Today in disaster resilience (17 May 2019)

disaster

Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Flooding Continues Along the Mississippi https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145029/flooding-continues-along-the-mississippi

Intense heatwave claims at least 111 lives, India https://watchers.news/2019/05/11/intense-heatwave-claims-at-least-111-lives-india/

Houston braces for more flooding; Louisiana declares state of emergency https://news.yahoo.com/houston-braces-more-flooding-louisiana-123300363.html

Flash floods cause major freight train derailment in Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/05/12/flash-floods-cause-major-freight-train-derailment-in-mississippi/

Flooding turns Ontario neighbourhood into island accessible only by boat https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/flooding-turns-ontario-neighbourhood-into-island-accessible-only-by-boat-1.4418663

Italy – Evacuations and Rescues After Floods and Landslides in North http://floodlist.com/europe/italy-emilia-romagna-floods-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – Flooding Prompts Mississippi and Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/mississippi-louisiana-may-2019

Indonesia and East Timor – Cyclone Lili Causes Flooding and Wind Damage http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-east-timor-cyclone-lili-may-2019

Romania – Flooding in 11 Counties Leaves Homes, Roads and Bridges Damaged http://floodlist.com/europe/romania-11-counties-flood-may-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 May 2019: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/80149/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-16-May-2019-Karymsky-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventad.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Torres Strait Islanders are bringing the first climate change case against the Australian federal government over human rights http://ourislandsourhome.com.au/

Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/lens/climate-change-josh-haner-air-land-and-sea.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

The World’s Last Coal Plant Will Soon Be Built https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-15/coal-s-end-foreshadowed-in-iea-s-plant-investment-report

Antarctic instability ‘is spreading’ https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48249287

The Music of Climate Change http://drlucyjones.com/the-music-of-climate-change/

How ocean melts Antarctic Ice Sheet https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515110307.htm?utm_content=buffer6a8be&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

 

Disaster risk reduction

Facing Floods, Towns Call for New Controls on the Great Rivers https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-floods-towns-call-for-new-controls-on-the-great-rivers-11557480600

Global Platform for Risk Reduction 2019 https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/climate_change/global-platform-for-risk-reduction-2019/

Actors’ diversity and the resilience of social-ecological systems to global change https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0236-z

Traditional Indigenous knowledge supports flood mitigation research in James Bay region https://www.folio.ca/traditional-indigenous-knowledge-supports-flood-mitigation-research-in-james-bay-region/

Consultation on a new flood and coast strategy for England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-chair-calls-for-new-approach-to-flood-and-coastal-resilience

Floods have ravaged Hamilton for over a century. Can outsiders persuade the town to move? https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/floods-have-ravaged-hamilton-for-over-a-century-can-outsiders-persuade-the-town-to-move/

Hurricane Florence: Building Resilience For The New Normal https://www.i-s-e-t.org/hurricane-florence-resilience

Meteorology for Disaster Managers Masterclass https://www.aidr.org.au/events/20324?locationId=20325&utm_source=Collective+Trauma+Events&utm_campaign=4be935a39f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_06_11_49_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_73e42e11b3-4be935a39f-223472061

Socioeconomic and data challenges: Disaster risk reduction in Europe https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65182

Charleston City Council puts off vote on elevation rules for new buildings https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-city-council-puts-off-vote-on-elevation-rules-for/

Today’s Floods Occur Along “a Very Different” Mississippi River https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/todays-floods-occur-along-a-very-different-mississippi-river/?redirect=1

2019 edition released: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster https://gar.unisdr.org/

Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience https://shelterforce.org/2019/05/13/the-uncertain-flood-zone/risk

No extreme flood risk in forecast for Calgary, but city says it’s prepared for one https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-flood-risk-assessment-city-prepared-1.5135759?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The relative importance of different flood‐generating mechanisms across Europe https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR024841

UN official highlights need for disaster risk reduction in Caribbean http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20190514/un-official-highlights-need-disaster-risk-reduction-caribbean

Cloud-Enabled Resilience: London’s Answer To Flood Risk https://www.wateronline.com/doc/cloud-enabled-resilience-london-s-answer-to-flood-risk-0001

Flood jargon https://blogs.egu.eu/geolog/2019/03/28/geosciences-column-flooded-by-jargon/

Applying ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in the Lukaya Basin, DRC https://panorama.solutions/en/solution/applying-ecosystem-based-disaster-risk-reduction-eco-drr-integrated-water-resource

ISciences Worldwide Waterwatch May 2019 https://www.isciences.com/blog/2019/05/15/isciences-worldwide-water-watch-list-may-2019

Gilbert White and the Flood Problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F0oiXg1Lc4&feature=youtu.be

Louisiana Unveils Ambitious Plan to Help People Get Out of the Way of Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-louisiana-strategic-plan/

Words into Action guideline: Developing national disaster risk reduction strategies https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/65095

Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities: Boosting community resilience https://floodresilience.net/blogs/flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-boosting-community-resilience

More Than 30,000 Earthquakes Trace the Movement of Magma https://eos.org/articles/more-than-30000-earthquakes-trace-the-movement-of-magma

UK Flood Hydrology Road Map Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FloodHydrology/

In Tanzania, Citizen Scientists Help Reduce Flood Risk with Soil Sampling https://www.marketscreener.com/news/World-Bank-In-Tanzania-Citizen-Scientists-Help-Reduce-Flood-Risk-with-Soil-Sampling–28604944/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=20190515&utm_source=dlvr.it

 

Emergency Management

How the University of Iowa Recovered From the ‘Unfathomable’ Flood That Ruined It https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/climate/iowa-floods-disasters-lessons-learned.html

‘We’re just gobsmacked’: Freak weather destroys life saving club https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-re-just-gobsmacked-freak-weather-destroys-life-saving-club-20190510-p51m6d.html

Strengthening Disaster Recovery Efforts Across the Globe http://www.thepattersonfoundation.org/blog/strengthening-disaster-recovery-efforts-across-the-globe.html

After the floods: the struggle for survival in a tiny Mississippi town https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/mississippi-floods-tchula-william-barber-poverty

Recovering livelihoods after disaster strikes https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/recovering-livelihoods-after-disaster-strikes.html

Multiple Survey Technologies Speed Flood Response https://www.pobonline.com/articles/101637-multiple-survey-technologies-speed-flood-response

California Says PG&E Power Lines Caused Fire That Killed 85 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/business/energy-environment/pge-camp-fire-california.html

Many fire-prone California towns don’t plan for evacuations

https://apnews.com/4eb3806b4c5c448f985646d91ce03c20

Public health and natural hazards: new policies and preparedness initiatives developed from an Australian bushfire case study https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1753-6405.12897

Should Hurricane Warnings Say More About Water, Less About Wind? https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Should-Hurricane-Warnings-Say-More-About-Water-Less-About-Wind.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Raising awareness of the 30days30waysUK campaign https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2019/may/postgraduate-student-travels-to-un-headquarters/

Tsunami evacuation drills for schools https://feature.undp.org/lessons-for-life/

Edmontonians learn about emergency preparedness at annual event https://globalnews.ca/news/5267340/edmonton-emergency-preparedness-annual-event/

Company is selling “disaster preparedness for everybody”

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/09/meet-the-prepared-the-media-company-pitching-disaster-preparedness-for-everyone/

Your iPhone Could Save Your Life: 6 iPhone Emergency Features https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-emergency-features/

Curious Kids: how do bushfires start? https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-how-do-bushfires-start-116664?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

How to talk to kids about climate change without scaring them https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-talking-to-kids/

World media unite for DRR at Global Platform https://www.unisdr.org/archive/65369

Come together against flooding https://www.smallholder.co.uk/news/17636228.come-together-against-flooding/

 

Disaster psychology

Psychology of Behaviour in an Emergency https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/psychology-of-behaviour-in-an-emergency-tickets-60747997897

 

Sociology and Disasters

Anthropologists providing advice on how to engage with crucial socio-cultural and political dimensions of the Ebola outbreak http://www.ebola-anthropology.net/

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Today in disaster resilience (10 May 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Historic Mississippi River flooding could extend into June, experts warn https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/04/mississippi-river-flooding-rains-drench-midwest-could-last-june/1102855001/

Very strong M7.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2019/05/06/papua-new-guinea-earthquake-may-6-2019/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Fani” forced one of the biggest human evacuations in history, death toll rises to 30 https://watchers.news/2019/05/05/tropical-cyclone-fani-forced-one-of-the-biggest-human-evacuations-in-history-death-toll-rises-to-30/

Historic Arctic outbreak affecting Europe and northern Africa https://watchers.news/2019/05/06/historic-arctic-outbreak-affecting-europe-and-northern-africa/

Bajo Llojeta: a major landslide, with dramatic videos, in La Paz, Bolivia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/05/03/bajo-llojeta-1/#.XNGfvFc8olg.twitter

Indonesia – Houses Destroyed, 1 Person Dead After Flash Floods in North Sumatra http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-north-sumatra-samosir-flash-floods-may-2019

USA – Flash Floods Prompt Emergency Rescues and Evacuations in Texas and Kansas http://floodlist.com/america/usa/texas-kansas-flash-floods-may-2019

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 May 2019: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventado https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/79786/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-9-May-2019-Fuego-volcano-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Planchon-Pete.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Insurance experts rank climate change as top risk for 2019 https://grist.org/article/insurance-experts-rank-climate-change-as-top-risk-for-2019/

Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/environment/2019/04/climate-change-economic-inequality-growing?__twitter_impression=true

Climate Change Is Having a Major Impact on Global Health https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-having-a-major-impact-on-global-health/

Higher frequency of Central Pacific El Niño events in recent decades relative to past centuries https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0353-3

Climate change turns Cyclone Fani so severe https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/climate-change-turns-cyclone-fani-so-severe/articleshow/69179042.cms

Urban Heat Islands Don’t Explain Climate Change – Here’s The Bigger Problem https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/05/06/urban-heat-islands-dont-explain-climate-change-heres-the-bigger-problem/

Towards More Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/eaua/current

Climate change a bigger threat to Australia’s interests than terrorism, Lowy Institute poll suggests https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-08/australians-think-climate-change-bigger-threat-than-terrorism/11091276

Floods prompt city to think fast on climate change planning https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/climate-change-adaptation-city-ottawa-explainer-1.5124436?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

The marginal electorate climate change will ‘devastate’, according to experts https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-marginal-electorate-climate-change-will-devastate-according-to-experts

Climate change is a major threat to Australia’s financial stability, and poses substantial systemic economic risks https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/compound-costs-how-climate-change-damages-australias-economy/

Paraguay – Emergency Declared After Floods Worsen in South http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-emergency-declared-neembucu-may-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/09/climate-crisis-flooding-threat-may-force-uk-towns-to-be-abandoned?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

U.S. Has the Most Climate-Change Deniers of Any Rich Country: Survey https://www.truthdig.com/articles/u-s-has-the-most-climate-change-deniers-of-any-rich-country-survey/

Roughly 850,000 Australian homes — nearly one in 10 — could be “uninsurable” within a few generations unless there are fundamental changes to where and how properties are built, a leading climate analyst says https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-13/climate-data-reveals-australias-worst-affected-regions/10892710

Almost half of World Heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100 https://www.discoverwildlife.com/news/natural-world-heritage-sites-glaciers/

As climate shifts bring ‘horror movie’ floods, Rio struggles to adjust http://news.trust.org/item/20190509090901-vet3q/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Influence of road characteristics on flood fatalities in Australia https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2019.1609407

D.C. Is First to Plan to Remove, Retrofit Flood-Prone Buildings https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-29/d-c-is-first-to-plan-to-remove-retrofit-flood-prone-buildings

Natural disasters could be far less damaging with better building codes https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/441890-natural-disasters-could-be-far-less-damaging-with-better-building#.XNA3SsRRIgc.twitter

Timescape of disaster risk governance in contemporary Japan: Neither state of normalcy nor constancy in regulation https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0215164

Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here’s what we can do about it https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/climate-change-floods-1.5115447?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

A new study unveils the increasing exposure of coastal communities to minor and extreme floods as sea levels rise https://eos.org/research-spotlights/as-sea-levels-rise-expect-more-floods

As resilience moves from technical term to buzzword, there’s value to be had in clarifying exactly what it is we’re talking about https://ensia.com/articles/what-is-resilience/

The mystery of India’s erratic monsoon can be found in the Indian ocean https://www.businessinsider.in/the-mystery-of-indias-erratic-monsoon-can-be-found-in-the-indian-ocean/articleshow/69215027.cms

Flood insurance difficult to obtain for homeowners at repeated risk https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/flood-insurance-difficult-to-obtain-for-homeowners-at-repeated-risk-1.4409568

What determines resilience to fire in Tasmanian montane rainforest? https://firecentre.org.au/event/what-determines-resilience-to-fire-in-tasmanian-montane-rainforest/

Native honey industry beekeepers say prescribed burns leave forests with less frequent flowering https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-05-07/prescribed-burns-impact-on-native-honey-industry/11087164

Midwestern Floods Pit Communities Against One Another as Levees Rise Ever Higher https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/flood-midwest-levees.html

Re-framing Urban Resilience Implementation: bridging the gap between theories and practices https://www.journals.elsevier.com/cities/call-for-papers/re-framing-urban-resilience-implementation

Indicators Point Toward Worse Great Lakes Flooding Than 2017 http://floodlist.com/america/indicators-point-toward-worse-great-lakes-flooding-than-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Rabaul Caldera – a dangerous system https://volcanohotspot.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/rabaul-caldera-a-most-dangerous-system/

Sendai Target E: Just one more year to go! https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/sendai-target-e–just-one-more-year-to-go-.html

Using R in hydrology: a review of recent developments and future directions https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2019-50/

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/planning-environment/flooding/Local_Flood_Risk_Management_Strategy.asp

Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk https://www.ecomagazine.com/news/science/researchers-develop-better-way-to-determine-coastal-flooding-risk

Coral reefs provide flood protection worth $1.8 billion every year – it’s time to protect them http://theconversation.com/coral-reefs-provide-flood-protection-worth-1-8-billion-every-year-its-time-to-protect-them-116636?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Across Australia’s central deserts, floodwaters are filling Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, but with the water comes a message: let the rivers run https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-09/lake-eyre-is-a-wild-river-system-left-to-run-its-course/11035506

Climate change and population growth in England meant that properties built in the floodplain will double over the next 50 years https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48206325

How Earth’s continents became twisted and contorted over millions of years https://theconversation.com/how-earths-continents-became-twisted-and-contorted-over-millions-of-years-116168

Nations Work Together to Size Up Caribbean Tsunami Hazards https://eos.org/project-updates/nations-work-together-to-size-up-caribbean-tsunami-hazards

Comparing Modeled Emissions from Wildfire and Prescribed Burning of Post-Thinning Fuel: A Case Study of the 2016 Pioneer Fire https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/2/2/22/htm

Inside the Megafire https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/inside-the-megafire/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=20190509&utm_content=2285094408&utm_campaign=NOVA&linkId=66843008

Estimation of exposed population to landslides and floods risk areas in Brazil, on an intra-urban scale https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918300359

 

Emergency Management

How Do You Save a Million People From a Cyclone? Ask a Poor State in India https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/world/asia/cyclone-fani-india-evacuations.html

Six months after the Camp Fire, a devastated community hopes to rebuild — if it can https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2019/rebuilding-paradise/

Command-and-control, emergency powers, and the failure to observe United Nations disaster management principles following the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312548

80 homes to be built after Durban flood thanks to Gift of the Givers https://www.goodthingsguy.com/people/80-homes-rebuilt-durban/

A conceptual framework for measuring livelihood resilience: Relocation experience from Aceh, Indonesia https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332787868_A_conceptual_framework_for_measuring_livelihood_resilience_Relocation_experience_from_Aceh_Indonesia

Alberta’s wildfire season is here and some communities are already on red alert https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/2019/05/05/albertas-wildfire-season-is-here-and-some-communities-are-already-on-red-alert.html

Hurricane Maria Prompts Rare Investigation into Building Damage https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hurricane-maria-prompts-rare-investigation-into-building-damage/

Indonesia’s flood and landslide-rattled province struggles to recover https://www.poandpo.com/news/123-552019529/

‘Severe’ long-term impact seen on rural communities hit by flooding in Eastern Canada https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-severe-long-term-impact-seen-on-rural-communities-hit-by-flooding-in/

Hurricane Harvey flooding victims get their day in federal court https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hurricane-Harvey-flooding-victims-get-their-day-13823974.php

Mozambique faces enormous challenges https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/after-cyclone-idai-mozambique-needs-new-natural-disaster-prevention-and-city-planning?platform=hootsuite

Magpies and Hawks fly as one for Emergency Services Match https://www.collingwoodfc.com.au/news/2019-05-08/magpies-and-hawks-fly-as-one-for-emergency-services-match

Universality of population recovery patterns after disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332897478_Universality_of_population_recovery_patterns_after_disasters

Integration of early warning systems and young professionals https://hepex.irstea.fr/integration-of-early-warning-systems-and-young-professionals/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

‘We stood in shock’: what happens to a city after a disaster? A cartoon https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/03/we-stood-in-shock-what-happens-to-a-city-after-a-hurricane-a-cartoon-after-maria?CMP=share_btn_tw

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/harnessing-creativity-change-art-resilience

Public Safety Communications Ten Keys to Improving Emergency Alerts, Warnings & Notifications https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/safecom-ncswic_ten_keys_to_improving_awns_4.26.19_-_final_section_508_compliant.pdf

Children can foster climate change concern among their parents https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0463-3

New Futures Hackathon for Disaster Resilience https://www.newfutureshackathon.com/#intro

Facebook gives social scientists unprecedented access to its user data https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01447-5?utm_source=twt_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf212268244=1

Special Collection – Social Media and Politics https://journals.sagepub.com/topic/sgo-subjects/3468/sgo

Facebook data show how many people left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.sciencenews.org/article/facebook-data-show-how-many-people-left-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria

 

Disaster psychology

A Growing Number of US Flood Survivors Seek Answers https://truthout.org/articles/a-growing-number-of-us-flood-survivors-seek-answers/

‘Climate change erodes mental health,’ says psychiatrist https://www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/climate-change-erodes-mental-health-says-psychiatrist-1.5114654

 

Sociology and Disasters

Substitute or complement? How social capital, age and socioeconomic status interacted to impact mortality in Japan’s 3/11 tsunami https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352827319300308?via%3Dihub

‘Falling through the cracks’: vulnerable U.S. homeowners overlooked after disasters http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=7f6b919f-5fba-4ab7-85d7-946587627861

Today in disaster resilience (3 May 2019)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cyclone Fani: India evacuates 800,000 from coastal areas https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/02/tropical-cyclone-fani-india-evacuates-800000-people?CMP=share_btn_tw&__twitter_impression=true

30 million under flash flood watches from Texas to Illinois, after severe storms kill 2 in Oklahoma https://www.foxnews.com/us/flash-flood-watch-texas-illinois-midwest-severe-weather?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cyclone Kenneth: UN says Mozambique may need another huge aid effort https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/25/cyclone-kenneth-mozambique-hit-by-strongest-storm-ever

Bolivia – La Paz Landslide Leaves 3 Missing and Over 40 Houses Destroyed http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-la-paz-landslide-april-2019

Canada – Thousands Evacuated After Rivers Flood in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario http://floodlist.com/america/canada-flood-in-quebec-new-brunswick-ontario-april-may-2019

Indonesia – Thousands Displaced as Floods and Landslides Kill at Least 30 http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-jakarta-bengkulu-lampung-april-2019

Very large tornado hits east of Bucharest, Romania https://watchers.news/2019/04/30/tornado-drajna-romania-april-2019/

At least 5 killed, 61 injured as severe dust storm sweeps through Iraq https://watchers.news/2019/05/02/at-least-5-killed-61-injured-as-severe-dust-storm-sweeps-through-iraq/

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 May 2019: Shiveluch volcano, Dukono, Kerinci, Reventador, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/79404/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-2-May-2019-Shiveluch-volcano-Dukono-Kerinci-Reventador-Sakurajima-.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Photo exhibition: Myanmar’s Climate change http://www.yangonphoto.com/exhibitions/climate-change-in-myanmar/#more-1975

Guidance for Environment Agency staff on how to understand and address climate risks and impacts in our strategies and plans using our Climate impacts tool https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/climate-impacts-tool

MIT podcast breaks down the facts on climate change http://news.mit.edu/2019/mit-tilclimate-podcast-breaks-down-climate-change-facts-0502

April reached a new record Arctic low sea ice extent https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

How a price on carbon reduces emissions https://www.pembina.org/pub/how-price-carbon-reduces-emissions

Climate change: What is a climate emergency? https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47570654

In a Warming World, Evidence of a Human ‘Fingerprint’ on Drought https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/climate/global-warming-drought-human-influence.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Climate change link to global droughts goes back a century, study finds https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-link-to-global-droughts-goes-back-a-century-study-finds-20190501-p51j2n.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1556756104

Climate change: UK ‘can cut emissions to nearly zero’ by 2050 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48122911

The Vicious Climate-Wildfire Cycle https://blog.ucsusa.org/carly-phillips/the-vicious-climate-wildfire-cycle#.XMtV4F-GG5g.twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Contingency plans at FEMA and NASA – in case of asteroid strike https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/24/nasa-fema-and-international-partners-are-planning-an-asteroid-impact-exercise/

Storm-chaser snagged cyclonic winds with deft drone piloting in Oklahoma https://www.dpreview.com/news/9706116988/storm-chaser-captures-incredible-tornado-footage-with-a-drone

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record https://www.newscientist.com/article/2200502-the-uk-has-already-had-more-wildfires-in-2019-than-any-year-on-record/

Understanding Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2019/05/02/understanding_hekla_and_eyjafjallajokull/

Burn notice: Fire’s reality in the 21st century https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/34468/burn-notice-fires-reality-in-the-21st-century/

New sensors protect vulnerable Malawians against deadly lightning https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/05/1037721

Mapping America’s wicked weather and deadly disasters https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/mapping-disasters/

Calculating the Risk of Rare Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/calculating-the-risk-of-rare-floods

Trudeau says country must talk about how and where to rebuild after floods https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-trudeau-says-country-must-talk-about-how-and-where-to-rebuild-after-2/

Mapping flood risk is a never-ending calculation https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/mapping-flood-risk-is-a-never-ending-calculation

 

Emergency Management

Resilience, Adaptation, and Inertia: Lessons from Disaster Recovery in a Time of Climate Change https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332803856_Resilience_Adaptation_and_Inertia_Lessons_from_Disaster_Recovery_in_a_Time_of_Climate_Change

Effective diversity in emergency management organisations: the long road https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-april-2019-effective-diversity-in-emergency-management-organisations-the-long-road/

Man plummets off 300-foot cliff into caldera of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-plummets-off-300-foot-202237982.html?.tsrc=fauxdal

Cyclone Kenneth: Stories of resilience and generosity amid the destruction https://www.unocha.org/story/cyclone-kenneth-stories-resilience-and-generosity-amid-destruction

City Managers and Elected Officials Play a Key Role in Disaster Response https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/City-County-Managers-Are-Key-in-Disaster-Planning-and-Response.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch 60 Years Of Eruptions Shake The Planet In This Amazing Animation https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2019/04/30/watch-60-years-of-eruptions-shake-the-planet-in-this-amazing-animation/#194febf264bf

FEMA Readiness Dispatch: Is Your Community Financially Prepared for Disaster? https://www.hstoday.us/federal-pages/dhs/fema-dhs-federal-pages/fema-readiness-dispatch-is-your-community-financially-prepared-for-disaster/

 

Disaster psychology

Flood victims need more psychological support, says PTSD expert https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/flood-victims-need-more-psychological-support-says-ptsd-expert

‘It’s very emotional…it’s their lives’: What it’s like for soldiers rescuing flood victims, pets https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/it-s-very-emotional-it-s-their-lives-what-it-s-like-for-soldiers-rescuing-flood-victims-pets-1.5116947

 

Sociology and Disasters

Community resilience in response to the 2010 tsunami in Chile: The survival of a small-scale fishing community https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328739974_Community_resilience_in_response_to_the_2010_tsunami_in_Chile_The_survival_of_a_small-scale_fishing_community

Today in disaster resilience (5 April 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-floods-idUSKCN1RB068

Iran calls emergency in flood-threatened southwest province https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-floods-idUKKCN1RB0FJ

Severe thunderstorm in Nepal leaves 25 dead, hundreds injured http://news.trust.org/item/20190331193946-kc1mu/

China forest blaze: 30 firefighters killed in Sichuan https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47772483

Strong dust devil hits playground in China’s Henan, 18 children injured https://watchers.news/2019/03/31/dust-devil-playground-china-march-31-2019/

Floods Demolish 25,000 Houses Across Iran, Damage 60,000 Others https://en.radiofarda.com/a/floods-demolish-25-000-houses-across-iran-damage-60-000-others/29854736.html

At least 180 people in Zimbabwe known to have been killed by landslides triggered by Idai https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/02/terrawatch-cyclone-idai-reveals-secondary-impact-of-climate-change

Flash Floods Hit Iran Again as Western Province Submerged https://www.voanews.com/a/flash-floods-hit-iran-again-as-western-province-submerged/4857979.html

Peru – Thousands Hit by Floods in San Martín and Junín Regions http://floodlist.com/america/peru-san-martin-junin-march-april2019

Indonesian Mount Agung erupts again, sparking panic among locals, Bali https://watchers.news/2019/04/04/agung-eruption-april-3-2019/

Flooding in Paraguay’s capital http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/flooding-in-paraguay-s-capital-due-to-heavy-rain/article/546829

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Apr 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Ibu, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/78096/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Apr-2019-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Ibu-Dukono-Reventa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A record share of Australians say humans cause climate change: poll https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-record-share-of-australians-say-humans-cause-climate-change-poll-20190328-p518go.html

Cyclone Idai and the New Reality of Climate Change in Africa https://www.cfr.org/blog/cyclone-idai-and-new-reality-climate-change-africa?utm_medium=social_share&utm_source=tw

Climate change and when human nature can lead to rejection of science https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-31/climate-change-when-human-nature-leads-to-rejection-of-science/10952244

Islands are just disappearing https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/are-islands-disappearing

New report launch: Climate change – Liability risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64534

Australia swelters through the warmest March on record https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-01/2019-hottest-march-on-record-in-australia/10959828

Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate https://www.eli.org/sites/default/files/images/49.10320_.pdf

When the dike breaks: How climate change threatens Maritime lowlands https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/climate-change-threatens-dikes-1.5077253

Canada warming at twice the global rate, leaked report finds https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canada-warming-at-twice-the-global-rate-leaked-report-finds-1.5079765

Building For An Uncertain Future: Miami Residents Adapt To The Changing Climate https://www.npr.org/2019/03/31/706940085/building-for-an-uncertain-future-miami-residents-adapt-to-the-changing-climate

UK Climate Projections 2018: From science to policy making https://cabot-institute.blogspot.com/2019/04/uk-climate-projections-2018-from.html

In ‘The Wall,’ Climate Change Pushes Us Further Apart https://chireviewofbooks.com/2019/03/27/in-the-wall-climate-change-pushes-us-further-apart/

For a flooded Midwest, climate forecasts offer little comfort https://theconversation.com/for-a-flooded-midwest-climate-forecasts-offer-little-comfort-114140

2018 was boom year for renewables despite political chaos, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/04/2018-was-boom-year-for-renewables-despite-political-chaos-report-finds?CMP=share_btn_tw

How tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to plan for climate change https://www.nationofchange.org/2019/04/01/how-tribes-are-harnessing-cutting-edge-data-to-plan-for-climate-change/

Personalized risk messaging can reduce climate concerns https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959378018304655?dgcid=raven_sd_via_email

“The Invading Sea” wins national journalism award for editorial leadership https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2019/04/02/the-invading-sea-wins-national-journalism-award-for-editorial-leadership/?fbclid=IwAR1J31GBBvsClzS3udyjsusA_d_Ybx3lufWCTfcS-dd31Bg6vBqZgpS4fuI

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/03/south-pole-tree-fossils-indicate-impact-of-climate-change

Iceberg History May Explain Climate Change http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/19387/20190330/iceberg-history-may-explain-climate-change.htm

It’s raining on Greenland’s ice sheet. That’s a big problem https://grist.org/article/its-raining-on-greenlands-ice-sheet-thats-a-big-problem/

Insurers slam budget’s ‘short-sighted’ climate measures https://www.afr.com/news/politics/national/insurers-slam-budget-s-short-sighted-climate-measures-20190403-p51a93

7 American cities that could disappear by 2100 https://www.businessinsider.com.au/american-cities-disappear-sea-level-rise-2100-2019-3?

Great Lakes are rapidly warming, likely to trigger more flooding and extreme weather https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/great-lakes-climate-warming-1.5065922

 

Disaster risk reduction

‘Breaches Everywhere’: Flooding Bursts Midwest Levees, and Tough Questions Follow https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/31/us/midwest-floods-levees.html

New Report Calls for Different Approaches to Predict and Understand Urban Flooding http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=25381#.XJ5VP1vLYEI.twitter

The multibillion disaster centered in Nebraska will spread this spring https://earther.gizmodo.com/how-historic-flooding-in-the-midwest-could-fuel-the-gul-1833615535?IR=T

Answer to Missouri River flood control found in serene waters of Cora Island https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-answer-to-missouri-river-flood-control-found-in-serene/article_9706ea70-8f4b-5590-ab17-28dd87631fc4.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

The Mocoa Debris Flow: an analysis of the causes and effects https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/03/29/mocoa-debris-flow/

Colombia: Merged satellite, ground data may forecast volcanic eruptions https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64529

An Update from 100 Resilient Cities http://100resilientcities.org/update-from-100rc/

Earthquake safety law could put California’s hospitals in ‘financial distress,’ report warns https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article228588474.html

California Earthquake Early Warning System Gets an Early Test https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/California-Earthquake-Early-Warning-System-Gets-an-Early-Test.html

Large volcanic eruptions can alter hurricane strength and frequency https://phys.org/news/2019-04-large-volcanic-eruptions-hurricane-strength.html

Corps studies improving New Orleans levees to keep pace with hurricane flood risk https://www.nola.com/environment/2019/04/corps-studies-improving-new-orleans-levees-to-keep-pace-with-hurricane-flood-risk.html

An Unmitigated Disaster: Shifting from Response and Recovery to Mitigation for an Insurable Future https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s13753-019-0214-0?

The Face of Disasters 2019 http://www.seedsindia.org/faceofdisasters/

Asia must prioritize disaster resilience in face of growing risks https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64601?platform=hootsuite

A ‘seiche’ wave can outpace a tsunami, and both can be triggered by meteorites and earthquakes https://theconversation.com/a-seiche-wave-can-outpace-a-tsunami-and-both-can-be-triggered-by-meteorites-and-earthquakes-114753

Using Drones to Improve Flood Forecasts https://www.uasvision.com/2019/04/04/using-drones-to-improve-flood-forecasts/

Limitations of FEMA flood maps https://www.globalweatherclimatecenter.com/flood-events-topics/limitations-of-fema-flood-maps-credit-science

 

Emergency Management

In major change, feds could pay less to victims https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060131529

Puerto Rican families fled Hurricane Maria’s destruction to Panama City. Months later, Michael struck https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-hurricane-survivors-maria-michael-20190328-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

Dramatic drone footage reveals Cyclone Idai’s devastating power https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/26/africa/mozambique-drone-footage-cyclone-idai-intl/index.html

Governments meet in Fiji to address displacement caused by disasters and climate change in Pacific island States https://reliefweb.int/report/world/governments-meet-fiji-address-displacement-caused-disasters-and-climate-change-pacific

The National Disaster Resilience Strategy sets New Zealand’s vision and long-term goals for civil defence emergency management https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/cdem-sector/plans-and-strategies/proposed-national-disaster-resilience-strategy/

The role of businesses in community recovery https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/64528

According To Satellite Data, “At Least 1 Million Acres Of U.S. Farmland” Have Been Devastated By Floods https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/according-to-satellite-data-at-least-1-million-acres-of-u-s-farmland-have-been-devastated-by-floods.html

‘We have lost everything’: Afghans describe deadly floods https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/south-central-asia/227120-afghanistan-deadly-floods-aftermath-march-2019

Iran Estimates Agricultural Losses from Floods at $180 Million https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-estimates-agricultural-losses-from-floods-at-180-million/4854788.html

Flood-hit Territory cattle station owner calls for government support https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-31/cattle-station-inundated-cyclone-trevor-nt-government-assistance/10956714?smid=ABCRural-Twitter_Organic&WT.tsrc=Twitter_Organic&sf210191675=1

Townsville flooding crisis leaves almost 1,000 homeless two months on https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-02/townsville-flooding-leaves-a-thousand-homeless-two-months-on/10959250

Record Floods in Iran Kill 62, Cause Over $1 Billion in Damage https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Record-Floods-Iran-Kill-62-Cause-Over-1-Billion-Damage

The Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park acts as a central base of operations for disaster prevention in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/showa/tokyorinkai/english/index.htm

Flood toolkit for public health and emergency response https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00631.pdf

Cyclone Idai: After the Storm https://dec.shorthandstories.com/cyclone-idai-after-the-storm/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Don’t panic, but ‘The Big One’ podcast helps us face the crazy quake that’s on the way https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-big-one-podcast-20190329-story.html

Coping With Distress after International Disasters: Tips & Resources for Individuals, Families & Communities https://www.vibrant.org/coping-with-distress-after-international-disasters-tips-resources-for-individuals-families-communities/

The Art of Resilience Exhibition https://www.gfdrr.org/en/art-of-resilience

Social media can help identify evacuation patterns https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/04/01/social-media-can-help-identify-evacuation-patterns/

A continual challenge for preparedness and response leaders is communicating their story. Here’s some hints. https://soundcloud.com/harvard/whats-your-story?in=harvard/sets/leader-readycast

Crowdsourcing speeds up earthquake monitoring https://phys.org/news/2019-04-crowdsourcing-earthquake.html

“What makes the #SafePlaceSelfie campaign so powerful is its simple message and call to action” https://www.noaa.gov/stories/where-will-you-be-on-safeplaceselfie-day

 

Disaster psychology

Flooding can take toll on mental health https://www.ksnblocal4.com/content/news/Flooding-can-take-toll-on-mental-health-507856721.html

New book: ‘Disaster Mental Health Case Studies’ https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351252256

Conflicting cues with emergency warnings impacts protective action http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/59?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=haznote59

 

Sociology and Disasters

Time to enhance global support to the most vulnerable communities https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/politics-climate-change/news/time-enhance-global-support-the-most-vulnerable-communities-1722937

Charting the new norm? Local leadership in the first 100 days of the Sulawesi earthquake response https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/64520

More socially aware, community-based urban planning https://thecityfix.com/blog/socially-aware-planning-key-building-sustaining-communities-hillary-smith/

When Storms Hit Cities, Poor Areas Suffer Most https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-storms-hit-cities-poor-areas-suffer-most/?amp

Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development https://www.wsj.com/articles/flattened-by-hurricane-michael-florida-town-tries-to-stave-off-big-development-11554296401?

Today in disaster resilience (1 March 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tennessee in state of emergency as flood, storm threat continues in Nashville area https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/23/nashville-braces-severe-storms-may-cap-record-breaking-rainfall/2960994002/

Severe flash flooding in Grenada, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/22/severe-flash-flooding-grenada-mississippi-february-2019/

Deadly tornado hits Columbus, extensive damage reported, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/24/columbus-tornado-february-23-2019/

Greece – 1 Dead After Record Rainfall in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-storm-oceanis-february-2019

Angola – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Hits Luanda http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-heavy-rain-luanda-february-2019

Papua New Guinea – 70 Houses Destroyed, 2 Dead After Floods in East New Britain http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-east-new-britain-floods-february-2019

Two interesting new landslide videos from the Himalayas https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/26/himalayas/#.XHVv0cVvn6s.twitter

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rain-prompts-evacuation-order-for-northern-california-towns/2019/02/26/b7f140e4-3a34-11e9-b10b-f05a22e75865_story.html?utm_term=.0e4b96735e5f

Colombia – 15,000 Affected After Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-february-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Marsden moorland fire: ‘Apocalyptic’ moorland blaze put out https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-47381119

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47381579

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Feb 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Ibu https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76016/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Feb-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Ibu-Duk.html

Devastating floodwaters cut off entire towns in Northern California https://www.cbsnews.com/news/northern-california-flooding-leaves-entire-towns-cut-off-russian-river/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change forces low-lying Marshall Islands to ‘elevate islands’ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-forces-low-lying-marshall-islands-to-elevate-islands

The Katowice Climate Package: Making The Paris Agreement Work For All https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/katowice-climate-package

The private sector’s 5 big climate risk and adaptation blind spots https://www.greenbiz.com/article/private-sectors-5-big-climate-risk-and-adaptation-blind-spots

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/22/18188562/climate-change-david-wallace-wells-the-uninhabitable-earth

Global Warming’s Compounding Dangers https://www.climatecentral.org/news/report-climate-pile-up-global-warmings-compounding-dangers

What the 17th century’s “Little Ice Age” teaches us about climate change https://qz.com/1554962/what-17th-centurys-little-ice-age-teaches-us-on-climate-change/

A world without clouds? Hardly clear, climate scientists say https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/world-without-clouds-hardly-clear-climate-scientists-say?r3f_986=https://t.co/R0STJ919p5

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures-idUSKCN1QE1ZU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c7485331adf640001b8e981&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Is Climate Change to Blame for Queensland’s Historic Flooding? https://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Is-Climate-Change-to-Blame-for-Queensland%E2%80%99s-Historic-Flooding-/

‘It’s been extreme’: Australia’s summer smashes seasonal heat records https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/it-s-been-extreme-australia-s-summer-smashes-seasonal-heat-records-20190227-p510od.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551253168

Sea level rise’s impact on property values will be greatest in N.J. Shore towns, study says https://www.philly.com/science/climate/climate-change-sea-level-rise-new-jersey-shore-ocean-city-property-values-20190227.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever http://time.com/longform/australia-drought-photos/

Why are there UK wildfires in February? https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47389480

Why action against climate change is so important and How partners are helping the people of Papua New Guinea? http://www.pg.undp.org/content/papua_new_guinea/en/home/presscenter/articles/2019/why-action-against-climate-change-is-so-important-and-how-partne.html

BOM Webinar recording: State of the Climate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFwxiAzRh-U&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=li&utm_medium=org&utm_campaign=sm-017-0025&utm_content=vid

Climate, the crisis that threatens our political duopoly https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-the-crisis-that-threatens-our-political-duopoly-20190227-p510j7.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551304153

Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation https://diraj.org/unprepared-for-climate-change-mauritius-needs-to-go-beyond-treating-the-symptoms-of-environmental-degradation/

Compared to climate observations that date back to 1910, this summer could certainly be classed as extreme https://www.afr.com/news/economy/if-this-summer-felt-different-that-is-because-it-was-20190227-h1brwl

To fight climate change, first “talk about it,” climate scientist says https://www.cbsnews.com/news/katharine-hayhoe-to-fight-climate-change-talk-about-it/

2018-19 was Australia’s hottest summer on record, with a warm autumn likely too https://theconversation.com/2018-19-was-australias-hottest-summer-on-record-with-a-warm-autumn-likely-too-112616?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Iceberg twice the size of New York City is set to break away from Antarctica https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/iceberg-break-away-antarctica-ice-shelf?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coastal Flooding Is Erasing Billions in Property Value as Sea Level Rises. That’s Bad News for Cities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022019/coastal-flooding-home-values-sea-level-rise-climate-change-ocean-city-miami-beach

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World https://www.civilgeo.com/the-water-will-come-examines-the-science-politics-and-humanitarian-crises-posed-by-rising-sea-levels/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Why should flood risk professionals care about how or why the private sector enters the flood insurance market? https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=597

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/payments-schemes/flood-funds-rolled-out-to-somerset-farms-in-online-auction

PDC’s NDPBA Program strengthens national capacity while reducing disaster risk worldwide https://www.pdc.org/pdcs-national-disaster-preparedness-baseline-assessment-program-strengthens-national-capacity-while-reducing-risk-worldwide/

Indian Monsoon: Soil moisture, temperature pattern to predict threat to life; study https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/indian-monsoon-soil-moisture-temperature-pattern-to-predict-threat-to-life-study/

Coastal communities should exercise caution in using FEMA Flood Maps as the primary indicator of coastal risk https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coastal-communities-should-exercise-caution-using-fema-rob-young/

A French beach cleared of homes shows NC the way https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article226637279.html

Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening https://phys.org/news/2019-02-copernicus-sentinel-reveals-plumbing-agung.html

National Drought Map now available https://pmc.gov.au/news-centre/domestic-policy/national-drought-map-now-available

California’s Exposure to Volcanic Hazards https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5159/sir20185159.pdf

Modeling Wind Direction Distributions Using a Diagnostic Model in the Context of Probabilistic Fire Spread Prediction https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00005/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Varying Impact of Earthquake- and Monsoon-Induced Landslides https://eos.org/articles/varying-impact-of-earthquake-and-monsoon-induced-landslides

INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters http://www.inform-index.org/

International committee continues study continues on preventing floods https://www.mymalonetelegram.com/article/20190225/MTG01/190229181

Tunneling Offers a Solution to Houston’s Flooding Problems https://apnews.com/3a13c524802349bca8c14eefaf7ba34d

OPERANDUM aims to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories https://www.operandum-project.eu/the-project/

Many impacted by floods don’t have proper insurance to cover damages https://www.wjhl.com/local/many-impacted-by-floods-don-t-have-proper-insurance-to-cover-damages/1812722445

Hampton weighs whether to require future homes be built on pilings https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/hampton-weighs-whether-to-require-future-homes-be-built-on/article_b8c9a6e1-b914-57c5-8e35-84b8a3df782d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

US may get early warning system for volcanoes https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-u-s-may-finally-get-an-early-warning-system-for-vo-1832931640?IR=T

Developing and trialling improved capabilities for forecasting for surface water flooding via NHP http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=89cedb43-474a-4c44-ac85-9a1b649022d0&PageID=9719662d-81e9-4a8f-b46f-72675770cdce

Vanuatu and Tonga top the world for disaster risk https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383558/vanuatu-and-tonga-top-the-world-for-disaster-risk

Is your building safe after an earthquake? These cheap sensors could tell you https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/your-building-safe-after-earthquake-these-cheap-sensors-could-tell-you

Flood risk scenarios for England to 2065 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-publishes-new-evidence-to-plan-for-flood-and-coastal-risk-up-to-2065

Special issue “Flood risk governance for more resilience” https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63922

Converting flood-prone properties to green space is a smart way to help mitigate future flooding–but only if you do it strategically https://www.fastcompany.com/90312897/heres-the-smartest-way-for-cities-to-rebuild-after-a-flood

 

Emergency Management

‘Lot of grief’ as acute water shortages threaten drought-hit NSW towns https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/lot-of-grief-as-acute-water-shortages-threaten-drought-hit-nsw-towns-20190222-p50zl5.html

How the Forest Stewards Guild is Building the Next Generation of Fire Practitioners: The Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Program https://fireadaptednetwork.org/how-the-forest-stewards-guild-is-building-the-next-generation-of-fire-practitioners-the-forest-stewards-youth-corps-fire-and-fuels-program/

Reaching Harvey victims 18 months later, one door at a time https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Reaching-Harvey-victims-18-months-later-one-door-13639784.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Desktop)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Townsville flooding – “The health response has been quite remarkable” https://www.ckn.org.au/content/townsville-flooding-health-response-has-been-quite-remarkable

Bracing for worst flooding in 24 years, residents ‘know the drill’ https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/26/get-out-now-fueled-cursed-by-russian-river-guerneville-evacuates/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Officials urge people not to play in flood water https://www.newschannel5.com/news/officials-urge-people-not-to-play-in-flood-water

Floods in the Hunter (1870) https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/25/floods-hunter-1870/

Flood protection to be outlined https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/environment/flood-protection-to-be-outlined-1-9610429

Getting started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day toolkit https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/getting-started-wildfire-community-preparedness-day-toolkit?utm_source=fabk&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fabk0006

Flood Exercise https://www.jbaconsulting.com/flood-water-management/flood-emergency-planning/

How to plan ahead for flooding https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding

Downpour! – Flood risk communication through interactive immersive street games https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ioep/rfa/2019/00000003/00000001/art00003

Six years after: ‘Fukushima memories’ and continued willingness to participate in energy and environmental policy-making process in Japan https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18692729.2018.1543244?journalCode=rcoj20

Developing models for emergency evacuation response https://www.movementstrategies.com/blog-posts/diary-of-an-evacuee

2 billion social media posts show that people are starting to normalise extreme weather events https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/02/15/1816541116

Flood Expo 2019 https://www.construction.co.uk/c/680296/flood-expo-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

Traumatic stress: Who counsels the fire chief? https://www.firechief.com/2019/01/23/traumatic-stress-who-counsels-the-fire-chief/

Mental health support for fire affected communities https://www.echo.net.au/2019/02/mental-health-support-fire-affected-communities/

Trauma Teddies https://www.redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer/knitting-for-charity-trauma-teddies

Household preparedness in an imminent disaster threat scenario: The case of superstorm sandy in New York City https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312196?fbclid=IwAR1cC4SxK0vcYK5Wg7dnxK25bTb15aNMjTJkv8fiKt8JwWSrykqp2xeQcGQ

We’re starting to normalize extreme weather https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/were-normalizing-extreme-weather-study

 

Sociology and Disasters

The rural impact of natural hazards https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/the-rural-impact-of-natural-hazards/

“Nothing lays bare inequality and discrimination like a disaster” https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63913

Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-risk-report-2018-focus-child-protection-and-childrens-rights

Today in disaster resilience (8 February 2019)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Rescuers rescued in Qld’s flood disaster https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5884348/rescuers-rescued-in-qlds-flood-disaster/?cs=9397&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Bodies of two men found in flood waters in Townsville https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/05/bodies-of-two-men-found-in-flood-waters-in-townsville

Queensland’s floods are so huge the only way to track them is from space https://phys.org/news/2019-02-queensland-huge-track-space.html

6 killed as powerful storm hits California, more heavy rain expected https://watchers.news/2019/02/04/6-killed-as-powerful-storm-hits-california-more-heavy-rain-expected/

Major disruption after snowstorm hits Czech Republic, 10 killed as series of avalanches hit Alps https://watchers.news/2019/02/05/major-disruption-after-snowstorm-hits-czech-republic-10-killed-as-series-of-avalanches-hit-alps/

Dozens hurt after M5.2 earthquake hits Shamakhi, Azerbaijan https://watchers.news/2019/02/06/dozens-hurt-after-m5-2-earthquake-hits-shamakhi-azerbaijan/

Brazil flooding damages homes, kills at least 5 https://www.cbs17.com/news/brazil-flooding-damages-homes-kills-at-least-5/1762152767?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

State of emergency declared in Bosnia after heavy flooding https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/state-emergency-declared-bosnia-heavy-flooding-190205100057671.html

Bolivia – 16 Dead After Landslides and Floods in La Paz Department http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-landslides-floods-caranavi-la-paz-february-2019

USA – Flash Floods in Tennessee After Record Rain http://floodlist.com/america/usa/tennessee-floods-february-2019

Desert highways flood as rains lash Israel https://www.timesofisrael.com/desert-highways-flood-as-rains-lash-israel/

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Feb 2019: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Agung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/74796/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-7-Feb-2019-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Agung.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

January warmest on record for Australia http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/month/aus/summary.shtml

Boost Your Understanding Of The Polar Vortex With These Visualizations https://www.forbes.com/sites/amysterling/2019/01/30/visualizing-a-polar-vortex/

Ancient Plants Reveal Arctic Summers Haven’t Been This Hot In 115,000 Years https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/01/ancient-plants-revealarctic-summers-havent-been-this-hot-in-115000-years/

Why people in the US south stay put in the face of climate change https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/24/us-south-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Using the big freeze to deny climate change… stupidity or cynicism? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/02/using-the-big-freeze-to-deny-climate-change-stupidity-or-cynicism

Extreme Weather Events Could Worsen Climate Change https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/extreme-weather-events-could-worsen-climate-change/

One glacial cavity in Antarctica could drastically speed up sea level rising https://mashable.com/article/antarctica-glacer-cavity/

How to change the minds of climate deniers https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/03/climate-change-denial-changing-minds?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Parenting the Climate Change Generation http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/parenting-children-generation-of-climate-change.html

‘Astounded’: former fire chief unloads on politicians over climate change inaction https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/astounded-former-fire-chief-unloads-on-politicians-over-climate-change-inaction-20190204-p50vl0.html

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/04/a-third-of-himalayan-ice-cap-doomed-finds-shocking-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

Globally, temperatures in January 2019 were a little over 0.4°C warmer than the average January from 1981-2010 https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-january-2019

Sea Level Rise Risk ‘Hasn’t Hit Home’ for Coastal R.I. Property Owners, Experts Say http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Sea-Level-Rise-Risk-Hasnt-Hit-Home-for-Coastal-RI-Property-Owners-Experts-Say.html

Norway’s Arctic islands at risk of “devastating” warming – report http://news.trust.org/item/20190204175124-vspyx/

Australia’s record on emissions and sustainability condemned by OECD review https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/30/australias-record-on-emissions-and-sustainability-condemned-by-oecd-review

State by state – solar records fell across Australia in 2018 https://reneweconomy.com.au/state-by-state-solar-records-fell-across-australia-in-2018/

Heat is a ‘silent killer’ https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/extreme-heat-climate-change-health/

The new normal for Australia and it’s being driven by climate change https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/climate-change-extreme-weather/

How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Mental Health https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/climate-change-mental-health_uk_5c5806dbe4b09293b205ac62

As the planet warms, there might be fewer Mediterranean hurricanes according to climate models. However, according to a new study, they will be wetter, windier and last longer than before http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/rockyplanet/2019/02/05/climate-change-could-make-mediterranean-hurricanes-more-damaging/#.XFn5jNIzbIU

Fire, drought and flooding rain: it’s time for national action on climate change https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/fire-drought-and-flooding-rain-its-time-for-national-action-on-climate-change/

The prospects for skilful near-term climate predictions https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/near-term-climate-prediction-%E2%80%98coming-of-age%E2%80%99

Environmental Photographer Focuses On Protecting The Climate — And Its People https://www.npr.org/2019/02/06/691967491/environmental-photographer-focuses-on-protecting-the-climate-and-its-people

WMO Confirms Past 4 Years Were Warmest on Record https://unfccc.int/news/wmo-confirms-past-4-years-were-warmest-on-record

Could climate change and rsultant extreme weather make it harder to get insurance in Australia? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-06/could-climate-change-make-australia-uninsurable/10783490?pfmredir=sm

International climate change experts and frameworks recognize that women and men face different climate change vulnerabilities, risks, and impacts https://www.insuresilience.org/applying-a-gender/

Polar Thinking https://blogs.plos.org/models/polar-thinking/

Climate change or “just the weather?” Here’s how to answer that https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/how-do-we-know-when-climate-change-makes-weather-disasters-worse/

Gothenburg Foresees Impact of Climate Change: Plans to Build a Barrier by 2070 to Prevent Flooding http://gothenburg-400.com/gothenburg-foresees-impact-of-climate-change-plans-to-build-a-barrier-by-2070-to-prevent-flooding/

An overview of global surface temperatures in 2018 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/2019/global-surface-temperature-in-2018

Does climate change influence people’s migration decisions in Maldives? https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-019-02376-y

Dangerously unpredictable weather will worsen unless global action taken, NZ-led research shows https://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Dangerously-unpredictable-weather-will-worsen-unless-global-action-taken-NZ-led-research-shows

Temperature in Canada’s Saskatoon plunges to lowest in over a century https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-weather/temperature-in-canadas-saskatoon-plunges-to-lowest-in-over-a-century-idUSKCN1PW2HY

 

Disaster risk reduction

Latest edition of Disaster Research https://mailchi.mp/colorado/dr684-disaster-research-news-you-can-use?e=4fda5946f3

Mexico-Guatemala earthquake, felt by millions, likely triggered by the 2017 megaquake http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/mexico-guatemala-earthquake-felt-by-millions-likely-triggered-by-the-2017-megaquake-8314/

Natural Disasters Are Costing Homeowners Big — And The Problem Is Only Getting Worse https://www.forbes.com/sites/alyyale/2019/02/01/natural-disasters-are-costing-homeowners-big-and-the-problems-only-getting-worse/#235f8c753dfa

Renowned seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones speak on local earthquake risks https://www.kesq.com/news/renowned-seismologist-dr-lucy-jones-speak-on-local-earthquake-risks/998097333

Investment in flood resilience measures for Cumbrian manufacturing firm https://www.thecumbrialep.co.uk/news/investment-in-flood-resilience-measures-for-cumbrian-manufacturing-firm/

Interactive map shows flooding risk as Gulf rises and southern Louisiana continues to sink https://thelensnola.org/2017/01/18/interactive-map-shows-flooding-risk-as-gulf-rises-and-southern-louisiana-continues-to-sink/

The Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-flood-resilience-measurement-for-communities-frmc

The Meteorological Culprits Behind Strange and Deadly Floods https://eos.org/research-spotlights/the-meteorological-culprits-behind-strange-and-deadly-floods

Fix past flooding mistakes, prevent future problems https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/fix-past-flooding-mistakes-prevent-future-problems/article_de063764-258d-11e9-a5b8-935152fd7708.html

‘(In)action’- rethinking traditional understandings of disaster risk reduction https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330870163_’Inaction’-_rethinking_traditional_understandings_of_disaster_risk_reduction_Cornes_et_al_2019

Deadly earthquake traveled at ‘supersonic’ speeds—why that matters https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/deadly-earthquake-supersonic-supershear-speed-indonesia/

Bushfire planning around our expanding urban environments is crucial for dealing with Australia’s increasing bushfire risk https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/black-saturday-bushfire-planning-as-our-population-grows?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=story

Flooding in Canadian Rural Communities https://uwaterloo.ca/partners-for-action/blog/post/flooding-canadian-rural-communities

USA flood map breakthrough https://www.ambientalrisk.com/flood-risk-usa-breakthrough/

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS): a proactive approach to reducing surface flooding https://www.groundsure.com/news/sustainable-urban-drainage-systems-suds-a-proactive-approach-to-reducing-surface-flooding/

Business owners in Aberdeen have welcomed works which could bring an end to a flooding problem https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/aberdeen-city-centre-business-owners-welcome-work-to-end-flooding/

Turning river level data into meaningful content https://defradigital.blog.gov.uk/2019/02/05/turning-river-level-data-into-meaningful-content/

New 2018 report outlines Doral’s Flood Protection Efforts https://communitynewspapers.com/doral-tribune/new-2018-report-outlines-dorals-flood-protection-efforts/

As severe events increase, U.S. needs strategy to reduce costs and impacts of disasters https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2019/02/05/in-state-of-the-union-a-missed-opportunity-on-flood-reform

2018’s Billion Dollar Disasters in Context https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/beyond-data/2018s-billion-dollar-disasters-context

Flood Re sets out long term vision for affordable flood insurance for all households https://www.floodre.co.uk/flood-re-sets-out-long-term-vision-for-affordable-flood-insurance-for-all-households/

‘We have to learn to live with floods’: waterlogged Surat to become latest megacity https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/05/we-have-to-learn-to-live-with-floods-waterlogged-surat-to-become-latest-megacity

The world’s watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/the-worlds-watersheds-mapped-in-gorgeous-detail

Advanced modelling techniques could improve how cities deal with floods http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/january/city-flood-planning.html

Preparedness against mobility disruption by floods https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969718345388#

Faster flood forecasting to improve responses https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/comment-faster-flood-forecasting-improve-responses

Sharing international flood and drought science https://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/blogs/sharing-floods-and-drought-science

Emergency Management

Tasmania’s fire disaster revealed in satellite images showing the extent of the damage https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/tasmanian-bushfires-from-the-air-satellite-images/10771528?pfmredir=sm

An American’s view of Tassie fires https://firecentre.org.au/an-americans-view-of-tassie-fires/

Housing is key to Puerto Rico’s recovery. Will 2019 see promised funding, solutions? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna959776?__twitter_impression=true

The speed of the Brumadinho tailings dam landslide https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/04/brumadinho-tailings-dam-landslide/

How Queensland is being soaked by an ‘unprecedented monsoonal burst’ https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/how-queensland-is-being-soaked-by-an-unprecedented-monsoonal-burst-20190204-p50vib.html

Townsville floods expert reaction https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/expert-reaction-townsville-floods

Lack of Entry Level Emergency Management: The Need for a Standard of Job Titles https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lack-entry-level-emergency-management-need-standard-job-holwege-mpa/

Hurricane Florence evacuees with disabilities endured unsafe, ‘disrespectful’ conditions, report says https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article225498020.html

Louisiana Flood Victims and the Duplication of Benefits Trap http://www.whaleylaw.com/2019/01/23/louisiana-flood-victims-and-the-duplication-of-benefits-trap/

Townsville residents return home to mud and mess in wake of flood disaster https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-06/townsville-floods-disaster-residents-return-home/10782008

Townsville floods: good Samaritans, wildlife carers run off their feet with animal rescues https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville/townsville-floods-good-samaritans-wildlife-carers-run-off-their-feet-with-animal-rescues/news-story/0e9a2846b0273b1c4a62c33d0622ef3b

Husband of woman killed in Middle Tennessee tornado sues homebuilder for negligence https://fox17.com/news/local/husband-of-woman-killed-in-middle-tennessee-tornado-sues-homebuilder-for-negligence?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Camp Fire’s Dispersed Survivors Plot Their New Homes on a Map https://www.routefifty.com/tech-data/2019/02/camp-fires-dispersed-survivors-plot-their-new-homes-map/154642/

Townsville flood insurance bill hits $80m https://www.star1019.com.au/headlines/116611-townsville-flood-insurance-bill-hits-80m

Black Saturday ten years on – what did we discover? http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/58?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=haznote58

Disaster Aid Targeting and Self-Reporting Bias: Natural Experimental Evidence from the Philippines https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/3/771

Online journal: Tropical Cyclone Florence in South Carolina https://scdnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=c2d63441bc974cadb52f0bed7528aae1

Death, statistics and a disaster zone: the struggle to count the dead after Hurricane Maria https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00442-0

In Texas, hundreds of victims of the flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are suing the federal government https://www.marketplace.org/2019/02/06/economy/houston-residents-reservoir-argue-flooding-amounted-land-taking

It’s a disaster when home isn’t considered ‘a home’ for flood relief https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/06/its-a-disaster-when-home-isnt-considered-a-home-for-flood-relief

Copernicus EMS Monitors Floods in Australia https://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/ems/copernicus-ems-monitors-floods-australia

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The powerful story of a family who lose their home in a bushfire and their journey of recovery https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/childrens/young-adult-fiction/The-House-on-the-Mountain-Ella-Holcombe-illustrated-by-David-Cox-9781760636968

‘We can all recover’: bereaved families remember victims of Black Saturday https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/04/we-can-all-recover-bereaved-families-remember-victims-of-black-saturday?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Social media and the social sciences: methods and tools for academic research https://wasimahmed.org/2019/01/27/social-media-and-the-social-sciences-methods-and-tools-for-academic-research-must-read-for-2019/

Learning hard lessons of Black Saturday https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/5881564/learning-hard-lessons-of-black-saturday/

Community initiatives for sharing flood risk information across border: case study from Ghagara river basin https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/63391

How to Reduce the Impact of Flooding: 5 Steps to Flood Resilience https://thefloodhub.co.uk/knowledge-hub/#how-to-reduce-the-impact-of-flooding-5-steps-to-flood-resilience

Even as internet use has grown in emerging economies, social media use is somewhat less widespread- In Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil and South Africa, half or more report using social media http://www.pewglobal.org/2019/02/05/digital-connectivity-growing-rapidly-in-emerging-economies/

Global internet and social media use in 2019 –latest stats https://wearesocial.com/blog/2019/01/digital-2019-global-internet-use-accelerates

What can we do to better prepare communities for floods? https://www.redcross.ca/blog/2019/2/what-can-we-do-to-better-prepare-communities-for-floods

Disaster narratives: Flooding in Townsville https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/disaster-narratives-flooding-in-townsville,12350

Flood impact in north-west Queensland revealed in dramatic time-lapse vision https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-07/time-lapse-images-show-dramatic-flood-rise-north-west-qld/10791932

 

Disaster psychology

Part three of our series exploring the enduring appeal of bushy, fire-prone places https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-03/kinglake-black-saturday-bushfire-anniversary-we-live-here/10739546

Lessons of Black Saturday ignored as Australians forget, research shows https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/lessons-of-black-saturday-ignored-as-australians-forget-research-shows-20190205-p50vtw.html?platform=hootsuite

The Black Saturday bushfires taught us that disasters are a unique form of trauma – learning how to respond can help people and their communities recover https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/black-saturday-understanding-disaster-recovery-and-resilience

 

Sociology and Disasters

Enduring the tide: the flooded Philippine islands that locals won’t leave https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/01/enduring-the-tide-the-flooded-philippine-islands-that-locals-wont-leave

Social resilience in the context of urban development in Christchurch, New Zealand https://opus.ostfalia.de/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/993/file/Menking_2018_Social_Resilience_Christchurch_New_Zealand.pdf

Resilience-Based Approaches and Public Policy: Operational Views https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-7362-5_3

Today in disaster resilience (28 December 2018)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 429 as Volcano Threat Remains https://www.wsj.com/articles/volcano-remains-threat-to-tsunami-hit-indonesia-11545667946

Krakatau volcano news & eruption updates https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/krakatau/news/72509/Krakatau-volcano-Sunda-Strait-Indonesia-activity-update-Large-portion-of-Anak-Krakatau-appears-to-ha.html?fbclid=IwAR0z6CxpeDEb1yqAJFb0iViN5yZYjczIDBpgZH_TL7NSpPI3IDPMFwxpVA8

Last moments of the show: Tsunami crashes into crowd as Indonesian pop band play live https://www.rt.com/news/447239-tsunami-crash-boys-band/

Thousands affected by flash floods in Lanka https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thousands-affected-by-flash-floods-in-lanka/article25814370.ece

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts, authorities close airport https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-etna-idUSKCN1ON0TI?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c21664904d30112758d9fef&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Mount Etna: Aerial footage shows damage from Italy quakes https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46689502/mount-etna-aerial-footage-shows-damage-from-italy-quakes

Low-carbon ‘net zero’ buildings are starting to catch on in the U.S. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/net-zero-buildings-are-catching-on/

Over 74 000 affected, 11 000 evacuated due to flash floods in Sri Lanka https://watchers.news/2018/12/26/sri-lanka-flood-december-2018/

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Dec 2018: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Krakatoa, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/72612/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Dec-2018-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Krakatoa-Shiveluch-Re.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s climate has warmed by just over 1 °C since 1910, leading to an increase in the frequency of extreme heat events http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/australias-changing-climate.shtml?hootPostID=5ab8bb3ec33a9a6eb331b3f2b9c2e234

Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/addressing-the-inevitable-how-to-prepare-for-the-climate-change-flood-a-1241890.html

The Most Important Environmental Stories of 2018 https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/most-important-environmental-stories-2018?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=sierramag&utm_medium=national_social

Mountain of Evidence Confirms: Climate Change Is Really, Really Bad for Human Health and Well-Being https://www.livescience.com/64300-climate-change-endangers-human-health.html

Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018’s climate disasters – visual guide https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2018/dec/21/deadly-weather-the-human-cost-of-2018s-climate-disasters-visual-guide?CMP=soc_567

Climate Change and the Rise of Poverty http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/Climate_Change_and_the_Rise_of_Poverty.html

Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/24/christmas-day-heatwave-weather-records-temperatures-forecast-heat-wave-australia-sydney-melbourne-adelaide?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hydropower can ‘drive up CO2 emissions’ https://www.sustainability-times.com/low-carbon-energy/hydropower-can-drive-up-co2-emissions/

Greenland ice melting ‘even in winter’ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-46646203

A Year of Climate Change Evidence: Notes from a Science Reporter’s Journal https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24122018/climate-change-evidence-reports-2018-year-review-ipcc-arctic-emissions-gap-national-assessment?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Nowhere to go” on the front lines of climate change https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/12/13/nowhere-go-front-lines-climate-change?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Characterizing the Indian Ocean sea level changes and potential coastal flooding impacts under global warming https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169418309594

Thinking about Climate on a Dark, Dismal Morning https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/thinking-about-climate-on-a-dark-dismal-morning/

Are We Too Late to Solve The Climate Change Crisis? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLlrw3M6c8&feature=youtu.be

China’s Glaciers Supply Water to Billions. They’re Vanishing https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-12-26/graphic-asias-toppling-water-tower-101362828.html?rkey=4jojc%2BU9Dvtd0l7r3%2FmJiPFL%2FE7ci4pKWfksr3a1LfCG2CytOnCYFA%3D%3D&cxg=web&Sfrom=twitter

As glaciers disappear, humans lose a lot more than ice https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/12/glaciers-disappear-melting-ice-impacts-human-culture-history/

2019 may be the warmest year on record as a result of an El Niño event exacerbated by global warming https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/2019-may-be-the-warmest-year-on-record-as-a-result-of-an-el-nino-event-exacerbated-by-global-warming/70006943

Australia’s extreme heatwave spans five states with high of 49C forecast https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/27/australias-extreme-heatwave-spans-five-states-with-high-of-49c-forecast?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Climate change: Huge costs of warming impacts in 2018 https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46637102

2018 – the hottest La Niña year ever recorded https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/2018-the-hottest-la-nina-year-ever-recorded/

Majority of glaciers in Western Canada will likely disappear in next 50 years: expert https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/majority-of-glaciers-in-western-canada-will-likely-disappear-in-next-50-years-expert-1.4232003

 

Disaster risk reduction

What caused the Sunda Strait tsunami? https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/23/what-caused-the-sunda-strait-tsunami.html

Tsunami Possibly Triggered By Anak Krakatau Strikes Indonesia. Here’s What You Need To Know https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/22/indonesias-krakatoa-just-made-a-deadly-tsunami-heres-everything-you-need-to-know/amp/

White House Orders Up More Logging To Combat Wildfires https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-executive-order-forest-management-wildfire_us_5c1d7c4ce4b05c88b6f8bde4?ec_carp=2575254777395066221

Inner structure of the Krakatau volcanic complex (Indonesia) from gravity and bathymetry data https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/037702739400038I

Tsunami hazard related to a flank collapse of Anak Krakatau Volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/361/1/79

Fears of new Indonesia tsunami as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46667970

Indonesia tsunami: How a volcano can be the trigger https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46666633

Landslide probability may depend more on riverside steepness than on hillsides above https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/12/21/landslide-probability-may-depend-more-on-riverside-steepness-than-on-hillsides-above/

Alaska’s newly expanded network of seismic stations keep a detailed diary of the earth’s rumbles https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2018/12/22/alaskas-newly-expanded-network-of-seismic-stations-keep-a-detailed-diary-of-the-earths-rumbles/?fbclid=IwAR0FYf17S-JOV4Gy0EGZNyIl746v7AndYweS9pOrw04yx8fotMQ14Y2APE8

Reducing flooding by restoring the bends to waterways https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/22/quiet-and-healthy-flows-the-gently-meandering-river

Rising sea levels, fierce hurricanes: How SC plans to deal with more flooding https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article223264325.html

Experts have warned that twice as many Scottish homes and businesses than previously thought could be at risk of flooding https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-46638329

The case of Tokyo: a pbs special on Sinking Cities: Tokyo https://www.pbs.org/video/sinking-cities-tokyo-sg5m7t/

Hampton hopes flooding solutions developed in new partnership can help entire region https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/hampton/hampton-hopes-flooding-solutions-developed-in-new-partnership-can-help-entire-region/1667169259

Proposed state fund would help facilitate flood buyouts in SC https://www.postandcourier.com/news/proposed-state-fund-would-help-facilitate-flood-buyouts-in-sc/article_12b57dde-fef7-11e8-9a1a-abc58c71d2ed.html

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic: How Far Have We Come? https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-1918-influenza-pandemic-how-far-have-we-come/

New building code to improve resilience http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/71630-new-building-code-to-improve-resilience/71630-new-building-code-to-improve-resilience

Afghanistan—Multi-hazard risk assessment https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/Afghanistan_MHRA.pdf

Understanding Niamey’s flood risk through open source mapping, drones, and modelling http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/understanding-niameys-flood-risk-through-open-source-mapping-drones-and-modeling

Flood modeller webinar and videos https://www.floodmodeller.com/help-support/learning/videos-webinars/#cKZ2UW_tc30

In Ellicott City, painful debate on preventing deadly floods in historic district https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/in-ellicott-city-painful-debate-on-preventing-deadly-floods-in-historic-district/2018/12/24/94466fc8-02eb-11e9-9122-82e98f91ee6f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.683282e9f00b

2018 will be the first year with no violent tornadoes in the United States https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/12/26/will-be-first-year-with-no-violent-tornadoes-united-states/?utm_term=.6fe886d5007b

As Floods Push Homes Higher, the Disabled Risk Being Pushed Out https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-21/as-floods-push-homes-higher-the-disabled-risk-being-pushed-out

Anak Krakatau’s Alert Level Has Been Raised. Here’s What That Means https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinandrews/2018/12/27/anak-krakataus-alert-level-has-been-raised-heres-what-that-means/#779e61a36471

After a Natural Disaster, Is It Better to Rebuild or Retreat? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/after-a-natural-disaster-is-it-better-to-rebuild-or-retreat.html

Missourians want action over too-high Illinois levee https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20181226/missourians-want-action-over-too-high-illinois-levee

Emergency Management

2018’s Most Horrific Sign Of Things To Come Was People With Disabilities Dying In Disasters https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-2018-disasters-climate-change-disabilities_us_5c1bc563e4b0407e90784909?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Mopping up and moving on: Kaiaua a year on from devastating flood https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12176096

Indonesia recovers and shifts to preparedness https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/indonesia-recovers-and-shifts-preparedness

Be a better firefighter with post-incident analysis https://www.firerescue1.com/cod-company-officer-development/articles/2116232-Be-a-better-firefighter-with-post-incident-analysis/

In Natural Disasters, A Disability Can Be A Death Sentence https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/in-natural-disasters-a-disability-can-be-a-death-sentence_us_5c1ba22ee4b0407e9077eb58?ec_carp=4626352572445210702

Tsunami Relief: Doctors Without Borders Responds to Indonesia Tsunami Disaster https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/article/tsunami-relief-doctors-without-borders-responds-indonesia-tsunami-disaster

Indonesia’s tsunami early warning system hasn’t worked since 2012, official says https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/International/indonesias-tsunami-early-warning-system-worked-2012-official/story?id=59998468

Kedarnath floods: Gone girl returns after 5 years https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/kedarnath-floods-gone-girl-returns-after-5-years/articleshow/67249552.cms

Low-cost tsunami warning could prevent future deaths https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2018/11/12/low-cost-tsunami-warning-prevent-future-deaths-2/

What a century of bushfire data teaches us about how to save lives this summer https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-27/bushfire-history-australia-data-saving-lives/10606144?pfmredir=sm

FEMA Curtails New Flood Insurance Policies During Government Shutdown https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2018/12/fema-curtails-new-flood-insurance-policies-during-government-shutdown/?utm_campaign=ABA-Newsbytes-122718-Special&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tsunami caused by volcanic sources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXHN14IHtLY&list=PLfp1hFsaJhKb65S435kfm_CHQ_PrDavx0&index=7

Rain disaster in western Japan tops domestic news stories of 2018 https://japantoday.com/category/national/rain-disaster-in-western-japan-tops-domestic-news-stories-of-2018

Improving Disaster Response with Virtual and Mixed Reality https://transmitter.ieee.org/improving-disaster-response-with-virtual-and-mixed-reality/#.XCPvVSo5vg4.twitter

Humanoids at Work: The WALK-MAN Robot in a Postearthquake Scenario https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8357475

MOOC: Introduction to Water and Climate https://online-learning.tudelft.nl/courses/introduction-to-water-and-climate/

 

Disaster psychology

Why natural disasters make men take more risks https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/disasters-make-men-take-more-risks

Variation in risk seeking behaviour following large losses: A natural experiment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014292114000725?via%3Dihub

Extreme weather and dire climate reports are intensifying the mental health effects of global warming: depression and resignation about the future https://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/climate-grief-growing-emotional-toll-climate-change-n946751

Disaster risk reduction: Psychological perspectives on preparedness https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329899697_Disaster_risk_reduction_Psychological_perspectives_on_preparedness

Why do people in Indonesia still live in disaster-prone areas? https://theconversation.com/why-do-people-in-indonesia-still-live-in-disaster-prone-areas-105868?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Sociology and Disasters

Catalyzing Transformative Changes for Resilience: Integrated Land-Use Planning for Enhanced Social Capital https://www.i-s-e-t.org/transformative-change-nepal

Indians promised benefits of 100 smart cities, but the poor are sidelined again https://theconversation.com/indians-promised-benefits-of-100-smart-cities-but-the-poor-are-sidelined-again-107787

Does Social Capital Encourage Disaster Evacuation? Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh https://www.jica.go.jp/jica-ri/publication/workingpaper/wp_178.html#.XCIoJ9dzokk.twitter