Today in disaster resilience (10 February 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Feb 2017: Colima volcano, Dukono, Cleveland, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bogoslof

Peru – Floods Affect 60,000 in Lambayeque, 1,800 Homes Destroyed

Colombia – 25,000 Hit by Floods as 8 Rivers Overflow in Nariño

Zimbabwe – Floods in 4 Provinces Damage Crops and Houses, 7 Reported Dead in Gokwe

Chile’s President Says Cataclysmic Wildfires Are Largely Under Control

Melbourne weather: Flash flooding, damaged buildings as Victoria pummelled with rain

San Lorenzo River floods south of Felton

South Australia, Adelaide heatwave: Heat to strike for rest of the week

Tornadoes in Louisiana

Sydney flooding: More rain forecast as residents return to Marrickville apartment after evacuation,-house-collapses/8247234

Southeastern US Tornadoes Leave Wreckage and Amazing Survival Stories

Peru floods: 170 000 affected people, 1 105 destroyed houses

Severe weather update on heatwave across Australia

Extreme heat brings health, fire and power cut warnings across south-eastern Australia

Disaster risk reduction

Australia on the move: how GPS keeps up with a continent in constant motion

Applying Resilience Thinking With Our Partners in Africa

Demi Lovato reportedly has her house red tagged after a landslide in Hollywood

New flood resilient demonstration home is launched

Latest Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

Natural Hazards and Risk Reduction in the Modern World

Californians Deprioritize Need for Earthquake Retrofitting and Insurance

Small scale floating facilities as a bottom up approach to improving opportunities in ‘wet slums’

Canada Scores a C Minus for Flood Preparedness

Recent trends in U.S. flood risk

Wallaceburg is frequent flooding capital of Canada

Human exposure and sensitivity to globally extreme wildfire events

Record Year for Controlled Burns by The Nature Conservancy

We can learn a lot from disasters, and we now know some areas don’t recover

UK – Report Urges Government to End 7-Year Freeze of Flood Resilience Rules

Sunshine Coast bushfire a ‘warning shot’ of more to come: fire ecologist

Exactly how bad is antibiotic resistance right now?,450053

Flash Flood Guidance System Improves Predictive Skills

New flood resilient demonstration home launched

Wildfire has ‘very, very different pattern’ of impacted areas

Ancient landslide took a ‘massive bite’ out of Australia, say scientists

Environment Agency highlights how one in six homes in England at risk of flooding while testing Wells flood gate

U.S. severe weather, flooding leads to billion-dollar cost for insurance industry in January

Emergency management

Annual disaster statistical review 2015: the numbers and trends

NASA researchers are closing in on technology that will pinpoint locations of first responders in structures

Emergency Manager’s Weekly Report

The Ongoing Quest to Assess & Measure Preparedness

2016: A historic year for billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in U.S.

The 50th Anniversary of Operational Firebombing in Australia

Washington’s 30-year earthquake drill for the ‘Big One’: Order studies. Ignore them. Repeat.

All Android phones in the world, from Gingerbread OS version onwards, now include Advanced Mobile Location (AML), an emergency call-based location solution

Extreme weather: underprepared hospitals under pressure

Speed or deliberation: a comparison of post-disaster recovery in Japan, Turkey, and Chile

Using Satellites to Size Up the Severity of Crop Fires in Northern India

With his earthquake remark, PM has insulted the people of Uttarakhand: Congress

‘Mercy dash’ airlifts vital supplies to feed flooded remote WA Aboriginal community

Craig Fugate quietly leaves FEMA post

What we can learn from the UK’s 2015 /2016 extreme flooding?

SEPA publishes plans to deliver flood warning service over next 5 years

Lessons to be learned from some of the worst winter floods in history

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Black Tuesday anniversary prompts warning Tasmanian bushfire threat higher than ever

First Cumbria Flood Expo hailed a success by visitors and exhibitors

Kids’ TV Is Ignoring Climate Change

Streaming Lava, Collapsing Cliffs and a Hawaii Volcano’s Spectacular Show

How to flood proof your home

Water professionals, companies and consultants to meet at UK’s largest flood event

Real-time disaster data streams with up-to-the-minute overview of current hazards impacting the United States

General Population Knowledge about Extreme Heat: A Cross-Sectional Survey in Lisbon and Madrid

Using virtual reality headsets to explain flood mitigation designs to local residents

What can we learn from studying people’s flood memories? And how do these memories relate to resilience?

You Are Traveling Into a Tornado Warning

Collaborative project aims at educating the public on effects of global climate change

Annie Dillard on the Winter Solstice and How the Snowy Season Anneals Us to Life

Make Your Own Paper Model of a Volcano

Sustainable Flood Memories   a blog about, for and with communities’ memories of the River Severn floods, UK

Research into social-ecological flood resilience in Scotland

Social Media and Emergency Management

Some on Twitter seem to be very excited for the first Indian earthquake of 2017

Facebook’s new Community Help feature will make it easier for disaster survivors to find and offer relief

When people get news through social media, they re-share that news one out of four times

Social Media Tools

Disaster psychology

Washington Households’  Expected  Responses  to Lahar Threat From Mt. Rainier

Social capital and disasters

Low levels of resilience amongst flood-exposed households associated with inequalities in social capital ties

Key friendships vital for effective human social networks


Today in disaster resilience (27 January 2017)

Please find a list of links to the latest disaster resilience news …

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Jan 2017: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Dukono, Reventador, Soufriere

Iran high-rise collapse kills 30 firefighters, injures 75 others

Inside the deadly tornado outbreak that struck the South

Papua New Guinea Earthquake: Did the M=7.9 shock trigger a distant M=5.6?

Fires Blaze in Chile

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jan 2017: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Popocatépetl, Reventador

US storms kill 18 people in Georgia and Mississippi

Summer flooding rain and snow lashes New Zealand

Widespread flooding, mudslides, evacuations as biggest storm in years batters California

Severe flooding hits Philippines, at least 7 dead

Tahiti flooding: Thousands left without power after heavy rain shuts down airport, forces evacuations

Chile Facing ‘Greatest Forest Disaster in Our History’ as Wildfires Rage

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Jan 2017: Colima volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Erta Ale, Sinabung

Mozambique: Casualties from bad weather rise to 44

At Least 4 Reported Dead in California Storms

Flood in Pahang worsens, number of victims nationwide increases

Severe coastal flooding hits northern Cuba

Disaster risk reduction

Flood Elevation Plan Sparks Concerns about Housing Affordability

Are global crises making our cities better?

Testing the use of viscous remanent magnetisation to date flood events

Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns

Multi-peril flood model for Vietnam

Northern Australia beset by floods but Indigenous groups warn of fire risk

Opinion: Indigenous and Western science work together to make water-first decisions

Who are the men who say they can predict earthquakes?

Honey, I shrunk Everest: Scientists to test if Nepal earthquake reduced height of tallest peak

Re/insurance saves up to four times its equivalent in emergency response

Assessing disaster risk in Europe and Central Asia – what did we learn?

Simple actions to help protect homes in England from flooding are still being ignored by government, MPs say

Mekong Delta shifts strategy, takes advantage of benefits of flooding–takes-advantage-of-benefits-of-flooding.html

A report into severe flooding in York in December 2015 has called for better warning systems to be put in place

Homes built on floodplains – needs must be balanced by risk

Living Planet Report 2016

Scientists think we’re closer to self-destruction than we have been since the 1950s

Halting tsunamis by using deep-ocean sound waves to rob them of their amplitude and height

ISciences Global Water Monitor & Forecast January, 2017

‘Farmland deserves to be protected from flooding’

Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters

Emergency management

Internal poll for Public Safety reveals lack of awareness among Canadians about flood compensation

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

Preparing for week after huge earthquake

Dubai Launches Floating Fire/Civil Defense Center

Review of fatal Twisp fire calls for more training, possible change to policy on protecting rural homes

Fort McMurray wildfire: Study pegs cost of lost buildings, income and environmental damage at $8.9B

How Ho-Hum Was the Western Pacific Typhoon Season?

The mission of the project was to evaluate the response of a large-scale emergency

A man has been charged over allegedly starting a blaze that burned out more than 30 hectares of land in the New South Wales Hunter Valley near Kurri Kurri

Firefighting resources to be cut to make $2 million in savings

“People’s science”: How West African communities fought the Ebola epidemic and won

The Making of Emergency Management as a Profession

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcanic sonic boom – What, why and how?

‘Floods and Freezes’ exhibition at Spelthorne Museum showcases fascinating photos from 1947 to 2014

Lifelong learning is really the only option

Fire safety programs and outreach

Twentieth anniversary of Dandenong Ranges fire

2 free articles from February issue of EARTH!

Real-time earthquake map

Fire season prompts biosecurity warning

New issue of Lithosphere online

Eastenders bus crash: a realistic portrayal of a disaster?

Unusual Sources of Tsunamis – From Krakatoa to Monterey Bay

“Be Prepared” – In The Home

California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe

Use this online service to find out how likely it is that a place in England could flood in the future

This dynamic earth: a teaching companion

Tips On Protecting Pets From Flooding

Disaster psychology

The trauma of the Granville train disaster – Forty years of missing John

One disaster response aspect that often gets overlooked: emotional recovery

How Being Part of a Crowd Can Change You For the Better

Social capital and disasters

You and your neighbors can help each other more in a crisis than the government

Today in disaster resilience (20 January 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Freak storm brings ‘twister’, flash flooding to Queensland

‘The worst isn’t over’: Thai south still inundated as flood death toll hits 40

Mudslides, Flooding Reported in Southern California as New Levee Failure Fears Arise in Sacramento County

Will this week’s floods be like 1996?

#FloodPH: Areas in Cagayan de Oro where forced evacuation is ordered

Earthquake rocks Tennant Creek

In early January 2017 two winter storms brought extreme weather to many parts of Europe

German Baltic coast hit by storm surge flooding

Snowy central Italy hit by four earthquakes felt in Rome

NSW bushfires: Hunter Valley fires which left homes ablaze being treated as ‘very suspicious’

2 killed, others feared dead after avalanche buries Italian hotel

Earthquake triggers deadly avalanche in Italy

Death toll from California’s winter storms continues to rise

Disaster risk reduction

Mismatched Flood Control System Compounds Water Woes in Southern Bangladesh

The Challenge of Timely, Responsive and Rigorous Ethics Review of Disaster Research

Global Platform host Mexico is icon of risk management

Uzbekistan moves towards proactive approach to Disaster Risk Management

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be urban

Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows

What’s Keeping Those Freeway Interchanges Up In An Earthquake?

Using Archives of Past Floods to Estimate Future Flood Hazards

NASA study finds a relationship between wildfire and drought

Surrey’s local flood risk management strategy

Future shock – the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

Heatwaves hit the most disadvantaged Australians the hardest

Flood mitigation under EPCOR could lead to higher utility rates in Edmonton: report

Tectonic summaries of magnitude 7 and greater earthquakes from 2000 to 2015

Understanding geomorphic response to hydrological events: filling the data gaps

Urban resilience is the ability of a city to survive, adapt, and grow

Floodplains can’t do their job any more

Flood most damaging peril of 2016, causing nearly one-third of $210bn global economic losses

Fraud, cyber, and security incidents are now the ‘new normal’ for companies across the world

Building resilience to cyclones and drought in Myanmar includes promoting and encouraging gender equality

From Flood Control to Water Management: A Journey of Bangladesh towards Integrated Water Resources Management

State of Utah will pay the costs of catastrophic fires in exchange for local governments implementing prevention, preparedness and mitigation actions

2017 Global Infectious Diseases Threats to the United States

Chicago’s New Sensor-Based Stormwater Management System

Emergency management

Are we ready for disaster?

Volunteer fire department struggles reflect larger problem

Ontario firefighters’ battle over volunteer work heads to union trial

US disasters by the numbers

Visually impaired experiences of earthquakes highlight gaps in disaster preparedness

Quantitative Comparison Between Crowd Models for Evacuation Planning and Evaluation

Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study

Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion

Drones can spark bushfires and hinder aerial support, DFES warns

Chilean Gov’t to Indemnize Affected People by Tsunami

Mayor welcomes record business confidence despite earthquakes

NCAR Ensemble Forecasts

Chile’s M=7.7 earthquake Christmas gift: A ferocious start, but it fizzled

Sevier County wildfire losses near $1 billion

High-reliability organizing and the language of wildland fire managers

Hunter Valley bushfire survivor describes how a ‘fireball’ threatened his home during emergency situation

Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years

Disaster education, communications and engagement

47% of American homes and 31% of Australians rely solely on mobile phones

Nepal marks 19th Earthquake Safety Day amid growing fears of quake

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD)

Weather: Beaufort scale

In the Age of Resilience

First mathematical model that accurately reproduces the patterns that innovations follow

Engaging Communities In New Hampshire To Strengthen Resilience

NASA Earth Science Data: Yours to Use, Fully and Without Restrictions

The Importance of Storytelling in Science

Turn Around Don’t Drown

New Climate Change Learning Modules on Health and Cities Now Available Online!

Social media and emergency management

Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories

Virtual reality is going to be a key topic of discussion in social media circles in 2017

School fires web co-ordinator for correcting a student’s bad grammar on Twitter

Digital immortality enabled by social networking sites

Tweets with one or two hashtags get more attention than tweets with less or more hashtags

The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Social Media: Strategy and Design Tips for Success

Could Facebook save your life in a disaster?

Measuring the Best Times to Post on Social Media

“We mostly use emojis like gestures, as a way of enhancing emotional expressions”

Disaster psychology

Natural disasters can bring out the best in human beings

PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters


Today in disaster resilience (13 January 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jan 2017: Fuego volcano, Colima, Dukono, Turrialba, Sinabung, Nevado

‘Worst Rainfall in 30 Years’: Thailand Flooding Hits 700,000 People, Leaves 21 Dead

Evacuations begin as Northern California storm moves in

After years of drought, California faces devastating floods

Upper Swan bushfire contained, but threat remains to homes

Flooding leaves 50 dead, up to 20 missing in southern Congo

Severe flooding hits Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa

Freezing Danube river, Venice lagoon, Lake Balaton in the ongoing arctic blast

Volcan, Argentina: massive mudflows cause major disruption

Extraordinary storms blitz West with 100-plus inches of snow, flooding rains

Heavy snowfall, deadly flash flooding hits Turkey

Disaster risk reduction

Yale study confirms gun violence is contagious

As floods become more frequent around the globe, scientists work to pinpoint what puts certain regions at risk

Global natural catastrophe losses highest in four years

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

Bushfire-ravaged towns should not be rebuilt, planning expert warns

Dangerous Victorian power lines to be buried to prevent bushfires

Coastal flooding may force thousands of homes in Louisiana to be elevated or bought out

Lessons in Resilience from 2016

“We want to see an end to all inappropriate development in areas of high-flood risk.“

How Flood Risk in U.S. Is Changing: Increasing in North, Decreasing in South

Temblor adds faults for 50 countries

Istanbul’s biggest threat doesn’t come from terrorists

The Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan

Old floods show Brisbane’s next big wet might be closer than we think

Improving understanding, prediction and management of extreme flood events in the Lockyer Valley and broader SEQ region

Inconvenient, apocalyptic, or somewhere in between? Why we shouldn’t be complacent about volcanic eruptions

Latest edition of the Natural Hazards Observer

Wigan’s ‘Radical’ Flood Solution

Nepal’s mystery mountain floods

The Global Risks Report 2017

Diverse forms of nature within Kampala can be harnessed to reduce flood risk

A validated tropical-extratropical flood hazard assessment for New York Harbor

Stationarity of major flood frequencies and heights on the Ba River, Fiji, over a 122-year record

Geomorphology workshop identifies ways of improving flood water management in Cumbria

Flood dynamics in urbanised landscapes: 100 years of climate and humans’ interaction

Emergency management

Firefighting blamed for ‘megafires’ ravaging US forests

Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows

A year and 17 days after Storm Desmond the last flooded shop in Glenridding has reopened

OCHA 2016 A Year in review

Environment Agency chooses CGI for 3-year contract to design and deliver England’s new Future Flood Forecasting System

People evacuating in a disaster derive the greatest benefit from overall cooperation

Analysis of the Crowd Evacuation Modeling Approaches for the Case of Urban Underground Spaces

Probabilistic model for safe evacuation under the effect of uncertain factors in fire

Integrating aftershock forecasting into humanitarian decision-making: lessons from the April 2015 Nepal earthquake

Age-related differences in decision-making for digital escape route signage under strenuous emergency conditions of tilted passenger ships

Six floodwater rescues in north Queensland

Brazil court extends deadline for Samarco to pay dam spill guarantee

Trump’s big FEMA decision

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Good popular science writing matters more than ever

Adequate preparation for heatwave is essential, especially for people at high risk

Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster

Beyond Stop Disasters 2.0: an agenda for exploring the contribution of video games to learning about disasters

A Business Guide to Flood Resilience

What is the Coastline Change: Historical Data app?

What is the Coastline Change: Future Scenarios app?

ODPEM Embarks on Earthquake Awareness Campaign

Rotterdam residents are more aware of present-day heat waves, but more alarmed by future flooding

STEM Uses “Zombie Apocalypse” To Teach Students About Emergency Management

California’s Amazing Geology

5 simple (but often forgotten) ways to prepare for the bushfire season

Coastal Flooding, Climate Adaptation and Community Engagement in the City of Surrey, Canada

Social media and emergency management

Social Media Was an Unused Resource in Gatlinburg Fire Disaster

Integrating Social Media and Crowdsourced Information for Early Warning

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers


Social capital and disasters

Creating Community Resilience Through Elder-Led Physical and Social Infrastructure

Trust deficit: Japanese communities and the challenge of rebuilding Tohoku

Today in disaster resilience (9 December 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Death Toll Rises to 14 in Gatlinburg; Residents Get First Look at Wildfire Devastation

Popocatepetl volcanic update

Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales

Thailand – Floods in South Leave 11 Dead and 350,000 Affected

Vietnam – Deadly Floods Strike Central Region for Third Time in 8 Weeks

Spain – Torrential Rain and Floods Leave 2 Dead

Koh Phangan Island declared as disaster zone after heavy rain

One dead after Mt Warning campers struck by lightning, rescue operation underway

Heavy flooding in Thailand kills 14, inundates tourist isles

Indonesia earthquake: frantic rescue efforts as at least 97 people killed in Aceh province

6.2 Magnitude Quake Rocks Trinidad & Tobago, But No Tsunami Worry

Solomon Islands rocked by magnitude-7.8 quake, widespread tsunami warning issued across Pacific

Disaster risk reduction

ABR Explorer: the missing link in disaster management

Building transport resilience for the inevitable future disasters

Earthquake-prone list not the be-all and end-all

An earthquake worse than the ‘Big One’? Shattered New Zealand city shows danger of Seattle’s fault

Nigeria managed flood better in 2016 leading to less deaths, destruction – NEMA

Bushfire disaster looms for Tasmania as conditions likened to 1967

Let’s build the infrastructure that no hurricane can erase

Lough Neagh: Winter flooding report urges review of water levels

Environment Canterbury welcomes Government earthquake legislation

CIDCO´s tidal-water drainage system averted flooding in monsoon

Copenhagen water project wins Nordic cities award

Coastal Resilience mapping portal

Flood prediction improvement is possible!

Using environmental tracers to test the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management techniques

£530m: The Hidden Economic Cost of Groundwater Flooding Revealed

Flexible modelling of extreme events

Half surface water in some countries has been lost since 1980s

Providing flood hazard mapping and probabilistic flood risk assessment to support international governments

Flood risk in Africa: an insurable peril

Tsunami Risk to UK Higher Than Anticipated

Most U.K. coastal flooding caused by moderate, not extreme storms

Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK

Report finds NSW and ACT annual bushfire costs projected to more than double by 2050 due to climate change

Spatial and temporal analysis of extreme sea level and storm surge events around the coastline of the UK

A Changing Climate: Water, Flooding and Historic Buildings

Emergency management

State launches fire disaster mapping

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

How New Mini-Satellites Could Impact Hurricane Forecasts

Storm Desmond: Hundreds unable to go home one year on

We’ve repaired and prepared – a year after storms caused devastating floods

The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 in the UK

A utility threshold model of herding–panic behavior in evacuation under emergencies based on complex network theory

Here’s why computer models 10 days into the future cannot be trusted

Supreme Court Upholds Hurricane Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

BoatUS Estimates Hurricane Matthew Damage to Recreational Boats at $110M

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Wildland Fire Management Must be Addressed—Gender-Discrimination.html?soid=1104469772907&aid=hvuJZr4AW6k

Louisiana in line for $1.243B more in federal flood relief funding

Opportunity knocks: Realising the potential of partnerships in the Nepal earthquake response

Sea spray studied to improve hurricane intensity forecasting

Tennessee and Israel wildfires, New Zealand quake among expensive catastrophes in November: Aon Benfield

Flood Response Using Earth Observation Data and Products

Gender & shelter: Good programming guidelines

New storm shelters ready in Birmingham before tornado season

Bushfire predictions at the fingertips of fire fighters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

And then the sea came back

Be Bushfire Ready

Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health and vulnerability

Are you prepared for fire?

At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk

Get Some Credits! Conserving Land to Reduce Flood Risk and Save Money

Zombie pedagogies: the problems with using the undead in public pedagogies for emergencies

Engagement matters: tools for disaster resilient communities

How to make a flood plan

GeoScience Videos: A Quarter of a Million Views Later

Climate Resilience Means Meaningfully Engaging Vulnerable Communities in Urban Planning Processes

Watch 15 Years Of Earthquakes Rock The Planet

The causes of Earth’s transition are human and social so involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene

How to include animals in your emergency plan

Study Offers Coastal Communities Better Way To Prepare For Devastating Storms


Enabling Stakeholder Involvement in Coastal Disaster Resilience Planning

Social media and emergency management

There are 6 phases during a crisis on Twitter as shown in the Brussels attacks

Twitter has become a popular social media platform for discussing climate change

During the tsunami warning that hit Japan in November 2016, the top issue facing disaster response teams was having to manage the impact of social media trolls

Social media training for emergency managers

Facebook features like GIFs for comments, offline communications and shared photo albums are likely soon

Psychology and disasters

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Research is showing that firefighter behavioral health problems are more long-term than single-event occurrences

Family that fled Hurricane Matthew struggles with life in Charlotte

Social capital and disasters

Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation

Today in disaster resilience (2 December 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Nov 2016: Colima volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Copahue

Qatar hit by widespread flooding

Italy – Floods Ease in North, 2 Missing After Storm in Sicily

Less than two hours rainfall causes major flooding in Lagos

Drought and high winds fuel ‘apocalyptic’ wildfire

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Nov 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabanca

Greece – Floods in Central and Western Areas Leave 1 Dead

Chapecoense air crash: Leaked tape shows plane ‘ran out of fuel’

Wildfire death toll rises to 7

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

Floods strike western Turkey after downpours

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Langila, Copahue

Twisters Cause Fatalities and Damage across Several States

Disaster risk reduction

First major upgrade to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Guidelines in 30 years

Extreme weather events can be modelled as “independent” by global reinsurers, Lloyd’s and Met Office study confirms

Flood spending decisions ‘perverse’, Green Alliance says

The ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario – A Story That Southern Californians Are Writing

Researchers find biggest exposed fault on Earth

Park and flood: why do we let planners pave over our green valleys?

Tanzanians pay dearly as tenants in flood-prone slum

Smarter flood risk management in England: Investing in resilient catchments

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

Gaps in flood insurance jeopardize tens of thousands in Ohio

The way humans have used land in the Sierra has had more effect on fire behavior than climate change

Increase in fire potential is predominantly in grassland areas of Victoria and New South Wales

Experts warn against underestimating heatwave threat

9% of homes built in England last year ‘in areas at high risk of flooding’

Reinsurers face growth opportunity in US flood risk

Conducting research in the context of global health emergencies: identifying key ethical and governance issues

Quantifying lahar damage using numerical modelling

Earthquake Hazard: What Has New Zealand’s Kaikoura Earthquake Taught Us So Far?

We have ignored the impact of land management on flood risk for too long

Emergency management

New Zealand earthquake damage map: Images reveal massive destruction

Geo-boffins say ‘quake moved New Zealand by 8m at 3km/second

The burning investigation into whether the 2013 NSW infernos were deliberate

EH&S to Lead UNC System-Wide Exercise on Hurricane, Disaster Response in 2017,-disaster-response-in-2017.html

Latest issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management features research on heatwave and building community resilience during cyclone

Fire camera system helps firefighters respond to catastrophic wildfires

NASA Calculates Record-Setting Hurricane Otto’s Rainfall in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Large-Loss fires in the United States in 2015

Government announces emergency legislation for Kaikoura earthquake recovery

Beaches devastated by extreme storms showing little signs of recovery, study shows

Latest edition of the Australian Red Cross’s ‘Resilience’ newsletter

Helping Australia’s Deaf community get ready for disasters

A new research project seeking to build disaster resilience in homeless populations has begun

‘It’s heartbreaking’: First of 17 homes in Sydney (Canada) flood zone demolished

‘Massive efforts’ under way in flood-hit northern DPRK require additional support – UN

Soldiers On 24-Hour Flood Standby Over Christmas

Cumbria Flood Action Plan

Campaigners call for closer examination of the cause of the Cumbrian floods

Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

Shrugging Off a Hurricane: A Three Hundred Year Old Culture of Disaster Resilience

Flood of memories in Chennai

Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development course

View current and past tropical cyclones near Australia

The Best New Maps, According to Cartographers

Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the Community Fireguard Program : Experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia

A new tool in disaster resilience education

Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation

Communicating flood risks in a changing climate: nine principles for promoting public engagement

“Belo Monte: After the Flood” | A New Film About Dams in the Amazon

Civil Defence slams controversial ‘triangle of life’ earthquake survival technique

A landmark global map shows nearly every human settlement on Earth

Currently in England and Wales there is no systematic or statutory flood education programme in schools

MyShake: Initial observations from a global smartphone seismic network

“Let’s make a little film about flooding” – and he found resilient communities

In Bangladesh, both the government and aid groups are working in schools to educate students about disasters and climate change

Social media and emergency management

Roughly one-quarter of US online adults use Twitter

Facebook creates Community Help tool so users can aid each other after disasters

Social media does not distinguish between fact and fiction

Only one-third of the world is connected to the internet but Facebook is seeking to change that

Online volunteers provide up-to-date disaster geographic information

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

Smartphones and social media correct inaccurate disaster reporting

Psychology and disasters

Firefighters discuss PTSD, emotional toll of career

Psychosocial preparedness: helping people get ready for disasters

Social capital and disasters

Six-year study of mental toll from Australia’s worst bushfire shows social ties are key to resilience and recovery

Social ties help sow the seeds for bushfire recovery

Today in disaster resilience (18 November 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Seismic details of 7.5 magnitude NZ earthquake

Deadly 7.5 earthquake: Tsunami hits east coast, Waiau feared worst hit

Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Farmer saves cows trapped on tiny patch of turf after earthquake

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Nov 2016: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Kerinci, Turrialba, Saban

Search for child swept away by flash floods continues

165 earthquakes within a radius of 150km of central Christchurch over 24 hours

Heavy rain inundates Indonesia, Tangerang under 2-m high waters

The Worst Wildfire In North Carolina History Is Devastating The State

Dominican Republic Flood Relief

Tornadoes hit Wales and Midlands

Hundreds Hospitalized, Several Arrested in Southeast Wildfires

Severe flooding hits the Dominican Republic, 20 000 evacuated

Disaster risk reduction

Resilient Cities – Policy Highlights

Natural hazards in Australia: extreme bushfire

Firestorms: the bushfire/thunderstorm hybrids we urgently need to understand

Flooding is a ‘humanitarian crisis waiting to happen’

The lessons we need to learn to deal with the ‘creeping disaster’ of drought

Researchers explore gigantic volcanic eruptions that led to mass extinctions

Immoral hazard: the gender inequality of risk

Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

Report: Disasters Are Even More Disastrous Than We Think

Understanding flash floods in five Edmonton neighbourhoods

Dutch sports field helps mitigate flooding

Breaking the Link Between Extreme Weather and Extreme Poverty

Papua New Guinea’s volcano risk

What are natural flood defences and do they work?

Hurt by sea: how storm surges and sea-level rise make coastal life risky

The western boundary of South America is an active subduction zone

Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia

Why collaboration is key to flood risk management

Vancouver is currently considering a number of options to strengthen the resilience of the city’s flood defence$300m-to-$800m-flood-resilience-options

Facing up to the future: the City Resilience Index

Sydney’s homeowners face their property values being reduced, as the future risk of increasingly floods and bushfires grows

Bushfires might dominate the summertime headlines but storms and flooding pose the biggest disaster risk to Sydney’s economy

Terrorism Deaths Fall Globally

5 bold initiatives in flood resilience

Emergency management

Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere

The transport of Icelandic volcanic ash

 ‘Kiwis are a unique type of tough’: a note from GeoNet’s director on responding to the monster quake

SA blackouts caused by seven tornadoes

Drivers over 65 are most likely to drive through flood water

When tsunami sirens work – Whangamata evacuates as Tauranga sleeps

This stunning map shows that six faults – at least six – ruptured in the big Kaikoura quake

Sydney air pollution from scheduled burn led to 14 premature deaths, researchers find

Jet boating on flooded road: ‘It had to be done’

Volunteer is a Firefighter’s Best Friend

Wellington’s mid-rise buildings worst affected by earthquake

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Explained: The science behind the quake

A tale of two disasters: Communities connecting and learning from each other

Natural hazards in Australia: droughts

Schools are a key to building resilience in vulnerable communities

Empowering Women after the Arab Spring

Uganda integrates disaster risk reduction into school curriculum

Participatory approach to mapping urban risk

Northlanders urged to take tsunami sirens seriously

Protecting your home and business from wildfire

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Communities are the key to resilience – first to be affected and the first to respond to disaster

Tsunami education plays a critical role when taking steps towards increasing the resilience of coastal communities around the world

Channel communities prepare to mark 50 years since Black Tuesday bushfires

Resilient Esperance remains strong one year on from ‘unstoppable’ bushfires

Social media and emergency management

Facebook usage and engagement is on the rise, while adoption of other platforms holds steady

Facebook hot topics

How smartphone alerts can increase Americans’ safety abroad during times of uncertainty

Social Media in Academia

Emergency agencies use social media three times more than voluntary organisations and the private sector

Social media use by police has matured a lot in recent years

Social media use being blocked in many countries

The rise of the connected citizen

Survey: 8 in 10 Brits are now using emojis to communicate in texts and social media

Social Media’s Globe-Shaking Power

23 Tips & Tricks to a Successful Emergency Preparedness Social Media Campaign

Digital Storytelling: One powerful tweet can be shared thousands of times and shift mindsets

Psychology and disasters

Psychology and cyclones: Why we don’t prepare, and what we can learn from other cultures

Take this Resilience Test — How Well Do You Bounce Back?

Why Building Young Boys’ Mental Resilience Is So Important As A Parent

Social capital and disasters

Social capital builds resilience in Central Queensland  flood prone community

Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye to Eye

Today in disaster resilience (7 October 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Deadly Hurricane Matthew roars towards Haiti, Jamaica

Hurricane Matthew update

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch

Mýrdalsjökull – earthquakes during the last 48 hours

Matthew is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Haiti since Cleo in 1964

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Oct 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch

Hurricane Matthew: Flash-flooding in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew: at least six feared dead in Haiti as violent storm hits

Hurricane Matthew: Florida evacuates barrier islands ahead of direct hit

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Oct 2016: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Bromo, Shiveluch

Double eyewall structure revealed in hurricane #Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Is Florida’s Worst-Case Scenario

Hurricane Matthew: At least 100 people killed in Haiti devastation

Disaster risk reduction

Malcolm Turnbull calls for greater spending on disaster mitigation

‘A recipe for disaster’: Why WA could be headed for another bushfire catastrophe

This Law Could Stem the Rising Costs of Flooding

Plans for ‘flood risk’ symbols on homes prove controversial

New Maps Label Much Of New Orleans Out Of Flood Hazard Area

Seismic Wave Videos Combine Sight and Sound

Fire regimes of Northern Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine communities

Using Science to Improve Wildfire Outcomes

Increased Wildfire Risk Driven by Climate and Development Interactions in the Bolivian Chiquitania, Southern Amazonia

Engage Uganda earthquake victims on proper house reconstruction

Thailand: Breaking the cycle of flooding and drought

The Global Urban Footprint: A map of nearly every human settlement on Earth

Linking disaster risk, development and climate change

Climate-Driven Change in Ice-Free Areas of Greenland

Rising Temperatures Load the Dice for Megadrought Risk

Why is Haiti vulnerable to natural hazards and disasters?

Recent NSW floods uncover a network of illegally constructed levee banks on farmland

New flood data will boost breadth of coverage in Canada

An IBM cloud that will prevent floods in Chennai? Tamil Nadu government gives thumbs up

Bangkok’s flood defences losing battle with heavy rain

Emergency management

State pilot project is using fires to help fight wildfires

SA weather: Police issue warning to flood kayak thrillseekers

Devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have left hundreds of thousands in need

Can drones help Myanmar flood relief? Not until the government says so

Using big data to respond to flooding in the UK

NSW floods to cost $500 million and rising

Haiti could be dealing with Matthew’s impacts for years to come

Reflections on the Performance of the American Red Cross

‘Nowhere to go,’ shellshock in devastated Haitian port

When Hurricane Hunters Are Replaced by Drones

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Earthquake Early Warning

How to Develop a Resilience Strategy

Anatomy of a hurricane

New issue of Lithosphere

IBC invites Quebecers to try out earthquake simulator

NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets

Earth Science Week Toolkit

Resilience: the big picture

Latest quarterly resilience scan report

International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October

Boom Times 3: Volcano Triplets Spotted Erupting

New High-Definition Video of Active Hawaiian Volcano Lava Lake Available for Free

Volcano insight: Fifty years of eruptions revealed

Social media and emergency management

New system uses tools to explore how people spread ideas through online social networks

Internet skills and the digital divide

When Disaster Strikes, He Creates A ‘Crisis Map’ That Helps Save Lives

People hit by Italian earthquake use local Facebook site to share emotions & experiences

Psychology and disasters

In Jamaica’s ‘wickedest’ town, few fear Hurricane Matthew’s fury

Psychological resilience: state of knowledge and future research agendas

Social capital and disasters

Study refutes suburbanisation has eroded “social capital” that once pushed us closer together

Today in disaster resilience (30 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

NSW weather: Lachlan River peaks in heavy Forbes flooding; SES continuing to monitor situation

Cedar Rapids Residents Flee Homes Ahead of Expected Floods

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Sep 2016: Fuego volcano, Colima, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Lascar

USA – Severe Flooding in 3 Midwestern States, 2 Dead in Wisconsin

Indonesia – Garut Floods Death Toll Rises to 33, Search Continues for 20 Missing

Four dead, hundred injured as Typhoon Megi slams Taiwan

Three Children Killed in Weekend Flash Floods

2016 summer flooding breaks records across China

Thousands evacuated following eruption on Mount Rinjani, Lombok

Hoboken train crash: 1 dead, more than 100 injured

Farmers near Forbes counting flood costs that run into hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars

Disaster risk reduction

The moon, big tides could turn small tremors into major earthquakes, study finds

Satellite Radar May Help Predict Human-Caused Earthquakes

Zimbabwe no longer safe from earthquakes

Ending the Era of Disaster Loss Around the World

All Earthquakes Are Created Equal

Probing the History of New Zealand’s Orakei Maar

Let’s address chronic emergency of flooding

Satellite images of urban expansion in New Delhi

A social-ecological systems approach to dengue-chikungunya-zika in urban coastal Ecuador

Can humanity survive the 21st century?

Iowa sets mark for flood mapping

Wildfires Increasingly Consuming Siberian Forests, Scientists Warn

Flood mapping for disaster risk reduction: Obtaining high-resolution imagery to map and model flood risks in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

New Approaches to Flood Reduction – Low Impact Development (LID) in the USA

Fragmented Patterns Seen in the Recent History of U.S. Floods

Emergency management

Wye River: landslides in the aftermath of a forest fire in Australia

California’s Soberanes Fire Is the Most Expensive in America — Ever

Nepal earthquake response offers lessons for future disasters

High-tech future early warning system for hurricanes, tornados and volcanic eruptions

Drought ‘a Slow Moving Natural Disaster’

FEMA’s Emergency Alert System Hacked: Warns of Hazardous Materials Disaster On Trains

Governor signs bill to expand earthquake early warning system

Testing the utility of mapping drones for early recovery in the Philippines

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Living on Shaky Ground

“Shape South Asia 2016” focusses on citizens’ response to disaster

America’s PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience

What is the relationship between glaciers and sea level?

Teaching Middle-Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them

Natural disaster recovery assistance for primary producers

19 Tips to Prepare Your Business for the 10 Most Common Insurance Claims

Responding to disasters before they happen: Trainings build resilience in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

Social media and emergency management

Does internet stimulate the accumulation of social capital? A macro-perspective from Australia

Social media helps build social capital in the short-term but not in long-term

Young people using Twitter for crowd sourcing information during disasters and emergency events in Nepal

Twitter is an educational resource which is multi-disciplinary and able to break down boundaries between professional groups

Psychology and disasters

Floods severely affect children, young people

Researchers shows trauma evident in brainwaves even when imminent threat is gone

Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Diagnosis and Neurobiology to Treatment

Today in disaster resilience (23 September 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Sep 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukon

Victorian floods: State spared heavy rain falls, but emergency services remain on alert

Typhoon Malakas Causes Heavy Flooding in Japan, Two Reported Missing

Firefighter dies, 1 hurt as 1,000 battle California wildfire

Mexico – Floods in Guerrero and Chiapas Leave 13 Dead

Flooding, landslides leave at least 19 dead

Flood kills 18, destroys 6,637 houses in Jigawa

Landslide kills four in Gorkha District, Nepal

Turkey – 2 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Trabzon and Giresun Provinces

Extreme weather in Indonesia kills 19 people

Disaster risk reduction

Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous

Latest UK flood plans fail to address growing risk of flash floods

Sri Lanka: reducing Colombo’s flood risk while creating a more livable city

Flood mapping made easier in Bihar, India

America’s last top (flood) model

Working together for effective wildfire management strategies

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don’t Account For Climate Change

NASA works with US Forest Service to improve fire shelters

‘Apocalyptic’ mega-earthquake killing 86,000 people could ‘strike US at any time’

Development of online community modelling ‘toolkit’ that would be available to flood affected communities across the UK

Flood prediction improvement is possible!

Planting trees for Living Firebreaks

How Vague Historical Writings Help Scientists Predict Floods

Defining loss and damage

Experts See No Single Explanation for ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Attacks

Floodplain managers, planners visualize future flooding impacts

Updated flood insurance needed for Ohio, nation

New Hope in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

Social Entrepreneurs Predict Flooding Risk In Vulnerable Communities

Increased Wildfire Risk Driven by Climate and Development Interactions in the Bolivian Chiquitania, Southern Amazonia

Study promotes “managed retreat” as a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable flood areas

These are the world’s most fragile cities – and this is how they can turn things around

Disasters Are Fuelling Displacement And Migration

Floods risk under a changing climate

A multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate pluvial floods risk under changing climate: The case study of the municipality of Venice (Italy)

Emergency management

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Sep 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Colima, Dukono, Turrialba

Healthy trees being removed ‘unnecessarily’ after Great Ocean Road fires, residents say

Louisiana flood damage estimates make marked jump

First Responders Discuss Advances in Tech Since 9/11

Big Sur Wildfire Fight Now Costliest In U.S. History

September Earthquake Deemed Oklahoma’s Strongest on Record; Insured Costs Uncertain

Estimated insurable losses from Louisiana floods to range between US$8.5 billion and US$11 billion: AIR Worldwide

Modelling large scale evacuation scenarios to build safer cities

3-D view of Canyon Wildfire

As disasters become more frequent, U.S. disaster recovery policies are not ready. Here’s a better plan

Drone footage turns grassfire modelling on head

Pumps brought in to give town an edge on floods

Smoke from 2015 Indonesian fires may have caused more than 100,000 deaths

  1. Korea says floods ‘worst disaster’ since WWII

The science of tsunamis: creating tsunami waves in the laboratory to help protect coastal communities

Muskoka, Ontario residents launch $900 million suit against province over flood damage

Disaster education, communications and engagement

IRGC Resource Guide on Resilience

Hurricane preparedness includes animals, too

Recent Publications from the IRDR

Youth Emergency Preparedness Curriculum-Ready Kids

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

Red Cross lists five things people most regret leaving behind in emergencies

Resilient Australia Awards Victorian winners announced

New NFPA resources for students in grades 6-12 about wildfire

TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities

Citizen science projects where people monitor and map flooding and climate change

Social media and emergency management

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

Social media could be transitioning to the new “emergency cavalry”

The future of emergency management collaboration is virtual

Social media campaign using everyday council staff during floods has won praise

Competition for youth to combat desertification using social media—Are-you-the-ONE.aspx

Jakarta is the world’s capital of Twitter activity full of “human sensors” for tracking disasters

Recommendations for mandatory social media training within the emergency planning professions

Social media and immersion in the digital world can be contributing factors in the development of an array of psychological problems

Social media important in a two-way approach to communicating with Syrian refugees

Psychology and disasters

Patterns of cooperation during collective emergencies in the help-or-escape social dilemma

Are people becoming resilient to terrorism?

The impact of working in high stress emergencies

Age-related differences in decision-making for digital escape route signage under strenuous emergency conditions of tilted passenger ships