Resources for Windstorms

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Last updated: 15 August 2018 (note: this page is in the process of being updated – an introduction will be added soon)

Following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Evidence Aid worked with colleagues in the disaster community to compile the following evidence-based resources that might help.

Photo: Caritas/ CAFOD, November 2013

If you would like to use an appraisal framework when considering the relevance and quality of the full reviews (see below) that Evidence Aid links to, a couple of useful tools are: AMSTAR and CASP. Guidance is also available on reporting reviews: PRISMA.

Systematic Reviews

Community responses and needs

Fu C., & Underwood C. A meta-review of school-based disaster interventions for child and adolescent survivorsJournal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 2015:27(3);161-71.

Greene G., Turley R., Mann M., et al. Differing community responses to similar public health threats: A cross-disciplinary systematic literature review. Science of The Total Environment, 2014:470;759-67.

Laditka S.B., Murray L.M., & Laditka J.N. In the eye of the storm: Resilience and vulnerability among African American women in the wake of Hurricane KatrinaHealth Care for Women International, 2010:31(11);1013-27.

Tyree T.C., & Hill M.A. Hurricane Katrina 10-years later: A qualitative meta-analysis of communications and media studies of New Orleans Black communityInternational Journal of Emergency Management, 2016:12(3);304-27.

Deciding and preparing to evacuate

Ahsan M.N., Takeuchi K., Vink K. et al. A systematic review of the factors affecting the cyclone evacuation decision process in BangladeshJournal of Disaster Research, 2016:11;741.

Huang S.K. Households evacuation decision in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 2014 – Doctoral dissertation.

Huang S.K., Lindell M.K., & Prater C.S. Who leaves and who stays? A review and statistical meta analysis of hurricane evacuation studiesEnvironment and Behavior, 2016:48(8);991-1029.

Ochi S., Hodgson S., Landeg O., et al. Disaster driven evacuation and medication loss: a systematic literature reviewPLoS Currents. 2014:Jul 18; 6.

Rojek A., & Little M. Evacuating hospitals in Australia: What lessons can we learn from the world literature? Emergency Medicine Australasia, 2013:25(6);496-502.

Thompson R.R., Garfin D.R., & Silver, R.C. Evacuation from natural disasters: a systematic review of the literatureRisk Analysis, 2017:37(4);812-39.

Dust storms and air pollution

Abdo N., Khader Y. S., Abdelrahman M., et al. Respiratory health outcomes and air pollution in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: a systematic review. Reviews on Environmental Health, 2016:31(2);259-80.

Delpisheh A., Direkvand Moghadam A., & Direkvand Moghadam F. The impact of air pollution on pregnancy outcomes: A Systematic Review. The Iranian Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, 2014:17(102);7-11.

Ferrer A.L.C., Thomé A.M.T., & Scavarda A.J.. Sustainable urban infrastructure: A review. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 2018:128;360-72.

Hashizume M., Ueda K., Nishiwaki Y., et al. Health effects of Asian dust events: a review of the literature. Nihon eiseigaku zasshi [Japanese Journal of Hygiene], 2010:65(3);413-21.

Zhang X., Zhao L., Tong D.Q., et al. A systematic review of global desert dust and associated human health effectsAtmosphere, 2016:7(12);158.

Floods and water impacts

Ahmed T., Scholz M., Al-Faraj F., et al. Water-related impacts of climate change on agriculture and subsequently on public health: A review for generalists with particular reference to PakistanInternational journal of environmental research and public health, 2016:13(11);1051.

Johanning E., Auger P., Morey P.R., et al. Review of health hazards and prevention measures for response and recovery workers and volunteers after natural disasters, flooding, and water damage: mold and dampnessEnvironmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 2014:19(2);93.

Veenema T.G., Thornton C.P., Lavin R.P., et al. Climate change-related water disasters’ impact on population healthJournal of Nursing Scholarship, 2017:49(6);625-34.

Health impacts

Goldman A., Eggen B., Golding B., et al. The health impacts of windstorms: a systematic literature review. Public Health, 2014:128(1);3-28.

Harville E.W., Xiong X., & Buekens, P. Disasters and perinatal health: a systematic review. Obstetrical & Gynecological survey, 2010:65(11);713.

Klinger C., Landeg O., Murray V. M. Power outages, extreme events and health: a systematic review of the literature from 2011-2012.  PLoS Currents. 2014:Jan 2; 6.

Kouadio I.K., Aljunid S., Kamigaki T., et al. Infectious diseases following natural disasters: prevention and control measuresExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy, 2012:10(1);95-104.

Louis V., Phalkey R., Le Polain De Waroux O., et al. The health and health care system impacts of earthquakes, windstorms and floods –a systematic review. MICRODIS paper series. Brussels: Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, 2008, 1Á62.

Ryan B., Franklin R.C., Burkle Jr F.M., et al. Identifying and describing the impact of cyclone storm and flood related disasters on treatment management, care and exacerbations of non-communicable diseases and the implications for public healthPLoS Currents. 2015:Sep 28;7.

Saulnier D.S., Ribacke K.B. & von Schreeb J. No calm after the storm: A systematic review of human health following flood and storm disastersPrehospital and Disaster Medicine 2017:32(5);1-12.

Smith S.L., & Smith H.G. The impact of hurricanes on mechanisms of burn injuryJournal of Burn Care & Research, 2018:39(1);S52.

Steinmann W.C. Why current medical management is failing victims of Hurricane Katrina: a review of past successes and failures in postdisaster psychosocial treatmentSouthern Medical Journal, 2007:100(10);991-8.

Mental health impacts

Chan C.S., & Rhodes J.E. Measuring exposure in Hurricane Katrina: a meta-analysis and an integrative data analysis. PLoS One, 2014:9(4);e92899.

Fernandez A., Black J., Jones M., et al (2015). Flooding and mental health: a systematic mapping review. PloS One, 2015:10(4);e0119929.

Kõlves K., Kõlves K.E., & De Leo D. Natural disasters and suicidal behaviours: a systematic literature review. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013:146(1);1-14.

Lock S., Rubin G. J., Murray V., et al. Secondary stressors and extreme events and disasters: A systematic review of primary research from 2010-2011PLoS Currents. 2012, Oct 29; 4.

Readiness, Forecasting, Mitigation, and Adaptation

Bartholdson, S., & von Schreeb, J. Natural disasters and injuries: what does a surgeon need to know? Current Trauma Reports, 2018:1-6.

Curtis L. Midlevel dry intrusions as a factor in tornado outbreaks associated with landfalling tropical cyclones from the Atlantic and Gulf of MexicoWeather and Forecasting, 2004:19(2);411-27.

Ejeta L.T., Ardalan A., & Paton D. Application of behavioral theories to disaster and emergency health preparedness: A systematic review. PLoS currents, 2015:July 1;7.

Hilts A.S., Mack S., Eidson M., et al. New York state public health system response to Hurricane Sandy: An analysis of emergency reportsDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2016:10(3);308-13.

Hoque M.A.A., Phinn S., & Roelfsema C. A systematic review of tropical cyclone disaster management research using remote sensing and spatial analysisOcean & Coastal Management, 2017:146;109-20.

Horn D.P. Storm surge warning, mitigation, and adaptation. In Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, 2015 (pp. 153-180).

Lumbroso D., Suckall N., Nicholls R., et al. Enhancing resilience to coastal flooding from severe storms in the USA: international lessonsNatural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 2017:17;1357-73.

Manning S., & Kushma J. A systematic review of the international disaster case management literature in the aftermath of Hurricane KatrinaInternational Journal of Emergency Management, 2016:12(3);241-62.

Mills D.M. Climate change, extreme weather events, and us. Health impacts: What can we say? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2009:51(1);26-32.


Other resources (not systematic reviews)

Other resources, not systematic reviews

Evidence Aid Special Collections: Cochrane Library

Disaster risk management for health: Fact sheets

Disaster needs assessment: MIRA Approach: Process, Methodologies and Tools – Download bundle of the PDFs

Website for the Philippines response:

WHO Regional Office for Europe: Floods in the WHO European Region: Health effects and their prevention


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