Today in disaster resilience (31 August 2018)


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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Lane batters Hawaii with life-threatening flooding, dozens of landslides

NASA images from space show a world on fire

Lane’s Rains Topple Records, Inundate Parts of Big Island

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Kunar Province

Taiwan – Floods Leave 7 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Over 1,200 people killed in South Asia monsoon

More than 50,000 evacuated in Myanmar as homes, shops flooded after dam fails

A map of fires burning across the globe

2018 now worst fire season on record as B.C. extends state of emergency

Flood hits 8 local government areas in Kano state

483 Dead, 14 Missing In Kerala Floods

Midwest: Severe storms lead to widespread flooding and high water rescues, leave 110 000 without power

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, 2 000 people flee from lava flows, ash up to 15 km a.s.l., PNG

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Aug 2018: Krakatau volcano, Dukono, Turrialba, Sangay, Sakurajima


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the world (and maybe in space, too)

Climate change worsens extreme weather and hurts people of color the most

Hurricane Lane Brings Hawaii a Warning About Future Storm Risk

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism

‘It’s alarming’: Wildfire emissions grow to triple B.C.’s annual carbon footprint

California’s Fourth Climate Assessment

The Arctic’s ‘last bastion’ of sea ice is breaking up for the first time on record

Climate change is real. We must not offer credibility to those who deny it

How Wildfires Can Affect Climate Change (and Vice Versa)

Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act?

The human role in this summer’s heat

Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce

Richard Glover on climate policy: Australia insignificant? Pathetic and absurd–pathetic-and-absurd-20180821-h149jc.html

Global warming is changing the jet stream, increasing extreme weather events

Dual Climate and Mitigation Plans Get Santa Cruz, Calif., into Action

Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years

All models used by Bureau now point to El Nino by the end of spring

Hawaii Begins to Tally Costs, Contemplate a Future of Extreme Rainfall

What we knew when about global warming

Global sea-level budget 1993–present

Inequity amplified: climate change, the Australian farmer, and mental health

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela

A modest 0.5-m rise in sea level will double the tsunami hazard in Macau

Heat is not just about hardware – it’s about people

Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050

Sri Lanka getting ahead of disaster risks

Disaster on the horizon: the price effect of sea level rise

Scientists say climate change models need to be revised after back-to-back summers of wildfire emergencies

Global warming is intensifying El Niño weather

What Is Going on with the Weather? Reflections on Gaps Between Data and Experience

As climate change takes hold, temperature records are being broken around the world month by month. What does that look like – and how are people responding?

Dry times to continue as BOM releases grim spring outlook

Climate change can be deadly if you live alone

Global warming to increase water in South Asian rivers

Local Efforts Noble, But Study Shows Scale of Climate Threat Demands ‘Heavy Lifting’ of National Governments


Disaster risk reduction

Check out the latest articles to appear soon in Disaster Prevention and Management

Urban resilience implementation: A policy challenge and research agenda for the 21st century

Kerala floods: Poor dam management behind disasters, experts say

Harris County voters pass $2.5 billion flood bond

Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment

Hurricane Harvey Is Houston’s Unending Nightmare

India among nations most affected by landslides due to human activities: study

Managing Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risks

Global disaster losses totalled $36 billion in the first half of 2018

Disaster risk-informed strategies for sustainable development

Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence

Réunion Island volcano

Earth’s Deadliest Mass Extinction Was Driven by Toxic Volcano Plumes

The global value of mangroves for risk reduction

Santa Rosa County selected for coastal resiliency training program

Dams and water reservoirs need flood management systems that use scientific methods to understand when the time is right to open the gates

People living near waterways must choose between moving away or building ever-larger flood defences

Why Hurricanes Like Lane May Become More Common In Hawaii

Characterizing the Spatial Scales of Extreme Daily Precipitation in the United States

Mapping global landslides

Buyouts Bring Promise and Challenges to Flood-Affected Homeowners

Visualising the 2018 Kerala Floods

How Landslides Become Disasters

Global patterns of interannual climate–fire relationships

Routes to resilience: insights from BRACED final year

Strengthening Resilient Livelihood

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia

Google bets on artificial intelligence to tackle floods, diseases

What is nuisance flooding? Defining and monitoring an emerging challenge

Preparing for the next storm: Learning from the man-made environmental disasters that followed Hurricane Harvey

Understanding epistemic uncertainty in large-scale coastal flood risk assessment for present and future climates

Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum

Latest edition of Natural Hazards Disaster Research

State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks

Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns

Artificial intelligence nails predictions of earthquake aftershocks

Houston’s Resilience Challenge

Alpine Fault quake: It will ‘likely happen in the lifetime of many Kiwis’

Open data for resilience

Solomon Islands communities are exposed to a number of natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change

Scientists develop low-cost flood sensing system

How past floods are shaping France’s future


Emergency Management

Kerala floods: Homes damaged, people afraid to leave camps

Big data and technology in disasters: Better integration needed for effective response

After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system

Sydney Airport’s disaster response tested in major emergency exercise

FEMA updates US nuclear disaster plans

India wins praise for ‘exemplary’ flood relief as community pitches in

Not All Fires Are Equal

Bridging the information gap of disaster responders by optimizing data selection using cost and quality

Puerto Rico raises official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975

Nearly 10 percent of Texans displaced by Harvey still haven’t gone home, survey says

Standard operating procedure for flood early warning system in Nepal

Kerala floods: NASA satellite images show devastating effect of deluges in India from space

Quick Emergency Response Requires Speedy Data

Here’s how the pros fight wildfires

How technology is helping responders save lives during disasters like the California wildfires

13 Years Later: Is Thailand Better Prepared for Tsunamis?

Harvey overwhelmed emergency preparations

Mark Schuller Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University talks about failures to help Puerto Rico at the time of need

Earthquake early-warning system successfully sent alarm before temblor felt in Pasadena

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Smartphones may help predict flash floods soon, says study

As Floods Worsen, Marshall Shepherd Works to Translate Science Into Action

Of hope and resilience: Children of Kerala dare to dream, refuse to bow down in the face of adversity

The Day After, Today

Remote Indigenous communities welcome two-way training

Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast


Social Media and Emergencies

Thousands of students, faculty and staff were turning to social media for information and help during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma

How Social Media Came To The Rescue After Kerala’s Floods


Psychology and Disasters

Climate-Related Natural Disasters: Resilience and Individual Actions

Survey: One Year after Hurricane Harvey, 3 in 10 Affected Texas Gulf Coast Residents Say Their Lives Remain Disrupted


Sociology and Disasters

Resilience, resistance, infrapolitics and enmeshment

Postdisaster Social Capital, Adaptive Resilience and Business Performance of Tourism Organizations in Christchurch, New Zealand

Including sexual and gender minorities in disaster risk reduction

What the Kerala Floods Tell Us About the Two Ideas of India

“Disasters are socially generated and constructed and we can do something to avoid them by reducing vulnerability, exposure and risk” – Prof. Emeritus Anthony Oliver-Smith

I ask that all social scientists who research hazards and disasters join the Social Science Extreme Events Research network (SSEER)

A Tale of Two Puerto Ricos


Today in disaster resilience (8 September 2017)


Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cornwall floods leave motorists trapped in vehicles

More than 1,000 firefighters battling largest fire in Los Angeles history

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West

More Than 100,000 People Have Been Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ulawun

Dozens of wildfires very active in Montana and Idaho

Cross River flood kills 15 in 2 months

Current wildfires in the USA

Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic

NASA shares video of Hurricane Irma viewed from space

Benue Floods: Three dead, 110,000 risk contracting disease

Hurricane Irma latest: Record high winds and flash floods lash Caribbean as ‘most powerful storm in 80 years’ rages towards Florida

Hurricane Irma – High resolution flood depths – Caribbean 06/09/2017 – FREE Dataset – JBA

Hurricane Irma leaves 3 dead in eastern Caribbean

Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history, tears through the Caribbean

Wildfire smoke crosses U.S. on the jet stream

The U.S. Virgin Islands sit squarely in Hurricane Alley. Irma will test the storm-weathered islands’ limits

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

The impacts of the Eagle Creek fire

Potential catastrophic flooding in Florida from Hurricane Irma


Disaster risk reduction

We already knew how to reduce damage from floods. We just didn’t do it.

Florida big contributor to flood program shortfall

European fire governance and the megafire challenge

NZ needs to act now to protect people and property, leaked coastal erosion report urges

When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one

Time for a global policy on disaster risk reduction

As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?

Future Flood Control: Time To Buy And Bulldoze Houston’s Most Flooded Homes

Building A Flood-Proof Skyscraper Resilient To Climate Change

What earthquake science can tell us about North Korea’s nuclear test

South Asia floods put new GloFAS river discharge forecasts to the test

Quaternary earthquakes: Geology and palaeoseismology for seismic hazard assessment

Transition time for chief resilience officers

Freetown’s mudslides and the slippery slope of urban risk in Africa

The Catastrophic Floods in India: A Perspective on Embankments

Why Chennai – like other Indian cities – will definitely flood again

End-To-End Probabilistic Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Community Resilience

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017

Aon Benfield teams up with JBA on UK flood risk modelling

96% uninsured in parts of Puerto Rico and USVI hit hardest by Hurricane Irma

“Passive approaches [to flood management] are always the key”

Risk of Strong Hurricane Winds to Florida Cities

Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas

Houston’s disaster is a lesson in the importance of urban land-use regulation — of not letting developers build whatever they want

More floods are coming and we’re making them worse

The CSIR coastal flood risk viewer is an interactive web-based tool to visualise the extent of coastal flooding in specific areas

Hurricane Harvey shows how floods don’t pay attention to flood zone maps — or politicians

“We’ve built our cities and flood protections with assumptions based on the climate of the past”


Emergency Management

Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers

What would really happen if Britain came under nuclear attack?

Humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh as floods leave victims stranded, suffering, and close to starving

A Bipartisan Bill Helped Save Pets From Harvey, And Maybe Their Humans Too

Harvey Aftermath: A Public Health Crisis in the Making

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms

Hurricane Harvey: What Happens to Drug Users During a Storm?

Hurricane Harvey could cost $190 billion, be worst-ever U.S. natural disaster, says AccuWeather

Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did

Harvey Has Morphed into a Multi-Pronged Environmental Disaster

New York hospitals lend Texas a hand with Harvey

Harvey victims leave shelters but face dire housing needs

FEMA’s Role In Responding To Disasters

Morwell residents seven times more likely to have a heart attack since Hazelwood mine fire

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia

Estimating the Cost of Disasters

City’s underserved population foresees uneven recovery

‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia’s worst floods in a decade recede

Photos From The South Asian Flood That Left 1200 People Dead But No One Talked About

Houston floods: Uninsured and anxious, victims return home

Flooded by Hurricane Harvey: New Map Shows Energy, Industrial, and Superfund Sites

Total property damage from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding estimated at between US$65-75 billion: AIR Worldwide

Red Cross launches first U.S. drone program for disasters

With no government help, Mumbai flood victims are on their own


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The inside story of what it took to keep a Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey

These are the apps helping people affected by Hurricane Harvey

Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide

Sydney residents not being proactive or taking heatwaves seriously, researcher warns

Eye on Calderdale Flood Education site

Prepare for disaster: How your smartphone can help in an emergency

Come and see the Thames Barrier in action at our annual closure

How do hurricanes form?

Resilient … but to what?

Don’t Fall For This Fake Viral Video Of Hurricane Irma

A photographer’s work fighting fires gave him rare, up-close access to California’s wildfire epidemic

Texas colleges devastated by Hurricane Harvey are moving face-to-face courses online

Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world

40th anniversary edition of ‘Disasters’

Seven ways to protect your pets in an emergency

How one photojournalist covered Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey crowdsourced photo map

Understanding fire weather

“Giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough”


Social media and emergency management

Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims

Harvey shows that social media platforms and the way we’ve used them have ‘evolved tremendously’

New Facebook philanthropy partner reflects trend toward long-term disaster response

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That’s Not Really A Plan


Disaster psychology

What NOT to Say to a Flood Survivor

Matt: My Harvey story, our call to action for Houston

Help Kids Cope app

Breaking cognitive barriers to a sustainable future


Social Capital and Disasters

Katrina and now Houston show how people, not just government, are key to effective disaster response




Today in disaster resilience (1 September 2017)



Recent emergencies/disasters

Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, but details of devastation are emerging

New mudslide hits Swiss town, eight hikers still missing

Harvey’s rain ‘beyond anything experienced,’ weather service says

Mammoth Flood Disaster in Houston: More Rain Yet to Come

Tornado Touches Down in Vermillion Parish

Bihar floods’ death toll touches 440

Bangladesh floods worst in 40 years, 8 million affected

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water

Family Of Six Drowns In Houston Flooding

Sierra Leone mudslides ‘kill more than 1,000’

Massive rockslope collapse with 35 fatalities caught on a remarkable video

Active volcanoes in the world

With Ten Times the Usual Rain, Mumbai Heads Towards Imminent Flood

Floods In South Asia Have Killed More Than 1,000 People This Summer

Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened

Harvey leaving record rainfall, at least 22 deaths behind in Houston

India floods: Toddlers killed in Mumbai rains

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

Turkey hit by 28 002 earthquakes during the first 8 months of 2017

Robust steam plume, new explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska

Flood displaces over 110,000 people in Makurdi


Disaster risk reduction

The US is good at responding to flood damage. We’re terrible at mitigating it

In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data

Within cities, poor communities of color often live in segregated neighborhoods with higher flood risks

Houston’s development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone

Texas flood damage from Harvey may match Katrina: insurance group

Five Reasons Houston Is Especially Vulnerable to Flooding

Not so Natural Disasters

Shops under a volcano? The dangerous lure of Mount Etna

How reconnecting with nature can help us cope with floods

Why moving inland might not keep you safe from floods

Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant

Houston drainage grid ‘so obsolete it’s just unbelievable’

Insured losses from Harvey’s wind, storm surge as much as US$2.3 billion: AIR Worldwide

Harvey creating life-threatening flooding in southeastern Texas, early damage estimate up to US$2 billion

Harvey forecast — Innovations in meteorology and climate science

Satellite products support Afghanistan early warning system

A century of wildland fire research

How do we start putting a price on resilience?

Holland has solved the flooding problem; why can’t the US?

Wildfires to become “bigger, hotter, faster, and more frequent than those we confronted before”

Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them

Satellite photos reveal how Mumbai killed its rivers and mangrove forests to risk epic floods

No lessons learnt from the 2005 deluge in Mumbai

Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’

Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes

Poll: Nearly 75% of Voters Back Flood Reforms

Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston?

Why Houston isn’t the only U.S. community ripe for disaster

Bengaluru floods because it is 78% concrete

Flooding and the Economics of Risk Reduction


Emergency Management

North West floods: £270,000 approved to help people affected by storms

Storm Harvey: Up to 2,000 rescued as Houston hit by ‘catastrophic floods’

Pensioners rescued after shocking photo of flooded Texas nursing home goes viral

New, Respected FEMA Chief Faces First Major Challenge With Hurricane Harvey

Why the U.S. wasn’t prepared for Hurricane Harvey

Houston’s Mayor Made the Right Call Telling Residents to Stay Put

Uncertainty continues after Bangladesh floods despite falling water levels

Houston disaster evokes painful memories of Katrina

Conversations Continue on Emergency Communications

Hurricane Harvey: drone footage shows a suburban Houston underwater

Harvey’s unprecedented floods bring a looming public health crisis

Before and after Houston floods

Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey

About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance, face big bills

The participation of Children & Young People in Disaster Management: a European view

When disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, women are far more likely to be negatively affected than other groups


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch a Massive Avalanche and Mudslide Sweep Down a Mountain

A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster

‘This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,’ says man who rode out Harvey with wife, four dogs in a truck

10 Wildfire and Behavior Change Books to Choose From

A ‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why

Hurricane Harvey Is Testing Our Ability To Communicate Natural Disaster Risks

Text message alerts prove life saver in flood-hit Nepal

A step-by-step cartoon guide to efficient, effective collaboration between Earth scientists and data scientists

Texas media coverage in the US is about 160 times that of the Asian flooding

Chile Prepares Mass Earthquake Drills for Students

The ABC’s of Wildfire Terminology

What does transformation really mean?


Social media and emergency management


People are challenging each other on Twitter to text a $10 donation to the Red Cross Harvey fund

Hurricane Harvey Facebook Safety Check

Go on a Twitter holiday if you want to think and write well

“Social media allowed many Houstonians to take their fate into their own hands”

Stranded Texans send pleas for help, share startling photos on social media as flood waters rise

Researchers in the US demonstrated the ability of social media to alert first responders

Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Houston Chinese cope with flood on WeChat

Facebook, Twitter Replace 911 Calls For Stranded In Houston

“Social Media Can Be a Tremendous Asset, but Beware Its Dark Side”


Disaster psychology

What psychologists do on disaster relief operations

Domestic Disaster Displacement (3D) Manual

A Framework for Empowering Women Experiencing Violence in Disaster Settings


Social Capital and Disasters

Volunteers Flock to Houston to Help Hurricane Victims