This Week in Disaster Resilience 9th April 2020

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Solomon Islands – Rivers Rise as Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaches
http://floodlist.com/australia/tropical-cyclone-harold-solomon-islands-april-2020

Vanuatu on Red Alert as it braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Harold
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/413468/vanuatu-on-red-alert-as-it-braces-for-severe-tropical-cyclone-harold?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

US coronavirus toll tops 10,000
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-coronavirus-death-toll-nears-10-000-11586166530

Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces
http://floodlist.com/asia/indonesia-at-least-3-dead-2-missing-after-floods-and-landslides-in-3-provinces

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota
https://watchers.news/2020/04/06/flooding-on-james-river-persists-for-more-than-a-year-south-dakota/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-pacific-vanuatu-idUSKBN21O0HL

Severe weather in Greece
https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2020/04/06/greece-weather-skopelos-skiathos-in-estate-of-emergency/

Colombia – Landslide in Santander Prompts Evacuations
http://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floridablanca-santander-april-2020?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Papua New Guinea – Thousands Affected by Floods in Gulf Province
http://floodlist.com/asia/papua-new-guinea-floods-gulf-province-april-2020

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Apr 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventado
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/101406/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-8-Apr-2020-Santiaguito-volcano-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Dukono-Reventado.html

Tropical Cyclone "Harold" leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji -- passing over Tonga
https://watchers.news/2020/04/08/tropical-cyclone-harold-leaves-a-trail-of-destruction-across-vanuatu-and-fiji-passing-over-tonga/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Record-breaking snowfall engulfs parts of Norway
https://watchers.news/2020/04/08/record-breaking-snowfall-engulfs-parts-of-norway/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/04/australias-path-to-net-zero-emissions-lies-in-small-stimulus-friendly-steps?CMP=share_btn_tw

Cure for coronavirus-hit economy could be in renewables
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/cure-for-coronavirus-hit-economy-could-be-in-renewables-garnaut-20200311-p5494c.html

Be prepared: Key lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change
https://grist.org/climate/be-prepared-key-lessons-from-the-pandemic-and-climate-change/

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent
https://theconversation.com/sorry-to-disappoint-climate-deniers-but-coronavirus-makes-the-low-carbon-transition-more-urgent-135419?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/report-maps-out-ways-to-reach-climate-targets-and-regenerate-economy-20200403-p54gwl.html

Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible To War
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/climate-disasters-make-vulnerable-countries-more-susceptible-to-war/

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/391548-lets-have-a-worthy-debate-about-sea-level-rise

NASA Study Adds a Pinch of Salt to El Niño Models
https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2967/nasa-study-adds-a-pinch-of-salt-to-el-nino-models/

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71180

Natural variability or climate change? Stakeholder and citizen perceptions of extreme event attribution
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378019307939?dgcid=author

Earth scorched in the first 3 months of 2020
https://mashable.com/article/climate-change-2020-records/

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2189-9

Coronavirus pandemic threatens climate monitoring, WMO warns
https://www.climatechangenews.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-pandemic-threatens-climate-monitoring-wmo-warns/

Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71090

Disaster risk reduction

6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/30/coronavirus-social-distancing-mit-researcher-lydia-bourouiba-27-feet/5091526002/

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through data
http://datatopics.worldbank.org/universal-health-coverage/covid19/

Coronavirus in South Asia Takes Hold as April Arrives
https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/coronavirus-south-asia-takes-hold-april-arrives

Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00974-w

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/ban-live-animal-markets-pandemics-un-biodiversity-chief-age-of-extinction?CMP=share_btn_tw

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2020-04-06/coronavirus-and-future-surveillance

Brazil – Extreme Rainfall Days in Metropolitan São Paulo Have Risen Four-Fold
http://floodlist.com/america/brazil-sao-paulo-extreme-rainfall-days-increase?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Volcanic activity helped trigger Triassic climate change, study says
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/07/volcanic-activity-triggered-triassic-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Where are Ireland’s Sustainable flood defenses?
https://nwrmireland.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/where-are-irelands-sustainable-flood-defenses/

Emergency risk assessment handbook published
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/emergency-risk-assessment-handbook-published/

Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71210

Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19?
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71228

3 ways to build back better after a tsunami
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71110

These 5 countries have advanced Tsunami warning systems
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71115

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus
https://grist.org/climate/americas-heartland-is-expected-to-flood-again-but-this-time-amid-coronavirus/

Waterfront residents brace for possible flooding, even as COVID-19 crisis continues
https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/waterfront-residents-brace-for-possible-flooding-even-as-covid-19-crisis-continues-1.4887503

Assessing flash flood hazard and damages in the southeast United States
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71131

Critical infrastructure cascading effects. Disaster resilience assessment for floods affecting city of Cologne and Rhein‐Erft‐Kreis
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71128

Crowdsourcing and interactive modelling for urban flood management
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71127

Mozambique - Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Lessons learnt from Beira
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71219

Emergency management

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises 'idiots' ignoring lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/new-zealand-passes-1000-coronavirus-cases-as-pm-chastises-idiots-ignoring-lockdown

We need to live restricted lives for at least six months – police enforced lockdowns are unnecessary
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/05/we-need-to-live-restricted-lives-for-at-least-six-months-police-enforced-lockdowns-are-unnecessary?CMP=share_btn_tw

How do the effects of the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of a major earthquake?
https://abc7.com/how-do-the-effects-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-compare-to-that-of-a-major-earthquake/6047020/

I'm A Disaster Scientist. Here's Why We Need To Think About Coronavirus Recovery Now
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/im-a-disaster-scientist-heres-why-we-need-to-think-about-coronavirus-recovery-now/

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/04/05/asia-pacific/coronavirus-pandemic-hurts-disaster-readiness/#.XozvWW5uKUk

New York merging all its hospitals to battle coronavirus
https://www.vox.com/2020/4/3/21207310/coronavirus-new-york-hospitals-andrew-cuomo

U.S. Readies Health Response for the Next Big Eruption
https://eos.org/features/u-s-readies-health-response-for-the-next-big-eruption

NSW RFS Commissioner takes on new resilience role
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/nsw-rfs-commissioner-takes-on-new-resilience-role

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies
https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/72

UN agency calls for inclusion of domestic violence risk in disaster response to COVID-19
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/71220

Disaster education, communications and engagement

5 ways to include people with disabilities when preparing for tsunami
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/59487?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=202003Tusnami

Learning Resources: How water flows in a catchment
https://www.jbatrust.org/how-we-help/learning-resources/how-water-flows-in-a-catchment/

Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/creating-a-novel-disaster-medicine-virtual-reality-training-environment/7D1601AC092781E6DF0FE6DAD9ACEE66/share/f51b28c070ac890bf3614b399e88ea4a688f351c

Communications down after category 5 Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/communications-down-after-category-5-cyclone-harold-hits-vanuatu?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

The Pursuit of Clarity in a Time of Plague
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/pursuit-clarity-time-plague/

Resilient Australia Awards open
https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/

'His Game is Called Survivin:' a resistance to resilience
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340493367_'His_Game_is_Called_Survivin'_a_resistance_to_resilience

Students, everything you need to know about coronavirus
https://education.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/3520184

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and IBAC launch flood education course for brokers
https://www.coastalnewstoday.com/post/intact-centre-on-climate-adaptation-and-ibac-launch-flood-education-course-for-brokers

Geological Society of America Online Education Resource Guide
https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Education_Careers/GSA/edu-career/online-resources.aspx

Communicating the effectiveness of flood-mitigation schemes
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71124

Psychology and Disasters

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus
https://psychcentral.com/blog/managing-your-mind-during-coronavirus/

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/05/virus-natural-animals-coronavirus-nature-revenge/

Social Distancing And Storm Evacuations Save Lives. Here’s Why Some People Complain When They Do
https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2020/04/05/social-distancing-and-storm-evacuations-save-liveswhy-some-people-complain-when-they-do/#7f24ddbf682e

Several psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/april-2020/coronavirus-psychological-perspectives

The state of Americans’ trust in each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/06/the-state-of-americans-trust-in-each-other-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Analysis of the Actions and Motivations of a Community during the 2017 Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu, Japan
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340408387_Analysis_of_the_Actions_and_Motivations_of_a_Community_during_the_2017_Torrential_Rains_in_Northern_Kyushu_Japan

Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis
https://www.ideas.org.au/blog/look-after-your-mental-health-in-the-covid-19-crisis.html

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200402-climate-grief-mourning-loss-due-to-climate-change

Sociology and disasters

UN development head: Coronavirus crisis will hit the world's poorest for years
https://news.trust.org/item/20200405163657-adzfn/

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-coronavirus-race-african-american-cases-rising-20200403.html

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?
https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/04/06/how-will-coronavirus-reshape-democracy-and-governance-globally-pub-81470

Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response
https://blog.ucsusa.org/derrick-jackson/fighting-for-a-just-covid-19-response

The importance of social ties in handling COVID19
https://www.preventionweb.net/experts/oped/view/71227

From the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever. So what’s next?
https://theconversation.com/from-the-bushfires-to-coronavirus-our-old-normal-is-gone-forever-so-whats-next-134994

Social cohesion and willingness to pay for cyclone risk reduction: The case for the coastal embankment improvement project in Bangladesh
http://www.preventionweb.net/english/email/url.php?eid=71205

 

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