Today in disaster resilience (9 March 2018)

disaster

Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rains pound, flood parts of Nairobi http://www.kbc.co.ke/heavy-rains-pound-flood-parts-nairobi/

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes https://grist.org/article/boston-noreaster-hurricane-like-winter-bomb-cyclone/

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/03/us/weather-bomb-cyclone/index.html

Dozens die across Europe as cold weather blights continent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-weather-snow-deaths-freezing-killed-cold-poland-homeless-lithuania-france-a8236096.html

Storm Emma: Risk of flooding in many areas as thaw begins https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/storm-emma-risk-of-flooding-in-many-areas-as-thaw-begins-830663.html

PNG earthquake: 11 people dead after strong aftershocks rock Highlands http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-05/aftershocks-rattles-quake-hit-papua-new-guinea/9508534

Angola – 8 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in 3 Provinces http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rwanda – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Western Province http://floodlist.com/africa/rwanda-floods-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/explosive-eruptions-and-ash-venting-at-shinmoedake-kirishimayama-japan/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Australia – Rivers Rise After Record Rain in Central Queensland http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-record-rain-central-queensland-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – 3,000 Evacuated After Floods in West Nusa Tenggara http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-nusa-tenggara-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Cyclone “Hola” crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands https://watchers.news/2018/03/06/tropical-cyclone-hola-crossing-vanuatu-before-turning-toward-loyalty-islands/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast https://watchers.news/2018/03/07/another-noreaster-to-slam-the-storm-weary-mid-atlantic-and-northeast/

Malawi – Floods in Central and Southern Regions Affect 2,000 http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-central-southern-regions-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain https://uk.news.yahoo.com/albania-suffers-floods-landslides-days-heavy-rain-095557257.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Mayon, Kirishima https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67909/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Mar-2018-Fuego-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Turrialba-Mayon-Kirishima.html

New Zealand – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in Hawke’s Bay http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-flood-hawkes-bay-march-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone Hola Brings Heavy Rain http://floodlist.com/australia/vanuatu-tropical-cyclone-hola-march-2018

Flood warning: Ingham residents told rising river will isolate communities, inundate properties http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/flood-warning-for-ingham-residents/9528970

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/mar/01/decisions-today-will-decide-antarctic-ice-sheet-loss-and-sea-level-rise?CMP=share_btn_tw

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations Tied to Increase in Heart Attacks https://nexusmedianews.com/extreme-temperature-fluctuations-tied-to-increase-in-heart-attacks-aa5727dab40

Climate Short film: They said it couldn’t be done http://climatestate.com/2018/03/04/short-film-they-said-it-couldnt-be-done/

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/03/california-climate-change-fires-flood-landslide

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/arctic-spring-is-starting-16-days-earlier-than-a-decade-ago-study-shows

It was officially New Zealand’s hottest summer on record https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/101996439/it-was-officially-new-zealands-hottest-summer-on-record

Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival http://www.claritypress.com/Carter.html

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/02/alaska-climate-change-indigenous-hunting

What It’s Like To Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis http://time.com/cape-town-south-africa-water-crisis/

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshi islanders must decide between keeping the water out—or letting it in http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/sea-levels-rise-bangladeshi-islanders-must-decide-between-keeping-water-out-or-letting

How Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1803H005S00#pageloaded

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-second-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network?format=PB#TtCPOCZjVeCQRg1W.97

13 Cities May Exceed 2C Temperature Rise by 2020s, Say Scientists http://floodlist.com/climate/13-cities-may-exceed-2c-temperature-rise-by-2020s-say-scientists?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

Defining Extreme Wildfire Events: Difficulties, Challenges, and Impacts http://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/1/1/9

The challenge of urbanisation in Africa https://www.irinnews.org/in-depth/poverty-your-doorstep-challenge-urbanisation-africa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

Despite recommendations, some Southern Indiana homeowners reject flood insurance http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/despite-recommendations-some-southern-indiana-homeowners-reject-flood-insurance/article_8b80836e-1e72-11e8-821c-cbc6d19b2ac0.html

Los Angeles Releases Resilience Strategy https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/los-angeles-releases-resilience-strategy

Province working on technology to ease damage in flood season https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/province-working-technology-ease-damage-flood-season-1004128230/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/03/05/water-is-the-new-fire-says-the-insurance-bureau-of-canada-as-researchers-point-to-development-as-major-cause-of-basement-flooding.html

New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590901652/new-report-predicts-rising-tides-more-flooding?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20180305&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02784-7#ref-CR1

Flood insurance program remains in limbo as U.S. Senate makes few moves before deadline http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/environment/article_d83ffe1a-1e71-11e8-9184-4fbd531d91ac.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Wildfire problem to increase in coming decades http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/03/05/wildfire-problem-increase-coming-decades/

Autumn planned burning program kicks off across Victoria https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/media-releases/Autumn-planned-burning-program-kicks-off-across-Victoria

The floodplains work — if only we didn’t develop in them https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/The-floodplains-work-if-only-we-didn-t-12728492.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

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?platform=hootsuite

Megathrust quake: Evacuation zones would protect Kiwis from monster Hikurangi tsunami, scientist say https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/102012175/heres-how-prepared-nz-is-for-monster-tsunami-waves

Hikurangi tsunami warning system: Is it possible? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12007960

Canadian researchers find way to better predict severe storms https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/canadian-researchers-find-way-better-predict-severe-storms-1004128360/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Drilling project probes New Zealand’s risk of killer quakes https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02640-8

Green Spaces in Cities Help Control Floods, Store Carbon – Study http://floodlist.com/protection/green-spaces-in-cities-help-control-floods-store-carbon-study?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Will Miami Beach’s anti-flooding measures work? http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article204038184.html

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/insurers-urged-share-cat-models-help-map-flood-risk-1004126875/

 

Emergency Management

Go inside when storm comes and go upstairs when it floods! http://www.vn.undp.org/content/vietnam/en/home/ourwork/environmentclimate/successstories/go-inside-when-storm-comes-and-go-upstairs-when-it-floods.html

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tens of thousands need urgent aid http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43277013?ocid=socialflow_twitter

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/351699/president-trump-declares-disaster-in-american-samoa

Health staff ‘too stressed’ to deal with disasters https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180226122503.htm

CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/flood-research-highlighted?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=floodaussci2017

Marshall County family suffers fire and flood in the same year http://wsbt.com/news/local/marshall-county-family-suffers-fire-and-flood-in-the-same-year

Drones Helping in Puerto Rico https://www.wired.com/story/drones-electricity-puerto-rico/

Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike https://www.reuters.com/article/us-papua-quake/papua-new-guinea-aid-workers-race-to-deliver-supplies-as-aftershocks-strike-idUSKCN1GI0FA

The European Commission signed an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-1522_en.htm

Workshop on Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/esrc-workshop-civil-society-and-emergency-response-tickets-43927315784

Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exodus-from-puerto-rico-grows-as-island-struggles-to-rebound-from-hurricane-maria/2018/03/06/b2fcb996-16c3-11e8-92c9-376b4fe57ff7_story.html?utm_term=.b66e6edc65cb

‘We put our lives at risk’: What it’s like running a remote Aussie roadhouse in cyclone season http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/what-its-like-running-a-remote-roadhouse-in-cylone-season/9522392

Measuring Hurricane Wind Speed from Space https://eos.org/research-spotlights/measuring-hurricane-wind-speed-from-space

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

HayWired is a California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative that aims to shift behavior about earthquakes https://outsmartdisaster.com/

Letters From the Dust Bowl https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1936/05/letters-from-the-dust-bowl/308897/

Forming a flood action group can play a vital role in reducing the communities flood risk http://www.newground.co.uk/news-events-media/knowledge-centre/flood-action-groups/

Footage of San Francisco After 1906 Quake Found at Flea Market https://www.kqed.org/news/11653858/film-with-footage-after-san-franciscos-1906-quake-found-at-flea-market

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/why-we-must-engage-women-and-children-disaster-risk-management?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Implementing a tiered wildfire risk assessment approach to inform wildfire education programs https://wildfireresearchcenter.org/approach/

Sketches of the Seine flooding http://www.urbansketchers.org/2018/02/the-seine-is-flooding.html

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/197249-aseannale-media-coverage-report-deaths-losses-disasters

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities http://www.placard-network.eu/words-matter-using-language-technology-to-better-inform-the-cca-drr-communities/?utm_content=buffer3de97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/blogpost/amisha-mehta/2018/risk-and-warning-communication-supports-women-during-disasters?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=mehtablogmarch2018

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

 

Five billion people — two-thirds of the global population — now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services https://medium.com/@plus_socialgood/leveraging-mobile-data-to-achieve-the-sdgs-98dbd07120b6

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/largest-study-ever-fake-news-mit-twitter/555104/

 

Psychology and disasters

 

Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters http://wildfiretoday.com/2018/02/24/inadequate-sleep-can-help-explain-high-rates-suicide-cardiac-events-among-firefighters/

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/more-12-years-after-hurricane-katrina-scientists-are-learning-what-makes-some-survivors

Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina https://sph.tulane.edu/katrina10

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/54174

Women, resilience and social movements https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/policyschool/2018/03/research-women-resilience-and-social-movements/

Since 2000, 6.4 million Brazilians moved after large-scale flooding, droughts and other disasters https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/at-least-77m-brazilians-forced-to-leave-homes-since-2000-natural-disasters-dam-building-brazil

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Today in disaster resilience (2 March 2018)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 4 dead after reported tornadoes, flooding sweep through the South http://abcnews.go.com/US/dead-reported-tornadoes-flooding-sweep-south/story?id=53342956

Crazy floods hit the Midwest when hardly anyone was looking https://grist.org/article/crazy-floods-hit-the-midwest-when-hardly-anyone-was-looking/

PNG troops respond to major 7.5 quake as aftershocks feared https://www.24matins.uk/topnews/headline/png-troops-respond-to-major-7-5-quake-as-aftershocks-feared-54692

M6.0 and 6.3 aftershocks hit Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2018/02/26/m6-0-aftershock-hits-papua-new-guinea/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Unprecedented hailstorm hits Saudi Arabia, injures more than 50 people https://watchers.news/2018/02/26/unprecedented-hailstorm-hits-saudi-arabia-injures-more-than-50-people/

USA – 6 Dead as Flooding in Central and Southern States Worsens http://floodlist.com/america/usa/flooding-central-southern-states-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

USA – Rising Rivers Prompt Louisiana to Declare State of Emergency http://floodlist.com/america/usa/louisiana-state-emergency-floods-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Indonesia – Floods and Landslides in Java Leave 15 Dead and 50,0000 Affected http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-java-february-2018

Iraq – Floods Affecting 200,000 in Relief Camps http://floodlist.com/asia/iraq-february-2018-floods-damage-relief-camps

Extinct Bosavi volcano showing signs of awakening, Papua New Guinea https://watchers.news/2018/02/28/extinct-bosavi-volcano-showing-signs-of-awakening-papua-new-guinea/

Flood Rescues After Heavy Rain in Queensland http://floodlist.com/australia/floods-queensland-nsw-february-2018?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

These striking photos show the extent of the Midwest flooding https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/27/us/flooding-midwest-photos/index.html

Record-breaking cold claims at least 24 lives across Europe https://watchers.news/2018/02/28/record-breaking-cold-claims-at-least-24-lives-across-europe/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Papua New Guinea: at least 16 dead after strongest ever earthquake hits https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/28/papua-new-guinea-dead-strongest-ever-earthquake-hits?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Planet Labs imagery of the Pasir Panjang landslide in Indonesia https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2018/03/01/planet-labs-pasir-panjang-landslide-1/

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Mar 2018: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/67767/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-1-Mar-2018-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventado.html

Major rainfall event affecting Queensland, record floods possible https://watchers.news/2018/03/01/major-rainfall-event-affecting-queensland-record-floods-possible/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

 

Managing climate change risks: an independent audit https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57096?&a=email&utm_source=pw_email

Climate change and your life events https://climate-life-events.herokuapp.com/

These flood-proof towers could withstand rising sea levels in New York https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/these-flood-proof-towers-could-withstand-rising-sea-levels-in-nyc/

Sweden pledges to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sweden-pledges-greenhouse-gas-emissions-zero-2045-paris-agreement-a7561111.html

‘Really extreme’ global weather event leaves scientists aghast https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/really-extreme-global-weather-event-leaves-scientists-aghast-20180226-p4z1q4.html

Northeast Florida scientists agree: Sea-level rise is here, and it’s dangerous http://www.jacksonville.com/news/20180223/northeast-florida-scientists-agree-sea-level-rise-is-here-and-its-dangerous

Extreme Weather Will Occur More Frequently Worldwide https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/extreme-weather-will-occur-more-frequently-worldwide/

Vulnerabilities and resilience of European power generation to 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aab211

Climate Models Are Uncertain, but We Can Do Something About It https://eos.org/opinions/climate-models-are-uncertain-but-we-can-do-something-about-it

Our Drowning Coast: Left to Louisiana’s tides, Jean Lafitte fights for time http://www.nola.com/expo/erry-2018/02/37908ff4b8/our_drowning_coast_left_to_lou.html?smid=tw-nytclimate&smtyp=cur

Ireland Demonstrates Climate Leadership with €22 billion Investment Plan https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/ireland-demonstrates-climate-leadership-with-eu22-billion-investment-plan?utm_content=bufferdccdf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.SEIclimate

Pictures Show Climate Change’s Dramatic Arctic Impact https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/my-climate-action-q-a-aslund-arctic-glacier-greenpeace/

Could More Snow in Antarctica Slow Sea Level Rise? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-more-snow-in-antarctica-slow-sea-level-rise/?utm_content=bufferfdc97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Climate change pushing weather extremes ‘off the scale’, says global cities group https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-cities-c40/climate-change-pushing-weather-extremes-off-the-scale-says-global-cities-group-idUSKCN1GB0D1

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/27/arctic-warming-scientists-alarmed-by-crazy-temperature-rises

Gone With the Wind: Norway’s Glaciers to Disappear in Hundred Years https://sputniknews.com/environment/201712051059707719-norway-melting-glaciers/

It might seem counterintuitive, but global warming plays a role in blasts of bitter cold weather. The reason: It influences the jet stream https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02022018/cold-weather-polar-vortex-jet-stream-explained-global-warming-arctic-ice-climate-change

China’s Arctic Dream https://www.csis.org/analysis/chinas-arctic-dream

Six research priorities for cities and climate change https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02409-z

The Climate Just Map Tool shows the geography of England’s vulnerability to climate change at a neighbourhood scale http://www.climatejust.org.uk/map

Reality Check: Where in the world is snow getting rarer? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43158532

What is the most climate-resilient place in the US? https://psmag.com/environment/the-most-climate-resilient-counties-in-america

Integrating adaptation into cities, infrastructure and local planning in Uruguay http://www.adaptation-undp.org/projects/NAP-Uruguay

 

Disaster risk reduction

A bottom-up approach to developing a neighbourhood-based resilience measurement framework http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DPM-07-2017-0169?journalCode=dpm

Better flood management: How can we help make every second count? https://www.createdigital.org.au/better-flood-management-help/

Strengthening resilience in the face of natural disasters and shocks in Pakistan http://www.fao.org/emergencies/fao-in-action/stories/stories-detail/en/c/1103745/

Urban Development and Flood Risk in Vietnam-experience in three cities http://i-s-e-t.org/resources/working-papers/urban-development-and-flood-risk-in-vietnam-experience-in-three-cities.html

Here come the megacities http://edge.ensia.com/here-come-the-megacities/

The Rising Tide of Flood Insurance http://wkar.org/post/rising-tide-flood-insurance#stream/0

Animated Map: The 20 Most Populous Cities in the World by 2100 http://www.visualcapitalist.com/animated-map-worlds-populous-cities-2100/?utm_content=bufferb82c4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Major study probes NZ’s big landslide threat http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11999892

Coastal communities hit by Harvey will get $1 billion for hazard mitigation https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/13/coastal-texas-communities-hit-harvey-will-get-1-billion-hazard-mitigat/

South African risk and vulnerability atlas https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57213

“We must build resilient communities before disaster strikes” https://www.alternet.org/environment/global-climate-change-causing-local-trauma-heres-how-two-communities-are-fighting-back

Why Canada needs to change how to forecast and prepare for floods http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-february-26-2018-1.4551733/why-canada-needs-to-change-how-to-forecast-and-prepare-for-floods-1.4551776?hootPostID=f5b9f9c9b6a3908968d66363ccd0d551

When is the right time for a prescribed bushfire reduction burn? http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/breakfast/when-is-the-right-time-for-a-prescribed-bushfire-reduction-burn/9492158

A groundbreaking new study, led by the University of Bristol, has found that 41 million Americans are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate http://bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/february/america-flood-risk.html

Many Irish cities to face more extreme weather conditions by 2100 https://greennews.ie/many-irish-cities-face-extreme-weather-by-2100/

Can Atmospheric Science Improve Global Disaster Resilience? https://eos.org/editors-vox/can-atmospheric-science-improve-global-disaster-resilience

Harvey victims: do you want your homes bought out or elevated? https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Harvey-victims-do-you-want-your-homes-bought-out-12714593.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Drought and flood risk profiles to be developed for 16 countries in Africa https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57277

The NSW Government has funded a $3 million land swap arrangement to save a number of Murwillumbah businesses devastated by the 2017 Flood https://rdanorthernrivers.org.au/land-swap-saves-local-jobs-businesses-tweed/

Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out his thoughts on the future of the water industry at this year’s Water UK City Conference https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/a-water-industry-that-works-for-everyone

Humble, Houston propose new floodplain development regulations https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/humble/news/article/Humble-Houston-propose-new-floodplain-12714037.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Investing in Mitigation to Build a More Resilient Nation https://www.fema.gov/blog/2018-01-11/investing-mitigation-build-more-resilient-nation

Why Is California Rebuilding in Fire Country? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-01/why-is-california-rebuilding-in-fire-country-because-you-re-paying-for-it

UN launches effort to collect data on disaster losses https://www.unisdr.org/archive/57294

 

Emergency Management

The Population of Montecito Plummeted 75% after the January Mudslides https://blog.safegraph.com/the-population-of-montecito-plummeted-75-after-the-january-mudslides-ac2125ce4f76

A framework for disaster resilience education with homeless communities http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/DPM-08-2017-0196

What happens if… disaster recovery for the smart city and beyond https://www.csoonline.com/article/3256049/disaster-recovery/what-happens-if-disaster-recovery-for-the-smart-city-and-beyond.html

Disaster diplomacy governs who gets help after catastrophic events around the world https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-is-disaster-diplomacy-during-catastrophic-events-around-the-world-2018-2?r=UK&IR=T

Federal Disaster Rebuilding Spending: A Look at the Numbers https://riskcenter.wharton.upenn.edu/disaster-aid/federal-disaster-rebuilding-spending-look-numbers/

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-migration-w516974

After a devastating storm season, researchers are seeking better ways to rebuild and to support their most vulnerable colleagues https://www.americanscientist.org/article/scientists-in-the-wake-of-the-hurricanes

First Responder Research Monitor https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/library/collections/all_hazarts_alert.html#article2

Disaster diplomacy investigates how and why disaster-related activities do and do not influence conflict and cooperation http://www.disasterdiplomacy.org/

New evidence of nuclear fuel releases found at Fukushima https://phys.org/news/2018-02-evidence-nuclear-fuel-fukushima.html

Tonga – Drones Play Key Role in Cyclone Gita Disaster Recovery http://floodlist.com/australia/tonga-drones-cyclone-gita-recovery?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Police breath-test a helicopter pilot after he landed on a road to deliver supplies to residents trapped by flooding http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5444703/Police-breath-test-helicopter-pilot-Townsville-floods.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Performance of the UK’s Flood Information Service https://www.gov.uk/performance/flood-information-service

What if the dinosaurs had survived? http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/nature/what-if-dinosaurs-had-survived#.WpRr4RD1XtI.twitter

Global view of rocks https://www.clisap.de/research/b:-climate-manifestations-and-impacts/crg-chemistry-of-natural-aqueous-solutions/global-lithological-map/

Planting the seeds for a flood resilient future https://www.sun-fm.com/news/local/2514809/planting-the-seeds-for-a-flood-resilient-future/

Increasing Flood Risk Awareness Through A Real Estate Professional Training Program https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/flood-risk.html

Efficient, Adaptable Simulations: A Case Study of a Climate Negotiation Game https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/UMWQnreVdjpdynDE32ZX/full

Managing animals in emergencies https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2017/managing-animals-emergencies?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=managinganimalsfireaus

A river runs through my office http://www.anovelecho.com/nature/flooding/

Find out about the latest plans to reduce flood risk in Otley https://www.gov.uk/government/news/find-out-about-the-latest-plans-to-reduce-flood-risk-in-otley

Educating local middle-schoolers about emergency preparedness allows the small city of Miami to build climate resilience in an accessible way—and broach the topic of climate change https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/eighth-graders-and-emergency-preparedness-oklahoma

Prototyping Virtual Reality Serious Games for Building Earthquake Preparedness: The Auckland City Hospital Case Study https://arxiv.org/abs/1802.09119

School earthquake and tsunami safety http://www.eeri.org/projects/schools/subcommittees/#tsunami

Students of flood-prone school in Oro trained in disaster preparedness http://davaotoday.com/main/environment/disaster-environment/students-of-flood-prone-school-in-oro-trained-in-disaster-preparedness/

The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services has just released a new school education program called North West Bushfire Patrol https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/pages/newsarticle.aspx?ItemId=241

Property Flood Resilience Training for Surveyors http://www.property-care.org/training-qualifications/property-flood-resilience-training/

Learning Events Boost Capacity for Living with Fire https://fireadaptednetwork.org/better-work-bigger-impact-recent-fire-adaptation-highlights/

Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/01/defining-generations-where-millennials-end-and-post-millennials-begin/

 

Social Media and Emergency Management

The role of unstructured data in real-time disaster-related social media monitoring http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8258377/?reload=true

Artificial Intelligence system that continuously monitors different types of hazards on social media and autonomously extracts high-quality, organized information from posts https://www.maize.io/en/content/saving-lives-with-social-media

A new report will offer plans, proposals and guidance on handling social media during and after disasters http://www.nextgov.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/022218jm1ng.pdf

Twitter’s bookmark feature will help us keep tweets for later reading https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitters-rolling-out-its-new-bookmarks-feature-to-all-users/518097/

 

Psychology and disasters

 

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma https://www.preventioninstitute.org/publications/adverse-community-experiences-and-resilience-framework-addressing-and-preventing

The science of resilience: What are the ingredients that help people cope? http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/science-resilience-what-are-ingredients-help-people-cope?utm_source=newsfromscience&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=scienceresilience-18126

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/more-12-years-after-hurricane-katrina-scientists-are-learning-what-makes-some-survivors

What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids? https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/02/effects-of-active-shooter/554150/

‘I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy’: Flood also leaves behind emotional mess http://www.wlwt.com/article/i-wouldnt-wish-this-on-my-worst-enemy-flood-also-leaves-behind-emotional-mess/18931641

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Social Capital and Natural Hazards Governance http://naturalhazardscience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.001.0001/acrefore-9780199389407-e-254

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery video https://www.fema.gov/preptalks/aldrich

Social Capital in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery guide https://www.fema.gov/preptalks

 

 

 

Today in disaster resilience (22 December 2017)

disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

10 houses swept off in Keningau floods http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fire-brigade-10-houses-swept-off-in-keningau-floods#lLdp0XbeTAGgHe8M.97

Volcano earthquake report for Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes-volcanoes/news/66606/Volcano-earthquake-report-for-Sunday-17-Dec-2017.html

Chile: Landslide destroys village and kills at least five http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42382413

Firefighters on Thomas Fire save hundreds of homes in Montecito area http://wildfiretoday.com/2017/12/17/firefighters-on-thomas-fire-save-hundreds-of-homes-in-montecito-area/

Heavy rain hits Dubai, flooding in parts of UAE https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/weather/Videos-Heavy-rain,-flooding-in-parts-of-UAE-

The massive Thomas Fire, which will soon rank as the largest wildland fire in modern California history https://psmag.com/environment/thomas-fire-largest-wildfire-in-california-history

Philippines – Dozens Killed or Missing as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak Causes Floods and Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-storm-kai-tak-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malawi – Floods in Lilongwe Leave 6 Dead http://floodlist.com/africa/malawi-floods-lilongwe-december-2017

Heavy rain, severe flooding hits Oman https://watchers.news/2017/12/18/heavy-rain-severe-flooding-hits-oman/

Victoria weather: Buildings damaged, thousands remain without power after severe storms hit http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/victorians-left-in-the-dark-after-severe-storms-hit-state/9273806?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Wild weather, record heat across Australia http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/12/wild-weather-record-heat-across-australia.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Dec 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Agung https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/66676/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Dec-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Agung-.html

Sudan – 500 Left Homeless by Floods in Northern Sudan http://floodlist.com/africa/sudan-floods-northern-sudan-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Malaysia – Floods in Sarawak Leave 1 Dead, 100s Displaced http://floodlist.com/asia/malaysia-floods-sarawak-sabah-december-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

More Than 30 Dead After Tropical Depression Kai-Tak Brings Flooding Rain, Landslides to the Philippines https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-12-16-pacific-kai-tak-philippines?utm_content=buffer4c7ea&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global and Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change, study says https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/14/world/science-health-world/global-asian-heat-waves-2016-due-purely-climate-change-study-says/#.WjbWJU8UnIU

Climate Change Is Increasing Forest Fires, and the Cost Will Be Huge https://futurism.com/climate-change-forest-fires-cost-huge/

Moving towards a more resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya http://cariaa.net/research/blog-moving-towards-more-resilient-hindu-kush-himalaya

Extreme Storms to Multiply, Intensify Across U.S., New Simulations Suggest https://www.ecowatch.com/extreme-weather-climate-change-2517180162.html

Here’s where U.S. residents will move to escape rising seas https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/12/where-americans-will-move-as-seas-rise/

The Arctic shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen state it was a decade ago https://blogs.agu.org/thefield/2017/12/15/driven-open-ocean-arctic-continues-warm/

Antarctic climate variability on regional and continental scales over the last 2000 years https://www.clim-past.net/13/1609/2017/

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 snapshot http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/publication/global-trends-in-climate-change-legislation-and-litigation-2017-snapshot/

A climate researcher finds a link between a 20-year spate of hurricanes and the content of song lyrics https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/more-hurricanes-make-for-stormier-pop-charts/548528/?utm_source=twb

The year is 2037. This is what happens when the hurricane hits Miami https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/17/miami-hurricane-2037-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

An American Beach Story: When Property Rights Clash with the Rising Sea https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16122017/beach-erosion-sea-level-rise-property-rights-massachusetts-government-storm-nourishment-project

Globe had its third warmest year to date and fifth warmest November on record https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201711

Yesterday’s 100-year storm is today’s 30-year storm https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/more-studies-examine-role-of-climate-change-in-hurricane-harvey/?platform=hootsuite

Scientists pinpoint link between climate change and Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-12-13/scientists-pinpoint-link-between-climate-change-and-hurricane-harveys-record?utm_content=buffera13f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The new simulator allows anyone with a computer to perform idealized experiments with sea level and learn about its complexities https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2017-308#.WjgvptKWbIW

A century of glacier retreat at Hintereisferner https://vimeo.com/243845079

569 Scottish reservoirs face flood risk over climate change http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15777847.Revealed__569_of_Scotland__39_s_670_reservoirs_pose_flood_risk_thanks_to_climate_change/

Rising sea levels: Will we adapt or drown? https://medium.com/@OECD/rising-sea-levels-will-we-adapt-or-drown-3c70855fddfe

The health of Antarctic ice shelves https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-017-0037-1

Climate change will displace millions in coming decades. Nations should prepare now to help them https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-displace-millions-in-coming-decades-nations-should-prepare-now-to-help-them-89274?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion and Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations? http://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations#ixzz51jykKRQFhttp://www.caribbean360.com/news/rising-seas-coastal-erosion-powerful-storms-wave-future-small-island-nations

Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach https://www.odi.org/publications/10977-climate-change-migration-and-displacement-need-risk-informed-and-coherent-approach

Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/csu-wwc121817.php

Direct and indirect climate controls predict heterogeneous early-mid 21st century wildfire burned area across western and boreal North America http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188486

A Year of Climate Change in Photos https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2017-12-20/a-year-of-climate-change-in-photos

International Energy Agency says burning of fossil fuel is falling fast, driven by drop-off in use by EU, China and US https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/18/global-coal-consumption-forecast-to-slow

China Just Moved Closer to Becoming the World’s Climate Leader http://time.com/5069912/china-climate-change-trump/

Alaska’s Northernmost Town Warms So Fast, It Fools NOAA Computers https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alaska-rsquo-s-northernmost-town-warms-so-fast-it-fools-noaa-computers/

Mainstreaming climate adaptation: taking stock about “what works” from empirical research worldwide https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-017-1259-5

Jakarta Is Sinking So Fast, It Could End Up Underwater https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/21/world/asia/jakarta-sinking-climate.html

Centennial to Millennial Climate Variability http://pastglobalchanges.org/products/pages-magazine/11504

Officials’ long struggle to publish new sea level guidance https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/12/20/70263/officials-long-struggle-to-publish-new-sea-level-guidance

The Road to Ruin: Making Sense of the Anthropocene https://www.ippr.org/juncture-item/editorial-the-road-to-ruin-making-sense-of-the-anthropocene

Small islands and climate change http://news.trust.org/spotlight/small-islands-and-climate-change/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Disaster risk reduction

 

Recommendations for scaling up the implementation of the disaster resilient housing project in Da Nang City http://blog.i-s-e-t.org/technical-handbooks-on-design-construction-and-renovation-of-typhoon-resilient-low-income-housing/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#632155022-tw#1511884138522

Scientists identify population growth as the “primary driver” of the key global problems https://www.populationmatters.org/15000-scientists-warn-of-impending-environmental-crisis/?utm_content=buffer31b12&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

How Cities Can Harness the Flood-Fighting Powers of Urban Parks https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cities-harness-flood-fighting-powers-urban-parks

Largest Wildfire Debris Removal Operation in California History Moved a Half Million Tons Thus Far http://www.oesnews.com/largest-wildfire-debris-removal-operation-in-california-history-moved-a-half-million-tons-thus-far/

Floridians should brace for stronger hurricanes http://www.theledger.com/news/20171216/fugate-floridians-should-brace-for-stronger-hurricanes

Wildfires in California add to ‘horrific year’ of disaster losses https://www.ft.com/content/cd3ad8cc-e321-11e7-97e2-916d4fbac0da

The U.S. federal civilian buildings most exposed to floods are concentrated in the capital https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-19/ground-zero-for-flooding-washington-s-trump-international-hotel

We have strong evidence that human activity has dictated fire regimes for centuries https://fireadaptednetwork.org/science-tuesday-naturally-human/?platform=hootsuite

Updated NZ earthquake forecasts https://www.geonet.org.nz/news/5JBSbLk9qw8OU4uWeI86KG

Report: More Than 30 Million People Live in U.S. Floodplains http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/new-data-from-the-nyu-furman-center-finds-that-more-than-30-million-people

Population in the US Floodplains Report http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_PopulationBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Population and Housing in the Floodplain Battered by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma http://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_HurricaneBrief_12DEC2017.pdf

Imminent NFIP Lapse Will Mean Trouble For Homebuyers In Flood Plains https://www.bankerandtradesman.com/guest-post-imminent-nfip-lapse-will-mean-trouble-homebuyers-flood-plains/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Flood Impact Analysis Tool https://www.techbriefs.com/component/content/article/tb/techbriefs/environment/28017

Latest edition of HazNet http://haznet.ca/haznet-fall-2017/

Drone images give researchers in-depth knowledge of wildfire devastation, forest regeneration http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/drone-bc-wildfire-research-1.4456460

A disaster within a disaster: cyclone fears in fragile Rohingya camps http://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/12/20/disaster-within-disaster-cyclone-fears-fragile-rohingya-camps

Experts worry that if insurers start to pull out of flood-prone seaside communities, it could cause a crisis worse than 2008 https://www.inman.com/2017/12/18/coastal-mortgage-time-bomb/

America’s fourth largest city is built on an ancient river network that flooded catastrophically after Hurricane Harvey. With 400,000 homes in the watershed, achieving resilience is the Texan boom town’s greatest challenge https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/dec/20/bayou-houston-flood-hurricane-harvey-texas-resilience

Hudson’s town council is proposing a new bylaw to reduce the risk of future flood damage by forbidding new construction within the known 100-year flood zone http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/west-island-living-hudson-puts-a-freeze-on-building-in-flood-zone

Global insured losses of USD 136 billion are third highest on sigma records http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/56385

100,000 more properties across the UK are now better protected from flooding thanks to the 350 new flood schemes that have been built since April 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-defence-milestone-100000-more-properties-better-protected

Local level disaster risk reduction is not a panacea https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/local-level-disaster-risk-reduction/

Induced seismicity provides insight into why earthquake ruptures stop http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/eaap7528

City council votes against plan to develop floodplain area https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/ca/news/risk/city-council-votes-against-plan-to-develop-floodplain-area-87747.aspx#.WjvM-HystVo.twitter

Volcanica is a broad-scope diamond open-access international journal promoting research into all aspects of volcanology https://www.jvolcanica.org/ojs/index.php/volcanica

Published since 1983, ADA Gazette is the longest running magazine dedicated to the UK water level and flood risk management sector https://www.ada.org.uk/gazette/

Ireland – Government Sets Out Flood Management Plans http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-government-sets-out-flood-management-plans?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

UK Government sets out plans to strengthen surface water flood risk management https://www.waterbriefing.org/home/flooding/item/14704-government-sets-out-plans-to-strengthen-surface-water-flood-risk-management

The Spatial Exposure of China’s Infrastructure System to Flooding Risks in the Context of Climate Change http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/resource/spatial-exposure-china%E2%80%99s-infrastructure-system-flooding-risks-context-climate-change

 

Emergency Management

MIT conference seeks solutions for reconstruction in devastated Caribbean http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-conference-seeks-solutions-reconstruction-devastated-caribbean-1215

Proactivity is better than reactivity for firefighter safety on the fireground https://www.firerescue1.com/firefighter-safety/articles/370671018-Proactivity-is-better-than-reactivity-for-firefighter-safety-on-the-fireground/

The USA Is Not Prepared for a National-Scale Disaster http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-usa-is-not-prepared-for-a-national-scale-disaster.html

Grenfell Tower fire: Survivors, Royal family attend memorial service for victims http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/grenfell-fire-royal-family-attends-memorial-service/9260634

Getting Fire Science Research to the Boots-on-the-Ground https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/continuing-the-conversation-getting-fire-science-research-to-the-boots-on-the-ground/?platform=hootsuite

The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42335242

European Commission has revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe’s ability to deal with natural disasters http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-4731_en.htm

Earthquake Early Warning System Explained http://www.govtech.com/em/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/earthquake-early-warning-system-explained.html

Navigating the Latest Terrorism Trend https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/12/navigating-the-latest-terrorism-trend.html?adbsc=social_20171219_2024101&adbid=943214861076410369&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453

100 Days Marks Hurricane Irma Recovery Progress https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/12/19/4337/100-days-marks-hurricane-recovery-progress

Mexico Earthquakes Humanitarian Situation Report – Three Month Review, 19 December 2017 https://reliefweb.int/report/mexico/mexico-earthquakes-humanitarian-situation-report-three-month-review-19-december-2017

An Ongoing Disaster: Hurricane Maria’s Potential Effects on Public Health https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/an-ongoing-disaster-hurricane-maria-s-potential-effects-on-public-health

How 2 brave Assamese girls rafted through flood hit village to rescue 30 stranded people https://www.nelive.in/assam/news/how-2-brave-assamese-girls-rafted-through-flood-hit-village-rescue-30-stranded-people

Boosting female participation in firefighting http://www.safetysolutions.net.au/content/fire/news/boosting-female-participation-in-firefighting-250285361

Flood victims, still unable to go back home, await new government action plan http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/flood-victims-still-unable-to-go-back-home-await-new-government-action-plan-1.4457298

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Estate agents should tell house hunters more about flood risk, say insurers https://thenegotiator.co.uk/agents-should-tell-house-hunters-more-about-flood-risk-say-insurers/

Who Participates in the Great ShakeOut? Why Audience Segmentation Is the Future of Disaster Preparedness Campaigns https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5708046/

New book showcases latest mapping of New Zealand’s geology https://gns.cri.nz/Home/News-and-Events/Media-Releases/Science-update-18-12-2017-New-book-showcases-latest-mapping-of-New-Zealand-s-geology

2017: The Year in Volcanic Activity https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/12/2017-the-year-in-volcanic-activity/548273/?utm_source=fbb

Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions http://geographical.co.uk/reviews/books/item/2521-the-ends-of-the-world-volcanic-apocalypses-lethal-oceans-and-our-quest-to-understand-earth-s-past-mass-extinctions-by-peter-brannen

3.5 billion-year-old fossils of Earth’s earliest life discovered in Australia http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/3-5-billion-year-old-fossils-earths-earliest-life-discovered-australia-1652022

Leadership in Community Resilience Program Application http://nlc.org/leadership-in-community-resilience-program-application

21-Point Checklist for Preparing for Natural Disasters https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/preparing-for-natural-disasters.html

Public Alerting in Canada – Bridging the Gap http://haznet.ca/public-alerting-canada-bridging-gap/

Reported natural disasters since 1900 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2017/12/15/year-in-review-2017-in-12-charts?cid=ECR_TT_WorldBank_EN_EXT

Aren’t we all comms people now? http://comms2point0.co.uk/comms2point0/2017/12/18/arent-we-all-comms-people-now

A ‘Community Hub’ giving York residents the opportunity to keep up-to-date with new flood defence schemes across the city has opened its doors

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15781615.New_city_hub_to_reveal___45m_flood_schemes/

Flood Forum USA launches “SPOUT!” to combat bad planning, corruption and climate change https://www.anthropocenealliance.org/news/

Disaster Narratives: Predictions, Preparedness, & Lessons https://eganhistory.com/2017/09/19/disaster-narratives-predictions-preparedness-lessons/

A few realizations about natural disasters https://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/realizations-natural-disasters/8023

As climate change brings more storms and flooding to the islands in the South Pacific, communities in Fiji are educating residents in disaster preparedness https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2017/1221/Residents-of-Fiji-learn-disaster-preparedness-to-weather-coming-storms?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

17 Ways We Grew: Community Wildfire Resilience Lessons from 2017 https://fireadaptednetwork.org/17-ways-we-grew-community-wildfire-resilience-lessons-from-2017/?platform=hootsuite

 

Disaster psychology

 

The Financial and Emotional ‘Wear and Tear’ of Fighting Fire https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/12/16/the-financial-and-emotional-wear-and-tear-of-fighting-fire/

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster https://www.marketplace.org/2017/12/15/life/managing-mental-health-midst-disaster

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/12/15/564058043/natural-disasters-and-the-implications-of-missing-so-much-school

Fort McMurray wildfire leaves many still dealing with psychological trauma https://globalnews.ca/news/3922504/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-mental-health-psychological-trauma/

How New York City is tackling a mental health crisis spurred by Hurricane Sandy http://grist.org/article/how-new-york-city-is-tackling-a-mental-health-crisis-spurred-by-hurricane-sandy/

What Happened to Our Environment and Mental Health as a Result of Hurricane Sandy? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27087495

End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554?journalCode=uter20&#.WjrMrWy4jAg.twitter

 

Sociology and Disasters

 

Growing inequality within almost every country will drive a further concentration of income around the globe https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/14/business/world-inequality.html

Impacts of Flooding and Flood Preparedness on Subjective Well-Being: A Monetisation of the Tangible and Intangible Impacts https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-017-9916-4

Social capital and disaster risk reduction http://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/56300

Today in disaster resilience (15 December 2017)

Disaster

Please find below links to some recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Social media and emergency management

 

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

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

 

Disaster psychology

 

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

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

 

 

Sociology and disasters

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today in disaster resilience (15 September 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century leaves dozens dead http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/08/americas/earthquake-hits-off-the-coast-of-southern-mexico/index.html

Livorno flood aerial photos reveal devastation caused in Tuscan port where six people have died and three remain missing https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4433452/livorno-flood-aerial-photos-reveal-devastation-caused-in-tuscan-port-where-six-people-have-died-and-three-remain-missing/

Destructive Hurricane “Irma” moving through Florida, toward Georgia https://watchers.news/2017/09/10/hurricane-irma-florida-landfall-track-september-2017/

Sheveluch erupts ash up to 8.5 km a.s.l., Klyuchevskoy alert level raised, Russia https://watchers.news/2017/09/08/eruption-sheveluch-klyuchevskoy-russia-september-2017/

Death Toll From Hurricane Irma Climbs in Caribbean as Jose Approaches http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Death-Toll-From-Hurricane-Irma-Climbs-in-Caribbean-as-Jose-Approaches.html

Mexican earthquake death toll reaches 90 as food supplies fly in http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/mexican-earthquake-death-toll-reaches-90-as-food-supplies-fly-in-1-4556354

Hurricane Irma: Where it is now and what we know https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/10/when-hurricane-irma-move-inland/650721001/

Shorelines drained in eerie effect of Hurricane Irma http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/10/us/shorelines-drained-hurricane-irma-storm-surge/index.html

Niger floods threaten neighboring west African countries http://www.africanews.com/2017/09/10/niger-floods-threaten-neighboring-west-african-countries/

Tropical Depression “Maring” to make landfall over Quezon-Aurora area, Philippines https://watchers.news/2017/09/11/tropical-depression-maring-to-make-landfall-over-quezon-aurora-area-philippines/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

116 wildfires burning in the US http://wxshift.com/climate-change/climate-indicators/us-wildfires

Hundreds evacuated in Swiss Alps over Trift glacier avalanche threat http://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-evacuated-in-swiss-alps-over-trift-glacier-avalanche-threat-11028789

Assam floods worsen http://www.firstpost.com/india/assam-flood-situation-worsens-one-drowns-40000-people-affected-in-sonitpur-4031981.html

Croatia – Floods in Zadar After 280mm of Rain in 24 Hours http://floodlist.com/europe/croatia-floods-zadar-september-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hurricane Irma Causes Major Flooding in Northern Florida http://floodlist.com/america/usa/hurricane-irma-floods-florida-september-2017

No Rest for the Hurricane-Weary: Jose a Potential East Coast Threat https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/jose-potential-east-coast-threat?__prclt=1kWTA0BN

Area sees ‘incredible’ flooding as Irma pounds Charleston, coastal South Carolina http://www.postandcourier.com/news/area-sees-incredible-flooding-as-irma-pounds-charleston-coastal-south/article_b752803e-96ee-11e7-9c8a-3f6a906b40d4.html

At least three dead, six missing, as storm hits Philippines http://www.gulf-times.com/story/563538/At-least-three-dead-six-missing-as-storm-hits-Phil

Two Cyclones Stir Up Asian Waters https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=90972&src=twitter-nh

Tropical Storm “Max” forms, about to hit Mexican state of Guerrero https://watchers.news/2017/09/13/tropical-storm-max-forecast-track-mexico-landfall/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Sep 2017: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/65163/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-13-Sep-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Duko.html

Bangladesh: where the rain keeps coming https://www.mnnonline.org/news/bangladesh-rain-keeps-coming/

Storm Aileen batters Britain with high winds causing power cuts and travel chaos https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/13/storm-aileen-batters-britain-with-high-winds-and-power-cuts

Severe windstorm hits Germany, killing at least 3 https://watchers.news/2017/09/14/windstorm-sebastian-germany/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Tropical Storm “Doksuri” intensifying, landfall expected in northern Vietnam https://watchers.news/2017/09/13/tropical-storm-doksuri-forecast-track-landfall-vietnam/

Bangladesh devastated in third flood, incurs severe losses http://www.atimes.com/article/bangladesh-devastated-third-flood-incurs-severe-losses/

 

Disaster risk reduction

In flood-prone coastal Louisiana, towns have started to ask a question Texans may face soon: When should we all just leave? http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/01/harvey-texas-louisiana-floods-relocation-215565

Hurricane Harvey shows lack of awareness of flood risk http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/hurricane-harvey-shows-lack-of-awareness-of-flood-risk-13028

In Houston, a Terrifying Real-Life Lesson for Disaster-Prone Cities https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/houston-harvey-disaster-lessons.html?smid=tw-share

Houston: boom town, flood town https://projects.propublica.org/houston-cypress/

Floodplains in California’s future https://californiawaterblog.com/2017/09/10/floodplains-in-californias-future/

Floodplains: Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520294103

Scientists say nation must choose: Planned fires or more unchecked wildfires? https://treesource.org/news/management-and-policy/prescribed-fire-living-with-fire/

Kaikoura quake triggered Hawke’s Bay slow slips – study http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/09/kaikoura-quake-triggered-hawke-s-bay-slow-slips-study.html

What distance into fuel treatments fire needs to travel before fire severity is diminished? http://www.cafiresci.org/research-publications-source/category/fire-severity-change-with-distance-into-fuel-treatments

As threats grow, expanding cities push for stronger, safer societies http://news.trust.org/item/20170720110332-qlh6j/

Seismologists hope to create earthquake forecasts for California, using small temblors to warn of big ones http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-earthquake-forecast-20170911-htmlstory.html

In flood-prone South Asia, early warning systems buy precious time https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/09/05/flood-prone-south-asia-early-warning-systems-buy-precious-time

A significant proportion of the unprecedented flood losses generated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana will be uninsured http://aon.mediaroom.com/2017-09-11-Hurricane-Harvey-highlights-magnitude-of-insurance-protection-gap-according-to-Aon-outlook-report

NASA researcher says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters http://inhabitat.com/nasa-researchers-says-harvey-flooding-pushed-houston-down-two-centimeters/

Hurricane Harvey Caused 500,000-Year Floods in Some Areas https://www.livescience.com/60378-hurricane-harvey-once-in-500000-year-flood.html

Harvey and Irma’s lasting lesson — America needs stronger flood policies http://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/350251-harvey-and-irmas-lasting-lesson-america-needs-stronger-flood

Building codes pay for themselves in disaster-prone regions https://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/housing/building-codes-pay-disaster-prone-regions

Africa Hydromet Forum: Improving climate and weather forecasting to build disaster resilience https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/africa-hydromet-forum?CID=SURR_WBGCitiesEN_D_EXT

Where will future hurricanes make landfall? Scientists in Boulder are circling closer to the answer http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/13/where-will-future-hurricanes-be-boulder/

More damaging wildfires in USA and Canada https://www.cbsnews.com/news/western-wildfires-devastate-parts-of-u-s-canada/

How to Build Hurricane-Proof Cities http://www.routefifty.com/infrastructure/2017/09/build-hurricane-proof-cities/140923/

Floods May Cost South Asia $215 Billion a Year by 2030 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-12/south-asia-cities-face-215-billion-worth-extreme-rainfall-risks

Earthquake forecasting during the complex Amatrice-Norcia seismic sequence http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/9/e1701239

Encouraging rebuilding in areas where homes and businesses probably shouldn’t have been built in the first place https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/will-rebuilding-after-harvey-and-irma-make-more-flooding-inevitable

How will you choose what flood events to model? https://waterdecisions.org/how-to-choose-flood-events-to-model-to-characterise-flood-risk/

Harvey and Irma should change the way the U.S. deals with catastrophic storms https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-11/get-ready-for-more-hurricanes

Some investors bet big against disasters https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/13/economy/some-investors-bet-big-against-disasters

Hurricane Irma broke a bunch of meteorological records https://www.businessinsider.com.au/hurricane-irma-weather-meteorology-records-2017-9?r=US&IR=T

These images provide valuable information about the movement of water across the floodplain http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/environmentalwater/murray-lower-darling-news.htm?utm_content=bufferdd961&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Mumbai floods: what happens when cities sacrifice ecology for development https://theconversation.com/mumbai-floods-what-happens-when-cities-sacrifice-ecology-for-development-83328?utm_content=buffer17256&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Mexico steps up to unique triple disaster threat https://www.zilient.org/article/mexico-steps-unique-triple-disaster-threat

Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought https://watchers.news/2017/09/14/tectonic-plates-weaker-than-previously-thought/

UN: Huge Volume of Extreme Weather Events Pose Major Threat to Peace and Security of Vulnerable Communities http://www.unisdr.org/archive/54837

Abandon Florida? Not quite. But it’s time for a retreat from flood zones. https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/9/14/16304730/flooding-irma-houston-retreat-floodplains-buyouts

How to implement the strategy of managed retreat http://news.stanford.edu/2017/03/27/keeping-communities-harms-way-changing-climate/

 

Emergency Management

Harvey delivered wide-spread 25,000-year rains over a 120-hour period http://www.climatesignals.org/scientific-reports/hurricane-harvey-%E2%80%93-extraordinary-flooding-houston-and-surrounding-areas

Destructive Hurricanes Harvey and Irma May Wipe Out 100,000 Jobs: Goldman Sachs https://www.thestreet.com/story/14299423/1/destructive-hurricanes-harvey-and-irma-may-wipe-out-100-000-jobs-goldman-sachs.html

Hurricane Irma highlights the great divide in disaster vulnerability https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-highlights-great-divide-disaster-vulnerability

FEMA could run out of cash this weekend http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/07/politics/fema-funding-disaster-relief/index.html

Are this year’s violent, massive storms going to be the trigger for violent social unrest? https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-09-09-are-this-years-violent-massive-storms-going-to-be-the-trigger-for-violent-social-unrest.html

A long road to recovery: Why flood victims in Bihar are not hopeful of speedy compensation https://scroll.in/article/849796/a-long-road-to-recovery-why-flood-victims-in-bihar-are-not-hopeful-of-speedy-compensation

‘Not fit to live on’: Chaos grips Caribbean islands days after Irma’s rampage https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/11/hurricane-irma-caribbean-islands-evacuation?CMP=share_btn_tw

“People are reluctant to leave their homes unless they can bring the family dog or cat with them” https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/0910/For-those-fleeing-Irma-relief-gratitude-and-sometimes-guilt

Whether to evacuate the public or advise them to shelter in place? http://www.domesticpreparedness.com/commentary/rethinking-disaster-evacuation/

Four Storm Surges in One Storm: Perspective on Irma’s Wild Coastal Floods http://wxshift.com/news/blog/irmas-wild-coastal-floods-storm-surge

Vulnerable Communities Lose Critical Documentation in Natural Disasters’ Wake https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/09/how-id-laws-disenfranchise-voters-in-the-wake-of-a-hurricane/538512/?utm_source=SFTwitter

6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events https://theconversation.com/6-rules-for-rebuilding-infrastructure-in-an-era-of-unprecedented-weather-events-83129?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted, Testing Shows https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/health/houston-flood-contamination.html

New Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner announced http://avbfb.org.au/new-fire-and-emergency-services-commissioner-announced/

8 die at Florida nursing home in Irma’s sweltering aftermath https://apnews.com/b01d27a86b644196ba7081f72eed88d8?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

Harvey and Irma take a huge bite out of the U.S. economy http://grist.org/briefly/harvey-and-irma-take-a-huge-bite-out-of-the-u-s-economy/

Mexico City is one of the few lucky places to have a public earthquake warning system https://www.wired.com/story/mexico-city-earthquake-alert/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

Disaster response and recovery in Bangladesh and Nepal https://medium.com/creating-opportunity/southasiadisasterrecovery-e69289233865

Getting power back to millions in Florida won’t be easy https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/11/sustainability/getting-power-back-millions-florida-wont-be-easy

Why disaster recovery is a long, slow process https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/07/world/why-disaster-recovery-long-slow-process

Incredible satellite photos show Florida and the Caribbean before and after Irma battered the regions http://www.businessinsider.com/irma-damage-satellite-images-of-florida-and-the-caribbean-2017-9/?r=AU&IR=T

Texas has launched aerial attacks on mosquitoes after floods http://www.businessinsider.com/r-texas-calls-in-us-air-force-to-counter-post-storm-surge-in-mosquitoes-2017-9?IR=T

The Virgin Islands, After Irma: ‘It Was Like Stepping Onto Another Planet’ http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/14/550940009/the-virgin-islands-after-irma-it-was-like-stepping-onto-another-planet

Tech companies are redefining how we respond to natural disasters—in a good way https://qz.com/1075435/tech-companies-are-redefining-how-we-respond-to-natural-disasters-in-a-good-way/?utm_content=bufferf2fc5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Why Did Hurricane Irma Leave so Many People in the Dark? http://blog.ucsusa.org/julie-mcnamara/hurricane-irma-power-outage?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tw

Nepal’s Flood Recovery Set to Exclude the Most Marginalised https://thewire.in/177243/nepal-flood-recovery-tenant-farmers/

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Communicating contested geoscience to the public: Moving from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’ http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825217301125

Five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/09/11/how-people-approach-facts-and-information/

Make a Plan https://happens.nz/make-a-plan/

New RFS Bushfire Plan http://www.myfireplan.com.au/

A Scholar Looks at History to Chart a New Narrative on Natural Disasters http://www.wnyc.org/story/scholar-looks-history-chart-narrative-natural-disasters/?hootPostID=ab42659839ea26c5a6b474c120759b87

Models of community engagement https://participation.cymru/en/resources/community-engagement-models/

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/I-downloaded-an-app-And-suddenly-I-was-talking-12172506.php

Progress in emergency communications since Katrina https://www.wired.com/story/harvey-shows-progress-on-emergency-communications-since-katrina/

Public libraries can (literally) serve as a shelter from the storm https://theconversation.com/public-libraries-can-literally-serve-as-a-shelter-from-the-storm-83070?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Using strategic narratives to help integrate CCA & DRR http://www.placard-network.eu/using-narratives-to-help-integrate-cca-drr/

Community Wildfire Resilience Workshop Gets Rave Reviews — Key Ingredients https://fireadaptednetwork.org/community-wildfire-resilience-workshop/

UK flood information service https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies http://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba

 

Social media and emergency management

Why social media apps should be in your disaster kit https://theconversation.com/why-social-media-apps-should-be-in-your-disaster-kit-83743

Open data and social networks like Snapchat and Facebook have helped FEMA react more quickly and effectively https://www.fastcompany.com/40459641/from-katrina-to-harvey-how-disaster-relief-is-evolving-with-technology

When calling 911 failed, stranded Houstonians turned to Twitter and Facebook http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/harvey-social-media_us_59a47f42e4b050afa90c1049

Social media reaches 3 billion users globally, says new report http://mashable.com/2017/08/07/3-billion-global-social-media-users/#XLHQ1M1amaqI

 

Disaster psychology

How much trauma has Hurricane Irma caused? http://thewire.org.au/story/after-hurricane-irma-then-what/

The mental health impact of major disasters like Harvey and Irma https://theconversation.com/the-mental-health-impact-of-major-disasters-like-harvey-and-irma-83764

New research shows the role of emotions in reactions to disasters https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201709/what-does-it-take-survive-emotionally-after-disaster

In Houston, Children Are Likely To Experience Trauma From Hurricane Harvey http://www.npr.org/2017/09/11/550218492/in-houston-children-are-likely-to-experience-trauma-from-hurricane-harvey

 

Sociology and Disasters

‘This is human kindness’: Hurricane Katrina survivors help Houston after Harvey https://www.today.com/parents/katrina-survivors-helping-houston-after-hurricane-harvey-t116108

Florida coasts and flood-prone areas are home to many people who are particularly vulnerable in storms https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/irma-is-bearing-down-on-some-of-floridas-most-vulnerable-residents/?ex_cid=story-twitter

Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin https://apnews.com/6150ee8349fe4cb78a5293b82cf68de9

“Disasters tend to worsen the already present inequalities in their paths. Irma is no different.” https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/09/the-poor-in-irmas-path/539412/?utm_source=nl__link4_091217&silverid=MzEwMTkxMTQyOTAxS0

Neighbors helping neighbors: the power of community preparedness revealed during Harvey, Irma, wildfires https://community.nfpa.org/community/fire-break/blog/2017/09/12/neighbors-helping-neighbors-the-power-of-community-preparedness-revealed-during-harvey-irma-wildfires

Role of Social Capital in Emergency Preparedness https://medium.com/the-community-engager/neighborfest-fc6fcd90f6b8

India’s floods expose poor countries’ total vulnerability to climate change http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/09/01/indias-floods-expose-total-vulnerability-climate-change/

Why Every Hurricane Should Be Named “Jim” https://theleap.org/portfolio-items/why-every-hurricane-should-be-named-jim/

 

September 2017 edition of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) newsletter http://www.tiems.info/images/pdfs/TIEMS-2017-Newsletter-Septemberver1.pdf

 

Today in disaster resilience (1 September 2017)

Disaster

 

Recent emergencies/disasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster risk reduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Emergency Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does transformation really mean? http://resilience2017.org/blog/what-does-transformation-really-mean/

 

Social media and emergency management

 

People are challenging each other on Twitter to text a $10 donation to the Red Cross Harvey fund https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/people-challenging-other-twitter-text-102825326.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Disaster psychology

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

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

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

 

Social Capital and Disasters

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

 

Today in disaster resilience (25 August 2017)

Disaster

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4806960/At-700-killed-South-Asia-floods.html

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2017: egoFu volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/64806/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Aug-2017-Fuego-volcano-Klyuchevskoy-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Sa.html

B.C. wildfire status Sunday: Biggest fires remain same size despite wind http://globalnews.ca/news/3683519/b-c-wildfire-status-sunday-biggest-fires-remain-same-size-despite-wind/

Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner http://www.reuters.com/article/us-leone-mudslide-idUSKCN1B00Q5?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5999e33b04d30157869e6eb7&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Bangladesh floods toll rises http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/bangladesh-floods-toll-rises/article19525485.ece

Flood situation worsens in Bihar, death toll rises to 253 http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/flood-situation-worsens-in-bihar-death-toll-rises-to-253/816681/

Damaging earthquake below Ischia, Naples, Italy – at least 2 people killed – August 21, 2017 https://earthquake-report.com/2017/08/21/minor-earthquake-tyrrhenian-sea-on-august-21-2017/

Poland storms kill six, destroy tens of thousands of trees http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40959863

Harvey to threaten Central America, Mexico with flooding and rough surf https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/triple-tropical-threat-looms-in-the-atlantic-caribbean/70002485

Scarborough flash flood turns streets into rivers http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41026601/scarborough-flash-flood-turns-streets-into-rivers

India – Floods Affect 2 Million in Uttar Pradesh as West Rapti River Reaches Record High http://floodlist.com/asia/india-uttar-pradesh-august-2017?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kansas City Flooding Kills 1; Residents Stranded on Roofs https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/kansas-city-flash-flooding-22aug17

Typhoon “Hato” turns deadly as it makes landfall in SE China’s Guangdong https://watchers.news/2017/08/23/typhoon-hato-casualties-damage-hong-kong-macau-china/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Lolo Peak fire grows to 32 328 acres, burns two homes, kills one – Montana https://watchers.news/2017/08/23/lolo-peak-fire-grows-to-32-328-acres-burns-two-homes-kills-one-montana/

Hundreds of firefighters battling largest wildfire ever recorded in B.C. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/largest-wildfire-1.4257021

Northern Ireland floods: More than 100 people rescued http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-41019610

Flood havoc across Sudan https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/flood-havoc-across-sudan

Worst case scenario looms for Texas with Hurricane Harvey http://mashable.com/2017/08/24/hurricane-harvey-worst-case-scenario-realized-texas.amp

 

Disaster risk reduction

Can Sun And Moon Trigger Quakes On Earth? https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2017/08/19/can-sun-and-moon-trigger-quakes-on-earth/#289260e6e484

The Financial Toll of Flooding http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/audio/2017/the-financial-toll-of-flooding-part-1?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=atf8

Special Issue “Disasters, Crisis, Hazards, Emergencies and Sustainable Development” http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Disasters-Crisis_Hazards_Emergencies_Sustainable_Development

New Study: Protecting Socially Vulnerable Communities and Natural Resources from Dangerous Flooding http://coastalresilience.org/new-study-protecting-socially-vulnerable-communities-and-natural-resources-from-dangerous-flooding/

Poverty is both a driver and consequence of disasters http://www.preventionweb.net/risk/poverty-inequality

Taxpayers will pay a high price for loss of flood protection standards http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/taxpayers-will-pay-a-high-price-for-loss-of-flood-protection-standards/article/2631996

Flood committee sets out £22million of spending for coming year https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flood-committee-sets-out-22million-of-spending-for-coming-year–2

Before the flood: What drives preparedness? http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/news/170821-flood-risk.html

How LiDAR is Being Used to Help With Natural Disaster Mapping and Management https://www.gislounge.com/lidar-used-help-natural-disaster-mapping-management/

Human vulnerability to tornadoes in the United States is highest in urbanized areas of the Mid South https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ta6uh/

Could Buffering Explain the Hurricane Drought? http://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Could-Buffering-Explain-the-Hurricane-Drought-/

GE Is Using AI To Investigate the Scalding-Hot Secrets of Volcanoes http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/news/a27866/ge-ai-predict-volcanic-eruptions/

Reducing flood risk in Indonesia: drones to map and secure green infrastructure https://www.iucn.nl/en/recent/reducing-flood-risk-in-indonesia-drones-to-map-and-secure-green-infrastructure

City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’ https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/city-planning-for-natural-disasters-pivots-from-recovery-to-resilience/70002360#.WZ2fBKwKMKM.twitter

Australia’s volcanic history is a lot more recent than you think https://theconversation.com/australias-volcanic-history-is-a-lot-more-recent-than-you-think-58766

A ‘whole systems’ view to manage water resources and minimize flood risk https://blogs.worldbank.org/sustainablecities/flooded-rivers-taking-bird-s-eye-view?CID=ECR_TT_worldbank_EN_EXT

Building a flood resilient Assam http://www.actiononclimate.today/blog/building-a-flood-resilient-assam/

Srinagar City Plan Puts Residents at Risk of Floods http://floodlist.com/asia/srinagar-city-plan-puts-residents-at-risk-of-floods-officials

Flammable and risky building products targeted by new laws in Queensland safety crackdown http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-25/safety-crackdown-flammable-risky-building-products-queensland/8841188?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Researchers are Using Machine Learning to Better Predict Weather Patterns https://www.gislounge.com/researchers-using-machine-learning-better-predict-weather/

A Just Resilience https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/5

Building urban resilience: Chief Resilience Officers share their stories https://www.zilient.org/article/building-urban-resilience-chief-resilience-officers-share-their-stories

Utah’s wildfire cost doubles, humans to blame, official says http://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-wildfire-cost-doubles-humans-to-blame-official-says

Country risk profiles for floods and earthquakes: Europe and Central Asia https://www.gfdrr.org/sites/default/files/publication/risk_profiles_low.pdf

Improving Community Flood Resilience in Areas Remaining at Risk https://floodresilience.blog/2017/08/24/improving-community-flood-resilience-in-areas-remaining-at-risk/

 

Emergency Management

Wildfire efforts could lose up to 40% of crews as students return to school http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wildfire-efforts-could-lose-up-to-40-of-crews-as-students-return-to-school-1.4251537

Emergency planners know the sky is going dark, not falling https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/public-safety/the-eclipse-will-make-skies-dark-not-fall-so-why-are-people-planning-for-disaster/2017/08/17/91fa75b0-8124-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html

Mudslide rings alarm bells http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/mudslide-rings-alarm-bells-20170819

Do Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality? https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/081717.html

Dry winter primes Sydney Basin for early start of bushfire season https://theconversation.com/dry-winter-primes-sydney-basin-for-early-start-of-bushfire-season-82641?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

The Coverack flash floods one month on https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2360172/watch-the-coverack-flash-floods-one-month-on/#.WZsiGZgm1l8.twitter

‘Serious humanitarian crises’ in South Asia as floods affect over 16 million people http://www.arabnews.com/node/1147061/world

Preparing for the future of disaster health volunteerism https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24859/preparing-for-the-future-of-disaster-health-volunteerism-proceedings-of

New Orleans is now planning to evacuate the city if a heavy rainstorm comes http://grist.org/briefly/new-orleans-is-now-planning-to-evacuate-the-city-if-a-heavy-rainstorm-comes/

Italy’s latest deadly quake exposes inaction on illegal homes http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-quake-politics-idUSKCN1B21WG

Mapping tool allows users to visualize 2017 BC wildfire devastation http://www.cfjctoday.com/article/584414/mapping-tool-allows-users-visualize-2017-bc-wildfire-devastation

As fighters streak towards ‘Sydney’, scientists in war lab game way to victory http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/as-fighters-streak-towards-sydney-scientists-in-war-lab-game-way-to-victory-20170823-gy2bdd.html?btis

Disaster archives not only are a tool for information storage, retrieval and transmission, they also play a key role in disaster reconstruction http://seaa.americananthro.org/2017/08/disasters-digitized-participatory-archiving-and-collaborative-commemoration/

A photo essay at the National Review examines quadrotor drones at work in both civilian and military spheres.

http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/drones-work-delivery-security-surveillance-war#0

Firefighter PPE cleaning rules are changing https://www.firechief.com/2017/08/22/firefighter-ppe-cleaning-rules-are-changing/#.WZ9KQhbv7RA.twitter

Industrial Safety and Utopia: Insights from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12821/full

 

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What we can learn from the book ‘Hiroshima’ http://lithub.com/fire-fury-and-americas-failure-to-learn-from-the-past/

How Eclipses Changed History http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543532422/how-eclipses-changed-history

“The best way to survive a bushfire is not to be there when it arrives” https://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-the-safest-place-to-be-in-a-bushfire-2017-8

User-friendly process for comprehensive planning, implementation guidance, and evaluation of community emergency programs and community initiatives https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TL259/introduction.html

When the Bullin shrieked: Aboriginal memories of volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago https://theconversation.com/when-the-bullin-shrieked-aboriginal-memories-of-volcanic-eruptions-thousands-of-years-ago-81986

Intro to drones part 2: How to choose your first drone https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9879934458/intro-to-drones-part-2-how-to-choose-your-first-drone

How Mapping Disasters Can Help Devastated Communities Rally http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/07/12/how-mapping-disasters-can-help-devastated-communities-rally

Central Italian towns remember victims one year after deadly earthquake https://www.thelocal.it/20170824/central-italian-towns-remember-victims-one-year-after-deadly-earthquake

 

Social media and emergency management

A community perspective on resilience analytics http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12788/pdf

The Japanese earthquake changed our relationship to place, and post-disaster social media changed it again https://medium.com/re-form/cartographies-of-disaster-24fe711d04e6

Twitter hashtag turns 10 today http://abcnews.go.com/US/twitter-hashtag-turns-10-today-blessed/story?id=49376404

 

Disaster psychology

Mental health risk and resiliency training for disaster responders https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2017/8/community-impact/responders/index.htm

AFP commander and champion strongman Grant Edwards goes public with his PTSD battle http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-21/afp-strongman-grant-edwards-opens-up-about-ptsd-battle/8811844

Mental Health Dept warns public bracing for floods against mental health risks http://reliefweb.int/report/thailand/mental-health-dept-warns-public-bracing-floods-against-mental-health-risks

The mental health of children suffering post-earthquake stress dramatically improves with small changes to their school http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337789/tweaks-improve-quake-rattled-children-s-mental-health-study

What Makes a Terrorist? http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/08/23/what-makes-a-terrorist/

 

Social Capital and Disasters

New research into the place of lower-income and disadvantaged households in a compact city https://theconversation.com/its-not-just-the-buildings-high-density-neighbourhoods-make-life-worse-for-the-poor-82070

Vulnerability and Environmental Migration: The Case of Miyagi Prefecture after the Great East Japan Earthquake http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420917302248