Today in disaster resilience (16 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Typhoon Meranti 2016

Food aid reaches 140,000 hit by floods in North Korea – WFP

It was a big weekendfor lava

Tanzania earthquake

Sydney warms up as gathering clouds point to big wet inland

Victorian weather: Flood warnings as ‘season-making rain’ brings mixed fortunes for farmers

Effects of a super storm spread across southeastern Australia

Typhoon Meranti slams into China after battering Taiwan

Flooding leaves 135 dead, 395 missing and more than 100 000 displaced in North Korea

Yasur volcano (Vanuatu): strong and sometimes dangerous explosions

Victorian floods: State battered with worst September deluge in a century

UK set for floods, thunderstorms and hail after record heatwave

Disaster risk reduction

Christchurch City Council makes resilience pledge to get up to $5m from Rockefeller partners

Increasing the quality of seismic interpretation

How ready are Indian Ocean nations for the next big tsunami?

Cave Formations Carry Clues About Ancient Earthquakes

Sheffield chosen to lead the way in National Flood Resilience Review

New data points to major eruption of Japanese volcano

Review of how we assess flood risk, reduce the likelihood of flooding, and make the country as resilient as possible to flooding

Portland needs earthquake retrofits before old buildings become deathtraps

Cumbrian lakes hold a centuries-long flood record

Hundreds of key sites in England at risk of floods

Messages in the sand from Hurricane Sandy

Resilience and disaster trends in the Philippines: Opportunities for national and local capacity building

Emergency management

Citizens as Rescuers in Building Collapses

The dynamics and difficulties of disaster recovery

A Morning That Shook the World: The Seismology of 9/11

CFS member says warnings about Pinery bushfire threat were delayed by up to 45 minutes

Louisiana governor requests bailout as flood costs rise to $15bn

Flood relief in Myanmar includes family planning supplies

Hermine: Losses seen up to $500M, could have been worse, insurers say

Emergency Management and Business Continuity: Cousins, but not Twins,-but-not-twins/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National Preparedness Month

Flooding and Disaster Information Resources

Failure to Communicate

What are tsunamis?

This action plan sets out how businesses can make it easier for people to protect their homes from damage from flood water

Megafire warning: Experts issue a call to action at Ashland meeting

Resilient Pittsburgh’s Upcoming Resilience Fair!

New Orleans acts on disaster risk awareness for the private sector

Explainer: how to prepare for a tsunami

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through Preparedness

Social media and emergency management

Social media are used by citizens affected as a platform to read and share recovery information and post queries

Psychology and disasters

Climate change is raising tensions along with sea levels

Social capital and disasters

Trust deficit: Japanese communities and the challenge of rebuilding Tohoku

Almost half of Americans expect to rely a great deal on their neighbors after a disaster


Today in disaster resilience (9 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Wildfire bearing down on coastal of town of Xàbia in Spain

Wildfires force residents and vacationers out of homes in Spain – video

Deadly Floods Hit North Korea, Eastern China and the Russian Far East

Sea level rise is worsening Hermine’s coastal flooding

Malou to unleash heavy rain, strong winds over Tokyo into Thursday

Floods after heavy rain in Greece leave 4 dead, 1 missing

North Korea – Death Toll Rises to 60, Over 40,000 Displaced

Disaster risk reduction

Habitat III: the biggest conference you’ve probably never heard of

Batten down the hatches UK’s worst flood risk areas revealed as hurricane season hits

Floods kill more people than bushfires in Australia

Research by Missouri S&T faculty could prevent next major human-related disaster

Building a flood catastrophe model for Australia in ELEMENTS

Why Do Our Cities Flood? Collapse in Municipal Governance Is to Blame

Help for flood victims trying to insure their homes

World Population Growth Is Speeding Up, Not Slowing Down; No Peak in Sight and Consequences Will Be Catastrophic

Can we get better at predicting earthquakes?

‘Higher than normal risk’: This map shows the hot spots of the upcoming Australian bushfire season

Extinction alert: saving the world from a deadly asteroid impact

What is ‘social resilience’? Perspectives of disaster researchers, emergency management practitioners, and policymakers in New Zealand

As disaster losses mount, Sri Lanka develops tool to track them

UK National Flood Resilience Review

What’s Special About the Zika Virus in Singapore?

4th International Sustainable Development Conference Coming up

Some SC lawmakers say Hermine showed dam rules not needed

Thrive or fail: Examining forest resilience in the face of fires

Tsunami simulator recreates devastating waves for first time in a lab

Why Crowded Events Become Targets

NZ’s Ruapehu volcano heating up fast

Council leaders press Theresa May over delayed flood defence review

Emergency management

Jersey Shore merchants ‘paying the price’ for Hermine forecast

Why Hermine Has Caused Extreme Forecast Headaches

We Haven’t Seen Many Storms Like Hermine

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Dukono, Nevado del Ruiz

A week after the Italian earthquake

Monsoon Flooding In India Reached ‘Unprecedented Levels’ This Year, Officials Say

Influence the debate on global disaster relief and resilience

24 countries taking part in tsunami drill

Louisiana Flood Damage at Least $8.7 Billion, Governor Says

Post event review capability (PERC) report on the October 2015 floods in South Carolina

Using Swimming Robots to Warn Villages of Himalayan Tsunamis

New Jersey Unveils Text-to-911 Capabilities

The official report into the Samarco Tailings Dam failure in Brazil

How One Organisation Worked Round the Clock to Rescue Flood Affected Animals in Kaziranga

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Latest UNISDR publications

Failure to Prepare Spells Out Trouble for Business Owners

Hype, Bust Or Effective? Messaging Hermine In A Post-Hurricane Sandy Era

Ringing in Climate Change Education

Tsunami aware tourism in the Seychelles

Get Ready Weekend 2016

Social media and emergency management

Facebook strategies can assist with ensuring that disaster-affected populations receive timely, consistent, and accurate information

Seniors are the group most likely to say they never go online

Psychology and disasters

Can We Learn How to Forget?

Today in disaster resilience (2 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Two major hurricanes are vying to become the first to strike Big Island of Hawaii

The United States Is Facing Four Simultaneous Tropical Threats

Bihar floods: Death toll climbs to 165, over 37 lakh people affected

Pioneer Fire in Idaho is one of 5 fires in US with over 1,000 firefighters assigned

Japan – 11 Dead After Typhoon Lionrock Causes Floods and Landslides

Honduras – 1 Dead, 100s of Homes Damaged After Floods and Landslides

Here’s What to Expect From Hurricane Hermine

New Zealand evacuates some coastal areas due to tsunami fears after quake

Sudan Floods – Over 200,000 Now Affected, 98 Dead

Disaster risk reduction

As Italy rebuilds, earthquake experts across the globe believe the worst is yet to come

‘Infrastructure can drive up disaster vulnerability’ says UN climate expert

World Risk Index: The Human Factor in Natural Disasters

2016 World Risk Report

How A ‘Weather Bomb’ Measured In Japan Helps Uncover Earth’s Secrets

Disasters & Development : The Italian disaster: stereotyped narratives and missing social science

Proposed fee to combat Tampa street flooding heads for key vote

Residents fight required flood insurance

Unplanned urbanisation increases risks of urban disasters: Experts

GeoNet has changed New Zealand earthquake science ‘dramatically’

News from the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory

Tectonics and crustal evolution

Acceleration of regional plate subduction beneath Kanto Japan, after the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake

Thousands of Homes Keep Flooding, Yet They Keep Being Rebuilt Again

Flood risk assessment – Practices in flood prone Swedish municipalities

Innovative land use planning for natural hazard risk reduction: A consequence-driven approach from New Zealand

Factors controlling the spatial distribution of flash flooding in the complex environment of a metropolitan urban area. The case of Athens 2013 flash flood event

Disasters as opportunities for social change: Using the multi-level perspective to consider the barriers to disaster-related transitions

Yorkshire flooding fears as crucial report is delayed

Fleeing into risk: the Baton Rouge Deluge was not an act of God

High resolution flood data from RMS an opportunity for risk capital

The World Is Completely Urbanized

Economic impact of a major earthquake in Canada

Italy commits to long-term earthquake preparedness

Places with high wildfire potential have, on average, lower social vulnerability than other places

Florida’s potential losses from a big hurricane is a mind-blowing $200 billion

Five Years After Hurricane Irene, Vermont Still Striving for Resilience

FEMA Administered Flood Insurance, Is it a Success?

Vulnerability as Concept, Model, Metric, and Tool

Glasgow’s Resilience Strategy

Emergency management

EU’s Sentinel satellites dissect Italian quake

Australia’s biggest ever disaster training event hits Sydney’s Barangaroo

Cameroon Lake Nyos Disaster Survivors Feel Abandoned

MapSwipe app enables digital volunteers to use smartphone technology to gather more information for aid in a natural disaster

National tsunami exercise starts this week

In Louisiana, the Political Mess May Outlast the Flood

NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs Handbook, 2016 Edition

Disaster management, crowdsourced R&D and probabilistic innovation theory: Toward real time disaster response capability

The return to Fort McMurray: residents rebuild lives in city scarred by wildfire

Hindcasts of Integrated Kinetic Energy in Atlantic Tropical Cyclones: A Neural Network Prediction Scheme

During the Louisiana floods, crowdsourcing has been combined with official data to resolve a large-scale emergency situation

Indonesia: Turning to unity for rebuilding communities after natural disasters

11 years after Katrina, FEMA has learned from its failures

Health Care Access and Utilization after the 2010 Pakistan Floods

Lost time in Amatrice

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities

Understanding and unlocking transformative learning as a method for enabling behaviour change for adaptation and resilience to disaster threats

Disaster communication ecology and community resilience perceptions following the 2013 central Illinois tornadoes

Deadly Italian quake highlights continuing struggle to communicate risk

How much of the US is susceptible to sinkholes?

Community education critical in building coastal disaster resilience

National Preparedness Month

Antarctic computer game aims to further research understanding

FEMA Honors Achievements in Community Preparedness

Rarangi residents take charge with tsunami evacuation plan in Marlborough

The Great Fire of London: Tomorrow marks 350 years since the devastating blaze

How are WE Doing? A Public Engagement Evaluation Platform

Social media and emergency management

Facebook data suggests people from higher social class have fewer international friends

Using psychological triggers to write on social media

Book Review: Social Media for Academics

Google knows all

Snapchat should not be discounted in political debate and emergencies

National Hurricane Center on Twitter

Don’t count on technology to save you in a disaster – researchers

What 1 USAR team learned from using social media in La. Flooding

Social media may work for recovery, but not yet for emergency response

Psychology and disasters

Resilient communities? Experiences of risk and resilience in a time of austerity

What is ‘social resilience’? Perspectives of disaster researchers, emergency management practitioners, and policymakers in New Zealand

Universal or context-specific social vulnerability drivers – understanding flood preparedness in southern Poland

Older adults’ disaster lifecycle experience of the 2011 and 2013 Queensland floods

Modeling decision and game theory based pedestrian velocity vector decisions with interacting individuals

High school students’ perceptions of earthquake disaster: A comparative study of Lebanon and Turkey

Video-based analysis of school students’ emergency evacuation behavior in earthquakes

Communities need to prepare emotionally before bushfire to enable good decision-making: expert

Emergency Dispatchers Share Emotional Tales From The Trenches Using #IAm911

Vicarious Trauma: How Much More Can We Take?

Social capital and disasters

Social capital and efficiency of earthquake waste management in Japan

“We are more scared of the power elites than the floods”: Adaptive capacity and resilience of wetland community to flash flood disasters in Bangladesh

Social capital for disaster risk reduction and management with empirical evidences from Sundarbans of India

Today in disaster resilience (26 August 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

Two dozen structures destroyed by eastern Washington wildfires

Typhoon Mindulle over Japan

India – Floods in 5 States Leave At Least 35 Dead and Thousands Displaced

Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West

UN relief arm monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes

At Least 159 Killed After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Italy

Strong quake hits Myanmar, at least 3 dead

Kokomo tornado spawns damage

India – Floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Affect 4 Million, Ganges at Record Levels

Disaster risk reduction

Himalayan migration northward found to be result of tectonic lift

Fighting fire with fire

110,000 homes worth a combined $21 billion are in Louisiana’s flood-affected zones, study says

Should the US Copy Dutch Defenses Against Flooding?

New tool hailed as a game changer for predicting floods, informing water-related decisions

Managing disaster risks for jails

Testing Earthquake Early Warning Using Geodetic Data in the Pacific Northwest

New modelling on bushfires shows how they really burn through an area

Assessing the performance of buildings in future earthquakes

Australian scientists uncover evidence of super eruptions 106 million years ago

What We Can—and Can’t—Learn From the Floods in Baton Rouge

Better understanding seismic hazards

Worsening Wildfire Environment Spurs Call for New Strategies

Zika ‘clone’ could finally lead to a vaccine for the devastating virus

New insights into the relationship between erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Aug 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Sinabung, Villarrica, Sabancaya, Chikurachki

Tews Lane campaigners left frustrated by developers over flood risk fears

Deadly quake hit in one of Italy’s most seismically-prone regions

Earthquake Exposes Italy’s Disaster Vulnerabilities and Shortcomings

Why the Earthquake in Italy Was So Destructive

Big misconception: Insurance rates can vary greatly; everybody ‘in a flood zone’

Life on the fault lines: Major earthquakes overdue and ‘no one in the world is safe’, expert says

A tale of two dams: Is Bihar’s unprecedented flood an avoidable man-made disaster?

Sikkim High Court issues notice to state government on landslide dam

The U.S. Strategy for Flood Resilience Is Underwater

Emergency management

2 men will be billed $37 million for 2015 Stouts Creek fire, forestry officials say

Court Rules Disabled Missouri Firefighter Entitled to Reduced Benefits

Hurricanes And Tornadoes Have Them, Is It Time For A Flood Scale?

The Dzongu landslide dam: an update

5 Reasons Some Were Unaware Of One Of The Biggest Weather Disasters Since Sandy

Louisiana residents without flood insurance face uncertainty

Wildfire rebuild sparks business boom in Fort McMurray

Cumbria flood group set to go global

Christchurch Dilemmas: How to rebuild the city’s heart

Disasters cost world $92b in first half of 2016, Swiss Re says

Louisiana residents assess damage from devastating floods – in pictures

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010

The USGS response to the Louisiana floods is part of the larger USGS flood science mission

Obama Praises FEMA, Pushes Back on Politics in Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

The untold story of the fight to save Fort McMurray

Firefighters look for new technology as threat of wildfire grows

NOAA launches new forecast to assist proactive flood response

Preliminary Report Into Why Some Fort McMurray Homes Survived

The e-GEOS Emergency Room is working to produce maps and detailed data of the areas affected by the Italy earthquake

Flood after Storm Desmond report

Flood forecasting gets major upgrade

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Why Translation Tools For Refugees Matters

Community resilience researchers share work at AEJMC conference

How can the media help build community disaster resilience?

A new survey of disaster apps finds many options—some prone to failure—and much more to come

Play the Hurricane Game

The game models how the Antarctic ice sheet responds to environmental changes

The Great Fire of London

Large-magnitude volcanic eruptions of the last 11700 years

The untold stories of Louisiana flood victims by Baton Rouge photographers

Anatomy of an earthquake – Professor Iain Stewart

Floating school

Disaster lessons: children taught to prepare for Bangladesh’s killer quakes

‘They didn’t warn you’: Louisiana disaster reveals deep challenges in flood communication

CoastAdapt: A new tool for a changing climate helps coastal communities prepare

Do you know your flood risk status?

Social media and emergency management

41 percent of people in the UK use social media to find out what’s happening in their community

Codified Hashtags for Weather Warning on Twitter: an Italian Case Study

The ‘proper’ way to spread ideas through social media

Psychology and disasters

Why so many refuse to evacuate as wildfires approach

Firefighters suffer from PTSD in numbers to rival the military, officials say

Social capital and disasters

Rural church among those providing aid after Louisiana flood

Katrina Pain Index 2016: Race And Class Gap Widening

Today in disaster resilience (27 July 2016)


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

Current emergencies/disasters

The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita Offers Omens of a Fiery Future

Floods kill at least 154 across China, leave over 100 missing

Soberanes Fire, California

Flood situation worsens in Arunachal; one killed in Assam

Massive wildfire rages on Greek island of Chios

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

Man Died Trying To Rescue Dog From Raging Sand Fire, Neighbor Says

Wildfire Near Carmel Grows to Nearly 15,000 Acres, 20 Homes Burned

Nearly 1,570,571 people are affected by floods in 19 districts of Assam

Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18

Disaster risk reduction

2nd RISC-KIT “Summer” School: Disaster Risk Reduction for Coastal Areas

GeoNet turns 15 – what have we learned about earthquakes in that time?–what-have-we-learned-about-earthquakes-in-that-time

QUT-designed portable flood levee aimed at protecting low-lying towns goes into production

Why concrete + rain = flash floods

Project was touted as a tool to prevent floods but those claims have been watered down and new threats are eroding confidence – and riverbanks

Harmed by heat: Covering the health risks of extreme weather

Vast wildfires are burning in remote Siberia, far from humans – here’s why we should care

Ancient plumbing protects Forbidden City from Beijing floods

Emergency management

MH370 Pilot Flew a Suicide Route on His Home Simulator Closely Matching Final Flight

Hospital Disaster Preparedness as Measured by Functional Capacity: a Comparison between Iran and Sweden

Public demand answers for fatal delays in flood warning

Guidebook for Evacuation of People with Disability

1st US System to Keep Drones Away From Wildfires Kicks Off

Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts

DJI adding geofences based on real-time wildfire data

Less lead in New Orleans soils, children’s blood, 10 years after Katrina: study

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Heat, the Floods, and the Danger of Underestimating How to Handle it

‘Game of Floods’: Marin Sea-Level Rise Game Wins Award

Gangotri and China: three fascinating new landslide videos

Fieldnotes from two cities in India: learning about social learning and climate uncertainty

These Wildfire Photos Are Gorgeous and Terrifying at the Same Time

Understanding Motivations for Citizen Science

Augmented Reality Turns a Sandbox into a Geoscience Lesson

Book – How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe’s Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia

Social media and emergency management

Facebook, Twitter Help Sniff Out Suspected Olympic Terror Plot

Nearly 70% of all social media time is spent on smartphones

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

China cracks down on real-time news reporting including social media

Psychology and disasters

Managing stress isn’t ‘weakness,’ firefighters told

Today in disaster resilience (22 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

India – Over 120 Dead After Monsoon Rains Cause Floods and Landslides in 8 States

Heavy rains and flooding across Sudan

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods in Khost Province

Disaster risk reduction

Promoting the right kind of fire—and smarter development—is safer and more cost-effective than fighting a losing battle

Infrastructure ‘still faces flood risk’

A New Way to Explore City Resilience Strategies

Super-eruptions may give only a year’s warning before they blow

Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds

The UK’s supply of food could be put at risk as droughts and storms devastate farmland in the UK and abroad

Volcanic and Caldera Collapse: Up Close and Personal

Major natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific

B.C. megathrust earthquake could rupture like a zipper, expert says

Fire clues in cave dripwater – researchers find wildfire signatures in cave formations for the first time

Fiji – Whole Village Relocated After Landslide and Cyclone Disasters

The poverty trap of perennial flooding of Kenya’s Tana River

Emergency management

How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions

Deputy chief of operations says drones will make fire response more timely, effective and safe

California man arrested for flying drone over wildfire near Sacramento

Wildfires Heat Up Across the West

Allied World reports $10.3 million in reinsurance catastrophe losses from Fort McMurray wildfire

Incident Management Systems and Building Emergency Management Capacity During the 2014–2016 Ebola Epidemic – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

Pacific islanders to benefit from computer based programs for Met Services

Defensible space saves business from wildfire

First B.C. offshore earthquake sensor up and running

Fiji to spend $205 million to recover from cyclone Winston

Global economy weathered $98bn natural hazard loss in first half of 2016, according to Aon catastrophe report

Disaster education, communications and engagement

We’re Launching an Open Online Harvard Course on Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster – Watch the Trailer!

Participatory [Citizen] Science

Social media and emergency management

Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit

Social media evolving with times of crises

Digital engagement methods for earthquake and fire preparedness: a review

Like real life, Facebook livestreaming can have a light side and a dark side

Today in disaster resilience (20 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Huge swaths of Russia’s forests are ablaze during what may be a record fire season

Sudan – Floods in 3 States Leave Several Dead and Hundreds Homeless

China – 4 Dead After Further Flooding in Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan

Disaster risk reduction

Some earthquakes on San Andreas fault are triggered by gravitational tug of sun and moon

Minister questioned on flood prevention

Worldwide mid-sized firms may fall short on insurance, risk management: Assurex Global survey

AIR Worldwide announces new global resilience practice

Coping Strategies for Landslide and Flood Disasters: A Qualitative Study of Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda

Current and Future Exposure of Infrastructure in the United States to Natural Hazards


Emergency management

Gurgaon Gets Earthquake Warning System

Federal government seeks to recover $25 million in costs for the 2013 Mountain Fire

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

China officials fired for Typhoon Nepartak response

Police officer deaths from guns up 72% from July 2015

Flooded families may be paid to relocate

Better disaster support needed for disabled kids

A California homeowner is being sued by the federal government for $25 million for a 2013 wildfire

DJI drones will now get real-time wildfire alerts

Man Arrested In California For Flying Drone Over Wildfire: Why This Is A Serious Offense

California Tech Group’s Hackathon Seeks to Develop Wildfire Assistance Software

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Learning Weather And Climate With The Popular Game Minecraft

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

How to Prepare a Pet for Disaster

Multipronged approach to community engagement for flood mitigation

What’s really warming the world?

Indonesia: Sign and information boards improve volcanic eruption preparedness

Social media and emergency management

Turkey coup: rebels failed to control the narrative and fundamentally misunderstood the significance of social media

Psychology and disasters

The psychology of why mass shootings may be contagious

Recovery Team Asks for Help as ‘Disaster Fatigue’ Affects Flood Rebuild

Survivors of Nice attack struggle with psychological wounds