Today in disaster resilience (23 February 2018)

Disaster

Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Ohio River flood advisory remains as region recovers from deluge http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/13320163-74/ohio-river-in-pittsburgh-still-under-flood-advisory-as-region-recovers-from

Ramban: massive landslides cut-off the Kashmir Valley for four days (includes a dramatic video) https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/02/16/ramban-1/

Grassfire destroys several Wee Jasper buildings including ‘The Stables’ tavern http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/old-stables-tavern-in-wee-jasper-gutted-by-fire/9452040

A month’s worth of rain in 60 minutes floods Rio de Janeiro, Brazil https://watchers.news/2018/02/16/a-month-s-worth-of-rain-in-60-minutes-floods-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/

Massive eruption at Sinabung volcano, ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l. https://watchers.news/2018/02/19/sinabung-eruption-february-19-2018/

Levant – Flooding in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq After Heavy Rain https://www.sott.net/article/377807-Flooding-in-Turkey-Lebanon-Syria-and-Iraq-following-heavy-rain-up-to-17-inches-in-24-hours

Tropical Cyclone Kelvin weakens, but heavy flooding cuts off Great Northern Highway http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-19/cyclone-kelvin-brings-heavy-flooding-great-northern-highway-food/9460570

Ex-tropical cyclone Gita causes landslips, destroys two homes near Kaikōura https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/101645608/extropical-cyclone-gita-causes-landslips-destroys-two-homes-near-kaikura

Widespread flooding hits US South and Midwest, excessive rain continues https://watchers.news/2018/02/21/widespread-flooding-hits-us-south-and-midwest-excessive-rain-continues/

Broome hit by two years’ worth of rain in two months, Western Australia https://watchers.news/2018/02/20/broome-hit-by-two-years-worth-of-rain-in-two-months-western-australia/

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Mayon https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67662/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Mayon-He.html

Deadly landslide hits Java, over a dozen missing https://watchers.news/2018/02/22/deadly-landslide-hits-java-over-a-dozen-missing/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA and Canada – 2 Dead, 1 Missing as Rivers Overflow in Midwest and Ontario http://floodlist.com/america/usa-canada-midwest-ontario-floods-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Draft UN Report Says World Has Little Chance of Keeping Warming Below 1.5 Degrees http://e360.yale.edu/digest/draft-un-report-says-world-has-little-chance-of-keeping-warming-below-1-5-degrees

Climate change will accelerate extreme weather events in the coming years https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-02-18/climate-change-will-accelerate-extreme-weather-events-coming-years

Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/press-releases/sea-level-legacy-20cm-more-rise-by-2300-for-each-5-year-delay-in-peaking-emissions

We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/12/12/16767152/arctic-sea-ice-extent-chart

Cyclone Gita ‘revved up’ by record summer’s warm oceans http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11998372&ref=twitter

Committed sea-level rise under the Paris Agreement and the legacy of delayed mitigation action https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-02985-8

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/02/21/arctic-temperatures-soar-45-degrees-above-normal-flooded-by-extremely-mild-air-on-all-sides/?utm_term=.cbcde54dd448

Does climate denialism still matter? The prevalence of alternative frames in opposition to climate policy http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xrDw9bFGxwq2zpntUEhJ/full

Climate change ‘will push European cities towards breaking point’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/21/climate-change-will-push-european-cities-towards-breaking-point

B.C. lacks climate change policies, especially on wildfires and flooding: audit https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/b-c-lacks-climate-change-policies-especially-wildfires-flooding-audit-1004127507/

Future heat-waves, droughts and floods in 571 European cities http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaaad3

Public Awareness of Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Is Rising https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/public-consensus-climate-change

How Six Americans Changed Their Minds About Global Warming https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/21/climate/changed-minds-americans.html?smid=tw-share

Rainfall’s natural variation hides climate change signal http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/rainfall%E2%80%99s-natural-variation-hides-climate-change-signal-0

Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/22/category-six-storms-cyclones

Taking a proactive approach to climate extremes in Serbia http://blogs.worldbank.org/europeandcentralasia/taking-proactive-approach-climate-extremes-Serbia

 

Disaster risk reduction

Houston City Council clears way for another 40 flood-prone homes to elevate https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Houston-City-Council-clears-the-way-for-another-12614204.php?utm_campaign=twitter-mobile&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Can Security Measures Really Stop School Shootings? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-security-measures-really-stop-school-shootings/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sa-editorial-social&utm_content=&utm_term=policy_&sf182453910=1

Floods and water storages in Mexico City http://www.circleofblue.org/2018/latin-america/floods-water-shortages-swamp-mexico-city/

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience indicators http://www.indikit.net/sector/29-drr-and-resilience

Global volcanic hazards and risk http://globalvolcanomodel.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Global-Volcanic-Hazards-and-Risk-Full-book-low-res.pdf

The new science of cities? Four reasons we need networked knowledge http://futureearth.org/blog/2018-feb-14/new-science-cities-four-reasons-we-need-networked-knowledge

Unusual Dutch bridge embraces flooding in a thought-provoking way https://inhabitat.com/unusual-dutch-bridge-embraces-flooding-in-a-thought-provoking-way/

Reducing run-off to prevent floods https://www.floodbarrierusa.com/2018/02/reducing-prevent-floods/

Trends in urban resilience 2017 https://unhabitat.org/books/trends-in-urban-resilience-2017/

Sensitivities of NearField Tsunami Forecasts to Megathrust Deformation Predictions http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JB015354/full

How common are earthquakes in the UK? https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/are-uk-earthquakes-a-cause-for-real-future-concern

Community-built bio-dykes https://www.floodresilience.net/blogs/bio-dykes-saving-communities-and-instilling-confidence-in-them

The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/the-sugar-conspiracy-ant-field-medics-burping-lava-and-more-1.4537876/the-earth-burped-lava-after-being-smashed-by-a-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-1.4537895

Landslide models https://blogs.agu.org/thefield/2018/02/19/bringing-mountains-landslides/

Researchers fill gap in current flood models https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/researchers-fill-gap-in-current-flood-models-92773.aspx

Disaster vulnerability index for each country in the world https://starlingsafety.com/2017/12/the-disaster-vulnerability-index/

Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/oroville-crisis-drives-harder-look-at-aging-us-dams/2018/02/11/fb6cfaf4-0f4f-11e8-a68c-e9374188170e_story.html?utm_term=.358f137c9abd

Ecuador is paying more and more attention to data collection and disaster risk management across sectors http://blogs.worldbank.org/latinamerica/how-prepare-country-respond-disaster?cid=SHR_BlogSiteShare_XX_EXT

Exeter flood defence scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/news/exeter-flood-defence-scheme?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

With only vague plans, Houston races to build new reservoir https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060074421

 

Emergency Management

Lessons learned from wildfire response in Napa and Sonoma County helped set safe evacuation distances https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-department-management/articles/375497018-Responding-to-the-Thomas-Fire-Managing-difficult-decisions/

Learning from the 2013 Calgary flood http://haznet.ca/learning-calgary-conversation-christine-chris-arthurs/

Would an earthquake early warning system work for New Zealand? https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Would-an-earthquake-early-warning-system-work-for-NZ

After the Hurricane https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2018/02/20/en/after-hurricane

Hurricane Harvey: Climate change, staggering costs, and people at the heart of it all http://blogs.edf.org/texascleanairmatters/2018/02/20/hurricane-harvey-climate-change-staggering-costs-and-people-at-the-heart-of-it-all/

78 seconds of earthquake warning https://blogs.agu.org/tremblingearth/2018/02/19/78-seconds-earthquake-early-warning/

From Theory to Practice: a Disaster Simulation Exercise http://www.blog.hcri.ac.uk/theory-practice-disaster-simulation-exercise/

Drone Fleet Supports Modern Approach to Managing Wildfire and Natural Resources on Public Lands https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-announces-2017-drone-mission-report

Improving Disaster Resilience Among Older Adults https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2313.html?adbsc=social_20180202_2106691&adbid=959243623492550657&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Flood trivia http://www.playbuzz.com/environmentagency10/flood-trivia

A survey by the Environment Agency and AA reveals two-thirds of drivers would risk their lives in flood https://www.gov.uk/government/news/two-thirds-of-motorists-would-risk-their-lives-in-a-flood

A proposal to United Nations for an ‘International day of Volcanoes’ to be recognised on 10th April https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/473/756/887/

Monitoring Tropical Cyclones with Lightning and Satellite Data https://eos.org/project-updates/monitoring-tropical-cyclones-with-lightning-and-satellite-data

Next Generation of Youth in Tanzania to Be Equipped With Critical Skills in Urban Resilience http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2018/02/14/next-generation-of-youth-in-tanzania-to-be-equipped-with-critical-skills-in-urban-resilience

What role do video games play in preparing people for disasters? https://www.floodresilience.net/blogs/disaster-games-with-anthony-gampell

Participatory Early Warning Systems: Youth, Citizen Science, and Intergenerational Dialogues on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brazil https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-017-0150-9

Surviving Sandy — the Book http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/surviving-sandy–the-book.html?utm_content=bufferbfffb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Fire Narratives: Are Any Accurate? https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-narratives-accurate/

How to make sure your fire safety messages are accurate https://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/022118.html

Social Media and Emergency Management

UK Government’s Flood Action Campaign targets 18 to 34 year olds using social media https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/16/why-the-best-preparation-for-flooding-happens-on-dry-days/

Using social media to come forward and share painful, personal, and often stigmatized stories https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/02/19/social-media-can-help-start-healing-process/132736.html

Welcome to Social Media Analysis During Disasters https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dis_courses/social-media/index.html

 

 

Psychology and disasters

Carwoola fires: A resident still overcoming trauma and a community continuing its support http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/carwoola-fire-one-year-on-joy-horton/9456644

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

The silent march for Grenfell: Context of a disaster https://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/crowdsidentities/2018/02/19/silent-march-for-grenfell/

Social Capital, Resilience and Accessibility in Urban Systems: a Study on Sweden https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11067-017-9375-9

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Today in disaster resilience (16 February 2018)

Disaster

Please find below some links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Samoa recovers from Cyclone Gita while Tonga braces for impact http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/02/samoa-recovers-from-cyclone-gita-while-tonga-braces-for-impact.html

Search for Taiwan quake victims ends as toll rises to 17 http://www.arabnews.com/node/1244096/world

Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power https://watchers.news/2018/02/12/violent-thunderstorm-hits-queensland-with-tennis-ball-sized-hail-130-000-homes-without-power/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Argentina – State of Emergency Declared as Rivers Overflow in Salta Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-salta-province-floods-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuated After Floods in Sarawak State http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-sarawak-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical storm threatens major flooding in Mindanao http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/tropical-storm-threatens-major-flooding-mindanao-180212090857471.html

Cyclone Gita: Tonga’s Parliament flattened as category four storm lashes country https://reliefweb.int/report/tonga/cyclone-gita-tongas-parliament-flattened-category-four-storm-lashes-country

Bolivia – 6 Dead, 10,000 Families Affected as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-tiquipaya-cochabamba-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Massive bushfire in Putty could burn for a month, as crews prepare for another tough day http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/massive-bushfire-in-putty-could-burn-for-a-month/9448974?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mount Agung erupts ash 4.5 km a.s.l., Alert Level remains at 3 https://watchers.news/2018/02/13/mount-agung-erupts-alert-level-remains-at-3/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Someone’s roof is in my front garden’: flooding and damage after cyclone batters Tonga http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2133137/someones-roof-my-front-garden-flooding-and-damage-after

Dengue fever fears for Cyclone Gita-ravaged Tonga http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/02/dengue-fever-fears-for-cyclone-gita-ravaged-tonga.html

Road collapse near Vatican City in Rome destroys 7 cars, 20 families evacuated https://watchers.news/2018/02/15/road-collapse-near-vatican-city-in-rome-destroys-7-cars-20-families-evacuated/

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Turrialba, Mayon https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67541/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Turrialba-Mayon-Sin.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

If you live in Florida, doctors say climate change is already affecting your health http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article199310404.html

Climate Change Could Stop These 13 Cities From Hosting the Winter Olympics Again http://time.com/5140381/winter-olympics-climate-change/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#24348876-tw#1518303429890

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water – like Cape Town http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42982959

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground https://www.postandcourier.com/news/slowly-but-surely-south-carolina-s-incredibly-complex-shoreline-is/article_46e18626-cde8-11e6-be82-6393ed1dbe62.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets? http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa359/meta

How we measure global sea-level changes https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/how-we-measure-global-sea-level-changes-0

Cooling Melbourne http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/about-melbourne/sustainability/Pages/cooling-our-city.aspx

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/12/world/sea-level-rise-accelerating/index.html

Climate-change–driven accelerated sea-level rise detected in the altimeter era http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/02/06/1717312115

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017 https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/big-year-for-icebridge

King Tides and Rising Seas Are Predictable, and We’re Not Doing Enough About It http://floodlist.com/australia/king-tides-and-rising-seas-are-predictable-and-were-not-doing-enough-about-it

Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/333140002?__twitter_impression=true

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91716

“We are not prepared for today’s climate, let alone for another degree of global warming” http://time.com/5156775/climate-change-paris-agreement-research/

Unprecedented climate events: Historical changes, aspirational targets, and national commitments http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/2/eaao3354.full

In Fiji, villages need to move due to climate change http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/fiji-villages-move-due-climate-change-180213155519717.html

The effectiveness of communicative tools in addressing barriers to municipal climate change adaptation: lessons from the Netherlands http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2018.1434477#.WoXsePDoEnY.twitter

It’s misleading to ask what Earth’s ‘ideal temperature’ is. Here’s what’s really important https://mashable.com/2018/02/14/what-is-earths-ideal-temperature/#RsWPjkjKDiqN

Extreme weather to rise even if Paris goals are met: study http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/extreme-weather-to-rise-even-if-paris-goals-are-met-study/article/514908

Climate change may bring North Texas longer droughts, heavy rains, 120-degree temps within 25 years https://www.dallasnews.com/news/climate-change-1/2018/02/15/climate-change-may-bring-texas-longer-droughts-heavy-rains-120-temps-august-within-25-years

Polar ice is lost at sea https://grist.org/article/polar-ice-is-lost-at-sea/

 

Disaster risk reduction

Savannah converting flood lots into southside park http://savannahnow.com/news/2018-02-06/savannah-converting-flood-lots-southside-park#.Wn8DrkAdaEU.twitter

Towards endogenous disasters and climate adaptation policy making in Indonesia http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-04-2017-0084?journalCode=dpm

For Hurricane Surge, Designing to Exceed 2015 Codes Provides $7 Benefit for Each $1 Invested https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/docs/MS_CodeCoastal-HurricaneSurg.pdf

Cities on Volcanoes https://www.citiesonvolcanoes10.com/informazioni-generali/

Critical Thresholds, Extreme Weather, and Building Resilience in the South Central United States http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/case-studies/critical-thresholds-extreme-weather-and-building-resilience.html

The Resilience Accelerator will work directly with cities to move resilience projects from concept to design http://www.100resilientcities.org/100rc-columbia-university-announce-resilience-accelerator-help-cities-take-critical-projects-address-major-challenges/

The Big One: Toba Explodes http://indiaeng.com/Tsunami-2004–Andaman%20fault/Toba%20Volcano,%20ch_3%20-%20Explosion.htm

Five communities that made the world a more resilient place in 2017 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/five-communities-that-made-the-world-a-more-resilient-place-in-2017

Insurers urged to share cat models to help map flood risk https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insurers-urged-share-cat-models-help-map-flood-risk-1004126875/

Gulf Stream Slowed as Hurricanes Struck https://eos.org/articles/gulf-stream-slowed-as-hurricanes-struck

Fort McMurray embraces plan to bolster wildfire prevention in region http://www.coldlakesun.com/2018/02/12/fort-mcmurray-embraces-plan-to-bolster-wildfire-prevention-in-region

A way to break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-miller-post-fire-strategies-20180111-story.html

The world’s most dangerous cities https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/03/daily-chart-23?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/

Hurricane Damage Survey Likely to Help Worldwide http://floodlist.com/dealing-with-floods/hurricane-damage-survey-likely-to-help-worldwide?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Reducing flood risk in ‘dissolving’ town https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/uk/news/flood/reducing-flood-risk-in-dissolving-town-92088.aspx

Flood is a real concern for property valuation http://www.remonline.com/flood-real-concern-property-valuation/

Although some Houstonians want flood controls, new survey results show more don’t want to pay for them http://ussanews.com/News1/2018/02/13/although-some-houstonians-want-flood-controls-new-survey-results-show-more-dont-want-to-pay-for-them/

The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature https://www.forbes.com/sites/marktercek/2018/02/05/best-way-to-buy-protection-from-severe-storms-invest-in-nature/#6c2173421b24

Wisconsin is becoming wetter as lawmakers move to weaken rules for flood-preventing wetlands https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/14/wisconsin-becoming-wetter-lawmakers-move-weaken-rules-water-retaining-wetlands/331442002/

Reducing risk where tectonic plates collide https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/cir1428

The 100-year flood: Building ‘RiverSmart’ communities for flood resiliency in the Connecticut River Valley http://www.gazettenet.com/Preparing-for-damaging-floods-in-the-Pioneer-Valley-15402646

Scientists study Washington’s Rattlesnake Ridge for clues to prevent landslide disasters https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/a-landslide-observatory-scientists-study-washingtons-rattlesnake-ridge/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

Mass shootings in the US since 2012 https://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook

Surveying soil from the sky: Can satellites predict droughts and floods? https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2018/01/22/surveying-soil-sky-can-satellites-predict-droughts-and-floods

 

Emergency Management

Homeless Crisis, Mental Health Problems Just a Couple Issues That Tie Up Fire Department http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Homelessness-Mental-Health-Problems-Just-a-Couple-Issues-That-Tie-Up-Fire-Department.html

Algorithm helps first responders identify vulnerable people during natural disasters http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20180205-algorithm-helps-first-responders-identify-vulnerable-people-during-natural-disasters

NSW coroner to inquire into 2017 Upper Hunter and Central West bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-08/dunedoo-coronial-inquiry-to-examine-catastrophic-nsw-fire/9408802

Unnatural Disaster: A (Wild)Fire-Side Story https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/unnatural-disaster-fire/

After deadly 2008 tornado, Wynnewood, ‘miracle baby’, Castalian Springs rose from wreckage https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/sumner/2018/02/12/deadly-tornado-2008-wynnewood-miracle-baby-castalian-springs/317564002/

A lack of volunteers has forced some of the county’s 31 volunteer departments to hire on paid, part-time staff to answer fire and emergency medical service calls http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Erie-County-Group-to-Study-State-of-Volunteer-Emergency-Services.html?utm_content=bufferddbb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Living in Mayon volcano’s shadow http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/living-in-mayons-shadow

Streamlined approach gives Qld fire and emergency services the edge in disasters http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/2/15/streamlined-approach-gives-qld-fire-and-emergency-services-the-edge-in-disasters

Earthquake Early Warning 5 seconds before ‘killer pulse’ http://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/earthquake-early-warning-5-seconds-before-killer-pulse-6324/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

People ignore ‘catastrophic’ alerts, go to look at fires, study finds http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/people-ignore-catastrophic-alerts-go-to-look-at-fires-study-finds-20180209-p4yzuf.html

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/household-technical-handbook-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing.html

Computer-generated imagery of the destruction of Pompeii http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html

Volcanology Teaching Resources http://inthecompanyofvolcanoes.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/volcanology-teaching-resources.html

Ways to involve the community in preparing for a disaster https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/smarter-living/prepare-your-community-for-a-disaster.html

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Twitter has thrived as a platform for academic research http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/02/09/more-room-for-greater-depth-and-detail-implications-for-academic-research-of-twitters-expanded-character-limit/

Trust in social media for news declines in 2017 http://cms.edelman.com/sites/default/files/2018-01/2018_Edelman_Trust_Barometer_Global_Report_Jan.pdf

As an information source during Hurricane Harvey, millennials relied more heavily on social media than those aged over 40 http://www.uh.edu/class/hobby/harvey/HarveySurveyHighlights.pdf

Everything You Need to Know About Hashtags https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hashtags/517028/

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Lingering effects of 2011 disaster take toll in fallout-hit Fukushima, experts warn https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/31/national/social-issues/lingering-effects-2011-disaster-take-toll-fallout-hit-fukushima-experts-warn/#.WoCtOLyWbIV

How We Describe Complex Systems To Solve Global Dilemmas https://sciencetrends.com/describe-complex-systems-solve-global-dilemmas/

We need to analyze what puts disadvantaged communities at risk and engage marginalized people in disaster planning http://www.governing.com/commentary/col-disasters-disadvantaged-climate-justice.html

Today in disaster resilience (2 February 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Paris floods as the river Seine overflows and engulfs riverside walkways http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-28/heavy-rain-causes-floods-in-paris/9368320

Philippines warned of mudslides as Mount Mayon volcano spews lava amid heavy rain http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-28/philippines-warns-of-volcanic-mudflows-from-heavy-rains/9367410

Paris floodwaters rise as 240 towns suffer damage after heavy rains http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/28/french-towns-swimming-in-floodwaters-now-rising-in-on-paris.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Argentina – Thousands Hit by Flooding in Chaco Province http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-flooding-chaco-january-2018

Severe thunderstorm, record rain hit Darwin, Northern Territory https://watchers.news/2018/01/29/severe-thunderstorm-record-rain-hit-darwin-northern-territory/

Eruptive activity at Ambae volcano continues at major unrest state, Vanuatu https://watchers.news/2018/01/29/eruptive-activity-at-ambae-volcano-continues-at-major-unrest-state-vanuatu/

Daly River residents airlifted from Northern Territory community as floodwaters rise http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/daly-river-residents-spend-night-in-evacuation-centre/9372880

Flash flooding in Cambria unprecedented http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/article.cfm?id=118863&headline=Flash%20flooding%20was%20%E2%80%98unprecedented%E2%80%99&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

Guatemala – Floods and Landslides Affect 13,000 People in 5 Departments http://floodlist.com/america/floods-guatemala-january-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘This place is a danger zone’: Torres Strait residents evacuate as tides breach new $24m seawall https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/01/31/place-danger-zone-torres-strait-residents-evacuate-tides-breach-new-24m-seawall

6.1 magnitude quake rattles Afghanistan; tremors in Pakistan, India http://www.rediff.com/news/report/quake-rattles-afghanistan-tremors-in-pakistan-india/20180131.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Ex-tropical cyclone Fehi hits New Zealand, combines with kind tides https://watchers.news/2018/02/01/ex-tropical-cyclone-fehi-hits-new-zealand-combines-with-kind-tides/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

First snow in 50 years hits southern Morocco, exceptional snowfall paralyzes the country https://watchers.news/2018/01/30/first-snow-in-50-years-hits-southern-morocco-exceptional-snowfall-paralyzes-the-country/

Tropical low devastates Western Australia’s north, drops massive rain https://watchers.news/2018/01/31/unnamed-tropical-low-devastates-western-australia-s-north-drops-massive-rain/

Gaua volcano alert level raised, major unrest reported https://watchers.news/2018/01/31/gaua-volcano-alert-level-raised-major-unrest-reported-vanuatu/

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Feb 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Mayon, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67299/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Feb-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Mayon-Sinabung-Sabancay.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Chemical sunshade to slow warming may not be feasible: U.N. draft https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-sunshade/chemical-sunshade-to-slow-warming-may-not-be-feasible-u-n-draft-idUSKBN1FF1CD

Study finds megacities affected most by uptick in extreme-heat events https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/01/24/rise-severity-hottest-days-outpaces-global-average-temperature-increase/

State of the Climate: How the World Warmed in 2017 http://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-01-29/state-of-the-climate-how-the-world-warmed-in-2017/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How Did ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Global Warming’ Turn Into a Misleading Trump Talking Point? https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/how-did-climate-change-and-global-warming-turn-misleading-trump-talking-point

Shivering in the tropics: Southeast Asia faces “cooling crisis” http://news.trust.org/item/20180129010020-n6308/

The Future of Extreme Cold in a Warming World http://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/maps/the-future-of-extreme-cold-in-a-warming-world?utm_content=buffer7931f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Scientists Agree: Global Warming is Happening and Humans are the Primary Cause https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/scientists-agree-global-warming-happening-humans-primary-cause?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw#.WnDiUryWbIV

2017 Was Hottest Year on Record for World’s Oceans https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/2017-was-hottest-year-on-record-for-world-s-oceans

The Climate Resilience Framework (CRF) is an analytical, systems-based approach to building resilience to climate change http://i-s-e-t.org/projects/crf.html

Toward Climate Resilience in the USA: From Federal to Local Level Initiatives and Practices Since the 2000s https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-68606-6_4

New CLF report explains legal liability of ignoring climate change in development projects https://www.clf.org/blog/climate-liability-report/

Glacial Geoengineering: The Key to Slowing Sea Level Rise? http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/02/01/glacial-geoengineering-sea-level-rise/

Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25464

This is what climate change looks like https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-this-is-what-climate-change-looks-like/f-57b66c88ef%2Fcnn.com

Sea Level Rise Will Make Oregon’s Existing Flooding Problems Worse https://blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/sea-level-rise-will-make-oregons-existing-flooding-problems-worse?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw

 

Disaster risk reduction

How this small Houston community survived Hurricane Harvey when other parts didn’t https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/01/19/how-small-houston-community-survived-hurricane-harvey-when-other-parts-didnt/1049018001/

New rules aim to make Norfolk flood resilient. But will they make it too expensive to build new homes? https://pilotonline.com/news/government/local/article_0433ddaf-da39-577b-a547-e9b27d57f77b.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

2017 was a disaster year for global insurers, with record weather-related costs http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-25/insurers-hit-by-costliest-year-of-weather-disasters-on-record/9361550

Why can’t earthquakes be predicted just like hurricanes? https://www.quora.com/Why-cant-earthquakes-be-predicted-just-like-hurricanes/answer/Eric-Fielding-1?srid=h13QG

Northeastern researchers lead efforts on global disaster planning https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/01/northeastern-researchers-lead-efforts-on-global-disaster-planning/?linkId=100000001822002

Flood Risk Management Planning Resources for Washington, DC https://www.ncpc.gov/docs/Flood_Risk_Management_Planning_Resources_January_2018.pdf

How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better cities https://theconversation.com/how-virtual-3d-modelling-and-simulation-can-help-us-create-better-cities-88635

New book: Ice Formation and Evolution in Clouds and Precipitation https://bookstore.ametsoc.org/catalog/book/ice-formation-and-evolution-clouds-and-precipitation

Population Estimation Service http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/collection/gpw-v4/population-estimation-service

UN Says Unprecedented Coordination Needed to Tackle Climate and Disaster Risks https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/un-says-unprecedented-efforts-needed-to-tackle-climate-and-disaster-risks

New UTSA study examines the causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods http://www.utsa.edu/today/2018/01/story/Wimberley-study.html

New research: Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years even with 1.5C global warming https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180129092932.htm

Nearly one in seven UK homebuyers faced a potential flood risk when purchasing a home in 2017 https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/rising-number-of-homebuyers-faced-flood-risk-in-2017

UK Homebuyer Urban Flood Risk Report http://www.futureclimateinfo.com/News/Details/Homebuyer-urban-flood-risk-report

From Risk to Resilience #1: The Cost-Benefit Analysis Methodology http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/risk-to-resilience.html?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1517245605213

City in a Swamp: Houston’s Flood Problems Are Only Getting Worse https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22012018/houston-flood-plain-development-hurricane-harvey-reservoirs-overflow?utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-d2d8fe5230-327786693&utm_content=bufferf81ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Boston Agonizes Over How to Protect Itself From Future Storms https://www.wsj.com/articles/boston-agonizes-over-how-to-protect-itself-from-future-storms-1517054400

WHO releases its first report on global antibiotic resistance http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2018/01/who-releases-its-first-report-global-antibiotic-resistance

Giant earthquakes: not as random as thought https://phys.org/news/2018-01-giant-earthquakes-random-thought.html

Global Toll From Landslides Is Heaviest in Developing Countries http://floodlist.com/america/global-toll-from-landslides-is-heaviest-in-developing-countries?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

California’s other drought: A major earthquake is overdue https://theconversation.com/californias-other-drought-a-major-earthquake-is-overdue-90517

Rocky Mountain forests are not regenerating after wildfires http://geographical.co.uk/places/forests/item/2589-burnt-away

Planet’s daily monitoring of at-risk flood regions across the globe creates an up-to-date picture of localities that enable emergency management before, during, and after the disaster https://www.planet.com/insights/anatomy-of-a-catastrophe/

Urban areas should rethink the designation of “100-year” flood zones and the like to account for climate change https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/26/opinions/paris-flood-jeffrey-jackson-opinion/index.html

Research into natural flood mitigation measures across several thousands of square kilometres in Cumbria https://www.tempcon.co.uk/2018/01/30/onset-hobo-rainfall-streamflow-telemetry-flooding/

This suite of flooding themes provides clear and accurate flood risk information for Great Britain both now and in the future https://www.ambientalrisk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Landmark-Ambiental-CCA-Product-Card.pdf

U.S. Companies are Rethinking Risk Management Strategy After the 2017 Hurricanes http://spendmatters.com/2018/01/29/u-s-companies-rethinking-risk-management-strategy-2017-hurricanes/#.WnI_Ji1mM5Q.twitter

From schools to liquor vends, illegal structures mushroom on Hindon floodplain https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/from-schools-to-liquor-vends-illegal-structures-mushroom-on-hindon-floodplain/articleshow/62701939.cms?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TOIDesktop

3 Reasons the U.S. Needs a Flood-Ready Building Policy http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/01/30/3-reasons-the-us-needs-a-flood-ready-building-policy

After Harvey’s floods, Friendswood will allow residents to rebuild at ground level http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/After-Harvey-s-floods-Houston-area-city-will-12540769.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Global Flood Map is a physically based map providing a worldwide view of moderate- and high-hazard flood zones across the globe https://www.fmglobal.com/research-and-resources/global-flood-map

Protection against floods in the Netherlands https://www.rijkswaterstaat.nl/english/water-systems/protection-against-water/index.aspx

Survey finding: The American public supports improved flood policies, and that sentiment holds across political party and geographic lines http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/02/01/poll-shows-nationwide-support-for-feds-to-boost-rebuilding-standards

Japan’s Mami Mizutori named special U.N. envoy for disaster reduction https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/01/national/japans-mami-mizutori-named-special-u-n-envoy-disaster-reduction/#.WnOE1LyWbIV

Yorkshire Water to Plant 1 Million Trees to Mitigate Flood Risk http://naturalcapitalcoalition.org/yorkshire-water-to-plant-1-million-trees-to-mitigate-flood-risk/

Emergency Management

Hurricane Harvey report https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL092017_Harvey.pdf

California Thomas wildfire to cost re/insurers up to $2.5bn http://www.artemis.bm/blog/2018/01/22/california-thomas-wildfire-to-cost-reinsurers-up-to-2-5bn-rms/

Since 1910, this statue has warned Parisians about flooding http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/since-1910-this-statue-has-warned-parisians-about-flooding

Deep Learning Could Help First Responders Offer Critical Aid in the Wake of Disasters https://futurism.com/deep-learning-help-first-responders-offer-critical-aid-wake-disasters/

Many Puerto Ricans adrift in U.S. hotels after Hurricane Maria http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/puerto-rico-hurricane-recovery/os-many-puerto-ricans-adrift-in-us-hotels-after-hurricane-maria-20180130-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

B.C.’s tsunami that wasn’t: Why scientists know when a wave will hit – but not its size https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bcs-tsunami-that-wasnt-why-scientists-know-when-a-wave-will-hit-but-not-its-size/article37714648/

European Fire Severity Manual http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reports-and-publications/forest-focus-studies/

How can data analytics strengthen early warning systems and support relief efforts for communities in need? https://expectexceptional.economist.com/improving-disaster-response-efforts-through-data.html

January edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/5058/ajem-33-01.pdf?utm_content=buffer663ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Puerto Rico Is A Man-Made Disaster https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-venator-santiag-puerto-rico_us_5a6b6034e4b06e25326721c6?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Geo-simulation uses satellite data to map a disaster-affected region’s cities, villages, and roads http://chicagopolicyreview.org/2018/01/29/can-geo-simulations-provide-a-roadmap-to-better-disaster-response/

Global rainfall pattern could offer weather prediction three weeks out https://phys.org/news/2018-01-global-rainfall-pattern-weather-weeks.html

Many companies unprepared for hurricanes’ devastation: FM Global http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20180117/NEWS06/912318561/Many-companies-unprepared-for-hurricane-Harvey-Irma-Maria-devastation-FM-Global

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Engaging with the community about the ins and outs of flood zones and the possibility of elevating homes http://keysweekly.com/42/rising-waters/

Alarming is that many news outlets are still referring to these events as “natural disasters” http://blogs.edf.org/climate411/2018/01/16/natural-disasters-are-no-longer-purely-natural/

Cumbria Flood Resilient Showcase Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tFs9dpJENE&feature=youtu.be

Eighth Graders and Emergency Preparedness in Oklahoma https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/eighth-graders-and-emergency-preparedness-oklahoma

How can we better live with the reality of wildfires? https://ensia.com/features/wildfires/

Principles for effective communication and public engagement on climate change https://climateoutreach.org/resources/ipcc-communications-handbook/?utm_content=buffer7dbcf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ecosystem services, social interdependencies, and collective action: a conceptual framework https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol23/iss1/art15/

Animation shows over 200,000 years of population growth and the major events along the way including the Black Death http://www.visualcapitalist.com/animation-population-growth-history/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat https://anzdmc.com.au/2018/01/18/heatwave-plan/

School education and sustainable development http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002593/259338e.pdf#page=237

Understanding fire danger ratings https://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/#fire/fire-danger-ratings

Using video games for volcanic hazard education and communication: an assessment of the method and preliminary results https://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/16/1673/2016/

A New Massive Open Online Course on Natural Disasters https://eos.org/project-updates/a-new-massive-open-online-course-on-natural-disasters

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

More than 3 billion people around the world now use social media each month, with 9 in 10 of those users accessing their chosen platforms via mobile devices https://wearesocial.com/blog/2018/01/global-digital-report-2018

How to use social media for alerts and warning https://www.nap.edu/read/15853/chapter/2

VOST: Crowdsourcing and Digital Volunteering in Emergency Response http://www.eena.org/download.asp?item_id=249

Facebook Full Year 2017 Results: Solid Revenue Growth, Questions Over Future Shifts https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-full-year-2017-results-solid-revenue-growth-questions-over-futur/516064/

 

Disaster psychology

 

Survey of disaster blockbusters: A new UCLA study says we’d rather blame global disaster on human greed or ego than on simple ignorance https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/1/23/16924510/apocalypse-blockbuster-movies-tech-greed-villains-science-climate-change

Responding to Grief and Coping with Loss: You Can Survive Your Greatest Fears https://psychcentral.com/blog/responding-to-grief-and-coping-with-loss/

‘I’ll be OK’ attitude behind lack of disaster preparedness, study finds http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/earthquake-tsunami-study-preparedness-psychology-1.4502644

Why People Often Don’t Properly Prepare for Hurricanes http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/01/25/hurricane-preparedness-biases/

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

The Evolution of Social Innovation Building Resilience Through Transitions http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-evolution-of-social-innovation

Rituals of Resilience https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/polisci/news/rituals-of-resilience/

Why natural disasters aren’t all that natural https://www.opendemocracy.net/ksenia-chmutina-jason-von-meding-jc-gaillard-lee-bosher/why-natural-disasters-arent-all-that-natural

Today in disaster resilience (19 January 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Biting cold has so far claimed 27 lives in Bangladesh http://www.newagebd.net/article/32468/cold-wave-on-new-spell-coming

PNG Governor orders evacuation of second volcano as eruption fears mount http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-14/thousands-evacuated-from-png-volcano-amid-eruption-fears/9327952

Peru quake: Magnitude 7.1 sea tremor topples buildings http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348098/peru-quake-magnitude-7-point-1-sea-tremor-topples-buildings

‘We makes the best of everything’: Resilience in wake of flooding on Newfoundland’s west coast http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/crews-work-through-night-flooding-newfoundland-west-coast-1.4486827

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38 https://apnews.com/7bf0e04c65a7448b85f2a17872108216/Double-suicide-bombing-in-Baghdad-kills-at-least-38-people?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Western Newfoundland still cleaning up from flood, request for federal disaster money likely http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/western-newfoundland-flood-cleanup-1.4487376

Fire crews have now fully enclosed the largest wildfire ever recorded in California http://www.scpr.org/news/2018/01/12/79756/thomas-fire-fully-contained-38-days-later/

Philippines – 11 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Visayas and Mindanao http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-floods-landslides-visayas-mindanao-january-2018

Mayon Volcano forces evacuation of nearly 40,000 people http://temblor.net/volcano-insights/mayon-volcano-forces-evacuation-of-nearly-40000-people-6128/

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jan 2018: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67075/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-18-Jan-2018-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Reven.html

Paraguay – Thousands Evacuated in Asunción as River Levels Rise http://floodlist.com/america/paraguay-asuncion-floods-january-2018

Deadly storm hits Netherlands with hurricane-force winds https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/deadly-storm-hits-netherlands-with-hurricane-force-winds/

Winter storm claims 10 lives across the US South https://watchers.news/2018/01/18/winter-storm-claims-10-lives-across-the-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change will result in increased hydrological extremes in the upstream domains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra http://www.futurewater.eu/2018/01/hydrological-extremes/?utm_content=bufferf2fd9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anthropogenic warming impacts on California snowpack during drought http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL072104/abstract

Could we retrofit Antarctica’s glaciers to keep them from collapsing? http://grist.org/briefly/could-we-retrofit-antarcticas-glaciers-to-keep-them-from-collapsing/?utm_content=buffer2d618&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How do climate models work? https://www.carbonbrief.org/qa-how-do-climate-models-work

Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/climate-fear-or-hope-change-debate?CMP=share_btn_tw

What do cold snaps have to do with climate change? https://phys.org/news/2018-01-cold-snaps-climate.html

It’s Official: 2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/its-official-2017-was-the-second-hottest-year-on-record

Australia’s coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but it’s happened before https://theconversation.com/australias-coastal-living-is-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-but-its-happened-before-87686?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Scientist warns of more frequent cyclones in Arabian Sea http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/scientist-warns-of-more-frequent-cyclones-in-arabian-sea/

Fire, Ice, and Climate Change in Iceland http://glacierhub.org/2018/01/16/fire-ice-climate-change-iceland/

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020 https://qz.com/1179753/by-2020-renewable-electricity-will-be-consistently-cheaper-than-fossil-fuel-power/

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world https://theconversation.com/why-remote-antarctica-is-so-important-in-a-warming-world-88197?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Emergent constraint on equilibrium climate sensitivity from global temperature variability https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25450

Global warming won’t reach worst-case scenario – study http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348349/global-warming-won-t-reach-worst-case-scenario-study

Weather and climate: they’re not the same thing, folks! https://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2018/01/05/lost-in-the-tweetstorm-the-truth-about-climate-doesnt-change-with-the-weather/

Was this latest hurricane caused by global warming or not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfkS7LqCMDQ&feature=youtu.be

Studies predict a 4.8°C rise in mean annual temperature and a mean 70cm rise in sea level rise by 2100 in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam https://www.sei-international.org/-news-archive/3849?utm_content=bufferb7f45&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

New visualizations bring the alarming realities of climate change down to Earth http://mashable.com/2018/01/18/2017-top-3-warmest-years-visualizations-modern-art/?utm_cid=hp-n-1#jkcqRsR3Miqq

2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record. And That Was Without El Niño https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/18/climate/hottest-year-2017.html

Assessing the Global Climate in 2017 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201712?position=0&list=I01Le2zdAXWaL5f_bNwAR8ANefyxnQXsBlA-R0v-U4o

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Coastal resilience still elusive and expensive https://ctmirror.org/2018/01/08/sandy-5-irene-6-coastal-resilience-still-elusive-and-expensive/

Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and World Renewal Ceremonies into Fire Adaptation: An Indigenous Stewardship Model https://fireadaptednetwork.org/traditional-ecological-knowledge-world-renewal-ceremonies-fire-adaptation/?platform=hootsuite

Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada: study http://www.news1130.com/2018/01/13/potentially-huge-losses-from-future-earthquakes-in-eastern-canada-study/

Act now to protect millions from floods — study http://www.dw.com/en/act-now-to-protect-millions-from-floods-study/a-42110153

India’s advocacy of disaster risk management will save lives http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-s-advocacy-of-disaster-risk-management-will-save-lives/story-2Cb7jmcaAg1QWez2I8oJjM.html

River Floods Will Threaten Tens of Millions in Next 25 Years https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/river-floods-will-threaten-tens-of-millions-in-next-25-years/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share

We could learn much more from 1918 pandemic – the (mis)fortune of research relying on original death certificates http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/article/S1047-2797(17)30719-6/fulltext?utm_content=buffer41a0b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5271505/Future-floods-mind-California-town-rebuilds.html

£42M Humber Hull Frontages go ahead https://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/news/42m-humber-hull-frontages-go-ahead/

UK China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/uk-china-urban-flooding-research-impact-programme

Drone footage of huge fissure opening behind imminent landslide https://boingboing.net/2018/01/15/drone-footage-of-huge-fissure.html

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance goes into next phase https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/zurich-flood-resilience-alliance-goes-next-phase-michael-szoenyi/

Natural Hazard Data: A Practical Guide https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/institutional-document/387631/natural-hazard-data-practical-guide-main.pdf

Flood Resilience Program extended for five more years https://practicalaction.org/blog/programmes/disaster-risk-reduction-2/flood-resilience-program-extended-for-five-more-years/

Whole of England to be mapped with lasers to tackle flooding and illegal waste dumps http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/england-mapped-lasers-flooding-waste-dumps-a8134156.html

The UK Environment Agency has launched a consultation which considers proposals to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ on a number of stretches of watercourses to local groups http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/news/16012018/management-rivers-could-go-communities

In Capitol Hill debate over future of flood insurance, role of private market disputed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_65a077ee-f857-11e7-bfbc-7bf9154d2b30.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk https://theconversation.com/deadly-california-mudslides-show-the-need-for-maps-and-zoning-that-better-reflect-landslide-risk-90087?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Natural Hazards Partnership: A public-sector collaboration across the UK for natural hazard disaster risk reduction https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303370

The tide is high: what steps are we taking to ensure that rising seas and catastrophic weather don’t swallow American communities whole? https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/the-tide-is-high/

Repeated flooding spurs Harris County to discuss plans for $1 billion bond package in 2018 https://communityimpact.com/houston/spring-klein/city-county/2018/01/16/repeated-flooding-spurs-harris-county-discuss-plans-1-billion-bond-package-2018/

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/?utm_content=buffer9da07&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The Global Risks Report 2018 https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2018/

Can technology help us prepare for flooding? See how it’s working in Indonesia https://www.ctc-n.org/news/ctcn-video-indonesia-can-technology-help-us-prepare-flooding

The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction http://www.newsweek.com/human-existence-threatened-more-extreme-weather-not-weapons-mass-destruction-783589

Reconciling Opportunity and Resilience in Changing Times http://www.brinknews.com/reconciling-opportunity-and-resilience-in-changing-times/

Himawari-8 data assimilated simulation enables 10-minute updates of rain and flood predictions https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117125525.htm

Towards a flood resilient future https://reunder40s.blog/2018/01/16/towards-a-flood-resilient-future/

A Dutch Bridge Designed to Flood as Water Levels Rise https://www.fastcodesign.com/90156536/a-dutch-bridge-designed-to-flood-as-water-levels-rise

Quantifying the Impact of 20-Year Flood Frequency on Land Cover Change Type http://pubs.sciepub.com/ajcea/6/1/2/

Emergency Management

Many people didn’t evacuate after being told to do so before Californian mudslide https://apnews.com/4277c52e92fb415ead6a7ce0fbcf9850?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APWestRegion

School Flooding Shows Need for Better Storm Preparedness, Recovery Planning http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/01/09/school-flooding-shows-need-for-better-storm-preparedness-recovery-planning

Using data from both government and volunteer sources is key to an effective disaster response strategy http://www.govtech.com/data/GT-JanuaryFebruary-2018-How-Trusting-Tech-Can-Improve-Disaster-Response.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hks-twitter&utm_source=twitter

A false alert of an impending missile attack highlights just how unprepared the country is for nuclear disaster https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/pandemonium-and-rage-in-hawaii/550529/?utm_source=atltw

‘It was like Niagara Falls’: how California’s rich and poor united against a tide of mud https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/california-mudslides-montecito-verdugo-los-angeles

£3m Ark training centre to be lifesaver in flood emergencies https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/3m-ark-training-centre-to-be-lifesaver-in-flood-emergencies-1-6587204

Flooding in Madagascar, a first assessment from Satellite https://www.earthstartsbeating.com/2018/01/12/flooding-in-madagascar-a-first-assessment-from-satellite/

Haitians have shown tremendous resilience after the 2010 earthquake and every year subsequently as they face a new hurricane season http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/announcements/2018/eight-years-after-the-earthquake–haitians-need-support-to-boost.html#.Wlqwh5A9yV8.twitter

Preventing an emergency from turning into a disaster requires political, operational and technical elements https://quarterly.blog.gov.uk/2018/01/10/science-in-emergencies/

As summer temperatures rise in Australia, emergency services and communities must work together to plan and react to major bushfires https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/why-we-must-be-ready-for-bushfires-this-summer

Emergency Cellphone Alerts Didn’t go out Until after Mudslides Began in Montecito http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Emergency-Cellphone-Aalerts-Didnt-go-out-Until-after-Mudslides-Began-in-Montecito.html

Rebuilding the Puerto Rico Seismic Network after Irma and Maria https://www.seismosoc.org/news/rebuilding-puerto-rico-seismic-network-irma-maria/

Flood governance in Canada: Who’s minding the store? https://www.insblogs.com/business-risks/flood-governance-canada-whos-minding-store/6285

European Fire News Portal http://effis.jrc.ec.europa.eu/applications/fire-news/

Tanzanian drone pilots react to worst flooding in 100 years https://werobotics.org/blog/2018/01/17/flooding-in-dar-es-salaam/

Tornado Sirens Sound Funny? It’s Time to Duck and Cover http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Tornado-Sirens-Sound-Funny-Its-Time-to-Duck-and-Cover.html

Florida County Officials Take Heat over Irma Response http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Florida-County-Officials-Take-Heat-over-Irma-Response.html

Methodological Framework for Analysing Cascading Effects from Flood Events: The Case of Sukhumvit Area, Bangkok, Thailand http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/1/81

Australian swimmers saved by drone in ‘world-first rescue’ http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/348438/australian-swimmers-saved-by-drone-in-world-first-rescue

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies; A WHO Guideline for Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) policy and practice http://www.who.int/risk-communication/guidance/download/en/

‘I think the concept that the fire department will come and save you all the time is a myth’ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/house-fires-firefighters-national-building-code-1.4482786

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0273-4?utm_content=buffer97fae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Are you flood ready? Our guide for January http://www.floodadvisoryservice.co.uk/2018-are-you-flood-ready-our-top-tips-for-january?platform=hootsuite

False Alarm Kick-Starts Improvements to Emergency Communications https://www.hsdl.org/c/false-alarm-kick-starts-improvements-emergency-communications/

Australia’s ‘deadliest natural hazard’: what’s your heatwave plan? https://theconversation.com/australias-deadliest-natural-hazard-whats-your-heatwave-plan-90165

Children with Disabilities and Disasters Risk Reduction in New Zealand https://www.eqc.govt.nz/sites/public_files/1402-Children-with-disabilities-andDRR-in-NZ.pdf

Can the risk of coastal hazards be better communicated? https://ac.els-cdn.com/S2212420917303321/1-s2.0-S2212420917303321-main.pdf?_tid=29f48566-fbcf-11e7-a2f3-00000aab0f02&acdnat=1516225472_552c0ce06e97c4d7b4d1ccff92d19d8c

 Physical models to demonstrate the key principles of flood and coastal risk management http://www.jbatrust.org/how-we-help/physical-models/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

How social media helped save lives right after Somalia’s deadliest attack ever https://qz.com/1103014/somalias-deadliest-ever-mogadishu-attack-was-lessened-by-technology/

Analyzing disasters on social media: Kate Starbird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoQzJ_T1Tno&feature=youtu.be

 

Disaster psychology

The impacts of climate change on Americans’ health and psychological well-being http://climateforhealth.org/mental-health-impacts-report?utm_content=buffer1bf2c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Study: Many survivors of Joplin tornado experienced growth alongside stress http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/study-many-survivors-of-joplin-tornado-experienced-growth-alongside-stress/article_1fb1ade4-5b68-5602-97ac-ac0b07bf8df4.html

The effect of repeated exposure trauma on firefighters https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/011718.html

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

A compassionate and piercing look at the communities ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/16/ghosts-of-tsunami-japan-disaster-richard-lloyd-parry-review?CMP=share_btn_tw

Deconstructing Disaster https://www.americanscientist.org/article/deconstructing-disaster

Today in disaster resilience (15 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

California’s Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/09/world/californias-getty-museum-survives-wildfire-ready-quakes/#.WixrYE1rxMs

Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration as Firefighters Battle Flames in Ventura and San Diego Counties http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Trump-Approves-California-Disaster-Declaration-as-Firefighters-Battle-Flames-in-Ventura-and-San-Diego-Counties.html

Ho Chi Minh City faces severe floods https://borneobulletin.com.bn/ho-chi-minh-city-faces-severe-floods/

Floods worsen in Kemaman https://sg.news.yahoo.com/floods-worsen-kemaman-023223717.html

The Thomas Fire burning north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California is now the state’s fifth-largest wildfire on record http://e360.yale.edu/digest/californias-2017-wildfire-season-continues-to-break-records

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Agung, Reventador, Sinabung, Sabancaya https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66513/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-12-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sinabung-Sabancaya.html

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/major-flooding-after-rivers-overflow-in-emilia-romagna-italy/

50 injured, 300 homes damaged as tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa https://watchers.news/2017/12/12/50-injured-300-homes-damaged-as-tornado-rips-through-vaal-marina-midvaal-south-africa/

3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South https://watchers.news/2017/12/10/3-dead-480-000-without-power-numerous-records-broken-as-winter-storm-benji-hits-us-south/

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

What a School in Bengal Teaches Us About Sea Level Rise https://thewire.in/203192/school-teaches-us-sea-level-rise/

In a way, climate change is a straightforward problem to solve https://qz.com/1145525/climate-change-is-a-surprisingly-straightforward-problem-to-solve/

Why Fires Are Becoming California’s New Reality https://www.npr.org/2017/12/07/569096951/why-fires-are-becoming-californias-new-reality?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202907

Aligning Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/climate-and-disaster-resilience-/ndcs-and-sdgs.html?cq_ck=1513006031899

More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171206132220.htm

The Big Melt http://time.com/italy-alps-climate-change/

The Arctic Is Warming Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 1,500 Years http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/12/arctic-climate-change-warming/#

2017 Arctic Report Card http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card

Towards a Climate-Smart World: 12 Ways for a Resilient Future http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2017/12/01/towards-a-climate-smart-world-12-ways-for-a-resilient-future?cid=EXT_WBTweetableSocialShare_EXT

Antarctic Modeling Pushes Up Sea-Level Rise Projections http://www.climatecentral.org/news/antarctic-modeling-pushes-up-sea-level-rise-projections-21776?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report&utm_content=SLR%20%20Antarctica%20report+CID_f1c49e6218247b038f0eab76d841bd2a&utm_source=Climate%20Central%20Email%20Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=new%20study

Continuous rise in average temperature will lead to more extreme heat conditions, posing threats to many South Asians http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-27/adaptation-challenges.html

Our second La Niña year in a row is in full swing now, and is forecast to last through the winter https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/december-2017-la-ni%C3%B1a-update-double-double

The December 2017 American Climate Perspectives Survey found notable year-over-year rises in American climate action and advocacy http://ecoamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ecoamerica-american-climate-perpsectives-december-2017-action_concern.pdf?utm_content=buffer42837&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change ‘tripled chances’ of Hurricane Harvey’s record rain https://www.carbonbrief.org/climate-change-tripled-chances-hurricane-harvey-record-rain?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1513262491777

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42260580

Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change: study https://www.afp.com/en/news/2265/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-doc-v50yn1

Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/explaining-extreme-events-from-a-climate-perspective/

Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/130085/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain

World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change http://news.trust.org/item/20171214195631-m1pan/

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/southern-california-wildfires-climate-change-emergency-w513659?utm_content=bufferfa7e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Disaster risk reduction

Some in Deweyville raising homes, some leaving town to avoid future floods http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Some-in-Deweyville-raising-homes-some-leaving-12403751.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

The House of the Future Is Elevated https://www.citylab.com/design/2017/12/the-house-of-the-future-is-elevated/540327/

Summer heatwaves can trigger a domino effect of infrastructure failures in major cities. So, how resilient are Melbourne and Sydney? https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2017/12/09/heatwaves-infrastructure-and-resilient-cities/15127380005620?utm_source=tsp_website&utm_campaign=social_mobile_twitter&utm_medium=social_share

Researchers look at new scale for destructive power of hurricanes, not based just on wind speed http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_13e4b4e8-dba0-11e7-b19a-db5cbb943c04.html

California’s record-smashing fire season sparks hunt for solutions http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/California-s-record-smashing-fire-season-sparks-12419052.php

The number of policies backed by Flood Re, the UK scheme to promote flood insurance has increased to 142,000 from 53,000 within a year https://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/flood-re-backs-142-000-policies-14120

Ministry leads flood control efforts http://newsday.co.tt/2017/12/11/ministry-leads-flood-control-efforts/

Latest issue of ‘Disasters’ journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.2018.42.issue-1/issuetoc?campaign=woletoc

The Potential for Peril Built into San Francisco http://edgeeffects.net/joanna-dyl/

Open access to ‘Global Volcanic Hazards and Risk’ https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/global-volcanic-hazards-and-risk/7653B9CA75E2F32A81CE5B7110BEF8AB

What’s in Houston’s worst flood zones? Development worth $13.5 billion http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/What-s-in-a-floodway-In-Houston-20-000-12409821.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Victorian Fire Management Strategy Discussion Paper https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/managing-fires-in-the-future

What would an earthquake-proof city look like? https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/11/earthquake-proof-city-christchurch-japan-colombia-ecuador

Unfettered building, scant oversight add to cost of hurricanes in U.S. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-flooding-insurance/

Developers lobby for moral hazard, picking our pockets http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Developers-lobby-for-moral-hazard-picking-out-12421619.php

UK to bring back beavers in first government flood reduction scheme of its kind https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/uk-to-bring-back-beavers-in-first-government-flood-reduction-scheme-of-its-kind

The evolution of mitigation https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/153336

Nine Ways to Start Connecting Stormwater and  Floodplain Management: A New Report http://willamettepartnership.org/connecting-stormwater-floodplain-management-new-report/

As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight salt water intrusion, the threat of flooding from within will only increase https://phys.org/news/2017-12-fiu.html

How California and Western States Should Shift Their Fire Prevention Strategy http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/How-California-and-Western-States-Should-Shift-Their-Fire-Prevention-Strategy.html?utm_content=buffer37f97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sendai Framework Monitoring Kicks Off https://reliefweb.int/report/world/sendai-framework-monitoring-kicks

Study Focuses on Contaminants Lurking in Urban Tidal Flooding http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/keynotes_1216_tidalflooding.html

All is not lost: Developing solutions to reduce the impact of flooding in UK properties https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/developing-solutions-to-reduce-the-impact-of-flooding-in-uk-properties/36832/

 

Emergency Management

How the Santa Ana wind spreads wildfires https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/santa-ana-fires/?utm_term=.eab085d5fdcb

California fire damage to homes is less ‘random’ than it seems https://theconversation.com/california-fire-damage-to-homes-is-less-random-than-it-seems-88817

Drones take off in battle against LA fires http://ht.ly/IL4b30h7DQ0

The first wintertime megafire in California history is here http://grist.org/article/the-first-wintertime-megafire-in-california-history-is-here/

Latest issue of the Fire Australia magazine https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/magazine

The lost fishermen of India’s Cyclone Ockhi http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42262346

Disaster zones could soon be salvaged by teams of smart devices – here’s how https://theconversation.com/disaster-zones-could-soon-be-salvaged-by-teams-of-smart-devices-heres-how-88201?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

China partners with UNDP to provide Post-Disaster Recovery Assistance to South Asia http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/articles/2017/12/10/china-partners-with-undp-to-provide-post-disaster-recovery-assistance-to-south-asia.html#.Wi6XVwfUa1c.twitter

A Safe and Healthy Crowded Places Handbook is currently under development by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-15-safe-and-healthy-crowded-places/

Recovery pledges for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean are a drop in the ocean https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2017/11/24/recovery-pledges-hurricane-ravaged-caribbean-are-drop-ocean

The Benefits & Challenges of Using Artificial Intelligence for Emergency Management https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/resources/infographics/the-benefits-challenges-of-using-artificial-intelligence-for-emergency-management/

Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria death toll climbs to 64, as FEMA assistance tops $1 billion http://wtnh.com/2017/12/10/puerto-ricos-hurricane-maria-death-toll-climbs-to-64-as-fema-assistance-tops-1-billion/

Taking matters into their own hands: Rebuilding after Nepal floods https://reliefweb.int/report/nepal/taking-matters-their-own-hands-rebuilding-after-nepal-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims https://apnews.com/0073e4f1b24f41518f3359d8d4ca315f/UN-visits-Puerto-Rico-to-assess-help-for-hurricane-victims?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Near Real Time Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/near-real-time-monitoring-of-volcanic-eruptions/

New fire danger rating system set to be trialled this summer to cope with new extremes http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-13/bushfire-danger-rating-system-trialled-summer/9203446?sf176146205=1&smid=Page:%20ABC%20Rural-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic

Integrating Gender into Humanitarian Action https://www.adpc.net/igo/category/ID1278/doc/2017-lpg6Jw-ADPC-GiHA6ForWeb.pdf

Oroville Dam crisis sparked $1.2 billion in claims. State hasn’t paid a dime http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article189603719.html

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Plate tectonics at 50 https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/wsmith17

Plans to save horses under bushfire threat need flexibility, say researchers https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2017/12/10/plans-horses-bushfire-research/

The photographer who lowers herself into active volcanoes http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-42316039/the-photographer-who-lowers-herself-into-active-volcanoes

River Detectives – exploring local waterways with students http://www.nccma.vic.gov.au/resources/publications/river-detectives-apply-now?utm_content=buffer299ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“We realized that there isn’t a line where fire adapted communities stop and fire resilient landscapes begin.” https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-resilient-landscapes/

As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-santa-barbara-bilingual-20171212-story.html

International panel is asking businesses and property owners along Lake Ontario to complete an online survey about flood damage from record water levels this spring and summer https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/35246/20171212/international-panel-seeks-information-on-lake-ontario-floods

The origin of the Andes unraveled https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171211120349.htm

Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – Global edition http://www.eena.org/publications/psaps-global-2017#.WjLjadKWbIU

The UK has a new highest mountain http://geographical.co.uk/places/mountains/item/2529-britain-has-a-new-highest-mountain

A new mobile phone application provides early warning and early action information related to the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/flood-early-warning-and-early-action-system-feweas-mobile-app-helps-predict

The Environment Agency held a competition with schools to design a new logo for flood wardens right across the region https://www.gov.uk/government/news/north-east-youngsters-winning-design-for-flood-wardens

 

Social media and emergency management

 

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-twitter-users-can-generate-better-ideas/

Children’s perspectives on life in the digital age https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/1334805/Young_and_Online_Report.pdf

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Better You Know Yourself, the More Resilient You’ll Be https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-better-you-know-yourself-the-more-resilient-youll-be

Approximately 59% of young people with PTSD subsequently develop substance abuse problems https://blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-mental-health/2017/12/addiction-and-traumatic-events/

 

 

Sociology and disasters

As Southern California’s firestorm continues to grow and air quality plummets, what happens to one of the largest unsheltered homeless populations in the nation? https://psmag.com/environment/california-wildfires-harming-most-vulnerable-populations?utm_content=buffercfaba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

California wildfires left the disabled in peril http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-disability-fires-20150928-story.html

In Jakarta, flood-hit slum residents aim for a higher, drier future http://news.trust.org/item/20171212022015-sz6td/

An Early Assessment of Hurricane Harvey’s Impact on Vulnerable Texans in the Gulf Coast Region http://files.kff.org/attachment/Report-An-Early-Assessment-of-Hurricane-Harveys-Impact-on-Vulnerable-Texans-in-the-Gulf?platform=hootsuite

Reduction of vulnerability to disasters: From knowledge to action http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56269

Adaptation Decision Support: An Application of System Dynamics Modeling in Coastal Communities https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-017-0154-5

Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate, but its cities are not delivering the opportunities and better lives such dynamism deserves https://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2017/12/11/african-cities-time-urgent-reform?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Today in disaster resilience (8 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-03/welcome-to-summer-in-tasmania-its-snowing-again/9221090

Sri Lanka – Floods, Rain and Strong Winds Leave 13 Dead and 5,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-cyclone-ockhi-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia: At least 20 killed, 5 missing in landslides, floods https://article.wn.com/view/2017/12/03/Indonesia_At_least_20_killed_5_missing_in_landslides_floods/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flooding in Northern and Central Albania http://copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-ems-rapid-mapping-activated-floods-albania

Terrawatch: the reawakening of Öræfajökull https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/03/terrawatch-iceland-volcano-oraefajokull-agung?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

Homes Flooded in North Eastern Victoria After Record Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-homes-flooded-in-victoria-after-record-rain?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dramatic Trang River bank collapse hits homes https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1371803/dramatic-trang-river-bank-collapse-hits-homes Ventura County wildfire rages over 45,500 acres, destroys more than 150 structures; 27,000 flee http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-school-fire-20171204-story.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Shiveluch, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66431/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-6-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Shiveluch-Dukono-Re.html

Flooding again in Albania? http://www.albaniannews.com/index.php?idm=17117&mod=2&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Zealand considers creating climate change refugee visas https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/31/new-zealand-considers-creating-climate-change-refugee-visas?utm_content=buffer93ede&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Scoping for the Operation of Agile Urban Adaptation for Secondary Cities of the Global South: Possibilities in Pune, India http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/9/12/939

Extremes and Weather: Exploring Connections with Human Health http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/extremes-weather-exploring-connections-human-health/#.WiMF_ea6fG0.twitter

Our scorching sea: Marine heatwave unfolding as hot temperatures continue https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/99491972/week-starts-with-a-scorcher-warm-weather-settled-in

Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix133/4644513

Unusual hot spell for Victoria and Tasmania driven by warm seas, stable systems http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/unusual-hot-spell-for-victoria-and-tasmania-driven-by-warm-seas-stable-systems-20171203-gzxzwf.html

Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities https://www.npr.org/2017/12/01/567843604/credit-rating-agency-issues-warning-on-climate-change-to-cities

How can climate risk insurance be linked with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts? https://www.climatecolab.org/contests/2017/absorbing-climate-impacts

UK weather: Could La Niña phenomenon deliver Britain a record freezing winter? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/la-ni-a-uk-weather-winter-record-met-office-could-what-is-polar-vortex-a8088501.html

U.S. Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-04/trump-disbands-group-meant-to-prepare-cities-for-climate-shocks

With sea-level rise, waterfront owners confront their options https://www.eopugetsound.org/magazine/is/slr

New maps of climate opinions by political party http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/new-maps-climate-opinions-political-party/

November 2017 extended the spell of exceptional global warmth that has now lasted since mid-2015 https://climate.copernicus.eu/resources/data-analysis/average-surface-air-temperature-analysis/monthly-maps/surface-air-3

“Apocalyptic” Melting Transpires in Antarctica as Earth Wraps Up a Scorching Year http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42777-pollution-and-diseases-wreak-havoc-in-a-scorching-year-with-apocalyptic-melting-in-antarctica

13,000 U.S. Archaeology Sites To Be Flooded by Rising Seas https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/thousands-of-united-states-archaeological-sites-to-be-flooded-by-rising-seas-spd/

The sleeping ice giants of Antarctica are stirring. Will we wake up before they devour us? https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/mark-kernan/Myth-and-dystopia-in-the-Anthropocene

These are the tipping points that will push us into climate disaster https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/are-we-reaching-our-climate-change-tipping-points

While Southern California battles its wildfires, we have to start preparing for our hotter, drier future http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-ventura-sylmar-wildfires-20171205-story.html?platform=hootsuite

To forecast sea level rise, a flotilla of robot subs must map the unseen bottom of a melting ice shelf—if they are not sunk by it https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ice-diving-drones-embark-on-risky-antarctic-mission/

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

“The 100-year line is too arbitrary for comfort” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/houston-flood-zone-hurricane-harvey.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Lawmakers Skeptical of Trump’s $12 Billion Plan to Prevent Flooding https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-01/trump-s-12-billion-plan-to-prevent-flooding-opposed-in-congress

Fixing the broken National Flood Insurance Program http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171202/fixing-broken-national-flood-insurance-program

How to break the cycle of repeated flooding https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/climate-smart-flood-insurance-ib.pdf

“A dollar spent on mitigation saves society on average $4” http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nibs.org/resource/resmgr/MMC/hms_vol1.pdf

USGS on Fire: It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “more fire science data please!” https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-fire-it-s-not-a-matter-if-it-s-a-matter-more-fire-science-data-please?qt-news_science_products=1#qt-news_science_products

Putting Disaster Risk Into Adaptation Plans http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56107

Do weak global stresses synchronize earthquakes? http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074934/abstract

Resiliency Plan of the Year: Resilient Boston https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/resiliency-plan-of-the-year-resilient-boston/510151/

Almaty sits on a huge active fault, and here is why we know http://paleoseismicity.org/almaty-sits-on-a-huge-active-fault-and-here-is-why-we-know/

Modeling Volcanic Mudflow Travel Time with ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Network Analyst http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcuser/fall-2017/modeling-volcanic-mudflow-travel-time

Damage to vulnerable infrastructure caused by climate hazards could triple by the 2020s and rise over ten-fold by the end of the century http://floodlist.com/europe/vulnerable-infrastructure-at-risk-from-climate?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Two years on from the December 2015 flooding that hit the North of England http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/two-years-on-from-the-december-2015-flooding/

An innovative cloud based platform as a service solution for the Goulburn Broken CMA using HydroNET http://watertech.com.au/news/webinars/?utm_content=buffer5803e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

By spring 2020 we aim to have 100% LIDAR coverage of England https://environment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=09b15081af4f48e8a2bb6415a830c1f2

This Year’s Hurricane Season Was Intense. Is It A Taste Of The Future? http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Our thirst for drinking water is causing severe subsidence in many areas around the world, putting them at risk of flooding http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20171130-the-ambitious-plan-to-stop-the-ground-from-sinking?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter

The decision of Europe to rely on weather forecasts for wildfire prediction https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/media-centre/science-blog/2017/wildfires-hazard-no-other

The lack of adequate infrastructure that can defend against the impacts of floods, sea level rise, landslides or earthquakes https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/lets-make-deal-resilient-cities

These half-million-dollar floating villas can withstand Category 4 hurricanes http://www.businessinsider.sg/waterstudio-is-building-floating-villas-in-the-netherlands-2017-12/

Space technologies key to risk reduction http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56167

People like living in hazard zones https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/people-love-to-live-in-places-that-are-at-risk-for-disasters-and-this-is-what-happens/2017/10/15/ba50ed38-b03f-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.21777cd3d38a

Rising Waters: Can a Massive Barrier Save Venice from Drowning? http://e360.yale.edu/features/rising-waters-can-a-massive-sea-barrier-save-venice-from-drowning

Boston Barrier flood defence gets the green light https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boston-barrier-flood-defence-gets-the-green-light

Towards a flood delta city index http://www.delta-alliance.org/nl/25222819-%5Blinkpage%5D.html?location=-792208859356054,10885393,true,true

Supporting the uptake of low cost resilience for properties at risk of flooding http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/32994/

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science Report https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/538091/ElsevierDisasterScienceReport-PDF.pdf

You’ll never guess where homes are the most at-risk for flooding https://therealdeal.com/2017/12/03/youll-never-guess-where-homes-are-the-most-at-risk-for-flooding/

A wave of tsunami modellers descends on Canberra http://www.ga.gov.au/news-events/news/latest-news/a-wave-of-tsunami-modellers-descends-on-canberra?utm_source=2017-promotion&utm_medium=Tsunami-Workshop-News&utm_content=ga-twitter&utm_campaign=News-Highlights

Catastrophe losses triple for P&C insurers in 2017, Fitch Ratings reports http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/12/06/catastrophe-losses-triple-for-pc-insurers-in-2017?eNL=5a28322a140ba01e1e9c9d21&utm_content=buffer363db&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Slow slips are silent earthquakes that occur below the Earth’s surface over a large area, unlike traditional earthquakes we feel that occur in a relatively small region https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/videos/1756-slow-slip-event-an-animation

Why shrinking glaciers could mean more volcanic eruptions https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21731814-volcanology-and-glaciology-why-shrinking-glaciers-could-mean-more-volcanic?fsrc=scn/tw/te/rfd/pe

Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013RG000445/full

More than 900 drains in York are permanently blocked – adding to flood risk https://www.yorkmix.com/life/revealed-900-drains-york-permanently-blocked-adding-flood-risk/

 

Emergency Management

 

Over 200,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since Hurricane https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/over-200-000-puerto-ricans-have-arrived-florida-hurricane-maria-n825111?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ltMaria

75 days after Maria, this is life in St. Croix https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/12/03/us/us-virgin-islands-maria-recovery-trnd/index.html

5 steps to overcoming volunteer firefighter recruitment obstacles https://www.firechief.com/2017/11/06/5-steps-to-overcoming-volunteer-firefighter-recruitment-obstacles/

New fire trucks not yet ordered to replace ageing, dangerous vehicles, union warns http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-01/old-trucks-hoses-put-firefighters-in-danger-tas-union-warns/9213562

Victorian Premier defends flood warning language and predictions http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5096648/premier-defends-storm-warnings-taken-to-extremities/?cs=48&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles http://www.routefifty.com/public-safety/2017/11/fema-brock-long-congress/144205/

Queensland floods: Dam engineers ‘bet against’ BOM rain forecasts, class action hearing told http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-04/2011-flood-class-action-begins-against-government-dam-operators/9223624

Quake warnings, seismic culture http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6367/1111

Cross-border agencies join in joint disaster response exercise https://www.discoverferndale.com/cross-border-agencies-join-joint-disaster-response-exercise_71118/

What happens if Mount Baker erupts? Local emergency responders are prepared http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article184033411.html

 

Long-term recovery narratives after natural disasters https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10113-017-1260-z?author_access_token=syAc6M9P8ib-T85D_-y-mfe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4ZMNZYPtSF3ZrF_cHc2YCipP4bp1n5Sko4gybkreypPq1YLwUwX6GCD0dVw4W1HUHkWsVGNp7a-XRcDruiEVO6CuxF8ZoGPB6N-ZS5_2RpCQ%3D%3D

Struggling to bounce back after Harvey’s 50-plus inches swamped water systems, subdivisions and mobile home parks across southeast Texas http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Thousands-Still-Await-Clean-Water-After-Harvey.html

Safety risk: waste facilities not prepared to battle fire outbreaks at Victorian centres http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/safety-risk-waste-facilities-not-prepared-to-battle-fire-outbreaks-at-victorian-centres/news-story/92e56e5e3cb683c3d5a5381e63663bd2?csp=6b069891508b7db486a7695f0b27d517

The Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team provides a secure database networking system for Equine and Pet owners across Australia https://www.tepscon.community/aboutNEDTwo years on: £70m spend on Storm Desmond repairs https://www.cumbriacrack.com/two-years-70m-spend-storm-desmond-repairs/

Fort McMurray region acts on lessons learned from 2016 wildfire http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4402496

Public Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria https://www.kff.org/report-section/public-health-in-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-9123-issue-brief/

2017 US National Preparedness Report https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=806107

How the Internet of Things Can Prepare Cities for Natural Disasters https://hbr.org/2017/12/how-the-internet-of-things-can-prepare-cities-for-natural-disasters

Post-event review of flooding in Peru http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/2017-flooding-in-peru-identifying-effective-disaster-risk-management-and-resilience-efforts-through-a-post-event-review/

FEMA Staffers Told They Might Be Billed for Working Too Much https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/fema-tells-staffers-they-might-get-billed-for-working-too-much

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

 

Selecting a quality publisher https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/research-practice/publishing-guidance/

What is at the heart of the rise of citizen science? https://medium.com/@kellygibbs/why-do-people-want-to-be-scientists-7cb7e550b6e5

The Fire Learning Trail https://fireadaptednetwork.org/fire-learning-trail-interview-jenifer-bunty/

Facilitating two-way public communication in crisis and disaster management https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

You should never drive into floodwater – some roads are more deadly than others https://theconversation.com/you-should-never-drive-into-floodwater-some-roads-are-more-deadly-than-others-88551

The public understood the potential dangers from storm surge and took the appropriate steps to stay safe http://www.noaa.gov/news/new-storm-surge-watches-and-warnings-saved-lives

Children who were directly affected by flooding proposed a series of measures that they felt should be taken to improve flood resilience in homes, communities, schools and wider society http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/outputs/

Creating maps in a more open way can generate valuable opportunities to engage with communities in more creative policy-making regarding the threats they face and how they can respond http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tran.12227/epdf

Community engagement and accountability in emergency management: Good practices from around the world http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56095

Strengthening community resilience through peer-to-peer learning http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56112

‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303138

The amount of political information communicated decreases as the number of people in the chain increases. Furthermore, the information is increasingly distorted as the length of the chain increases http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/694767

Flood Snakes & Ladders http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/cyp-floodrecovery/what-weve-produced/flood-snakes-and-ladders/

Effective flood early warning systems should be people-centered http://www.floodresilience.net/how-to-build-an-early-warning-system

 

Social media and emergency management

 

Tools that can be used to create network graphs of Twitter data https://wasimahmed.org/2015/06/14/tools-that-can-be-used-to-create-network-graphs-of-twitter-data/

One graph shows how morally outraged tweets stay within their political bubble https://qz.com/1024117/one-visualization-shows-how-morally-outraged-tweets-stay-within-their-political-bubble/

Social media can be used for identifying potential risks through environmental scanning activities, such as identifying real-time events such as a flood and communicating safety information https://www.crisis-response.com/comment/blogpost.php?post=366

Articles published in journals with any sort of Twitter presence receive more citations than those published in journals with no Twitter presence http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/12/04/academic-journals-with-a-presence-on-twitter-are-more-widely-disseminated-and-receive-a-higher-number-of-citations/

Social media tools are “democratizing” disaster response efforts, allowing people to communicate more easily with first responders http://www.rmmagazine.com/2017/12/01/technology-to-the-rescue/

The ‘poetic and whimsical’ tweets of the crisis manager handling Bali’s erupting Mt Agung volcano http://www.smh.com.au/world/the-crisis-manager-handling-balis-mt-agung-eruption-one-tweet-at-a-time-20171206-gzzw17.html

 

Disaster psychology

 

Planned and ultimate actions of horse owners facing a bushfire threat: Implications for natural disaster preparedness and survivability http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917303369

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind? https://theconversation.com/what-if-consciousness-is-not-what-drives-the-human-mind-86785

After Las Vegas shooting, 87 children cope with loss of parent https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/after-las-vegas-shooting-87-children-cope-with-loss-of-parent/

Only 19% think deaths from terrorist attacks are lower in the past 15 years than they were in the 15 years before that – when they are also significantly down across most of these countries, and overall they are around half the level they were https://theconversation.com/survey-shows-gloomy-public-wrong-about-crime-immigrants-and-teen-pregnancies-88665?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1512556681

Ipsos’ Perils of Perception 2017 Survey https://perils.ipsos.com/

Many are still unaware of the dangers of living in the wildland-urban interface http://www.hcn.org/articles/opinion-firefighters-your-next-mission-might-be-local

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Through the Fog of Disaster: The Process of (Re)Creating Inequities https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/through-the-fog-of-disaster-the-process-of-re-creating-inequities

From local community volunteers to those on the frontline of natural disasters, volunteers are quintessential to humanity https://volunteeringqld.org.au/blog/1364-international-volunteer-day-5-december-2017?platform=hootsuite

Power to the Flooded! https://www.gofundme.com/flood-fighters

Volunteers, residents work to restore Puerto Rico’s communities https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/volunteers-local-residents-work-to-restore-puerto-ricos-communities/2017/12/05/b2efb1aa-c8b3-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.be6fbf78da20

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (1 December 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Major flooding hits Montego Bay, causing severe infrastructural damage, Jamaica https://watchers.news/2017/11/24/major-flooding-hits-montego-bay-causing-severe-infrastructural-damage-jamaica/

New strong explosions at Popocatepetl, ash to 8.5 km (28 000 feet) a.s.l. https://watchers.news/2017/11/25/another-strong-eruption-at-popocatepetl-ash-to-8-5-km-28-000-feet/

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Nov 2017: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66195/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-26-Nov-2017-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-Reventador-Sa.html

Flood disaster declared in 5 Trang districts amid closures http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30332538?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Mount Agung warning lifted to highest level http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132912

Second person dies in Malaysian floods http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/second-person-dies-in-malaysian-floods

Mount Agung eruption updates http://www.earthobservatory.sg/news/agung-volcano-bali-eruption-update

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in East Java Leave 11 Dead, 4,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-east-java-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Lives at risk as Victoria braces for worst floods in decades http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-weather-record-rainfall-and-flash-flooding-to-kick-off-summer-20171129-gzvk4s.html

Thailand – Around 400,000 Hit by Floods in South http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-south-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of Andalusia http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-floods-andalusia-november-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flood hits Central Java, forces thousands to evacuate https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/flood-hits-central-java-forces-thousands-evacuate

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Natural climate solutions http://m.pnas.org/content/114/44/11645

Issues with 1.5C overshoot http://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-017-0026-z

How could the Agung volcano in Bali affect global temperatures https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-could-agung-volcano-bali-affect-global-temperature

Record low sea ice in Alaska waters in fall 2017 https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/record-low-sea-ice-alaska-waters-fall-2017

Turning the tide: comparison of tidal flow by periodic sea level fluctuation and by periodic bed tilting in scaled landscape experiments of estuaries https://www.earth-surf-dynam.net/5/731/2017/

But what would happen if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/11/22/climate-advocates-can-take-anti-smoking-campaigns/?utm_content=buffer639f4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades

Fiji’s Focus on Resilience Creates a New Market for Climate Finance http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/11/09/fijis-focus-on-resilience-creates-a-new-market-for-climate-finance?CID=CCG_TT_climatechange_EN_EXT

Beach erosion and litigious homeowners offers a preview of what’s to come as storms and rising seas hit communities https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28112017/nags-head-north-carolina-beach-erosion-climate-change-sea-level-rise

What exactly does change minds about climate science? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/28/how-to-persuade-people-that-climate-change-is-real/?utm_term=.906894f9ac92

 

 

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake Risk Keeps Heat on Vulnerable Nuclear Reactors https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/26/earthquake-risk-keeps-heat-vulnerable-nuclear-reactors

In 2016 the number of deaths caused by natural disasters was the second lowest since 2006, but the number of people reported affected by natural disasters was the highest https://reliefweb.int/report/world/annual-disaster-statistical-review-2016-numbers-and-trends

Mitigating Natural Disaster Risks And Enhancing Economic Resilience http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20171119/cedric-stephens-mitigating-natural-disaster-risks-and-enhancing-economic

Disaster risk insurance: understanding the role of microinsurance https://www.odi.org/comment/10576-disaster-risk-insurance-understanding-role-microinsurance

UK flood risk management and funding http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7514

The Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever: By the Numbers https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-26/the-most-expensive-u-s-hurricane-season-ever-by-the-numbers

When Hikurangi subduction zone megathrust triggers tsunami ‘think Japan 2011’ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98878426/when-hikurangi-subduction-zone-megathrust-triggers-tsunami-think-japan-2011

Changes in Earthquake Hazard Levels in the draft Geoscience Australia National Seismic Hazard Assessment https://riskfrontiers.com/changes-in-earthquake-hazard-levels-in-the-draft-geoscience-australia-national-seismic-hazard-assessment-nsha18/

Urban resilience, disaster risk reduction forum slated http://thestandard.com.ph/news/national/252615/urban-resilience-disaster-risk-reduction-forum-slated.html

Natural disasters are in 3D – and the rights that protect against them should be as well https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/natural-disasters-are-3d-and-rights-protect-against-them-should-be-well

Madison County officials meeting with FEMA to reduce floodplain https://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/local/madison-county-officials-meeting-with-fema-to-reduce-floodplain/article_adf2bba1-07de-5c34-bd0c-45606463f3b1.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future? http://theconversation.com/how-will-canada-manage-its-wildfires-in-the-future-86383?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Jamaica – Installation of Real Time Automatic Weather Stations Begins Across the Island http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-installation-real-time-automatic-weather-stations?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain Say NCAR Scientists http://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-american-storm-clusters-could-produce-80-percent-more-rain-say-ncar-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NOAA may reclassify 100-year storm event in Houston http://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Federal-rainfall-study-shows-dramatic-growth-in-12386006.php

Increasing resiliency to extreme weather https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2648/increasing-resiliency-to-extreme-weather/

What’s the future for flood and coastal risk management in England? https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/strategic-direction/

Recent loss of closed forests is associated with Ebola virus disease outbreaks https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-14727-9

Restoring floodplains and wetlands offer value-for-money solution to river flooding https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/restoring-floodplains-and-wetlands-offer

Changing attitudes to property flood resilience in the UK http://brebuzz.net/2017/11/29/changing-attitudes-to-property-flood-resilience-in-the-uk/

Flood-prone historic Charleston home gets a raise http://abcnews4.com/news/local/jacked-up-historic-home-lifted-for-first-time

Fault Segmentation as Constraint to the Occurrence of the Main Shocks of the 2016 Central Italy Seismic Sequence http://geo.mff.cuni.cz/users/gallovic/abst/Pizzi_et_al-2017-Tectonics.pdf

When magma prevents volcanic eruptions https://phys.org/news/2017-11-magma-volcanic-eruptions.html

Renewed calls for natural flood management techniques across Europe https://greennews.ie/renewed-calls-natural-flood-management-europe/

Forecast of Increased Earthquakes due to Slowing of Earth’s Rotation https://riskfrontiers.com/forecast-of-increased-earthquakes-due-to-slowing-of-earths-rotation/

When Weather Becomes a Problem: Motivating Resilience Action in Texas https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/when-weather-becomes-problem-motivating-resilience-action-texas

Each volcano has unique warning signs that eruption is imminent https://theconversation.com/each-volcano-has-unique-warning-signs-that-eruption-is-imminent-88222?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

 

Emergency Management

Houston Day Laborers Suffer Wage Theft in Post-Harvey Reconstruction http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Houston-Day-Laborers-Suffer-Wage-Theft-in-Post-Harvey-Reconstruction.html

Two Months After Hurricane Maria, A Growing Majority Of Americans Say Puerto Ricans are Not Yet Getting the Help They Need https://www.kff.org/other/press-release/poll-two-months-after-hurricane-maria-a-growing-majority-of-americans-say-puerto-ricans-are-not-ye-getting-the-help-they-need/amp/

Tens of thousands displaced by Harvey still yearn for home http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-12378756.php

Preventing the Spread of Disease After a Hurricane https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-11-16/preventing-the-spread-of-disease-after-a-hurricane

Offender sentenced for causing January 2017 bushfires in Victoria https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/2017/11/25/offender-sentenced-for-causing-january-2017-bushfires-in-victoria/

How to save billions on disaster recovery https://www.redcross.org.au/news-and-media/news/how-to-save-billions-on-disaster-recovery

Nepal earthquake reconstruction won’t succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed https://theconversation.com/nepal-earthquake-reconstruction-wont-succeed-until-the-vulnerability-of-survivors-is-addressed-87335

‘Help now, not after disasters’ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171127/help-now-not-after-disasters

Hawaii Brings Back a Cold War-Era Nuclear Warning System https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/hawaii-nuclear-korea.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Why Puerto Rico is getting the brunt of ‘donor fatigue’ https://theconversation.com/why-puerto-rico-is-getting-the-brunt-of-donor-fatigue-86036

Using flood model data to assist with humanitarian crises in the Middle East https://www.ambientalrisk.com/using-flood-model-data-assist-humanitarian-crises-middle-east/

Feeding Puerto Rico https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feeding-puerto-rico/

New data shows hurricane deaths in Puerto Rico could be 20 times higher than the government claims https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/29/16623926/puerto-rico-death-toll-hurricane-maria-count

Operational forecasting and warning systems for natural hazards: challenges and innovation http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/26605

Improving Science-based Tools for Fire Prediction http://climateandlife.columbia.edu/2017/10/26/improving-science-based-tools-for-fire-prediction/

Carisbrook braces for flooding amid investigation into recovery fund mismanagement http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-30/carisbrook-flood-prep/9210160

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YluS9jOjQdM

What Should You Do In A Terror Attack? http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/ian-payne/what-should-you-do-in-a-terror-attack-lbc-asked-an/

Plan for an emergency: Bushfire http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/bushfire/

Israel raises tsunami awareness http://www.unisdr.org/archive/56057

Mount Agung: Bali volcano eruption photos explained https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-42133502

Flood barrier drop-ins for residents https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-barrier-drop-ins-for-residents

Article for kids on the challenges of firefighting https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/fighting-wildfires-is-a-greater-test-of-endurance-as-season-gets-longer/2017/11/20/77885a46-c597-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.aa6b08942a30

 

Social media and emergency management

“When people tweet about how there’s a flood in their backyards, but we don’t have sensors in that area to verify that information, we can use these tweets as a virtual sensor” http://daily-iowan.com/2017/11/29/ui-professor-develops-a-siri-for-flood-information/

 

Disaster psychology

Community resilience and Joplin tornado http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1468-5973.12171/pdf

Is it right to say people caught in a terror scare ‘panic’? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42138437

 

Sociology and Disasters

Will Houston’s Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City? https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/24/will_houston_s_post_harvey_recovery

A flood of stories http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-flood-of-stories/article20967553.ece

A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland’s diversity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/