Today in disaster resilience (2 June 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

200 people dead or missing after extreme rainfall hits Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2017/05/31/sri-lanka-worst-monsoon-rains-since-2003/

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 May 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63320/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-May-2017-Shiveluch-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba-Sinabung-Saban.html

South Russian region’s authorities may order more evacuation amid floods http://tass.com/world/948047

8 dead, more than 30 000 evacuated as severe floods and landslides hit Brazil https://watchers.news/2017/05/29/brazil-flood/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Fierce Wind Lashes Moscow, Leaving 12 Dead https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/world/europe/fierce-wind-lashes-moscow.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 May 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63340/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-29-May-2017-Shiveluch-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung-Sakurajima.html

Cyclone Mora Hits Bangladesh With Heavy Wind and Rain, Thousands Evacuated http://www.chennaionline.com/article/cyclone-mora-hits-bangladesh-heavy-wind-and-rain-thousands-evacuated

2 dead, 1 missing after severe weather rips through Midwest http://www.koat.com/article/2-dead-1-missing-after-severe-weather-rips-through-midwest/9945052

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 May 2017: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63349/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-May-2017-Popocatepetl-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabanc.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 May 2017: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/63426/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-31-May-2017-Stromboli-volcano-Fuego-Colima-Shiveluch-Dukono-Erta-A.html

Severe flash floods hit Turkey’s Izmir, turning streets into raging rivers https://watchers.news/2017/05/31/severe-flash-flood-izmir-turkey/

Nagaland: Two dead, two missing in flash floods in Phek district http://www.firstpost.com/india/nagaland-2-dead-2-missing-in-flash-floods-in-phek-district-3505415.html

Disaster risk reduction

Natural & Nature-based Flood Management: A Green Guide http://envirodm.org/flood-management

Earthquake is the hazard that accounts for the highest number of people potentially exposed https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/atlas-human-planet-2017-global-exposure-natural-hazards

Moving forward to disaster resilience: Perspectives on increasing resilience for future disasters http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162517306224

Strategies key to Sendai progress http://www.unisdr.org/archive/53432

Digital Earth Australia http://www.ga.gov.au/about/projects/geographic/digital-earth-australia

Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Disaster_risk_management_Science_helps_save_lives_999.html

200 cities to use new tool to improve disaster-related resilience this year http://citiscope.org/story/2017/200-cities-use-new-tool-improve-disaster-related-resilience-year

A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises https://www.nap.edu/catalog/21891/the-neglected-dimension-of-global-security-a-framework-to-counter#.WSOjIGT2J58.twitter

How Toronto can waterproof itself against record-setting rainfall and lake levels http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/how-toronto-can-waterproof-itself-against-record-setting-rainfall-and-lake-levels-1.4135947

Disclosing flood risk at time of sale http://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/disclosing-flood-risk-time-sale/7510

Scientists use a new remote-controlled robot to capture data from the middle of an open ocean typhoon https://eos.org/research-spotlights/wave-gliding-in-the-eye-of-the-storm

Sendai Framework monitoring starts early 2018 http://www.unisdr.org/archive/53462

Israel to Install Earthquake Early Warning System By Next Year http://www.jewishpress.com/news/science-and-tech/israel-to-install-earthquake-early-warning-system-by-next-year/2017/05/29/

‘Traditional burning’: Reviving Indigenous cultural burns for bushfire management http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/24/traditional-burning-reviving-indigenous-cultural-burns-bushfire-management

Sendai Framework data readiness review 2017 – Global summary report http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/53080

Reinforcing Resilience to Natural Disasters in Disaster Prone Districts in Malawi http://www.mw.undp.org/content/malawi/en/home/presscenter/articles/2017/05/15/reinforcing-resilience-to-natural-disasters-in-disaster-prone-districts-in-malawi.html

Group collaboration develops visual delights – SEQWaterFutures charrette in action http://floodcop.com.au/2016/08/16/group-collaboration-develops-visual-delights-seqwaterfutures-charrette-in-action/

Fighting wildfires in America cost federal agencies almost $2 billion last year http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-fighting-wildfires-often-fails-and-what-to-do-about-it/

New database sheds light on prehistoric NZ tsunamis http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1705/S00087/new-database-sheds-light-on-prehistoric-nz-tsunamis.htm

YEW Disaster Severity Index: Proposal of a New Tool in Disaster Metrics https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/yew-disaster-severity-index-proposal-of-a-new-tool-in-disaster-metrics/57E856D9F04937C1CCEC3ED3AA663D95

May 2017 Floodplain Management Australia Flyer http://archive.aweber.com/awlist3776483/Jf_pK/h/FMA_Monthly_Flyer_5_May.htm

Improving Decision Making about Natural Disaster Mitigation Funding in Australia—A Framework http://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/5/3/28/htm

Govt in slumber to prevent 2014-like floods http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/srinagar-city/story/251112.html

Lanka President blames lack of prevention for flood disaster http://www.ptinews.com/news/8758129_Lanka-President-blames-lack-of-prevention-for-flood-disaster.html

Pilot project will provide early warning of potential flooding in Dublin http://news.europawire.eu/pilot-project-will-provide-early-warning-of-potential-flooding-in-dublin-432134567890/eu-press-release/2017/06/01/

90 per cent of UK floodplains unfit for purpose http://www.salford.ac.uk/news/articles/2017/scientists-reveal-floodplains-face-uncertain-future

Emergency management

Missouri Governor Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Historic Flooding http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-missouri-governor-requests-federal-disaster-declaration?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Advanced Evacuation Simulations http://www.feuertrutz.com/advanced-evacuation-simulations/150/50596/

Reducing Risk and Rebuilding Lives After the Ecuador Earthquake http://stories.undp.org/building-back-better

A new dynamic network flow algorithm using base state amendment model for emergency response https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316929949_A_new_dynamic_network_flow_algorithm_using_base_state_amendment_model_for_emergency_response

What does the State Emergency Service do between disasters? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-26/what-does-the-ses-do-between-disasters/8558934

US Mass Shooting Tracker https://www.massshootingtracker.org/data

Manchester Bombing Is Europe’s 13th Terrorist Attack Since 2015 http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/05/23/529645904/manchester-bombing-is-europes-12th-terrorist-attack-since-2015?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170523

Sri Lanka: UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56866#.WS3xtZKGPIU

Storm surge: A hurricane’s deadliest threat gets its own alerts https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/05/30/storm-surge-hurricanes-deadliest-threat-gets-its-own-alerts/102313750/

Early warning for all http://www.unisdr.org/archive/53402

The first draft of the revised Sphere standards is available online for the humanitarian community to share their feedback and recommendations http://mailchi.mp/sphereproject/be-part-of-the-sphere-handbook-revision-the-right-time-is-now?e=7b7b0ca03f

Learning from a Flood-Alarm System’s Fate http://glacierhub.org/2017/05/31/learning-from-a-flood-alarm-systems-fate/

Emergency futures: exception, urgency, interval, hope http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-954X.12447?utm_content=buffer689a3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer&

Optimized evacuation route based on crowd simulation https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316782170_Optimized_evacuation_route_based_on_crowd_simulation

As Disaster Hits Again, Early Warning Text Messages Fly in Sri Lanka http://floodlist.com/asia/disaster-hits-early-warning-text-messages-fly-sri-lanka?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Victoria Community Resilience and Preparedness Frameworks launched https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/community-resilience-and-preparedness-frameworks-launched

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Flood risk awareness and warnings from this app https://floodassist.co.uk/home/blogentry?blogEntryID=1036

Games involving risk, decision making, disaster management and climate change by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre http://climatecentre.org/resources-games/games-overview

Games for Social Change https://elab.emerson.edu/projects/games-for-social-change

This post will examine the volcanology behind the film Dante’s Peak http://www.volcanicsapphire.com/2017/05/14-dantes-peak-review-no-1-little-evidence-and-spiders/

This post continues in the series analysing the volcanology of the 1997 disaster film Dante’s Peak http://www.volcanicsapphire.com/2017/05/15-dantes-peak-review-2-warning-signs/

Why facts don’t change our minds http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds

Who doesn’t read books in America? http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/23/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/?utm_content=buffer78b6b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How can civil society influence nuclear waste decisions? http://www.nuclear-transparency-watch.eu/activities/presentation-of-johan-swahn-during-the-enef-on-may-23-2017-panel-on-radioactive-waste-management.html

Wildfire awareness colouring competition https://wildfireinthewest.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=rAzoXFwBAAA.GiKKPknzbY8TqpBd1R3FysiohpwSBzQZntHE1psqZJNB8pjYfoUvBrIsOKFQXQxHcnfeI6ZXgaYLUNw4vEaMOQ._eJnCsu18DwEbJmn-mxx-w&postId=1592067027948672275&type=POST

Schools in Portland are rejecting traditional (and insufficient) ways to teach students about climate change http://blogs.worldwatch.org/schools-portland-climate-change/

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/this-is-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you-read-poetry.html?mid=twitter_scienceofus

Using census data to explore communities http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/geo/geosearch-georecherche/index-eng.cfm

This is your brain on communication http://ideas.ted.com/this-is-your-brain-on-communication/?utm_content=bufferca0b6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

What the Bard can teach science about language and the limits of the human mind http://nautil.us/issue/48/chaos/shakespeares-genius-is-nonsense-rp

Bridging the Gap Between Flood Science and Communities http://envirodm.org/post/bridging-the-gap-between-flood-science-and-communities

Social media and emergency management

Proceeedings of the 2017 International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management (ISCRAM) https://iscram2017.mines-albi.fr/program/

Disaster psychology

Designing smartphone mental health applications for emergency service workers https://academic.oup.com/occmed/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/occmed/kqx056/3848864/Designing-smartphone-mental-health-applications?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Depression risk following natural disaster can be predicted via pupil dilation https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523095426.htm

“We must mend what has been torn apart, make justice imaginable again in a world so obviously unjust, give happiness a meaning once more…” https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/12/28/albert-camus-almond-trees-character/

Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/02/seneca-consolation-to-helvia/

Social Capital and Disasters

Strong communities are good for mental health: they provide a sense of security and safety, especially during times of crisis https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/short-history-mental-health/201705/remembering-the-west-end

 

The Centre for Flood, Communities and Resilience at the University of the West of England, Bristol is advertising for a full time Professorial post in Behaviour Change http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/workingatuwe

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Today in disaster resilience (3 March 2017)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Feb 2017: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/61832/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Feb-2017-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Sinabung-Sabancaya-Bagana.html

Chile floods: Millions without water in capital Santiago http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39099313

Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/somalia-declares-national-disaster-drought-170228163745581.html

Watch Live: Mount Etna’s Stunning Eruption In Sicily https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjozhm_HGeM

Earthquake jolts Lahore, Islamabad and KP http://nation.com.pk/national/28-Feb-2017/earthquake-jolts-lahore-islamabad-and-kp

A powerful 5.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked Fukushima https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2976136/a-powerful-5-6-magnitude-earthquake-has-rocked-fukushima/

Tornado Rips Through Illinois As Severe Storms Threaten Midwest https://idsayso.com/weird-news/tornado-rips-through-illinois-as-severe-storms-threaten-midwest/

Severe second earthquake wakes up Canterbury http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11810298

Active volcanoes in the world: February 22 – 28, 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/03/02/active-volcanoes-world-february-22-28-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Zimbabwe – Hundreds Displaced as Flood Threat Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-february-march-2017

Morocco – Streets of Rabat Flooded After 100 mm of Rain in a Few Hours http://floodlist.com/africa/morocco-rabat-sale-floods-february-2017

Disaster risk reduction

Technology and communities key to curbing tsunami risk http://www.unisdr.org/archive/52078

There is More to a Fire Loss Than the Fire Itself http://adjustersinternational.com/more-to-a-fire-loss/

China’s Flood Control Project : a Bigger Role for Farmers and a Better Alert System http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/08/24/china-flood-control-project-a-bigger-role-for-farmers-and-a-better-alert-system

Earth system model https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/esm/

Mapping Miami’s Flood Risk and Other Resiliency Challenges http://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2017/02/miami-flood-mapping-resiliency/135605/

The city of Dallas has developed a plan to reduce risks and better prepare for wildfires http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25898&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A unique chance to achieve South Boulder Creek flood mitigation http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_30818239/kathie-joyner-and-laura-tyler-unique-chance-achieve

Superbugs: WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 bacteria families http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-28/who-says-drugs-urgently-needed-to-fight-12-priority-pathogens/8309144

Stanford scientists develop new tool to reduce risk of triggering manmade earthquakes https://earth.stanford.edu/news/stanford-scientists-develop-new-tool-reduce-risk-triggering-manmade-earthquakes

Explainer: what is ‘precipitable water’, and why does it matter? https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-precipitable-water-and-why-does-it-matter-73358

NIWA maps huge submarine landslides triggered by the Kaikoura earthquakes http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/02/27/niwa-1/

Brownhill Creek flood mitigation plan to protect ’98 per cent’ of Adelaide properties http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-27/adelaide-flood-mitigation-plan-to-protect-most-properties/8307610

The Scary State of Volcano Monitoring in the United States https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/the-scary-state-of-volcano-monitoring-in-the-united-states/518124/?utm_source=atltw

This Strange Physical Phenomenon Could Help Us Predict Where Massive Earthquakes Strike http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-come-one-step-closer-to-predicting-earthquakes

Floods are a sub-continental issue, but are never treated as such http://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2017/02/26/problem-washed-away/

Aerial LiDAR Survey to Produce 3D Flood and Hazard Maps for River System in Philippines http://www.gisresources.com/aerial-lidar-survey-produce-3d-flood-hazard-maps-river-system-philippines/

New flood resilient demonstration home is launched http://specificationonline.co.uk/articles/2017-02-03/new-flood-resilient-demonstration-home-is-launched

FEMA flood chief: expanding Lidar’s reach boils down to cost, quality, and communicating http://www.spar3d.com/blogs/education-events/fema-flood-chief-expanding-lidars-reach-boils-cost-quality-communicating/

Tulum temple contains Mayan hurricane-warning system http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/03/tulum-temple-contains-mayan-hurricane-warning-system/

A seismic shift in design http://www.localgovernmentmag.co.nz/technical-briefings/seismic/

World Bank says natural disasters cost $679 billion a year http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/world-business/world-bank-says-natural-disasters-cost-679-billion-a-year-20170302-gup1ba.html

Final Coastal Hazards Modeling Results Workshop for Los Angeles County http://dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/final-coastal-hazards-modeling-results-workshop/?platform=hootsuite

Russian physicists unveil ‘order from chaos’ origins of cyclones and hurricanes http://tass.com/science/933460

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia http://www.ambiental.co.uk/flood-risk-analysis-flood-warning-systems-for-malaysia/

From risk reduction infrastructure to integrated watershed governance in Peru https://blog.iiasa.ac.at/2017/02/27/from-risk-reduction-infrastructure-to-integrated-watershed-governance-in-peru/

Floodplains and flooding risk prevention http://medwet.org/2017/02/floodplains-and-flooding-risk-prevention/

Emergency management

Flying a drone near a wildfire creates a serious safety hazard for firefighters https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=25894

California Farmers Use Floodwater to Replenish Aquifers http://www.climatecentral.org/news/california-farmers-floodwater-aquifers-21171?utm_content=buffer89df4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The science behind the South Island’s first fire tornado http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89730960/the-science-behind-the-south-islands-first-fire-tornado?utm_content=buffer10480&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Gone fishin’, gone firefightin’ http://news.cfa.vic.gov.au/news/gone-fishin%E2%80%99%2C-gone-firefightin%E2%80%99.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

San Jose mayor admits failures in flood evacuation order http://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article134194604.html

Humans Blamed for Starting Most Wildfires in the U.S. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/02/21/1617394114.full.pdf

New aerial images of Oroville Dam show extent of damage http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/28/oroville-dam-spillway-damage/98528880/?hootPostID=4eeb4e26020cc132799edff6e1ceca63

Autism Information for Emergency Personnel http://www.myasdf.org/site/about-autism/autism-information-for-emergency-personnel/

Marlborough cyclists battle mother nature for Kaikoura earthquake fund http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/89679780/marlborough-cyclists-battle-mother-nature-for-kaikoura-earthquake-fund

Post-quake Nepal: No country for old women https://www.irinnews.org/feature/2017/03/01/post-quake-nepal-no-country-old-women

Virginia Beach Italian organization still recovering from Hurricane Matthew http://pilotonline.com/news/local/virginia-beach-italian-organization-still-recovering-from-hurricane-matthew/article_3d42f8a3-ddca-56dc-b634-d87769245ad5.html

NRMA Insurance and NSW SES trial DipStik flood warning and monitoring device http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/nrma-insurance-and-nsw-ses-trial-dipstik-flood-warning-and-monitoring-device-20170301-guo0cl.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Taking simple precautions can make a difference when it comes to bushfire resilient communities https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/bushfires-have-you-treated-your-risks

High Water Film: The complete story of flooding and what you can do about it https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1897260347/high-water-film

New community engagement guide for local government http://www.local.gov.uk/documents/10180/8150261/New+Conversations+Guide+9-2.pdf/a5d96348-0866-4a6c-b6f4-61c33a12ac1d

Environmental reporters and looming disasters http://edge.ensia.com/

Panel urges government to do more to prevent bullying of 3/11 school children http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/07/national/social-issues/panel-recommend-government-prevent-disaster-linked-bullying/#.WLSdmNJ97IU

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards https://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards

The real size of the world http://geoawesomeness.com/real-size-world/

Tornado education resources https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/tornados.html

High school students are building tiny homes to give to flood survivors http://inhabitat.com/high-school-students-are-building-tiny-homes-to-give-to-flood-survivors/

Social Media and Emergency Management

ResearchGate shifting the paradigm for how the science community communicates with each other https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/researchgate-raises-52-6m-for-its-social-research-network-for-scientists/

Youth’s unequal distribution of access to the Internet and skills, and opportunities online including social media http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DJFNCNPjd9NdX3TUY6tN/full

Disaster psychology

Paramedics Advocate PTSD Awareness at EMS Today 2017 http://www.jems.com/articles/2017/02/paramedics-advocate-ptsd-awareness-at-ems-today-2017.html

Today in disaster resilience (11 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Nepartak: Super-typhoon batters Taiwan disrupting power supplies, transport; at least three dead http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-08/super-typhoon-nepartak-hits-taiwan-disrupts-power-supply/7582618

Typhoon Nepartak: More than 400,000 people forced to flee as tropical storm strikes eastern China http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-10/hundreds-of-thousands-flee-as-typhoon-nepartak-hits-china/7583780

Disaster risk reduction

Dar es Salaam suffers from both flooding and scarcity of water supplies http://news.trust.org/item/20160710154013-kcsk3/

Research to aid volcanic warning for Auckland http://www.eqc.govt.nz/news/research-to-aid-volcanic-warning-for-auckland

Gendered terrain of disaster http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/97447/gendered-terrain-of-disaster

China’s devastating floods can be traced back to corruption and overbuilding http://qz.com/725468/chinas-devastating-floods-can-be-traced-back-to-corruption-and-overbuilding/

Emergency management

Alberta Wildfires Costliest Disaster in Canadian History http://www.climatecentral.org/news/alberta-wildfires-costliest-disaster-canadian-history-20510

Only halfway through 2016 and the U.S. has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters that have each met or exceeded $1 billion in damages http://www.noaa.gov/us-experienced-least-8-billion-dollar-disasters-so-far-year

The head of Tasmania’s Flood Recovery Taskforce has warned it will take years to finish repairing all of the damage caused by last month’s deluge http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/flood-repairs-in-tasmania-may-take-years/7578242

Flood Early Warning SMS in Nepal http://hamrotools.com/floods-sms-in-nepal/

Psychology and disasters

PTSD should be an occupational illness https://tpav.org.au/Publications_and_Media/InBrief/2016_InBriefs/June_2016/29_June.html

Social capital and disasters

The Case for Capitals https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/the-case-for-capitals-leveraging-key-resources-in-a-catastrophic-event

Today in disaster resilience (3 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

France floods: Louvre to close as Seine rises further http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36432429?utm_content=bufferff520&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Germany – Deadly Floods Hit Bavaria http://floodlist.com/europe/germany-deadly-floods-hit-bavaria-june-2016

Thousands evacuated, two dead, as France declares flood emergency http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-weather-idUSKCN0YO0XI

Tropical Threat to Florida Next Week; Floods Persist in Texas, Europe https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/tropical-threat-to-florida-next-week-floods-persist-in-texas-Europe

Disaster risk reduction

The cost of action and the price of inaction https://www.devex.com/news/the-cost-of-action-and-the-price-of-inaction-88232

A New View of the Plate Dynamics Behind Earthquakes in Ecuador https://eos.org/research-spotlights/a-new-view-of-the-plate-dynamics-behind-earthquakes-in-ecuador

The Rise of Resilience Planning http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/the-rise-of-resilience-planning#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMid1PWI%3D/

Canada lagging on severe weather disaster mitigation http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/canada-lagging-on-severe-weather-disaster-mitigation-report/68468

Burning The Forest For The Trees http://wwno.org/post/burning-forest-trees

Emergency management

Corporate giants pour money into emergency response and research http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/The-Bottom-Line.html?utm_content=buffer8ff88&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New Long-Term Support for Displaced Populations in Africa http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/05/31/new-long-term-support-for-displaced-populations-in-africa?cid=CCG_TT_Cities_EN_EXT

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise includes the at-risk communities http://www.fema.gov/cascadia-rising-2016

A new Android cell phone app called iSeeFlood encourages the public to file timely reports when they see flooding of varying severity on the streets

http://phys.org/news/2016-06-civil-app-conditions.html

Psychology and disasters

Farmers facing tough times six months after disaster http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-28/pinery-bushfire3a-six-months-on/7455218

10 things highly resilient people have in common (backed by research) https://www.ideapod.com/idea/10-things-highly-resilient-people-have-in-common-backed-by-research/57202e71de1b161b330b78dc?utm_content=buffer113ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Social Capital and Disasters

Alienation Is Killing Americans and Japanese http://nautil.us/blog/alienation-is-killing-americans-and-japanese

Social capital has bigger impacts on preparedness, response and recovery than governments http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/10/28/344979.htm?platform=hootsuite

Today in disaster resilience (2 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Fort McMurray fire: First residents return home http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36422137?ocid=socialflow_twitter

The latest system has brought historic flooding to parts of central and southeast Texas http://wxshift.com/news/record-flooding-continues-to-mess-with-texas?utm_content=buffer2b523&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Paris flooding: River Seine bursts its banks as France prepares to host Euro 2016 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/paris-flooded-by-the-overflowing-seine-as-france-prepares-to-host-euro-2016-a7059556.html

Flash flood hits Kulaora, 20,000 left marooned http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/may/31/flash-flood-hits-kulaora-20000-left-marooned

Disaster risk reduction

Alberta wildfire underlines need for national talks on disaster mitigation http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/alberta-wildfire-underlines-need-national-talks-disaster-mitigation-1004092341/

Slowing of landslide flows reflects California’s drying climate http://phys.org/news/2016-06-landslide-california-climate.html

Who pays when homes flood? https://www.academia.edu/7433189/Who_pays_when_homes_flood

Resilient Melbourne Strategy http://resilientmelbourne.com.au/

This hurricane season, scientists bring wave action into the picture https://www.usgs.gov/news/hurricane-season-scientists-bring-wave-action-picture

Rwanda missing 15 years of weather data http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/05/30/478896860/turns-out-you-do-need-a-weatherman-to-know-which-way-the-wind-blew

This week the famed Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua put on a show in its first known eruption in 110 years http://abc7ny.com/1109422/

African wildfires may become larger and more intense as more people move to cities, a study has found http://allafrica.com/stories/201605311120.html

UNOSAT flood portal, a dedicated, free-to-use repository where anyone can easily find and download satellite-derived flood data http://www.unitar.org/maximizing-our-impact-through-data-sharing-unosat-flood-portal-1

Indian PM releases National Disaster Management Plan http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=145840

BMC proposes ways to manage floods; flood control not included, say activists http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/bmc-proposes-ways-to-manage-floods-flood-control-not-included-say-activists-2828151/

Emergency management

Going local in aid will help build disaster resilience http://news.trust.org/item/20160527141902-fmi6s/

Johnson County Using Drones to Stay Ahead of Flooding http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories/Johnson-Co_-phoner–11a_Dallas-Fort-Worth-381534031.html

FEMA’s New ‘Disaster Deductible’ Shifts Responsibility to States http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/FEMAs-new-disaster-deductible-shifts-responsibility-to-states.html

Satellite imagery and communication are powerful aids in confronting humanitarian and environmental issues http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/space-technology-can-help-sustain-earth/

Niger delta oil spill clean-up launched – but could take quarter of a century http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jun/02/niger-delta-oil-spill-clean-up-launched-ogoniland-communities-1bn?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘Fire adaptive communities’ live compatibly with wildfire https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601132323.htm

Climate actions to change our world http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/climate-actions/en/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=faoforestry

This course looks at the science behind the Zika outbreak http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/freeonlinecourses/zika/

Today in disaster resilience (1 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Zika virus has infected 18 people in Virginia, state reports https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/zika-virus-has-infected-18-people-in-virginia-state-reports/2016/05/31/b1e9c064-273f-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html

Panic as three earthquakes strike Umbria http://www.thelocal.it/20160531/strong-earthquake-strikes-umbria

Brazos River rises to record level and floods area southwest of Houston on Memorial Day http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-7953527.php?t=39fd8525cd438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium&utm_content=buffer0f52b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Germany – Floods in South Leave 3 Dead http://floodlist.com/europe/germany-floods-baden-wurttemberg-may-2016

Haiti Floods – 3,000 Houses Damaged in Ouest Department http://floodlist.com/america/haiti-floods-ouest-department-may-2016

Brazil Floods and Landslides – 1 Dead, 3 Missing in Recife After 235 mm of Rain in 12 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-landslide-recife-pernambuco-may-2016

Disaster risk reduction

Scientists are using drones to help predict coastal erosion https://theconversation.com/scientists-are-using-drones-to-help-predict-coastal-erosion-60135

Recreating Forests of the Past Isn’t Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problems http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-us/recreating-forests-of-the_b_10166298.html

The science and practice of urban planning in slums https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/the-science-and-practice-of-urban-planning-in-slums/

On the Bárðarbunga earthquakes http://en.vedur.is/about-imo/news/on-the-bardarbunga-earthquakes

Storm Desmond ‘overwhelmed Cockermouth flood defences’ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-36420312

Hurricane Center to Launch Maps That will Predict Storm Surge, After Successful Tests on Outer Banks http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Hurricane-Center-to-launch-maps-that-will-predict-storm-surge-after-successful-tests-on-Outer-Banks.html?utm_content=buffer071fe&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A counterfactual analysis of cat modelling https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/counterfactual-analysis-cat-modelling-iain-willis

Dealing With Sinking Cities and a Risky Future http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-roome/dealing-with-sinking-citi_b_10164264.html

As Disaster Risks Rise, 20 Nations Get Help to Prepare http://www.climatecentral.org/news/disaster-risks-rise-vulnerable-nations-get-help-20385?utm_content=buffer3bceb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How Drought Exacerbates Gender Inequality in India https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/of-women-and-water-how-drought-exacerbates-gender-inequality-in-india

Review of existing modelling software, mapping techniques and data to establish how they could be used to assess a wide range of catchment processes to help develop flood and coastal erosion risk management projects that ‘work with natural processes’ to reduce flood risk http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=36C34C54-B1F8-4849-B5E0-CDD38A95BE32&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

The Multi-Coloured Manual data and handbook for flood risk appraisals are now available online http://www.mcm-online.co.uk/

Land use planning to reduce wildfire risk: lessons from five western cities http://headwaterseconomics.org/wphw/wp-content/uploads/Planning_Lessons_Full_Report_Web.pdf

Case studies of community resilience policy http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/gcr/2016/NIST.GCR.16-002.pdf

Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5665e.pdf

Iraq: Impact of flood by possible failure of the Mosul dam http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/48978

Emergency management

South Carolina Insurance Head Talks Lessons Learned After Historic Floods http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2016/05/31/410208.htm?utm_content=buffer0afa8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Refugee and migrant crisis https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/refugee-and-migrant-crisis?utm_source=oxf.am&utm_medium=ZsXe&utm_content=redirect

Residents Return to Fort McMurray http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/residents-return-fort-mcmurray

US National Preparedness Report 2016 http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1464697982833-6a649516858e91ad00acee92eb2b3654/2016NPR_508c_052716_1600.pdf

New warning coincides with report from Amnesty International critical of Shell, a militant target http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Industry/2016/05/31/Things-will-get-bloody-Nigerian-militant-group-says/5181464695611/?spt=su&or=btn_tw

EarthView–Landsat 8 Imagery Reveals Heavy Flooding in Sri Lanka https://www.usgs.gov/news/earthview-landsat-8-imagery-reveals-heavy-flooding-sri-lanka

Houston, We Have a Solution! https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/houston-we-have-a-solution-the-birth-of-a-new-generation-of-flood-warning-systems

Flood prediction improvement is possible! http://www.kn-i.com/blog/2016/01/flood-prediction/

A flood cost estimate for the winter UK 2013/2014 floods http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=551D2DBD-0911-4612-9FF2-86CDB615F7ED&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

The research focuses on the role of spontaneous volunteers in flood situations who directly support the emergency responders http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=F7C7E6CC-4F7E-4729-9890-1DC4348B7F45&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Storm Chasers, Stay Home http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/05/storm_chasing_is_dangerously_crowding_rural_roads.html

Top 10 Google Maps games of all times http://geoawesomeness.com/10-top-google-maps-games-of-all-times/

Evidence, perceptions and approaches for helping communities to understand, believe and engage with flood risk http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=61AEFF60-F909-49FA-B39A-D09476AA82C6&PageId=a0fe6dfc-506a-452c-9bff-a7ec06b4e6b0

Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder Evaluation http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&ProjectID=18744&FromSearch=Y&Publisher=1&SearchText=FD2664&SortString=ProjectCode&SortOrder=Asc&Paging=10#Description

Public Flood Survey 2013 to 2014 http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/Libraries/FCERM_Project_Documents/Public_flood_survey_report_-_2013_to_2014.sflb.ashx

Today in disaster resilience (30 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Tropical Storm Bonnie – Memorial Day Storm http://adjustersinternational.com/news/tropical-storm-bonnie/

At least 6 dead, 2 missing after floods in Texas, Kansas http://www.kswo.com/story/32090525/5-dead-at-least-2-missing-after-floods-in-texas-kansas

2 more bodies found in Texas after torrential rain, floods http://bigstory.ap.org/article/9f2ffda3ce8a402db5721ad815391145/texas-braces-possibly-more-rain-after-flooding-kills-1

Disaster risk reduction

Predicting the spread of Zika virus https://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/blog/34506/

Welcome to the Pyrocene http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/05/the_fort_mcmurray_fire_climate_change_and_our_fossil_fuel_powered_society.html

Patterns and Limitations of Urban Human Mobility Resilience under the Influence of Multiple Types of Natural Disaster http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0147299

Why do people still live next to an active volcano? https://theconversation.com/why-do-people-still-live-next-to-an-active-volcano-59947

In Texas’ Flash Flood Alley, problems extend beyond terrain http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/in-texas-flash-flood-alley-problems-extend-beyond-/nrWYd/

Emergency management

B.C. wildfires, some suspected arson, burn firefighting budget fast http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-wild-fire-budget-spring-fires-fort-mcmurray-1.3605619

Flood recovery in Cumbria six months after Desmond unleashed his wrath http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/05/26/flood-recovery-cumbria-six-months-desmond-unleashed-wrath/

The App That’s Creating an Earthquake Early-warning Network http://now.howstuffworks.com/2016/05/25/myshake-app-earthquake-warning-system?rss=true&utm_campaign=sf&hsw=twitter&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

Ecuador President Raises Taxes After Devastating Earthquake http://thepublicslate.com/2016/05/ecuador-president-raises-taxes-after-devastating-earthquake/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Elderly and Disaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q47yzouXK8&feature=youtu.be

Social Media and Emergencies

Two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get news on the site, nearly six-in-ten Twitter users (59%) get news on Twitter http://www.journalism.org/2016/05/26/news-use-across-social-media-platforms-2016/

Facebook is rolling out new feature that’ll show you the collective responses to a Live video on a graph http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/facebook-announces-new-response-graph-live-content

Psychology and disasters

Farmers facing tough times six months after disaster http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-28/pinery-bushfire3a-six-months-on/7455218