Today in disaster resilience (24 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

London flooding: Cars submerged and Tube stations shut as more flash floods hit the capital http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-flooding-cars-submerged-and-tube-stations-shut-as-more-flash-floods-hit-the-capital-a3279686.html

Extreme weather kills dozens in China https://www.riskmap.com/#/m/3767546/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Powerful tornado strikes east China; 78 reportedly dead http://www.ems1.com/mass-casualty-incidents-mci/articles/101735048-Powerful-tornado-strikes-east-China-78-reportedly-dead/?utm_content=buffer4f198&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

State of Emergency declared at Dene Tha’ First Nation as flooding forces people from their homes http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/state-of-emergency-declared-at-dene-tha-first-nation-as-flooding-forces-people-from-their-homes-1.3648188

Disaster risk reduction

Warragamba Dam wall to be raised to avoid catastrophic flood event http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/warragamba-dam-wall-to-be-raised-to-avoid-catastrophic-flood-event-20160616-gpkqly.html

Resilience to What? Resilience for Whom? http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/geoj.12174/abstract

As 2016 Wildfire Season Heats Up, Western States Wonder Who’ll Provide Relief: La Niña or Congress? http://blog.ucsusa.org/jason-funk/2016-wildfire-season-heats-up-western-states-relief-la-nina-or-congress?utm_content=buffer53829&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

To Suppress or Not Suppress: The Tricky Politics and Science of Forest Fires http://www.alternet.org/environment/forest-fires-theyre-getting-bigger-and-hotter-what-can-be-done

Global Project Uses GIS Cloud for Mapping Pathogens Worldwide http://geospatialpr.com/2016/06/global-project-uses-gis-cloud-mapping-pathogens-worldwide/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GeospatialPressReleases+%28GIS+and+Geospatial+Industry+News%29

For the first time, scientists have produced a computer image showing huge sections of California rising and sinking around the San Andreas fault http://www.foxla.com/weather/earthquakes/164962277-story

Emergency management

The long-term costs of the Sydney storms will outweigh the $100m damage bill http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-long-term-costs-of-the-sydney-storms-will-outweigh-the-1b-damage-bill-20160609-gpf9y8.html

California Wildfires Could be Worst of All-Time in 2016 http://edmdigest.com/news/california-wildfires-could-be-worst-of-all-time-in-2016/

Opening dam’s shutters without warning: HC orders compensation to flood victim http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/Opening-dams-shutters-without-warning-HC-orders-compensation-to-flood-victim/articleshow/52872259.cms

Feds Hope App Will Keep Drones Away from Wildfires http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/feds-hope-app-will-keep-drones-away-wildfires

How scientists are helping fight wildfires by learning to predict where a fire will move http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20160621/how-scientists-are-helping-fight-wildfires-by-learning-to-predict-where-a-fire-will-move

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What is Resilient Community Organisations? http://resilience.acoss.org.au/

Water hazard – even big cars can be swept away in shallow floodwaters http://www.gizmag.com/floodwaters-cars-float/43930/

Woman Called 911 Because Her Pizza Didn’t Have Enough Cheese http://time.com/4376706/woman-calls-911-cheese-pizza/?xid=tcoshare

The need for disaster literacy education http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/weak-disaster-management-leads-to-deaths.html

ClimateBits: Monsoons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkm7j0RpOKk&feature=youtu.be

#Pagyanig: Laguna takes part in nationwide earthquake drill http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/137428-pagyanig-laguna-takes-part-in-nationwide-earthquake-drill

Climate mobile apps http://climate.nasa.gov/earth-apps/

Severe Weather Preparedness Plan – Are you Prepared? http://www.yoursecurityadviser.com/severe-weather-preparedness-plan/

Using whatsapp in an emergency situation http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2016/6/14/draft-using-whatsapp-in-an-emergency-situation

Social media and emergency management

The rise of social media as a journalistic platform is changing the way readers understand what news is and how it is produced http://www.cjr.org/analysis/reuters_report.php

Digital volunteers keep an eye on emergencies http://www.theobserver.ca/2016/06/15/county-launches-new-digital-volunteer-team-and-emergency-preparedness-website

 

Today in disaster resilience (9 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Massive sinkhole closes Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/sinkhole-rideau-street-downtown-ottawa-1.3621949

3 killed, 6 injured in Tel Aviv terror attack http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/bull20160608-3-killed-6-injured-in-tel-aviv-terror-attack?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+homelandsecuritynewswire%2Frss+%28Homeland+Security+News+Wire%29

Disaster risk reduction

July 2016 edition of ‘Disasters’ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.2016.40.issue-3/issuetoc?campaign=woletoc

Opening of UN regional meeting highlights people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54169#.V1iXmNJ97IV

2016 Olympics and Zika https://mic.com/articles/145401/2016-olympics-and-zika-experts-weigh-in-on-outbreak-risk#.fmgVUel7m

Single Strain of Plague Sparked Multiple Pandemics http://globalbiodefense.com/2016/06/08/single-strain-plague-sparked-multiple-pandemics/?utm_content=buffere894e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How 20th-Century Events Shaped the National Flood Insurance Program http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/06/07/how-20th-century-events-shaped-the-national-flood-insurance-program

Can we learn to live with flooding? https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/waterworld-can-we-learn-to-live-with-flooding

Emergency management

Big Country Counties Await Disaster Decisions http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Big-Country-counties-await-disaster-decisions.html?utm_content=buffer3f7f7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Tasmanian flood bill at least $100 million http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-09/mounting-tasmanian-damage-bill-feared-as-floodwaters-subside/7494504

Australian firefighters to get a drone-eye view during emergencies http://mashable.com/2016/03/06/drones-firefighters-australia/#c8jEWGWUmsq0

Fitch Ratings Estimate German Flood Claims at €1 Billion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2016/06/07/411090.htm

France Floods – Insurers Expect €1.4 Billion Cost http://floodlist.com/europe/france-floods-insurers-expect-e1-4-billion-cost

Psychology and disasters

“Terror Management” Theorist Sheldon Solomon Explains How Subliminal Fear of Death Can Affect Us on a Personal and Political Level http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/do-voters-adore-trump-because-they-dread-death/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_POLE_BLOG

 

Today in disaster resilience (8 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Toll fears grow as floods keep rising across Tasmania http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/toll-fears-grow-as-floodwaters-keep-rising-across-the-state/news-story/45ecf05df63e7cb57b383dc2983bfc9d

Flash flooding causes chaos in parts of England http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36471889

Disaster risk reduction

Increased hazard risks due to rapid urban growth in mountainous regions https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/rapid-urban-growth-in-mountainous-regions-the-case-of-nainital-india/

After so many years of little or no hurricane damage up and down the East and Gulf coasts, it could hit residents very hard from Texas all the way up to Maine http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-hurricane-amnesia-is-a-big-risk-this-year/

Analysis Finds Higher Flood Risk From Whittier Narrows Dam http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/06/06/analysis-finds-higher-flood-risk-from-whittier-narrows-dam/#.V1coKzVj0Vl.twitter

Sydney storm: Seawall delayed by funding row with Collaroy homes on the brink of collapse http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-storm-seawall-delayed-by-funding-row-with-collaroy-homes-on-the-brink-of-collapse-20160607-gpdqsk.html

The earthquake nightmare public officials are failing to confront http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/seismic-neglect/

Emergency management

Fort McMurray’s water warrior fought to keep the flow to firefighters going http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-water-treatment-plant-1.3617505

June 15 marks the 25th anniversary of the Pinatubo eruption http://www.wired.com/2016/06/annotated-volcano-exploring-pinatubos-devastating-eruption-25-years-later/#slide-5

Active start to hurricane season doesn’t foretell wild — or calm – year http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/06/07/hurricane-season/85557170/

World Bank Support to Improve Weather Forecasting, College Education in Bangladesh http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/06/02/world-bank-support-to-improve-weather-forecasting-college-education-in-Bangladesh

Disaster education, communications and engagement

MOOC: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster https://www.edx.org/course/humanitarian-response-conflict-disaster-harvardx-ph558x

Exercise Coastal Response 2016 https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/exercise-coastal-response-2016

Edmonton First Responders Day to highlight toll on emergency workers http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/edmonton-first-responders-day-to-highlight-toll-on-emergency-workers

What’s a Little Flood Danger to a Really Fun Bridge Renaming Fete? http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/whats-a-little-flood-danger-to-a-really-fun-bridge-renaming-fete-8367473

Lots of anger, few solutions at public meeting about flooding http://www.houstonchronicle.com/houston/article/Much-anger-few-solutions-at-flooding-town-hall-7967540.php?t=bbca42d3c3

Evacuation drill aims to better prepare community for emergencies http://fox21news.com/2016/06/04/evacuation-drill-aims-to-better-prepare-community-for-emergencies/

Flood deaths are avoidable: don’t go in the water https://theconversation.com/flood-deaths-are-avoidable-dont-go-in-the-water-60615

Today in disaster resilience (7 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

On the brink: Homes ‘cracking‘ in Collaroy as residents face nervous wait for first light http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/on-the-brink-another-king-tide-threatens-multimilliondollar-sydney-beachfront-homes/news-story/a03d8a17c5f00da1f9e5758c7bcc62f2

Record flooding in Tasmania http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/woman-rescued-in-tasmania-after-major-flooding-wreaks-havoc/7483726

Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Colin Approaches Florida http://abcnews.go.com/US/gov-rick-scott-declares-state-emergency-tropical-storm/story?id=39637271&cid=wn_tco

Disaster risk reduction

New report: Resilience – The Big Picture https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/10626.pdf

Is seeing believing? Perceptions of wildfire risk over time http://nrfirescience.org/resource/14317

Forecast raises fear of rain-induced disasters in shaken districts http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-06-06/forecast-raises-fear-of-rain-induced-disasters-in-shaken-districts.html

What’s headed our way this hurricane season? http://grist.org/climate-energy/whats-headed-our-way-this-hurricane-season-let-us-explain/

Emergency management

Timing of economic rebound from Alberta wildfire hard to forecast http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/timing-economic-rebound-alberta-wildfire-hard-forecast-poloz-1004092768/

Federal Disaster Assistance to Texas Survivors Tops $81 Million for April Floods http://www.readyharris.org/external/content/document/1829/2838998/1/NR034-DR-4269%20Federal%20Disaster%20Assist%20to%20TX%20Survivors%20For%20April%20Floods%20Tops%20$81%20Million.pdf

Central Texas Floods May-June 2016 http://www.climatesignals.org/headlines/events/central-texas-floods-may-june-2016

Dramatic Photographs Show Scale Of Flooding Across Europe https://www.buzzfeed.com/rosebuchanan/dramtic-photographs-show-scale-of-flooding-across-europe?utm_term=.ttmmxyRGB#.xrBgo4Eje

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Large scale earthquake preparedness exercise http://komonews.com/news/local/pacific-northwest-prepares-for-massive-earthquake-tsunami

Three interesting landslide videos http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/06/05/hechi-1/

“Turn around don’t drown” isn’t working—at least not to its full potential https://thewxsocial.com/2016/06/03/fine-water-doesnt-scare-you-how-about-ten-thousand-dollars/

 

Today in disaster resilience (6 June 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

NSW homes evacuated as king tides coombine with an east coast low http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-06/nsw-homes-evacuated-as-king-tide-combines-with-east-coast-low/7479736

Tropical Storm Colin update http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT3+shtml/052135.shtml

3 firefighters injured, 2 homes damaged in Los Angeles-area wildfires http://ht.ly/Vxvz300Wlk8

Paris floods: Seine level starts dropping after 30-year high http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36451009

Ice surges into Deline, N.W.T., in dramatic Great Bear Lake breakup http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/deline-ice-surges-shore-breakup-1.3616155

Two people have died and five have been injured on Queensland roads, and cars have been swept away by floodwaters as wild weather lashed the state http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/qld-authorities-happy-with-rain-response-20160604-gpbmmb.html

Disaster risk reduction

Oregon oil train derailment: A risky transport model? http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0604/Oregon-oil-train-derailment-A-risky-transport-model

Hyperconnected Megacities Are Changing the World Map https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/parag-khanna-connectography-global-civilization

Emergency management

12 months until the NSW Emergency Services Levy (ESL) on insurance is replaced by a property-based levy http://www.insuranceandrisk.com.au/nsw-emergency-services-levy-transition-the-key-facts/

France floods ’caused one billion euros worth of damage’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/france-floods-caused-one-billion-euros-worth-of-damage/

FEMA to overhaul flood insurance program after Sandy complaints http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/fema_to_overhaul_flood_insurance_program_after_san.html

Floods apocalypse around the world in June 2016: USA, Mexico, Russia, China, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania http://strangesounds.org/2016/06/floods-apocalypse-world-usa-mexico-russia-china-france-germany-belgium-ukraine-romania-photo-video.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

25 Most Destructive Wildfires Ever Recorded By Mankind http://newszii.com/25-most-destructive-wildfires-ever-recorded-in-history/

A science blog that brings you closer to the world of geology! http://rockheadsciences.com/

Online tool for homeowners and businesses to better identify the risks they face from a major earthquake http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-06/06/c_135414696.htm

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/