conceptual framework behind the Flood Resilience Measurement for Community https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-frmc

Flooding Could Be The Worst Ever Recorded In Much Of The US This Spring https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/forecasters-warn-flooding-could-be-the-worst-on-record-in

Revolutionizing How Ground Elevations are Measured for Flood Heights http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/revolutionizing-how-ground-elevations-are-measured-for-flood-heights/#.XJqNiMAbiYI.twitter

The UM Partnership enables scientific and technical collaboration on a shared modelling system, across a range of modelling and science issues relevant for weather and climate prediction https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/unified-model/partnership

Along the Mighty Mississippi, Cities Swap Sandbags for Marshes https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/along-the-mighty-mississippi-cities-swap-sandbags-for-marshes/?amp

10 Failed Levees In Midwest Flood Zone Were Not Inspected By Federal Government https://www.kbia.org/post/10-failed-levees-midwest-flood-zone-were-not-inspected-federal-government#stream/0

NFIP revamp of flood risk ratings echoes private sector approach https://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20190326/NEWS06/912327483/NFIP-revamp-of-flood-risk-ratings-echoes-private-sector-approach

Buyouts for flood protection since ’09 have sometimes hit hurdles https://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/government-and-politics/4588963-holdout-homeowners-buyouts-flood-protection-09-have-sometimes#.XJjSNOFtJtA.twitter

Before Canadian Scientists Can Study Tornadoes, They Have to Find Them https://eos.org/articles/before-canadian-scientists-can-study-tornadoes-they-have-to-find-them

Volcanoes Are Never ‘Overdue’ For An Eruption. Here’s Why https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/03/25/volcanoes-are-never-overdue-for-an-eruption-heres-why/#4dfba8b633a5

Scientists Getting New Tools To Monitor The Northwest’s Volcanoes https://www.opb.org/news/article/northwest-volcanoes-early-warning-system/

A £20m research initiative has been announced to improve urban planning for natural disasters https://www.businessleader.co.uk/20m-initiative-to-protect-cities-against-natural-disasters/62444/

Early-warning system helps minimize damage during floods https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/early-warning-system-helps-minimize-damage-during-floods/

Ghana tackles floods, waste and pollution with Accra resilience plan https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ghana-cities-resilience/ghana-tackles-floods-waste-and-pollution-with-accra-resilience-plan-idUSKCN1R92K0

UN report: Extreme weather hit 62 million people in 2018 https://apnews.com/cff606610ba84f64849be0f36a39a3a5

The Rockefeller Foundation intends to disband its 100 Resilient Cities initiative https://resiliencepost.com/2019/03/28/rockefellers-climate-resilience-program-said-to-be-in-jeopardy/

US Geological Survey Measures Rivers As Flooding Recedes http://netnebraska.org/article/news/1169156/us-geological-survey-measures-rivers-flooding-recedes

£46bn needed for future flood protection in UK https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/46bn-needed-for-future-flood-protection-in-uk/10040518.article

 

Emergency Management

Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather/flooding-impairs-drinking-water-treatment-for-kansas-city-missouri-idUSKCN1R40ND

Senate passes bills on Harvey recovery, disaster preparation https://www.statesman.com/news/20190320/senate-passes-bills-on-harvey-recovery-disaster-preparation

Cyclone Idai: What the aftermath looks like https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47685429/cyclone-idai-what-the-aftermath-looks-like

Worst flooding in history of Nebraska, damage surpasses 1.3 billion https://watchers.news/2019/03/22/worst-flooding-in-history-of-nebraska/

Dallas braces itself for a titanic tornado downtown: ‘This is not a far-fetched scenario’ https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2019/03/21/dallas-braces-titanictornado-downtown-not-far-fetched-scenario

Queensland floods: the water journey to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/2059/queensland-floods-the-water-journey-to-kati-thanda-lake-eyre/?hootPostID=affd098414290a231302a632d69959d8

Mozambique floods cover more ground than NYC, Chicago, D.C., and Boston — combined https://grist.org/article/mozambique-floods-are-larger-than-nyc-chicago-dc-and-boston-combined/

Nebraska Flood Damage Estimate Reaches $1.3 Billion https://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Nebraska-Flood-Damage-Estimate-Reaches-13-Billion.html

2.55 million Tokyoites would need to evacuate in event of major flood caused by super typhoon https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/27/national/2-55-million-tokyoites-need-evacuate-event-major-flood-caused-super-typhoon/#.XJvjGE-P7IU

Crisis Volunteerism is the New Black?—Exploring the Diversity of Voluntary Engagement in Crisis Management https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/rhc3.12164

Understanding community evacuation dynamics following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and tsunami https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/student-profile-laura-tilley/

Mozambique: Cyclone Idai crisis deepens with first confirmed cases of cholera https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/mozambique-cyclone-idai-crisis-deepens-with-first-confirmed-cases-of-cholera-a4102681.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

President Rouhani inspects flood damage in northern Iran https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-floods-idUSKCN1R814J

Mozambique flooding and response: both enormous in scale https://www.msf.org/mozambique-flooding-and-response-both-enormous-scale-cyclone-idai

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Public consultation discusses historic 2018 N.B. floods https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/public-consultation-discusses-historic-2018-n-b-floods-1.4349236

Critical factors for post-disaster educational continuity in urban floods in South and Southeast Asia https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/61388

Poor coverage of floods in southern Africa? Blame the media bosses https://theconversation.com/poor-coverage-of-floods-in-southern-africa-blame-the-media-bosses-114314

Understanding Disaster Risk https://www.preventionweb.net/risk

 

Sociology and Disasters

In post-disaster recovery, the material world gains intensified importance http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2019/03/11/stuff-matters-especially-when-you-risk-everything-for-it/

Severe flooding at Pine Ridge Reservation ‘a humanitarian disaster’ https://grist.org/article/severe-flooding-at-pine-ridge-reservation-a-humanitarian-disaster/

Today in disaster resilience (22 March 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Historic floods hit Nebraska after ‘bomb cyclone’ storm https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN1QY00Y

More Than 100 People Feared Dead In Chimanimani Floods https://www.pazimbabwe.com/main-news-50464-more-than-100-people-feared-dead-in-chimanimani-floods.html

Flash floods kill at least 58 in Indonesia’s Papua https://ph.news.yahoo.com/flash-floods-kill-least-50-indonesias-papua-055442770.html

Cyclone Idai hits Zimbabwe, at least 31 people dead https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/cyclone-idai-hits-zimbabwe-24-people-dead-190316133122436.html

Flash floods, earthquake in Indonesia kill at least 58 https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/flash-floods-earthquake-in-indonesia-kill-at-least-58-1.4339622

Nebraska floods have broken records in 17 places across the state https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/17/us/nebraska-flooding-sunday-wxc/index.html

Cyclone Idai: more than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/cyclone-idai-death-toll-climbs-over-120-in-mozambique-and-zimbabwe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

UK – Flood Rescues After Rivers Overflow in England and Wales http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/rivers-overflow-england-wales-march-2019

13 Die In Flash Floods In Herat Province https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/10-die-flash-floods-herat-province

Death toll from Indonesia floods, mudslides rises to 89 http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/death-toll-from-indonesia-floods-mudslides-rises-to-89/

Cyclone Idai: ‘Massive disaster’ in Mozambique and Zimbabwe https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47624156

Paraguay – Thousands Affected by Flooding in Presidente Hayes, Concepción and Guairá http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-flodds-presidente-hayes-concepcion-guaira-march-2019

‘Triple whammy’ expected from twin cyclones in Australia as evacuations increase https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/triple-whammy-expected-from-twin-cyclones-as-evacuations-increase-20190321-p51682.html

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Yogyakarta Region http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-yogyakarta-march-2019

Angola – 19 Dead After Floods in Benguela, Luanda, Huíla and Zaire Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-benguela-luanda-huila-zaire-march-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Mar 2019: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Bromo, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/77318/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Mar-2019-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Bromo-Dukono-Reventador-Planch.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘Monster’ El Nino a chance later this year, pointing to extended dry times https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/monster-el-nino-a-chance-later-this-year-pointing-to-extended-dry-times-20190315-p514hi.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552716989

Climate model uncertainty helps scientists narrow range of predictions https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/03/18/Climate-model-uncertainty-helps-scientists-narrow-range-of-predictions/4061552929515/

NYC – To save the city from rising seas, build more of it https://slate.com/business/2019/03/why-new-york-is-expanding-into-the-east-river.html

‘Era of disasters’ poses challenge for governments https://www.governmentnews.com.au/era-of-disasters-pose-challenges-for-governments/

Use forecast to talk about climate change, urges ex-BBC presenter https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/19/use-forecast-to-talk-about-climate-change-urges-ex-bbc-presenter

Avalanches Menace Colorado as Climate Change Raises the Risk https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08032019/avalanche-climate-change-risk-snow-storm-forecast-colorado-switzerland

APRA demands banks, insurers act on climate risk https://www.afr.com/business/insurance/apra-demands-banks-insurers-act-on-climate-risk-20190320-h1cl3l

Climate change making storms like Idai more severe, say experts https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/climate-change-making-storms-like-idai-more-severe-say-experts?CMP=share_btn_tw

Study shows IPCC is underselling climate change https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ipcc-underselling-climate.html

Cyclone Idai lays bare the fundamental injustice of climate change https://grist.org/article/cyclone-idai-lays-bare-the-fundamental-injustice-of-climate-change/

The waters are rising, the floods are coming. What are we doing to save ourselves? https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/20/nebraska-floods-more-water-coming-heres-what-mankind-should-do/3214576002/

Climate-ready planning laws for NSW https://www.edonsw.org.au/climate_ready_planning_laws

Assessing contributions of major emitters’ Paris‐era decisions to future temperature extremes https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL081608?af=R&

The Subtle Seduction of the ‘Warm’ in Global Warming https://undark.org/2019/03/21/warmth-and-global-warming/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Building Africa’s bridge to resilience must be a joint effort http://news.trust.org/item/20190315144640-wlxco

Cyclone Idai highlights urgent need to ensure resilience of infrastructure to extreme weather https://www.unisdr.org/archive/64290

Dependence of flood peaks and volumes in modeled discharge time series: effect of different uncertainty sources https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169419302641

A growing number of cities are looking beyond the usual 100-year floodplain and requiring more homes to be built higher for their own protection https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19032019/fema-flood-maps-risk-zones-cities-climate-change-mexico-beach-houston-outer-banks

New Jersey Law Helps Cities Better Prepare for Floods https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/18/new-jersey-law-helps-cities-better-prepare-for-floods

“Cyclone Idai underlines that no matter how effective early warnings are, there is still a huge demand for greater investment in resilient infrastructure in many parts of the world” https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/03/1034881

Wildfire management funding boosted to $101M as B.C. prepares for dry season https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-preparation-wildfires-2019-1.5062537

Post-Harvey Flood Control Regulations Are Hitting Developers Hard https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/construction-development/post-harvey-flood-control-regulations-cause-costly-delays-98046

What’s Behind the Massive Midwestern Floods: 2 Giant Waves of Water https://www.livescience.com/65026-why-midwest-missouri-river-mississippi-flood.html

Coexisting with combustion: the future of bushfire management https://adi.deakin.edu.au/news/coexisting-with-combustion

Douglas Shire Council used the highest level of technical analysis and feedback from locals to develop a draft Resilient Coast Strategic Plan https://douglas.qld.gov.au/douglas-shire-first-in-qld-with-resilient-coast-strategy/

The CRED presents the bill: the socio-economic cost of natural disasters https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2019/03/20/the-cred-presents-the-bill-the-socio-economic-cost-of-natural-disasters/

The Urgent Need for Public-Private Collaboration for Improving Disaster Resilience https://meetingoftheminds.org/the-urgent-need-for-public-private-collaboration-for-improving-disaster-resilience-30089

 

Emergency Management

2019 Flood Damage Assessment Packet Available https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=609

Mozambique cyclone: “90 per cent” of Beira and surrounds damaged or destroyed https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/press-release/mozambique-cyclone-90-per-cent-beira-surrounds-damaged-destroyed/

Four Lessons From ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Flooding In The Great Plains https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/03/18/four-lessons-from-bomb-cyclone-flooding-in-the-great-plains/#3f6fc9d650a8

Lake Eyre begins filling with Queensland floodwaters as Birdsville roads reopen https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/lake-eyre-begins-filling-with-queensland-floodwaters/10909716

Satellite images Historic Floods Inundate Nebraska https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144691/historic-floods-inundate-nebraska

Residents rescued amid historic flooding across Midwest https://www.cbsnews.com/news/midwest-flooding-rescues-rainwater-snowmelt-today-2019-03-16/

Millions from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected as houses and roads submerged https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/19/cyclone-idai-worst-weather-disaster-to-hit-southern-hemisphere-mozambique-malawi

Tathra bushfires anniversary brings another financial blow for many already suffering https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/tathra-fires-anniversary-means-end-of-rent-insurance/10909800?pfmredir=sm

Cyclone Idai: emergency getting ‘bigger by the hour’, warns UN food agency https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/cyclone-idai-emergency-getting-bigger-hour-warns-un-food-agency

After the flood, 2 Nebraska buddies find an indestructible beer fridge miles from its home https://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/after-the-flood-nebraska-buddies-find-an-indestructible-beer-fridge/article_14e87653-c6ff-5eee-bfae-1e2cc6d67618.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Report: We’ve Failed Miserably at Preparedness https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Report-Weve-Failed-Miserably-at-Preparedness.html

“Floods and hurricanes happen. The hazard itself is not the disaster—it’s our habits, our building codes.”https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/midwestern-flooding-isnt-natural-disaster/585403/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Review to examine Tas bushfire response https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5963807/review-to-examine-tas-bushfire-response/?cs=9397

Rescue, Relief Efforts Underway in Cyclone-Hit Southern Africa https://www.europesun.com/news/260057810/rescue-relief-efforts-underway-in-cyclone-hit-southern-africa?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Use of smartphones and social media is common across most emerging economies http://www.pewinternet.org/2019/03/07/use-of-smartphones-and-social-media-is-common-across-most-emerging-economies/

Resilience – a card game https://seriousgeo.games/2019/02/19/resilience-development-of-a-card-game/

Game Of Floods: Can Climate Change Have A Fun Side? https://patch.com/california/larkspurcortemadera/game-floods-can-climate-change-have-fun-side

 

Psychology and Disasters

Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63438?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

 

Sociology and Disasters

Why are Malawi local communities so vulnerable to floods in the first place? https://theconversation.com/why-malawi-is-failing-to-protect-people-from-floods-and-what-needs-to-be-done-113794

Christchurch, Terrorism, and Resilience: ‘We Don’t Have Time to Hate’ https://theglobepost.com/2019/03/20/christchurch-attack-community/

Methodological Challenges in Social Vulnerability and Resilience Research: Reflections on Studies in the Canterbury and Tohoku Disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331903558_Methodological_Challenges_in_Social_Vulnerability_and_Resilience_Research_Reflections_on_Studies_in_the_Canterbury_and_Tohoku_Disasters

Improving social capital as part of building resilient cities https://phi.ljmu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Resilient-Communities-Full-Report.pdf

Today in disaster resilience (15 March 2019)

disasters

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Crashed Ethiopian plane carried at least 19 UN officials https://www.smh.com.au/world/africa/crashed-ethiopian-plane-carried-at-least-19-un-officials-20190311-p5138o.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1552263522

South Africa – Deadly Flash Floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-kwazulu-natal-march-2019

Brazil – Rain in São Paulo Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-sao-paulo-floods-march-2019

At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa https://www.enca.com/news/red-alert-mozambique-cyclone-idai-gathers-energy

Severe floods swept away 16 000 homes, death toll rises to 70, Afghanistan https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/afghanistan-flood-damage-march-2019/

‘Cyclone of historic proportions’ hits U.S., sets barometric pressure records, strands over 1 100 drivers and leaves nearly 200 000 without power https://watchers.news/2019/03/14/us-historic-blizzard-march-2019/

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Barren Island, Krakatau https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76848/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-14-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Barren-Island-Krakatau-Brom.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Santiago Climate Change Conference – December 2019 https://unfccc.int/santiago

Sea ice plays pacemaker role in abrupt climate change https://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/sea-ice-plays-pacemaker-role-abrupt-climate-change-1

Australia needs a national plan to face the growing threat of climate disasters https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-a-national-plan-to-face-the-growing-threat-of-climate-disasters-113107

U.S.’s wettest winter on record is a ‘glimpse of the future under climate change’ https://thinkprogress.org/extreme-weather-wettest-winter-climate-c87c3ab31156/

Climate change eats away at Torres Strait islands, prompting calls for long-term solutions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-09/call-for-increased-flood-protection-in-torres-strait/10794696

Warming temperatures are exposing more people to heat waves and increasing the risk of disease spread https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-having-a-major-impact-on-global-health/

The Nelson fires are a climate change warning for New Zealand https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/05-03-2019/the-nelson-fires-are-a-climate-change-warning-for-new-zealand/

Dead things, bubbles in ice cores, layers of sediment: together, they testify to the power of the atmosphere to change the Earth https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/deep-time/

Methane levels are increasing – and scientists aren’t sure why https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/methane-levels-are-increasing-and-scientists-aren-t-sure-why

The networks mostly ignored climate solution in 2018, but that’s changing in 2019 thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-mainstream-media-coverage-2018-4d76f27dbbf8/

Attributing extreme weather to climate change: research mapped globally https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-how-climate-change-affects-extreme-weather-around-the-world

It’s 2050 And This Is How We Stopped Climate Change https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/11/688876374/its-2050-and-this-is-how-we-stopped-climate-change

‘We’ve been forced into this’: Australia’s school climate strikes to go global https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/11/weve-been-forced-into-this-australias-school-climate-strikes-to-go-global?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, according to study https://phys.org/news/2019-03-pathways-climate-future-action.html

Is climate change making U.S. tornadoes worse? https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/is-climate-change-making-u-s-tornadoes-worse

Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/11/greta-thunberg-schoolgirl-climate-change-warrior-some-people-can-let-things-go-i-cant

Cuba acknowledges climate change threats in its constitution https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00760-3?utm_source=Nature%20Briefing&utm_campaign=e98d492f38-briefing-dy-20190311&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-e98d492f38-43943857

Navigating climate’s human geographies: Exploring the whereabouts of climate politics https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2043820619829920

The economics of climate change adaptation https://cdn.gca.org/assets/2018-10/18_WP_GCA_Economics_1001_final.pdf

Here’s what Antarctica’s calving glaciers look like up close https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/watching-thwaites-glacier-calving-antarctica/

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

“Wildly Fluctuating Forecasts” & Flooding — A Common Theme Of Climate Change https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/11/wildly-fluctuating-forecasts-flooding-a-common-theme-of-climate-change-cleantechnica-exclusive/

As the Sea Rises, Communities Learn to Have Difficult Conversations About Retreat https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/climate-adaptation

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-coast-storm-damage-20190313-story.html

RBA turns Dorothea Mackellar’s “My Country” right back on climate deniers https://reneweconomy.com.au/rba-turns-dorothea-mackellars-my-country-right-back-on-climate-deniers-16427/

In his new book, futurist Alex Steffen encourages people to think of tackling climate change as an ongoing opportunity to build a sustainable future, not a fight we’ve already lost https://www.fastcompany.com/90318242/climate-change-is-inevitable-how-bad-it-gets-is-a-choice

Exploring climate change through creative arts a focus for Prime Minister’s science award recipient https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/111177380/exploring-climate-change-through-creative-arts-a-focus-for-prime-ministers-science-award-recipient

Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable – UN https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/arctic-temperature-rises-must-be-urgently-tackled-warns-un

Climate study warns of vanishing safety window—here’s why https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/climate-change-model-warns-of-difficult-future/

My New Plan to Climate-Proof Lower Manhattan http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2019/03/bill-de-blasio-my-new-plan-to-climate-proof-lower-manhattan.html?__twitter_impression=true

3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/3-5degc-temperature-rise-now-locked-arctic

 

Disaster risk reduction

NSW law allowing Blue Mountains flooding didn’t follow due process, Unesco told https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/08/nsw-law-allowing-blue-mountains-flooding-didnt-follow-due-process-unesco-told?CMP=share_btn_tw

Floods kill 42,000 AACo cattle, and drought costs to hit $57m https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/5946867/aaco-loses-42000-plus-cattle-to-floods-and-57m-to-drought/

Google leveraging machine learning to predict India floods https://www.livemint.com/companies/people/google-leveraging-machine-learning-to-predict-india-floods-1552193194482.html

What if we could use nature to prevent disasters? http://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/what-if-we-could-use-nature-prevent-disasters?CID=SURR_TT_WBGCities_EN_EXT

Carolinas have fourth-most active tornado alley in US, experts say https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/carolinas-have-fourth-most-active-tornado-alley-in-us-experts/article_bf44cdd9-6011-59a5-90c5-6ba293bdbdbd.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Llandudno declared fifth worst UK town for flooding https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17491126.llandudno-declared-fifth-worst-uk-town-for-flooding/

Work Starts on 134 Houston-Area Flood-Control Projects after Harvey https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2019/03/11/289688.htm

The summer bushfires you didn’t hear about, and the invasive species fuelling them https://theconversation.com/the-summer-bushfires-you-didnt-hear-about-and-the-invasive-species-fuelling-them-112619?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Flood Resilience Portal https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=35&v=EMAkfr3lkFM

Dam incidents and failures can fundamentally be attributed to human factors https://damfailures.org/lessons-learned/dam-incidents-and-failures-can-fundamentally-be-attributed-to-human-factors/

Damaged by Hurricanes, a Historic North Carolina Town Plans for a Resilient Future https://medium.com/changelab-solutions/damaged-by-hurricanes-a-historic-north-carolina-town-plans-for-a-resilient-future-6fc97c0ad89e

Queensland’s flood disaster highlights wide cover gap https://insuranceasianews.com/underinsurance-queenslands-flooding-disaster/

Satellite data powers flood early warning system http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/satellite-data-powers-flood-early-warning-system

This is where millions will be spent in Somerset on flood prevention https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/millions-spent-somerset-flood-prevention-2637310

Leading the way in flood resilience http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/newsroom/2019/03/13/leading-the-way-in-flood-resilience/

The 10 most flooded cities in Britain revealed https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-6772503/Flood-capitals-Britain-revealed-Hull-takes-spot.html

Beta Version of Searchable Federal Flood Risk Management Programs Website Available https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=608

Quantifying Flood Vulnerability Reduction via Private Precaution https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2018EF000994

77% of Americans Say Federally Funded Infrastructure Must Be Flood Ready https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/03/13/77-percent-of-americans-say-federally-funded-infrastructure-must-be-flood-ready

Heat, floods, quakes: Tokyo 2020 preparing for any disaster https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/heat-floods-quakes-tokyo-2020-preparing-for-any-disaster/articleshow/68403073.cms

New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more costly for some https://www.inman.com/2019/03/12/new-fema-plan-could-make-flood-insurance-more-costly-for-some/

ARA Flood Risk Map Enhanced with Bluesky 3D Terrain Models https://www.agilitypr.news/ARA-Flood-Risk-Map-Enhanced-with-Bluesky-2526

 

Emergency Management

The State of Recovery in Tōhoku Eight Years after 3/11 https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00404/the-state-of-recovery-in-tohoku-eight-years-after-311.html

Sirens not a good tornado warning method https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2019/03/07/thoughts-on-the-lee-county-alabama-tornado-worthless-sirens-and-unsafe-mobile-homes/

Missing ingredient in healing cities after disaster? Culture http://news.trust.org/item/20190304134937-2rmnh/

People living with a disability represented on community disaster management committees – Timor-Leste https://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/field-stories/disaster-ready-people-living-with-a-disability-represented-on-community-disaster-management-committees-timor-leste

‘It could have been my own child’ – Alexandra flash flood hero Vincent Cosa https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/it-could-have-been-my-own-child-alexandra-flash-flood-hero-vincent-cosa-20190310

Civil Protection Cooperation in the European Union: How Trust and Administrative Culture Matter for Crisis Management https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030028572

‘We need our own Elvis’: Former fire chiefs warn Australia is unprepared for bushfire peril https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-need-our-own-elvis-former-fire-chiefs-warn-australia-is-unprepared-for-bushfire-peril-20190311-p5139j.html

To build or not build: that is the Townsville question http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/agissing/2019/build-or-not-build-townsville-question?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=gissingblogtownsville

Good news for drones: they can be used in rescues and situational awareness https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46829931

Quantitative resilience assessment in emergency response reveals how organizations trade efficiency for redundancy https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753518312013

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster http://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/road-recovery-rebuilding-transport-sector-after-disaster

UN supports humanitarian response to floods in Malawi and joins Government in warning of additional flood risks https://mw.one.un.org/un-supports-humanitarian-response-to-floods-in-malawi-and-joins-government-in-warning-of-additional-flood-risks/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Common Misconceptions about Disaster http://emergency-planning.blogspot.com/2019/03/common-misconceptions-about-disaster.html

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484#references

After the 2011 disaster, which killed his grandmother and laid waste to his ancestral home, an American journeys to Japan to search for what the tsunami left in its wake https://longreads.com/2019/03/11/after-the-tsunami/

Role playing to learn about disasters in university https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/03/harvard-students-see-natural-disaster-from-three-sides/

Sismologie éducative au Népal : un programme en milieu scolaire pour rendre les enfants plus vigilants http://wp.unil.ch/geoblog/2019/03/sismologie-educative-au-nepal-un-programme-en-milieu-scolaire-pour-rendre-les-enfants-plus-vigilants/

Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 https://www.britannica.com/event/Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-of-2011

Community engagement for flooding in the Pang Valley https://landwise-nfm.org/2019/03/07/flooding-in-the-pang-valley-past-present-and-future/

Bottom-up citizen initiatives in natural hazard management: Why they appear and what they can do? https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330534915_Bottom-up_citizen_initiatives_in_natural_hazard_management_Why_they_appear_and_what_they_can_do

Resilient Australia Awards open for submissions https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards

ANYCaRE: a role-playing game to investigate crisis decision-making and communication challenges in weather-related hazards https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/19/507/2019/

 

Psychology and Disasters

More than half of the people affected by north Queensland’s unprecedented flooding event chose not to evacuate and were not prepared with one quarter without flood insurance https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-22/preliminary-survey-results-north-qld-floods/10831934

 

Sociology and Disasters

Poverty and tornadoes https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2019/03/08/letter-from-tornado-alley/c05XqVH9UbXGAcP3NKg1RN/story.html?s_campaign=bostonglobe:social:googleamp:sharetools

Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN) http://cultureanddisaster.org/

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (8 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Australia bushfires: Homes destroyed in Victoria https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-47434599/australia-bushfires-homes-destroyed-in-victoria

At least 20 people including children were killed in southern Afghanistan by flash floods https://tribune.com.pk/story/1921735/3-flash-floods-afghanistan-kill-least-20/

Massive floods hit Israel and Jordan after more than a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2019/03/02/extreme-rainfall-flood-israel-jordan-february-2019/

Early Flooding Along the Mississippi https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/144598/early-flooding-along-the-mississippi

Death toll from Alabama tornado rises to 23 https://apnews.com/f56c0cfa812d408fbc66ae3d63d1aaf3?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, leaving more than 50 people dead https://watchers.news/2019/03/05/pakistan-afghanistan-iran-floods-march-2019/

Destructive tornadoes rip through Talbotton and Cairo, Georgia https://watchers.news/2019/03/04/albotton-cairo-georgia-tornado-damage-march-3-2019/

Explosions at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico https://watchers.news/2019/03/05/explosions-at-popocatepetl-volcano-mexico/

Huge hailstorm and severe flooding hits areas of Joburg https://rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za/248128/huge-hailstorm-severe-flooding-hits-areas-joburg/

California wine country flooding leaves thousands of homes and businesses damaged http://www.liveinsurancenews.com/california-wine-country-flooding-leaves-thousands-of-homes-and-businesses-damaged/8546614/

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Mar 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Barren Island, Karangetang https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76429/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Mar-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Barren-Island-Karangetang-Du.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A recent court ruling could signal a new direction for Australian climate law https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/climate-change-in-court

California’s Wildfires Burn Through America’s Climate Illusions https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-03-01/california-s-wildfires-show-we-ll-all-pay-for-climate-change

Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change https://www.rand.org/blog/rand-review/2019/02/resilience-and-adaptation-strategies-can-address-the.html?adbid=1102588515517255680&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453&adbsc=social_20190304_2711881

Humans cause climate change. Do we just need fewer humans? https://grist.org/article/humans-cause-climate-change-do-we-just-need-fewer-humans/?utm_campaign=RebelMouse&share_id=4440003&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=Daily%20Climate

Climate change is the world’s biggest threat, according to a new global survey https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/climate-change-seen-as-top-threat-in-global-survey

One of the most northerly communities in the world, Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is fighting a losing battle against climate change http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/03/01/the-not-so-slowly-disappearing-arctic-shores/

Rising Seas Soaked Home Owners for $16 Billion over 12 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rising-seas-soaked-home-owners-for-16-billion-over-12-years/?amp

Wildfires, Flooding and Droughts Could Make Climate Change an Issue. Some Are Pushing for It to Be the Top One http://time.com/5543102/2020-election-climate-change/

UK shows how climate action done, with cuts to emissions for six years in a row https://reneweconomy.com.au/uk-shows-how-climate-action-done-with-cuts-to-emissions-for-six-years-in-a-row-86614/

Climate change: Satellite fix safeguards Antarctic data https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47461199

The Silencing Of The Climate Emergency, And What We Should Do About It https://newmatilda.com/2019/03/05/silencing-climate-emergency/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Scientists struck by New Zealand’s vanishing postcard glaciers https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12210155

Rainfall Is Triggering More Melting on the Greenland Ice Sheet, Study Finds https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07032019/greenland-ice-sheet-melting-rain-increase-climate-change-sea-level-rise-feedback-loop

Australia’s ‘angriest summer’: 200 records broken and fruit cooking on trees https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-s-angriest-summer-200-records-broken-and-fruit-cooking-on-trees

The other kind of climate denialism https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-other-kind-of-climate-denialism

How Global Warming Changes the Difficulty of Synoptic Weather Forecasting https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2018GL081856

 

Disaster risk reduction

Science For a Risky World https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/science-for-a-risky-world-a-conversation-with-kristin-ludwig-and-dave-ramsey?

Italy Allows Illegal Homes to Be Rebuilt, Earthquake Zone or Not https://www.wsj.com/articles/italy-allows-illegal-homes-to-be-rebuilt-earthquake-zone-or-not-11551524445

An evidence-based urban DRR strategy for informal settlements https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/DPM-08-2018-0263

200,000 People Go Into California’s Volcanic Hazard Zones Every Day https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/03/03/200000-people-encounter-californias-volcanic-hazard-zones-every-day/#50035ce76193

Is Haiti better prepared for disasters, nine years on from the 2010 earthquake? https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/01/1030342

Townsville floods show cities that don’t adapt to risks face disaster https://theconversation.com/townsville-floods-show-cities-that-dont-adapt-to-risks-face-disaster-112607

Flood-prone cities like Houston may need to start buying people out, study says https://thinkprogress.org/property-buyouts-flood-resilience-climate-change-study-harvey-texas-93f7ec841fa6/

Thames-style tidal barrier could prevent Bristol floods https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-47399897

‘Well-oiled’ flood-fighting machine will protect Winnipeg this spring, expert say https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-spring-flooding-1.5038996

Latest North Bay disaster underscores growing need for flood insurance https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/9331124-181/latest-north-bay-flood-underscores

Current and emerging disaster risks perceptions in Oceania: key stakeholders recommendations for disaster management and resilience building https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/63883

Assessing the performance of global hydrological models for capturing peak river flows in the Amazon Basin https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-44/

Harnessing the GPS Data Explosion for Interdisciplinary Science https://eos.org/project-updates/harnessing-the-gps-data-explosion-for-interdisciplinary-science

Wildfire risk in California no longer coupled to winter precipitation https://phys.org/news/2019-03-north-pacific-jet-stream-moisture.html

Study Proposes Gates to Close Inlets, Curb Back Bay Flooding https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-jersey/articles/2019-03-01/slamming-the-door-on-back-bay-flooding-report-eyes-gates?src=usn_tw

Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Housing Development in Keko Machungwa https://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=90583

Small flank failure of Anak Krakatau Volcano caused catastrophic December 2018 Indonesian tsunami https://eartharxiv.org/u965c?fbclid=IwAR3Jimk0c6y88LewO-HGO5MudCj4WXaEQkJYyTGnLIwRPmEGRDxpc7yzLjU

Researchers study Alaska forest fires over past 450 years https://phys.org/news/2019-03-alaska-forest-years.html

Preparing for extreme weather in Europe https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/preparing-extreme-weather.html

Europe’s flood risk is linked to atmospheric ‘seesaw’ https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00727-4

European Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-reviews-progress-made-water-quality-and-flood-risk-management-2019-feb-26_en

Tornadoes in the Southeast are getting worse — and they’re often the deadliest https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/us/dixie-alley-tornadoes-southeast-wxc/index.html

Preparing for the Era of Disasters https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/preparing-for-the-era-of-disasters/

Historical background and current developments for mapping burned area from satellite Earth observation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425719300689

N.J. coastal towns face nearly $1.6B in annual damage from sea rise, flooding, storms, report finds https://www.philly.com/science/climate/new-jersey-climate-change-sea-rise-trump-army-corps-20190304.html

New Jersey’s Lost Valley Tells The Story Of Government Home Buyouts https://www.npr.org/2019/03/06/700625573/new-jerseys-lost-valley-tells-the-story-of-government-home-buyouts

Highways & Floodways https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/highways-floodways-david-skuodas/?published=t

The Forest Service is working with tribes to manage wildfires https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/03/forest-service-works-with-tribes-to-manage-fire/

Anthropogenic changes of the landscape and natural hazards https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2019/03/06/anthropogenic-changes-of-the-landscape-and-natural-hazards/

Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/frontiers-201819-emerging-issues-environmental-concern

£46bn needed for future flood protection in UK https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/46bn-needed-for-future-flood-protection-in-uk/10040518.article

A retrospective look at Townsville flooding in February 2019 https://www.jbarisk.com/flood-services/event-response/a-retrospective-of-townsville-flooding/

Oxford one of the worst affected areas for flooding in UK https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17481360.oxford-one-of-the-worst-affected-areas-for-flooding-in-uk/

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia https://www.ambientalrisk.com/flood-risk-analysis-flood-warning-systems-malaysia/

 

Emergency Management

Building Cultures of Preparedness https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/docs/latest/2019_cultures_of_preparedness_report_10.22.18%20final.pdf

This capacity building toolkit addresses the needs of older adults and those with disability in planning for and responding to emergencies https://www.naccho.org/uploads/downloadable-resources/Capacity-Building-Toolkit-for-Aging-and-Disability-Networks-2-5-19.pdf

Miracle cat survives raging Russian River to return home, embody the spirit of Guerneville https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/cat-survive-floodwaters-russian-river-guerneville-13655784.php

Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency after Russian River flooding https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Flooding-recedes-after-atmospheric-river-dumps-13652268.php

Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil: Vale mine chief resigns https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47432134

Still waiting to rebuild after 8 years http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005580016

A pre-evacuation database for use in egress simulations https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711218302212?dgcid=author

Nearly all tornadoes are survivable, so why are people still dying? https://grist.org/article/nearly-all-tornadoes-are-survivable-so-why-are-people-still-dying/

141 days after Hurricane Michael, here are the people living in tents https://www.newsherald.com/news/20190302/141-days-after-hurricane-michael-here-are-people-living-in-tents

Fire and emergency services professional development https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/prodev/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Homeowner’s Handbook provides useful tips regarding readiness for natural hazards that may affect Hawaii http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-to-prepare-for-natural-hazards/

Your experience can help others cope with flooding https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/your-experience-can-help-others-cope-with-flooding/

How To Get Ready For The Next Big Earthquake. You Asked, We Answered https://laist.com/2019/03/01/earthquake_prep_readiness_big_one.php?fbclid=IwAR2F8Xiz5dptuf9a8L_8C0liS87v-skOgI0DtKvgN946MXI9wgZHD9CfBbM

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness Through A Real Estate Professional Training Program https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/flood-risk.html

South Australians don’t see heatwaves as serious events and warnings https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news105202.html

 

Psychology and Disasters

Russell Dynes, his research was foundational to understanding human behavior in disaster https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/russell-dynes-an-incredible-legacy?

Trauma and Resilience After Deadly Alabama Tornado https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/201903/trauma-and-resilience-after-deadly-alabama-tornado

A Provisional Conceptual Model of Human Behavior in Response to Wildland-Urban Interface Fires https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-019-00821-z

Mental models for conservation research and practice https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/conl.12642

 

Sociology and Disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329022102_How_do_natural_hazards_affect_participation_in_voluntary_association_The_social_impacts_of_disasters_in_Japanese_societyBeyond ‘just’ flood risk management: the potential for—and limits to—alleviating flood disadvantage https://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/619096/

How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich https://www.npr.org/2019/03/05/688786177/how-federal-disaster-money-favors-the-rich?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190305

Today in disaster resilience (1 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tennessee in state of emergency as flood, storm threat continues in Nashville area https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/23/nashville-braces-severe-storms-may-cap-record-breaking-rainfall/2960994002/

Severe flash flooding in Grenada, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/22/severe-flash-flooding-grenada-mississippi-february-2019/

Deadly tornado hits Columbus, extensive damage reported, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/24/columbus-tornado-february-23-2019/

Greece – 1 Dead After Record Rainfall in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-storm-oceanis-february-2019

Angola – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Hits Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-heavy-rain-luanda-february-2019

Papua New Guinea – 70 Houses Destroyed, 2 Dead After Floods in East New Britain http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-east-new-britain-floods-february-2019

Two interesting new landslide videos from the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/26/himalayas/#.XHVv0cVvn6s.twitter

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rain-prompts-evacuation-order-for-northern-california-towns/2019/02/26/b7f140e4-3a34-11e9-b10b-f05a22e75865_story.html?utm_term=.0e4b96735e5f

Colombia – 15,000 Affected After Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-february-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Marsden moorland fire: ‘Apocalyptic’ moorland blaze put out https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-47381119

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47381579

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Feb 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76016/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Feb-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Ibu-Duk.html

Devastating floodwaters cut off entire towns in Northern California https://www.cbsnews.com/news/northern-california-flooding-leaves-entire-towns-cut-off-russian-river/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change forces low-lying Marshall Islands to ‘elevate islands’ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-forces-low-lying-marshall-islands-to-elevate-islands

The Katowice Climate Package: Making The Paris Agreement Work For All https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/katowice-climate-package

The private sector’s 5 big climate risk and adaptation blind spots https://www.greenbiz.com/article/private-sectors-5-big-climate-risk-and-adaptation-blind-spots

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/22/18188562/climate-change-david-wallace-wells-the-uninhabitable-earth

Global Warming’s Compounding Dangers https://www.climatecentral.org/news/report-climate-pile-up-global-warmings-compounding-dangers

What the 17th century’s “Little Ice Age” teaches us about climate change https://qz.com/1554962/what-17th-centurys-little-ice-age-teaches-us-on-climate-change/

A world without clouds? Hardly clear, climate scientists say https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/world-without-clouds-hardly-clear-climate-scientists-say?r3f_986=https://t.co/R0STJ919p5

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures-idUSKCN1QE1ZU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c7485331adf640001b8e981&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Is Climate Change to Blame for Queensland’s Historic Flooding? https://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Is-Climate-Change-to-Blame-for-Queensland%E2%80%99s-Historic-Flooding-/

‘It’s been extreme’: Australia’s summer smashes seasonal heat records https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/it-s-been-extreme-australia-s-summer-smashes-seasonal-heat-records-20190227-p510od.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551253168

Sea level rise’s impact on property values will be greatest in N.J. Shore towns, study says https://www.philly.com/science/climate/climate-change-sea-level-rise-new-jersey-shore-ocean-city-property-values-20190227.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever http://time.com/longform/australia-drought-photos/

Why are there UK wildfires in February? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47389480

Why action against climate change is so important and How partners are helping the people of Papua New Guinea? http://www.pg.undp.org/content/papua_new_guinea/en/home/presscenter/articles/2019/why-action-against-climate-change-is-so-important-and-how-partne.html

BOM Webinar recording: State of the Climate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFwxiAzRh-U&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=li&utm_medium=org&utm_campaign=sm-017-0025&utm_content=vid

Climate, the crisis that threatens our political duopoly https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-the-crisis-that-threatens-our-political-duopoly-20190227-p510j7.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551304153

Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation https://diraj.org/unprepared-for-climate-change-mauritius-needs-to-go-beyond-treating-the-symptoms-of-environmental-degradation/

Compared to climate observations that date back to 1910, this summer could certainly be classed as extreme https://www.afr.com/news/economy/if-this-summer-felt-different-that-is-because-it-was-20190227-h1brwl

To fight climate change, first “talk about it,” climate scientist says https://www.cbsnews.com/news/katharine-hayhoe-to-fight-climate-change-talk-about-it/

2018-19 was Australia’s hottest summer on record, with a warm autumn likely too https://theconversation.com/2018-19-was-australias-hottest-summer-on-record-with-a-warm-autumn-likely-too-112616?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Iceberg twice the size of New York City is set to break away from Antarctica https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/iceberg-break-away-antarctica-ice-shelf?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coastal Flooding Is Erasing Billions in Property Value as Sea Level Rises. That’s Bad News for Cities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022019/coastal-flooding-home-values-sea-level-rise-climate-change-ocean-city-miami-beach

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World https://www.civilgeo.com/the-water-will-come-examines-the-science-politics-and-humanitarian-crises-posed-by-rising-sea-levels/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why should flood risk professionals care about how or why the private sector enters the flood insurance market? https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=597

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/payments-schemes/flood-funds-rolled-out-to-somerset-farms-in-online-auction

PDC’s NDPBA Program strengthens national capacity while reducing disaster risk worldwide https://www.pdc.org/pdcs-national-disaster-preparedness-baseline-assessment-program-strengthens-national-capacity-while-reducing-risk-worldwide/

Indian Monsoon: Soil moisture, temperature pattern to predict threat to life; study https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/indian-monsoon-soil-moisture-temperature-pattern-to-predict-threat-to-life-study/

Coastal communities should exercise caution in using FEMA Flood Maps as the primary indicator of coastal risk https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coastal-communities-should-exercise-caution-using-fema-rob-young/

A French beach cleared of homes shows NC the way https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article226637279.html

Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening https://phys.org/news/2019-02-copernicus-sentinel-reveals-plumbing-agung.html

National Drought Map now available https://pmc.gov.au/news-centre/domestic-policy/national-drought-map-now-available

California’s Exposure to Volcanic Hazards https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5159/sir20185159.pdf

Modeling Wind Direction Distributions Using a Diagnostic Model in the Context of Probabilistic Fire Spread Prediction https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00005/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Varying Impact of Earthquake- and Monsoon-Induced Landslides https://eos.org/articles/varying-impact-of-earthquake-and-monsoon-induced-landslides

INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters http://www.inform-index.org/

International committee continues study continues on preventing floods https://www.mymalonetelegram.com/article/20190225/MTG01/190229181

Tunneling Offers a Solution to Houston’s Flooding Problems https://apnews.com/3a13c524802349bca8c14eefaf7ba34d

OPERANDUM aims to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories https://www.operandum-project.eu/the-project/

Many impacted by floods don’t have proper insurance to cover damages https://www.wjhl.com/local/many-impacted-by-floods-don-t-have-proper-insurance-to-cover-damages/1812722445

Hampton weighs whether to require future homes be built on pilings https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/hampton-weighs-whether-to-require-future-homes-be-built-on/article_b8c9a6e1-b914-57c5-8e35-84b8a3df782d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

US may get early warning system for volcanoes https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-u-s-may-finally-get-an-early-warning-system-for-vo-1832931640?IR=T

Developing and trialling improved capabilities for forecasting for surface water flooding via NHP http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=89cedb43-474a-4c44-ac85-9a1b649022d0&PageID=9719662d-81e9-4a8f-b46f-72675770cdce

Vanuatu and Tonga top the world for disaster risk https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383558/vanuatu-and-tonga-top-the-world-for-disaster-risk

Is your building safe after an earthquake? These cheap sensors could tell you https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/your-building-safe-after-earthquake-these-cheap-sensors-could-tell-you

Flood risk scenarios for England to 2065 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-publishes-new-evidence-to-plan-for-flood-and-coastal-risk-up-to-2065

Special issue “Flood risk governance for more resilience” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63922

Converting flood-prone properties to green space is a smart way to help mitigate future flooding–but only if you do it strategically https://www.fastcompany.com/90312897/heres-the-smartest-way-for-cities-to-rebuild-after-a-flood

 

Emergency Management

‘Lot of grief’ as acute water shortages threaten drought-hit NSW towns https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/lot-of-grief-as-acute-water-shortages-threaten-drought-hit-nsw-towns-20190222-p50zl5.html

How the Forest Stewards Guild is Building the Next Generation of Fire Practitioners: The Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Program https://fireadaptednetwork.org/how-the-forest-stewards-guild-is-building-the-next-generation-of-fire-practitioners-the-forest-stewards-youth-corps-fire-and-fuels-program/

Reaching Harvey victims 18 months later, one door at a time https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Reaching-Harvey-victims-18-months-later-one-door-13639784.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Desktop)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Townsville flooding – “The health response has been quite remarkable” https://www.ckn.org.au/content/townsville-flooding-health-response-has-been-quite-remarkable

Bracing for worst flooding in 24 years, residents ‘know the drill’ https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/26/get-out-now-fueled-cursed-by-russian-river-guerneville-evacuates/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Officials urge people not to play in flood water https://www.newschannel5.com/news/officials-urge-people-not-to-play-in-flood-water

Floods in the Hunter (1870) https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/25/floods-hunter-1870/

Flood protection to be outlined https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/environment/flood-protection-to-be-outlined-1-9610429

Getting started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day toolkit https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/getting-started-wildfire-community-preparedness-day-toolkit?utm_source=fabk&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fabk0006

Flood Exercise https://www.jbaconsulting.com/flood-water-management/flood-emergency-planning/

How to plan ahead for flooding https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding

Downpour! – Flood risk communication through interactive immersive street games https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ioep/rfa/2019/00000003/00000001/art00003

Six years after: ‘Fukushima memories’ and continued willingness to participate in energy and environmental policy-making process in Japan https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18692729.2018.1543244?journalCode=rcoj20

Developing models for emergency evacuation response https://www.movementstrategies.com/blog-posts/diary-of-an-evacuee

2 billion social media posts show that people are starting to normalise extreme weather events https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/02/15/1816541116

Flood Expo 2019 https://www.construction.co.uk/c/680296/flood-expo-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

Traumatic stress: Who counsels the fire chief? https://www.firechief.com/2019/01/23/traumatic-stress-who-counsels-the-fire-chief/

Mental health support for fire affected communities https://www.echo.net.au/2019/02/mental-health-support-fire-affected-communities/

Trauma Teddies https://www.redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer/knitting-for-charity-trauma-teddies

Household preparedness in an imminent disaster threat scenario: The case of superstorm sandy in New York City https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312196?fbclid=IwAR1cC4SxK0vcYK5Wg7dnxK25bTb15aNMjTJkv8fiKt8JwWSrykqp2xeQcGQ

We’re starting to normalize extreme weather https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/were-normalizing-extreme-weather-study

 

Sociology and Disasters

The rural impact of natural hazards https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/the-rural-impact-of-natural-hazards/

“Nothing lays bare inequality and discrimination like a disaster” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63913

Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-risk-report-2018-focus-child-protection-and-childrens-rights