Today in disaster resilience (22 September 2017)


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

Recent emergencies/disasters

The Latest: Thousands Told to Evacuate as Fla. River Floods

UK threat level raised to ‘critical’ after homemade bomb wounds 29 on London subway

Bihar’s scary new flood

Maria rapidly intensifying, about to slam into Leeward Islands as a major hurricane

Under construction Nam Ao dam bursts, causing severe flash flooding, Laos

Severe storm kills 8, injures at least 140 in western Romania

Alert level raised for Agung volcano, site of one of the largest eruptions of 20th century

Typhoon Doksuri – Death Toll Rises in Vietnam, Flooding Hits Northern Thailand

56 dead, 200 000 homeless and 11 000 homes destroyed as floods ravage Niger

Floods hit Penal, Siparia, Cedros

At least 217 dead after powerful quake hits Mexico – as it happened

Total devastation in Puerto Rico as Maria hits

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Agung, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya

Tropical Storm Watch In Effect For Suffolk County As Jose Expected To Bring Coastal Flooding

Active volcanoes in the world: September 13 – 19, 2017

Mumbai inundated after more than a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu

Hurricane Maria floods Dominican Republic after cutting off power to Puerto Rico; at least 19 killed

Maria Back Over Water After Devastating Hit to Puerto Rico

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Deadly Floods in North Kivu Province

Poland – Floods in Elblag After 80mm of Rain in 24 Hours


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wellington region to band together to tackle climate change

Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5C

Earth Has its Third Warmest August on Record in 2017

Extreme Weather: What’s Climate Change Got to Do With It?

How Members of Parliament understand and respond to climate change

Climate Change made Australia’s warmest winter on record an astounding 60 times more likely

Paris Agreement 1.5 °C warming target still possible

Smoking gun demands grilling for Bureau of Meteorology

Do Hurricanes Feel the Effects of Climate Change?

A new action plan shows how we can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Australia’s southern winters are drying out. Here’s why

Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rain, warmth for Alaska by end of century

Pathways into the unknown: Can your community cope with rising tides?

Climate Change and the Syrian Civil War

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

UNDP Climate Change Adaptation

Are the models “running too hot”?

Women’s leadership can strengthen resilience to climate change

Fire and Climate – A Collection of Articles

Researchers take on atmospheric effects of Arctic snowmelt

Mapping vulnerability to heatwaves in India

Harvey, Irma, Maria: This is the hurricane season scientists expected … and feared

Sea-level rise: No chaos in the satellite-data record

Climate Change Is Already Making People Sicker

Is our media covering climate change well?

Groningen and Rotterdam will accommodate Global Climate Adaptation Centre

The island people with a climate change escape plan


Disaster risk reduction

Experts say repeatedly flooded homes should be purchased and razed, but funds for buyouts are lacking and residents push back

What have we learned from disasters so far?

Pickering leaky dams flood prevention scheme ‘a success’

For More Resilient Cities, Stop Trying To Conquer Nature

Disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes result from a combination of natural hazards and social and human vulnerability

Rapid development in Penang root cause of massive flash floods

The Elderly Are at Risk in Disasters

iSciences World Waterwatch List August 2017

Study Finds FEMA Flood Maps Missed 75% Of Houston Flood Damage Claims Between 1999 And 2009

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing

China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake part 3: the Leader 220 landslide

Influence of road conditions on flood fatalities in Australia

Flood Protection for Cities Needed Now

Automated water gauges have substantially improved the responsiveness of Cambodia’s Early Warning System to floods

Strengthening Infrastructure in Tajikistan for Disaster and Climate Resilience

Building the resilience of Manila’s slums

The National Risk Register 2017 explains the risks of major emergencies that could affect the UK in the next five years and provides resilience advice and guidance

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake Part 4: partially failed slopes

Nature isn’t on a rampage. That would be us.

Bushfire vulnerability through a gendered lens

Assessing Flood Risk: New Foresight Tool at Cutting-Edge of Mitigation Efforts

Austria’s mighty mobile flood walls can hold back 15 ft of floodwater

Transforming Development and Disaster Risk

How GIS Can Help Communities Prepare for Disaster

Why Mexico City is so vulnerable to earthquakes

Houston’s Anything-Goes Business Model Under Siege After Harvey

Australia relies on data from Earth observation satellites, but our access is high risk

Disaster prevention efforts must be refocused

TRL study reveals global warming is contributing to an increased threat of disruptive flooding on coastal roads around the UK

Cities urged to invest in flood protection now for a safer, cheaper future

Comparison of Flood Frequency Analysis Methods for Ungauged Catchments in France

Are we spending enough on disaster preparation?

Who is responsible for hurricane damage?

Predicting disaster: better hurricane forecasts buy vital time for residents

Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake

The hidden simplicity of subduction megathrust earthquakes

Leeds flood defence plans on show

Flooding: Over 3000 Communities In Niger In Danger

Hurricane Harvey Highlights Importance of Preparing for Storms

Are Mexico’s two major earthquakes related, and what could happen next?


Emergency Management

The ability of some residences and businesses to stay functioning during Irma as the power went out

Harvey’s Poorest Victims Will Never Rebuild. They’re Getting Evicted

Floods class action against Qld government delayed until December

Low-Income Communities Were The Hardest Hit By Hurricane Harvey

What Makes Displacement Different Today?

Storm Surge Prediction Tool Helps Emergency Managers Prepare

Barbuda begins difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Irma

It’s not just Texas and Florida: 50 million people worldwide faced floods in the past month

Florida recovers, rests, reflects in wake of Hurricane Irma

The (Very) Long Tail Of Hurricane Recovery

Corelogic estimates Hurricane Irma property damage at $42.5-$65 billion

10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters of 2017

Scenes of Earthquake Damage from Mexico City Neighborhood Reveal City in Rescue Mode

London Fire Brigade firefighters will be able to use the F.I.R.E bags at the scenes of incidents, specifically high rises

Digital disaster relief

Another False Alarm: A Tale of Complacency

A massive, simultaneous Earthquake and Flood simulation is currently underway in Lorca


Disaster education, communications and engagement

People tend to ignore low-probability risks. And some people think that they have flood insurance when they do not

Pinhole Eyes And Fujiwhara Effect: The Strange Terminology Of Hurricane Maria


Hours after an earthquake drill, the real thing struck

Houston must listen to the advocates and experts who predicted the unpredictable

How to tell the stories of those worst affected by a disaster like Hurricane Irma

Covering Hurricanes: Before, During and After the Storm

Survey: Science News and Information Today

Earthquake preparedness education


Social media and emergency management

Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response

Crowdsourcing platform for disaster management using social media tested

Before the Next Hurricane, Get Your Apps in Order

Two-thirds of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media

Many people living in Bihar floods took refuge in Facebook and WhatsApp, and connected with support groups


Disaster psychology

Why we find it hard to imagine and plan for worst-case scenarios

Hurricane Irma’s mental health impact will linger long after the damage is repaired

Disaster-proof: why some stay put during natural catastrophes

MU researchers develop framework for assisting domestic violence victims in disasters

Surviving A Big Storm Doesn’t Mean The Trauma Is Over

Using Data and Services to Meet the Disaster Mental Health Needs of Youth and Families: A Planning and Resource Guide

To maintain our capacity to address climate change, we need to recognize and address the trauma it creates

Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy


Sociology and Disasters

Check on your neighbours when natural disasters strike

Each big catastrophe like a hurricane increases a U.S. county’s poverty by 1 percent, 90 years of data show


TIEMS 2017 Annual Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine


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