Today in disaster resilience (21 September 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Typhoon lashes south China after killing dozens in Philippines https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/typhoon-mangkhut-china-1.4825728

Florence and Mangkhut: Two devastating storms https://www.bbc.com/weather/features/45536138

US storm damage seen from above https://news.sky.com/video/north-carolina-storm-damage-seen-from-above-11499531

Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally at Typhoon Ompong) triggered many landslides along its track https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/09/17/barangay-ucab-1/

Nigeria floods kill more than 100 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45546695

Typhoon Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction in China https://www.dw.com/en/typhoon-mangkhut-leaves-trail-of-destruction-in-china/a-45514612

Storm Helene hits parts of England and Scotland with 80mph gusts https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/storm-helene-hits-britain-with-winds-up-to-70mph-and-torrential-rain-a3938391.html

Death toll from landslide caused by Typhoon Mangkhut rises to 81, three days after it battered northern Luzon island https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/philippines-landslide-piece-180919203522369.html

The Largest Bushfire In California’s History Is Finally Out https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/the-largest-bushfire-in-californias-history-is-finally-out/

Colorado wildfire update: Heat, fall leaves and winds increase fire activity https://www.denverpost.com/2018/09/19/colorado-wildfire-update-september-18/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=tw-denverpost

Storm Ali: Woman who died after caravan swept off cliff named; 67,000 remain without power https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/storm-ali-woman-who-died-after-caravan-swept-off-cliff-named-67000-remain-without-power-870067.html

Florence death toll rises to 32 as floodwaters linger in North Carolina https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/18/florence-death-toll-north-carolina-flooding

3 Dead, 6 missing after landslide in Thailand http://www.news4europe.eu/6350_world/5667413_3-dead-6-missing-after-landslide-in-thailand.html

Algeria – Deadly Flash Floods in Constantine and Tebessa http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-flash-floods-constantine-tebessa-september-2018

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Sep 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/70663/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Sep-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Krakatau-Dukono-Reventador.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How climate change is ‘loading the dice’ for more perilous https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-climate-change-is-loading-the-dice-for-more-perilous-hurricanes

The vast majority of Americans think elected leaders should tackle the carbon crisis https://www.momscleanairforce.org/americans-climate-change-poll/

Hurricane Florence’s catastrophic flooding is a sign of what’s to come https://grist.org/article/hurricane-florences-catastrophic-flooding-is-a-sign-of-whats-to-come/?platform=hootsuite

Nigeria: Ocean Surge in Lagos and Coastal Areas https://allafrica.com/stories/201809160218.html

Scientists predict Tangier Island could be uninhabitable within 25 years https://psmag.com/magazine/the-countrys-first-climate-change-casualties

How climate change could cause more mega-storms like Super Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2164262/how-climate-change-could-cause-more-mega-storms-super-typhoon

Mean and extreme northwest Australian (NWA) summertime rainfall has increased significantly since 1950 https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/joc.5788

Limiting Warming to 2°C Would Prevent ‘Worldwide Increases’ in Heat-Related Deaths https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-heat-deaths-2604577771.html

Shade can ease heat, but one neighborhood finds trees are just part of the solution https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2018/09/18/shade-can-ease-phoenix-heat-but-trees-need-water-grow/1104865002/

Exploring challenges and opportunities to leveraging carbon removal strategies to help tackle climate change https://www.wri.org/our-work/project/carbon-removal

Yes, You Can Blame Bad Storms on Climate Change https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-16/extreme-weather-like-hurricanes-can-be-linked-to-climate-change

Climate change impacts on dam safety https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/18/2471/2018/

How climate change is driving global hunger https://www.axios.com/climate-change-global-hunger-united-nations-8a95b201-fb02-4ee7-92f3-8369eed6abf7.html

Tropics are widening as predicted by climate models, research finds https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/09/iub/releases/17-tropics-widening-as-predicted-by-models.html

Scientists to study climate change impact on Kerala https://www.livemint.com/Politics/UbjFjGwTvVTlsT1LY79PlL/Scientists-to-study-climate-change-impact-on-Kerala.html

Amidst a rising sea-level crisis, staying resilient in New Orleans https://www.greenbiz.com/article/amidst-rising-sea-level-crisis-staying-resilient-new-orleans

What is the future for coastal freshwater wetlands in a changing climate? https://catchmenttocoast.org/2018/09/19/what-is-the-future-for-coastal-freshwater-wetlands-in-a-changing-climate/

A groundbreaking Hurricane Florence study could change how we think about climate https://grist.org/article/a-groundbreaking-hurricane-florence-study-could-change-how-we-think-about-climate/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Late payment as helpful as no insurance: Lessons from the Canterbury quakes https://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=12126421

Feds accepting applications to buy development rights for properties damaged by Irene, Sandy https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Feds-accepting-applications-to-buy-development-13227615.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Chatham County may change flood-related building ordinance rules http://www.savannahnow.com/news/20180916/chatham-county-may-change-flood-related-building-ordinance-rules

What if America had a Detective Agency for Disasters? https://www.wired.com/story/what-if-america-had-a-detective-agency-for-disasters/amp?__twitter_impression=true

What did really improve our meso‐scale hydrological model? A multi‐dimensional analysis based on real observations https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1029/2018WR022813

The complex business of predicting a flood https://fountainink.in/reportage/the-complex-business-of-predicting-a-flood

Florence flooding numbers https://www.axios.com/hurricane-florence-flooding-carolinas-rivers-rise-b2851e67-17e4-4a5d-95aa-6cdefacc4a45.html

Our building boom meets Mother Nature https://www.axios.com/our-building-boom-meets-mother-nature-1537217546-6ea5db98-ee4a-44a8-a5d3-daf455fecda7.html

The floodplains read like maps of economic inequality https://medium.com/s/story/slow-drip-hurricanes-floods-and-poverty-594226dd3eb6

Copernicus Sentinel maps Hurricane Florence flooding https://phys.org/news/2018-09-copernicus-sentinel-hurricane-florence.html

British tsunamis ‘happen much more often’ than thought https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45541721

In the Face of Disaster, Architects Are Redesigning Their Role https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/113893843/list/in-the-face-of-disaster-architects-are-redesigning-their-role/

Lessons from Mexico’s Earthquake Early Warning System https://eos.org/features/lessons-from-mexicos-earthquake-early-warning-system

Why are there so many fires burning the Top End black every year? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-18/why-are-there-so-many-fires-burning-the-top-end-black-every-year/10238998

Mitigating Flood Impacts With Resiliency Parks https://www.routefifty.com/management/2018/09/mitigating-flood-impacts-resiliency-parks/151388/

Evaluating life-safety risk for fieldwork on active volcanoes: the volcano life risk estimator (VoLREst), a volcano observatory’s decision-support tool https://appliedvolc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13617-018-0076-y

Why understanding disaster risk matters for sustainable development https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/why-understanding-disaster-risk-matters-sustainable-development?cid=SURR_TT_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Understanding Risk Balkans Conference https://understandrisk.org/event/urbalkans2018/

Call for applications: Host interesting side events at the GP2019 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/59660

Long before Florence, the city’s buyout program was helping residents leave flood-prone areas https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/charlotte-shows-how-to-beat-flooding

New study confirms monster volcano Katla is charging up for an eruption https://icelandmag.is/article/new-study-confirms-monster-volcano-katla-charging-eruption

The meteorology behind Hurricane Florence’s historic rain and flooding https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/09/19/meteorology-behind-hurricane-florences-historic-rain-flooding/?utm_term=.b6c209b69676

The Evolution of Earthquake Science http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/the-evolution-of-earthquake-science/

A tectonic squeeze may be loading three thrust faults beneath central Los Angeles http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/a-tectonic-squeeze-may-be-loading-three-thrust-faults-beneath-central-los-angeles-7749/

Building back better in Lao PDR http://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/presscenter/blog/2018/building-back-better-in-lao-pdr.html

Mexico City’s Architects of Destruction https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/09/mexico-city-earthquake-damage-building-codes/570679/

 

Emergency Management

Florence’s floodwaters may carry hidden dangers: Electrocution, injury and infection https://abcnews.go.com/Health/florences-floodwaters-carry-hidden-dangers-electrocution-injury-disease/story?id=57821307

In summer 2018, wildfires across western North America disrupted the lives of millions https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/videos/a-season-of-smoke?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=NASA&utm_campaign=NASASocial&linkId=56908366

Transformation and innovation in the wake of devastation: an economic and disaster recovery plan for Puerto Rico https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/60397

Why Counting The Number Of Dead After A Hurricane — Or Any Disaster — Matters https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hurricane-maria-trump-death-count-florence-disaster_us_5b9c4aa0e4b013b0977adc57

From start to finish, Hurricane Florence behaved like no other https://www.news4jax.com/weather/hurricane/from-start-to-finish-hurricane-florence-behaved-like-no-other

Hurricane Florence Creating Housing Shortage for Displaced North Carolinians https://www.wsj.com/articles/hurricane-florence-creating-housing-shortage-for-displaced-north-carolinians-1537263001

1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-7-million-chickens-drown-175600464.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw

Lack of flood insurance heaps misery on homeowners slammed by Hurricane Florence https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/09/16/florence-and-flood-insurance/1327854002/

Drone images of the Barangay Ucab landslide https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/09/18/barangay-ucab-landslide/

The Strongest Storm Of The Year Shook Southeast Asia This Weekend https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/the-strongest-storm-of-the-year-shook-southeast-asia-this-weekend/

Florence is the worst flood in East Coast history. Here’s how locals describe it. https://grist.org/article/florence-is-the-worst-flood-in-east-coast-history-heres-how-locals-describe-it/

New coastal flood warning schemes launch in Scotland https://stv.tv/news/north/1431031-new-coastal-flood-warning-schemes-launch-in-scotland/

Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain https://www.apnews.com/5ec5de2d8cd448429b52e9146a4b8878

Hurricanes Irma and Maria: State of Recovery https://disasterphilanthropy.org/event/hurricanes-irma-and-maria-state-of-recovery/

Dry conditions prompt an earlier bushfire season https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/resources/hazardnewsedition/4946

One Year Later, Puerto Rico Is Not Ready for Another Hurricane https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/one-year-later-puerto-rico-not-ready-for-another-hurricane

A Year After Maria, Puerto Rico Is Pushed to Precipice https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-year-after-maria-puerto-rico-is-pushed-to-precipice-1537435802

Why The Way Hurricanes Are Classified Can Be Deceptive https://www.npr.org/2018/09/18/649274572/why-the-way-hurricanes-are-classified-can-be-deceptive

Inflatable veterinary field hospital launched ahead of South Australia’s fire season http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-19/inflatable-veterinary-hospital-to-help-thousands-in-bushfires/10281698

Battle-Tested Houstonians Help Hurricane Victims in The Carolinas https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/09/17/304453/battle-tested-houstonians-help-hurricane-victims-in-the-carolinas/?utm_source=twitter-share-article&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=hpm-share-link

Trump Visited Rain-Drenched North Carolina and It Went About as Well as You’d Expect https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/09/trump-visited-rain-drenched-north-carolina-and-it-went-about-as-well-as-youd-expect/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Enrico Quarantelli: He proved that disasters bring out the best in us https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/28/magazine/the-lives-they-lived-enrico-l-quarantelli.html

How to help people impacted by disasters http://www.disaster-ology.com/home/2017/8/26/-hurricane-harvey-how-to-help–8xpbg-7yf88-chgdy-rj7xm

Super Typhoon, Hurricane: What’s the Difference? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/09/super-typhoon-mangkhut-typhoons-vs-hurricanes/

Uncovering ‘Community’: Challenging an Elusive Concept in Development and Disaster Related Work http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/8/3/71

Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: Evidence from the World Climate simulation https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0202877

#NoNaturalDisasters http://drrd.org.uk/nonaturaldisasters/

A lesson from Hurricane Maria: Communicate! https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2018/09/17/lesson-hurricane-maria-communicate?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

A learning review of Communications and Community Engagement during the Hurricane Maria Response in Dominica (2018) http://www.cdacnetwork.org/tools-and-resources/i/20180914160532-w9axq

Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network http://www.didrrn.net/

#NoNaturalDisasters – Journalist guidance https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wauOb1qVH3ID_YZOzkawhCYOROcybxaD3vIMg3DFNUs/edit

How journalists become first responders in a disaster https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/how-journalists-become-first-responders-during-a-natural-disaster/

What we need to do to prepare for bushfire season https://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/what-we-need-to-do-to-prepare-for-bushfire-season/news-story/06322d11b0cfba5e93fe7b1b5a3c57b5

 

Disaster Psychology

Scientists weigh public’s emotional responses to climate risks https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/09/scientists-on-emotional-responses-to-climate-risks/

Hurricane kids: What Katrina taught us about saving Puerto Rico’s youngest storm victims https://theconversation.com/hurricane-kids-what-katrina-taught-us-about-saving-puerto-ricos-youngest-storm-victims-101509

‘Even the Best-Run Hurricane Shelters Can Be Highly Stressful’ https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/shelter-with-friends-family-hurricane-trauma/570703/

Psychologists explain our climate change anxiety https://thinkprogress.org/hurricanes-wildfires-heatwaves-climate-anxiety-what-psychologists-have-to-say-77a4c4ecaf3b/

 

Sociology and Disasters

Surfacing gender in disaster https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1764639

Hurricane Florence and the Displacement of African-Americans Along the Carolina Coast https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/african-americans-hurricane-florence-displacement.html

‘I can’t afford to leave my home’: evacuating too costly for some in path of Hurricane Florence https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/14/myrtle-beach-poorest-evacuating-costly-hurricane-florence?CMP=share_btn_tw

The Unequal Burden of Climate Change https://newrepublic.com/article/151269/hurricane-florence-typhoon-mangkhut-unequal-burden-climate-change

Escaping a major storm like Florence is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re broke http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-florence-poverty-20180916-story.html

 

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