This Week in Disaster Resilience 22nd May 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic – the first tropical storm of the season forms east of Florida
https://www.severe-weather.eu/tropical-weather/arthur-first-storm-atlantic-mk/

'Extremely severe' cyclonic storm Amphan forces evacuations in India, Bangladesh
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/extremely-severe-cyclonic-storm-amphan-forces-evacuations-in-india-bangladesh-20200519-p54u70.html

South Dakota: 17 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods
https://agfax.com/2020/05/15/south-dakota-17-counties-designated-natural-disaster-areas-to-floods/

Ecuador – Deadly Floods in Morona Santiago
http://floodlist.com/america/ecuador-floods-morona-santiago-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Sri Lanka – 2 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods
http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-may-2020

Philippines – 80,000 Affected by Tropical Cyclone Vongfong
http://floodlist.com/asia/philippines-tropical-cyclone-vongfong-may-2020

Algeria – Damaging Floods in Oran and Mostaganem Provinces
http://floodlist.com/africa/algeria-floods-oran-may-2020

USA – Floods in Illinois and Michigan After Days of Heavy Rain
http://floodlist.com/america/usa/floods-illinois-michigan-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Côte d’Ivoire – Floods in Duékoué Department
http://floodlist.com/africa/cote-divoire-floods-duekoue-may-2020

Dams Fail in Central Michigan; Evacuations Underway
https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-19-severe-weather-impacts-michigan-flooding-ohio-flooding

Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura
http://floodlist.com/asia/sri-lanka-floods-rathnapura-may-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Kasai River Floods in Mai-Ndombe Province
http://floodlist.com/africa/drcongo-floods-kasai-river-maindombe-may-2020

Storm rips through Geelong, tearing roofs off homes in Waurn Ponds
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-20/weather-storm-tears-roofs-off-homes-geelong-victoria/12265432

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52749935

Spectacular satellite imagery of a rapidly organizing depression moving towards western Europe today
https://www.severe-weather.eu/mcd/cyclone-north-atlantic-towards-uk-mk/

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/104003/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-21-May-2020-Klyuchevskoy-volcano-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventador-Ma.html

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-storm-india/cyclone-kills-at-least-82-in-india-bangladesh-causes-widespread-flooding-idUSKBN22X0JO

Central America – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
http://floodlist.com/america/floods-guatemala-honduras-elsalvador-may-2020

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global warming and drought impacts in the EU
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71836

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71838

Laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable against climate-related disaster risks
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71792

Climate change and water scarcity disrupting youth livelihoods in Ghana
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71811

Transforming knowledge management for climate action
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71821

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where's the action?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-17/climate-change-action-has-been-missing-hot-mess-richard-aedy/12200196

Australia's climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-climate-future-to-evolve-as-economy-is-rebuilt-20200517-p54tps.html

Peter Davis of the British Antarctic survey on changes in the Thwaites Glacier
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2020.1751951

The future of solar power: From unbelievably cheap to insanely cheap
https://reneweconomy.com.au/the-future-of-solar-power-from-unbelievably-cheap-to-insanely-cheap-77615/

Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52710224

Global heating is increasing the risk of fires and logging was making forests more flammable
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/19/victoria-should-expect-one-or-two-more-megafires-before-end-of-decade-study-finds

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71869

Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers 'extreme' emissions drop
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/experts-urge-further-climate-action-as-lockdown-triggers-extreme-emissions-drop-20200519-p54uhh.html

Shrinking Ice Sheets Lifted Global Sea Level 14 Millimeters
https://eos.org/articles/shrinking-ice-sheets-lifted-global-sea-level-14-millimeters

Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2020
https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-in-the-american-mind-april-2020/

Latest Estimates on Sea Level Rise by 2100 Are Worse Than We Thought
https://www.sciencealert.com/oceans-are-on-their-way-to-rising-over-a-meter-as-soon-as-2100

Major tropical cyclones have become ‘15% more likely’ over past 40 years
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71900

Adapting to rising river flood risk in the EU under climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71885

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71883

Global emissions plunge as working-from-home slashes transport emissions
https://reneweconomy.com.au/global-emissions-plunge-as-working-from-home-slashes-transport-emissions-81597/

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix
https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/aging-dams-changing-climate-a-dangerous-mix

Disaster risk reduction

Using satellites to monitor river ice for flood early warning
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71819

COVID-19 and the nature-health-nexus
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71835

Land use planning for disaster resilient communities
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/new-handbook-land-use-planning-for-disaster-resilient-communities/

How would people and systems cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues?
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-dual-risks-of-natural-disasters-and-covid-19

Tool shows what many know: State communities at high risk for wildfire
https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/05/15/tool-shows-what-many-know-state-communities-at-high-risk-for-wildfire/#.XsGaA1KXsbV.twitter

Forty years have passed since a tremendous blast at Mount St. Helens—the deadliest eruption in U.S. history
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146735/mount-st-helens

Help Stop COVID-19 and Future Pandemics in Their Tracks
https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=624&linkId=88891858

Project seeks super view of Earth's mantle
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52701935

How Singapore is predicting floods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71860

How this English region leads the way for flood prevention
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71859

Adapting to rising coastal flood risk in the EU under climate change
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71839

The utility of earth science information in post-earthquake land-use decision-making: the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in Aotearoa New Zealand
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71868

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks
https://ensia.com/features/the-worst-may-be-yet-to-come-5-ways-new-diseases-emerge-and-what-we-can-do-about-them/

Early Warning Systems for Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Natural Hazards
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420920308980

WMO Updates Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71889

From mangrove to mountain: Building coastal resilience in Timor-Leste
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71890

African countries get new tool to predict climate-related disasters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71904

Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71903

Wetlands: Our frontline defence against floods
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71905

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71910

Flood impact on mainland Southeast Asia between 1985 and 2018 - The role of tropical cyclones
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71901

Flood risk assessment for Davao Oriental in the Philippines using geographic information system‐based multi‐criteria analysis and the maximum entropy model
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71898

A map of 2019 fatal landslides
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/05/13/2019-fatal-landslides-2/

The current landslide crisis in East Africa
https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2020/05/18/landslides-in-east-africa/

A Likert scale-based model for benchmarking operational capacity, organizational resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71924

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike
https://www.wired.com/story/a-hyperactive-hurricane-season-is-about-to-strike/

Less Fuel for the Fire: Wildfire Mitigation through Hazardous Fuels Reduction
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/research-counts/less-fuel-for-the-fire-wildfire-mitigation-through-hazardous-fuels-reduction

Emergency management

Weakened by war and floods, Yemen fights twin health threat
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71841

Australian Red Cross releases bushfire report
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/australian-red-cross-releases-bushfire-report/

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/san-francisco-had-1918-flu-under-control-then-it-lifted-n1191141

U.S., European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine
https://www.cp24.com/world/u-s-european-leaders-weigh-reopening-risks-without-a-vaccine-1.4943445

Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later
https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/disaster-choice/202005/mount-st-helens-40-years-later

Coronavirus: Don't book your France trip yet - quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-dont-book-your-holiday-to-france-yet-as-confusion-over-quarantine-continues-11990285

How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2020/05/how-states-pay-for-natural-disasters-in-an-era-of-rising-costs

The value of spatial information for emergency services
https://eena.org/document/spatial-information-for-emergency-services

Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of crises
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-floods-and-locusts-kenyas-triple-whammy-of-crises.html

COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms
https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/05/18/covid-19-uw-study-reports-staggering-death-rate-in-us-among-those-infected-who-show-symptoms/

Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341487189_Factors_affecting_successful_transition_between_post-disaster_recovery_phases_a_case_study_of_2010_floods_in_Sindh_Pakistan

How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?
https://www.hcn.org/articles/climate-desk-covid19-how-do-you-fight-wildfire-during-a-pandemic

First responders, such as fire and ambulance services, will likely struggle to reach urgent cases in a timely manner during low-level flooding in England
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-020-0516-7

Coronavirus health emergency declaration delayed by a week, Australian WHO expert panel member says
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/20/coronavirus-health-emergency-declaration-delayed-by-a-week-australian-who-expert-panel-member-says

What happens if a ‘big one’ strikes during the pandemic?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71854

Cyclone Amphan rages amid pandemic, no space in shelters
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71925

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions
https://www.rand.org/pubs/tools/TLA173-1/tool.html

Knowledge Exchange and Disaster Recovery After Frequent Wildfires in Northern California: Exploring the Experiences of Organizations Responding to the 2018 Camp Fire
https://hazards.colorado.edu/quick-response-report/knowledge-exchange-and-disaster-recovery-after-frequent-wildfires-in-northern-california-exploring-the-experiences-of-organizati

Disaster education, communications and engagement

US risk education program piloted in Emerald, Victoria
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/us-risk-education-program-piloted-in-emerald-victoria/

Communicating and perceiving flood risks and warnings
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2020/communicating-and-perceiving-flood-risks-and-warnings

From The Embers - Stories from the Australian Bushfire Crisis
https://omny.fm/shows/from-the-embers/

Tracing Individual Perceptions of Media Credibility in Post-3.11 Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341422612_Tracing_Individual_Perceptions_of_Media_Credibility_in_Post-311_Japan

Living Through a Plague: A Reading List
https://lithub.com/living-through-a-plague-a-reading-list/

Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/mr-tornado/

Learning and sharing is key to climate adaptation and resilience building
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/05/12/learning-and-sharing-is-key-to-climate-adaptation-and-resilience-building/

People didn't fail during Covid19, the messages did
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71914

Conceptual framework for motivating actions towards disaster preparedness through risk communication
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71917

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information
https://eos.org/features/visualizing-science-how-color-determines-what-we-see#.XsaAJGahrlM.twitter

Landslides in Puerto Rico: A Collaboration Story
https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/landslides-in-puerto-rico-a-collaboration-story

Can You Save the World? Game
https://martin-jacob.itch.io/can-you-save-the-world

Disaster psychology

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71831

You Got This Mate provides tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health
https://www.yougotthismate.com.au/

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health approach for mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341415583_A_qualitative_evaluation_of_Southwark_Council's_public_health_approach_for_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_Bridge_and_Borough_Market_terror_attack

Australia: Victorians most at risk from bushfires believed emergency services could save them, CFA data shows
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71878

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mentalhealth-idUSKBN22Q0AO

Sociology and disasters

Society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71872

Local networks can help people in distress: South Africa’s COVID-19 response needs them
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71875

Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71848

A GIS Approach to Analyzing the Spatial Pattern of Baseline Resilience Indicators for Community (BRIC)
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341468951_A_GIS_Approach_to_Analyzing_the_Spatial_Pattern_of_Baseline_Resilience_Indicators_for_Community_BRIC

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0890117120924531?casa_token=hQ8LqDBWQHkAAAAA%3AdpBPbQGmVUz6KscuyjfHxNIzvWge_WDwhSu71LlmlFzzG4TzU1tcTP4dZSry-SHAVtstMg4J8qIu

The role of social ties for culture-led development in inner areas. The case of the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquake
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2020.1759512

COVID-19 resources for sociologists
https://www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-news/covid-19-resources-sociologists

Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71857

COVID-19 puts human rights of millions at risk
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71912

How to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditions into disaster risk management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71909

Physical vulnerability and local responses to flood damage in peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71923

Profiling informal settlements for disaster risks
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71916

Confidence in authorities, neighborhood cohesion and natural hazards preparedness in Taiwan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335068070_Confidence_in_authorities_neighborhood_cohesion_and_natural_hazards_preparedness_in_Taiwan

 

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