Today in disaster resilience (17 February 2017)

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news:

Current emergencies/disasters

Heavy floods create havoc on Northern California homes, roads

NSW fires: Uarbry all but wiped out as firefighters continue to battle blazes

Floodwaters claimed the life of another man trying to cross a road near the town

Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes

Drought Turns to Deluge in California

NSW fires: Many residents yet to return to homes in fire-ravaged central west

Farmers in Great Southern begin to assess flood damage to property

Deadly Night time Earthquake Strikes Philippines

Queensland storm clean-up underway after lightning, heavy rain lashes south-east

WA weather: Natural disaster declared over Swan Valley, other areas hit by flooding

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides Leave 12 Dead, Thousands Affected

Severe floods hit Saudi Arabia after 3 months worth of rain in 24 hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Feb 2017: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabancaya, Bagana

Firefighters halt advance of Port Hill wildfire on city homes in Christchurch

Southern California is facing its strongest storm in years

Storm Dineo kills at least seven people in Mozambique

Disaster risk reduction

We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not,amp.html

How the Shocks of Disasters are Impacted by the Stresses of Social Issues

Protecting thousands of families living in Quito’s low-income neighbourhoods from disasters is an urgent task

We need a comprehensive housing approach to deal with heatwaves

New property fees proposed to raise money to fight Washington wildfires

Building a future above the floodwaters

Ventura fault can cause stronger shaking and more damage

What the Oroville Dam crisis tells us about natural infrastructure

How to manage global catastrophic risk

Building a National Seismic Monitoring Center: NEIC from 2000 to the Present

Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent

Oroville crisis highlights risky dams, spotty inspections around U.S.

High River flood homes being auctioned off by Alberta government

‘Virtual storms’ for Design of Coastal Flood Warning Systems and Defence

Floodscore is a simple yet useful tool that provides flood scores for single locations based on their risk to fluvial, pluvial and coastal flooding


Tabqa Dam at risk of ‘catastrophic’ flooding, UN warns

Emergency management

Review of a paper: the Dongla Landslide in Sichuan, China

More details emerging on Western Australia’s new rural fire service and it is not part of the DFES

5 essentials for the first 72 hours of disaster response

Supporting civil authorities in the event of a domestic outbreak of a pandemic disease

Real-time updates of storms will help forecasters track and predict where the most damage could occur

PG&E to Implement Earthquake Warning Technology

How Early Warning Systems Can Help Save People From Mudslides

Disaster education, communications and engagement

1931 earthquake survivors share stories at Napier tea

We need to think about redefining citizenship in the Anthropocene

Learning for Sustainability


Social Media and Emergency Management

“Social media is used for information, emotion and opinion but is not necessarily a useful way to learn as an evacuation proceeds”

How learning communities form within the climate conversation on Twitter

Twitter Alerts Another Tool For Your Emergency Toolbox

Disaster psychology

PTSD and Communities

The Ostrich Paradox

Our memories are short — even when the consequences have already proven deadly

Social capital and disasters

Building Belonging in an Age of Divisiveness

In Japan tsunami city, people power turns disaster into opportunity

The Tohoku disasters reinforce past evidence about the importance of social networks and social capital in disaster recovery



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 (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 (11 November 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

NSW bushfires: Dozens of fires still burning with more than a dozen uncontained

Tornado Strikes Near Rome, Italy, Killing Two, Injuring Dozens

Rainstorms kill three in Albania, flooding land and highway

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Nov 2016: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba

Red Cross responds to severe flooding in Vietnam

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Penang

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Nov 2016: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba, Sabancaya

Flash floods kill at least two in Ekurhuleni, flights diverted

Severe flooding in Balkans forces hundreds to evacuate

Pemberton residents begin cleanup after heavy flooding

Flooding in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Several People Missing After Flash Flood Hits South Africa’s Biggest City, ‘Johannesburg’

Disaster risk reduction

Anticipating future risk in social-ecological systems using fuzzy cognitive mapping: the case of wildfire in the Chiquitania, Bolivia

Innovating with the past: How to create resilience through heritage

Climate change, agriculture and food security

The geology that causes Italy’s spine to quake

Asia adopts ambitious Sendai plan

Penang to address flooding issue in 2017 budget

Planning for a rainy day: there’s still lots to learn about Australia’s flood patterns

Modern Approaches to Stormwater Management

New framework unifies existing models for better analysis of floods produced by heavy rain events

Hornsby residents top the list of bushfire exposed homes in the greater Sydney area

How Much Do Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Hurricanes?

How the Ghana Floods animation was created

Farmers call for a bigger role in debate over future of UK’s flood management

International Volcano Scientists Unite

Italy faces more earthquakes in near future, scientists warn

Seaside Voters Back Bond To Move Schools From Tsunami Zone

An Ancient Tsunami That Ended a Civilization Gets Another Look

New revolutionary house which can raise itself above flood water planned for near Spalding

Improving Global Flood Forecasting using Satellite Detected Flood Extent

Vancouver Weighs Options for Flood Resilience

Morpeth flood scheme scoops national award

$33M for Calgary flood mitigation projects announced

Geospatial Work Identifies High-Risk Flooding Areas in Egypt Region

Australia shifts and tilts back and forth by several millimetres each year

Emergency management

Landslides from the Norcia earthquake sequence in Italy

Risks to women and girls soar in hurricane-slammed Haiti

‘Where is everybody’? Towns are desperate after Matthew, but no one is coming to help

NASA and FEMA Conduct Asteroid Impact Emergency Planning Exercise

Early recovery in Haiti: Localize the relief effort to avoid the aid dependency trap

Hurricane Matthew brought town’s demise, needs a ‘miracle’

After the Florence Flood: Saving Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’

‘Enough is enough’: Flood relief welcome news in Mill Woods

Disaster education, communications and engagement

People dismiss bushfire alert as ‘spam or white noise’

Tales of resilience scoop film awards

Civic Engagement Research, Projects, and Guides

7 questions to test your flood survival skills

Social media and emergency management

Traditional television dominated viewing of the Olympics compared with apps and social media

You should be thinking about your bushfire safety, not selfies for social media

Posts on social media about political candidates and social issues are actually changing minds — well, 1 in 5 minds

Psychology and disasters

Traumatic stresses can have an inoculating effect providing us with enhanced resilience to future crises

Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster

Gender Difference in Spatial Ability Influenced by Task Context

When You Can’t Make Make Mental Maps: Developmental Topographical Disorientation

Today in disaster resilience (4 November 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Italy quake: Norcia tremor destroys ancient buildings

Italy quake: Aerial footage of devastation

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Oct 2016: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba

Volcanic activity worldwide 31 Oct 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Nov 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba, Sinabung

State of emergency declared for Alabama after Colonial pipeline incident

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Nov 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Colima, Shiveluch, Dukono, Turrialba

Vietnam – Further Flooding in Central Provinces Leaves 2 Dead and Thousands of Homes Damaged

Disaster risk reduction

Some years when flooding is bad, the water goes up to more than one metre

Prone to Earthquakes and Volcano Eruptions, Should Italy Prepare for ‘The Big One’?

Why Italy faces constant threat of earthquakes

What measures can be taken to reduce the mortality from future hazardous events, including disasters?

Why have fires gotten larger in recent decades?

Opening up a world of data for resilience: A global effort to help access and use countries’ disaster risk information

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing

The Excess Heat Factor as a metric for heat-related fatalities: defining heatwave risk categories

Sandy’s Lessons Lost: Jersey Shore Rebuilds in Sea’s Inevitable Path

Seismic Rift: Vancouver is vulnerable

How Can We Finance the Resilient Cities of the Future?

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake

A new, independent report will help people better protect their homes and businesses from risk of flooding

NOAA Research grants support continued tornado research in the Southeast

Seismic risks remain after Italian quakes

The global annual average loss from flooding over the last decade has been $48bn

Measures that householders and businesses can install to protect their premises from the worst effects of flooding

Young people between 18 and 24 are leaving themselves vulnerable to the devastating effects of flooding

Future flood prevention in the UK

Risk experts: Candidates not focusing on biggest threats

Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report

Reduce flood risk through rewilding, says new report

Social and Political Dynamics of Flood Risk, Recovery and Response

Prescribed burning operational risk framework

National Position on Prescribed Burning

Transforming the relationship between development and disaster risk: Insights from a year of research

Newcastle University expert sets out new approach to flood management

Italian Earthquakes Are Part of a Sequence

Chart: 25 Years of Growth in The World’s Largest Cities

Lloyd’s City Risk Index

Emergency management

GPS is Critical Tool for Volcano Monitoring

How Louisiana Turned Disaster Into Dollars

Four Years After Sandy, NYC Businesses Still Need Help With Disaster Readiness

Climate adaption is our role as emergency managers

The ifs and buts of long-term weather forecasting

Verizon Tests Drone LTE Network in Emergency Drill

Governor McCrory Moves to Help Protect Consumers from Flooded Vehicle Fraud

B.C. announces first step in province-wide earthquake warning system

After the storm: building tactical lessons capability

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tips and advice to prepare your property

Emergency WA website publishing real-time WA bushfire information ahead of ‘risky’ fire season

#FloodAware: check your risk

The Resilience Dialogues: Connecting Communities with Scientists and Practitioners

The idea that humans are ephemeral compared to the workings of nature isn’t as persuasive as it once was

Preparedness for Seniors

The 1755 Nov.1st Great Lisbon Earthquake: a seismological, historical and cultural landmark

Flood of weather warning terms fuels confusion

There is a need to communicate more effectively what climate science says about event attribution

In AD 365 Crete was hit by an extraordinarily powerful earthquake

Downloadcenter for statistics on natural catastrophes

A film about flooding, and what we can do now

Emergency Preparedness Cartoons

Lifelong Learning

Prominent scientists are propagating new versions of the old idea that reality revolves around us

Environment Agency launches Flood Awareness Campaign

School bushfire education program draws on research

Resilience Ambassadors Program – applications now open

World Tsunami Awareness Day

Does history unfold randomly and by chance, or are there underlying patterns and deep connections between its parts?

Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Resilience

Social media and emergency management

How Facebook is pushing you to be more political

12 strategic steps to help you get the most from social media

‘Influencers’ feel motivated to share information about an emergency using social media

Psychology and disasters

Preparing researchers to manage traumatic research

Why do people empathise with others?

Fear grips quake-hit communities following Italy’s strongest tremor in decades

People Are Oblivious and/or Don’t Care About Disasters

Can we halt firefighter suicide?

Why does failure cause some people to bounce back even better than before?

‘I Will Never Again Live Near Water’

Social capital and disasters

The community was found to have an innate capacity to persevere and utilize resources to manage and transcend adversity and restore equilibrium

Local politicians as linking social capital: an empirical test of political behavior after Japan’s 3/11 disasters

Today in disaster resilience(21 October 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

State Of Emergency Issued For Nevada Because Of Wildfires

Deadly floods inundate central Vietnam

128 houses damaged, no one injured: Manzanita grateful, but long clean-up ahead

Thousands flee in Philippines as Typhoon Sarika causes landslides and flooding

Typhoon Sarika to unleash torrential rain in China, Vietnam following deadly flooding

Typhoon Haima is forecast to more directly impact central and northern Luzon

Flood alert issued over fears the River Thames is set to burst its banks

Super Typhoon Haima: Philippines evacuates thousands in storm’s path

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Oct 2016: Colima volcano, Bromo, Dukono, Turrialba, Bulusan, Nevado

Disaster risk reduction

Towards a more equal city

Aletsch landslide: significant acceleration of movement

Ban Ki-Moon says new disaster mortality report “a damning indictment of inequality”

Natural disasters are costing more but killing less

Does Charleston area development bear some blame for Hurricane Matthew flooding?

A disaster that does not happen saves lives and money

Why localizing global agendas matters to address urbanization, climate change

FEMA’s Flood Maps Will Soon Account for ‘Climate Change’

‘Housing plans with flood risk approved’

The World’s Poorest Most at Risk From Drought, Conflict

Aging dams could be next US infrastructure emergency

16 Asian nations to discuss disaster risk reduction

Volcanoes might have forced early humans out of Africa, altering the course of our evolution

Review of Economic Benefits from Fuel Reduction Treatments in the Fire Prone Forests of the Southwestern United States

Costs of wildfire are ever increasing, the amount of money allocated to pre-wildfire mitigation activities have exponentially decreased

How To Increase A City’s Resilience: The New Orleans Way

Non-structural disaster risk reduction measures are on average more cost efficient than their structural counterparts

How would an Alpine Fault quake affect NZ?

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected

There Won’t Be Resilient Coastal Cities in the 22nd Century

A conceptual approach for evaluating the multiple benefits of urban flood management practices

How a new playground is helping Rotterdam deal with its flooding problem

Fighting the recurrent threat of floods

Flood Management: The Soft Path

Emergency management

Cyclists rescue three from car at flooded ford

Mock Disaster Training Hones Response Skills

In Eastern North Carolina, Matthew ‘worse than Floyd’

Insurance and telecoms firms turn to drones for disaster recovery

The Herculean task facing Haiti

Firefighters can learn a lot from a dollhouse

Local Vietnamese Officials Say Dam Operators Made Flooding Worse

Zika and Ebola had a much worse effect on women: we need more research to address this in future

Women’s Experiences in Local Emergency Management

The effectiveness of early warning systems in the management of urban flooding in Nigeria

What Was It That Delivered Historic Rainfall to Louisiana?

Timely, Reliable Response to Natural Disasters Benefits Households and Economies—Substantially

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Restless Earth Workshop for Year 10 Geography students

A scientist who was encouraged to write her own press release

FloodHelpNY – Find out about NYC’s flood risk

Watch a simulation of an 8.0 earthquake striking Southern California

What’s the Plan, Stan? is a resource to support schools, teachers, students, and parents to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events

Kiwi kids will be better prepared for emergencies thanks to a new online teaching resource

The Shum Show: Spreading Like Wildfire

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention

Burchardi flood

Flood awareness event to learn more about the risks, what they can do to reduce them

A place for learning

The Great Washington ShakeOut

This couple’s idea of a romantic getaway is chasing tornadoes

Munich RE’s natural hazard information portal

Winner in tsunami awareness movie competition

Great learning resource for earthquakes, eruptions and emissions

Apps that help you get to know the world around you

Engaging short-term volunteers

Reframing Community Engagement – Loddon Catchment Natural Flood Risk Management workshop

Why is a Flood Report so important when buying a home?

Social media and emergency management

We’re sharing Facebook posts proactively to local groups, joining them and getting involved in the conversation

5 Steps for Handling Social Media During a Natural Disaster

Using social media to create virtual exchanges with refugees

Five ways that social media is changing journalism in the digital age

Agencies working together on the same platform to coordinate their emergency response on social media

Understanding social media use in nine easy graphs

Exploring the Impact of Emergency Responders’ Social Media Activity

Improving the Accessibility of Social Media in Government

Facebook now lets you poll your friends for local recommendations

Older man sitting in Hong Kong Starbucks during flooding goes viral on social media

Psychology and disasters

Differences in Empathic Concern and Perspective Taking Across 63 Countries

The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters

The Relationship of Acculturation Strategies to Resilience: The Moderating Impact of Social Support among Qiang Ethnicity following the 2008 Chinese Earthquake

We care when an airplane crashes. And then we don’t

Thousands of people didn’t evacuate before Hurricane Matthew. Why not?



4th Special Edition of the TIEMS Newsletter

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

Today in disaster resilience (2 September 2016)

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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 (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 (11 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Nepartak: Super-typhoon batters Taiwan disrupting power supplies, transport; at least three dead

Typhoon Nepartak: More than 400,000 people forced to flee as tropical storm strikes eastern China

Disaster risk reduction

Dar es Salaam suffers from both flooding and scarcity of water supplies

Research to aid volcanic warning for Auckland

Gendered terrain of disaster

China’s devastating floods can be traced back to corruption and overbuilding

Emergency management

Alberta Wildfires Costliest Disaster in Canadian History

Only halfway through 2016 and the U.S. has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters that have each met or exceeded $1 billion in damages

The head of Tasmania’s Flood Recovery Taskforce has warned it will take years to finish repairing all of the damage caused by last month’s deluge

Flood Early Warning SMS in Nepal

Psychology and disasters

PTSD should be an occupational illness

Social capital and disasters

The Case for Capitals