This Week in Disaster Resilience 18th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09092020/wildfires-american-west-climate

The death toll from wildfires choking the west coast of the US continued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/us-west-coast-choked-by-smoke-as-firefighters-tackle-deadly-wildfires?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Floods generated by exceptional rainfall have killed more than 200 people and affected over a million more, in a band of countries from Senegal to Sudan
https://ewn.co.za/2020/09/11/200-killed-in-floods-across-africa

Tropical Storm Sally Is Heading North, Stalking New Orleans
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-12/tropical-depression-to-bring-flooding-rains-across-gulf-coast

Nepal – Over 30 Dead or Missing After Floods and Landslides in Sindhupalchok
http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-landslides-sindhupalchok-september-2020

Tunisia – Floods Leave 6 Dead After Days of Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/africa/tunisia-floods-september-2020

DR Congo – 50 Feared Dead as Mine Collapses During Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-southkivu-mine-collapse-flood-september-2020

Ethiopia – 300,000 Displaced by Floods, Says UN
http://floodlist.com/africa/ethiopia-floods-update-september-2020

Hurricane Sally strengthens 'rapidly' as Gulf Coast braces, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi
https://www.foxnews.com/us/hurricane-sally-warning-gulf-coast-louisiana-mississippi-new-orleans-mandatory-evacuation-storm-surge

Mauritania – Deadly Floods in South and East
http://floodlist.com/africa/mauritania-floods-september-2020

1,000 Firefighters, 15 Aircraft Battle Wildfire in Portugal
https://www.fireengineering.com/2020/09/14/493587/1000-firefighters-15-aircraft-battle-wildfire-in-portugal/

Death toll rises in US as wildfires continue in West Coast states
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54130785

Cape Verde – Deadly Flash Floods in Praia
http://floodlist.com/africa/cape-verde-deadly-flash-floods-in-praia

Indonesia – at Least 4 Dead, 2,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-september-2020-kalimantan

Hurricane Sally nears U.S. Gulf Coast as residents brace for historic floods
https://globalnews.ca/news/7337037/hurricane-sally-rain-floods/

Firefighters make progress in west coast blazes as smoke spreads across US
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/west-coast-fires-firefighters-oregon-washington-california?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

Uganda – Deadly Flash Floods in Kampala
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-floods-kampala-september-2020

India – 1 Dead, 34,000 Affected After Fresh Floods in Assam
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-assam-september-2020

Vietnam – 2 Dead After Severe Storms Cause Floods and Landslides in North
http://floodlist.com/asia/vietnam-floods-landslides-hagiang-september-2020

Lightning strikes kill 42 people in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India
https://watchers.news/2020/09/16/lightning-strikes-kill-42-people-in-bihar-and-uttar-pradesh-india/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Flooding, Power Outages Spread as Hurricane Sally Batters Alabama, Florida
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-09-15-hurricane-sally-mississippi-alabama-florida-louisiana-evacuations-impacts

India's coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-16/india-coronavirus-case--pass-5-million/12670756

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides
http://floodlist.com/america/guatemala-floods-landslides-september-2020

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in West Papua, Floods in Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-west-papua-september-2020

After the floods, assessing Hurricane Sally's damage
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-sally-damage-idUSKBN268347

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Bezymianny
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/110108/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Sep-2020-Semeru-volcano-Dukono-Reventador-Sangay-Bezymianny-Nev.html

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Sally unleashes "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding along Gulf Coast
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/hurricane-sally-flooding-gulf-coast-alabama-florida-one-dead-three-mile-bridge/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73538

UK: the record-breaking August 2020 heatwave
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73555

Climate insights 2020: natural disasters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73565

South Australia solar power reaches 94 pct of state demand on Sunday
https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-solar-power-reaches-94-pct-of-state-demand-on-sunday-84513/

The Age Of The ‘Megafire’ Is Upon Us
https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2020/09/11/the-age-of-the-megafire-is-upon-us/#2379c8379cab

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/10/world/climate-global-displacement-report-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html

Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes
https://weather.com/news/climate/news/2020-09-11-extreme-weather-climate-change-disasters-wildfires-flooding-hurricanes

A big chunk of Greenland's ice cap breaks off as Arctic shifts to new climate regime
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/greenland-ice-cap-1.5723009

Consortium Launches Program to Train Next Generation of City Climate Resilience Leaders
https://www.wri.org/news/2020/09/release-consortium-launches-program-train-next-generation-city-climate-resilience

A warming California sets the stage for future floods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73586

Slightest heat increase magnifies hurricane risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73591

South-South cooperation to tackle climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73598

Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73559

Multiple benefits of DRR investment: UR Tanzania
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73584

UBC researchers launch vulnerability index to track potential health impacts of climate change
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-researchers-launch-vulnerability-index-to-track-potential-health-impacts-of-climate-change-1.5713920

The seawater carbon inventory at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/09/08/2003197117

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73607

We need to treat extreme events as connected, not as anomalies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73603

More Americans think climate change poses a long-term threat to society than COVID-19 – 55% versus 44% respectively
https://www.climateweeknyc.org/new-research-more-americans-think-climate-change-poses-long-term-threat-society-covid-19

6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires
https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/us-fires-climate-emissions

Just One Name Left on the Hurricane List and It’s Only September
https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Just-one-Name-is-left-on-the-Hurricane-list-and-its-only-September.html

New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73643

Disaster risk reduction

Learning from experience: Insights from China’s progress in disaster risk management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73536

UAE cultivates the first private sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the Arab Region
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73507

A data-driven framework to address gender issues in managing flood risks: flood risk management support project for the city of Buenos Aires
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73546

Coastal development between opportunity and disaster risk: a multisectoral risk assessment for Vietnam
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73549

Flood risk management in Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73526

Reimagining resilience in a post pandemic world
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73553

Strengthening hydromet services, disaster preparedness and urban resilience in Honduras
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73545

Americans back tough limits on building in fire and flood zones
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73575

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73576

Flood risk and coastal assessment of the Tocumen river: prioritization of hybrid infrastructure for urban flood risk reduction in Panama
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73562

Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal?
https://www.thethirdpole.net/ne/2020/09/14/why-are-landslides-so-deadly-in-nepal/

Modelling would predict where dangerous blazes could occur across Australia so firefighting planes and helicopters could be deployed in advance
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/15/philanthropic-foundation-dreams-of-extinguishing-all-bushfires-within-an-hour-with-high-tech-help

Localization and coalescence of seismicity before large earthquakes
https://academic.oup.com/gji/article-abstract/223/1/561/5863945#.X1-4dUilmZM.twitter

Developing open-source technical business and scientific standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair and replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia
https://www.cmsi.org.au/

FT Ministry ready to work with others to address KL flash floods
https://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/ft-ministry-ready-to-work-with-others-to-address-kl-flash-floods-259331

The Indian Government’s flood insurance packages can do better. This is how
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73593

Megafires: Climate change or land management?
https://www.niskanencenter.org/megafires-climate-change-or-land-management/

Beyond 2D inventories: synoptic 3D landslide volume calculation from repeat LiDAR data
https://esurf.copernicus.org/preprints/esurf-2020-73/

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey's northern coast
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73624

California wildfires: can insurance markets handle the risk?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73614

Effectiveness of flood early warning system to reduce economic loss at four communities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73615

World risk report 2020 - focus: forced displacement and migration
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73612

Our land was taken. But we still hold the knowledge of how to stop mega-fires
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/16/california-wildfires-cultural-burns-indigenous-people

Disruptive resilience: an agenda for the new normal in cities of the global South
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73638

Investing in early fire detection could save $8 billion
https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/investing-in-early-fire-detection-could-save-8-billion

Flash flood indicators
https://www.efas.eu/en/flash-flood-indicators

Emergency management

Made worse by tree loss, flooding forces migration in Afghanistan
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73535

US: In the line of fire
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73572

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73599

Covid-19: Fearing a second wave, the French government is relying on a local strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73601

Firefighters pushed to the limits as unprecedented infernos rage across US west coast
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/firefighters-pushed-to-the-limits-as-unprecedented-infernos-rage-across-us-west-coast

Who Gets the First COVID-19 Vaccines? The Answer is a Complex Tangle of Science and Ethics
https://blog.ucsusa.org/taryn-mackinney/who-gets-the-first-covid-19-vaccines-the-answer-is-a-complex-tangle-of-science-and-ethics

On the Fire Line, Grueling Work and a Shared Purpose
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/climate/firefighting-techniques.html

The Scariest Part of These Fires Is What Happens Next
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-scariest-part-of-these-wildfires-in-california-washington-and-oregon-is-what-happens-next?ref=author

“We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in aotearoa New Zealand
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920313613?dgcid=author

Sudan pleads for aid to tackle devastating floods
https://www.pulse.com.gh/news/world/sudan-pleads-for-aid-to-tackle-devastating-floods/n8826be

Australian Major Incidents Report 2019-20 published
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/major-incidents-report-2019-20-published/

Interim observations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
https://naturaldisaster.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/interim-observations-1

Schools get ready for bushfire season
https://education.nsw.gov.au/news/latest-news/schools-get-ready-for-bushfire-season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptive capacity as an educational goal to advance policy for integrating DRR into quality education for sustainable development
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73570

There’s actually a word for the climate change-induced despair you’ve been feeling
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-13/solastalgia-climate-change-induced-despair

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12665

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73628

Combination of school evacuation drill with tsunami inundation simulation: consensus-making between disaster experts and citizens on an evacuation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73610

National youth survey on climate change and disaster risk
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/national-youth-survey-on-climate-change-and-disaster-risk/

Australia it’s time to get prepared for… Big Weather (and how to survive it)
https://help.abc.net.au/hc/en-us/articles/360001880455-Australia-it-s-time-to-get-prepared-for-Big-Weather-and-how-to-survive-it-

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and patients with serious mental illness
https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/227579/schizophrenia-other-psychotic-disorders/covid-19-and-patients-serious

Solastalgia and Californian wildfires
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/wildfires-california-2020-climate-change-effect-1059197/

For many families, the first disaster can be far from the last
https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/09/10/many-families-first-disaster-can-be-far-last

Exposure Outliers: Children, Mothers, and Cumulative Disaster Exposure in Louisiana
https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol19/iss1/4/

Extreme rains lead to more rural farmer suicides than droughts: Study
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73602

Is the climate crisis creating a mental health crisis?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73592

Bouncing Back During COVID-19
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hope-resilience/202009/bouncing-back-during-covid-19

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes and COVID-19 in Florida: Are counties prepared to protect hurricane-vulnerable populations?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73534

Addressing gendered and other inequalities will be central to COVID-19 recovery
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73556

Building trust within and across communities for health emergency preparedness
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73619

Latino, Black, Native American households suffer disproportionate financial strain amid pandemic
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/minority-homes-bear-financial-strain-amid-covid-19/story?id=73025891

Women’s leadership in the Pacific: trailblazer opens world of disaster management to women
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73640

Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific children and youth voices on climate crisis and disaster risk reduction
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73633

 

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This Week in Disaster Resilience 11th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters 

Sudan declares state of emergency from floods
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/sudan-declares-state-of-emergency-from-floods-/1963811 

Flood kills four, destroys 5200 houses in Kano
https://www.legit.ng/1363191-flood-kills-destroys-5200-houses-kano.html 

Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54046468 

California Sets Record With 2M Acres Burned So Far This Year
https://who13.com/news/california-sets-record-with-2m-acres-burned-so-far-this-year/ 

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/sudan-dozens-dead-thousands-homes-destroyed-floods-200816095143076.html 

Nigeria: Flood of Tears, As Homes, Farmlands Get Washed Away
https://allafrica.com/stories/202009050051.html 

Senegal – State of Emergency After Deadly Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/senegal-state-of-emergency-after-deadly-floods 

West Africa – Floods Hit Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana
http://floodlist.com/africa/west-africa-burkinafaso-ghana-september-2020 

El Dorado Fire: Massive Wall Of Flames Forces More Evacuations
https://www.msn.com/en-us/Weather/topstories/el-dorado-fire-massive-wall-of-flames-forces-more-evacuations/ar-BB18Lxwn?ocid=st 

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began
https://watchers.news/2020/09/08/river-nile-sudan-highest-levels-since-records-began/ 

34 injured, dozens of buildings damaged or destroyed after M5.1 earthquake hits Iran
https://watchers.news/2020/09/07/golestan-iran-earthquake-september-2020/ 

West Africa – More Floods in Niger, Death Toll Rises in Burkina Faso
http://floodlist.com/africa/floods-niger-burkinafaso-september-2020 

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, ReventadorSangay, Sakurajima, Sabancaya
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/109801/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-10-Sep-2020-Semeru-volcano-Reventador-Sangay-Sakurajima-Sabancaya.html 

Deadly flash floods paralyze north Algeria, more than 800 homes inundated
https://watchers.news/2020/09/10/algeria-flood-september-2020/ 

200 000 people homeless after severe floods hit Far North, Cameroon
https://watchers.news/2020/09/10/cameroon-flood-far-north-september-2020/ 

 Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

Climate change and the tyranny of psychological distance
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73425 

South Africa: National climate change adaptation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73410 

What is effective climate adaptation? Case studies from the Least Developed Countries
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73453 

'Catastrophic' fire weather conditions in the NT spark fresh calls for gamba grass action
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-04/nt-gamba-grass-fire-sparks-fresh-calls-for-action/12619960 

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/09/arctic-wildfires-have-never-released-this-much-carbon-dioxide/ 

Projected changes in persistent extreme summer weather events: The role of quasi-resonant amplification
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/10/eaat3272 

Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence'
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49483580 

Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-main-grid-hits-new-renewable-energy-record-of-50-4-per-cent-12567/ 

Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0012825220303949 

Australian coal plants 'on a hiding to nothing' and likely to close before schedule
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/07/australian-coal-plants-on-a-hiding-to-nothing-and-likely-to-close-before-schedule 

Young activists take 33 countries to court in bid to step up climate change fight
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/young-activists-take-33-countries-court-bid-step-climate-change-n1239175 

Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-bering-sea-ice-winter-melt-lowest-level 

Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aba3d4 

Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies throughout the policy cycle
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73469 

IAG has partnered with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a new report, Severe Weather in a Changing Climate
https://www.iag.com.au/severe-weather-changing-climate 

From 100 Degrees To Snow, Colorado’s Dramatic Weather Forecast Could Be One For The National Record Books
https://www.cpr.org/2020/09/07/from-100-degrees-to-snow-colorados-dramatic-weather-forecast-could-be-one-for-the-national-record-books/ 

Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0855-4 

New models predict El Niño rise
http://www.watercareer.com.au/news/new-models-predict-el-ni-o-rise 

Building coastal resilience in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Colombia: country experiences with mainstreaming climate adaptation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73485 

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5 warming limit by 2024, major new report says
https://theconversation.com/earth-may-temporarily-pass-dangerous-1-5-warming-limit-by-2024-major-new-report-says-145450 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73520 

Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73517 

A review of estimating population exposure to sea-level rise and the relevance for migration
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73509 

Climrisk-river: Accounting for local river flood risk in estimating the economic cost of climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73503 

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/09/cavities-threaten-glacier-great-britain-thwaites?CMP=share_btn_tw 

US report warns climate change could create economic chaos
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/09/business/climate-change-economy-cftc-report/index.html 

 Disaster risk reduction 

Greater prevention and “Building Back Better” post-COVID
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73418 

The Cost of Wildfires
https://upenn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html 

Extreme precipitation events always occurred, but are they changing?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73442 

Global fire outlook not good news, but mitigation is possible, analysis shows
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73447 

10 years since the Darfield earthquake rocked New Zealand: what have we learned?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73437 

1D/2D stormwater modelling to support urban flood risk management in estuarine areas
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73416 

Building community resilience through modern model building codes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73422 

Community resilience benchmarks: buildings benchmark
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73433 

Flood Risk Management in England
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73415 

Why has the Top End of the NT been experiencing 'catastrophic' fire conditions in 2020?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-30/nt-bushfires-severe-2020-conditions-explained/12610178 

Lower Nazeing Property Flood Resilience
https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/hnl/lower-nazeing-property-flood-resilience/ 

Preparing for massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pacific-northwest-prepares-for-massive-earthquake 

Following the Odisha example for developing community based disaster management in India
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73475 

Current flood risk management practices in Ghana: Gaps and opportunities for improving resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73463 

Special report: natural catastrophes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73478 

Resilient cities critical infrastructure interdependence: a meta-research
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23789689.2020.1795571 

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/extreme-summer-impacts-ice-shelves-and-glaciers

Last season's climate catastrophes cost insurers $5.4b
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/last-season-s-climate-catastrophes-cost-insurers-5-4b-20200908-p55tiy.html 

Advancing digitalization in DRR and development programs in COVID-19 times 
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73489 

Climate and disaster risk insurance in low income countries: reflections on the importance of indicators and frameworks for monitoring performance and impact
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73491 

UCF researchers are developing models to predict storm surges
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73522 

Compound natural disasters in Australia: a historical analysis
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/publications/biblio/bnh-7296 

Developing an impact library for forecasting surface water flood risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73530 

Flood mitigation measures in an era of evolving flood risk
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jfr3.12659 

Floodplain losses and increasing flood risk in the context of recent historic land use changes and settlement developments: Austrian case studies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73524 

Optimization-based decision-making models for disaster recovery and reconstruction planning of transportation networks
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73505 

FEMA Flood Map updates
https://social.selective.com/articles/fema-flood-map-updates-your-questions-answered 

Emergency management 

Policymakers should pre-plan for earthquake cordon use, Otago research
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73421 

Mass Sheltering and Disasters Special Collection
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/special-collection/mass-sheltering 

Flood prone communities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with monsoon and Coronavirus impacts
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73450 

An optimal scenario for the emergency solution to protect Hanoi Capital from the Red River floodwater using Van Coc Lake
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73427 

Interim observationsThe Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73448 

Survey finds 71 per cent of koala populations died in some NSW fires
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/survey-finds-71-per-cent-of-koala-populations-died-in-some-nsw-fires-20200905-p55so2.html 

Did Europe Make a Mistake Reopening Its Borders?
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-08-24/coronavirus-why-germany-is-struggling-to-stop-the-new-covid-spike 

Terrifying images of California's wildfires show firefighters tackling the flames
https://mashable.com/article/california-wildfire-september-photos/ 

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/30/822491838/coronavirus-world-map-tracking-the-spread-of-the-outbreak 

USA: mapping a wildfire's next move is getting easier, thanks to computers
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73466 

On the frontline: The roles of pharmacists in disasters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73462 

Sudan floods threaten ancient archaeological gem
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/9/8/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-archaeological-gem  

Disaster education, communications and engagement 

South East Europe gets new flash flood App
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73411 

Assessing policy preferences amongst climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stakeholders using serious gaming
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73456 

Disaster-Resilient Communication Ecosystem in an Inclusive Society – A case of foreigners in Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343674169_Disaster-Resilient_Communication_Ecosystem_in_an_Inclusive_Society_-_A_case_of_foreigners_in_Japan 

Disaster Resources from the National Academies
https://www.nap.edu/collection/35/emergency-preparedness-disaster-management 

Flood Resilience: Preparedness and Recovery Collection
https://www.nap.edu/collection/65/flood-resilience-preparedness-and-recovery 

The "Rising Risk" docuseries explores how those rising sea levels will play out in the lower Manhattan of the late 21st century
https://abc7ny.com/weather/rising-risk-examines-threat-posed-to-lower-manhattan-by-higher-sea-levels--/6390277/ 

Forecasting for a Fractured Land: A Case Study of the Communication and Use of Aftershock Forecasts from the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake in Aotearoa New Zealand
https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/doi/10.1785/0220190354/590621/Forecasting-for-a-Fractured-Land-A-Case-Study-of?redirectedFrom=fulltext 

McKinney’s Office of Emergency Management offering free disaster preparedness kits
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/09/09/mckinneys-office-of-emergency-management-offering-disaster-preparedness-kits/  

Psychology and disasters 

Insights into behavior during Chimney Tops 2 Fire could improve evacuation planning
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73419 

68% of US adults have pursued three or more of the six basic preparedness actions
https://community.fema.gov/story/2020-NHS-Data-Digest-Summary-Results 

Wildfires: Can we adapt to live with them?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73498 

 Sociology and disasters 

COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new data shows
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73414 

Racist housing policies have created some oppressively hot neighborhoods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73420 

Bangladesh: compound risks of COVID-19 and floods driving more people into poverty
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73474 

Translocal social capital as a resource for community-based responses to coastal flooding – Evidence from urban and rural areas on Java, Indonesia
https://www.researchgate.net/project/Building-adaptive-capacity-through-translocal-social-capital-Sea-level-rise-and-resilience-of-coastal-communities-and-households-in-Indonesia-TRANSOCAP-SPP-1889-Regional-Sea-Level-Change-and-Society 

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/rob-moore/laura-latest-climate-disaster-low-income-americans 

 

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Wollondilly Biodiversity Strategy and Offset Policy

Molino Stewart recently completed a comprehensive update of the draft Biodiversity Strategy for Wollondilly Shire Council. Covering the whole LGA, the Strategy details the actions Wollondilly Shire Council can undertake to protect its substantial biodiversity resources while it is also subject to substantial urban growth.

The Biodiversity Strategy will be complemented by the Biodiversity Offset Policy which Molino Stewart also drafted. This policy set out the Council’s approach to offsetting within its LGA, both in relation to its role in the assessment of developments triggering the Biodiversity Offset Scheme (BOS) under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act and provides a framework for a local, small scale offsetting program within the LGA to apply where the entry threshold to the BOS is not triggered.

When adopted, Wollondilly will be one of only four NSW Councils to have this type of policy.

This Week in Disaster Resilience 4th September 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Devastating debris flows in Charikar, Afghanistan
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/08/28/charikar-debris-flows-1/

Death toll up to 16 for Hurricane Laura
https://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-laura-remnants-heading-northeast/

Pakistan – 19 Dead After Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-floods-khyberpakhtunkhwa-azadkashmir-august-2020

Typhoon Maysak could become one of South Korea's strongest typhoons on record
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/08/typhoon-maysak-could-become-one-of-south-koreas-strongest-typhoons-on-record/

Maharashtra's Vidarbha hit by floods, over 18000 evacuated
https://zeenews.india.com/india/maharashtras-vidarbha-hit-by-floods-over-18000-evacuated-2306435.html

17 Dead, Over 10,000 Houses Damaged In Odisha Floods
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/17-dead-over-10-000-houses-damaged-in-odisha-floods-2287745

Flooding soaks South Asia, displacing millions during Covid-19 woes
https://www.dhakatribune.com/world/south-asia/2020/08/31/flooding-soaks-south-asia-displacing-millions-during-covid-19-woes

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal
https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/landslide-floods-from-monsoon-rains-kill-at-least-41-in-india-nepal/story-uIaE7d2oo6eAonLUprte9J.html

Severe flood death toll at 251, more than 5 million affected and wide swaths of crops lost, Bangladesh
https://watchers.news/2020/09/01/bangladesh-monsoon-death-toll-crop-loss-2020/

Record flooding leaves 93 fatalities, 80 000 homes damaged and 380 000 people affected in Sudan
https://watchers.news/2020/09/01/sudan-record-flood-2020/

Mexico – Rainfall From Storm Hernán Causes Flooding in Jalisco and Colima
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-storm-hernan-jalisco-colima-august-2020

Typhoons Maysak and Haishen may deal South Korea a one-two punch
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/09/typhoons-maysak-and-hashien-may-deal-south-korea-a-one-two-punch/

Chad – Floods Displace 120,000
http://floodlist.com/africa/chad-floods-august-2020-update

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Maharashtra and Gujarat
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-maharashtra-gujarat-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Sep 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/109491/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-3-Sep-2020-Pacaya-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Sa.html

North Korea’s east coast hit with damaging typhoon and floods, state TV shows
https://www.nknews.org/2020/09/north-koreas-east-coast-hit-with-damaging-typhoon-and-floods-state-tv-shows/

Nepal – 12 Dead, 41 Missing After Floods and Landslides in Baglung
http://floodlist.com/asia/baglung-nepal-floods-september-2020

Pakistan – 30 Dead After More Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/pakistan-flash-floods-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-september-2020

North Korea – Rain From Typhoon Maysak Triggers Flooding in Eastern Areas
http://floodlist.com/asia/north-korea-typhoon-maysak-september-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Low-tech solutions plus improved coordination for climate resilience in coastal Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73327

2019 monitoring report on the German strategy for adaptation to climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73352

Adaptation to climate change: Does traditional ecological knowledge hold the key?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73347

We need a paradigm shift to deal with loss and damage from climate change
https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/politics-climate-change/news/we-need-paradigm-shift-deal-loss-and-damage-climate-change-1950849

Hurricane Laura jumped from Category 1 to Category 4 in a day. Here's why hurricanes are now stronger, wetter, and more frequent
https://www.insider.com/hurricane-laura-climate-change-warming-water-2020-8

US adapts to climate threats with drastic shift in flood strategy
https://www.foxnews.com/weather/us-climate-threats-drastic-flood-strategy

Australian greenhouse gas emissions fall to lowest level since 1998 under Covid restrictions
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/31/australian-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fall-to-lowest-level-since-1998-under-covid-restrictions

Climate change may make extreme hurricane rainfall 5 times more likely, study says
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-may-make-extreme-hurricane-rainfall-five-times-more-likely-study-says/

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/31/satellite-images-show-rapid-growth-glacial-lakes

Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/28/905622947/everything-is-unprecedented-welcome-to-your-hotter-earth

Future Warming and Intensification of Precipitation Extremes: A “Double Whammy” Leading to Increasing Flood Risk in California
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020GL088679

Phoenix hits 50th day of 110 degrees; previous record 'obliterated'
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-weather/2020/08/28/phoenix-hits-50th-day-110-degrees-2020/5662386002/

Climate and disaster resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73353

Influx of renewables sees coal power plants run well below capacity, increasing chance of closures
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/influx-of-renewables-sees-coal-power-plants-run-well-below-capacity-increasing-chance-of-closures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/marmolada-queen-of-dolomites-glacier-could-vanish-within-15-years

Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn
https://www.sciencealert.com/ice-sheet-melting-is-perfectly-in-line-with-our-worst-case-scenario-scientists-warn

California is burning. It's time to demand an end to the climate crisis
https://mashable.com/article/california-wildfires-climate-change/

How Climate Change is Causing Urban Flooding in Nigeria
https://www.savethecity.org.ng/2020/07/30/how-climate-change-is-causing-urban-flooding-in-nigeria/

South Africa: environment, forestry and fisheries on approval of the country’s national climate change adaptation strategy
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73385

Disasters must be unusual or deadly to prompt local climate policy change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73365

India: the surprisingly difficult task of measuring sea-level rise
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73368

Wind And Solar Now Generate One-Tenth Of Global Electricity
https://ember-climate.org/project/global-electricity-h12020/

A post-Laura heat wave has no name
https://heated.world/p/a-post-laura-heat-wave-has-no-name

The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule
https://utorontopress.com/us/the-story-of-co2-2#utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=story_CO2

The UK needs a ‘national heat risk strategy’
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73387

Climate change-fueled weather disasters: Costs to state and local economies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73400

European wildfire danger and vulnerability under a changing climate: towards integrating risk dimensions
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73405

Heat resilience cities: measuring benefits of urban heat adaptation: methodology note for the tool development
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73397

National laws for enhancing flood resilience in the context of climate change: potential and shortcomings
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73408

New Zealand experiences warmest winter on record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/new-zealand-experiences-warmest-winter-on-record

Disaster risk reduction

Uganda: Enhancing management of Upper Nile riverine systems
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73330

Fires threaten the Amazon once again. What have we learned?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73324

U.S. flood strategy shifts to ‘unavoidable’ relocation of entire neighborhoods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73338

Building urban resilience with nature-based solutions: How can urban planning contribute?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73346

ICT for Disaster Risk Management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73351

Why extreme floods are more common than you might think
https://rss.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1740-9713.2018.01209.x

Understanding Risk BC 2020 – Online Symposium for Risk Reduction Strategies
http://floodlist.com/protection/understanding-risk-bc-2020

The Le Teil earthquake provides new insights on seismic risk in France and Western Europe
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73355

Bangladesh: Time to develop a reliable flood forecasting model
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73359

U.S.: Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73360

Scientists unlock crops' power to resist floods
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-scientists-crops-power-resist.html

Chennai: Civic body gets monsoon-ready with rain gauges, flood sensors
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-civic-body-gets-monsoon-ready-with-rain-gauges-flood-sensors/articleshow/77830916.cms

How to protect communities from disasters – what research tells us
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73362

Artificial intelligence algorithm predicts slow earthquakes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73369

Setting an agenda for entrepreneurial governments: A global baseline assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction investment
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73341

El Nino lulls lead to harsh floods, fires and droughts: study
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/el-nino-lulls-lead-to-harsh-floods-fires-and-droughts-study-20200901-p55rcr.html

Too heartbreaking to leave, too expensive to stay: Louisiana coastal communities left in limbo
https://southerlymag.org/2020/08/07/too-heartbreaking-to-leave-too-expensive-to-stay-louisiana-coastal-communities-left-in-limbo/

Poor planning, civic apathy and huge floods – it’s the same story from Karachi to Kolkata
https://scroll.in/article/971971/poor-planning-civic-apathy-and-huge-floods-its-the-same-story-from-karachi-to-kolkata

A big step for flood forecasts in India and Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73398

A panacea for India’s flood woes – lost and forgotten
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73393

Aqueduct Floods is an online platform that measures riverine and coastal flood risks under both current base-line conditions and future projections in 2030, 2050, and 2080
https://files.wri.org/s3fs-public/aqueduct-floods-methodology.pdf

Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities: Towards a New Normal
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-981-15-4948-9_7

Emergency management

Biloxi’s 15-year recovery from Hurricane Katrina offers lessons for other coastal cities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73319

Satellite imagery reveals, in precise detail, extent of NSW bushfire destruction across Black Summer
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-28/satellite-images-reveal-extent-of-nsw-black-summer-bushfires/12601928

Battle weary: as fire season looms, volunteers still coping with the last one
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/battle-weary-as-fire-season-looms-volunteers-still-coping-with-the-last-one-20200827-p55pw8.html

Before and after satellite images show widespread destruction from Hurricane Laura
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/28/us/satellite-images-hurricane-laura-before-after-trnd/index.html

2019 global natural disaster assessment report
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73363

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

Record floods threaten nuclear power site in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73381

New Red Cross Red Crescent-UK Met Office guide to ‘impact-based forecasting’ for early humanitarian action
https://www.climatecentre.org/news/1317/new-red-cross-red-crescent-uk-met-office-guide-to-a-impact-based-forecastinga-for-early-humanitarian-action

Sudan: UN Agencies Support Flood Response in Sudan but Warn Aid Stocks 'Rapidly' Depleting
https://allafrica.com/stories/202009020064.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Earthquake detection and early alerts, now on your Android phone
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73334

Realtor.com® integrates flood factor data, helps shoppers understand flood risk
https://firststreet.org/press/press-release-realtor-com-integrates-flood-factor-data/

More bushfires, less volcanoes: Young Australians need to learn about more relevant disasters
https://theconversation.com/more-bushfires-less-volcanoes-young-australians-need-to-learn-about-more-relevant-disasters-145163

#30days30waysUK aims to inspire and empower people to be ready for a wide range of risks like flooding, fire and power cuts
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/be-prepared-not-scared-september-month-long-social-media-campaign-help-northamptonshire-residents-2955838

Are you Flood Ready? Test your knowledge of floods and flood readiness
https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/flood-ready/quiz.html

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health-Details.aspx?newsid=1000

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73379

Principles of Geology
https://timescavengers.blog/introductory-material/geologic-time/principles-of-geology/

In rural Bangladesh, a journey to school-led disaster risk reduction begins
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73376

Psychology and disasters

Reducing hydro-meteorological risk by nature-based solutions: What do we know about people’s perceptions?
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/11/12/2599

COVID-19 and the consequences of cascading and compounding disasters
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-31/covid-bushfires-and-coping-with-cascading-disasters/12606328

'It was a feeling of terror: when will the water stop?': Britain's flood victims, six months on
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/29/when-will-the-water-stop-britain-flood-victims-six-months-on

Sociology and disasters

Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343956760_Resilience_in_the_Pacific_and_the_Caribbean_The_Local_Construction_of_Disaster_Risk_Reduction

5 ways to help take racism out of disaster recovery
https://kinder.rice.edu/urbanedge/2020/08/26/hurricane-laura-harvey-5-ways-take-racism-out-disaster-recovery

Can extreme events be an opportunity? Depopulation and resilience of rural communities in Central Italy after the 1997 earthquake
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343981559_Can_extreme_events_be_an_opportunity_Depopulation_and_resilience_of_rural_communities_in_Central_Italy_after_the_1997_earthquake

Low-income households should be prioritized after disaster strikes
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/514384-low-income-households-should-be-prioritized-after-disaster-strikes#.X01TNyHH2lg.twitter

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343877167_High-resolution_human_mobility_data_reveal_race_and_wealth_disparities_in_disaster_evacuation_patterns

How Japan Stumbled into a Pandemic Miracle
https://online.ucpress.edu/currenthistory/article/119/818/217/111341/How-Japan-Stumbled-into-a-Pandemic-Miracle

Closing the gaps: Advancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery for older adults
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73401

 

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Floodplain Manager August 2020

Editorial

I could say that the past two years have been extraordinary in Australia with devastating widespread flooding across the north of the country, while further south the tightening effects of a prolonged drought contributed to the worst fire season recorded, a global pandemic, and then floods affecting some of the fire ravaged areas with forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology of more flooding to come as we report this month.  It is tempting to say that it has been a couple of years of unprecedented natural disasters.  However, that statement is incorrect on a couple of fronts.

Firstly, in the relatively short period that records of droughts and floods have been kept in this country, we have seen comparable events and worse.  Research suggests that the worst natural hazards we have recorded are not necessarily the most extreme this country has experienced under similar climatic conditions.  Even the global pandemic which we are currently experiencing, and which has been relatively well contained in Australia, is comparable with the Spanish Flu pandemic 100 years ago.

Secondly, to label them as “natural disasters” shifts the blame from human actions to natural processes over which we have no control.  In fact, there is a group campaigning for the elimination of the term from our lexicon (https://www.nonaturaldisasters.com/).  It aims to change the terminology to show that whilst some hazards are natural and unavoidable, the resulting disasters almost always have been made by human actions and decisions.

Somewhat perversely then, our first societal response to a disaster caused by a natural hazard is to try and control the natural hazard rather than to try and change the human actions that made it a disaster.  We try any control what we are least able to control rather than what we are best able to control.  Following floods there are calls for more flood mitigation works and, following the recent bushfires, more fire trucks and planes as stated in the NSW Bushfire Inquiry which we report on this month.  Collectively, however, we need to rethink where we live and work and how we interact with the environment around us and the extreme fluctuations in weather and associated natural hazards.

This month’s Floodplain Manager reports on a number of initiatives around the world which are attempting to do that.  It is also a recommendation from the recent NSW Bushfire Inquiry, but this has been a recommendation from past bushfire and flood inquiries and while progress has been made, the rate of change in our land use planning has been slow.

While at a local level we struggle to try and control natural phenomena which are beyond our control, our actions are changing natural phenomena at a global scale in such a way that these local hazards may become more extreme or more frequent, or both.  There are some sobering articles this month on what our flooding future may look like under climate change.  Soon we may have many disasters which are genuinely unprecedented but they will not be natural disasters but ones of our own making.

Steven Molino
Editor

Articles related to August 2020

Related - Floodplain Manager August 2020

NSW Towns Ordered to Evacuate Ahead of Floods

The Shoalhaven region of NSW’s South Coast has experienced its worst flooding since 1991 with the NSW State Emergency Services (NSW SES) receiving more than 800 calls for assistance.

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The area which is still overcoming the effects of the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire seasons received 400 mm of rain in four days from 8 to 11 August 2020. The heavy rainfall caused Tallowa Dam, which supplies water to the Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands region and is part of Sydney’s water supply, to peak at 3.3 m over the spillway.   The dam is at the junction of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven rivers, the latter rising to moderate flood level of 4.13 m at Nowra. NSW SES ordered evacuations of people in parts of Nowra including some areas of Terara, East Nowra, Worrigee and North Nowra on 9 August. Major flooding also occurred further south on the coast along the Deua River at Wamba. Endeavour Energy reported that 13,500 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm (Read here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Natural Hazards Funding Boost in Response to Natural Disaster Reports

In light of the bushfires and floods of 2019-2020, two reports have made recommendations in relation to disaster preparedness and response.

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The final report of the NSW bushfire inquiry which was commissioned by Premier Gladys Berejiklian in January 2020 was released on 25 August, 2020. The independent inquiry made 76 recommendations of which all are to be accepted in principle with further information on specific timelines still pending. Of the 76 recommendations, most pertained to bushfires and were reflective of lessons learnt during the devastating 2019/20 season. Notably, recommendation 27 called for the development of a new NSW Bushfire Policy akin to the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy which aims to build greater resilience to both existing and future communities and to decrease costs associated with recovery and rebuilding. Additionally, recommendation 73 highlighted that aged care facilities in identified flood prone areas should have emergency plans in place that comply with the Evacuation Decision Guidelines for Private Health and Residential Care facilities to specifically address the needs of vulnerable people.

Meanwhile, on the national scale CSIRO was commissioned to produce a report on climate and disaster resilience which was delivered 30 June, 2020. The report reflected on the summer of 2019-20 which was defined by a series of consecutive disaster events involving a confluence of bushfires, floods, drought and heat extremes which had cascading impacts on Australian community and industry. For instance, the 2019 North Queensland flood’s social and economic costs exceeded $5.6 billion. CSIRO undertook an independent review to recommend ways in which Australia can increase climate and disaster resilience. The report identified six actionable themes which formed the basis of the recommendations and forward plan of action. Of the recommendations made, several pertained to floods including the need to conduct longitudinal studies after events on the health and wellbeing of affected people.

In response, the Australian Government has announced a $88.1 million budget over 10 years dedicated to research bushfires and natural hazards following the devastating 2019-20 fire season (Read here, here, and here).

Irrigators Face NSW Government’s "No Meter, No Pump” Deadline

The NSW Government has announced a deadline of July 2021 for irrigators to install meters to measure floodplain harvesting as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Floodplain harvesting is the last aspect of water to be regulated under the plan and will require irrigators to install a tamper proof pump monitoring meter and have it certified. The requirement has been praised by many irrigators, particularly those in the southern reaches of the Basin who had previously expressed concern about how much is harvested by northern irrigators. However, the cost of installing the meters is of concern among irrigators who are already under financial strain as a result of the recent drought. The Australian Floodplain Association has welcomed changes but has cautioned that the exemption for the deadline whereby smaller dams under 1,000 megalitres will have an extra year to install the meters, may leave room for unsustainable floodplain harvesting (Read here).

Climate Change Could Spell Weekly Flooding for Sydney

A study by scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has found that flood frequency in Sydney is set to increase due to climate change driven sea-level rise.

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The study found that localised flooding in Sydney has already increased from less than two days per year in 1914 to a present-day rate of approximately eight days a year. Published in the journal Earth’s Future, the research concluded that between 1970 and 2015, human-induced sea-level rise had likely been the cause of 80% of floods in the Sydney region. The researchers analysed past minor floods as well as projections of sea-level rise with low and high greenhouse gas emission scenarios. They found that for the year 2050, the Sydney region would flood for an estimated 47 days per year under low emissions and 70 days under high emissions (Read here and here).

Northern Australia Coastal Flood Impact Predicted to Increase by 50%

An Australian-led research paper published in Scientific Reports has found that Northern Australia is one of the areas predicted to be most impacted by flooding globally by the end of the century.

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The researchers used a sea-level rise modelling approach which was extensively validated against tide gauge data for both ambient and extreme conditions. The results showed that coastal flooding events could threaten assets worth up to 20% of the global GDP, by 2100. The findings also indicate that for Northern Australia, in the case of no coastal protection or adaptation, the land area inundated, population affected, and assets threatened will increase by around 50% (Read more here).

Individual Income Impacts of 2010/2011 Queensland Floods

A recent report has explored the impact of the Queensland Floods 2010-11 on the income trajectory of employed residents in four Brisbane River local government areas (LGAs).

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The research focused on two key points: the effects of the floods on the income streams of individuals, and how the government’s relief and recovery programs assisted individuals to return to their normal income trajectory. The researchers used difference-in-differences modelling which compares income changes of individuals living in four LGAs in the Brisbane River catchment area (treatment group) with those living in comparable zones in Australia (control group). The findings showed that low income individuals were hard hit as floods were associated with reductions in incomes, whereas middle to high income individuals observed some income gains. The results showed that socio-economic vulnerabilities were concentrated in particular sectors of the economy, primarily in agriculture, construction, and accommodation and food services. The heaviest income losses were observed for the more regional Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Somerset LGAs when compared to their Brisbane metropolitan counterpart, with the Somerset and Lockyer Valley LGAs suffering average income losses of 27.3 % in the first six months following the floods (Read more here).

Flood Risk Rising as La Nina Looms

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicts that there is a 70% chance of a La Nina weather system developing this year which could spell above average rainfall for Australia.

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La Nina weather systems in Australia typically bring above average rainfall to eastern, central and northern regions of Australia in winter-spring month. The BoM has indicated that the cooling of surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean and an increase in the strength of the Pacific trade winds may point to an increased La Nina probability. The last significant La Nina event was in 2010-11, which was Australia’s wettest two-year period on record and coincided with the Queensland floods which caused insurance losses of more than $1.5 billion. The BoM reviewed over 100 years of weather records and has linked La Nina to increased widespread flooding stating that: “Of the 18 La Nina events since 1900 (including multi-year events), 12 have resulted in floods for some parts of Australia”. La Nina systems are also linked to cooler and cloudier days as well as more frequent tropical cyclones (Read more here ).

China’s Floods Forebode Future Disasters

In light of the summer monsoonal rains which have caused widespread flooding in China, many are concerned that climate change will increase the frequency of floods at a rate faster than adaptation can manage.

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Recent flooding which has affected 55 million people in the Yangtze River Basin this summer (FM July, 2020), have reinforced the relevance of research which suggests that China is the country most vulnerable to flooding if the temperature rises 4 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Yangtze River Basin is densely populated by factories, towns and cities, and while there are engineering projects in place to control the floods, rapid urbanisation, degraded ecosystems, and inequities pose major challenges to China’s adaptation. The controversial Three Gorges Dam is one such structure that was designed to control flooding, but during the recent floods had to open its flood gates as the reservoir water threatened to overtop the walls (FM July, 2020). Alternative measures such as the “sponge city” plan, aim to reduce the amount of urban run-off and thus reduce flooding. However, with projections of high river flow events predicted to occur more frequently, it raises questions about whether what is being done to combat flooding is enough (Read more here).

China’s Dam Debate Continues

The recent collapse of the Yangshuo Dam in China’s Guangxi region has raised concern for the country’s 94,000 aging dams which may be under threat from increased extreme weather events.

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Completed in 1965, the Yangshuo Dam, made of compacted earth, was designed to hold 195,000 cubic metres of water before its collapse on 7 June, 2020 which inundated roads, orchards and fields in the downstream Shazixi village. The aged dam which had been poorly maintained and designed, has raised alarms for similar dams across the country which may also be at risk of collapse under large storm events such as those seen in June and July, 2020. As climate change driven weather extremes become more prevalent the director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore has stated that: “What really needs to happen is to work with the ecosystems, not against them by building dams, by extending flood wetlands and flood plains and allowing the water to naturally mix with the environment” (Read more here).

China’s Nature-based Flood Defences

A marked change in China’s flood management has been attributed to a decrease in fatalities and damage from the last major flood in 1998, to the 2020 floods.

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The 1998 flood which killed 3,000 people and left 15 million homeless, led to a shifted focus by the Chinese Government toward nature-based solutions for flood risk management. Researchers from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen have compared the 1998 flood to recent floods (FM July, 2020) and suggest that nature-based mitigation strategies like tree planting and floodplain restoration have helped to ease the impacts. Despite the precipitation associated with the 2020 floods being higher than that of 1998, there have been far fewer deaths and much less damage. In the wake of the 1998 floods, the Chinese government initiated mass tree planting schemes to reduce runoff which researchers suggest could decrease flooding by up to 30%. Furthermore, the “sponge city” plan aims to restore floodplains on the Yangtze River to allow the natural overflow of rivers to disperse and lessen downstream flooding. Another article suggests that nature-based flood defences such as wetlands have contributed to China’s economic resilience when accounting for flood damages. It is estimate that China experiences on average $13 billion annual in direct flood damages but estimates of economic impact from the recent 2020 floods are expected to only reduce China’s 2020 GDP by 0.17% due partly to nature-based defences (Read more here and here).

A Fifth of the World GDP Could be Affected by Coastal Flooding Under a Changed Climate

A recent article published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that if global emissions are not curbed and flood defences aren’t bolstered, then coastal flooding could increase by nearly 50% and threaten 20% of global GDP.

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The researchers undertook the analysis by combining several global datasets to determine global projections of total sea level, extreme sea level, coastal flooding, populations affected and assets impacted for 2050 and 2100. Global “hotspots” were identified where there was projected to be a significant change in episodic flooding by the end of the century and were found to be mostly concentrated in north western Europe and Asia. The results showed that 68% of projected damage would arise from tide and storm events which are expected to become more frequent and severe under a changed climate. Furthermore, 287 million people were predicted to be at increased risk of coastal flooding with damage to coastal assets under the scenario modelled amounting to $19.3 trillion (Read more here, here, and here ).

Six Flood Resilience Strategies

A book has outlined six key strategies for creating urban and natural environments which are adapted to reduce the impact of flooding.

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Edward Barsley in his book Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design, has grouped flood risk management strategies into six spatial tactics: attenuate, alleviate, restrict, realign, create and embrace. Barsley describes each of his identified strategies using real life examples of implementation from across the world. For instance, he uses New York City’s Rising Community Reconstruction Program as an example of realigning as a push for managed retreat being undertaken in an attempt to reduce flood risk exposure. Barsley states that; “Flood resilient design should not just be seen as a necessity, but as an opportunity through which to deliver wider benefits such as improved biodiversity and to enhance the quality of placemaking in communities throughout the world”(Read more here.)

Retirees Flood Risk Perceptions and Coping Capacities

An article published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction has discussed the implications of a homogeneous approach in terms of flood risk communication to the retired population.

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Researchers from the University of Manchester, UK, conducted in-depth interviews with 12 retired participants who were members of a local church in a flood risk area to ascertain risk perceptions, coping capacities, and risk communication preferences to inform more age-centred approaches. The findings challenge traditional communication strategies targeted at retirees which do not accommodate for diversity as the researchers showed that the group had varying perceptions and capacities with respect to flood risk. Furthermore, the results showed that the participants had preference for interpersonal risk communication methods such as telephone calls or home visits. As such, the researchers suggest that risk communication practices should adopt people-centric approaches that are co-produced and tailored with respect to the differentiated vulnerabilities, capacities and needs of at-risk populations (Read more here).

Improvements to Early Warning for Megastorms

A new study by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has found that surface conditions frequently affect the direction and intensity of megastorms making it easier to predict their path.

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Mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) or megastorms, affect large parts of Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas and can produce 100 mm of rainfall in an hour and last for up to two days. The researchers studied satellite data of storm activities and land temperature in Sahel, Africa for the period 2006 to 2010. In Sahelian Africa, these extreme storms have tripled in frequency since the 1980s. Lead author Dr Cornelia Klein explained that: “we found that drier soils increased the intensity of an MCS mid-storm, affecting the amount of rainfall they release and also where they travel”. The findings are hoped to be used to predict future storm behaviour and help to develop forecasting systems which can alert communities of an approaching system with up to six hour’s lead time (Read more here ).

International Floods

There were 37 international floods reported across 32 countries throughout August 2020. At least 387 people died and over 320,000 were displaced.

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Internationally significant floods included:

India

Flooding has caused widespread devastation, fatalities and damage across India. In Kerala state, in the country’s south, monsoonal rain has triggered flooding and landslides that have killed at least 26 people and displaced as many as 11,000. The town of Munnar recorded 229 mm of rain in 24 hours to 6 August whilst rivers were at “Severe Flood Stage” in three locations: the Manimala and Achankovil rivers in Pathanamthitta District and the Meenachil in Kottayam. In Telangana in India’s south, heavy rainfall of up to 147 mm in 24 hours to 16 August was recorded at Parkal in the Warangal district. Hundreds of homes were inundated in low-lying areas prompting over 1,000 people to evacuate to safer locations.

Elsewhere in Bihar state in India’s north east, flooding has continued from late July, 2020 (FM July, 2020) with the total fatalities rising to 25 and over 500,000 people displaced.   Also, in the north, heavy rainfall in the state of Rajasthan has triggered flash floods in the city of Jaipur where 3,000 people were rescued from low-lying areas and three people died. (Read more here, here, here and here).

Afghanistan

At least 14 people have died as a result of flash flooding triggered by heavy rain in the Nanghar province, Afghanistan. The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) reported that 100 homes were damaged and destroyed along with several roads in the province capital Charikar. (Read more here).

South Korea

Flooding and landslides in the North Chungcheonog and Gyeonggi provinces of South Korea has led to widespread devastation and at least 13 deaths. More than 5,000 people from Eumseong County were evacuated due to flood risk as more than 500 mm of rain was recorded between 1 and 4 August, 2020 in the North Chuncheong province. (Read more here and here)

North Korea

More than 20 people have died in North Korean following two weeks of heavy rains and flooding particularly in the Kimhwa, Cholwon, Hoeyang and Changdo Counties of Kangwon Province and Unpha and Jangphung Counties of North Hwanghae Province. Flooding has damaged 39,296 hectares of farmland, 16,680 homes, 630 public buildings, railway lines, power station dams and part of a nuclear power facility on the bank of the Kuryong River in Yongbyon. (Read more here)

Yemen

At least 130 people have died and over 1,000 families have been displaced as a result of flash flooding triggered by heavy rainfall since late July, 2020. Across several governates, dams overflowed, roads were damaged and blocked, and houses collapsed or were damaged. At least 111 mm of rain fell in Al Hudaydah (Hodeidah) governorate in 24 hours to 4 August, 2020. (Read more here and here)

Ethiopia

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that more than 30,000 people in Ethiopia have been displaced by floods since late July, 2020. Lake Abaya in West Guji zone and the Rib river in south Gonder zone have overflowed due to heavy rainfall causing thousands to become displaced and road to be cut off by floodwaters. (Read more here)

Niger

Flooding across the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara in Niger between 3 and 9 August, 2020, has left 15,000 displaced and at least 23 dead. Floodwaters have damaged schools, crops, killed livestock and destroyed over 5,000 homes. The nation’s capital Niamey recorded 67 mm of rain in the 24 hours to 7 August, whilst the Niger River at the Niamey station stood at 5.8 metres on 12 August. (Read more here and here)

Panama

At least 11 people have died as heavy rainfall caused flooding across several provinces in Panama. Several homes were swept away by flooding from the Bejuco River in the Veraguas province. (Read more here)

Sudan

More than 200,000 people have been displaced and over 40 people are dead due to flooding in 17 of Sudan’s southern states. Flooding along the White Nile due to a dyke collapse has led to thousands of homes being destroyed, along with crops and livestock in the worst affected Twic East, Duk and Ayod counties (Read more here and here).

Haiti and Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Laura has brought heavy rainfall of 300 mm in 24 hours to 22 August and winds of up to 85 km/h. At least 11 people have died and 1,000 were forced to evacuate their homes whilst a further 100,000 were displaced. (Read more here)

Diary

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

FMA Meetings
Tuesday 13 October 2020 - Queensland YFM Launch Event (sign-up here)
Wednesday 11 November 2020 - Queensland Chapter Meeting in Brisbane
Thursday 19 November 2020 - NSW/ACT Chapter Meeting in Sydney
For more information visit here

FRIAR 2020 International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management (Postponed from original date)
Where: Valencia, Spain
When: 28-30 September
For more information visit here

Flood and Coast 2020 Conference and Exhibition (postponement date announced)
Where: Telford International Centre, UK
When: 8-10 December, 2020
For more information visit here

FLOODrisk 2020 European Conference on Flood Risk Management (postponement date announced)
Where: Budapest, Hungary
When: 21-25 June, 2021
For more information visit here

Floodplain Management Australia Conference 2021
Where: Luna Park, Sydney, NSW
When: 25 - 28 May, 2021
For more information visit here

Resources

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina

The book tells the story of citizen investigator Sandy Rosenthal, who in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, set out to shed light on the Army Corps of Engineers design fault responsibilities. The book documents Sandy’s journey to expose the true culprit in the face of popular opinion and media which described the event as a “natural catastrophe”. Read more here.

Regional Disaster Preparedness Program

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program is a two-year initiative funded by the NSW Government which will be managed jointly through Resilience NSW and Hunter Joint Organisation. The aim of the Program is to initiate and implement projects that create improved local government and community resilience in preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies. Read more here.

Turning to Big Data for Flood Risk Management

A recent paper has examined the potential of a data-driven approach to support decision-making in flood risk management. The paper found that an increasing trend towards using big data allows for a weaving together of cross-disciplinary perspectives and engages a wider range of stakeholders. Read more here.

Relationship Between Flood Experience and Perceived Risk

Researchers of an article published in The Journal of Water have conducted a survey of residents of a North-eastern Italian municipality who had experienced flash floods to uncover the factors which influence flood risk awareness. The results showed that previous experience with floods directly influences risk awareness. Read more here.

Code of Practice for Property Flood Resilience

Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has proposed six standards included under a Code of Practice which should be achieved in installed measures to increase property flood resilience. Read more here.

Australia (Assisting State) Disaster Management Reference Handbook 2020 Released

The handbook serves as an initial source of information for those individuals preparing for disaster risk reduction activities or immediate deployment with Australian partner responders in crisis. The book also provides disaster management decision makers and planners greater insight into Australian Disaster Management (DM) capabilities. Read more here.

Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities Handbook Published

The Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities handbook focuses on land use planning for new development and its role in supporting disaster resilient communities in Australia. The handbook places a focus on the importance of mitigation measures being in place to prevent future disasters such as floods in areas of new development, as well as enhancing resilience in existing communities. Read more here.

Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool Launched

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has recently launched an online Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool to help small businesses and enterprises to better understand their exposure and vulnerability to disaster risks. The QRE tool was produced with prior knowledge that understanding risk is a prerequisite to risk management. The tool includes an interactive questionnaire which produces a real-time dashboard that points business owners to their estimated general risk level. The results of the questionnaire take into consideration factors such as business size, type, and geographic location to suggest corrective actions which can be used to evaluate risk and equip small businesses with a disaster planning toolkit. Read more here.

This Week in Disaster Resilience 28th August 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cameroon – Floods in Douala Leave Hundreds Displaced
http://floodlist.com/africa/cameroon-floods-douala-august-2020

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Giresun Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/turkey-deadly-flash-floods-in-giresun-province

Tropical Storm Laura Kills at Least 8 People in Haiti, Dominican Republic; Over 1 Million Without Power
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-08-22-tropical-storm-laura-puerto-rico-dominican-republic-cuba-haiti

In Texas, Louisiana, More Than Half a Million Ordered to Evacuate As Hurricane Laura Strengthens in the Gulf
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-08-23-hurricane-marco-laura-louisiana-texas-mississippi-gulf-coast

9 Dead As Heavy Rains Create Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/9-dead-1-900-shifted-as-heavy-rains-cause-flood-like-situation-in-gujarat-2284632

Kenya – 1,000 Families Displaced by Lake Turkana Floods, Warnings Issued for Turkwel Dam
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-lake-turkana-floods-turkwel-ldam-august-2020

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring 'unsurvivable' storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border
https://www.foxnews.com/us/hurricane-laura-expected-to-reach-category-4-strength-with-life-threatening-storm-surge-before-making-landfall

One killed as overnight rains cause flash floods in Rajouri, damage reported
https://freepresskashmir.news/2020/08/26/one-killed-as-overnight-rains-cause-flash-floods-in-rajouri-damage-reported/

Two dams in Karachi overflow, at least 7 killed in weather-related incidents, Pakistan
https://watchers.news/2020/08/26/karachi-pakistan-flood-august-25-2020/

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/afghanistan-flooding-dozens-dead-hundreds-homes-destroyed-200826061120112.html

Storm Francis brings flood, damaging rainfall and record-breaking winds to UK and Ireland
https://watchers.news/2020/08/26/storm-francis-august-2020/

Devastating storm causes millions worth of damage, prompts state of emergency in northern Italy
https://watchers.news/2020/08/25/italy-storm-august-23-2020/

Floods across Devon and Cornwall after 'biblical' rainfall
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-53936684

Laura carves destructive path through Louisiana; 4 dead
https://apnews.com/45ba32bafe5da34b5691544ecb3e5492

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Mauna Loa
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/109127/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-27-Aug-2020-Fuego-volcano-Semeru-Dukono-Reventador-Mauna-Loa-Sanga.html

Provinces Flood Death Toll Reaches 122, Injuries 147
https://www.khaama.com/provinces-flood-death-toll-reaches-122-injuries-147-566768/

Kenya and Uganda – Thousands Displaced by Lake Floods
http://floodlist.com/africa/kenya-uganda-lake-floods-august-2020

Niger – Capital Niamey Flooded as Niger River Overflows
http://floodlist.com/africa/niger-niamey-floods-august-2020

Mexico – Rain From Storm Marco Triggers Floods in Southern States
http://floodlist.com/america/mexico-tropical-storm-marco-floods-chiapas-august-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A cascade of COVID-19 and climate extremes call for new algorithms to protect at-risk communities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73260

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/23/earth-lost-28-trillion-tonnes-ice-30-years-global-warming

California Has Australian Problems Now
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/climate-change-has-led-to-extreme-wildfires-in-california.html

California and Colorado Fires May Be Part of a Climate-Driven Transformation of Wildfires Around the Globe
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22082020/california-colorado-wildfires-climate-change-global-transformation

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet could contribute half a metre of sea-level rise in the coming century
https://www.imas.utas.edu.au/news/news-items/melting-antarctic-ice-sheet-could-bring-half-a-metre-of-sea-level-rise

The sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate: Past, present and future
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019RG000663

Climate change and adaptation degree
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-climate-science-and-adaptation

Local cooling provided by broad-leaved trees in Europe
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73317

Mainstreaming gender within local government climate and disaster risk assessments
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73288

Storm Surge: The Science behind This Year’s Unusual Hurricane Season
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/storm-surge-the-science-behind-this-years-unusual-hurricane-season1/

Nation 'woefully unprepared' for climate change, business groups warn
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/nation-woefully-unprepared-for-climate-change-business-groups-warn-20200827-p55q0m.html

California's new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/24/weather/california-wildfires-climate-change/index.html

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/08/26/antarctic-ice-shelves-vulnerable-sudden-meltwater-driven-fracturing-says-study/

Hurricane Laura and the California Fires Are Part of the Same Crisis
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-27/hurricane-laura-california-fires-both-tied-to-climate-change

Glacial cooling and climate sensitivity revisited
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2617-x

Disaster risk reduction

Faster than floods: How to prevent a double disaster in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73241

Fire probability in South American Protected Areas
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73259

Frontiers of water-related disaster management and the way forward
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73256

Why preparations for the next pandemic must begin now
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73279

California's wildfires explained: How did they start – and is this normal?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73272

‘Next fire season is already upon us’: NSW to adopt all recommendations of bushfire inquiry report
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/25/next-fire-season-is-already-upon-us-nsw-to-adopt-all-recommendations-of-bushfire-inquiry-report

Landowners in fire-prone areas to be required to do hazard-reduction burns
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/landowners-in-fire-prone-areas-to-be-required-to-do-hazard-reduction-burns-20200824-p55or9.html

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question
https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/nh/2020/08/17/natural-disasters-may-not-be-natural-anymore-the-language-dilemma/

Researchers create a contagion model to predict flooding in urban areas
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-contagion-urban-areas.html

A Massive Earthquake Is Coming to Cascadia—And It Can’t Be Stopped
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pacific-northwest-prepares-for-massive-earthquake

Floodplains by Design partnership works across jurisdictions to lower disaster risks and restore ecosystems
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/08/17/washington-state-floodplain-manager-discusses-program-thats-helping-communities-environmenty

The UK government will immediately accept 12 recommendations from an independent review into responsibilities around surface water flooding
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-takes-action-to-manage-surface-water-flood-risk

Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment
https://iftdss.firenet.gov/landing_page/pdfs/qwra_release_flyer_july2020.pdf

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/905551631/major-real-estate-website-now-shows-flood-risk-should-they-all

Disaster management models need adjusting: A case study in South Africa explains why
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73315

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here’s how
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73316

The NSW bushfire inquiry found property loss is ‘inevitable’. We must stop building homes in such fire-prone areas
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73314

Technocracy, disaster risk reduction and development: A critique of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73287

Katrina 15 years later: Government still hasn’t learned
https://www.nola.com/gambit/commentary/article_5cf96b94-e3bb-11ea-9b41-9b185638da33.html

Emergency management

Diversity and inclusion framework for emergency management policy and practice
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73252

Cities for a resilient recovery: International lessons on recovery from COVID-19
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73253

Private sector experience in Japan: Supporting disaster preparedness for evacuations under COVID-19
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73230

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73265

Wildfires Rage In California As Fire Crews And Evacuees Grapple With COVID-19 Risks
https://www.npr.org/2020/08/21/904552759/wildfires-rage-on-in-california-as-fire-crews-and-evacuees-grapple-with-covid-ri

Final report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry
https://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/assets/dpc-nsw-gov-au/publications/NSW-Bushfire-Inquiry-1630/Final-Report-of-the-NSW-Bushfire-Inquiry.pdf

A Comparative Study of International and Chinese Public Health Emergency Management from the Perspective of Mapping Knowledge Domains
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343839361_A_Comparative_Study_of_International_and_Chinese_Public_Health_Emergency_Management_from_the_Perspective_of_Mapping_Knowledge_Domains

Yes, it’s been raining a lot – but that doesn’t mean Australia’s drought has broken
https://theconversation.com/yes-its-been-raining-a-lot-but-that-doesnt-mean-australias-drought-has-broken-144702

'Disaster inside a disaster': California wildfires and COVID-19 form twin crises
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/disaster-inside-disaster-california-wildfires-covid-19-form-twin-crises-n1238031

August 2020 edition of the newsletter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)
https://www.tiems.info/images/pdfs/TIEMS_2020_Newsletter_August_.pdf

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/science-education-reset-stem-technology

Cultural interventions through children's literature and arts-based practices in times of disaster: A case study of reading mediators' response to the Mexican earthquakes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73306

The Texas Flood Registry is a project that collects health, location, and exposure information from people affected by major storms
https://floodregistry.rice.edu/faq

Community engagement for disaster resilience handbook
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/media/7989/aidr_handbookcollection_communityengagementfordisasterresilience_2020.pdf

University of Hull researchers are using virtual reality technology to flood Hull during the time of poet Andrew Marvell – more than 400 years ago
https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/more/media-centre/news/2020/vr-experience-of-flooding-in-andrew-marvells-hull

Psychology and disasters

Earthquakes, fear of failure, and wellbeing: An insight from Minangkabau entrepreneurship
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420920313170

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health
https://www.dailyclimate.org/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health-2641491618.html

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma
https://publicintegrity.org/environment/hidden-epidemics/disasters-mental-health-crisis-wildfire-hurricane-flood-climate-covid/

Unravelling the influence of human behaviour on reducing casualties during flood evacuation
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02626667.2020.1810254

Sociology and disasters

Communities together: A guide for resilient community center design in island communities
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73254

Fire risk perpetuates poverty and fire use among Amazonian smallholders
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73215

How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior
https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3274391

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343877167_High-resolution_human_mobility_data_reveal_race_and_wealth_disparities_in_disaster_evacuation_patterns

Social Capital Encourages Disaster Evacuation: Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2020.1806245

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/24/climate/racism-redlining-cities-global-warming.html

Rural areas may suffer disproportionately in quakes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73313

 

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Parramatta Powerhouse Museum Flood Risk Review

Molino Stewart Principal, Steven Molino, has recently given evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Parramatta Powerhouse Museum regarding flood risks which the current design poses to people and the museum collections.

In 2014, the NSW State Government announced the Powerhouse Museum would be moved from its location in Ultimo to Parramatta. The site selected is on the southern bank of the Parramatta River is and is exposed to flooding from both the river and local overland flooding on Phillip Street in frequent floods. The proposed new cultural precinct in Parramatta is expected to attract about two million visitors per year.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared for the proposed museum and placed on Public Exhibition on 10 June 2010. Molino Stewart was commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum Alliance to independently review the EIS, including its technical appendices in relation to flood risks and their management. The review found that the museum design and the impact assessment failed to consider the impacts from the full range of potential floods and that the current design does not provide adequate protection to people of the museum collections.

Watch Steven Molino's interview with Channel 7 here

The Flood Risk Review is available to view here 

Watch Steven Molino present evidence before the inquiry here

Listen to Steven Molinos interview with ABC 702 Sydney here (skip to 2:19:40 for Stevens interview)

This Week in Disaster Resilience 21st August 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record-breaking heat wave fueling wildfires in the West
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/record-breaking-heat-wave-fueling-wildfires-in-the-west/

Several lives lost, tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan
https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/08/15/several-lives-lost-tens-of-thousands-affected-by-floods-in-sudan/

India – Deadly Flash Floods in Jaipur, Rajasthan
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-flash-floods-jaipur-rajasthan-august-2020

More than 100,000 acres are now burning Colorado as fire near Fraser quickly grows
https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/15/colorado-wildfires-10000-acres/

India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-telangana-august-2020

Heavy Rain Hits Yangtze River Again, Inundating Cities and Leaving Many Homeless
https://www.theepochtimes.com/heavy-rain-hits-yangtze-river-again-inundating-cities-and-leaving-many-homeless_3463355.html

India – Thousands Evacuate as Floods Affect Andhra Pradesh, Worsen in Telangana
http://floodlist.com/asia/india-floods-andhra-pradesh-telangana-august-2020

Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fast-moving-fire-in-north-east-nsw-marks-first-big-blaze-of-the-season-20200819-p55nc2.html

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53840437

Hundreds evacuated in B.C.'s Okanagan, wildfire service battles blazes
https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/cp-newsalert-wildfire-evacuation-ordered-near-okanagan-falls-b-c/wcm/16a83cad-658e-4b06-83db-09d64190da7f/

Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China
https://watchers.news/2020/08/19/sichuan-activates-the-highest-level-of-flood-control-response-for-the-first-time-on-record-china/

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/sudan-dozens-dead-thousands-homes-destroyed-floods-200816095143076.html

Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN
http://floodlist.com/asia/bangladesh-floods-update-august-2020

Nepal – 6 Dead, 11 Missing After Floods in Achham
http://floodlist.com/asia/nepal-floods-achham-sudurpashchim-august-2020

Uganda – 1 Dead, 800 Homes Damaged After Floods in Bundibugyo
http://floodlist.com/africa/uganda-bundibugyo-floods-august-2020

Cameroon – Floods in Far North Leave Over 5,000 Homeless
http://floodlist.com/africa/cameroon-floods-far-north-august-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Kerinci, Reventador, Sinabung
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/108668/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-20-Aug-2020-Etna-volcano-Fuego-Kerinci-Reventador-Sinabung-Nevados.html

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73180

Typhoons Getting Stronger, Making Landfall More Often
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73179

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they’ll strike is hard to predict
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73177

Is heavy rainfall the new norm? What caused the heavy rains in October - December 2019?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73167

Climate change projected to increase seasonal east African rainfall
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73155

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73151

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/15/uk-infrastructure-inadequate-for-climate-emergency-experts-warn

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/glaciers-climate-change-environment-meting-climate-crisis

Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year on Record?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-2020-be-the-hottest-year-on-record/

We may have broken the Earth’s high-temperature record today
https://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2020/08/17/did-we-break-the-planetary-temperature-record-sunday-probably-so/

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

Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions
https://www.departures.com/lifestyle/architecture/floating-homes-for-flood-prone-areas

'Extremely active' hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73199

Lack of historical disaster data a thing of the past for Cambodia
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73192

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-17/sea-level-rise-flooding-inland-california

The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega-tsunamis’
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73207

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-u-s-needs-to-address-its-climate-migration-problem/

The causes of sea-level rise since 1900
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2591-3#article-info

August brings fierce heat to Europe and storms to Atlantic
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/aug/19/august-heat-europe-atlantic-storms-weather-temperatures?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

How dangerous heat waves can kill
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73217

Climate risk and response in Asia
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73223

Greenland's ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-21/study-finds-greenlands-ice-sheet-saw-record-mass-loss-in-2019/12581428

National Farmers Federation calls for Australia to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-20/farmers-back-zero-emissions/12576806

Climate stripes reusable face mask
https://shop.teamelite.com.au/collections/amos/products/amos-reusable-face-mask

Disaster risk reduction

Benefit versus cost analysis and optimal cost effective mitigation strategies
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73176

Earthquake mitigation of WA regional towns: York case study
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73174

Flood risk in past and future: A case study for the Pawtuxet River's record‐breaking March 2010 flood event
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73183

Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73170

Rethinking data‐driven decision support in flood risk management for a big data age
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73168

Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami
https://amp.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article244947507.html

Six strategies for creating flood resilient environments
https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/retrofitting-for-flood-resilience-edward-barsley/

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/07/23/preventing-next-pandemic

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73204

Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73210

Mumbai floods every year during monsoon, but this year has been different
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73208

15 years after Katrina: Would we be prepared today?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73219

Beledweyne: Working paper on flood risk and urban resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73228

A New Tool for Tracking Amazon Fires
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147075/a-new-tool-for-tracking-amazon-fires

Emergency management

Learning lessons from resilience and peacebuilding programs in the Horn of Africa
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73160

Victims of Storm Dennis floods can't return to their homes six months on
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/victims-storm-dennis-floods-cant-18774764

July 2020 issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-july-2020/

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires
https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/LER

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual
https://www.circleofblue.org/2020/world/hotspots-h2o-caribbean-prepares-for-hurricane-season-that-is-colliding-with-the-pandemic/

A man was rescued Monday by an Indian Air Force helicopter after being stuck in the middle of raging floodwater for 16 hours
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-floods-bangladesh-deaths-millions-displaced-dramatic-rescue-caught-on-video-today-2020-08-17/

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods
https://apnews.com/30a85eb980f793210c776931df5d0c82

Australia (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook 2020
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73185

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Land and geospatial information, a cornerstone to improve community resilience
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73159

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook
https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/handbook-community-engagement/

By planning, preparing, and making your property more resistant and resilient, you can aim to reduce the impact of flooding to yourself and your property
https://thefloodhub.co.uk/household/

Safe back to school: A practitioner’s guide
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73186

Launch of a quick risk estimation tool to help small businesses understand their risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73205

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73197

Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires
https://www.smh.com.au/education/young-people-want-better-disaster-education-after-black-summer-fires-20200812-p55l28.html

Psychology and disasters

Personal account of Australian bushfires
https://vimeo.com/copmi/review/367939158/a15bc5419e?sort=lastUserActionEventDate&direction=desc

Flood risk perceptions and coping capacities among the retired population, with implications for risk communication: A study of residents in a north Wales coastal town, UK
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312954?dgcid=author

Sociology and disasters

Access to age-assistive technology: A resilience building measure for older people
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73178

Hazards, culture and indigenous communities: Socio-institutional modules for utilisation
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73175

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520301925

Interplay between Social Support Tie Formations and Subjective Mental Health Conditions in a Community Currency System in Japanese Disaster-Affected Communities: Double-Edged Phenomena
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S221242092031311X

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73206

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods
https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2020/08/14/urban-heatwaves-are-worse-for-low-income-neighborhoods/#3e0d47e19d50

To understand how disasters relate to conflict and peace, reframe the starting point
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73209

Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=73221

Identifying societal challenges in flood early warning systems
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920312966?via%3Dihub

 

Get disaster resilience updates at https://disasterresiliencenews.com/

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If you have any links you wish to share please send them to:

 Neil Dufty

Principal, Molino Stewart Pty Ltd

E-mail: [email protected]

 

Follow us on Twitter @molinostewart

Find out more about The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) at http://tiems.info/

Support for this initiative provided by Molino Stewart Pty Ltd https://molinostewart.com.au/ If you wish to subscribe or unsubsribe please send an email to [email protected]

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Saltwater Creek and Lagoon Estuary’s new Coastal Management Program (CMP) Nearing Completion

In collaboration with Water Technology, Molino Stewart is nearing the completion of the first stage of Saltwater Creek and Lagoon Estuary’s new Coastal Management Program (CMP). The CMP has the purpose of setting the overall long-term strategy for the coordinated management of the estuary by identifying and implementing actions to address current and emerging issues. This will be used by Kempsey Shire Council to manage the increasing pressures from urban development, population growth and climate change within this important natural setting that is highly valued by the local community. Stage 1 specifically entails reviewing the current state of the estuary and its management through extensive research and community engagement to develop a shared understanding of the key values and risks associated with Saltwater Creek and Lagoon. This forms the basis for the subsequent four stages of the CMP, leading up to the implementation of the identified high-priority management measures. Through this process, we have found that the community is most concerned about: 1) the degradation of wetlands, 2) pressures from urban development, and 3) water quality issues within the Saltwater Creek and Lagoon. Receiving input from the local community is critical in ensuring the CMP addresses the most pertinent issues in the estuary, and that all future management actions are underlaid by strong local understanding.

Read the bulletin here