Today in disaster resilience (30 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency management

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

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

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

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

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

Social Media and Emergencies

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

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

Psychology and disasters

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

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Today in disaster resilience (27 May 2016)

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

Disaster risk reduction

New Houston Flood Czar Wants Everyone to Remember the Storm https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/houston-flooding-flood-czar

How Federal Flood Maps Ignore the Risks Of Climate Change http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/how-federal-flood-maps-ignore-the-risks-of-climate-change/?utm_content=buffer830ff&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

World Humanitarian Summit Wraps Up as Heat, Drought and State Fragility Plague South Asia https://climateandsecurity.org/2016/05/24/world-humanitarian-summit-wraps-up-as-heat-drought-and-state-fragility-plague-south-asia/

Italy – Millions at Risk of Floods and Landslides as Mitigation Projects Delayed http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-millions-risk-floods-landslides-mitigation-projects-delayed

UK winter floods to cost insurers $2 billion in pay-outs http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-floods-insurance-idUSKCN0YG0MG

Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia http://gci.uq.edu.au/coastal-property-owners-recognise-flooding-risk

“Flood resilience is not only about building dams and drains. It can be smaller solutions at the community level.” https://www.devex.com/news/innovative-visions-a-look-through-the-waterwindow-88165

Emergency management

How Joplin Tornadoes Inspired Two Entrepreneurs http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/-How-Joplin-tornadoes-inspired-two-entrepreneurs.html?utm_content=buffer0c7da&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Flood victims sue city of Houston http://www.click2houston.com/news/flood-victims-sue-city-of-Houston

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/24/portland-schools-ditch-textbooks-that-question-climate-change

Identify heat risk and actions https://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/human-health/extreme-heat%E2%80%94nihhis/nihhis-quick-start-guide

Coastal property owners recognise flooding risk, but there is little public willingness to adapt http://gci.uq.edu.au/coastal-property-owners-recognise-flooding-risk

Social Media and Emergencies

Twitter says usernames and images will no longer count against 140-character limit http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/24/11755416/twitter-removes-140-characters-limit-photos-usernames

 

Today in disaster resilience (26 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘We expect weeks, if not months, fighting this fire’ http://globalnews.ca/news/2718970/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-we-expect-weeks-if-not-months-fighting-this-fire/?platform=hootsuite

Russia Wildfire Is Size of Vermont and Delaware http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-wildfire-size-vermont-delaware-greenpeace-says-n579311

Wild weather in central US https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/severe-storms-plains-midwest

India – 2 Dead in Manipur Floods, Several Rivers Overflowing After Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/asia/india-2-dead-manipur-floods-several-rivers-overflowing-heavy-rain

Sri Lanka rain death toll hits 101 as waters recede http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-rain-death-toll/2814012.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

El Niño is over, but has left its mark across the world https://theconversation.com/el-nino-is-over-but-has-left-its-mark-across-the-world-59823

2016 Indian Heatwave: May smashes heat records in India http://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/may-temperature-breaks-all-time-weather-record/

Disaster risk reduction

100 Resilient Cities announces hundredth member, but ‘work is only just beginning’ http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/25/rockefeller-100-resilient-cities-washington-lagos-manchester-belfast?utm_content=buffer93060&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

UN and businesses team up to prevent and respond to crises http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/48962

 

How Zika Spiraled Out of Control http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-zika-spiraled-out-of-control1/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

Emergency management

New team trying to stop another year of massive Indonesian wildfires http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/48981

The 2011 Thai floods: An urban political ecology analysis https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-2011-thai-floods-an-urban-political-ecology-analysis/

Implementing Sendai to reduce humanitarian burden http://reliefweb.int/report/world/implementing-sendai-reduce-humanitarian-burden

Most comprehensive report globally on Australian flood fatalities http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-2735

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Five Questions to Ask About Flood Insurance http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/five-questions-to-ask-about-flood-insurance/

Using art to catch people’s attention about wildfire messages http://fireadaptednetwork.org/a-different-approach-to-our-wildfire-message/

NASA’s Earth Minute: Sea level rise https://sealevel.nasa.gov/resources/72

Thirty Million Film http://thirtymillionfilm.org/

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created w/ Computer Animation. http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html

This app lets rescue workers send offline alerts when disaster strikes

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11711686/firechat-alerts-app-natural-disaster-mesh-network

Social Media and Emergencies

Using social media for emergency management in rural areas https://www.shawngossman.com/social-media-emergency-management-rural/

Social Networks: Interpersonal ties matter https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/social-networks-interpersonal-ties-matter-eric-kant

With social media, “we could have saved more lives” – Sri Lankan floods and landslides http://news.trust.org/item/20160525093734-sr76y/?source=fiOtherNews2

Social Capital and Disasters

Small town’s motto after flood became #WimberleyStrong http://www.ksat.com/news/wimberely-historic-flood-blanco-river-town-rebuilding-memorial-day

Today in disaster resilience (23 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

State’s wildfire season gets off to abrupt, early start http://komonews.com/news/local/states-wildfire-season-gets-off-to-abrupt-early-start

The Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/05/19/aranayake-1/

Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia killing 7 http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/22/asia/indonesia-mt-sinabung-volcano-erupts/index.html

Half a million flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/deaths-cyclone-roanu-pounds-bangladesh-160521135642512.html

Record-breaking rain in North Queensland

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-22/record-breaking-may-rain-bom-cairns-weipa-cooktown/7435550

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures https://robertscribbler.com/2016/05/20/wet-bulb-near-35-c-heatwave-mass-casualties-strike-india-amidst-never-before-seen-high-temperatures/

When the Rains Disappear: Drought Grips Pacific Islands http://www.climatecentral.org/news/el-nino-drought-grips-pacific-islands-20317?utm_content=buffer6e5ef&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth’s Poles http://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/study-helps-explain-sea-ice-differences-at-earths-poles

As European glaciers dwindle, dams could replace them https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519220604.htm

Sydney And Melbourne Copping Record May Heat. The Reason Why Is Scary http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/05/17/sydney-and-melbourne-copping-record-may-heat-the-reason-why-is/

Climate change demands an electrifying solution http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/climate-change-demands-an-electrifying-solution/

Disaster risk reduction

Norfolk: A Resilient City Taking Action http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/norfolk-a-resilient-city-taking-action#/-_Yz5jJmg%2FMSd1PWI%3D/

Alpine fault rupture research http://www.rebuildchristchurch.co.nz/blog/2016/5/eqc-alpine-fault-rupture-research

A World at Risk report http://wfpusa.org/world-risk-humanitarian-response-crossroads-0

Canada fires continue, set to be largest insured wildfire loss ever

http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2016/05/20/canada-fires-continue-set-to-be-largest-insured-wildfire-loss-ever/

New online tool for the development community, which enables non-experts to consider natural hazard information in project design http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/05/20/thinkhazard-tool/

Cumbria’s approach to protecting communities from floods could be adopted across England http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2016/05/20/cumbrias-approach-protecting-communities-floods-adopted-across-england/

Emergency management

Is there a leadership gap in humanitarian relief? https://www.devex.com/news/is-there-a-leadership-gap-in-humanitarian-relief-88146?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=daily_post

Leave no one behind: Women, children and adolescent health in emergencies https://www.devex.com/news/leave-no-one-behind-women-children-and-adolescent-health-in-emergencies-88101

IoT Provides Affordable Earthquake Early Warning to Communities http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-armitano/iot-provides-affordable-e_b_10055446.html

Kyushu quakes spur national rethink of guidelines for emergency supplies http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/22/national/social-issues/kyushu-quakes-spur-national-rethink-guidelines-emergency-supplies/#.V0I7FDV97IU

Can a new ‘global alliance’ rethink disaster response in cities? http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/20/global-alliance-urban-crises-disaster-response-ebola-humanitarian

Disaster education, communications and engagement

When building community resilience, you need to look inside within your own community as well as outside within the context of your broader community https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-re-defining-broadening-satyamoorthy-kabilan

FEMA Announces 2016 Youth Preparedness Council Members http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/05/17/fema-announces-2016-youth-preparedness-council-members?utm_content=bufferab939&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

This app lets rescue workers send offline alerts when disaster strikes http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/19/11711686/firechat-alerts-app-natural-disaster-mesh-network

Social Media and Emergencies

Networking in science data collaboration using social media http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2016/05/20/data-science-collaboration-community-building/

The Live map’s been available in the Facebook app for about a month, but it’s now accessible via desktop http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/facebook-updates-live-streaming-map-extends-access-desktop

Possible to derive important demographicinformation from Twitter data if we’re prepared to think creatively http://nsmnss.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/who-tweets-making-twitter-data-useful.html