This Week in Disaster Resilience 21st February 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Dennis: Major incidents declared in south Wales and Herefordshire
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51519635

Mississippi Braces for ‘Third Worst Flood’ in State History
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/mississippi-braces-for-flooding-amid-cresting-river/2297828/

Mozambique – Floods Hit Central Provinces
http://floodlist.com/africa/mozambique-floods-february-2020

Hardin County homes entirely submerged in floodwaters
https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/hardin-county-homes-entirely-submerged-in-floodwaters/

Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-17/storm-dennis-sees-record-number-of-flood-warnings-as-uk-rocked-/11971168

UK – Evacuations After Storm Dennis Triggers Major Flooding in England and Wales
http://floodlist.com/europe/united-kingdom/storm-dennis-floods-england-wales-february-2020

Peru – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Puno and Ayacucho
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-landslides-puno-ayacucho-february-2020

"This Thing Isn't Over Yet": Officials Warn Flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee to Continue
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/17/thing-isnt-over-yet-officials-warn-flooding-mississippi-and-tennessee-continue

Zimbabwe – Widespread Damage After Floods in Binga District
http://floodlist.com/africa/zimbabwe-floods-binga-district-february-2020

USA – Mississippi Declares Flood Emergency
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-mississippi-february-2020

Tanzania – Evacuations Ordered as Dam Threatens Collapse
http://floodlist.com/africa/tanzania-evacuations-mwanga-dam-collapse-february-2020

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North
http://floodlist.com/america/argentina-tucuman-salta-chaco-floods-february-2020

Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-floods-lanadslides-westsumatra-westjava-westnusatenggara-eastkalimantan-february-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The story of coal and climate change is not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two regional Australia's
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/14/i-spent-weeks-reporting-on-the-bushfires-this-is-the-truth-about-regional-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia's fire-hit summer
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/climate-summit-calls-for-urgent-action-after-australias-fire-hit-summer?CMP=share_btn_tw

An Iceberg Triple The Size Of San Francisco Breaks Off Antarctica's Most Endangered Glacier
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/02/17/antarctica-iceberg-breaks-off

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/17/uk-must-prepare-for-more-intense-storms-climate-scientists-say?CMP=share_btn_tw

Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/australia-fires-climate-change-relationship-60-minutes-2020-02-16/

“Glacial Earthquakes” Spotted for the First Time on Thwaites
https://eos.org/articles/glacial-earthquakes-spotted-for-the-first-time-on-thwaites

Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/18/coalitions-handling-of-bushfires-causes-substantial-decline-in-support-anu-poll-finds

Solar thermal power the way forward for Australia despite hiccups, nuclear expert says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/solar-thermal-power-should-be-major-export-expert-says/11971938

Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade
https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-has-done-little-on-emissions-and-is-not-planning-much-in-next-decade-71549/

How heat and drought turned Australia into a tinderbox
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/australia-bushfires-how-heat-and-drought-created-a-tinderbox/11976134

Vancouver has been named a global leader for climate change
https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-global-leader-climate-change-cdp

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40%
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/oil-gas-industry-far-worse-climate-impact-than-thought-fossil-fuels-methane

Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle
https://www.geekwire.com/2020/earthquake-researchers-lay-latest-outlook-really-big-one-thatll-hit-seattle/

Flood defences in England get 1% of infrastructure spending
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51463267

Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought
https://theconversation.com/rain-has-eased-the-dry-but-more-is-needed-to-break-the-drought-131660?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=footertwitterbutton

Met Office forecasters set for 'billion pound' supercomputer
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51504002

The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/the-guardian-view-on-flooded-britain-breaking-the-waves

City launches ‘Resilient Houston’ plan to prepare for future disasters
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/City-launches-Resilient-Houston-plan-to-15051469.php

The role of a fractured planning system that still enables developers to build homes in high flood risk areas
https://theconversation.com/how-englands-broken-planning-system-has-created-not-reduced-the-risk-of-floods-127287

Flooding in the UK isn’t an act of God, it’s an act of government
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/flooding-uk-george-eustice-met-office

Exceptional satellite presentation of deep North Atlantic cyclone nearing Iceland this evening
https://www.severe-weather.eu/mcd/exceptional-satellite-presentation-cyclone-iceland-mk/

Emergency management

Decades of Disaster Data: Local and National
https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/decades-of-disaster-data

More than 75 per cent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the fires
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/deadly-bushfires-affected-75-per-cent-of-australians-says-new-study?cid=news:socialshare:twitter

Exposure and the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires
https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/exposure-and-impact-attitudes-2019-20-australian-bushfires-0

Sifting through the ashes: Mallacoota residents after the bushfires
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/gallery/2020/feb/18/sifting-through-the-ashes-mallacoota-residents-after-the-bushfires-in-pictures

CBRNe Summit Europe 2020
https://intelligence-sec.com/events/cbrne-summit-europe-2020/

RFS puts up billboard in New York's Times Square thanking firefighters
https://www.9news.com.au/national/rfs-puts-up-billboard-in-new-yorks-times-square-thanking-firefighters/eb30b56b-536a-4f3d-9f66-6f8996602991?ocid=Social-9NewsS

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/19/807418497/coronavirus-update-diamond-princess-passengers-leave-ship-as-expert-slams-quaran

Winter Is Wildfire Prep Season in California
https://www.wsj.com/articles/winter-is-wildfire-prep-season-in-california-11582021800?mod=hp_lead_pos11

After Hurricane Dorian, engaging the private sector in recovery
https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2020/after-hurricane-dorian--engaging-the-private-section-in-recovery.html

Disaster education, communications and engagement

USA: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/63681

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210484

How you can save your home from this floody hell as storms sweep across Britain
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10991716/storms-britain-how-save-home-floody-hell/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Brief communication: Comparing top-down and bottom-up paradigms for global flood hazard mapping
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338788292_Brief_communication_Comparing_top-down_and_bottom-up_paradigms_for_global_flood_hazard_mapping

Psychology and Disasters

'It’s OK to hurt': Lifeline launches bushfire recovery helpline
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-s-ok-to-hurt-lifeline-launches-bushfire-recovery-helpline-20200217-p541mk.html

Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339312153_Exploring_changes_in_hydrogeological_risk_awareness_and_preparedness_over_time_a_case_study_in_northeastern_Italy

Sociology and disasters

The Paradox of Community Involvement: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Minamisanriku Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339251716_The_Paradox_of_Community_Involvement_Post-Disaster_Reconstruction_in_Minamisanriku_Japan

Flood vulnerability assessment using MOVE framework: a case study of the northern part of district Peshawar, Pakistan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339273067_Flood_vulnerability_assessment_using_MOVE_framework_a_case_study_of_the_northern_part_of_district_Peshawar_Pakistan

A Genealogy of Resilience
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323188057_A_Genealogy_of_Resilience

Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339320309_Traditional_knowledge_social_capital_and_community_response_to_a_disaster_resilience_of_remote_communities_in_Fiji_after_a_severe_climatic_event

Active Hope in an Era of Environmental Extremes
https://hazards.colorado.edu/workshop/2020/theme

Communities with lower flood resilience capacities and interactions can best build resilience by leveraging their relatively higher human capital capacities to strengthen the financial and social capitals
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-020-01593-x

 

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