Today in disaster resilience (20 April 2018)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Sydney bushfire: Residents breathe a sigh of relief as disaster averted for a second night http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/sydney-bushfire-conditions-ease-for-firefighters/9660818

Storm system brings flooding, freezing rain, snow to Midwest https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/21/02/2018/Storm-system-brings-flooding,-freezing-rain,-snow-to-Midwest

Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/destructive-flash-floods-rare-tornado-hit-algeria/

Record-shattering rains trigger destructive floods in Hawaii, 699 mm (27 inches) in 24 hours https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/record-shattering-rains-trigger-destructive-floods-in-hawaii/

Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported https://watchers.news/2018/04/15/massive-storm-system-sweeps-through-us-at-least-3-deaths-reported/

One person killed after tornado hits Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina https://watchers.news/2018/04/16/one-person-killed-after-tornado-hits-greensboro-in-guilford-county-north-carolina/

Malawi – Hundreds Displaced by Floods Across the Country http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-february-2018

Colombia – 12 Dead, 1,067 Families Affected by Recent Severe Weather http://www.smcyinternationalfamily.org/colombia-12-dead-1067-families-affected-recent-severe-weather/

Tanzania – 9 Dead as Flooding Hits Dar Es Salaam http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-floods-dar-es-salaam-april-2018

USA – Heavy Rain Floods Parts of New York and New Jersey https://twitter.com/GlobalFloodNews

Homes lost, flood damage in Leamington area worst in 20 years https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/homes-lost-flood-damage-in-leamington-area-worst-in-20-years-1.3886781

Earthquake hits Banjarnegara, kills one, destroys buildings http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/04/18/earthquake-hits-banjarnegara-kills-one-destroys-buildings.html

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-thousands-displaced-flooding-april-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Martinique – Severe Flooding After 250mm of Rain in 6 Hours http://floodlist.com/america/martinique-floods-april-2018

Entire island of Ambae to be permanently evacuated due to volcano https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/vanuatu-island-evacuation-volcanic-ambae-eruption-entire-population-permanent-a8311716.html?amp&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Apr 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sinabung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68574/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-19-Apr-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sinabung.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Special Climate Statement 65—persistent summer-like heat sets many April records http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/statements/scs65.pdf

Alaskan glaciers melting at rate not seen in 400 years https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/alaskan-glaciers-melting-rate-not-seen-400-years/#.WtEfNNoYjkY.twitter

Arctic melting could worsen future California droughts https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/04/arctic-melting-could-worsen-california-droughts/

Experimental effects of climate messages vary geographically https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0122-0

97% consensus on climate change? More like 99.94%, study finds https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/climate-change-consensus-07042018/

Greenhouse effect https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/greenhouse-effect/

Rising sea levels and intense cyclones prompt council action https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/rising-sea-levels-and-intense-cyclones-prompt-coun/3387868/

March was the third warmest globally since 1891 https://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/mar_wld.html

In the coastal communities near the Bering Strait, a winter unlike the rest https://www.climate.gov/news-features/features/coastal-communities-near-bering-strait-winter-unlike-rest

Miami is racing against time to keep up with sea-level rise http://www.businessinsider.com/miami-floods-sea-level-rise-solutions-2018-4/?r=AU&IR=T

The Commonwealth can kickstart a global offensive on climate change https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/18/commonwealth-global-climate-change-new-zealanders?CMP=share_btn_tw

As climate scientists predicted, glaciers are vanishing due to rapidly warming temperatures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/apr/18/glacier-loss-is-accelerating-because-of-global-warming?CMP=share_btn_tw

World Glacier Monitoring Service http://wgms.ch/latest-glacier-mass-balance-data/

Climate change in a San Francisco courtroom http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/news/2018/0410.html

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/17/603230754/as-climate-costs-grow-some-see-a-money-making-opportunity

 

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster Management Research Roadmap for the ASEAN Region https://reliefweb.int/report/world/disaster-management-research-roadmap-asean-region

How building science and research can help avert disaster https://www.aia.org/articles/185061-how-building-science-and-research-can-help-

29 years on from the Hillsborough disaster, Grenfell shows how little we’ve learnt https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/sport/2018/04/29-years-hillsborough-disaster-grenfell-shows-how-little-we-ve-learnt

Heat exposure now more deadly than any other natural disaster https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/heat-exposure-now-more-lethal-than-any-other-natural-disaster

Houston-Area Officials Say They Didn’t Know About Reservoir Flood Risks Pre-Harvey https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2018/04/13/486330.htm

Safer and Stronger Cities: Strategies for Advocating for Federal Resilience Policy https://medium.com/safer-and-stronger-cities-strategies-for-advocatin/introduction-b7ad940f8c72

W&M grad students aid Virginia’s battle against flooding https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2018/wm-grad-students-aid-virginias-battle-against-flooding.php

At USD 144 billion, global insured losses from disaster events in 2017 were the highest ever, sigma study says http://www.swissre.com/media/news_releases/nr20180410_sigma_global_insured_loses_highest_ever.html

Drought-stricken Cape Town prepares for winter flood risks https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/1894883/drought-stricken-cape-town-prepares-for-winter-flood-risks/

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast http://coastal.la.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-Coastal-Master-Plan_Web-Book_CFinal-with-Effective-Date-06092017.pdf

An Affordability Framework for the National Flood Insurance Program https://www.eenews.net/assets/2018/04/17/document_gw_06.pdf

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/17/us/san-francisco-earthquake-seismic-gamble.html

Landslides in Nepal: the need for a national agency? https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/04/17/landslides-in-nepal-1/

Study proposes link between formation of supercontinents, strength of ocean tides https://phys.org/news/2018-04-link-formation-supercontinents-strength-ocean.html

North American and Caribbean Hazards and Disaster Research Centers https://hazards.colorado.edu/resources/research-centers Supercritical river terraces generated by hydraulic and geomorphic interactions https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/530330/supercritical-river-terraces-generated-by?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Can We Outsmart a Disaster? http://seismo.berkeley.edu/blog/2018/04/17/can-we-outsmart-disaster.html

Scientists unveil 10,000 sq ft model of Mississippi delta to help save coastline https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/18/mississippi-delta-model-coastal-erosion-scientists?CMP=share_btn_tw

On anniversary of great 1906 quake, California still struggles to prepare for the next ‘big one’ http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-quake-san-francisco-20180418-story.html

The U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is Coming https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/the-app-quakealert-hopes-to-warn-west-coasters-when-an-earthquake-is-coming.html

Visualization of earthquake risk in California https://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues/maps/visualization-earthquake-risk-california

Seattle is starting to take steps to ready itself for an increased onslaught of rain as a result of climate change and historic weather patterns https://psmag.com/environment/seattle-preps-for-thousand-year-storm

Yorkshire Water hosts first flooding and pollution Hackathon https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/company-news/item/15036-yorkshire-water-hosts-first-flooding-and-pollution-hackathon

Where Next for Flood Risk? Use of Building Polygons Instead of Address Points for Assessment http://blogs.lexisnexis.com/insurance-insights/2018/04/where-next-for-flood-risk-use-of-building-polygons-instead-of-address-points-for-assessment/

Kilauea volcano: Magma system becomes increasingly pressurized, Hawaii https://watchers.news/2018/04/19/kilauea-volcano-magma-system-becomes-increasingly-pressurized-hawaii/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Development of an urban flood management plan that can deal with conditions of deep uncertainty https://understandrisk.org/adaptive-management-urban-flood-risk/

Humans in a Flammable Forest https://www.sfreporter.com/news/theenthusiast/2018/04/18/humans-in-a-flammable-forest/

Opinion: How to achieve better flood-risk governance in the United States http://www.pnas.org/content/115/15/3731

How San Francisco’s next big quake could play out https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04489-3

 

Emergency Management

Ulverston’s forgotten flood victims talk of hardship 10 years on http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulverston/Ulverstons-forgotten-flood-victims-talk-of-hardship-10-years-on-485a71cf-1b38-4185-bfe9-0d7858375586-ds

FEMA’s plan underestimated Puerto Rican hurricane https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/15/puerto-rico-hurricane-fema-disaster-523033

Rural fire service announced for WA in wake of Yarloop blaze, funded by levy hike http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/wa-to-get-rural-fire-service-within-dfes-funded-by-levy-hike/9652920

Developing a coordinated, multi-agency response plan for a future great Alpine Fault earthquake https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00288306.2018.1455716?journalCode=tnzg20#.WtQPmDc3qE8.twitter

Public perceptions of emergency decontamination: Effects of intervention type and responder management strategy during a focus group study http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195922

Federal study launched to revamp hurricane cone of error http://weatherplus.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2018/03/27/just-in-federal-study-launched-to-revamp-hurricane-cone-of-error/

Volunteer Fire Departments Face Declining Numbers http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Volunteer-fire-Departments-Face-Declining-Numbers.html

Greece: The use of satellite imagery in crisis management after flooding https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/57841

Flooded communities in Fiji showing resilience https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/354057/flooded-communities-in-fiji-showing-resilience

Large-Scale and Smaller Disasters Increasingly Call for Shared Responsibility by Everyone http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-EDITORIAL-Large-scale-and-smaller-disasters-increasingly-call-for-shared-responsibility-by-everyone.html

Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/late-bushfire-season-will-cost-australia-dearly

How Many Wireless Emergency Alerts Are Too Many? https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/how-many-wireless-emergency-alerts-too-many.html

Puerto Rico In The Midst Of An Islandwide Blackout https://www.npr.org/2018/04/18/603693077/puerto-rico-in-the-midst-of-an-island-wide-blackout

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters https://allhandsandhearts.exposure.co/

Citizen scientists keep a watchful eye on the world’s streams https://eos.org/project-updates/testing-the-waters-mobile-apps-for-crowdsourced-streamflow-data

CrowdWater is a citizen science project to collect hydrological data http://www.crowdwater.ch/en/welcome-to-crowdwater/

Virtual reality technology puts people through ‘searing’ bushfire scenario http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-14/virtual-reality-puts-people-through-searing-bushfire/9645584

Could citizen geologists help scientists make geological maps? https://eos.org/features/crowdsourcing-digital-maps-using-citizen-geologists

Earthquake Education Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDbAmX72CFA&list=PLYJjP6lVJvswbQzrA1O_VA_StEun7HqN8

Tsunami Drills Encourage Students to be Aware of the Impacts of Natural Disasters http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/SchoolTsunamiPreparedness.html

Geoscience Communication https://www.geoscience-communication.net/about/aims_and_scope.html

Disaster education and preparedness in the acute care setting: A cross sectional survey of operating theatre nurse’s disaster knowledge and education https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524836/disaster-education-and-preparedness-in-the-acute-care-setting-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-operating-theatre-nurse-s-disaster-knowledge-and-education

People tend to ignore low-probability risks. And some people think that they have flood insurance when they do not https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/09/why-houstonians-didnt-buy-flood-insurance.html

Minecraft & Lego Used For Emergency Preparedness https://resiliencechallenge.nz/Resilience-Home/Science-Programmes/Culture/Minecraft-Lego-Used-For-Emergency-Preparedness

Ceremonies commemorate 112th anniversary of 1906 earthquake in SF http://abc7news.com/ceremonies-commemorate-112th-anniversary-of-1906-earthquake-in-sf/3360492/

Rare footage of San Francisco after 1906 earthquake shown in Fremont theater http://abc7.com/footage-of-san-francisco-after-1906-quake-shown-in-fremont/3361514/

Utahns prepare for ‘the big one’ in Great Shakeout earthquake drills http://fox13now.com/2018/04/19/utahns-prepare-for-the-big-one-in-great-shakeout-earthquake-drills/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

Is anyone out there? The social media for emergency management audience https://disasterece.com/2018/04/17/is-anyone-out-there-the-social-media-for-emergency-management-audience/

 

Psychology and disasters

Flood risk denial in US coastal communities https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180402085848.htm

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

Daniel Aldrich: More focus on social capital needed as measure of disaster resilience https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2018/03/daniel-aldrich-more-focus-on-social-capital-needed-as-measure-of-disaster-resilience/

“The most resilient communities appear to be those with a wide variety of deeply rooted cooperative organizations, often made up of volunteers” https://www.futurity.org/volunteers-community-resilience-disasters-1729652/

The opportunity for good in Cape Town’s drought https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cape-town-drought/

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Today in disaster resilience (23 March 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Widespread floods hit Kenya, at least 19 killed and scores injured https://watchers.news/2018/03/18/widespread-floods-hit-kenya-at-least-19-killed-and-scores-injured/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes https://watchers.news/2018/03/18/major-wildfires-rage-in-australia-killing-cattle-and-destroying-homes/

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Belo Horizonte in Brazil http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1650874/Heavy-rain-causes-flash-floods-Belo-Horizonte-Brazil.html

Channel Country gets three weeks’ notice of floods after rain 700km away http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-20/the-outback-queensland-region-expecting-floods-without-rain/9563232?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia https://watchers.news/2018/03/19/fast-moving-wildfire-wipes-out-69-homes-in-tathra-australia/

Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone Eliakim Leaves 17 Dead and 6,000 Displaced http://floodlist.com/africa/madagascar-eliakim-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Spain – 1 Dead, 1 Missing as Storm in Andalusia Causes Flash Floods http://floodlist.com/europe/spain-1-dead-1-missing-as-storm-in-andalusia-causes-flash-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Dominican Republic – Record Rain Causes Flash Floods in North http://floodlist.com/america/dominican-republic-floods-north-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Uruguay – Evacuations After Floods in South http://floodlist.com/america/uruguay-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued https://watchers.news/2018/03/20/very-heavy-rainfall-for-central-parts-of-nsw-coast-warnings-issued/

Toxic gases released from Kawah Ijen injure 24 people, evacuations ordered https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/toxic-gases-released-from-kawah-ijen-injure-24-people-evacuations-ordered/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record-breaking rain hits California, worst yet to come https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/record-breaking-rain-hits-california-worst-yet-to-come/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Severe flooding in São Paulo kills 3, leaves 1 000 displaced https://watchers.news/2018/03/22/severe-flooding-in-sao-paulo-kills-3-leaves-1-000-displaced/

Tropical Cyclone Nora has formed off the Northern Territory and is expected to track towards Queensland http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/tropical-cyclone-may-form-in-gulf-of-carpentaria/news-story/aa9b3584e78bf8d43678551d658398a4

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Dukono, Reventador, Sakurajima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68120/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-22-Mar-2018-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajima.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

The Paris Agreement is deeply flawed – it’s time for a new deal https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/paris-agreement-deeply-flawed-time-deal-180316115219671.html

More accurate maps of bed topography reveal physical processes controlling retreat https://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2018/03/15/new-study-helps-explain-greenland-glaciers-varied-vulnerability-to-melting/

Stark Differences in Sea Level Rise Flooding Between 1.5 and 2 Degrees of Warming https://e360.yale.edu/digest/stark-differences-in-climate-impacts-between-1-5-and-2-degrees-of-warming

A new study shows that rising temperatures in the Himalayas have led to more avalanches https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2018/3/15/17119814/avalanche-climate-change-himalayas?__twitter_impression=true

Research scientist’s maps show how sea level rise will affect Nova Scotia communities http://www.ngnews.ca/news/research-scientists-maps-show-how-sea-level-rise-will-affect-nova-scotia-communities-193782/

Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/19/climate-change-soon-to-cause-mass-movement-world-bank-warns?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews#link_time=1521489853

UN Arctic chief: ‘Climate change isn’t linear – it’s accelerating’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/interview/un-arctic-chief-climate-change-is-not-linear-it-is-accelerating/

Greenland Is Literally Cracking Apart and Flooding the World https://www.livescience.com/62027-greenland-lakes-disappearing.html

‘I’m furious’: Tathra councillor says now is the time to talk climate https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/i-m-furious-tathra-councillor-says-now-is-the-time-to-talk-climate-20180320-p4z5ab.html

Boston Sea Level Projected To Rise 1.5 Feet By 2050 http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/03/16/boston-sea-level-rise-vims-projection

Building urban resilience to climate change: A review of Madagascar https://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/building-urban-resilience-climate-change-review-madagascar

The governance of climate change adaptation in Canada https://www.iclr.org/ccgovernance.html

Quantified, localized health benefits of accelerated carbon dioxide emissions reductions https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0108-y

Government of Liberia launches project to prioritize climate governance through improved National Adaptation Plans http://adaptation-undp.org/government-liberia-launches-project-prioritize-climate-governance-through-improved-national

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/climate/global-energy-demand.html

Global Energy & CO2 Status Report http://www.iea.org/geco/

Darwin will get hotter and people will die thanks to climate change, scientists warn http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/darwin-will-get-hotter-and-people-will-die-thanks-to-climate-change-scientists-warn/news-story/57190166f9abfbcfa838ec6dac489757?csp=6cfd7018f6d5d6a1e3c6013eab92dfeb

 

Disaster risk reduction

Nairobi sets aside Sh194m to deal with flooding https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/nairobi-sets-aside-sh194m-deal-flooding

Payouts after disasters and costly litigation leave insurance companies exposed, report finds https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-goes-firmly-in-the-loss-column-for-insurers/

Papua New Guinea in bid to quake-proof buildings sitting on the Ring of Fire http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-18/earthquake-proof-buildings-in-papua-new-guinea/9554576

Capacity development strategy for Sendai Framework https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57492

Roughly 80% of large historical floods in South East Queensland happened within a series of five-year flood-prone periods https://theconversation.com/floods-dont-occur-randomly-so-why-do-we-still-plan-as-if-they-do-93371

Large floods in South East Queensland, Australia: Is it valid to assume they occur randomly? https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13241583.2018.1446677

As Storms Get Stronger, Building Codes Are Getting Weaker https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-19/storm-prone-states-ease-off-building-codes-as-climate-risk-grows

Building stronger communities through disaster preparedness and resilience collaboration https://www.fema.gov/blog/2018-03-15/lasting-impact-communities

Extended bushfire season ‘the new normal’ http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/extended-bushfire-season-the-new-normal/news-story/ef86adb83f41dfadefaf73321b812d41

In a Historic Downtown, Disaster Becomes a Chance to Build Something Better https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2018/03/historic-downtown-disaster-rebuild-clarkesville-fire/555818/?utm_source=feed

First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction inaugurated http://www.ddinews.gov.in/national/first-india-japan-workshop-disaster-risk-reduction-inaugurated

Should communities at the highest risk be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43476335

Who’s at Risk? Rapid Mapping of Potential Hazard Exposure https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/chen

U.S. Gun Policy in a Global Context https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/essays/us-gun-policy-in-a-global-context.html?adbid=976188131144708097&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453&adbsc=social_GunPolicy_20180320_2202031

Complex fault geometry and rupture dynamics of the Mw 6.5, 2016, October 30th central Italy earthquake https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/2018JB015603

New Large-Scale Modeling Gives Worsening Picture of the Nation’s Flood Risk http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/New-Large-Scale-Modeling-Gives-Worsening-Picture-of-the-Nations-Flood-Risk.html

“Everyone has a part to play to reduce flood risk and homeowners in flood risk areas should know the risks and what action they can take” – Sir James Bevan http://floodlist.com/protection/uk-different-approach-future-floods?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand https://watchers.news/2018/03/21/earthquake-swarm-under-mount-ruapehu-new-zealand/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth’s history in the central Mediterranean https://watchers.news/2018/03/21/evidence-of-one-of-the-largest-floods-in-earth-s-history-in-the-central-mediterranean/

Complex floodplain management issues on the Mississippi River https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mississippi-river-infrastructure/?utm_term=.ceef48cf78a1

Flooding and heavy rains rise 50% worldwide in a decade, figures show https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/21/flooding-and-heavy-rains-rise-50-worldwide-in-a-decade-figures-show

Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is making ‘friends with water’ to mitigate extreme weather events in modern metropolises https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/mar/21/turning-cities-into-sponges-how-chinese-ancient-wisdom-is-taking-on-climate-change

Environment Agency says a different approach is needed to tackle flooding over next 50 years http://mags4dorset.co.uk/environment-agency-says-a-different-approach-is-needed-to-tackle-flooding-over-next-50-years/#.WrLVv9RubIU

Police say Hawkesdale, Garvoc, Terang and Camperdown fires all started by electrical assets http://www.standard.net.au/story/5299413/police-investigation-four-main-fires-all-started-by-electrical-assets/

Learning from El Niño Costero 2017: Opportunities for Building Resilience in Peru http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/major-program-reports/learning-from-elnino-costero-2017-opportunities-building-resilience-peru.html?platform=hootsuite

WMO Statement on the state of the global climate in 2017 https://library.wmo.int/opac/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=20220#.WrQc79RubIV

How To Build Resilience To Catastrophic Events With Alice Hill https://www.hoover.org/research/area-45-how-build-resilience-catastrophic-events-alice-hill

Earthquake early warning system gets big boost in House budget bill http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-early-warning-20180322-htmlstory.html

Houston identifies $700M in priority flood control projects https://www.chron.com/news/politics/houston/article/Houston-identies-700M-in-priority-flood-control-12770379.php

How do people behave if flood risk decreases as a result of dams? https://phys.org/news/2018-03-responsibility.html

Optimal investment and location decisions of a firm in a flood risk area using impulse control theory https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10100-018-0532-0

 

Emergency Management

A Truck in Saudi Arabia Outruns a Flash Flood in the Desert https://weather.com/news/weather/video/a-truck-in-saudi-arabia-outruns-a-flash-flood-in-the-desert

Six months on, how is the Caribbean recovering from hurricanes and Irma and Maria? http://www.aidforum.org/Topics/disaster-relief/6-months-on-how-is-the-caribbean-recovering-from-hurricanes-and-irma-and-ma

Care for an elderly relative must include planning for natural disasters https://www.marketwatch.com/story/care-for-an-elderly-relative-must-include-planning-for-natural-disasters-2018-03-14

What happens to pregnant women when disaster strikes? http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-16/can-environmental-disasters-really-dictate-pregnancy-outcomes/9509964

FEMA’s Plan for Dealing With Natural Disasters Is Missing the Two Most Important Words https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/03/femas-plan-for-dealing-with-natural-disasters-is-missing-the-two-most-important-words/

State issues report on flaws in Sonoma County wildfire alerts http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8046219-181/state-issues-report-on-flaws?utm_source=home&utm_medium=impact&utm_campaign=pd_study

Private sector can shoulder more responsibility for disaster readiness http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/378641-private-sector-can-shoulder-more-responsibility-for-disaster

Expert reaction: Bushfire ravages NSW coastal town https://mailchi.mp/smc/expert-reactionbushfire-ravages-nsw-coastal-town?e=c1ac3d949e

NSW authorities defend warning system after devastating Tathra fire – Some residents say text alerts never arrived https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/19/nsw-authorities-defend-warning-system-after-devastating-tathra-fire

Six months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes https://apnews.com/amp/4170d3858f1b4aa3a91b74d014ba93aa?__twitter_impression=true

FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Plan Is a Disaster for the U.S. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/femas-disaster-preparedness-plan-disaster-us

Ohio statewide tornado drill scheduled for today http://www.wtrf.com/news/ohio-headlines/ohio-statewide-tornado-drill-scheduled-for-today/1065971202

How did the plague impact health regulation? https://blog.oup.com/2018/03/plague-impact-health-regulation/

Only 30% of businesses have reopened in Fukushima nuclear disaster-hit areas: survey https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180321/p2a/00m/0na/004000c

Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/03/1005631

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told https://apnews.com/e0ceae76d5894734b0041210a902218d

 

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Elementary students’ evacuation route choice in a classroom: A questionnaire-based method https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321186619_Elementary_students%27_evacuation_route_choice_in_a_classroom_A_questionnaire-based_method

Influence seekers: the production of grey literature for policy and practice http://apo.org.au/node/136451

The tool that enabled a change in student engagement https://echo360.com/monash-college-echo360/?utm_campaign=user-testimonials&utm_content=68719732&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Master of Disaster:  learning resources, supporting documents and a multimedia library to help children and students learn about hazards in British Columbia https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/master-of-disaster

Ninety per cent of Canadians who actually live in a flood risk zone don’t know that they are at risk of flood https://uwaterloo.ca/partners-for-action/sites/ca.partners-for-action/files/uploads/files/canadian_voices_on_changing_flood_risk_fnl.pdf

Comrie flooding inspires festival film about loss and memory https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/619538/comrie-flooding-inspires-festival-film-about-loss-and-memory/

2013 Alberta flood victims “not even aware” of risk https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/2013-alberta-flood-victims-not-even-aware-risk-iclr-speaker-1004128814/

Bring community voices into disaster rebuilding and infrastructure planning http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/379413-bring-community-voices-into-disaster-rebuilding-and

Games about trust https://www.raphkoster.com/2018/03/16/the-trust-spectrum/#more-32038

Giving UK Children a Voice in Emergencies http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/cuidar/2018/03/21/stcuk-children-voice-in-emergencies/

How can we measure resilience? Mobile phones – and the right questions – can help http://news.trust.org/item/20180124113731-6j9xt

‘Plate Tectonics’ book explores the Earth’s building blocks and the geophysical theory that changed the way we look at the world https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/ladybird-book-reveals-the-human-stories-behind-one-of-the-21st-centurys-key-science-breakthroughs

World Water Day: exploring the solutions we find in nature https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/world-water-day-exploring-solutions-we-find-nature

New EGU publications: Geoscience Communication and Encyclopedia of Geosciences https://www.egu.eu/news/398/new-egu-publications-geoscience-communication-and-encyclopedia-of-geosciences/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Seniors are the age group most likely to say they never go online http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/05/some-americans-dont-use-the-internet-who-are-they/

Unpacking and Exploring the Relationship between Crisis Management and Social Media in the Era of ‘Smart Devices’ https://www.hsaj.org/articles/13986

Early detection and information extraction for weather-induced floods using social media streams https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918302735

How Facebook Groups Are Being Exploited To Spread Misinformation, Plan Harassment, And Radicalize People https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/how-facebook-groups-are-being-exploited-to-spread?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_term=.bcqn0QYwek#.om5dZeD0NQ

Millions of people follow science-related pages on Facebook http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/21/the-science-people-see-on-social-media/

 

 

Psychology and disasters

Understanding Social-Force Model in Psychological Principles of Collective Behavior https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303302099_Understanding_Social-Force_Model_in_Psychological_Principles_of_Collective_Behavior

Echoes of Katrina: Post-Hurricane Maria Public Health Threats and Trauma https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/news/2018/03/20/448215/echoes-katrina-post-hurricane-maria-public-health-threats-trauma/

The secret science that rules crowds http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180312-the-secret-science-that-rules-crowds

 

 

 

Sociology and Disasters

Social Identity and Intergroup Relationships in the Management of Crowds during Mass Emergencies and Disasters: Recommendations for Emergency Planners and Responders https://academic.oup.com/policing/advance-article/doi/10.1093/police/pay013/4939262

Study: US inequality persists 50 years after landmark report https://apnews.com/5b86a6a0b24a42dfa832103e686144c0

Today in disaster resilience (16 March 2018)

disaster

Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Queensland floods: Mammoth clean-up and more rain to come https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/12/05/38/queensland-floods-mammoth-clean-up-as-potential-cyclone-looms

Single lightning strike kills 16, injures 140 in Rwanda https://watchers.news/2018/03/11/single-lightning-strike-kills-16-injures-140-in-rwanda/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

State of emergency after landslide destroys over 100 homes, Peru https://watchers.news/2018/03/09/state-of-emergency-after-landslide-destroys-over-100-homes-peru/

Deadly thunderstorm, tornado hits Thailand https://watchers.news/2018/03/10/deadly-thunderstorm-tornado-thailand/

Kazakhstan – Hundreds Evacuated After Heavy Rain and Melting Snow Cause Flooding in East http://floodlist.com/asia/kazakhstan-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

At least a third of the Queensland’s local government areas are impacted by floods, with the damage bill to reach “in the millions” http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-12/queensland-floods-man-assaulted-with-baseball-bat-amid-breakins-in-flooded-ingham/1741758?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Records broken by 3rd nor’easter in 2 weeks, 4th possible next week https://watchers.news/2018/03/15/records-broken-skylar-3rd-noreaster-in-2-weeks-4th-possible-next-week/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Landslide destroys 7 homes in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia https://watchers.news/2018/03/13/landslide-destroys-6-homes-in-hrvatska-kostajnica-croatia/

Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia https://watchers.news/2018/03/15/tropical-cyclone-expected-to-form-off-northern-territory-coast-australia/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/68025/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Mar-2018-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sakurajim.html

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Britain’s CO2 Emissions Have Fallen to Levels Last Seen in 1890 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/britains-co2-emissions-have-fallen-to-levels-last-seen-in-1890

Special issue: Resilience and the climate threat https://thebulletin.org/blog/whats-new-bulletin/resilience-and-climate-threat-guest-edited-alice-c-hill?platform=hootsuite

Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels have jumped yet again, increasing for the third consecutive year https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/emissions-data-released-2017

Global Carbon Budget 2017 https://www.earth-syst-sci-data.net/10/405/2018/

Australia’s solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/06/australias-solar-future-bright-as-households-install-record-35m-panels

22 leading Commonwealth science bodies urge action on climate change http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12010657

‘Vulnerable’: Climate change threatens Wollongong homes, WIN Stadium https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/vulnerable-climate-change-threatens-wollongong-homes-win-stadium-20180312-p4z40u.html

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/when-rising-seas-hit-home-chronic-inundation-from-sea-level-rise#.Wqb5SR1ubIW

Data Snapshot: Millennials and Climate Change https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/snapshot/millennials-climate

Climate Conflicts: Myth or Reality? https://theglobalobservatory.org/2018/03/climate-conflicts-myth-reality/

As the Arctic warms, nor’easters may get worse https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/us/winter-weather-arctic-warmth-linked/index.html?utm_content=buffer3ce09&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change is a disaster foretold, just like the first world war https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/12/climate-change-is-a-disaster-foretold-just-like-the-first-world-war?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

A climate-themed album sobers and inspires https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/03/climate-themed-album-sobers-inspires/

February 2018 was sixth warmest February on record https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2694/february-2018-was-sixth-warmest-february-on-record/

It’s 50 years since climate change was first seen. Now time is running out https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/15/50-years-climate-change-denial

Physicians are noticing an influx of patients whose illnesses are directly or indirectly related to global warming https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/doctors-warn-climate-change-threatens-public-health/

How people in Nepal live with the threat of a dangerous glacial lake outburst flood caused by climate change https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/how-people-in-nepal-live-with-the-threat-of-a-glacial-lake-outburst-flood-caused-by-climate-change.html

 

Disaster risk reduction

Turning Dhaka into a resilient city http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/environment/turning-dhaka-resilient-city-1546240

After the tsunami: Japan’s sea walls – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2018/mar/09/after-the-tsunami-japan-sea-walls-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_tw

Drones will be used to investigate Auckland’s big landslide threats as part of EQC-funded study http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12010555

Sendai Framework Monitor takes off https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57401

Wet, cool summers create major fire threat on neglected crown land http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/are-wa-authorities-dropping-the-ball-on-fire-prevention/9532028

Water crises are hitting our economies: Time to hit back with natural infrastructure http://news.trust.org/item/20180221150159-vjq6b

Options for reducing house-losses during wildfires without clearing trees and shrubs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204618300598

Improving meteorological services to issue advance warnings & protect people from climate hazards in Moldova https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/sound-the-alarm

Flooding has flushed 43 billion plastic pieces out to sea http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/flooding-has-flushed-43-billion-plastic-pieces-out-sea?utm_source=newsfromscience&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=floodinghas-18361

Continental United States Hurricane Landfall Frequency and Associated Damage: Observations and Future Risks https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0184.1

Vietnam and U.N. to build storm-proof housing for coastal communities http://news.trust.org/item/20180312080130-dwbm2?platform=hootsuite

Once the levee is constructed and accredited, more than 3,100 properties in Aberdeen and Hoquiam will be removed from the area that FEMA has mapped https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/design-permit-phases-of-north-shore-levee-project-now-fully-funded/

St. Louis’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/mayor/news/city-releases-preliminary-resilience-assessment.cfm

How plant traits determine the flammability of ecosystems and interact with climate and weather to influence fire regimes http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa9ead/meta

Study shows NRA is wrong about Aussie gun laws https://www.smh.com.au/national/study-shows-nra-is-wrong-about-aussie-gun-laws-20180312-p4z41i.html?

To grow economically, protect Houston from flooding https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Houston-needs-housing-that-doesn-t-flood-12744658.php

Six figures for six feet: Some Harvey victims in Houston spend huge sums to elevate their homes https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/harvey-elevate-homes-flood-houston-money-costs/

U.S. Infrastructure Must Be Flood-Ready, State and Local Officials Say http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/compass-points/2018/03/13/us-infrastructure-must-be-flood-ready-state-and-local-officials-say

A New Flood Protection Standard for the US’ Flooding Problem https://www.nrdc.org/experts/joel-scata/new-flood-protection-standard-us-flooding-problem

East Coast Nor’easters Amplify Calls for Resilient Building Code Regulations https://www.enr.com/articles/44146-east-coast-noreasters-amplify-calls-for-resilient-building-code-regulations

Delivering urban resilience https://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/delivering-urban-resilience-summary-report-2018.pdf

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/160815-hazardmitigationfornaturaldisasters.pdf

Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say http://news.trust.org//item/20180314224038-vuc5p/

Historic reconstructions of daily river flow for 303 UK catchments (1891-2015) https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/documents/f710bed1-e564-47bf-b82c-4c2a2fe2810e

Disaster resilience at the local level http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/opinion/2018/03/14/editorial-disaster-resilience-local-level-593557

Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/57399_drrresiliencepublicreview.pdf

Natural Disasters Are Costing Farming Billions of Dollars a Year https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/natural-disasters-are-costing-farming-billions-of-dollars-a-year

Africa: Climate-Threatened Nations to Get Profiles of Drought, Flood Risk https://africareportonbusiness.com/2018/03/15/africa-climate-threatened-nations-to-get-profiles-of-drought-flood-risk-2/

Floods don’t just happen in flood zones https://www.philrichardinsurance.com/floods-dont-just-happen-flood-zones/

Number of natural disasters in the United States from 1900 to 2016, by type https://www.statista.com/statistics/236504/number-of-natural-disasters-in-the-us-by-type/

Cascading hazards: need to focus on research https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/cascading-hazards-need-to-focus-on-research/

 

Emergency Management

Papua New Guinea quake: An invisible disaster which could change life forever http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43297145

Five months after Hurricane Maria, the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico is powered by women https://www.vogue.com/projects/13542078/puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-2/

Here’s How Mobile Technology Makes Disaster Zones Less Disastrous https://sanvada.com/2018/03/04/heres-mobile-technology-makes-disaster-zones-less-disastrous/

Puerto Rico’s New Resiliency Commission Pushes for Community-Led Recovery https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/03/09/puerto-ricos-new-resiliency-commission-pushes-community-led-recovery/

Fukushima nuclear disaster: did the evacuation raise the death toll? https://www.ft.com/content/000f864e-22ba-11e8-add1-0e8958b189ea

Firebombers in Australia set to tackle bushfires at night https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/clip-cjenij2jh002j0gpcdgr90qqa

Incorporating intelligence for typical evacuation under the threat of fire spreading https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753517308330

90 Years Later, The St. Francis Dam Failure Remains A Vital Safety Lesson https://damsafety.org/article/awareness/90-years-later-st-francis-dam-failure-remains-vital-safety-lesson

Irma Caused 129 Deaths, More Than $53 Billion in Damages, Hurricane Center Concludes http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Irma-Caused-129-Deaths-More-Than-53B-in-Damages-Hurricane-Center-Concludes.html

Elevating Emergency Response in Tanzania https://www.gfdrr.org/en/feature-story/elevating-emergency-response-tanzania

A study of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has emphasized the importance of economic recovery to the well-being of communities in the post-disaster phase https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57445

The Relationship Between Firearm Availability and Suicide https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy/analysis/supplementary/firearm-availability-suicide.html

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Community Resilience Strategy 2016-2019 – Year One Outcomes Report has been released https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/resilience

FEMA Releases 2018-2022 Strategic Plan https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/03/15/fema-releases-2018-2022-strategic-plan

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Impressive animation – family prepares for major Tokyo earthquake https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/972022507669667840

Dozens of persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the Province of Benguet underwent a one day training on disaster preparedness https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/03/10/pwds-undergo-disaster-preparedness-training-in-benguet/

Tornado safety starts with preparedness http://www.wandtv.com/story/37697941/tornado-safety-starts-with-preparedness

3M survey shows public has hope for science, if others do it http://www.startribune.com/3m-survey-shows-public-has-hope-for-science-if-others-do-it/476336893/

Japan marks 7th anniversary of tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster http://www.dw.com/en/japan-marks-7th-anniversary-of-tsunami-and-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/a-42926522?maca=en-rss_top_news-13961-xml-mrss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Seismic waves visualisation http://ds.iris.edu/seismon/swaves/

European Region countries convene to boost emergency preparedness and response http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/emergencies/disaster-preparedness-and-response/news/news/2018/2/european-region-countries-convene-to-boost-emergency-preparedness-and-response

We should be promoting early STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills https://theconversation.com/five-things-parents-can-do-every-day-to-help-develop-stem-skills-from-a-young-age-92927?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes http://riskconversation.com/blog/personal/2017/03/08/what-to-do-when-an-earthquake-strikes/

Fun way to examine Australia’s future population scenarios http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-13/big-australia-or-small-australia-you-decide-our-population/9470156

Everything has changed. Even the way we change has changed https://globalecoguy.org/inflection-point-97d81c4ec445

FEMA offers tips for rebuilding after Harvey at home improvement stores https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/article/FEMA-offers-tips-for-rebuilding-after-Harvey-at-12742309.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Giant Spider Rescued From Herbert River, North Queensland, Twitterati Frightened After Watching The Video https://www.latestly.com/social-viral/giant-spider-rescued-from-herbert-river-north-queensland-twitterati-frightened-after-watching-the-video-60801.html

Drills in schools to mark 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/live/

“Americans use the phrase ‘natural disaster’ with ease, but have continued to debate its meaning even more following Hurricane Katrina” http://www.processhistory.org/parker-disasters-have-histories/

Australians rescued a giant spider from floodwaters. The rest of the world wonders why http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-australians-giant-spider-20180312-story.html

Measurement and communication: what worked and what did not in Fukushima http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/ANIB_45_2S

Malawi’s Recovery and Resilience Efforts Have Major Impact on Education https://reliefweb.int/report/malawi/malawi-s-recovery-and-resilience-efforts-have-major-impact-education

Gamification in disaster management http://www.humanitarianleadershipacademy.org/topics/gamification/

Resilience Through Creativity: Global Resilience Institute Art Show https://globalresilience.northeastern.edu/event/resilience-art-show/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

A social media analysis tool that monitors Twitter to gather real-time information on the disaster situation to be tested in Piedmont http://www.i-react.eu/i-react-tests-for-the-first-time-its-technology-against-floods-in-piedmont/

A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/

Unofficial weather forecaster Higgins Storm Chasing criticised for alarmist social media flood post http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/higgins-storm-chasing-criticised-by-farmers-for-flood-forecast/9549878

With 7 billion hits, Hurricane Irma nearly broke the Internet http://www.bradenton.com/news/state/article204796764.html

 

Psychology and disasters

Pre-Disaster PTSD as a moderator of the relationship between natural disaster and suicidal ideation over time https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322239746_Pre-Disaster_PTSD_as_a_moderator_of_the_relationship_between_natural_disaster_and_suicidal_ideation_over_time

 

Sociology and Disasters

Flooding and gentrification https://mailchi.mp/ef63e5ab2d8b/flooding-the-g-word?e=c165902733

Humans ‘thrived’ after historic Mount Toba eruption http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43377960

Research shows the importance of social capital in longevity https://hackspirit.com/psychologist-reveals-secret-longevity-us-largely-ignore/?utm_content=bufferff8ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

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

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