This Week in Disaster Resilience 19th February 2021

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake/japan-quake-brings-back-memories-of-deadly-2011-tsunami-idUSKBN2AE01Y

New Ebola outbreak declared in Guinea
https://www.afro.who.int/news/new-ebola-outbreak-declared-guinea

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.74 mln
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-02/14/c_139743239.htm

South Africa – Over 30 Fatalities Reported After Weeks of Flooding
http://floodlist.com/africa/south-africa-floods-january-february-2021

Albania – Floods and Evacuations in Shkodra
http://floodlist.com/europe/albania-floods-shkodra-february-2021

Bolivia – Floods Affect Thousands in Beni and Santa Cruz
http://floodlist.com/america/bolivia-floods-beni-santa-cruz-february-2021

Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia
https://watchers.news/2021/02/15/large-landslide-hits-east-java-leaving-18-people-dead-or-missing-indonesia/

Intense explosive activity at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy
https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/eruption-etna-volcano-italy-february-16-2021/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Historic cold temps and snow in Wichita, Kansas
https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/historic-cold-temps-and-snow-in-wichita-kansas/

Forced evacuation of communities near Taal volcano, Philippines
https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/forced-evacuation-of-communities-near-taal-volcano-philippines/

Unusual, very large landslide hits Chunchi, Ecuador
https://watchers.news/2021/02/16/unusual-very-large-landslide-chunchi-ecuador/

3 people were killed and 10 more injured after a tornado struck coastal North Carolina
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/16/us/north-carolina-tornado-tuesday/index.html

Second major winter storm threatens wide swath of U.S. with millions still suffering after first
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/second-winter-storm-coming-millions-suffering/

Historic snowstorm leaves 3 dead in Greece
https://watchers.news/2021/02/17/historic-snowstorm-leaves-3-dead-in-greece/

Persistent flooding damages thousands of homes and wide swaths of land in southern Mozambique
https://watchers.news/2021/02/17/persistent-flooding-damages-thousands-of-homes-and-wide-swaths-of-land-in-southern-mozambique/

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-activity/news/122098/Volcanic-activity-worldwide-17-Feb-2021-Etna-volcano-Pacaya-Fuego-Popocatepetl-Semeru-Reventa.html

Peru – 1 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Cusco
http://floodlist.com/america/peru-floods-mudslides-cusco-february-2021

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Iran, injuring 43 people and cutting off electricity and water to Sisakht
https://watchers.news/2021/02/18/iran-earthquake-damage-february-18-2021/

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Arctic Report Card Founder Discusses the Fate of the Pole
https://eos.org/articles/arctic-report-card-founder-discusses-the-fate-of-the-pole

Ausgrid installs “first of many” community batteries on Sydney network
https://reneweconomy.com.au/ausgrid-installs-first-of-many-community-battery-installations-in-sydney-network/

Climate action could save 'millions of lives' through clean air, diet and exercise
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/10/climate-action-could-save-millions-of-lives-through-clean-air-diet-and-exercise

Mexico was once a climate leader – now it's betting big on coal
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/15/mexico-coal-fossil-fuels-climate-crisis-amlo

Pacific governments call for urgent action on disaster displacement in light of the climate crisis
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76052

Community forests prepare for climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76044

Glacier collapse in India a worrying sign of what’s to come
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76041

Climate change is making extreme cold much less likely, despite the UK plummeting to -23°C
https://theconversation.com/climate-change-is-making-extreme-cold-much-less-likely-despite-the-uk-plummeting-to-23-c-155177

Increasing hurricane intensity around Bermuda linked to rising ocean temperatures
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76036

The climate coalition health report 2021: the impacts of climate change on public health
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76049

Climate risk in Africa: Adaptation and resilience
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76004

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time?
https://theconversation.com/as-nz-gets-serious-about-climate-change-can-electricity-replace-fossil-fuels-in-time-155123

Devastating Flood in Himalayas Highlights Risks of Development in the Era of Climate Change
https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2021/02/16/flood-himalayas-development-climate/

A slippery slope: could climate change lead to more landslides?
https://eos.org/features/a-slippery-slope-could-climate-change-lead-to-more-landslides

EU to seek fossil fuel phase-out in energy charter treaty talks -document
https://news.trust.org/item/20210216131010-j11sw/

New ANU institute for climate, energy & disaster solutions
https://energy.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/new-anu-institute-climate-energy-disaster-solutions

Climate denialism, ‘doom porn’, deflection and The New Climate War
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-denialism-doom-porn-deflection-and-the-new-climate-war-20210215-p572kh.html

Why it matters that the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate agreement
https://fortune.com/2021/02/16/paris-climate-agreement-us-rejoined-biden-administration-why-it-matters/

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76073

Working paper: Climate change and human mobility - Impacts and actions across sectors
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76092

Australians fear climate change more than catching Covid, survey shows
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/19/australians-fear-climate-change-more-than-catching-covid-survey-shows

Does Cold Weather Disprove Climate Change?
https://ucsusa.org/resources/does-cold-weather-disprove-climate-change

Why communication is critical to tackling the climate crisis
https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/katharine-hayhoe-climate-crisis

Heat and health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76117

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right
https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/sea-level-data-confirms-climate-modeling-projections-were-right

Disaster risk reduction

Good governance and good planning includes everyone and leads to action on reducing disaster risk
https://iddrr.undrr.org/

A post-quake lesson: Brick buildings should come with warnings
https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/letters/2021/02/14/letter-post-quake-lesson/801-237-2900/

Mozambique: The time to prepare for the next cyclone is now
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76037

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community
https://headwaterseconomics.org/natural-hazards/wildfire-risk-report/

Supercomputer-developed AI predicts tsunami flooding in real-time on a PC
https://newatlas.com/environment/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-artificial-intelligence-predicts-tsunami-flooding/

Is Texas’s Disaster a Harbinger of America’s Future?
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/austin-texas-ice-storm-climate-change-1129183/

Past earthquakes triggered large rockslides in the Eastern Alps
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-earthquakes-triggered-large-rockslides-eastern.html

Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-motion-precursors-earthquakes-fast.html

Learning from crisis: from disruption to transformation
https://www.resilienceshift.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LFC-summary-report-160221.pdf

U.S. housing agency faces 'systemic risk' from floods
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063725133

Risky Cities Flood Project
https://riskycities.hull.ac.uk/

The COVID-19 road ahead is long, winding and uncertain
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76114

Fujitsu leverages world's fastest supercomputer and AI to predict tsunami flooding
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76115

Innovation in flood risk management: An ‘Avenues of Innovation’ analysis
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76104

Emergency management

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation
https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-considers-new-covid-19-quarantine-strategy-outback-isolation-11610704005?mod=wsjtwittertest19&twclid=11361045683684265984

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13753-021-00330-0

Equal, Rapid Access to Vaccines Is More Important Than Ever as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge
https://www.rand.org/blog/2021/02/equal-rapid-access-to-vaccines-is-more-important-than.html

Labor steps up criticism of bushfire grants after damage report by federal agency revealed
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/15/labor-steps-up-criticism-of-bushfire-grants-after-damage-report-by-federal-agency-revealed

COVID-19: Vaccines giving 67% protection after three weeks, large-scale research shows
https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-vaccines-giving-67-protection-after-three-weeks-large-scale-research-shows-12217943

Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/02/14/why-coronavirus-cases-are-dropping/

Australian Disaster Mapper audit
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/australian-disaster-mapper-audit/

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts
https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/bushfire-prediction-tech-to-bolster-emergency-response-efforts

Vaccine Delays in Developing Nations Risk Prolonging Pandemic
https://www.wsj.com/articles/faltering-covid-19-vaccine-drive-in-developing-world-risks-prolonging-pandemic-11613557801?mod=hp_lead_pos11

Firefighter health, wellness and fitness
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/operations/ops_wellness_fitness.html

Mapping the Gaps aims to address some of the issues around fragmentation of post-flood support
https://floodinnovation.co.uk/the-flood-innovation-centre-launches-mapping-the-gaps-a-new-research-partnership-for-delivering-effective-post-flood-support/

How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/how-soon-will-covid-19-vaccines-return-life-normal

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparing for extreme weather at your school
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZT4mZQXKyA&feature=youtu.be

Among the storm chasers: witnessing the terrifying power of tornadoes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/among-the-storm-chasers-how-extreme-weather-enthusiasts-help-predict-storms?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Play School team up with Australian Red Cross and The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) to share early childhood safety messages relevant during times of emergency
https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/shows/play-school/everyday-helpers/13149796

Citizen scientists could be the key to early earthquake warning system
https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/124244520/citizen-scientists-could-be-the-key-to-early-earthquake-warning-system

AIDR is now well into the process of developing the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook
https://www.aidr.org.au/news/disaster-resilience-education-handbook/

How to become a flood resilient community
https://www.floodtoolkit.com/how-to-guides/community-project/

Participatory early warning and monitoring systems: A Nordic framework for web-based flood risk management
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2212420917301553

Engaging haitian community leaders in emergency preparedness
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000571?via%3Dihub

Transformative learning and community resilience to cyclones and storm surges: The case of coastal communities in Bangladesh
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000297?via%3Dihub

Rivers from above
https://riversfromabove.zenfolio.com/

Emergency Services Affected In Australia Due To Facebook Ban Internet
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/emergency-services-affected-in-australia-due-to-facebook-ban-internet-2372914

Students receives training on hazard mapping
https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/76107

Psychology and disasters

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000686?via%3Dihub

Australian bushfires: Simple activities for children and adolescents
https://www.phoenixaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Bushfires-Evacuation-activities-for-children.pdf

A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jfr3.12700

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0020764021995556

How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse
https://theconversation.com/how-the-media-may-be-making-the-covid-19-mental-health-epidemic-worse-153616

Sociology and disasters

How do those affected by a disaster organize to meet their needs for justice? Campaign strategies and partial victories following the Grenfell Tower fire
https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/xrcfq/

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/maps-and-graphics/2021/coronavirus-humanitarian-update-map-data-vaccine-aid-response

Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Community-based Disaster Preparedness
https://www.australianhumanitarianpartnership.org/library-contents/thematic-guidance-note-strengthening-disability-inclusion-in-community-based-disaster-preparedness

‘You never know if you will be treated properly and with respect’: voices of LGBTIQA+ people who lived through disasters
https://theconversation.com/you-never-know-if-you-will-be-treated-properly-and-with-respect-voices-of-lgbtiqa-people-who-lived-through-disasters-153190

Acquiring vulnerability indicators to geo-hydrological hazards: An example of mobile phone-based data collection
https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/76027

How heat is radically altering Americans' lives before they're even born – video
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2021/feb/16/degrees-of-racism-how-heat-is-radically-altering-americans-lives-before-theyre-even-born-video?CMP=share_btn_tw

Warming stations and shelters open throughout the Houston area
https://abc13.com/heres-where-you-can-go-if-you-need-to-get-warm/10338709/

England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/17/englands-poorest-areas-hit-by-covid-perfect-storm-leaked-report?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

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