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Hope everyone received the Module 2 Notes and power-points yesterday. Looking forward to chatting with you on Zoom tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at normal time (8pm). I’ll send out a Zoom invite and agenda earlier in the day. Feel free in the meantime to comment on this Blog or Mod 1 or 2 Tasks at any time. Whilst we are moving quite fast through the program (one Module every 3 weeks), there’s always time to dip back into any of the modules for comments or queries. It will 9for example) be good to hear from Kelly tonmorrow on her impressions from her bushfire related field visit to NSW yesterday and today. .
Hi everyone (although this is particularly aimed at Eddy, Mila & Ali), I’ve customised the TorqAid bibliography to highlight references to the earthquakes and tsunamis. The link is https://www.torqaid.com/earthquakes-tsunamis. This is particularly useful for practitioners in the field, so feel free to share this with interrested/involved colleagues.
– Some general information on earthquakes (ACAPS/ALNAP)
– The 2018 Sulawesi earthquake/tsunami & Lombok earthquake
– The 2018 PNG earthquake
– The 2015 Nepal earthquake
– The 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami/Fukushima nuclear accident
– The 2010 Haiti earthquake
– The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake & tsunami
Finally (trhank goodness!), this is a test message from Chris to see whether Task 7 (Global Disaster Examples) is coming thru’ OK? Could Roger (Oor AN Other) confirm this per favor)
This is a test message from Chris on Task 5 (Humanitarian Histrorical Background). Again, could Roger (or AN Other) confirm this is coming thru’ OK?
This is a test message from Chris on Task 4 (Natural Disaster Trends). Could Roger (or AN other) confirm this is coming thru’ OK ? .
You will note that we have modified the DRMC as a result of last week’s Zoom, and that this modified version can be seen at https://www.torqaid.com/resources.,
Hi Mitchell, Check out the https://www.torqaid.com/drm-framework, partricularly pages 14-20 which covers risk. We will be covering this, as well as the DRR diagram, in Module 3.
I look forward to your comments on these four key graphs showing natural disaster trends over the past 20 years – ie number of disasters; people killed and affected; and damage costs.
I’m registered in to ACAPS – http://www.acaps.org. They produce globally the best analyes of major natural disasters and complex emergencies (latter covered in Mod.4). You will see from our main bibliography – found on https://www.torqaid.com/torqaid-toolkit that we include a lot of ACAPS documents. I received their weekly pick/update today, which included the situation (particularly following the chemical explosion) in Lebanon – see https://www.acaps.org/country/lebanon/crisis/socioeconomic-crisis. Check it out as a comprehensive analysis of a complex situation.
The key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) diagram we focus in on in Module 1 is the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC). Whilst this illustrates the three DRMC stages (Normal/DRR, Emergency Response, Recovery), it highlights the key initiatives carried out in just the latter two (Emergency Response/Recovery). Following our Zoom discussion this past Wednesday, I’m seeing if our designer can just tidy up this diagram a bit. Note that we used the DRMC in both the bushfire articles, and it can be used in discusing Emergency Response & Recovery for cyclones/hurricanes/typhoons. We’ll be looking at the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram in Module 3.
Thanks for your questions, and I’m answering them in a round-about, but hopefully useful, way.
1. Effective humanitarians, in my view, combine a good mixture of technological, project management, and ”soft’ (such as relationships building, understand background context etc) skills. Check out the DRR diagram (we cover in Mod. 3) – see https://www.torqaid.com/resources, where the 12 key DRM initiatives include both Understanding Traditional Knowledge & Beliefs, and also Scientific Research (& Information Management)
2. In the post https://www.torqaid.com/bushfires, there is a bushfire-related agency directory, and bibliography.
– In the directory, this includes both the Bushfires & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research CXentre (BNHRC) & CSIRO (page 2)
both of which carry out cutting edge bushfire-related research & technological innovations
– The bibliography includes two articles by the Rural Australia Institute (RAI) – p.3, one of which highlights the importance of
businesses for recovery. This should be read together with the Aldrich video & two references (P.1) which highlight the importance of
Social Capital. So,in practice it’s complicated, and not a case of either/or (but both)
3. I recommend you also look at the https://www.torqaid.com/understanding-rohingya-crisis, particularly the key article there which includes (on page 3):
– The May Situation Report from the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). This gives a great overview of what is a complex and
sophistacted humanitarian program working in trying circumstances. In reading through various sector reports, you will see how
modern technology (such as sophisticated mapping) has been well used
– This should be read alongside the https://www.torqaid.com/rohingya-what-matters page.(also on p.3) This summarises the work at
grassroots level as reported in the Shongjog (what Matters?) humanitarian bvulletine. This highlights required nuanced ‘soft skills’
4. You asked what role employeres can play in disaster risk management (DRM). I think the answer is to understand that any of their involved staff need this mix of technoloigical/project management/’soft’ skills. Also it helps to understand all the key components carried out in both the DRMC (Emergency Response & Recovery Stages), and DRR diagrams. In working through non-conflict scenarios (such as the Australian bushfires or the Rohingya situation in Bangladesh), it’s complicated enough, but this in only exacerbated in conflict affected scenarios such as Lebanon (following this recent terrible port explosion), Syria & Yemen.
i hope this helps. Cheers, Chris
Kelly (Crawford) is the Coordinator for the Baptist Union of NSW/ACT Bushfire Recovery program. This supports the work of the various Baptist churches throughout the state (NSW) which are involved in supporting bushfire-affected communities. As well as the regular challenges of recovery work, the situation is complicated somewhat by the COVID-19 restrictions and effects. Kelly has recently visited the key churches down the NSW south coast involved in recovery work, and her insights would be illuminating
Note that it’s not just the potential for storm surges, high winds & heavy rainall when a cyclone strikes the coastline, but also for sometimes prolonged flooding inland, should this heavy rainfall persist. This happened in southern Texas from Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and also when Cyclone Debbie struck Queensland in March 2017. The initial impact was in north central Queensland on the 28th March, but then heavy rainfall over the next two days at it tracked inland and southwards, led to later heavy flooding. At the time of writing (4th August), Hurricane Isaisas is in the process of impacting the Carolinas coastline along the eastern seaboard of the US.
The cyclone/hurricane/typhoon readings in the customised bibliography cover examples of these events globally, partricularly SW Pacific, Caribbean, but also East Asia, SE Asia, SE Africa (eg Cyclone Ida). Thought this might be particulsarly useful for for you, Mila, if you oversee SDC’s responses in East Asia (eg Philippines), SW Pacific (eg Vanuatu, Fiji), or Indian Ocean area (eg India/Bangladesh/Myamar); Also for you, Ali, with regards Caribbean, and James for SE Southern Africa (Madagascar/Mozambique). Luther/Caroline, the unsaid challenge for the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, would be the difficulty of relocating these before a major cyclonic strike….
The articles here are largely on psycho-social support and social capital recovery, and are applicable to any disaster. Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires the University of Melbourne carried out a long-term research project in this area, the recommendations of which were largely incorporated in the State Government’s Psychosupportr Framework (both these in Essential Reading section). Check out the Aiustralian Red Cross videos, particularly Dr Rob Gordon’s video on COVID-19 in bushfire recovery setting. Gordon is Victoria’s most experience disaster-related Clinical Psychologist. His articles (+ Alrich’s) highlight important of social recovery initiatives. Eddy, I was thinking of your agency’s experiences of this following the 2018 Indonesian Lombok earthquake, and Sulawesi earthquake/tsunami …