This Week in Disaster Resilience 1 March 2019

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tennessee in state of emergency as flood, storm threat continues in Nashville area https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/02/23/nashville-braces-severe-storms-may-cap-record-breaking-rainfall/2960994002/

Severe flash flooding in Grenada, Mississippi
https://watchers.news/2019/02/22/severe-flash-flooding-grenada-mississippi-february-2019/

Deadly tornado hits Columbus, extensive damage reported, Mississippi https://watchers.news/2019/02/24/columbus-tornado-february-23-2019/

Greece – 1 Dead After Record Rainfall in Crete
http://floodlist.com/europe/greece-crete-storm-oceanis-february-2019

Angola – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Hits Luanda
http://floodlist.com/africa/angola-heavy-rain-luanda-february-2019

Papua New Guinea – 70 Houses Destroyed, 2 Dead After Floods in East New Britain
http://floodlist.com/australia/papua-new-guinea-east-new-britain-floods-february-2019

Two interesting new landslide videos from the Himalayas
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2019/02/26/himalayas/#.XHVv0cVvn6s.twitter

Storm water floods California towns only reachable by boat
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rain-prompts-evacuation-order-for-northern-california-towns/2019/02/26/b7f140e4-3a34-11e9-b10b-f05a22e75865_story.html?utm_term=.0e4b96735e5f

Colombia – 15,000 Affected After Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-floods-choco-february-2019?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Marsden moorland fire: 'Apocalyptic' moorland blaze put out
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-47381119

Indonesia mine collapse: Dozens buried by landslide in Sulawesi
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47381579

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 Feb 2019: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Ibu
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/76016/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-28-Feb-2019-Fuego-volcano-Karymsky-Popocatepetl-Shiveluch-Ibu-Duk.html

Devastating floodwaters cut off entire towns in Northern California
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/northern-california-flooding-leaves-entire-towns-cut-off-russian-river/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change forces low-lying Marshall Islands to 'elevate islands'
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/climate-change-forces-low-lying-marshall-islands-to-elevate-islands

The Katowice Climate Package: Making The Paris Agreement Work For All
https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/katowice-climate-package

The private sector’s 5 big climate risk and adaptation blind spots
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/private-sectors-5-big-climate-risk-and-adaptation-blind-spots

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/2/22/18188562/climate-change-david-wallace-wells-the-uninhabitable-earth

 Global Warming’s Compounding Dangers
https://www.climatecentral.org/news/report-climate-pile-up-global-warmings-compounding-dangers

What the 17th century’s “Little Ice Age” teaches us about climate change
https://qz.com/1554962/what-17th-centurys-little-ice-age-teaches-us-on-climate-change/

A world without clouds? Hardly clear, climate scientists say
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/world-without-clouds-hardly-clear-climate-scientists-say?r3f_986=https://t.co/R0STJ919p5

Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures-idUSKCN1QE1ZU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c7485331adf640001b8e981&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

Is Climate Change to Blame for Queensland’s Historic Flooding?
https://www.air-worldwide.com/Blog/Is-Climate-Change-to-Blame-for-Queensland%E2%80%99s-Historic-Flooding-/

'It's been extreme': Australia's summer smashes seasonal heat records
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/it-s-been-extreme-australia-s-summer-smashes-seasonal-heat-records-20190227-p510od.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551253168

Sea level rise’s impact on property values will be greatest in N.J. Shore towns, study says
https://www.philly.com/science/climate/climate-change-sea-level-rise-new-jersey-shore-ocean-city-property-values-20190227.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever
http://time.com/longform/australia-drought-photos/

Why are there UK wildfires in February?
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47389480

Why action against climate change is so important and How partners are helping the people of Papua New Guinea?
http://www.pg.undp.org/content/papua_new_guinea/en/home/presscenter/articles/2019/why-action-against-climate-change-is-so-important-and-how-partne.html

BOM Webinar recording: State of the Climate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFwxiAzRh-U&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=li&utm_medium=org&utm_campaign=sm-017-0025&utm_content=vid

Climate, the crisis that threatens our political duopoly
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-the-crisis-that-threatens-our-political-duopoly-20190227-p510j7.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551304153

Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation
https://diraj.org/unprepared-for-climate-change-mauritius-needs-to-go-beyond-treating-the-symptoms-of-environmental-degradation/

Compared to climate observations that date back to 1910, this summer could certainly be classed as extreme
https://www.afr.com/news/economy/if-this-summer-felt-different-that-is-because-it-was-20190227-h1brwl

To fight climate change, first "talk about it," climate scientist says
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/katharine-hayhoe-to-fight-climate-change-talk-about-it/

2018-19 was Australia’s hottest summer on record, with a warm autumn likely too
https://theconversation.com/2018-19-was-australias-hottest-summer-on-record-with-a-warm-autumn-likely-too-112616?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

Iceberg twice the size of New York City is set to break away from Antarctica
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/iceberg-break-away-antarctica-ice-shelf?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Coastal Flooding Is Erasing Billions in Property Value as Sea Level Rises. That's Bad News for Cities
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28022019/coastal-flooding-home-values-sea-level-rise-climate-change-ocean-city-miami-beach

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World
https://www.civilgeo.com/the-water-will-come-examines-the-science-politics-and-humanitarian-crises-posed-by-rising-sea-levels/

Disaster risk reduction

Why should flood risk professionals care about how or why the private sector enters the flood insurance market?
https://www.floods.org/n-news-hottopics/article.asp?id=597

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction
https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/payments-schemes/flood-funds-rolled-out-to-somerset-farms-in-online-auction

PDC’s NDPBA Program strengthens national capacity while reducing disaster risk worldwide
https://www.pdc.org/pdcs-national-disaster-preparedness-baseline-assessment-program-strengthens-national-capacity-while-reducing-risk-worldwide/

Indian Monsoon: Soil moisture, temperature pattern to predict threat to life; study
https://www.skymetweather.com/content/weather-news-and-analysis/indian-monsoon-soil-moisture-temperature-pattern-to-predict-threat-to-life-study/

Coastal communities should exercise caution in using FEMA Flood Maps as the primary indicator of coastal risk
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coastal-communities-should-exercise-caution-using-fema-rob-young/

A French beach cleared of homes shows NC the way
https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article226637279.html

Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening
https://phys.org/news/2019-02-copernicus-sentinel-reveals-plumbing-agung.html

National Drought Map now available
https://pmc.gov.au/news-centre/domestic-policy/national-drought-map-now-available

California’s Exposure to Volcanic Hazards
https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2018/5159/sir20185159.pdf

Modeling Wind Direction Distributions Using a Diagnostic Model in the Context of Probabilistic Fire Spread Prediction
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmech.2019.00005/full?utm_source=S-TWT&utm_medium=SNET&utm_campaign=ECO_FMECH_XXXXXXXX_auto-dlvrit

Varying Impact of Earthquake- and Monsoon-Induced Landslides
https://eos.org/articles/varying-impact-of-earthquake-and-monsoon-induced-landslides

INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters
http://www.inform-index.org/

International committee continues study continues on preventing floods
https://www.mymalonetelegram.com/article/20190225/MTG01/190229181

Tunneling Offers a Solution to Houston's Flooding Problems
https://apnews.com/3a13c524802349bca8c14eefaf7ba34d

OPERANDUM aims to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories
https://www.operandum-project.eu/the-project/

Many impacted by floods don't have proper insurance to cover damages
https://www.wjhl.com/local/many-impacted-by-floods-don-t-have-proper-insurance-to-cover-damages/1812722445

Hampton weighs whether to require future homes be built on pilings
https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/hampton-weighs-whether-to-require-future-homes-be-built-on/article_b8c9a6e1-b914-57c5-8e35-84b8a3df782d.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

US may get early warning system for volcanoes
https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-u-s-may-finally-get-an-early-warning-system-for-vo-1832931640?IR=T

Developing and trialling improved capabilities for forecasting for surface water flooding via NHP
http://evidence.environment-agency.gov.uk/FCERM/en/Default/FCRM/Project.aspx?ProjectID=89cedb43-474a-4c44-ac85-9a1b649022d0&PageID=9719662d-81e9-4a8f-b46f-72675770cdce

Vanuatu and Tonga top the world for disaster risk https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/383558/vanuatu-and-tonga-top-the-world-for-disaster-risk

Is your building safe after an earthquake? These cheap sensors could tell you
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/your-building-safe-after-earthquake-these-cheap-sensors-could-tell-you

Flood risk scenarios for England to 2065
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-agency-publishes-new-evidence-to-plan-for-flood-and-coastal-risk-up-to-2065

Special issue "Flood risk governance for more resilience"
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63922

Converting flood-prone properties to green space is a smart way to help mitigate future flooding–but only if you do it strategically
https://www.fastcompany.com/90312897/heres-the-smartest-way-for-cities-to-rebuild-after-a-flood

Emergency Management

'Lot of grief' as acute water shortages threaten drought-hit NSW towns https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/lot-of-grief-as-acute-water-shortages-threaten-drought-hit-nsw-towns-20190222-p50zl5.html

How the Forest Stewards Guild is Building the Next Generation of Fire Practitioners: The Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Program
https://fireadaptednetwork.org/how-the-forest-stewards-guild-is-building-the-next-generation-of-fire-practitioners-the-forest-stewards-youth-corps-fire-and-fuels-program/

Reaching Harvey victims 18 months later, one door at a time https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Reaching-Harvey-victims-18-months-later-one-door-13639784.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Desktop)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Townsville flooding - "The health response has been quite remarkable"
https://www.ckn.org.au/content/townsville-flooding-health-response-has-been-quite-remarkable

Bracing for worst flooding in 24 years, residents ‘know the drill’
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/26/get-out-now-fueled-cursed-by-russian-river-guerneville-evacuates/

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Officials urge people not to play in flood water
https://www.newschannel5.com/news/officials-urge-people-not-to-play-in-flood-water

Floods in the Hunter (1870)
https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2019/02/25/floods-hunter-1870/

Flood protection to be outlined
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/environment/flood-protection-to-be-outlined-1-9610429

Getting started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day toolkit
https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/getting-started-wildfire-community-preparedness-day-toolkit?utm_source=fabk&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fabk0006

Flood Exercise
https://www.jbaconsulting.com/flood-water-management/flood-emergency-planning/

How to plan ahead for flooding
https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/plan-ahead-for-flooding

Downpour! – Flood risk communication through interactive immersive street games
https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/ioep/rfa/2019/00000003/00000001/art00003

Six years after: ‘Fukushima memories’ and continued willingness to participate in energy and environmental policy-making process in Japan
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18692729.2018.1543244?journalCode=rcoj20

Developing models for emergency evacuation response
https://www.movementstrategies.com/blog-posts/diary-of-an-evacuee

2 billion social media posts show that people are starting to normalise extreme weather events
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/02/15/1816541116

Flood Expo 2019
https://www.construction.co.uk/c/680296/flood-expo-2019

 

Psychology and Disasters

Traumatic stress: Who counsels the fire chief?
https://www.firechief.com/2019/01/23/traumatic-stress-who-counsels-the-fire-chief/

Mental health support for fire affected communities
https://www.echo.net.au/2019/02/mental-health-support-fire-affected-communities/

Trauma Teddies
https://www.redcross.org.au/get-involved/connect/volunteer/knitting-for-charity-trauma-teddies

Household preparedness in an imminent disaster threat scenario: The case of superstorm sandy in New York City
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918312196?fbclid=IwAR1cC4SxK0vcYK5Wg7dnxK25bTb15aNMjTJkv8fiKt8JwWSrykqp2xeQcGQ

We're starting to normalize extreme weather
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/were-normalizing-extreme-weather-study

Sociology and Disasters

The rural impact of natural hazards
https://resiliencechallenge.nz/rural-programme/the-rural-impact-of-natural-hazards/

“Nothing lays bare inequality and discrimination like a disaster”
https://www.unisdr.org/archive/63913

Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/world-risk-report-2018-focus-child-protection-and-childrens-rights

 

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