Today in disaster resilience (31 August 2018)

disaster

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 https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/reports-hurricane-lane-batters-hawaii-with-life-threatening-flooding-dozens-of-landslides/70005881

NASA images from space show a world on fire https://www.sfgate.com/science/article/NASA-images-from-space-show-a-world-on-fire-13180187.php?utm_campaign=twitter-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Lane’s Rains Topple Records, Inundate Parts of Big Island https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Lanes-Rains-Topple-Records-Inundate-Parts-Big-Island

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods Hit Kunar Province http://floodlist.com/asia/afghanistan-flash-floods-kunar-province-august-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Taiwan – Floods Leave 7 Dead, Thousands Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/taiwan-floods-rainfall-august-2018

Over 1,200 people killed in South Asia monsoon http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/over-1-200-people-killed-in-south-asia-monsoon/article/530462

More than 50,000 evacuated in Myanmar as homes, shops flooded after dam fails https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-dam/myanmar-dam-breach-floods-town-two-villages-blocks-highway-fire-department-idUSKCN1LE09D

A map of fires burning across the globe https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/map-of-worlds-wildfires

2018 now worst fire season on record as B.C. extends state of emergency https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/state-of-emergency-extended-as-2018-becomes-worst-b-c-wildfire-season-on-record-1.4803546

Flood hits 8 local government areas in Kano state http://guardian.ng/news/flood-hits-8-local-government-areas-in-kano-state/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

483 Dead, 14 Missing In Kerala Floods https://www.ommcomnews.com/india-news/483-dead-14-missing-in-kerala-floods-vijayan

Midwest: Severe storms lead to widespread flooding and high water rescues, leave 110 000 without power https://watchers.news/2018/08/30/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 https://watchers.news/2018/08/26/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 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70376/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-30-Aug-2018-Krakatau-volcano-Dukono-Turrialba-Sangay-Sakurajima-Sa.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the world (and maybe in space, too) https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/supersized-solar-farms-are-sprouting-around-world-maybe-space-too-ncna901666

Climate change worsens extreme weather and hurts people of color the most https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/08/24/video-climate-change-worsens-extreme-weather-and-hurts-people-color-most-when-will-mainstream-media/221095

Hurricane Lane Brings Hawaii a Warning About Future Storm Risk https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082018/hurricane-lane-climate-change-ocean-sea-surface-temperature-hawaii-global-warming-tropical-weather

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/cuot-ccd082118.php

‘It’s alarming’: Wildfire emissions grow to triple B.C.’s annual carbon footprint https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/it-s-alarming-wildfire-emissions-grow-to-triple-b-c-s-annual-carbon-footprint-1.4259306

California’s Fourth Climate Assessment http://www.climateassessment.ca.gov/

The Arctic’s ‘last bastion’ of sea ice is breaking up for the first time on record https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/23/world/arctic-sea-ice-breakup-greenland-trnd-wxc/index.html

Climate change is real. We must not offer credibility to those who deny it https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/26/climate-change-is-real-we-must-not-offer-credibility-to-those-who-deny-it?CMP=share_btn_tw

How Wildfires Can Affect Climate Change (and Vice Versa) https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23082018/extreme-wildfires-climate-change-global-warming-air-pollution-fire-management-black-carbon-co2

Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/world/australia/australia-climate-change-malcolm-turnbull.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

The human role in this summer’s heat https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/simon-donner-the-human-role-in-this-summers-heat

Drought is inevitable, Mr Joyce https://theconversation.com/drought-is-inevitable-mr-joyce-101444

Richard Glover on climate policy: Australia insignificant? Pathetic and absurd https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/richard-glover-on-climate-policy-australia-insignificant–pathetic-and-absurd-20180821-h149jc.html

Global warming is changing the jet stream, increasing extreme weather events https://aboutclimatechange.com/global-warming-changing-jet-stream-extreme-heat-drought-rainfall/

Dual Climate and Mitigation Plans Get Santa Cruz, Calif., into Action http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Dual-Climate-and-Mitigation-Plans-Get-Santa-Cruz-Calif-into-Action.html

Earth is the warmest it’s been in 120,000 years https://mashable.com/2018/08/27/earth-warmest-temperatures-climate-change/?europe=true&utm_cid=hp-h-1#YmzOlil62iqH

All models used by Bureau now point to El Nino by the end of spring https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/all-models-used-by-bureau-now-point-to-el-nino-by-the-end-of-spring-20180828-p500cb.html

Hawaii Begins to Tally Costs, Contemplate a Future of Extreme Rainfall https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/08/28/hawaii-climate-costs-hurricane-lane/

What we knew when about global warming https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2018/august/1533045600/lesley-hughes/what-we-knew-when-about-global-warming

Global sea-level budget 1993–present https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/10/1551/2018/essd-10-1551-2018.pdf

Inequity amplified: climate change, the Australian farmer, and mental health https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2018/209/4/inequity-amplified-climate-change-australian-farmer-and-mental-health

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches https://theconversation.com/far-sighted-adaptation-to-rising-seas-is-blocked-by-just-fixing-eroded-beaches-96503?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Last Glacier Standing in Venezuela https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92659/last-glacier-standing-in-venezuela

A modest 0.5-m rise in sea level will double the tsunami hazard in Macau http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/8/eaat1180.full

Heat is not just about hardware – it’s about people http://news.trust.org/item/20180828094854-pub98

Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/60195

Sri Lanka getting ahead of disaster risks http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/2018/08/getting-ahead-of-disaster-risks/

Disaster on the horizon: the price effect of sea level rise https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60097

Scientists say climate change models need to be revised after back-to-back summers of wildfire emergencies https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/the-future-looks-grim-after-2-years-of-devastating-b-c-wildfires-1.4801181

Global warming is intensifying El Niño weather https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/aug/29/global-warming-is-intensifying-el-nino-weather?CMP=share_btn_tw

What Is Going on with the Weather? Reflections on Gaps Between Data and Experience https://www.epicpeople.org/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? http://news.trust.org/packages/rising-heat/

Dry times to continue as BOM releases grim spring outlook http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-30/dry-times-ahead-as-bom-releases-spring-outlook/10177842

Climate change can be deadly if you live alone https://theconversation.com/climate-change-can-be-deadly-if-you-live-alone-100881

Global warming to increase water in South Asian rivers http://www.eco-business.com/news/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 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/30/local-efforts-noble-study-shows-scale-climate-threat-demands-heavy-lifting-national

 

Disaster risk reduction

Check out the latest articles to appear soon in Disaster Prevention and Management https://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/dpm/0/0

Urban resilience implementation: A policy challenge and research agenda for the 21st century https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1468-5973.12233

Kerala floods: Poor dam management behind disasters, experts say https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-floods-poor-dam-management-behind-disasters-experts-say/story-WR43JJjuHQjYRms3m2VxhI.html

Harris County voters pass $2.5 billion flood bond https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-voters-pass-2-5-billion-flood-bond-13182853.php

Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2193.html

Hurricane Harvey Is Houston’s Unending Nightmare https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/hurricane-harvey-is-houstons-unending-nightmare/568579/

India among nations most affected by landslides due to human activities: study https://www.livemint.com/Politics/vJOn6G5QmwK4EMTevhBiUL/India-among-nations-most-affected-by-landslides-due-to-human.html

Managing Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risks http://www.ppic.org/blog/managing-forests-to-reduce-wildfire-risks/#.W4MfodP4YG5.twitter

Global disaster losses totalled $36 billion in the first half of 2018 http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/global-disaster-losses-cost-36-billion-in-the-first-half-of-2018/

Disaster risk-informed strategies for sustainable development https://www.unisdr.org/archive/60137

Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence https://theconversation.com/would-an-eruption-in-melbourne-really-match-hawaiis-volcanoes-heres-the-evidence-101675?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Réunion Island volcano https://www.volcanocafe.org/reunion-island/

Earth’s Deadliest Mass Extinction Was Driven by Toxic Volcano Plumes https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xbjwk/earths-deadliest-mass-extinction-was-driven-by-toxic-volcano-plumes

The global value of mangroves for risk reduction https://floodresilience.net/resources/item/the-global-value-of-mangroves-for-risk-reduction

Santa Rosa County selected for coastal resiliency training program https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2018/08/26/santa-rosa-county-selected-coastal-resiliency-training-program/1066422002/

Dams and water reservoirs need flood management systems that use scientific methods to understand when the time is right to open the gates https://sandrp.in/2018/08/27/drp-news-bulletin-27-august-2018-wrong-management-of-dams-create-floods-accept-officials-and-experts/

People living near waterways must choose between moving away or building ever-larger flood defences https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/aug/27/weatherwatch-climate-change-raises-flood-risks-for-river-communities?CMP=share_btn_tw

Why Hurricanes Like Lane May Become More Common In Hawaii https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2018/08/25/why-hurricanes-like-lane-may-become-more-common-in-hawaii/#4f4d907850a1

Characterizing the Spatial Scales of Extreme Daily Precipitation in the United States https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0019.1?journalCode=clim

Mapping global landslides https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/08/28/mapping-global-landslides/

Buyouts Bring Promise and Challenges to Flood-Affected Homeowners https://kinder.rice.edu/2018/08/20/buyouts-bring-promise-and-challenges-flood-affected-homeowners

Visualising the 2018 Kerala Floods https://mdm.users.earthengine.app/view/kerala-flood-2018

How Landslides Become Disasters https://eos.org/project-updates/how-landslides-become-disasters

Global patterns of interannual climate–fire relationships https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gcb.14405

Routes to resilience: insights from BRACED final year http://www.braced.org/resources/i/routes-to-resilience-insights-from-BRACED-final-year/

Strengthening Resilient Livelihood http://www.kh.undp.org/content/cambodia/en/home/operations/projects/build-resilience/SRL.html

Flood risk analysis & flood warning systems for Malaysia https://www.ambientalrisk.com/flood-risk-analysis-flood-warning-systems-malaysia/

Google bets on artificial intelligence to tackle floods, diseases https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/google-bets-on-artificial-intelligence-to-tackle-floods-diseases-2890161.html

What is nuisance flooding? Defining and monitoring an emerging challenge https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60174

Preparing for the next storm: Learning from the man-made environmental disasters that followed Hurricane Harvey https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60070

Understanding epistemic uncertainty in large-scale coastal flood risk assessment for present and future climates https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/59986

Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum https://www.hcn.org/articles/reckoning-with-history-wildfire-suppression-in-wilderness-a-decades-old-conundrum

Latest edition of Natural Hazards Disaster Research https://hazards.colorado.edu/disaster-research/current

State Disclosure Laws Leave Homebuyers in the Dark About Flood Risks https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/08/28/state-disclosure-laws-flood-risks/

Bushfire threat now a year-round situation in Australia, expert warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-29/year-round-bushfire-warnings-needed-australia/10168204

Artificial intelligence nails predictions of earthquake aftershocks https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06091-z?sf196497354=1

Houston’s Resilience Challenge http://100resilientcities.org/cities/houston/

Alpine Fault quake: It will ‘likely happen in the lifetime of many Kiwis’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106661445/alpine-fault-quake-it-will-likely-happen-in-the-lifetime-of-many-new-zealanders

Open data for resilience https://index.opendri.org/

Solomon Islands communities are exposed to a number of natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/wea-nao-bae-iu-go-where-will-you-go

Scientists develop low-cost flood sensing system https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-low-cost.html

How past floods are shaping France’s future https://www.jbarisk.com/news-blogs/how-past-floods-are-shaping-frances-future/

 

Emergency Management

Kerala floods: Homes damaged, people afraid to leave camps https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-kerala-floods-homes-damaged-people-afraid-to-leave-camps-2654708

Big data and technology in disasters: Better integration needed for effective response https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822141040.htm

After disaster alert failures, U.S. moves toward national system https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-disaster-alerts/after-disaster-alert-failures-u-s-moves-toward-national-system-idUSKBN1KU1C1

Sydney Airport’s disaster response tested in major emergency exercise https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-airport-s-disaster-response-tested-in-major-emergency-exercise-20180823-p4zz6k.html

FEMA updates US nuclear disaster plans http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/403481-fema-updates-us-nuclear-disaster-plans

India wins praise for ‘exemplary’ flood relief as community pitches in https://www.zilient.org/article/india-wins-praise-exemplary-flood-relief-community-pitches

Not All Fires Are Equal https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/not-all-fires-are-equal

Bridging the information gap of disaster responders by optimizing data selection using cost and quality https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009830041730571X

Puerto Rico raises official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/hurricane-maria-new-death-toll-estimate-is-close-to-3000?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Nearly 10 percent of Texans displaced by Harvey still haven’t gone home, survey says https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/23/fema-and-texas-dont-know-how-many-people-hurricane-harvey-displaced/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1535121514

Standard operating procedure for flood early warning system in Nepal https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60042

Kerala floods: NASA satellite images show devastating effect of deluges in India from space https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/nasa-satellite-images-show-devastating-effect-of-kerala-floods-from-space-a3921261.html

Quick Emergency Response Requires Speedy Data https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/neutralized-by-the-net-quick-emergency-response-requires-speedy-data

Here’s how the pros fight wildfires https://earther.gizmodo.com/heres-how-the-pros-fight-wildfires-1828654925?IR=T

How technology is helping responders save lives during disasters like the California wildfires https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/21/how-technology-is-helping-those-responding-to-disasters-like-the-california-wildfires-save-lives/

13 Years Later: Is Thailand Better Prepared for Tsunamis? https://medium.com/undp-in-asia-and-the-pacific/13-years-later-is-thailand-better-prepared-for-tsunamis-ff1cc45dffdf

Harvey overwhelmed emergency preparations https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/30/magazine/hurricane-harvey-houston-floods-texas-emergency.html?imp_id=960949758&action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Mark Schuller Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University talks about failures to help Puerto Rico at the time of need https://sputniknews.com/us/201808111067117053-puerto-rico-disaster-usa-fail-explained/

Earthquake early-warning system successfully sent alarm before temblor felt in Pasadena http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-early-warning-20180829-story.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Smartphones may help predict flash floods soon, says study https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/smartphones-may-help-predict-flash-floods-soon-says-study/articleshow/65541646.cms

As Floods Worsen, Marshall Shepherd Works to Translate Science Into Action http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2018/08/27/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 https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/kerala-floods-of-hope-and-resilience-children-of-kerala-dare-to-dream-refuse-to-bow-down-in-the-face-of-adversity-watch-video-kerala-news-kerala/274950

The Day After, Today https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/day-after-today-1

Remote Indigenous communities welcome two-way training https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/50?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=haznote50

Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dukes-of-hazards-the-emergency-management-podcast/id810691908?mt=2

 

Social Media and Emergencies

Thousands of students, faculty and staff were turning to social media for information and help during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/29/perils-and-pitfalls-higher-ed-social-media-management?platform=hootsuite

How Social Media Came To The Rescue After Kerala’s Floods https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/08/22/640879582/how-social-media-came-to-the-rescue-after-keralas-flood

 

Psychology and Disasters

Climate-Related Natural Disasters: Resilience and Individual Actions https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/climate-change-and-mental-health-connections/resilience-and-individual-actions

Survey: One Year after Hurricane Harvey, 3 in 10 Affected Texas Gulf Coast Residents Say Their Lives Remain Disrupted http://www.episcopalhealth.org/en/research/research-reports/harvey-anniversary-survey-one-year-after-hurricane-harvey-3-10-affected-texas-gulf-coast-residents-say-their-lives-remain-disrup/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Resilience, resistance, infrapolitics and enmeshment http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1354066117692031

Postdisaster Social Capital, Adaptive Resilience and Business Performance of Tourism Organizations in Christchurch, New Zealand https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327251951_Postdisaster_Social_Capital_Adaptive_Resilience_and_Business_Performance_of_Tourism_Organizations_in_Christchurch_New_Zealand

Including sexual and gender minorities in disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/60079

What the Kerala Floods Tell Us About the Two Ideas of India http://indiauncut.com/iublog/article/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 http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/16/professor-challenges-conventional-ways-of-studying-natural-disasters/

I ask that all social scientists who research hazards and disasters join the Social Science Extreme Events Research network (SSEER) https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/a-call-to-social-scientists

A Tale of Two Puerto Ricos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caLTF5kOra4&feature=youtu.be

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Today in disaster resilience (8 September 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cornwall floods leave motorists trapped in vehicles http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-41141331

More than 1,000 firefighters battling largest fire in Los Angeles history http://us.cnn.com/2017/09/02/us/los-angeles-wildfire/index.html

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/desert-safe-wildfire-threat-blazing-west-49556823

More Than 100,000 People Have Been Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria https://www.vibe.com/2017/09/nigeria-flood-100000-displaced/

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ulawun https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65039/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Sep-2017-Dukono-volcano-Reventador-Sakurajima-Sabancaya-Ulawun-S.html

Dozens of wildfires very active in Montana and Idaho http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/09/04/dozens-of-wildfires-very-active-in-montana-and-idaho/

Cross River flood kills 15 in 2 months https://dailytimes.ng/news/criver-flood-kill-15-2-months/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Current wildfires in the USA https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-irma-record-atlantic-ocean-category-5-track-forecast-path/

NASA shares video of Hurricane Irma viewed from space http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-41167062/nasa-shares-video-of-hurrican-irma-viewed-from-space

Benue Floods: Three dead, 110,000 risk contracting disease http://www.fastworldlink.com/2017/09/benue-floods-three-dead-110000-risk.html?m=1

Hurricane Irma latest: Record high winds and flash floods lash Caribbean as ‘most powerful storm in 80 years’ rages towards Florida https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/hurricane-irma-latest-record-high-winds-and-flash-floods-lash-caribbean-as-most-powerful-storm-in-80-a3628586.html

Hurricane Irma – High resolution flood depths – Caribbean 06/09/2017 – FREE Dataset – JBA https://oasishub.co/dataset/hurricane-irma-high-resolution-flood-depths-caribbean-06-09-2017-free-dataset-jba

Hurricane Irma leaves 3 dead in eastern Caribbean https://www.ems1.com/fatal-incidents/articles/320535048-Hurricane-Irma-leaves-3-dead-in-eastern-Caribbean/

Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history, tears through the Caribbean https://grist.org/article/irma-the-strongest-atlantic-hurricane-in-history-keeps-getting-stronger/

Wildfire smoke crosses U.S. on the jet stream https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2624/wildfire-smoke-crosses-us-on-the-jet-stream/

The U.S. Virgin Islands sit squarely in Hurricane Alley. Irma will test the storm-weathered islands’ limits https://psmag.com/environment/are-the-virgin-islands-equipped-to-handle-hurricane-irma

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/07/it-was-like-something-you-see-in-a-horror-movie-irma-survivors-tell-of-devastation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The impacts of the Eagle Creek fire https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/oregons-eagle-creek-fire-and-the-new-reality-of-life-in-the-smoke-filled-american-west

Potential catastrophic flooding in Florida from Hurricane Irma http://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-irma-florida-catastrophic-flooding-660291

 

Disaster risk reduction

We already knew how to reduce damage from floods. We just didn’t do it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/we-already-knew-how-to-reduce-damage-from-floods-we-just-didnt-do-it/2017/09/01/cc6c4174-8f2a-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.050e118e53ca

Florida big contributor to flood program shortfall http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2017/09/02/florida-big-contributor-flood-program-shortfall/105231424/

European fire governance and the megafire challenge https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/european-fire-governance-in-the-era-of-megafires/

NZ needs to act now to protect people and property, leaked coastal erosion report urges https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/96433693/coastal-erosion-report-urges-immediate-action

When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/03/pinatubo-volcano-typhoon-ozone-layer-terrawatch

Time for a global policy on disaster risk reduction http://www.gulf-times.com/story/562448/Time-for-a-global-policy-on-disaster-risk-reductio

As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/02/flood-waters-rising-urban-development-climate-change

Future Flood Control: Time To Buy And Bulldoze Houston’s Most Flooded Homes https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2017/08/30/harvey-damage-tops-20-billion-as-40000-homes-destroyed/#2c2ace025774

Building A Flood-Proof Skyscraper Resilient To Climate Change https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/building-flood-proof-skyscraper-resilient-climate-change/

What earthquake science can tell us about North Korea’s nuclear test https://theconversation.com/qanda-what-earthquake-science-can-tell-us-about-north-koreas-nuclear-test-83415?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

South Asia floods put new GloFAS river discharge forecasts to the test https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/south-asia-floods-put-new-glofas-river-discharge-forecasts-test

Quaternary earthquakes: Geology and palaeoseismology for seismic hazard assessment http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618217305773

Transition time for chief resilience officers http://citiscope.org/story/2017/transition-time-chief-resilience-officers

Freetown’s mudslides and the slippery slope of urban risk in Africa https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/08/23/freetown-s-mudslides-and-slippery-slope-urban-risk-africa

The Catastrophic Floods in India: A Perspective on Embankments http://waterpolicy.online/1353-2/

Why Chennai – like other Indian cities – will definitely flood again http://www.hindustantimes.com/analysis/why-chennai-like-other-indian-cities-will-definitely-flood-again/story-KVxgIt0zyctNFO70EklYGJ.html

End-To-End Probabilistic Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Community Resilience https://hepex.irstea.fr/end-to-end-probabilistic-impact-based-early-warning-systems-for-community-resiliencelder/

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/38?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=southernfireoutlook2017

Aon Benfield teams up with JBA on UK flood risk modelling http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/aon-benfield-teams-up-with-jba-on-uk-flood-risk-modelling-12971

96% uninsured in parts of Puerto Rico and USVI hit hardest by Hurricane Irma https://medium.com/living-beyond-floods/96-uninsured-in-parts-of-puerto-rico-to-be-hit-hardest-by-hurricane-irma-683d87f465c1

“Passive approaches [to flood management] are always the key” https://www.fastcodesign.com/90138912/the-cities-of-the-21st-century-will-be-defined-by-water

Risk of Strong Hurricane Winds to Florida Cities http://myweb.fsu.edu/jelsner/PDF/Research/MalmstadtElsnerJagger2010.pdf

Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas http://wri-india.org/blog/keeping-heads-above-water-lessons-building-resilience-after-flooding-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 http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/why-can-t-the-us-get-its-cities-right-1.2085585

More floods are coming and we’re making them worse http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/09/06/opinion/more-floods-are-coming-and-were-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 https://www.csir.co.za/csir-developed-coastal-flood-risk-viewer-improved-disaster-risk-management-and-development-planning

Hurricane Harvey shows how floods don’t pay attention to flood zone maps — or politicians https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/09/07/hurricane-harvey-shows-how-floods-dont-pay-attention-to-flood-zone-maps-or-politicians/?utm_term=.f3f4d645479a

“We’ve built our cities and flood protections with assumptions based on the climate of the past” https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608800/our-hurricane-risk-models-are-dangerously-out-of-date/

 

Emergency Management

Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/01/547816150/texas-expedites-help-from-out-of-state-health-care-providers

What would really happen if Britain came under nuclear attack? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/would-really-happen-britain-came-nuclear-attack/

Humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh as floods leave victims stranded, suffering, and close to starving http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/09/humanitarian-crisis-looms-in-bangladesh-as-world-media-prioritises-us-floods.html

A Bipartisan Bill Helped Save Pets From Harvey, And Maybe Their Humans Too http://www.npr.org/2017/09/02/547972616/a-bipartisan-bill-helped-save-pets-from-harvey-and-maybe-their-humans-too?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

Harvey Aftermath: A Public Health Crisis in the Making https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31082017/hurricane-harvey-health-risks-climate-change-disease-toxic-chemicals-mold?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms https://fivethirtyeight-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/fivethirtyeight.com/features/hurricane-harveys-impact-and-how-it-compares-to-other-storms/amp/

Hurricane Harvey: What Happens to Drug Users During a Storm? http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/hurricane-harvey-what-happens-to-drug-users-during-a-storm-w500734

Hurricane Harvey could cost $190 billion, be worst-ever U.S. natural disaster, says AccuWeather http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hurricane-harvey-could-cost-190-billion-be-worst-ever-us-natural-disaster-says-accuweather-2017-08-31

Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did https://qz.com/1068790/floods-in-africa-in-august-killed-25-times-more-people-than-hurricane-harvey-did/

Harvey Has Morphed into a Multi-Pronged Environmental Disaster https://newrepublic.com/article/144635/harvey-morphed-multi-pronged-environmental-disaster?utm_content=buffer8110f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New York hospitals lend Texas a hand with Harvey http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170831/HEALTH_CARE/170839975

Harvey victims leave shelters but face dire housing needs https://apnews.com/28dc090723c64275b152cb2b39774ca1

FEMA’s Role In Responding To Disasters http://www.npr.org/2017/09/04/548434477/fema-s-role-in-responding-to-disasters?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

Morwell residents seven times more likely to have a heart attack since Hazelwood mine fire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/morwell-residents-seven-times-more-likely-to-have-heart-attack/8869874

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57455#.Wa8hhPMjHIV

Estimating the Cost of Disasters http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/estimating-the-cost-of-disasters.html

City’s underserved population foresees uneven recovery http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/City-s-underserved-population-foresees-uneven-12169898.php?cmpid=twitter-premium

‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/04/hurricane-harvey-landlords-demand-rent-for-flooded-homes

Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia’s worst floods in a decade recede http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southasia-floods/thousands-hit-by-malaria-dengue-as-south-asias-worst-floods-in-a-decade-recede-idUSKCN1BH10B

Photos From The South Asian Flood That Left 1200 People Dead But No One Talked About http://www.trueactivist.com/photos-from-the-south-asian-flood-that-left-1200-people-dead-but-no-one-talked-about/

Houston floods: Uninsured and anxious, victims return home http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40927487

Flooded by Hurricane Harvey: New Map Shows Energy, Industrial, and Superfund Sites http://blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/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 https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/total-property-damage-hurricane-harveys-flooding-estimated-us65-75-billion-air-worldwide-1004120229/

Red Cross launches first U.S. drone program for disasters http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-redcross-drones/red-cross-launches-first-u-s-drone-program-for-disasters-idUKKCN1BI2X9

With no government help, Mumbai flood victims are on their own http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/with-no-government-help-mumbai-flood-victims-are-on-their-own/articleshow/60406012.cms

 

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 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/inside-story-what-took-keep-texas-grocery-chain-running-chip-cutter

These are the apps helping people affected by Hurricane Harvey http://mashable.com/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-rescue-apps/#h5DSpgp_DmOq

Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/in_it_together_neighbourhood_preparedness_guide_web_final_2015.pdf

Sydney residents not being proactive or taking heatwaves seriously, researcher warns http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-05/sydney-residents-not-taking-heatwave-warnings-seriously/8870222?pfmredir=sm

Eye on Calderdale Flood Education site http://eyeoncalderdale.com/

Prepare for disaster: How your smartphone can help in an emergency http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2017/09/03/prepare-disaster-how-your-smartphone-can-help-emergency/629706001/

Come and see the Thames Barrier in action at our annual closure https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier#thames-barrier-annual-closure-sunday-10-september-2017

How do hurricanes form? https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/165053493274/how-do-hurricanes-form

Resilient … but to what? https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/articles/resilient-what

Don’t Fall For This Fake Viral Video Of Hurricane Irma https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/a-fake-video-of-hurricane-irma-has-been-viewed-more-than-18?utm_term=.cxNyxlxg9#.mm6BW3W6d

A photographer’s work fighting fires gave him rare, up-close access to California’s wildfire epidemic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/09/california-wildfires-drought/

Texas colleges devastated by Hurricane Harvey are moving face-to-face courses online https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/09/06/universities-proactively-prepare-online-transition-amid

Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world http://m.pnas.org/content/early/2017/09/01/1712125114.abstract

40th anniversary edition of ‘Disasters’ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-7717/homepage/VirtualIssuesPage.html#ANNIVERSARY

Seven ways to protect your pets in an emergency https://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

How one photojournalist covered Hurricane Harvey https://blog.photoshelter.com/2017/09/one-photojournalist-covered-hurricane-harvey-alyssa-schukar-houston/

Hurricane Harvey crowdsourced photo map https://napsg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StoryMapCrowdsource/index.html?appid=b6ef838e4d26489e8f62102639dc3d91

Understanding fire weather http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/?cid=003tw57

“Giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough” http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2017/09/07/its-not-a-lack-of-information-that-stops-many-americans-from-adapting-to-flood-risks-its-a-lack-of-cash/

 

Social media and emergency management

Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims http://mashable.com/2017/08/27/hurricane-harvey-social-media-reddit-twitter/#dP9sIqIBDkqz

Harvey shows that social media platforms and the way we’ve used them have ‘evolved tremendously’ http://mashable.com/2017/08/29/social-media-harvey-rescues-force-for-good/#xUwyC0C8mOqr

New Facebook philanthropy partner reflects trend toward long-term disaster response https://www.devex.com/news/new-facebook-philanthropy-partner-reflects-trend-toward-long-term-disaster-response-90951#.Wa1tqpPzsZk.twitter

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That’s Not Really A Plan https://www.buzzfeed.com/kevincollier/social-media-saved-harvey-victims-in-texas-but-thats-not

 

Disaster psychology

What NOT to Say to a Flood Survivor https://humans.media/what-not-to-say-to-a-flood-survivor

Matt: My Harvey story, our call to action for Houston https://spacecityweather.com/matt-my-harvey-story-our-call-to-action-for-houston/

Help Kids Cope app http://www.nctsn.org/content/help-kids-cope?platform=hootsuite

Breaking cognitive barriers to a sustainable future https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-016-0013.pdf

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Katrina and now Houston show how people, not just government, are key to effective disaster response http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865687953/Katrina-and-now-Houston-show-how-people-not-just-government-are-key-to-effective-disaster-response.html

 

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (1 September 2017)

Disaster

 

Recent emergencies/disasters

Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, but details of devastation are emerging https://www.businessinsider.com.au/tropical-storm-harvey-hurricane-updates-map-texas-where-landfall-damage-2017-8

New mudslide hits Swiss town, eight hikers still missing https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-landslide-idUSKCN1B51WG

Harvey’s rain ‘beyond anything experienced,’ weather service says http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/27/us/harvey-landfall/index.html

Mammoth Flood Disaster in Houston: More Rain Yet to Come https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/mammoth-flood-disaster-houston-more-rain-yet-come

Tornado Touches Down in Vermillion Parish https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/louisiana/articles/2017-08-26/the-latest-sw-louisiana-can-expect-up-to-13-inches-of-rain

Bihar floods’ death toll touches 440 http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Q0VX3xLI4jLwhnX5hfQWpI/Bihar-floods-death-toll-touches-440-171-crore-people-stil.html

Bangladesh floods worst in 40 years, 8 million affected http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201856312/bangladesh-floods-worst-in-40-years-8-million-affected

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/27/texas-flood-disaster-harvey-has-unloaded-9-trillion-tons-of-water/?utm_term=.5a91b0f59d5f&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Family Of Six Drowns In Houston Flooding http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/28/family-of-six-drowns-in-houston-flooding/

Sierra Leone mudslides ‘kill more than 1,000’ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/sierra-leone-mudslides-kill-1000-170827205358504.html

Massive rockslope collapse with 35 fatalities caught on a remarkable video https://watchers.news/2017/08/29/zhangjiawan-landslide-china-video/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Active volcanoes in the world https://watchers.news/2017/08/24/active-volcanoes-in-the-world-august-16-22-2017/

With Ten Times the Usual Rain, Mumbai Heads Towards Imminent Flood http://www.news18.com/news/india/with-ten-times-the-usual-rain-mumbai-heads-towards-imminent-flood-1504367.html

Floods In South Asia Have Killed More Than 1,000 People This Summer http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/29/547078456/floods-in-south-asia-have-killed-more-than-1-000-people-this-summer

Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546693088/hurricane-harvey-brings-catastrophe-to-texas

Harvey leaving record rainfall, at least 22 deaths behind in Houston http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-hurricane-harvey-flooding-houston-20170829-story.html

India floods: Toddlers killed in Mumbai rains http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41093404

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia https://watchers.news/2017/08/31/sumatra-indonesia-earthquake-august-31-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Turkey hit by 28 002 earthquakes during the first 8 months of 2017 https://watchers.news/2017/08/30/turkey-hit-by-28-002-earthquakes-during-the-first-8-months-of-2017/

Robust steam plume, new explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska https://watchers.news/2017/08/27/robust-steam-plume-new-explosive-eruption-at-bogoslov-volcano-alaska/

Flood displaces over 110,000 people in Makurdi https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/flood-displaces-over-110-000-people-in-makurdi-sema.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

The US is good at responding to flood damage. We’re terrible at mitigating it https://www.vox.com/2017/8/26/16208230/hurricane-harvey-flood-damage

In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data https://eos.org/editors-vox/in-pursuit-of-flash-flood-data

Within cities, poor communities of color often live in segregated neighborhoods with higher flood risks https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/08/a-catastrophe-for-houstons-most-vulnerable-people/538155/?utm_source=twb

Houston’s development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-s-development-boom-and-reduction-of-8403838.php&cmpid=twitter-premium

Texas flood damage from Harvey may match Katrina: insurance group https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-insurance-idUSKCN1B70W0

Five Reasons Houston Is Especially Vulnerable to Flooding https://www.wsj.com/articles/five-reasons-houston-is-especially-vulnerable-to-flooding-1503676480

Not so Natural Disasters https://thesocietypages.org/trot/2016/10/19/not-so-natural-disasters/

Shops under a volcano? The dangerous lure of Mount Etna https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/27/dangerous-lure-of-mount-etna-sicily-italy?CMP=share_btn_tw

How reconnecting with nature can help us cope with floods http://www.eco-business.com/news/how-reconnecting-with-nature-can-help-us-cope-with-floods/

Why moving inland might not keep you safe from floods http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/analysis-why-moving-inland-might-not-keep-you-safe-from-floods/

Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/dr_robert_bullard_houston_s_unrestrained

Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant https://qz.com/1064364/hurricane-harvey-houstons-flooding-made-worse-by-unchecked-urban-development-and-wetland-destruction/

Houston drainage grid ‘so obsolete it’s just unbelievable’ https://apnews.com/d279b95b3eff430f88fed9c4c2a22fad

Insured losses from Harvey’s wind, storm surge as much as US$2.3 billion: AIR Worldwide https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insured-losses-harveys-wind-storm-surge-much-us2-3-billion-air-worldwide-1004119802/

Harvey creating life-threatening flooding in southeastern Texas, early damage estimate up to US$2 billion https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/associations/harvey-creating-life-threatening-flooding-southeastern-texas-early-damage-estimate-high-us2-billion-1004119666/

Harvey forecast — Innovations in meteorology and climate science http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/harvey-forecast-innovations-in-meteorology-and-climate-science/article/501183

Satellite products support Afghanistan early warning system http://un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/satellite-products-support-afghanistan-early-warning-system

A century of wildland fire research https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24792/a-century-of-wildland-fire-research-contributions-to-long-term

How do we start putting a price on resilience? https://www.zilient.org/article/how-do-we-start-putting-price-resilience

Holland has solved the flooding problem; why can’t the US? http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/29/opinions/dutch-america-storms-opinion-ghitis/index.html

Wildfires to become “bigger, hotter, faster, and more frequent than those we confronted before” http://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/bigger-hotter-faster

Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides https://www.nature.com/news/creeping-earth-could-hold-secret-to-deadly-landslides-1.22485

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/addicks-barker

Satellite photos reveal how Mumbai killed its rivers and mangrove forests to risk epic floods https://qz.com/1065455/satellite-photos-reveal-how-mumbai-killed-its-rivers-and-mangrove-forests-to-risk-epic-floods/

No lessons learnt from the 2005 deluge in Mumbai http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/no-lessons-learnt/article19583161.ece

Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/54698

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/its-time-to-ditch-the-concept-of-100-year-floods/

Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-30/harvey-could-reshape-how-and-where-americans-build-their-homes

Poll: Nearly 75% of Voters Back Flood Reforms http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2017/04/05/poll-nearly-75-percent-of-voters-back-flood-reforms

Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston? http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/wetlands-stopped-650-million-property-damage-hurricane-sandy-can-help-houston/

Why Houston isn’t the only U.S. community ripe for disaster http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/why-houston-isn-t-only-us-community-ripe-disaster

Bengaluru floods because it is 78% concrete http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/bengaluru-floods-because-it-is-78-concrete-iisc-study/articleshow/60300957.cms

Flooding and the Economics of Risk Reduction http://www.brinknews.com/flooding-and-the-economics-of-risk-reduction/

 

Emergency Management

North West floods: £270,000 approved to help people affected by storms http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-41059940

Storm Harvey: Up to 2,000 rescued as Houston hit by ‘catastrophic floods’ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41067315

Pensioners rescued after shocking photo of flooded Texas nursing home goes viral http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/27/pensioners-rescued-shocking-photo-flooded-texas-nursing-home/

New, Respected FEMA Chief Faces First Major Challenge With Hurricane Harvey http://www.npr.org/2017/08/25/546216170/hurricane-harvey-first-challenge-for-president-trumps-fema-director

Why the U.S. wasn’t prepared for Hurricane Harvey https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/why-the-us-wasnt-prepared-for-hurricane-harvey/article36098669/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Houston’s Mayor Made the Right Call Telling Residents to Stay Put http://fortune.com/2017/08/28/houston-flooding-hurricane-harvey-mayor-evacuation/

Uncertainty continues after Bangladesh floods despite falling water levels https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2017/08/28/millions-flood-affected-people-bangladesh-live-life-uncertainty-despite-decreasing-water-levels/

Houston disaster evokes painful memories of Katrina https://indaily.com.au/news/2017/08/28/houston-disaster-evokes-painful-memories-of-katrina/

Conversations Continue on Emergency Communications https://hazards.colorado.edu/article/the-last-word-on-firstnet-conversations-continue-on-emergency-communications

Hurricane Harvey: drone footage shows a suburban Houston underwater http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-drone-footage-shows-suburban-houston-underwater/

Harvey’s unprecedented floods bring a looming public health crisis https://thinkprogress.org/harvey-public-health-impacts-31d5fcfbb94a/

Before and after Houston floods http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/28/us/harvey-effect-on-houston-then-now-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN082817harvey-effect-on-houston-then-now-trnd0626PMStory

Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/29/houston-texas-harvey-recovery-efforts?CMP=share_btn_tw

About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance, face big bills https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/29/hurricane-harvey-houston-flood-insurance-damages-claims/611910001/

The participation of Children & Young People in Disaster Management: a European view https://www.conftool.pro/esa2017/index.php?page=browseSessions&presentations=show&search=Israel%20Rodriguez%20Giralt

When disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, women are far more likely to be negatively affected than other groups http://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-harvey-likely-affect-women-more-other-group-656590

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch a Massive Avalanche and Mudslide Sweep Down a Mountain http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/rock-avalanche-mudslide-landslide-video-spd/

A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/hurricane-harvey-houston-a-reporter-disaster.html

‘This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,’ says man who rode out Harvey with wife, four dogs in a truck https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2017/08/26/dumbest-thing-ever-done-says-man-rode-harvey-wife-four-dogs-truck

10 Wildfire and Behavior Change Books to Choose From https://fireadaptednetwork.org/community-wildfire-resilience-behavior-change-books/?platform=hootsuite

A ‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/28/climate/500-year-flood-hurricane-harvey-houston.html

Hurricane Harvey Is Testing Our Ability To Communicate Natural Disaster Risks http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hurricane-harvey-communication-weather-disasters_us_59a41f8ae4b0821444c4a4ba

Text message alerts prove life saver in flood-hit Nepal https://www.zilient.org/article/text-message-alerts-prove-life-saver-flood-hit-nepal

A step-by-step cartoon guide to efficient, effective collaboration between Earth scientists and data scientists https://eos.org/opinions/three-steps-to-successful-collaboration-with-data-scientists

Texas media coverage in the US is about 160 times that of the Asian flooding https://www.irinnews.org/maps-and-graphics/2017/08/31/hurricane-versus-monsoon

Chile Prepares Mass Earthquake Drills for Students https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Chile-Prepares-Mass-Earthquake-Drills-for-Students-20170831-0016.html

The ABC’s of Wildfire Terminology https://fireadaptednetwork.org/abcs-wildfire-terminology/

What does transformation really mean? http://resilience2017.org/blog/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 https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/people-challenging-other-twitter-text-102825326.html

Hurricane Harvey Facebook Safety Check https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/home/

Go on a Twitter holiday if you want to think and write well http://thepowerofideas.ideapod.com/smarter-need-quiet-time-4-steps-achieve/?utm_content=buffer1d4e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“Social media allowed many Houstonians to take their fate into their own hands” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/08/28/water-is-swallowing-us-up-in-houston-desperate-flood-victims-turn-to-social-media-for-survival/

Stranded Texans send pleas for help, share startling photos on social media as flood waters rise http://www.businessinsider.com/r-stranded-texans-turn-to-social-media-for-help-as-flood-waters-rise-2017-8?IR=T

Researchers in the US demonstrated the ability of social media to alert first responders http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/twitter-other-social-media-platforms-may-help-track-natural-disasters-117082100375_1.html

Social Media: A Critical Introduction https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/social-media/book250870?priorityCode=7B0846&hootPostID=b9d4828844a9d52b250183e15d9fdc68

Houston Chinese cope with flood on WeChat http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-08/29/content_31254572.htm

Facebook, Twitter Replace 911 Calls For Stranded In Houston http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/08/28/546831780/texas-police-and-residents-turn-to-social-media-to-communicate-amid-harvey

“Social Media Can Be a Tremendous Asset, but Beware Its Dark Side” http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/security-safety/commentaries/17-08-30/hurricane_harvey_emerging_insights_for_emergency_management.aspx

 

Disaster psychology

What psychologists do on disaster relief operations http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/disaster-site.aspx

Domestic Disaster Displacement (3D) Manual http://dcc.missouri.edu/three-d.shtml

A Framework for Empowering Women Experiencing Violence in Disaster Settings http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0886109917706338

 

Social Capital and Disasters

Volunteers Flock to Houston to Help Hurricane Victims https://www.voanews.com/a/volunteers-flood-houston-help-hurricane-victims/4008145.html