This Week in Disaster Resilience 20th November 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

More than 184,000 COVID-19 cases reported in U.S. in one day, shattering previous record
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-cases-united-states-184k-friday-record/

Hurricane Iota rapidly intensifies ahead of expected landfall near Nicaragua-Honduras border
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/11/hurricane-iota-rapidly-intensifies-ahead-of-expected-landfall-near-nicaragua-honduras-border/

Vamco batters Vietnam after killing 67 in the Philippines
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/vamco-batters-vietnam-after-killing-67-in-the-philippines-41481

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Sumatra Island and West Nusa Tenggara Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-sumatra-westnusatenggara-november-2020

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in North Carolina
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/north-carolina-floods-november-2020

Colombia – Rains Trigger Deadly Landslide in Antioquia
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floods-antioquia-november-2020

Somalia – 180,000 Displaced by Floods Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-180000-displaced-by-floods-says-un

Philippines – Typhoon Vamco Death Toll Rises, Over 1.7 Million Affected
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-vamco-floods-update-november-2020

Guatemala – Deadly Landslide in Chiquimula
http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-landslide-chiquimula-november-2020

Iota considered the strongest hurricane in history to hit Nicaragua, government says
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/17/weather/hurricane-iota-tuesday/index.html

Deaths, destruction reported in aftermath of Hurricane Iota
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/11/deaths-destruction-reported-in-aftermath-of-hurricane-iota/

Several wildfires pushed by very strong winds break out in Northern California and Western Nevada
https://wildfiretoday.com/2020/11/18/several-wildfires-pushed-by-very-strong-winds-break-out-in-northern-california-and-western-nevada/

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in North West
http://floodlist.com/america/venezuela-floods-tachira-lara-zulia-november-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Central Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-landslide-banyumas-central-java-november-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Nov 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/113933/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Nov-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Du.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Robustness of CMIP6 Historical Global Mean Temperature Simulations: Trends, Long‐Term Persistence, Autocorrelation, and Distributional Shape
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020EF001667

Scientists link record-breaking hurricane season to climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/15/scientists-link-record-breaking-hurricane-season-to-climate-crisis

NSW renewable energy plan seals death warrant for six gigawatts of coal
https://reneweconomy.com.au/nsw-renewable-energy-plan-seals-death-warrant-for-six-gigawatts-of-coal-99052/

In a Warming World, Hurricanes Weaken More Slowly After They Hit Land
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13112020/hurricanes-climate-change-extreme-weather-climate-science?platform=hootsuite

Bangladesh’s 50 years journey to climate resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74702

Unravelling glacial hydroclimate in the Indo‐Pacific Warm Pool: perspectives from water isotopes
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020PA003985

How Scotland can remain a climate leader ahead of COP26
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18873603.scotland-can-remain-climate-leader/

Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/heat-killing-more-people-ever-scientists-are-looking-ways-lower-risk

Sea Level Rise may erode development in Africa
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74732

The world's leading universities join the climate fight
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-world-s-leading-universities-join-the-climate-fight-20201117-p56ffw.html

NSW to transform Hunter coal region into state’s next renewable energy zone
https://reneweconomy.com.au/nsw-to-transform-hunter-coal-region-into-states-next-renewable-energy-zone-83085/

Greenland's glaciers could lose more ice than previously thought, raising concerns for sea level rise
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/17/world/greenland-glaciers-melt-climate-change-intl-hnk/index.html

October 2020 was fourth-warmest October on record, NOAA and NASA report
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/11/october-2020-was-fourth-warmest-october-on-record-noaa-and-nasa-report/

About 150 nations due to deliver stronger climate plans in 2020, tracker shows
https://news.trust.org/item/20201117175517-jvbl7/

New Zealand marine heatwave looms following warmest winter on record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/18/new-zealand-marine-heatwave-looms-following-warmest-winter-on-record

More meteorological events that drive compound coastal flooding are projected under climate change
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00044-z

As Australia's climate plans lag on the G20 stage, experts say we can no longer ‘hide in the shadows’
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/as-australia-s-climate-plans-lag-on-the-g20-stage-experts-say-we-can-no-longer-hide-in-the-shadows

As 2020 Amazon fire season winds down, Brazil carbon emissions rise
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/11/as-2020-amazon-fire-season-winds-down-brazil-carbon-emissions-rise/

Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-geoscientists-ancestral-puebloans-survived-ice.html

Flooding will become common in sea level rise hot spots
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/seas-are-rising-faster-ever

Climate risk country profile: Sri Lanka
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74781

Disaster risk reduction

Pakistan: Building resilience against floods in its largest city
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74703

1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating
https://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/147-billion-people-face-flood-risk-worldwide-over-third-it-could-be-devastating

Landslide along Alaskan fjord could trigger tsunami
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74711

Private land blocking the connections between rivers and floodplains in the Murray-Darling Basin
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-17/murray-darling-missing-water-in-floodplains/12887342

California will burn
https://chico.newsreview.com/2020/11/12/california-will-burn/

Duterte backs river basin project in Bicol
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1121908

World Disasters Report 2020
https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/world-disaster-report-2020

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 natural hazards
https://www.fema.gov/flood-maps/products-tools/national-risk-index

Leaving the shore: what drives decision-making after coastal disasters
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74750

SCHEMATA: Using machine learning on datasets obtained by Earth and space exploration, we will classify and compare the river networks of Earth, Mars and Titan.
https://www.schemata-project.com/

Piecing together the Alaska coastline's fractured volcanic activity
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-piecing-alaska-coastline-fractured-volcanic.html

Evidence from one of Earth's biggest underwater landslides ever sheds light on East African rifting
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-evidence-earth-biggest-underwater-landslides.html

Volcanic eruptions have more effect in summer
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-volcanic-eruptions-effect-summer.html

Another Record-Breaking Fire Season Shows the Need for a Comprehensive Strategy
https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/11/another-record-breaking-fire-season-shows-the-need.html

South West Indian Ocean countries strengthen early warning systems
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74768

Emergency management

Annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

Federal Government responds to bushfire royal commission, will create national state of emergency
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-13/government-response-bushfire-royal-commission-recommendations/12879862

Incremental community-based exit strategies for initiating and removing COVID-19 lockdowns
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/71422

VP Robredo seeks probe into deadly historic flooding in Cagayan
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/16/20/vp-robredo-seeks-probe-into-deadly-historic-flooding-in-cagayan

Forensic analysis reveals the causes of building damage in İzmir in the Oct. 30 Aegean Sea earthquake
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74733

Coronavirus: four traps governments fall into when making decisions about lockdown
https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-four-traps-governments-fall-into-when-making-decisions-about-lockdown-149684

National emergency laws but no sovereign aerial firefighting fleet
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/national-emergency-laws-but-no-sovereign-aerial-firefighting-fleet-20201113-p56eev.html

Son of Grenfell Tower fire victim: 'My mother could have survived'
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-54965866

More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/more-people-are-getting-covid-19-twice-suggesting-immunity-wanes-quickly-some

Final report: Six country evaluation of OXFAM America's strengthening community preparedness, rapid response and recovery in Asia/Pacific islands and Central America
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74780

Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-flood-planning/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

New Firewise community takes shape in Wallowa County
https://www.wallowa.com/news/new-firewise-community-takes-shape-in-wallowa-county/article_55e8d122-fa00-11ea-baa3-c7e3ddfdc63d.html

Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research
https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/social-science-using-smartphone-photos-research

Journalism can help communities with these five pillars of ethical disaster reporting
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74751

Psychology and disasters

Dynamic-data-driven agent-based modeling for the prediction of evacuation behavior during hurricanes
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345838782_Dynamic-data-driven_agent-based_modeling_for_the_prediction_of_evacuation_behavior_during_hurricanes

Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/virtual-reality-and-the-covid-mental-health-crisis/

Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures
https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-is-no-longer-seen-as-high-risk-by-many-and-thats-undermining-control-measures-149026

Finding a New Normal: Life After a Natural Disaster - Video Series and Resources for Teens
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/teens/finding_a_new_normal.html

Sociology and disasters

Human Vulnerability to Landslides
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020GH000287

The Influence of Reconstruction Modality, Social Capital, and Community Satisfaction on Willingness to Participate in Resilience-Building Activities
https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/9780784482889.014

Japanese Social Capital and Social Vulnerability Indices: Measuring Drivers of Community Resilience 2000-2017
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345814132_Japanese_Social_Capital_and_Social_Vulnerability_Indices_Measuring_Drivers_of_Community_Resilience_2000-2017

The super-wealthy won big as COVID-19 spread - here's how they can help alleviate the economic peril faced by most
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/the-rich-got-richer-during-the-pandemic-and-that-s-a-daunting-sign-for-our-recovery

Ethics and equity in the time of Coronavirus
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74725

Who should get the coronavirus vaccine first? France and the UK have different answers
https://theconversation.com/who-should-get-the-coronavirus-vaccine-first-france-and-the-uk-have-different-answers-149875?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344282545_How_natural_hazards_impact_the_social_environment_for_vulnerable_groups_an_empirical_investigation_in_Japan

Only a generic, not-for-profit COVID-19 vaccine can protect the world's poorest
https://news.trust.org/item/20201117160928-cozr9/

 

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This Week in Disaster Resilience 13th November 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Storm Eta pounds Cuba with torrential rain on track to Florida https://news.trust.org/item/20201108163713-ctfab/

Hurricane Eta: dozens killed by landslides in Central America https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/11/06/hurricane-eta/

Zimbabwe – Deadly Storms and Floods in Manicaland http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-manicaland-november-2020

Mexico – Deadly Floods in South After Heavy Rain From Hurricane Eta http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-floods-chiapas-tabasco-hurricane-eta-november-2020

Uganda – Hundreds Hit by Floods in West http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-bundibugyo-kikuube-november-2020

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Top 10 Million https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/covid-2020-11-09

Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise has declared a local state of emergency in Napier due to the widespread flooding https://www.hbemergency.govt.nz/

Congo Brazzaville – Over 80 Villages Flooded in Likouala Department http://floodlist.com/africa/congo-brazzaville-floods-likouala-november-2020

Indonesia – Floods Damage Hundreds of Homes in Aceh http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-aceh-november-2020

Tropical Storm Eta flooded South Florida overnight, and the rain isn’t stopping https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article247070782.html?platform=hootsuite

Severe flooding affects more than 83 000 people in the Republic of Congo https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/severe-flooding-affects-more-than-83-000-people-in-republic-of-congo/

Massive floods sweep through eastern Libya https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/massive-floods-sweep-through-eastern-libya/

Tropical Storm "Vamco" (Ulysses) to rapidly intensify before striking Philippines https://watchers.news/2020/11/10/tropical-storm-vamco-ulysses-to-rapidly-intensify-before-striking-philippines/

New Zealand – Record Rainfall Causes Flooding in Napier http://floodlist.com/australia/new-zealand-flood-napier-november-2020

UK becomes 5th country to exceed 50,000 coronavirus deaths https://www.cp24.com/world/uk-becomes-5th-country-to-exceed-50-000-coronavirus-deaths-1.5184681

Greece – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Crete http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-crete-november-2020

Typhoon Vamco Leaves Parts of Manila Underwater https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/typhoon-vamco-leaves-parts-manila-underwater

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Nov 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/113383/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-11-Nov-2020-Fuego-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-S.html

Somalia – Over 13,000 Displaced by Floods http://floodlist.com/africa/somalia-deyr-rain-floods-november-2020

Jamaica – Over 280 Roads Damaged by Floods From Tropical Storms Eta and Zeta http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-flood-damage-eta-zeta-november-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia warned it could be isolated over climate inaction after Joe Biden victory https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/08/australia-warned-it-could-be-isolated-over-climate-inaction-after-joe-biden-victory?CMP=share_btn_tw

California’s Mega Fires Have Arrived 30 Years Early https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/californias-mega-fires-have-arrived-30-years-early/

A Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Greater Melbourne https://engage.vic.gov.au/regional-climate-change-adaptation-strategy-greater-melbourne

Covid recovery plans threaten global climate hopes https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/09/revealed-covid-recovery-plans-threaten-global-climate-hopes

Advancing Knowledge of ENSO in a Changing Climate https://eos.org/editors-vox/advancing-knowledge-of-enso-in-a-changing-climate

Risk to life warning over lack of action to make Scotland's infrastructure safe from climate change https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74623

Australia will benefit from shift to zero emissions, with no gas required https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-will-benefit-from-shift-to-zero-emissions-with-no-gas-required-12083/

NSW renewables plan marks a major new moment for climate action in Australia https://reneweconomy.com.au/nsw-renewables-plan-marks-a-major-new-moment-for-climate-action-in-australia-80628/

Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy approaches to climate migration https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74633

A review of the sustainable development goals through a climate lens https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74622

Epidemic Thunderstorm asthma warning: expected to become more frequent and severe due to climate change https://climateactionmoreland.org/2020/11/10/epidemic-thunderstorm-asthma-warning-expected-to-become-more-frequent-and-severe-due-to-climate-change/

Declining Snow Cover in U.S. Northeast Will Have Major Impacts on Rivers, Study Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/declining-snow-cover-in-u-s-northeast-will-have-major-impacts-on-rivers-study-finds

Climate change: Hurricanes get stronger on land as world warms https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54902068

Climate change blamed for fall’s super floods in South Florida https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/broward/fl-ne-humans-causing-increase-late-fall-flooding-south-florida-20201110-ugalh7jxjjhzzooiozf4eelql4-story.html

Seeing Clouds Clearly: Are They Cooling Us Down or Heating Us Up? https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09112020/clouds-cooling-climate-effects

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

In India, urban planners anticipate climate change https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2020/1026/In-India-urban-planners-anticipate-climate-change

Record cold and snow engulf California and Nevada, U.S. https://watchers.news/2020/11/11/record-cold-and-snow-engulf-california-and-nevada-us/

Cape Town’s climate strategy isn’t perfect, but every African city should have one https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74659

Almost half of thermal coal firms set to defy climate pledge – report https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/12/thermal-coal-firms-climate-pledge-report-paris-goals?CMP=share_btn_tw

Rising levels of carbon dioxide increasing extreme weather events in Australia, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/13/rising-levels-of-carbon-dioxide-increasing-extreme-weather-events-in-australia-report-finds

Australia State of the Climate 2020 Report http://www.bom.gov.au/state-of-the-climate/

Climate change is already here: major scientific report https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-is-already-here-major-scientific-report-20201112-p56dyl.html

Pacific Islands: New UNEP programme to support climate resilience through early warning systems https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74680

Disaster risk reduction

Planning for Everyone: Closing Gaps in Hazard Mitigation Planning
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/planning-for-everyone-closing-gaps-in-hazard-mitigation-planning

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report
https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/royal-commission-national-natural-disaster-arrangements-report

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/putting-people-first-in-disaster-risk-reduction-the-mismatch-between-policy-theory-and-practice

Victims and frontline workers say bushfire findings don't go far enough
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/31/a-tourniquet-for-things-to-come-victims-and-frontline-workers-say-bushfire-findings-dont-go-far-enough?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cities reboot: Urban life in the age of COVID-19
https://longreads.trust.org/item/Cities-adapting-coronavirus-pandemic-world

Exposure model for European seismic risk assessment
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/8755293020919429

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-october-2020/

Aerial strategies advance volcanic gas measurements at inaccessible, strongly degassing volcanoes
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/44/eabb9103

Rising Wildfire Losses Return Insurers to Their Roots
http://www.ambest.com/video/MediaArchive.aspx?lid=5740223387001&vid=6199174707001

Two different pandemics - EU vs US
https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-graphic-truth-two-different-pandemics-eu-vs-us-11-02-2020

'Flood busting' leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor in Oldham
https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/137077/flood-busting-leaky-dams-installed-on-crompton-moor-in-oldham

ASFPM Recognizes Excellence in Floodplain Management with 2020 ASFPM Awards
https://www.floods.org/whats-new/asfpm-recognizes-excellence-in-floodplain-management-with-2020-asfpm-awards/

How wetlands can protect China’s coastal communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74463

Destroyed buildings in İzmir not earthquake resistant, reports show
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74474

Deforestation, construction to blame for central Vietnam landslides
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74485

Survey on the themes for the Global Platform 2022
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74507

Large-scale stochastic flood hazard analysis applied to the Po River
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74503

How Probable Is Widespread Flooding in the United States?
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020WR028096

New homes in UK’s struggling neighbourhoods disproportionately affected by increase in flood risk from climate change
https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/new-homes-in-uks-struggling-neighbourhoods-disproportionately-affected-by-increase-in-flood-risk-from-climate-change/

Bouncing back or bouncing forward? The overlooked role of taxonomies for climate action and pandemic recovery
https://www.sei.org/perspectives/bouncing-back-or-bouncing-forward/

What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/what-historical-insured-catastrophe-losses-really-mean-1004199375/

South Yorkshire flood review calls for better insurance support
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-54811585

Why insurance matters: insights from research post-disaster
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2020-why-insurance-matters-insights-from-research-post-disaster/

Resilient houses saved assets and lives during the historic flood in Quang Binh province
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74545

Can newspaper reporting uncover flood risk?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74543

Identifying communities at risk for impacts of extreme heat
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201104143649.htm

Emergency management

Methodology and Application of Spatial Vulnerability Assessment for Evacuation Shelters in Disaster Planning https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344715744_Methodology_and_Application_of_Spatial_Vulnerability_Assessment_for_Evacuation_Shelters_in_Disaster_Planning

Australia: Frequent extreme bushfires as a new reality. Learning how to live with smoke-filled air https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74582

Guatemala Mayan villagers tell of harrowing escape from deadly landslide https://news.trust.org/item/20201109110534-7u9gl/

Odds and evens: a strategy for safely exiting lockdown 2 https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74640

Steps forward for the Australian Fire Danger Rating System https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/steps-forward-for-the-australian-fire-danger-rating-system

Proceeds from sale of new Royal Australian Mint coin to be given to Australia’s firefighters https://www.ramint.gov.au/publications/proceeds-sale-new-royal-australian-mint-coin-be-given-australias-firefighters

October edition of the Australian Journal for Emergency Management https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2020/

Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook webinar https://www.aidr.org.au/events/25431?locationId=25432

Collaboration leads to new toolkit for emergency volunteer leaders https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2020/collaboration-leads-new-toolkit-emergency-volunteer-leaders

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Storytelling and emergency management https://wmpllc.org/ojs/index.php/jem/article/view/2816

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/73558

Interactive experience lets app users see weather warnings and analyze their effects on different areas of the map https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/arcnews/create-captivating-geospatial-experiences/

Be Flood Ready https://www.befloodready.uk/

Citizen Seismology https://www.citizenseismology.eu/

Using Social Media to Build Community Disaster Resilience https://www2.slideshare.net/ndufty/using-social-media-to-build-community-disaster-resilience

Psychology and disasters

Depressive Symptoms in the Aftermath of Major Disaster: Empirical Test of the Social Support Deterioration Model Using Natural Experiment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666558120300063

Ron Howard Depicts Life After the Camp Fire https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/ron-howard-depicts-life-after-camp-fire

Community views on wildfire risk and preparedness in the wildland urban interface https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74612

How Much Do Americans Value Their Health During the Pandemic? https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/10/how-much-do-americans-value-their-health-during-the.html

Community views on wildfire risk and preparedness in the wildland urban interface https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74612

Workplace resilience: leaders by influence and what this means https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi8Zuyo_nI0&feature=youtu.be

Preparing for the first summer after bushfire https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/in-focus/preparing-for-the-first-summer-after-bushfire#.X6tv1CQA7do.twitter

Hurricane's impact still felt in Texas town https://www.examiner-enterprise.com/story/lifestyle/2020/11/11/lewis-hurricanes-impact-still-felt-texas-town/6222660002/

Sociology and disasters

How the climate emergency exacerbates homelessness https://thestreetspirit.org/2020/11/03/how-the-climate-emergency-exacerbates-homelessness/

Seawalls or Social Recovery? The role of policy networks and design in disaster recovery https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3727387

Humanitarian data justice: A structural data justice lens on civic technologies in post-earthquake Nepal https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345602354_Humanitarian_data_justice_A_structural_data_justice_lens_on_civic_technologies_in_post-earthquake_Nepal

Study shows disadvantaged communities may get overlooked for climate adaptation funding https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uomr-ssd110620.php

Retrospection, fairness, and economic shocks: how do voters judge policy responses to natural disasters? https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/political-science-research-and-methods/article/retrospection-fairness-and-economic-shocks-how-do-voters-judge-policy-responses-to-natural-disasters/

Prioritising social equity in disaster recovery and resilience https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74642

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04397-8

New solutions to manage uncertain times: how to prevent the collapse of the social fabric and recover together from COVID-19 https://parispeaceforum.medium.com/new-solutions-to-manage-uncertain-times-how-to-prevent-the-collapse-of-the-social-fabric-and-a2d01a216bd5

Shielding the vulnerable using a risk calculator – here’s why it won’t be enough https://theconversation.com/shielding-the-vulnerable-using-a-risk-calculator-heres-why-it-wont-be-enough-148754

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Molino Stewart prepared a report on emergency management in Australia for the World Bank. The report, titled “Civil Protection in Australia”, was part of a major report by the World Bank on the state of global civil protection (emergency management). Using a deep-dive approach, the Molino Stewart report analysed the legislative context of emergency management across Australia, current arrangements and funding availability. Based on a SWOT analysis, the report recommended several improvements to Australia’s emergency management. The report is available here.

This Week in Disaster Resilience 6th November 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘This season is off the charts’: Colorado fights the worst wildfires in its recent history
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/30/colorado-fires-cameron-peak-east-troublesome

Boris Johnson Sets New Lockdown for England to Slow Coronavirus
https://www.wsj.com/articles/johnson-sets-new-lockdown-for-england-to-slow-coronavirus-11604172146

Typhoon Goni: Philippines orders evacuations ahead of 2020’s strongest storm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/31/typhoon-goni-philippines-orders-thousands-of-evacuations-ahead-of-2020s-strongest-storm

El Salvador – Over 40 Dead or Missing After Landslide in San Salvador Department
http://floodlist.com/america/el-salvador-landslide-nejapa-october-2020

Indonesia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Central and West Java
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-central-west-java-floods-october-2020

Turkey earthquake death toll rises as search for survivors under the rubble continues
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-01/turkey-and-greece-earthquake-death-toll-rises-rescuers-search/12836642

South-east Queensland mops up after giant hail smashes homes, leaves thousands without power
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-01/south-east-queensland-mops-up-after-wild-night-of-weather/12835678

In the US several surveillance indicators of COVID-19 related activity are showing increases in SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation and associated illnesses
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season keeps raging with Hurricane Eta
https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/2/21546117/hurricane-eta-2020-atlantic-season-records?hss_channel=tw-142864417

Greece and Turkey – Earthquake Triggers Coastal Flooding
http://floodlist.com/asia/greece-turkey-earthquake-tsunami-october-2020

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Path of Powerful Typhoon ‘Goni’
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-goni-november-2020

UK – Flood Rescues in Northern England After Rivers Overflow
http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/flood-north-yorkshire-november-2020

Eta lashes Nicaragua with rains, deadly mudslides
https://apnews.com/article/hurricane-eta-nicaragua-mudslides-74c7bdeeef25ce2ef71c187c6d74a93d

Colombia – Thousands of Homes Flooded in Magdalena Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-magdalena-november-2020

Uganda – Deadly Floods in Kasese
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kasese-november-2020

Nicaragua and Honduras – Rain From Hurricane Eta Causes Flooding
http://floodlist.com/america/nicaragua-and-honduras-rain-from-hurricane-eta-causes-flooding

New U.S. Daily Coronavirus Cases Top 100,000 for the First Time
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-daily-coronavirus-cases-top-100-000-for-the-first-time-11604560957

Chad – Floods Hit N’Djamena Again
http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-ndjamena-november-2020

Brazil – Flash Floods in Pernambuco After Torrential Rain
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-floods-pernambuco-november-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/112735/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-4-Nov-2020-Popocatepetl-volcano-Semeru-Ibu-Reventador-Sangay-Sina.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In 50 years of firefighting I had never seen fires like I did last summer. Australia must take climate change seriously
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/31/in-50-years-of-firefighting-i-had-never-seen-fires-like-i-did-last-summer-australia-must-take-climate-change-seriously

New Zealand’s groundbreaking climate policy may soon be the new normal
https://www.climateandcapitalmedia.com/new-zealands-groundbreaking-climate-policy-may-soon-be-the-new-normal/

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

On climate change, we’re entirely out of margin
https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/on-climate-change-were-entirely-out-of-margin

Lack of climate action over 50 years will cost Australian economy $3.4tn and 880,000 jobs – report
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/02/lack-of-climate-action-over-50-years-will-cost-the-economy-34tn-and-880000-jobs-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

Building cities with wood would store half of cement industry's current carbon emissions
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201102110010.htm

Net-zero emissions by 2050: leadership or climate colonialism?
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6992851/net-zero-emissions-by-2050-leadership-or-climate-colonialism/

Global Emissions Likely Peaked in 2019, Report Finds
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/global-emissions-likely-peaked-in-2019-report-finds

Driving Climate Change from the Top in the Dominican Republic
http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/11/driving-climate-change-top-dominican-republic/

Climate model shows Saharan heat in much of West Africa within a century
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74466

Expect more mega-droughts
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74459

Australia, the climate can’t wait for the next federal election. It’s time to take control
https://theconversation.com/australia-the-climate-cant-wait-for-the-next-federal-election-its-time-to-take-control-148252

Scott Morrison pressured by Britain, France and Italy to announce 'bold' climate action
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/03/scott-morrison-pressured-by-britain-france-and-italy-to-announce-bold-climate-action?CMP=share_btn_tw

'Crossroads of the climate crisis': swing state Arizona grapples with deadly heat
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/01/climate-change-arizona-us-election-2020

Climate change: how China can achieve its pledge of zero emissions
https://www.ft.com/content/b16e155a-dc5c-4143-8676-d4552f747371

Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/paris-global-climate-change-agreements

Cities must reconnect with natural foundations to face climate, health and biodiversity crises
https://www.iucn.org/crossroads-blog/202010/cities-must-reconnect-natural-foundations-face-climate-health-and-biodiversity-crises

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74488

Renewables cut Australia's emissions more than Covid, energy analysis finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/05/renewables-cut-australias-emissions-more-than-covid-energy-analysis-finds

Why Mispricing the Risks of Sea Level Rise Could Prove Costly
https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/keys-sea-level-rise/

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change
https://apnews.com/article/us-leaves-paris-agreement-climate-change-1331bc30021756454dda8eb7ff3c1075

Data on Past Climates Key to Predicting Future, Scientists Say
https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/data-past-climates-key-predicting-future-scientists-say

Disaster risk reduction

Planning for Everyone: Closing Gaps in Hazard Mitigation Planning
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/planning-for-everyone-closing-gaps-in-hazard-mitigation-planning

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report
https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/royal-commission-national-natural-disaster-arrangements-report

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice
https://floodresilience.net/blogs/putting-people-first-in-disaster-risk-reduction-the-mismatch-between-policy-theory-and-practice

Victims and frontline workers say bushfire findings don't go far enough
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/31/a-tourniquet-for-things-to-come-victims-and-frontline-workers-say-bushfire-findings-dont-go-far-enough?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cities reboot: Urban life in the age of COVID-19
https://longreads.trust.org/item/Cities-adapting-coronavirus-pandemic-world

Exposure model for European seismic risk assessment
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/8755293020919429

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter
https://molinostewart.com.au/editorial/floodplain-manager-october-2020/

Aerial strategies advance volcanic gas measurements at inaccessible, strongly degassing volcanoes
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/44/eabb9103

Rising Wildfire Losses Return Insurers to Their Roots
http://www.ambest.com/video/MediaArchive.aspx?lid=5740223387001&vid=6199174707001

Two different pandemics - EU vs US
https://www.gzeromedia.com/the-graphic-truth-two-different-pandemics-eu-vs-us-11-02-2020

'Flood busting' leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor in Oldham
https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/137077/flood-busting-leaky-dams-installed-on-crompton-moor-in-oldham

ASFPM Recognizes Excellence in Floodplain Management with 2020 ASFPM Awards
https://www.floods.org/whats-new/asfpm-recognizes-excellence-in-floodplain-management-with-2020-asfpm-awards/

How wetlands can protect China’s coastal communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74463

Destroyed buildings in İzmir not earthquake resistant, reports show
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74474

Deforestation, construction to blame for central Vietnam landslides
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74485

Survey on the themes for the Global Platform 2022
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74507

Large-scale stochastic flood hazard analysis applied to the Po River
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74503

How Probable Is Widespread Flooding in the United States?
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020WR028096

New homes in UK’s struggling neighbourhoods disproportionately affected by increase in flood risk from climate change
https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/news/new-homes-in-uks-struggling-neighbourhoods-disproportionately-affected-by-increase-in-flood-risk-from-climate-change/

Bouncing back or bouncing forward? The overlooked role of taxonomies for climate action and pandemic recovery
https://www.sei.org/perspectives/bouncing-back-or-bouncing-forward/

What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean
https://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/what-historical-insured-catastrophe-losses-really-mean-1004199375/

South Yorkshire flood review calls for better insurance support
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-54811585

Why insurance matters: insights from research post-disaster
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-october-2020-why-insurance-matters-insights-from-research-post-disaster/

Resilient houses saved assets and lives during the historic flood in Quang Binh province
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74545

Can newspaper reporting uncover flood risk?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74543

Identifying communities at risk for impacts of extreme heat
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201104143649.htm

Emergency management

PET PODs: Including Pets in Your Community Evacuation Shelter Plan
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/pet-pods-including-pets-in-your-community-evacuation-shelter-plan

Preparing the Whole Community: Including Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Disaster Planning
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/preparing-the-whole-community-including-individuals-experiencing-homelessness-in-disaster-planning

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community
https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-virus-outbreak-bangladesh-monsoons-health-6bcbfe5b50de61a313ed02301f9a3306

Civil unrest response for fire and emergency services
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/civil_unrest/personnel.html

Pandemic recovery in urban settings: planning for the unplanned
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74462

Smoke cloud from Australian summer’s bushfires three-times larger than anything previously recorded
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/03/smoke-cloud-from-australian-summers-bushfires-three-times-larger-than-anything-previously-recorded

What happens after the rain? How flooding is managed
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-10-27/what-happens-after-the-rain

South Sudan: Devastating floods doom health facilities
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-sudan-devastating-floods-doom-health-facilities/2032652

Disaster education, communications and engagement

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/72400

Special Issue on School Safety in the Context of Disaster Risk Reduction
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/international-journal-of-disaster-risk-reduction/special-issue/10G9DV1C7CG

The Australian Weather Calendar is back for 2021
https://shop.bom.gov.au/

Action-led alerts effective at pointy end of natural disasters: fire, floods
https://www.qut.edu.au/news?news-id=170428

Flood risk communication: a fundamental tool for disaster risk management
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74456

Messy maps: Qualitative GIS representations of resilience
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204619310643#f0005

World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 November
https://www.undrr.org/news/tsunamis-supreme-test-risk-governance-un-secretary-general-0

How new modes of storytelling engage Australians in disaster preparedness and long-term resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74558

Communication-related vulnerability to disasters: A heuristic framework
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74555

Psychology and disasters

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress and Young Children’s Development During Physical Distancing
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-parental-stress-and-young-childrens-development-during-physical-distancing

Mental Health Interventions in Shelters: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mental-health-interventions-in-shelters-lessons-from-hurricane-harvey

Individual and community behavioral responses to natural disasters
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344946726_Individual_and_community_behavioral_responses_to_natural_disasters

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 and poverty
https://feature.undp.org/covid-and-poverty/

Community Resilience in Neighbourhood Level: Study of Organically Developed Neighborhood in Dhaka
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/345128768_Community_Resilience_in_Neighbourhood_Level_Study_of_Organically_Developed_Neighborhood_in_Dhaka

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-020-04397-8

Bringing disaster preparedness into resilience politics
https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-11-04/bringing-disaster-preparedness-into-resilience-politics/

How social capital can help deal with the pandemic better
https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/how-social-capital-can-help-deal-with-the-pandemic-better/article33021238.ece

Collective Action Problem Characteristics and Partner Uncertainty as Drivers of Social Tie Formation in Collaborative Networks
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/psj.12309

 

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Floodplain Manager October 2020

Editorial

As the Bureau of Meteorology confirms that La Niña conditions are now active, Australia needs to prepare itself for a potential summer of flooding not experienced since the devastating 2010-11 season.  Yet the October Federal budget has kept the Natural Disaster Resilience Program at 2009 levels which is a 20% reduction in investment in real terms.  To be fair, the Treasurer did state in his budget speech that further funding would be announced in response to the findings of the National Natural Disaster Arrangements Royal Commission.

But why wait?  Currently 97% of disaster funding is spent on clean-up and recovery, compared to 3% on resilience and mitigation.  Five years ago, the Productivity Commission recommended that this imbalance needed to be redressed.  This month we report that the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority warns we will have to spend $3.5 billion a year to prepare for climate-related disasters now to avoid paying 11 times more in post-disaster response.  The current $21 million investment by the Federal Government, even when it is matched by State and Local governments, falls well short of that mark.

The Royal Commission’s report made a total of 80 recommendations and while many are specific to bushfire, a large number are applicable to all hazards, including floods.  Not only does it recommend better understanding of the risks, better emergency planning for credible events and improved community education but it strongly recommends that the risk exposure of individual properties be communicated to individuals.  While many individuals and elected officials don’t like to hear or don’t want to believe such information, continuing to hide or ignore it only magnifies disasters when they occur.  There is also a strong emphasis on improved land use planning and building resilience for natural hazards.

It will be interesting to see how the Federal Government and other levels of government respond to these recommendations.    The Commissioners’ report says, “support is one thing – action is another”.  Action only happens when funds are available.  Are today’s governments prepared to properly invest in risk reduction or will the escalating costs of disaster recovery be continued to be passed on to tomorrow’s governments, communities, businesses and individuals?  The coming days are likely to be revealing.

Steven Molino
Editor

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Federal Flood Funding 2020

The 2020 Federal Budget details increased spending on disaster recovery but no change in investment in mitigation.

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s 2020 budget speech signalled that there would be investments announced to strengthen disaster resilience in response to the Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements. However, the 2020-21 budget simply continues the $20.9 million per annum funding of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program through to 2023-24.  As reported in Floodplain Manager in May 2019, this level of funding has remained unchanged since 2009 and represents a 20% reduction in investment in real terms.  The Treasurer’s speech, however, did foreshadow further announcements in relation to natural disaster mitigation in response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (see following article).

The Federal Government has committed significant investment in disaster relief funding including a $155.6 million investment over four years to support drought and flood-impacted communities, in addition to $60 million for the “2019 Monsoon Trough: A strategy for long-term recovery” to fund local initiatives supporting disaster recovery, planning and resilience. In addition, the budget has announced $7.6 million over the next three years to upgrade the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS) to improve Australia’s response capacity to climate-related disasters and emergencies. The Bureau of Meteorology has also been allocated an extra $254.6 million over the next four years to help its response to multiple concurrent weather emergency events and to improve the Bureau’s Observation Network infrastructure (Read here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Royal Commission Report Released

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published its report which makes 80 recommendations to enhance Australia’s natural disaster arrangements in response to the 2019-2020 extreme bushfire season.

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The report is based on 35 days of hearings involving more than 270 witnesses, with the central aim of inquiring into arrangements involving all levels of government, private and not-for-profit sectors, communities and individuals across all phases of disaster management. The report summarises the lessons learned and the next steps required to improve national management from disaster mitigation and preparedness to response and recovery. Recommendations are made on matters involving national emergency response capabilities, disaster education for individuals and communities, evacuation planning, emergency information and warnings, land-use planning, and coordination of relief and recovery, amongst others. The necessity for strategic leadership directed at resilience is emphasised, with a greater role for the Australian government in formulating a coordinated national approach to deal with disasters (Read here).

Investment Necessary to Save Billions in Disaster Response

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority warns that it is necessary to spend $3.5 billion a year to prepare for climate-related disasters now to avoid paying 11 times more in post-disaster response.

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The banking and insurance regulator stated its concern that insurance could become unaffordable in parts of the country, noting rising insurance premiums in northern Australia in response to an increasing number of claims caused by storms and cyclones. It asserts the payoff of investment in preparation is supported by evidence from places such as Launceston, where enhanced flood mitigation measures saved the city $240 million in 2016 floods. This stance is backed by the Insurance Council of Australia, which agrees that investment in resilience, mitigation and hazard reduction is necessary to keep insurance affordable and manage the cost of damages in vulnerable communities (Read here).

Flash Floods on Eastern Seaboard

Rain and severe thunderstorms are impacting eastern Australia, resulting in flood rescues across the country.

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In New South Wales, NSW SES reported that it carried out six flood rescues on 24 and 25 October across the state, mostly involving cars getting trapped in floodwaters. A flash flood in Tumbarumba forced the evacuation of a caravan park and the emergency rescue of a man from his house. Southwest Victoria experienced the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in two days in early October, and at least 10 houses in Port Fairy were flooded. On 27 October, swift water rescue crews were deployed around Brisbane to rescue several individuals trapped in cars in floodwaters, and the SES had over 100 requests for assistance in the area due to flooding (Read here, here, here and here).

BoM Confirms La Niña and What it Means for Australia

The La Niña status is officially active for the first time since the 2010-2012 event, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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This means that the cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are likely to remain until at least the end of this year. La Niña typically results in an above-average spring rainfall for eastern, central and northern Australia, and an early monsoon for north Queensland. Paired with a negative phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole, an increase in cyclone activity and flooding is predicted across the country. A wetter spring and summer may lead to an increased abundance of mosquitoes, and potentially mosquito-borne diseases. While this increased precipitation may reduce bushfire potential, it does not extinguish the risk of fires entirely (Read more here, here, here and here).

Insurance Australia Group Ceases Support of Warragamba Wall Rise

Australia’s largest insurance company has dropped its support of the over $1 billion project to raise Sydney’s biggest dam due to the loss of important Indigenous heritage sites.

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While Insurance Australia Group originally supported the 14-plus metre height increase to the dam as a flood risk mitigation measure in the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley, it states its support has been withdrawn following additional information on the probable loss of significant cultural heritage sites and natural habitats. Gundungurra traditional owners say this is the latest in a shift towards increased action towards preserving culture dating back tens of thousands of years (Read more here).

Social Capital Key to Post-Flood Recovery

A recent study from a flood-affected rural Australian community highlights the importance of social capital in resilience.

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Using a community-academic partnership to boost participation from socio-economically marginalised groups, it was found that these groups reported lower levels of social capital (such as informal social connectedness, feelings of belonging and trust) following a flood compared to other community members. This paper demonstrates the need to build social capital through tailored and co-designed resilience-building strategies at the community level through participatory processes (Read more here ).

Volunteers Play Important Roles in Documenting Environmental Change

Local volunteers and citizen scientists are essential in collecting and documenting Australian climate records and environmental change in the past and into the future.

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The Bureau of Meteorology depends on thousands of volunteer rainfall recorders across the country and recognises the vital contributions some families have been providing continuously for over 100 years. The role of volunteers in environmental data collection has expanded with recent advances in technology; the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program is working with over 150 volunteers to monitor coastline change through drone-acquired imagery. By flying the drones along set flightpaths every six weeks, the local volunteer citizen scientists have provided valuable records of shoreline change that can inform coastal management strategies. This program is the first successful citizen scientist program in the world to investigate the causes of shoreline change, for which it was selected as a finalist in this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prizes (Read more here, and here).

2021 FMA National Conference Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has been announced by the Floodplain Management Australia 2021 National Conference which will take place 25 to 28 May 2021 in Luna Park, Sydney.

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The conference theme is “Essential knowledge for a flood resilient future.” Students and Young Floodplain Managers are particularly encouraged to participate. The call for abstracts is open until 27 November 2020 (Read more here).

Rising CO2 Leads to Rising Rivers

Increased atmospheric carbon levels have led to a decreased absorption of water by plants, contributing to increased runoff, a new study shows.

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The relationships between plants, carbon dioxide and rising water levels in the Mississippi River have been examined using historical records of atmospheric carbon and observations of herbarium leaf specimens. It has shown that the stomatal density of plants decrease as carbon is more abundant, which leads to decreased transpiration and thus water absorption. This results in increased runoff, which is cited as an important factor in the rapid rise of the average level of the Mississippi River (Read more here).

Planting Woodlands to Reduce Flood Risk

The establishment of more native woodlands in upland areas could be an effective natural flood management strategy.

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This study shows that just 15 years after planting native broadleaf trees, the soil in the new woodland area can absorb almost double the amount of water compared to areas without trees. This is due to increases in soil macro-pores and reductions in soil compaction. The location of the woodlands is important to the overall impact, with steep hillsides on the edge of upland areas identified as the most effective targets for flash flood prevention services (Read more here).

Predicting Urban Flooding with Drones

High-resolution mapping from drones build precise urban terrain models that help optimise flood prediction in Luxembourg.

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With urban flash flooding posing a major risk to European cities, drones have been employed as valuable tools in developing high-resolution maps that can help optimise local flood hazard modelling. A combination of data from low-altitude drones, airplanes and satellites has been used to generate a multi-modal and multi-scale topographic dataset to be used in flood models. This study shows the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration between flood modellers and geodetic experts in order to enhance urban flood models and predictions to better prepare urban communities for flooding (Read more here).

Standardised Analysis of Community Flood Resilience

A novel framework for using standardised indicators to track progress in disaster resilience has been presented, which can help build globally comparable baseline estimates of resilience.

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A measurement tool modelled on the “technical risk grading” approach of the insurance sector has been developed along with the framework for analysing community flood resilience. While some indicators can be graded using raw data alone, other resilience indicators related to subjective characteristics are dependent on expert judgement. These measurement tools can help inform progress on and implementation of goals such as the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals (Read more here).

River Delta Communities Increasingly Vulnerable to Flooding Under Changed Climate

A new global dataset shows that 41% of the global population exposed to tropical cyclone flooding live on deltas, and over 90% are in less developed economies.

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River deltas are disproportionately exposed to the impacts of climate change, such as increased intensity of tropical cyclones, accelerating sea-level rise, and increased coastal flooding. This dataset looks at the 339 million people living on river deltas, almost 90% of whom live in locations impacted by cyclones. It shows that, particularly in countries with less developed economies, people living on river deltas are especially vulnerable to coastal flooding. This information is important to reframe the coastal flooding problem as one that particularly impacts densely populated river deltas in order to more accurately assess risk and vulnerability and develop adaptation and mitigation measures (Read more here).

Asia Set to Be Hit Hardest by Climate Change Driven Flooding

Predictions of intensified monsoon flooding is becoming a reality in the world’s most populous continent.

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Extreme rainfall and flooding have impacted East, Southeast and South Asia this year, displacing millions and killing hundreds of people. While flood risks are growing globally, Asia’s high population density, rapid urbanisation, and concentration of population centres on the coast increase the region’s risk. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, 75% of global capital stock at risk of flooding will be in Asia by 2050. The Asian Development Bank estimates a price tag of $800 billion over the next ten years to build required risk mitigation infrastructure, which is much less than the cost of inaction (Read more here).

Oil Palm Plantations Linked to Worsening Floods

Research has shown that large-scale land use change associated with palm oil production leads to reduced rainfall absorption by the soil, and increased run off.

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This issue is particularly prevalent in Indonesia, where worsening flash floods have been attributed to the degradation of the floodplains due to deforestation for oil palm or rubber plantations. Compared to forested areas, oil palm and rubber plantations are associated with lower groundwater storage capacity and high soil compaction. Furthermore, there are reports from locals that flood control infrastructure built by plantation corporations channel runoff to neighbouring communities, exacerbating local flooding. Through reforestation, runoff can once again be reduced, and this trend can be reversed (Read more here).

Higher Public Risk Perception Linked to Information-Seeking Efficacy

Research on populations that experience frequent pluvial flooding in Louisiana, USA, reveals a strong relationship between risk perception attitude and confidence in seeking needed information to solve problems, or information-seeking efficacy.

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This finding contributes to the theoretical development of disaster risk science, allowing the identification of groups that need to be prioritised in flood education and awareness efforts. The study recommends that future work employs longitudinal approaches to assess the dynamics of human behaviour before, during and after natural disasters (Read more here).

More Frequent and Less Deadly Climate-Related Disasters in Past 50 Years

The World Meteorological Organization reports that over the last 50 years there has been a fivefold increase in the number of recorded disasters, but a decrease in the average number of deaths per disaster.

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In total, there have been 11,000 climate-related disasters which have incurred 2 million deaths in the last five decades. Over this period, the economic losses of disasters have increased seven times. A key finding of this report is that a third of the population is not adequately covered by early warning systems, leaving a large portion of the population vulnerable to extreme weather and climate events. In the next decade, it is predicted that twice the number of people will require help from international humanitarian systems as a result of floods, droughts and wildfires compared to 2018. The importance of investing in early warning systems is emphasised to turn information into early action. (Read more here).

Number of Floods has Doubled in 20 Years

The United Nations reports that between 2000 and 2019, there were double the number of major floods compared to the previous 20 years.

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The report looked at disasters that killed ten or more people, affected 100 or more people, resulted in a declared state of emergency, or required a call for international assistance. There were 3,254 major floods and 2,034 storms in the last 20 years, which were the most prevalent events. The overall increase in the total number of disasters is predominantly attributed to a rise in climate-related disasters and extreme weather events. Eight of the top ten countries for disaster events are in Asia (Read more here, here and here).

Women More Likely to Die in Disasters

Preliminary reports on the 2020 monsoons show that women and girls are the most vulnerable groups and have died in disproportionally higher numbers.

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Nepal has one of the highest mortality rates in the world from landslides and flash floods, which particularly impacts women and girls. Factors contributing to the gender difference include more women than men living in rural areas compared to the cities, and women having less access to information and education on disasters. This gender inequality is prevalent in disasters across the globe, with women’s risk heightened by gender-based violence, lack of access and control in post-disaster situations, and childcare responsibilities. An emphasis on women’s participation in training and rescue teams can help bridge this gender gap (Read more here and here).

International Floods

There were 39 international floods reported across 42 countries throughout October 2020. At least 381 people died and more than 200,000 were displaced. 

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Internationally significant floods included:

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

A rapid succession of multiple tropical storms resulted in catastrophic flooding in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Flooding and resulting landslides displaced at least 110,000 people and caused at least 174 deaths in Vietnam and Cambodia. The United Nations reports that as many as 1.5 million people have been directly affected by flooding. According to the Red Cross, hundreds of thousands of people are in need of emergency shelter, safe drinking water, food and income support (Read more here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

India

Unprecedented rainfall in the Indian state of Telangana has resulted in over 60 deaths, some of which were caused by building collapse or electrocution. As many as 40,000 families have been affected by homes flooding. Poor planning and the encroachment of development into storm water drains is partially blamed for the impact of the flooding (Read more here, here, and here).

Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy rain caused the Mutahyo River to break its banks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in early October, resulting in at least 11 fatalities and washing away homes (Read more here).

Tanzania

Flash flooding in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 13 October resulted in 12 deaths, many of whom were swept away by flood waters from the overflowing Msimbazi River (Read more here)

Togo

As of 13 October, 11 people have died and 57,000 people have been affected by ongoing flooding along the Oti River. The flooding has destroyed homes and infrastructure, and isolated communities across northern Togo (Read more here).

Nigeria

Weeks of flooding in Nigeria have resulted in 155 deaths and the displacement of 25,000 people as of 19 October. Heavy rainfall and river flooding, along with dam releases in flood-affected neighbouring countries have contributed to the extent of flooding across the country (Read more here).

Kenya

Flooding along the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya has displaced 25,000 people. Flooding is also occurring near Lake Victoria, where over 7,000 households have been affected by backflows. This contributes to the six million people affected by flooding in East Africa in 2020 (Read more here and here).

Mozambique

During October, at least 22 people have died in storms that caused building collapse and flash flooding across Mozambique (Read more here).

Indonesia

Heavy rainfall triggered a landslide at a coal mine in Indonesia on 21 October, resulting in the deaths of 11 people (Read more here).

Diary

Global Flood Partnership Virtual Conference
Where: Online
When: Multiple from 4 to 25 November 2020
For more information visit here

Webinar: Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate Online Course
Where: Webinar
When: Multiple from July to December 2020
For more information visit here

International River symposium 2020
Where: Online
When: 10 to 13 November 2020
For more information visit here

Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience: How can technology help us investigate, communicate and solve climate problems and foster resilience? (with a presentation by Molino Stewart’s Neil Dufty on using social media to build community disaster resilience)
Where: Virtual
When: 12 and 13 November 2020
For more information visit here

2020 Online NSW Coastal Forum    
Where: Online
When: 18 and 19 November 2020
For more information visit here

FMA Combined Queensland and NSW/ ACT Chapter Meeting November 2020
Where: Online
When: 19 November 2020
For more information visit here

Flood and Coast 2020 Conference and Exhibition
Where: Telford International Centre, UK
When: 8 to 10 December 2020
For more information visit here

Floodplain Management Australia Conference 2021
Where: Luna Park, Sydney, NSW
When: 25 to 28 May 2021
Call for abstracts open now. For more information visit here

FLOODrisk 2020 European Conference on Flood Risk Management
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: 21 to 25 June 2021
For more information visit here

2020 International Conference on Flood Management
Where: The University of Iowa, USA
When: 9 to 11 August 2021
For more information visit here

Resources

Combining Modelling Methods for Concise Streamflow Predictions

Integrating deterministic and stochastic components of streamflow predictions leads to enhanced model performance and monthly streamflow predictions (Read here).

Rainfall Explorer Tool Released for Real-time Extreme Rainfall Statistics          

European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Climate Resilience Cluster released a cutting-edge cloud-based tool that allows users to access near real-time rainfall statistics for past (>5 days old) flood events recorded worldwide. This provides data to help improve early warning systems and understand climate risks (Read here).

ABC Documentary: Big Weather (and how to survive it)

This documentary provides frontline insight into Australia’s emergency services, first responders, and local communities in natural hazard-related disasters. Pairing community stories with coverage of climate and environmental issues, this series seeks to investigate why these events are becoming less predictable and more intense, and looks into how to best prepare for them in the future (Read here).

Preparing for Flooding and Cyclones in the Time of COVID-19  

The Australian National University has made talks available from climate scientists and emergency service practitioners on the prospects of increased flood risk from the current La Niña, in combination with the practical considerations of COVID-19. The online event was hosted by the Climate Change Institute and the Disaster Risk Science Institute at The Australian National University, along with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) (Read here).

Gaining Quantitative Fluvial Data Using Palaeoflood Hydrology

This paper examines techniques for quantifying past flooding from the geological record in order to improve estimates for large and rare floods (Read here).

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Available in Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (affiliated to the United Nations) have provided a free and flexible online training programme for beginners or advanced users who want to improve their use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies in disaster risk management (Read here).

Flood Factor Mapping to Bridge Gap in Free Flood Information

First Street Foundation has created Flood Factor, a free and simple online tool to examine the risk of flooding for over 142 million properties in the United States. Its methodology considers future climate change impacts, local adaptation measures, and the four major contributors to flooding: tidal, rain, riverine and storm surge (Read here).

Building-Level Flood Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Approach

This study investigates the impact of applying building-level mitigation measures, as opposed to coarser resolution community-level measures. The study revealed that some building-level mitigation measures such as water pumps, flood barriers, and relocation of water-sensitive building components to higher ground can decrease flood losses at both the building and community levels (Read here).

Property Flood Resilience Database for Improved Insurance Pricing in High-Risk Areas

A collaboration between the Building Research Establishment, AXA Insurance and Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions in the UK has produced the property flood resilience database, which was conceived as a product to code fit within existing insurance systems. This allows insurers to provide more appropriate pricing in high flood risk areas (Read here).

Climate Risks Grow while Resilience Remains Low

This examination of natural catastrophe losses in 2020 has found that losses in 2020 were higher than 2019. While disaster resilience has remained low in 2020, climate change is expected to increasingly raise risk globally (Read here).

This Week in Disaster Resilience 30th October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Nearly 9,000 flee homes in Philippines as Molave intensifies into typhoon https://news.trust.org/item/20201025111751-eylg2/

Covid: Spain imposes national night-time curfew to curb infections
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54682222

Flash flood hits Tumbarumba in NSW, forcing evacuation of home and caravan park https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-24/tumbarumba-storm-rescue-and-nsw-weather-warning/12810474

Australia – Storms Trigger Floods in New South Wales http://floodlist.com/australia/australia-floods-newsouthwales-october-2020

Indonesia – Floods Damage 1,500 Homes in West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-westjava-october-2020

Jamaica – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslides and Floods http://floodlist.com/america/jamaica-floods-october-2020

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Summer Peak And Are Climbing Higher Fast https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/27/928062773/u-s-cases-surpass-summer-peak-and-are-climbing-higher-fast

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim https://apnews.com/article/tropical-storm-zeta-gulf-coast-487fcfc70b8ac16795f4b4ff381019b5

Winds Are Expected to Diminish, Aiding in Fight Against Silverado Fire https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california-wildfires/red-flag-wildfires-orange-county-silverado-fire-irvine/2450163/

Philippines – Tropical Cyclone Molave Leaves 16 Dead or Missing http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-typhoon-molave-october-2020

Suspected Terrorist Knife Attack in Nice, France, Leaves Three Dead https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-people-killed-in-knife-attack-at-church-in-french-city-of-nice-11603963626

Millions affected as devastating typhoon strikes Viet Nam https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1076412

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Oct 2020: Pacaya volcano, Karymsky, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/112182/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Oct-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Karymsky-Shiveluch-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

Vietnam – Dozens Missing After Rain From Typhoon Molave Triggers Landslides http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-typhoon-molave-floods-landslides-october-2020

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Pangandaran, West Java http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-pangandaran-landslide-floods-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate core: Towards a common climate change curriculum in the built environment https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74322

Lesotho: African Risk Capacity and Government of Lesotho partner to strengthen management of climate disaster risk https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74308

Government aims to make Germany climate resilient as average temperature rises https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74295

Co-designing climate services to integrate traditional ecological knowledge: a case study from Bali https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74291

Climate Change in the Minds of U.S. News Audiences https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-minds-of-u-s-news-audiences/

It's been a thousand years since Colorado has burned like this https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/its-been-a-thousand-years-since-colorado

Japan set to announce 2050 net zero emissions target – report https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/21/japan-set-announce-2050-net-zero-emissions-target-report/

As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing “multi-level emergency” mount https://www.denverpost.com/2020/10/25/colorado-wildfires-climate-change/

Is The Risk Of Sea Level Rise Affecting Florida Home Prices? A New Study Says Yes https://www.npr.org/2020/10/15/924239753/is-the-risk-of-sea-level-rise-affecting-florida-home-prices-a-new-study-says-yes

Back to the future of climate https://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2020/10/back-to-the-future-of-climate.html

Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-shinzo-abe-cabinets-health-yoshihide-suga-726ac43cceb4b94fe2b532bdea704410

80 per cent of Australians think they are already experiencing problems caused by climate change https://www.tai.org.au/content/climate-nation-climate-change-concern-hits-82

'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/27/sleeping-giant-arctic-methane-deposits-starting-to-release-scientists-find

Swiss seniors sue government over climate change at European court https://news.trust.org/item/20201027084932-c1upl/

Beaches can survive sea-level rises if they have space to move https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/beaches-can-survive-sea-level-rises-as-long-as-they-have-space-to-move

Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has accelerated significantly over the past two decades, transforming the shape of the ice sheet edge https://news.agu.org/press-release/ice-sheet-melt-reshaping-coastal-greenland/

ABC flagship current affair programs didn't cover climate change adequately, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/oct/28/abc-flagship-current-affair-programs-didnt-cover-climate-change-adequately-report-finds?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73018

Global Emissions Likely Peaked in 2019, Report Finds https://e360.yale.edu/digest/global-emissions-likely-peaked-in-2019-report-finds

New polling shows 79% of Aussies care about climate change. So why doesn’t the government listen? https://theconversation.com/new-polling-shows-79-of-aussies-care-about-climate-change-so-why-doesnt-the-government-listen-148726

Robotic vessel launched at Beachport to map coastal erosion, better understand effects of climate change https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-28/beachport-erosion-robotic-vessel-deployed-climate-change/12821360

Deluged by floods, America’s ‘oldest city' struggles to save landmarks from climate crisis https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/28/st-augustine-florida-floods-climate-crisis

Bushfire survivors want more water bombers, climate change action https://www.theage.com.au/national/bushfire-survivors-want-more-water-bombers-climate-change-action-20201027-p568yo.html

NSW environment minister urges end to 'pointless, backward-looking arguments' about climate action https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/28/nsw-environment-minister-urges-end-to-pointless-backward-looking-arguments-about-climate-action

When the taps run dry https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-29/relentless-drought-captured-from-space/12753788

State of the climate: 2020 on course to be warmest year on record https://www.carbonbrief.org/state-of-the-climate-2020-on-course-to-be-warmest-year-on-record

Joe Biden calls climate change the ‘number one issue facing humanity https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/24/joe-biden-climate-change-is-number-one-issue-facing-humanity.html

Eliminating CO2 Emissions from Industry and Transport in Line with 1.5°C Climate Goal https://www.irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2020/Sep/Eliminating-CO2-Emissions-from-Industry

Disaster risk reduction

Ten UN agencies joined the 15th Global Forum on Human Settlements -- for promoting post-pandemic recovery and transformation towards resilient cities and healthy planet https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74328

Resilient shores: Risks and opportunities for Vietnam’s coastal development https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74304

China to provide the Mekong River Commission with year-round water data https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74320

Himalayas poised for a series of big earthquakes, says study https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74329

Italy approves a contribution of EUR 3 million to support the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system in Africa https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74315

Australia supporting Fiji with flood alleviation project https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74318

Achieve next-level insight into global rainfall - flood patterns https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74333

Drought management norms: Is the Middle East and North Africa region managing risks or crises? https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74321

Wildfires can cause dangerous debris flows https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74302

Monthly streamflow prediction using a hybrid stochastic-deterministic approach for parsimonious non-linear time series modelling https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19942060.2020.1830858

Property flood resilience https://www.befloodready.uk/pfr-products

Probability of Occurrence and Displacement Regression of Distributed Surface Rupturing for Reverse Earthquakes https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2020.581605/full

Ridgecrest quake shook tall LA buildings up to 4 times more than expected https://temblor.net/earthquake-insights/ridgecrest-quake-shook-tall-la-buildings-up-to-4-times-more-than-expected-11955/

The end of the drought in western New South Wales has transformed a little-known wetland into an oasis for Australia's wildlife https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-25/waterbirds-return-to-lake-cowal-wetlands-after-drought/12789226

Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344928916_Drivers_of_Change_in_National_Disaster_Governance_under_the_Hyogo_Framework_for_Action

Airplane COVID-19 risk 'very low' with masks, other actions, report finds https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines/airplane-covid-19-risk-very-low-with-masks-other-actions-report-finds-idUSKBN27C23C

Why disastrous floods are taking place in Karachi and what is needed for this to change https://www.iied.org/urban-flooding-case-karachi

Emergency management

Twin storms drive Southeast Asia floods as a third approaches https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2020/10/21/asia-vietnam-cambodia-laos-floods

Eastern Africa Floods: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2020) https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/eastern-africa-humanitarian-snapshot-october-2020

Pandemic to Prosperity: Chronicling the Path from Response to Recovery https://ncoc.org/p2p/

Global Emergency Services Action https://www.gesaction.org/

Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke https://woods.stanford.edu/stanford-wildfire-research/news/health-impacts-wildfire-smoke

Who is responsible for the West’s wildfires? https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/fire-deficit-tek-controlled-burn-climate-change

Experts To Western States: Time To Finally Fight Wildfires With More Fire https://www.npr.org/2020/10/27/927901189/experts-to-western-states-time-to-finally-fight-wildfires-with-more-fire

Mississippi after Katrina: Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction on the Gulf Coast https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793610133/Mississippi-after-Katrina-Disaster-Recovery-and-Reconstruction-on-the-Gulf-Coast

Disaster education, communications and engagement

This startup wants to help you prepare for America’s next disaster https://fortune.com/2020/10/25/harbor-preparing-for-natural-disasters-startup-dan-kessler/

Here’s what you need to know about La Niña 2020/21 https://www.qbe.com/au/news/la-nina-declared-for-australia

Resilience Card Game https://resiliencecardgame.com/

School resources - Big Weather (and how to survive it) https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/3710253/big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it

Citizen Scientists Make History In The Quest To Cure Coronavirus https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolineseydel/2020/10/27/citizen-scientists-make-history-in-the-quest-to-cure-coronavirus/#2249a4c978df

The Role of Social Media in Disaster Recovery Following Hurricane Harvey https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/jhsem/ahead-of-print/article-10.1515-jhsem-2018-0054/article-10.1515-jhsem-2018-0054.xml

A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-28/a-room-a-bar-and-a-class-how-the-coronavirus-is-spread-through-the-air.html

Rockd Mobile App Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCsQ9BdbIp0&feature=youtu.be

Psychology and disasters

Trust and Compassion in Willingness to Share Mobility and Sheltering Resources in Evacuations: A Case Study of the 2017 and 2018 California Wildfires https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920314023

Covid-19: Suicidal thoughts increased in young adults during lockdown, UK study finds https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4095

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19: how lockdowns affected health access in African and Asian slums https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74310

Senegal: Assisting flood-affected households through adaptive social protection

https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74305

Four myths about gender and disaster risk reduction https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74288Population dynamics and natural hazard risk management: conceptual and practical linkages for the case of Austrian policy making https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344872433_Population_dynamics_and_natural_hazard_risk_management_conceptual_and_practical_linkages_for_the_case_of_Austrian_policy_making

Making Rotterdam’s First Resilient Neighborhood through Social Cohesion https://resilientcitiesnetwork.org/urban_resiliences/rotterdam-social-cohesion/

Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis https://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN27C0GV

Individual and community behavioral responses to natural disasters https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344946726_Individual_and_community_behavioral_responses_to_natural_disasters

Bolivia's forest people burned by 'perfect recipe' for wildfire disasters https://news.trust.org/item/20201029172118-bglhi/

Why African cities should have engaged non-state actors in the fight against COVD-19 https://theconversation.com/why-african-cities-should-have-engaged-non-state-actors-in-the-fight-against-covd-19-147926

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Wimmera Flood Knowledge and Language Social Research

Neil Dufty and Jenni Kremer recently gave a presentation to the Wimmera Strategic Water Management Working Group on findings of the Wimmera Flood Knowledge and Language Social Research project. The social research was conducted in six flood-prone Wimmera communities and used a research framework that analysed possible contributing factors to community preparedness and response levels. The research was conducted across all five flood risk categories used by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority.

The research provided an insight into issues and possible interventions to manage them. For example, it found that prior flood experience was a major contributing factor to preparedness and response behaviours. However, risk perception did not strongly influence the willingness to evacuate in a flood. Gender and age were also important factors in some behaviours e.g. older males were more willing to drive through floodwaters.

The presentation is available here

This Week in Disaster Resilience 23rd October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Hyderabad rains trigger flash floods in Baba Nagar area, rescue teams at spot
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-rains-trigger-flash-floods-baba-nagar-area-rescue-teams-spot-135608

Slovakia – Floods Cause Fatality and Prompt Evacuations
http://floodlist.com/europe/slovakia-floods-october-2020

Togo – Thousands Affected by Oti River Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/africa/togo-oti-river-floods-october-2020

Conditions at Nyiragongo volcano suggest another disaster is brewing, DR Congo
https://watchers.news/2020/10/19/nyiragongo-lava-lake-rising-congo/

At least 90 dead, 32 missing and 5 million affected as more floods and landslides hit central Vietnam
https://watchers.news/2020/10/19/vietnam-flood-landslide-casualties-october-2020/

Severe floods claim 47 lives, damage more than 900 000 ha of crops in Maharashtra, India
https://watchers.news/2020/10/17/severe-floods-claim-47-lives-damage-900000-ha-crops-maharashtra-india/

At least 12 people dead after heavy rains trigger flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
https://watchers.news/2020/10/16/dar-es-salaam-flood-tanzania-october-2020/

Flood death toll in Cambodia rises to 25
https://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/220357

Hyderabad floods: Six dead in 24 hours, over 37,000 families affected
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/hyderabad-floods-six-dead-24-hours-over-37000-families-affected-135647

India – Over 60 Dead After More Rain and Floods Hit Telangana
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-october-2020

Thailand – Thousands Affected by Floods
http://floodlist.com/asia/thailand-floods-october-2020

Cambodia – Floods Affect Over 240,000 in 19 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-update-october-2020

Kenya – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Pokot
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-landslide-westpokot-october-2020

Vietnam – More Than 100 Lives Lost in Central Region Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-central-region-death-toll-october-2020

Nigeria – 155 Dead, 25,000 Displaced After Weeks of Flooding
http://floodlist.com/africa/nigeria-floods-october-2020

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced After Heavy Rain in West and Central Areas
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-westjava-centralkalimantan-bangkabelitung-october-2020

Catastrophic floods hit Vietnam and Cambodia, killing at least 132 people
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-21/five-million-hit-by-catastrophic-floods-in-vietnam,-cambodia/12796996

Philippines – Tropical Storm “Saudel” Prompts Evacuations
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-storm-saudel-october-2020

Portugal – Rain From Storm Barbara Triggers Flash Floods
http://floodlist.com/europe/portugal-storm-barbara-floods-october-2020

Ireland – Tidal Floods Hit County Cork
http://floodlist.com/europe/ireland-tidal-floods-cork-october-2020

Greece – Flood Rescues in Crete
http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-floods-crete-october-2020

'It was a pretty good shaker': 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Pacific Ocean prompts short-lived tsunami scare for Alaska, Hawaii
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/20/alaska-hawaii-tsunami-advisory-7-5-magnitude-earthquake/5984286002/

“Lots of structure loss” after East Troublesome fire’s explosion into Grand Lake; blaze is threatening Estes Park
https://coloradosun.com/2020/10/22/east-troublesome-fire-grand-lake-destruction/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 Oct 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/111744/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-Oct-2020-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Klyuchevskoy-Popocatepetl-Semer.html

Mozambique – Storms and Floods Leave 22 Dead, Thousands Affected
http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-october-2020

Kenya – Lake Floods Displace Thousands, Damage Livelihoods
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-lake-turkana-floods-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Urban adaptation in Europe: how cities and towns respond to climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74228

'We need to act now' — Major NZ climate report shows worse fire risk, warmer winters already here
https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/123081858/we-need-to-act-now--major-nz-climate-report-shows-worse-fire-risk-warmer-winters-already-here

Our atmosphere and climate 2020 is the latest in a series of environmental reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ
https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Environmental%20reporting/our-atmosphere-and-climate-2020.pdf

Alaska's new climate threat: tsunamis linked to melting permafrost
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/18/alaska-climate-change-tsunamis-melting-permafrost

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/14/re-wild-to-mitigate-the-climate-crisis-urge-leading-scientists

Are climate scientists being too cautious when linking extreme weather to climate change?
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-climate-scientists-cautious-linking-extreme.html

The Arctic is in a death spiral. How much longer will it exist?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2020/oct/13/arctic-ice-melting-climate-change-global-warming

For many climate change finally hits home
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/for-many-climate-change-finally-hits-home/#app

Bushfire royal commission will fail if it does not recommend reducing emissions: Former fire chief
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/bushfire-royal-commission-recommendations-climate-change-fears/12782484

Coal regions advised to look to renewables for jobs growth as IEA report highlights falling demand
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/coal-outlook-gloomy-says-international-energy-agency/12774130

If Past Is a Guide, Arctic Could Be Verging on Permafrost Collapse
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/if-past-is-a-guide-arctic-could-be-verging-on-permafrost-collapse/

'Uninhabitable hell': Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-disaster-climatechange-covid-t-idUSKBN2741G7

Exxon’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-05/exxon-carbon-emissions-and-climate-leaked-plans-reveal-rising-co2-output

Driver of the largest mass extinction in the history of the Earth identified
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-driver-largest-mass-extinction-history.html

California megafires rise exponentially as global heating takes the gloves off
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/10/20/opinion/california-megafires-rise-exponentially-global-heating-takes-gloves

Strong governance, reduced risks: Reducing climate change effects and risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina by identifying opportunities and turning knowledge into action
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74259

Modeling the cascading infrastructure impacts of climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74254

Pekalongan flood risk and impact assessment predicts 90% of the city will be inundated by 2035: how is climate change impacting Indonesia?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74260

Australian outback cattle station to house world's largest solar farm, powering Singapore
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/21/australian-outback-cattle-station-to-house-worlds-largest-solar-farm-powering-singapore

Wind climbs to the top of the renewable mountain in the US
https://reneweconomy.com.au/graph-of-the-day-wind-climbs-to-the-top-of-the-renewable-mountain-in-the-us-88767/

Climate impact induced crisis in Europe: An exploration of scenarios
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74282

Colorado's record-breaking wildfires show "climate change is here and now"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wildfire-climate-change-evacuations-grand-county/

Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/22/alarm-as-arctic-sea-ice-not-yet-freezing-at-latest-date-on-record

Disaster risk reduction

Forecast-based financing in southern Africa – the future of Disaster Risk Reduction for the humanitarian sector
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74204

Governance at the heart of transformative disaster risk reduction
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74193

Asia-Pacific Regional Framework for NATECH (natural hazards triggering technological disasters) risk management
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74211

Case Study: Non-structural mitigation in Turkey
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74197

The flood resilience measurement for communities: Sources of resilience overview
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74223

Moving? 6 Questions To Ask About Flood Risk In A Changing Climate
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/901109626/moving-6-questions-to-ask-about-flood-risk-in-a-changing-climate

How probable is widespread flooding in the United States?
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2020WR028096

Landslide risk in India
https://www.indiaspend.com/12-indian-land-prone-to-landslides-accounted-for-18-deaths-worldwide-during-2004-16/

MP supports call for comprehensive flood action plan
http://poynton-post.co.uk/mp-supports-call-for-comprehensive-flood-action-plan/

Flood risk and public health: An unlikely partnership in the fight against COVID-19
https://blogs.adb.org/blog/flood-risk-and-public-health-unlikely-partnership-fight-against-covid-19

The CDRI Fellowship Programme supports research focused on urban, rural or regional contexts, whether it is focused on resilience of existing infrastructure or new infrastructure
https://fellowship.cdri.world/about.html

Stressed out volcanoes more likely to collapse and erupt, study finds
https://www.monash.edu/science/news/current/stressed-out-volcanoes-more-likely-to-collapse-and-erupt,-study-finds

Worsening floods in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island linked to oil palm plantations
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74242

NSW bushfire survivor tries cultural burn as Willawarrin community prepares for summer
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-20/willawarrin-cultural-burn-bushfire-nsw-big-weather/12778694

Hurricane-Resistant Building Code Helped Protect Alabama from Sally’s Winds
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hurricane-resistant-building-code-helped-protect-alabama-from-sallys-winds/

Dredging rivers not the answer to flooding in Clare say Council
https://www.clareecho.ie/dredging-rivers-not-the-answer-to-flooding-in-clare-say-council/

Insuring public buildings, contents, vehicles, and equipment against disasters: Current practices of state and local government and options for closing the insurance gap
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74264

Inundation monitoring service in the Philippines
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74265

Why invest in resilience?
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74261

Inspiring individuals who reduce disaster risk
https://www.gndr.org/news/item/2068-undrr-gndr-call-for-stories.html

Scientists improve model of landslide-induced tsunami
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74276

NASA researchers help analyze a historically powerful, costly storm
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74280

Complex event resilience of small- and medium-sized enterprises: Natural disaster planning during the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74273

How to enhance resilience of populations at local and national level
https://buildersproject.eu/blog/post/18/international-day-for-disaster-risk-reduction-how-to-enhance-resilience-of-populations-in-local-and-national-level

Insurance Australia Group has dropped its support for a NSW government proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall
https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/iag-dodges-rio-tinto-moment-on-aboriginal-heritage-20201021-p567a4

Living In Harm's Way: Why Most Flood Risk Is Not Disclosed
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/20/921132721/living-in-harms-way-why-most-flood-risk-is-not-disclosed

World on fire 2020: Experts explain the global wildfire crisis
https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/47794/fires-2020-experts-explain-the-global-wildfire-crisis/

Emergency management

Contingency Planning Guide
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74205

Resilient Leadership: Learning from crisis – an experiment in reflective learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74212

What developing countries can teach us about how to respond to a pandemic
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74224

Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit homes
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-5000-grant-scheme-for-flood-hit-homes

WHO reform: a call for an early-warning protocol for infectious diseases
https://theconversation.com/who-reform-a-call-for-an-early-warning-protocol-for-infectious-diseases-148078

Coronavirus Victoria: Melbourne makes world history crushing second wave
https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/coronavirus-victoria-melbourne-makes-world-history-crushing-second-wave/news-story/8551d1e094b8ef0ddcd706db631f3a0e

Firefighters prepare for the worst this bushfire season as Kangaroo Island rebuilds
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-20/kangaroo-island-firefighters-prepare-for-bushfire-season/12785660

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Undisclosed: Most Homebuyers And Renters Aren't Warned About Flood Or Wildfire Risk
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/918725965/undisclosed-most-homebuyers-and-renters-arent-warned-about-flood-or-wildfire-ris

New research reveals the hidden danger of sweltering heat at Western Sydney schools
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-19/western-sydney-schools-at-risk-of-heat-danger-this-summer/12779666?nw=0

The 'I Survived' Books Are Perfect Reads For An Anxious Age
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/916945663/the-i-survived-books-are-perfect-reads-for-an-anxious-age

Resources for International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
https://iddrr.undrr.org/

New study highlights the role of risk communication in coping with COVID-19
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/znu-nsh101620.php

More than 4 billion people around the world now use social media each month
https://wearesocial.com/au/blog/2020/10/social-media-users-pass-the-4-billion-mark-as-global-adoption-soars

Communicating with maps
https://www.gislounge.com/communicating-with-maps/

How COVID-19 changed community engagement in South Africa’s low income areas
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74272

Psychology and disasters

Pandemic fatigue - Reinvigorating the public to prevent COVID-19
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74208

"I just want it to end." Life on the Colorado wildfire frontlines
https://thephoenix.substack.com/p/i-just-want-it-to-end-life-on-the

Sociology and disasters

Why should local disaster-risk-reduction-strategies wear gender lens for girls’ safety?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74172

Protection for the rich, retreat for the poor
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74200

Vulnerability to poverty following extreme weather events in Malawi
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74203

How flooding impacts poverty in Zimbabwe
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74258

Belonging and inclusivity make a resilient future for all: A cross-sectional analysis of post-flood social capital in a diverse Australian rural community
https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/20/7676

Trust and Compassion in Willingness to Share Mobility and Sheltering Resources in Evacuations: A Case Study of the 2017 and 2018 California Wildfires
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920314023

 

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This Week in Disaster Resilience 16th October 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

After two days of heavy rain, parts of Port Fairy and Warrnambool have flooded
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-150-homes-at-risk-in-once-in-a-decade-coastal-flooding-20201009-p563sc.html

Five In Vietnam And Two In Cambodia Die In Floods
https://theaseanpost.com/article/five-vietnam-and-two-cambodia-die-floods

Storm-ravaged southwestern Louisiana takes stock of damage after Delta
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/10/louisiana-coast-hurricane-delta/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main

Cambodia – Widespread Flooding Leaves 10 Dead
http://floodlist.com/asia/cambodia-floods-october-2020

Ghana – Flash Floods Cause Traffic Chaos in Accra
http://floodlist.com/africa/ghana-flash-floods-cause-traffic-chaos-in-accra

Vietnam – at Least 7 Dead or Missing After Floods in Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-quangtri-october-2020

Flooding in South-East Asia leaves at least 20 dead, thousands homeless
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-12/flooding-vietnam-cambodia-at-least-20-dead-typhoon-linfa/12757392

Vietnam – Floods Worsens as Tropical Storm Linfa Makes Landfall
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-storm-linfa-october-2020

USA – Flash Floods After Hurricane Delta Dumps 445mm of Rain in Louisiana
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-hurricane-delta-floods-louisiana-georgia-october-2020

Uganda – Lake Floods Continue to Cause Hardship for Communities
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-lake-albert-kyoga-floods-october-2020

Mideast wildfires kill 3, force thousands to flee homes
https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-middle-east-lebanon-israel-west-bank-5a02c71978966f9cb8db176a599ccd5b

Indonesia – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 8 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-landslides-mid-october-2020

Hyderabad Floods: Non-Stop Rains Kill 19 As Life Comes To Halt, Total 30 Dead In Telangana
https://swarajyamag.com/insta/hyderabad-floods-non-stop-rains-kill-19-amid-heavy-water-logging-total-30-dead-in-telangana

Volcanic activity worldwide 15 Oct 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/111445/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-15-Oct-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Reventador-Sangay-Vi.html

Philippines – 3 Die in Flash Floods in Cebu City
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-flash-floods-cebu-october-2020

India – Deadly Floods in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-andhrapradesh-karnataka-maharashtra-october-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How many people will migrate due to rising sea levels? Our best guesses aren’t good enough
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74044

Bangladesh urges countries to ramp up climate ambition by 2020 deadline
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/10/07/bangladesh-leads-call-countries-ramp-climate-ambition-2020-deadline/

Net zero emissions target for Australia could launch $63bn investment boom
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/12/net-zero-emissions-target-for-australia-could-launch-63bn-investment-boom?CMP=share_btn_tw

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-0001-2

Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/12/un-highlights-dramatic-global-rise-in-extreme-weather-since-2020

The Ocean-Land Connection of Droughts
https://eos.org/editor-highlights/the-ocean-land-connection-of-droughts

'Uninhabitable hell': Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns
https://news.trust.org/item/20201012090728-xjrme/

How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities
https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-how-urban-heat-islands-will-intensify-heatwaves-in-uk-cities

Trillions of extra economic damages predicted in new study of climate change effects
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74113

The Arctic is burning in a whole new way
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74109

People power: everyday Australians are building their own renewables projects, and you can too
https://theconversation.com/people-power-everyday-australians-are-building-their-own-renewables-projects-and-you-can-too-146885

Top asset owners commit to big carbon emissions cuts
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/13/top-asset-managers-commit-to-big-carbon-emissions-cuts

Australia must prepare now for climate-related disasters or pay more later, insurance regulator says
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/14/australia-must-prepare-now-for-climate-related-disasters-or-pay-more-later-insurance-regulator-says

Climate change undermines the safety of buildings and infrastructure in Europe
https://www.cmcc.it/article/climate-change-undermines-the-safety-of-buildings-and-infrastructure-in-europe

Act now on wildfires, global climate change, human health, study says
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74181

Better governance is a key to reducing flood risks
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74165

Disaster risk reduction at our fingertips
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74167

Global emissions fall faster than at any time on record as COVID-19 hits economies
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/global-emissions-fall-faster-than-any-time-on-record-as-covid-19-hits-economies-20201014-p5651l.html

Disaster risk reduction

Does nature or society create risk? Practical implications of shifting the disaster frame
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/does-nature-or-society-create-risk-practical-implications-of-shifting-the-disaster-frame

A push to prevent the next pandemic
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74063

Nepal’s ‘bottom-up’ approach to disaster risk governance
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74040

High-resolution approach to quantify the impact of building-level flood risk mitigation and adaptation measures on flood losses at the community-level
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920314059?dgcid=author

Rethinking resilience to wildfire
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0353-8

Learning to live with blazes in the drying South
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/learning-live-conflagrations

Krakatoa is still active, and we are not ready for the tsunamis another eruption would generate
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74112

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74132

Cities at risk – Building a resilient future for the world’s urban centres
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74130

Root causes and policy dilemmas of the COVID-19 pandemic global disaster
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74098

Public warning systems
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74103

Why loss and damage must feature strongly in NDCs
https://wwf.panda.org/?955216/Loss-damage-NDCs

Flood Factor: Mapping the flood risk of 142 million properties in America with Mapbox
https://blog.mapbox.com/flood-factor-mapping-the-flood-risk-of-142-million-properties-in-america-with-mapbox-81cd41d644f8

COVID-19; an opportunity to re-think disaster risk governance
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/covid-19--an-opportunity-to-re-think-disaster-risk-governance.html

MOOC: Geospatial applications for disaster risk management
https://un-spider.org/news-and-events/events/mooc-geospatial-applications-disaster-risk-management

Planning for everyone: closing gaps in hazard mitigation planning
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74178

New data highlights most disaster-prone U.S. communities
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74147

Better risk management should guide our action to build back better
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74148

Open, reliable risk data: a key element for good disaster risk governance
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74105

Public review of the Words into Action guide: ‘Nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction’
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74080

State of Climate Services 2020 report: move from early warnings to early action
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/state-of-climate-services-2020-report-move-from-early-warnings-early-action

Record rainfall and poor urban planning: What caused Hyderabad to flood
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/record-rainfall-and-poor-urban-planning-what-caused-hyderabad-flood-135328

Emergency management

Comparing Corona virus responses in Florida and Australia: For the best results, follow the science
https://mahb.stanford.edu/library-item/comparing-corona-virus-responses-in-florida-and-australia-for-the-best-results-follow-the-science/

2020 Atlantic hurricane season on pace to become the most active ever
https://www.unocha.org/story/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season-pace-become-most-active-ever

Community planning and capacity building in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria: Pre-disaster conditions, hurricane damage, and courses of action
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74092

France declares state of emergency due to Covid-19
https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/france-declares-state-emergency-covid-19-macron-coronavirus/

Epidemic preparedness and response
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74144

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Women’s Resilience to Disasters Knowledge Hub
https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/74099

How is social media shaping disaster governance?
https://www.sei.org/perspectives/how-is-social-media-shaping-disaster-governance/

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills
https://www.shakeout.org/register/

Beyond (Mis)Representation: Visuals in COVID-19 Misinformation
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1940161220964780

PIRAC launches a social media campaign on disaster preparedness in a context of COVID-19 outbreak
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74095

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction booklet
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74133

Principles of risk communication guide: A guide to communicating with socially vulnerable populations across the disaster lifecycle
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/74134

My Fire Plan
https://www.myfireplan.com.au/

Big Weather education resources address our changing weather and what we can do to survive it
https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/3710253/big-weather-and-how-to-survive-it/all

inSIGHT: a participatory game for enhancing disaster risk governance
https://www.iccrom.org/news/insight-participatory-game-enhancing-disaster-risk-governance

Information for the people
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74146

International Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Why being prepared is key to overcoming 21st century challenges
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/74149

Public opinion on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/public-opinion-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic

23% of users in U.S. say social media led them to change views on an issue; some cite Black Lives Matter
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/15/23-of-users-in-us-say-social-media-led-them-to-change-views-on-issue-some-cite-black-lives-matter/

Psychology and disasters

Public risk perception attitude and information-seeking efficacy on floods: a formative study for disaster preparation campaigns and policies
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-020-00307-5

Participants in program for vulnerable young people are helping communities recover from bushfires
https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/the-young-people-helping-communities-recovering/12763516

‘Solastalgia': Arctic inhabitants overwhelmed by new form of climate grief
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/15/arctic-solastalgia-climate-crisis-inuit-indigenous

Sociology and disasters

Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1M people are at risk
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article245591165.html

The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)
https://www.undrr.org/publication/human-cost-disasters-overview-last-20-years-2000-2019

 

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