Today in disaster resilience (25 September 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Three dead after rare Mediterranean storm batters Greece

Tropical Storm Beta, Forecast to Move Inland Monday, Churns in the Gulf

Myanmar – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Mandalay Region

Mexico – Deadly Floods in Oaxaca

France – 2 Missing After Torrential Rain Triggers Floods in South

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Noul Causes Wind Damage and Floods in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Strombolian activity at Mount Etna, Italy

Major eruption at Sangay volcano, ash to 12 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador

Flood Kills 30, Submerges Communities In Niger State

Tropical Storm Beta takes aim at Texas, Louisiana as Gulf Coast sees storm surge, flooding

Man dies in floodwaters after Broken Hill cops month of rain in 15 minutes

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces

Indonesia- Floods in West Java and Jakarta

Nigeria – Widespread Flooding in Kogi State After Niger River Overflows

‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

Record Flooding in Sudan

Bangladesh faces twin crises as coronavirus deals new blow to flood-battered nation

Houston faces flash flooding risk as Beta stalls inland

Cambodia – Rain From Tropical Storm Noul Triggers Floods in 5 Provinces

Ethiopia – 144,000 Displaced by Awash River Flooding in Afar Region

India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Sep 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Reventador, Sangay, Lopevi

At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

New Australian guidelines launched to ensure consistent climate change risks assessments and disclosure

UK: Building climate resilience knowledge from the ground up

USA: Climate change is dumping record amounts of rain. We’re not equipped to handle it

Climate predictions for Ireland by 2050 come with unprecedented detail

Hurricane Sally’s fierce rain shows how climate change raises storm risks

Reporting on floods through a climate lens

Slow-moving storms that deluge coasts may be latest hazard of climate change

The Morrison government wants to suck CO₂ out of the atmosphere. Here are 7 ways to do it

Prince Charles calls for ‘swift’ action on climate change

Want to Save Lives? Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent

The climate crisis will sweep away my country if the world doesn’t keep its promises

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

As wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes grow more frequent, climate migration begins

Africa Is Experiencing Some of the Worst Climate Disasters, But the World Watches California Burn

World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

UNDP, Timor-Leste launch GCF-backed project to protect rural communities against climate change

Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience

Arctic sea ice minimum is 2nd lowest on record

Climate Scientists Take Their Closest Look Yet at the Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions

Stability Check on Antarctica Reveals High Risk for Long-Term Sea Level Rise

‘They’re suffering now’: Americans scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis

Future climate response to Antarctic Ice Sheet melt caused by anthropogenic warming

The science connecting wildfires to climate change

Disaster risk reduction

Atlantic hurricane in 2020: Are we in store for another record-breaking year?

Searching for surprise catastrophes: the Beirut explosion

Human activities promote disease-spreading mosquitoes; more study needed for prevention

Nepal: why are landslides so deadly?

The economic case for a national flood standard

To Prevent California Wildfires, We Need to Have Some Uncomfortable Conversations

The effect of surge on riverine flood hazard and impact in deltas globally

New recommendations for a proactive flood policy in India

Steps Sudan must take to prevent future flood destruction

Extreme rainfall events have more than doubled in Himalayas

New tools to help “predict” forest fires

California Wildfires: Can Insurance Markets Handle the Risk?

How Science and Technology Keep Up with Earth’s Shifting Surface

After Storms, They Built Higher. They Dread Doing It Again

Our new model shows Australia can expect 11 tropical cyclones this season

Tapping into the ground to counter floods and droughts

Emergency management

How to build back better after the COVID-19 crisis? A practical approach applied to Fiji

Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria

UN: 730,000 people seriously affected by Sudan floods

Τhe disaster and health nexus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: challenges of protecting at-risk communities

Only two homes rebuilt one year on from Binna Burra Beechmont fire as community remains on edge

Early actions will support Ecuadorian families to face volcanic ash fall

An evaluation of availability and adequacy of multi-hazard early warning systems in Asian countries: a baseline study

The Worst Forest Fires You’re Hearing Nothing About

Orange County fire watchers go virtual due to pandemic

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Most wildfire coverage on American TV news fails to mention link to climate crisis

The Earthquake That Brought Enlightenment

Interactive network of digital wildfire vigilantes

Emergency warning messages: do colours and icons improve community readiness to act?

Emergency warning messages: how do community members comprehend them?

Emergency warning messages: encouraging readiness to act

Psychology and disasters

Humor and risk: an exploration of case studies

Wildfire-weary Californians, ‘tired of this being normal,’ consider uprooting their lives

FEMA has conducted the National Household Survey (NHS) to assess the development of a culture of personal disaster preparedness and resilience in the American public

The Psychological Impact of COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan

First Came the Hurricane, Then Came the Campaign of Terror

Fostering peri-urban resilience: Gender-responsive approaches in northern India

Today in disaster resilience (18 September 2020)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

The death toll from wildfires choking the west coast of the US continued

A Siege of 80 Large, Uncontained Wildfires Sweeps the Hot, Dry West

Floods generated by exceptional rainfall have killed more than 200 people and affected over a million more, in a band of countries from Senegal to Sudan

Tropical Storm Sally Is Heading North, Stalking New Orleans

Nepal – Over 30 Dead or Missing After Floods and Landslides in Sindhupalchok

Tunisia – Floods Leave 6 Dead After Days of Heavy Rain

DR Congo – 50 Feared Dead as Mine Collapses During Floods

Ethiopia – 300,000 Displaced by Floods, Says UN

Hurricane Sally strengthens ‘rapidly’ as Gulf Coast braces, mandatory evacuations in Louisiana, Mississippi

Mauritania – Deadly Floods in South and East

1,000 Firefighters, 15 Aircraft Battle Wildfire in Portugal

Death toll rises in US as wildfires continue in West Coast states

Cape Verde – Deadly Flash Floods in Praia

Indonesia – at Least 4 Dead, 2,000 Displaced After Floods in 4 Provinces

Hurricane Sally nears U.S. Gulf Coast as residents brace for historic floods

Firefighters make progress in west coast blazes as smoke spreads across US

Uganda – Deadly Flash Floods in Kampala

India – 1 Dead, 34,000 Affected After Fresh Floods in Assam

Vietnam – 2 Dead After Severe Storms Cause Floods and Landslides in North

Lightning strikes kill 42 people in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India

Flooding, Power Outages Spread as Hurricane Sally Batters Alabama, Florida

India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million as hospitals scramble for oxygen–pass-5-million/12670756

Guatemala – 25,000 Affected by Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in West Papua, Floods in Central Sulawesi and West Kalimantan

After the floods, assessing Hurricane Sally’s damage

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Bezymianny

At least 1 dead as Hurricane Sally unleashes “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding along Gulf Coast

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

UK: the record-breaking August 2020 heatwave

Climate insights 2020: natural disasters

South Australia solar power reaches 94 pct of state demand on Sunday

The Age Of The ‘Megafire’ Is Upon Us

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns

Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes

A big chunk of Greenland’s ice cap breaks off as Arctic shifts to new climate regime

Consortium Launches Program to Train Next Generation of City Climate Resilience Leaders

A warming California sets the stage for future floods

Slightest heat increase magnifies hurricane risk

South-South cooperation to tackle climate change

Mapping the effectiveness of nature‐based solutions for climate change adaptation

Multiple benefits of DRR investment: UR Tanzania

UBC researchers launch vulnerability index to track potential health impacts of climate change

The seawater carbon inventory at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum

Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say

We need to treat extreme events as connected, not as anomalies

More Americans think climate change poses a long-term threat to society than COVID-19 – 55% versus 44% respectively

6 Graphics Explain the Climate Feedback Loop Fueling US Fires

Just One Name Left on the Hurricane List and It’s Only September

New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting

Disaster risk reduction

Learning from experience: Insights from China’s progress in disaster risk management

UAE cultivates the first private sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) in the Arab Region

A data-driven framework to address gender issues in managing flood risks: flood risk management support project for the city of Buenos Aires

Coastal development between opportunity and disaster risk: a multisectoral risk assessment for Vietnam

Flood risk management in Africa

Reimagining resilience in a post pandemic world

Strengthening hydromet services, disaster preparedness and urban resilience in Honduras

Americans back tough limits on building in fire and flood zones

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system

Flood risk and coastal assessment of the Tocumen river: prioritization of hybrid infrastructure for urban flood risk reduction in Panama

Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal?

Modelling would predict where dangerous blazes could occur across Australia so firefighting planes and helicopters could be deployed in advance

Localization and coalescence of seismicity before large earthquakes

Developing open-source technical business and scientific standards for climate physical risk projections of future repair and replacement costs of residential and commercial buildings and infrastructure in Australia

FT Ministry ready to work with others to address KL flash floods

The Indian Government’s flood insurance packages can do better. This is how

Megafires: Climate change or land management?

Beyond 2D inventories: synoptic 3D landslide volume calculation from repeat LiDAR data

New homes, highways boost flood risk on Turkey’s northern coast

California wildfires: can insurance markets handle the risk?

Effectiveness of flood early warning system to reduce economic loss at four communities

World risk report 2020 – focus: forced displacement and migration

Our land was taken. But we still hold the knowledge of how to stop mega-fires

Disruptive resilience: an agenda for the new normal in cities of the global South

Investing in early fire detection could save $8 billion

Flash flood indicators

Emergency management

Made worse by tree loss, flooding forces migration in Afghanistan

US: In the line of fire

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings

Covid-19: Fearing a second wave, the French government is relying on a local strategy

Firefighters pushed to the limits as unprecedented infernos rage across US west coast

Who Gets the First COVID-19 Vaccines? The Answer is a Complex Tangle of Science and Ethics

On the Fire Line, Grueling Work and a Shared Purpose

The Scariest Part of These Fires Is What Happens Next

“We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in aotearoa New Zealand

Sudan pleads for aid to tackle devastating floods

Australian Major Incidents Report 2019-20 published

Interim observations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Schools get ready for bushfire season

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adaptive capacity as an educational goal to advance policy for integrating DRR into quality education for sustainable development

There’s actually a word for the climate change-induced despair you’ve been feeling

Examination of how social media can inform the management of volunteers during a flood disaster

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

Combination of school evacuation drill with tsunami inundation simulation: consensus-making between disaster experts and citizens on an evacuation strategy

National youth survey on climate change and disaster risk

Australia it’s time to get prepared for… Big Weather (and how to survive it)

Psychology and disasters

COVID-19 and patients with serious mental illness

Solastalgia and Californian wildfires

For many families, the first disaster can be far from the last

Exposure Outliers: Children, Mothers, and Cumulative Disaster Exposure in Louisiana

Extreme rains lead to more rural farmer suicides than droughts: Study

Is the climate crisis creating a mental health crisis?

Bouncing Back During COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Hurricanes and COVID-19 in Florida: Are counties prepared to protect hurricane-vulnerable populations?

Addressing gendered and other inequalities will be central to COVID-19 recovery

Building trust within and across communities for health emergency preparedness

Latino, Black, Native American households suffer disproportionate financial strain amid pandemic

Women’s leadership in the Pacific: trailblazer opens world of disaster management to women Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific children and youth voices on climate crisis and disaster risk reduction

Today in disaster resilience (11 September 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Sudan declares state of emergency from floods

Flood kills four, destroys 5200 houses in Kano

California Sets Record With 2M Acres Burned So Far This Year

Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods

Nigeria: Flood of Tears, As Homes, Farmlands Get Washed Away

Senegal – State of Emergency After Deadly Floods

West Africa – Floods Hit Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana

El Dorado Fire: Massive Wall Of Flames Forces More Evacuations

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began

34 injured, dozens of buildings damaged or destroyed after M5.1 earthquake hits Iran

West Africa – More Floods in Niger, Death Toll Rises in Burkina Faso

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Sep 2020: Semeru volcano, Reventador, Sangay, Sakurajima, Sabancaya

Deadly flash floods paralyze north Algeria, more than 800 homes inundated

200 000 people homeless after severe floods hit Far North, Cameroon

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change and the tyranny of psychological distance

South Africa: National climate change adaptation strategy

What is effective climate adaptation? Case studies from the Least Developed Countries

‘Catastrophic’ fire weather conditions in the NT spark fresh calls for gamba grass action

Arctic Wildfires Have Never Released This Much Carbon Dioxide

Projected changes in persistent extreme summer weather events: The role of quasi-resonant amplification

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’

Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent

Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios

Australian coal plants ‘on a hiding to nothing’ and likely to close before schedule

Young activists take 33 countries to court in bid to step up climate change fight

Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018

Human contribution to the record-breaking June and July 2019 heatwaves in Western Europe

Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies throughout the policy cycle

IAG has partnered with the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a new report, Severe Weather in a Changing Climate

From 100 Degrees To Snow, Colorado’s Dramatic Weather Forecast Could Be One For The National Record Books

Rapid worldwide growth of glacial lakes since 1990

New models predict El Niño rise

Building coastal resilience in Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Colombia: country experiences with mainstreaming climate adaptation

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

Extreme summer impacts ice shelves and glaciers

Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?

A review of estimating population exposure to sea-level rise and the relevance for migration

Climrisk-river: Accounting for local river flood risk in estimating the economic cost of climate change

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain

US report warns climate change could create economic chaos

Disaster risk reduction

Greater prevention and “Building Back Better” post-COVID

The Cost of Wildfires

Extreme precipitation events always occurred, but are they changing?

Global fire outlook not good news, but mitigation is possible, analysis shows

10 years since the Darfield earthquake rocked New Zealand: what have we learned?

1D/2D stormwater modelling to support urban flood risk management in estuarine areas

Building community resilience through modern model building codes

Community resilience benchmarks: buildings benchmark

Flood Risk Management in England

Why has the Top End of the NT been experiencing ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions in 2020?

Lower Nazeing Property Flood Resilience

Preparing for massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

Following the Odisha example for developing community based disaster management in India

Current flood risk management practices in Ghana: Gaps and opportunities for improving resilience

Special report: natural catastrophes

Resilient cities critical infrastructure interdependence: a meta-research

Last season’s climate catastrophes cost insurers $5.4b

Advancing digitalization in DRR and development programs in COVID-19 times

Climate and disaster risk insurance in low income countries: reflections on the importance of indicators and frameworks for monitoring performance and impact

UCF researchers are developing models to predict storm surges

Compound natural disasters in Australia: a historical analysis

Developing an impact library for forecasting surface water flood risk

Flood mitigation measures in an era of evolving flood risk

Floodplain losses and increasing flood risk in the context of recent historic land use changes and settlement developments: Austrian case studies

Optimization-based decision-making models for disaster recovery and reconstruction planning of transportation networks

FEMA Flood Map updates

Emergency management

Policymakers should pre-plan for earthquake cordon use, Otago research

Mass Sheltering and Disasters Special Collection

Flood prone communities in Bangladesh are struggling to cope with monsoon and Coronavirus impacts

An optimal scenario for the emergency solution to protect Hanoi Capital from the Red River floodwater using Van Coc Lake

Interim observations: The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Survey finds 71 per cent of koala populations died in some NSW fires

Did Europe Make a Mistake Reopening Its Borders?

Terrifying images of California’s wildfires show firefighters tackling the flames

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

USA: mapping a wildfire’s next move is getting easier, thanks to computers

On the frontline: The roles of pharmacists in disasters

Sudan floods threaten ancient archaeological gem

Disaster education, communications and engagement

South East Europe gets new flash flood App

Assessing policy preferences amongst climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction stakeholders using serious gaming

Disaster-Resilient Communication Ecosystem in an Inclusive Society – A case of foreigners in Japan

Disaster Resources from the National Academies

Flood Resilience: Preparedness and Recovery Collection

The “Rising Risk” docuseries explores how those rising sea levels will play out in the lower Manhattan of the late 21st century–/6390277/

Forecasting for a Fractured Land: A Case Study of the Communication and Use of Aftershock Forecasts from the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake in Aotearoa New Zealand

McKinney’s Office of Emergency Management offering free disaster preparedness kits

Psychology and disasters

Insights into behavior during Chimney Tops 2 Fire could improve evacuation planning

68% of US adults have pursued three or more of the six basic preparedness actions

Wildfires: Can we adapt to live with them?

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new data shows

Racist housing policies have created some oppressively hot neighborhoods

Bangladesh: compound risks of COVID-19 and floods driving more people into poverty

Translocal social capital as a resource for community-based responses to coastal flooding – Evidence from urban and rural areas on Java, Indonesia

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans

Today in disaster resilience (4 September 2020)

Recent emergencies/disasters

Devastating debris flows in Charikar, Afghanistan

Death toll up to 16 for Hurricane Laura

Pakistan – 19 Dead After Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods in North

Typhoon Maysak could become one of South Korea’s strongest typhoons on record

Maharashtra’s Vidarbha hit by floods, over 18000 evacuated

17 Dead, Over 10,000 Houses Damaged In Odisha Floods

Flooding soaks South Asia, displacing millions during Covid-19 woes

Landslide, floods from monsoon rains kill at least 41 in India, Nepal

Severe flood death toll at 251, more than 5 million affected and wide swaths of crops lost, Bangladesh

Record flooding leaves 93 fatalities, 80 000 homes damaged and 380 000 people affected in Sudan

Mexico – Rainfall From Storm Hernán Causes Flooding in Jalisco and Colima

Typhoons Maysak and Haishen may deal South Korea a one-two punch

Chad – Floods Displace 120,000

India – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Maharashtra and Gujarat

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Sep 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

North Korea’s east coast hit with damaging typhoon and floods, state TV shows

Nepal – 12 Dead, 41 Missing After Floods and Landslides in Baglung

Pakistan – 30 Dead After More Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

North Korea – Rain From Typhoon Maysak Triggers Flooding in Eastern Areas

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Low-tech solutions plus improved coordination for climate resilience in coastal Bangladesh

2019 monitoring report on the German strategy for adaptation to climate change

Adaptation to climate change: Does traditional ecological knowledge hold the key?

We need a paradigm shift to deal with loss and damage from climate change

Hurricane Laura jumped from Category 1 to Category 4 in a day. Here’s why hurricanes are now stronger, wetter, and more frequent

US adapts to climate threats with drastic shift in flood strategy

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide

Australian greenhouse gas emissions fall to lowest level since 1998 under Covid restrictions

Climate change may make extreme hurricane rainfall 5 times more likely, study says

Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth

Future Warming and Intensification of Precipitation Extremes: A “Double Whammy” Leading to Increasing Flood Risk in California

Phoenix hits 50th day of 110 degrees; previous record ‘obliterated’

Climate and disaster resilience

Influx of renewables sees coal power plants run well below capacity, increasing chance of closures

Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years

Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn

California is burning. It’s time to demand an end to the climate crisis

How Climate Change is Causing Urban Flooding in Nigeria

South Africa: environment, forestry and fisheries on approval of the country’s national climate change adaptation strategy

Disasters must be unusual or deadly to prompt local climate policy change

India: the surprisingly difficult task of measuring sea-level rise

Wind And Solar Now Generate One-Tenth Of Global Electricity

A post-Laura heat wave has no name

The Story of CO2: Big Ideas for a Small Molecule

The UK needs a ‘national heat risk strategy’

Climate change-fueled weather disasters: Costs to state and local economies

European wildfire danger and vulnerability under a changing climate: towards integrating risk dimensions

Heat resilience cities: measuring benefits of urban heat adaptation: methodology note for the tool development

National laws for enhancing flood resilience in the context of climate change: potential and shortcomings

New Zealand experiences warmest winter on record

Disaster risk reduction

Uganda: Enhancing management of Upper Nile riverine systems

Fires threaten the Amazon once again. What have we learned?

U.S. flood strategy shifts to ‘unavoidable’ relocation of entire neighborhoods

Building urban resilience with nature-based solutions: How can urban planning contribute?

ICT for Disaster Risk Management

Why extreme floods are more common than you might think

Understanding Risk BC 2020 – Online Symposium for Risk Reduction Strategies

The Le Teil earthquake provides new insights on seismic risk in France and Western Europe

Bangladesh: Time to develop a reliable flood forecasting model

U.S.: Hurricane Laura was the latest storm to strengthen fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?

Scientists unlock crops’ power to resist floods

Chennai: Civic body gets monsoon-ready with rain gauges, flood sensors
How to protect communities from disasters – what research tells us

Artificial intelligence algorithm predicts slow earthquakes

Setting an agenda for entrepreneurial governments: A global baseline assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction investment

El Nino lulls lead to harsh floods, fires and droughts: study

Too heartbreaking to leave, too expensive to stay: Louisiana coastal communities left in limbo

Poor planning, civic apathy and huge floods – it’s the same story from Karachi to Kolkata

A big step for flood forecasts in India and Bangladesh

A panacea for India’s flood woes – lost and forgotten

Aqueduct Floods is an online platform that measures riverine and coastal flood risks under both current base-line conditions and future projections in 2030, 2050, and 2080

Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities: Towards a New Normal

Emergency management

Biloxi’s 15-year recovery from Hurricane Katrina offers lessons for other coastal cities

Satellite imagery reveals, in precise detail, extent of NSW bushfire destruction across Black Summer

Battle weary: as fire season looms, volunteers still coping with the last one

Before and after satellite images show widespread destruction from Hurricane Laura

2019 global natural disaster assessment report

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Record floods threaten nuclear power site in Bangladesh

New Red Cross Red Crescent-UK Met Office guide to ‘impact-based forecasting’ for early humanitarian action

Sudan: UN Agencies Support Flood Response in Sudan but Warn Aid Stocks ‘Rapidly’ Depleting

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Earthquake detection and early alerts, now on your Android phone® integrates flood factor data, helps shoppers understand flood risk

More bushfires, less volcanoes: Young Australians need to learn about more relevant disasters

#30days30waysUK aims to inspire and empower people to be ready for a wide range of risks like flooding, fire and power cuts

Are you Flood Ready? Test your knowledge of floods and flood readiness

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong

Principles of Geology

In rural Bangladesh, a journey to school-led disaster risk reduction begins

Psychology and disasters

Reducing hydro-meteorological risk by nature-based solutions: What do we know about people’s perceptions?

COVID-19 and the consequences of cascading and compounding disasters

‘It was a feeling of terror: when will the water stop?’: Britain’s flood victims, six months on

Sociology and disasters

Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction

5 ways to help take racism out of disaster recovery

Can extreme events be an opportunity? Depopulation and resilience of rural communities in Central Italy after the 1997 earthquake

Low-income households should be prioritized after disaster strikes

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

How Japan Stumbled into a Pandemic Miracle

Closing the gaps: Advancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery for older adults

Today in disaster resilience (28 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cameroon – Floods in Douala Leave Hundreds Displaced

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Giresun Province

Tropical Storm Laura Kills at Least 8 People in Haiti, Dominican Republic; Over 1 Million Without Power

In Texas, Louisiana, More Than Half a Million Ordered to Evacuate As Hurricane Laura Strengthens in the Gulf

9 Dead As Heavy Rains Create Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat

Kenya – 1,000 Families Displaced by Lake Turkana Floods, Warnings Issued for Turkwel Dam

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border

One killed as overnight rains cause flash floods in Rajouri, damage reported

Two dams in Karachi overflow, at least 7 killed in weather-related incidents, Pakistan

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Storm Francis brings flood, damaging rainfall and record-breaking winds to UK and Ireland

Devastating storm causes millions worth of damage, prompts state of emergency in northern Italy

Floods across Devon and Cornwall after ‘biblical’ rainfall

Laura carves destructive path through Louisiana; 4 dead

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Mauna Loa

Provinces Flood Death Toll Reaches 122, Injuries 147

Kenya and Uganda – Thousands Displaced by Lake Floods

Niger – Capital Niamey Flooded as Niger River Overflows

Mexico – Rain From Storm Marco Triggers Floods in Southern States


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A cascade of COVID-19 and climate extremes call for new algorithms to protect at-risk communities

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years

California Has Australian Problems Now

California and Colorado Fires May Be Part of a Climate-Driven Transformation of Wildfires Around the Globe

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet could contribute half a metre of sea-level rise in the coming century

The sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate: Past, present and future

Climate change and adaptation degree

Local cooling provided by broad-leaved trees in Europe

Mainstreaming gender within local government climate and disaster risk assessments

Storm Surge: The Science behind This Year’s Unusual Hurricane Season

Nation ‘woefully unprepared’ for climate change, business groups warn

California’s new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study

Hurricane Laura and the California Fires Are Part of the Same Crisis

Glacial cooling and climate sensitivity revisited


Disaster risk reduction

Faster than floods: How to prevent a double disaster in Bangladesh

Fire probability in South American Protected Areas

Frontiers of water-related disaster management and the way forward

Why preparations for the next pandemic must begin now

California’s wildfires explained: How did they start – and is this normal?

‘Next fire season is already upon us’: NSW to adopt all recommendations of bushfire inquiry report

Landowners in fire-prone areas to be required to do hazard-reduction burns

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question

Researchers create a contagion model to predict flooding in urban areas

A Massive Earthquake Is Coming to Cascadia—And It Can’t Be Stopped

Floodplains by Design partnership works across jurisdictions to lower disaster risks and restore ecosystems

The UK government will immediately accept 12 recommendations from an independent review into responsibilities around surface water flooding

Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Disaster management models need adjusting: A case study in South Africa explains why

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here’s how

The NSW bushfire inquiry found property loss is ‘inevitable’. We must stop building homes in such fire-prone areas

Technocracy, disaster risk reduction and development: A critique of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030

Katrina 15 years later: Government still hasn’t learned


Emergency management

Diversity and inclusion framework for emergency management policy and practice

Cities for a resilient recovery: International lessons on recovery from COVID-19

Private sector experience in Japan: Supporting disaster preparedness for evacuations under COVID-19

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared

Wildfires Rage In California As Fire Crews And Evacuees Grapple With COVID-19 Risks

Final report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

A Comparative Study of International and Chinese Public Health Emergency Management from the Perspective of Mapping Knowledge Domains

Yes, it’s been raining a lot – but that doesn’t mean Australia’s drought has broken

‘Disaster inside a disaster’: California wildfires and COVID-19 form twin crises

August 2020 edition of the newsletter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Cultural interventions through children’s literature and arts-based practices in times of disaster: A case study of reading mediators’ response to the Mexican earthquakes

The Texas Flood Registry is a project that collects health, location, and exposure information from people affected by major storms

Community engagement for disaster resilience handbook

University of Hull researchers are using virtual reality technology to flood Hull during the time of poet Andrew Marvell – more than 400 years ago


Psychology and disasters

Earthquakes, fear of failure, and wellbeing: An insight from Minangkabau entrepreneurship

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma

Unravelling the influence of human behaviour on reducing casualties during flood evacuation


Sociology and disasters

Communities together: A guide for resilient community center design in island communities

Fire risk perpetuates poverty and fire use among Amazonian smallholders

How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

Social Capital Encourages Disaster Evacuation: Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

Rural areas may suffer disproportionately in quakes

Today in disaster resilience (21 August 2020)

Please find below a list of links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Record-breaking heat wave fueling wildfires in the West

Several lives lost, tens of thousands affected by floods in Sudan

India – Deadly Flash Floods in Jaipur, Rajasthan

More than 100,000 acres are now burning Colorado as fire near Fraser quickly grows

India – Floods in Telangana Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

Heavy Rain Hits Yangtze River Again, Inundating Cities and Leaving Many Homeless

India – Thousands Evacuate as Floods Affect Andhra Pradesh, Worsen in Telangana

Fast-moving fire in north-east NSW marks first big blaze of the season

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate

Hundreds evacuated in B.C.’s Okanagan, wildfire service battles blazes

Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China

Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods

Bangladesh – 167,000 Families Still Displaced by Floods Says UN

Nepal – 6 Dead, 11 Missing After Floods in Achham

Uganda – 1 Dead, 800 Homes Damaged After Floods in Bundibugyo

Cameroon – Floods in Far North Leave Over 5,000 Homeless

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2020: Etna volcano, Fuego, Kerinci, Reventador, Sinabung


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Could Make Rivers More Likely to Jump Course

Typhoons Getting Stronger, Making Landfall More Often

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they’ll strike is hard to predict

Is heavy rainfall the new norm? What caused the heavy rains in October – December 2019?

Climate change projected to increase seasonal east African rainfall

Keeping it local: Activating the power of community for climate resilience in Bangladesh

UK infrastructure inadequate for climate emergency, experts warn

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time

Will 2020 Be the Hottest Year on Record?

We may have broken the Earth’s high-temperature record today

Dynamic ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet driven by sustained glacier retreat

Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions

‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin

Lack of historical disaster data a thing of the past for Cambodia

Some California cities think they’re safe from sea level rise. They’re not, new data show

The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega-tsunamis’

The U.S. Needs to Address Its Climate Migration Problem

The causes of sea-level rise since 1900

August brings fierce heat to Europe and storms to Atlantic

How dangerous heat waves can kill

Climate risk and response in Asia

Greenland’s ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue

National Farmers Federation calls for Australia to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050

Climate stripes reusable face mask


Disaster risk reduction

Benefit versus cost analysis and optimal cost effective mitigation strategies

Earthquake mitigation of WA regional towns: York case study

Flood risk in past and future: A case study for the Pawtuxet River’s record‐breaking March 2010 flood event

Integrating forecast based action in an existing early warning system: Learning the context

Rethinking data‐driven decision support in flood risk management for a big data age

Corps should include nature-based and equitable solutions to flooding in Miami

Six strategies for creating flood resilient environments

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Rare ‘boomerang’ earthquake observed along Atlantic Ocean fault line

Mumbai floods every year during monsoon, but this year has been different

15 years after Katrina: Would we be prepared today?

Beledweyne: Working paper on flood risk and urban resilience

A New Tool for Tracking Amazon Fires


Emergency management

Learning lessons from resilience and peacebuilding programs in the Horn of Africa

Victims of Storm Dennis floods can’t return to their homes six months on

July 2020 issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires

In the midst of the global pandemic, Caribbean countries are preparing for the brunt of an Atlantic hurricane season that is more menacing than usual

A man was rescued Monday by an Indian Air Force helicopter after being stuck in the middle of raging floodwater for 16 hours

South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods

Australia (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook 2020


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Land and geospatial information, a cornerstone to improve community resilience

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook

By planning, preparing, and making your property more resistant and resilient, you can aim to reduce the impact of flooding to yourself and your property

Safe back to school: A practitioner’s guide

Launch of a quick risk estimation tool to help small businesses understand their risk

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

Young people want better disaster education after Black Summer fires


Psychology and disasters

Personal account of Australian bushfires

Flood risk perceptions and coping capacities among the retired population, with implications for risk communication: A study of residents in a north Wales coastal town, UK


Sociology and disasters

Access to age-assistive technology: A resilience building measure for older people

Hazards, culture and indigenous communities: Socio-institutional modules for utilisation

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants

Interplay between Social Support Tie Formations and Subjective Mental Health Conditions in a Community Currency System in Japanese Disaster-Affected Communities: Double-Edged Phenomena

Amazon fires trap farmers into poverty – and into setting more fires

Urban Heatwaves Are Worse For Low-Income Neighborhoods

To understand how disasters relate to conflict and peace, reframe the starting point

Five ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality

Identifying societal challenges in flood early warning systems

Today in disaster resilience (14 August 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Evacuations Ordered For Pine Gulch Fire, Now 7% Contained

India – Torrential Rains Trigger Deadly Landslide in Kerala

Trinidad and Tobago – Floods and Landslides After 120mm of Rain in 9 Hours

Greece – Deadly Flash Floods in Evia

NSW south coast: Towns evacuated, flash flood warnings issued due to heavy rain

Pakistan – Homes Destroyed, 8 Dead After Floods in Balochistan and Sindh Provinces

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts twice in three days

South Korea floods, landslides kill dozens, displace thousands

Nigeria – 4 Dead, 15,000 Displaced After Floods in North

Panama – 11 Killed in Flash Floods

Spain – Flash Floods in Andalusia After 46mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Mexico – Deadly Landslides and Floods in Veracruz

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Kerinci, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung

3 months of rain in 20 minutes: Flood batters house, drowns the streets of Spain’s Seville

Europe – Storms Cause Flash Flooding and Landslides in UK, France and Italy

South Sudan – Thousands Displaced by Floods as Rivers Overflow

Mali – Over 1,100 Homes Destroyed by Floods


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change and wildfires: Projecting future wildfire potential

Climate change: Frequency of extreme droughts across Europe predicted to rise

UK weather: 36.4C recorded on hottest August day for 17 years

Melting Antarctic Ice

Can TV affect our attitudes to climate change and carbon emissions?

Images show massive Antarctic change in just 9 days

This giant climate hot spot is robbing the West of its water

In tackling the global climate crisis, doom and optimism are both dangerous traps

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

‘Worst-case’ global warming scenario still best guide until 2050, study says

From CMIP-3 to CMIP-6: Northern Hemisphere atmospheric blocking simulation in present and future climate

Climate change and the preparedness of Canadian provinces and territories to limit flood risk

Re-balancing climate services to inform climate-resilient planning – A conceptual framework and illustrations from sub-Saharan Africa

State of the Climate in 2019

Last decade was Earth’s hottest on record as climate crisis accelerates

Ethiopia’s response to climate change and gender

Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split

End of Arctic sea ice by 2035 possible, study finds

Warming Greenland ice sheet passes point of no return


Disaster risk reduction

Nepal’s deadly landslides explained

Stanford researchers project regionwide commute disruption with Bay Area coastal flooding

Background Paper: Cultural burning practices in Australia

Background Paper: Land management – hazard reduction: a literature review

Biennial report on the Programme of Action for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa

Natural disasters 2019: Now is the time to not give up

Urban planning capabilities for bushfire: Treatment categories and scenario testing

Invest more in predicting the future to be better prepared, say experts

Multi-hazard risk assessment at community level integrating local and scientific knowledge in the Hodh Chargui

Nature-based solutions for adapting to water-related climate risks

Warragamba Dam environment plan ‘not valid’, government agency finds

‘$500 million on bugger all’: mayor queries dam benefit

Prescribed Burning in Australasia

Britain’s disappearing coastline: ‘Right now we abandon people’

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast – solutions exist to improve safety

Museums and disaster risk reduction: building resilience in museums

Perception on the consequences and flood losses: a study applied in Pinhais, Paraná (Brazil)

Tsunami alert efficiency in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: The 2 May 2020 Earthquake (Mw6.6) and near-field tsunami south of Crete (Greece)

US hurricane experts predict ‘extremely active’ storm season

Warragamba Dam raising slammed

Why China’s catastrophic floods will barely dent its economy

Perspectives on flood insurance demand outside the 100-year floodplain

The effects of the 2010-11 Queensland floods on individual income: a case study on the Brisbane River catchment area

The effects of the Black Saturday bushfires on individual income

Multivariate remotely sensed and in-situ data assimilation for enhancing community WRF-Hydro model forecasting

The Aftermath of Hurricane María on Puerto Rican Small-Scale Fisheries

A human-driven decline in global burned area

Bristol engineers help make Nepal’s schools earthquake-resistant

Scoping the potential for earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: A sectoral analysis of perceived benefits and challenges


Emergency management

Inclusive data on disaster displacement must include indigenous peoples

Tsunami warning and mitigation systems to protect coastal communities: tsunami early warning and mitigation system in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas

Social media data and housing recovery following extreme natural hazards

How New Zealand got rid of coronavirus as it keeps spreading across the world

Whose views matter in post-disaster recovery? A case study of “build back better” in Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

The Channon community adapts bushfire-fighting skills to create COVID-19 response

Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system

Real-time lessons on COVID-19 and US hurricane response: What we’ve learned from Hanna and Isaias

Guidelines for tsunami response during COVID-19

Rebuilding resilient homeland: an NGO-led post-Lushan earthquake experimental reconstruction program

New Zealand suspects ‘some failure at the border’ after COVID-19 returns

Wildfires: Australia needs national monitoring agency

Strengthening disaster management policy in Pacific Island countries: Policy reform for disaster preparedness

UNESCO rallies international community to safeguard Beirut’s cultural life and heritage


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster memorial events for increasing awareness and preparedness: 150 years since the Arica tsunami in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Rocket’s Earthquake Safety Activity Book

Developing post-alert messaging for ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system for the West Coast of the United States of America

Special Issue Call for Papers on Disaster, Infrastructure, and Participatory Knowledge


Psychology and disasters

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for Disaster Responders in Southeast Asia


Sociology and disasters

Measuring Community Disaster Resilience in the Conterminous Coastal United States

Impact of Cyclone Idai on the poorest in Malawi

The role of social capital on proactive and reactive resilience of organizations post-disaster

Today in disaster resilience (7 August 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread

Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate

Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods in Nangarhar Province

South Korea – 5 Dead, 7 Missing After Heavy Rain in Central Areas

Georgia – Floods Destroy Roads and Bridges in Western Region

South East Asia – Tropical Storm Sinlaku Brings Flooding Rains to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Sudan – 5 Dead, Thousands of Homes Damaged After Widespread Flooding

India – Over 300 Villages Flooded in Uttar Pradesh

Amazon region: Brazil records big increase in fires

Snow engulfs Victorian towns as Melbourne braces for coldest four-day spell since 1996, Australia

Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

Flash floods, mudslides kill 13 people in South Korea

Yemen – More Floods Leave at Least 20 Dead

Beirut explosion

Rain Batters Mumbai, Heaviest Since 2005

2 people killed after tornado from Isaias destroyed mobile homes in Windsor

Somalia – Thousands Displaced by Floods in South West State

Saudi Arabia – Over 70 Rescued From Floods After Days of Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 Aug 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Turrialba, Telica


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australian bushfire and climate plan

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Pathways for policy coherence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic and managed retreat as adaptation: Addressing climate vulnerability in the Sundarbans

Ten ways to support climate change adaptation planning and decision-making

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

At What Cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

Projections of global-scale extreme sea levels and resulting episodic coastal flooding over the 21st Century

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions

NJ Shore Towns See More ‘Sunny-Day’ Floods as Seas Rise, Federal Report Says

‘Extreme’ glacier loss events linked to human-caused climate change for first time

‘A tsunami in the sky’: Climate change is melting Bhutan’s glaciers and the danger is real

‘There’s still a choice’: New Zealand’s melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change

Flooding could occur daily in Sydney by the end of this century because of climate change

Sea‐Level Rise Driving Increasingly Predictable Coastal Inundation in Sydney, Australia

Climate Change Brings Stronger Hurricanes and Threatens Pandemic Response

More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds

Strategies for mitigation of climate change: a review

Northern Australia is at risk of severe coastal flooding impacts, which are set to soar by the end of the century

Climate change: Coastal flooding could threaten up to 20% of global GDP

Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

Climatology and Dynamical Evolution of Extreme Rainfall Events in the Sinai Peninsula

What can you do to fight the climate crisis?

Some Indian states gear up to tackle climate disasters


Disaster risk reduction

Early warning system saves lives as flood wreaks havoc in north Bihar

This code of practice (CoP) is concerned with Property flood resilience (PFR) measures that can be introduced to buildings at risk from flooding

Monsoon, floods and COVID-19: building community resilience in Bangladesh

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Extra 23 million people could face coastal flooding within 30 years, even with emission cuts, study says

Dams and protected areas: Quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of global dam construction within protected areas

Understanding hazards first step in addressing them, says scientific community

Streamflow prediction for flood warning and satellite-based inundation mapping for the HKH region

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal: Delineation of roles and responsibilities

Australian Government to provide $88.1 million over 10 years for future research into bushfires and natural hazards following the devastating 2019-20 fire season

Melbourne’s stage 3 lockdown prevented thousands of coronavirus cases, research data shows

The many-headed beast of wildfire risks in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Ecosystem-based adaptation project reduces flood risk in Seychelles

Study of insurance demand finds errant behavior after disasters


Emergency management

Patterns of Population Displacement During Mega-Fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

A dual disaster handbook: 6 recommendations for local leaders responding to floods during Covid-19

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina

One-size does not fit all for post-disaster recovery, PSU study finds

July 2020 edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

Monsoon floods submerge a third of Bangladesh; affect around 5 million people amid COVID-19

Epidemic model shows how COVID-19 could spread through firefighting camps

Naming and ranking heatwave to highlight invisible threat

Somalia sets up disaster warning centre to battle floods and locusts

Rapid damage assessment of Beirut docks through remote observation (5 August 2020)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social Media Data and Housing Recovery Following Extreme Natural Events

Recovery Capitals (ReCap) is a guide for people, organisations and governments managing emergency recovery

The Regional Disaster Preparedness Program is a 2-year initiative funded by the NSW Government which will be managed jointly through Resilience NSW and Hunter Joint Org

Stakeholder engagement for disaster management in master-planned communities

Adaptation in the Outer Hebrides: A Community Planning Partnership-led response

Home Stockpiling of Food and Essential Items

Survival Kit Supplies

Hurricane Safety Checklists


Psychology and disasters

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds

The Role of Experience and Different Sources of Knowledge in Shaping Flood Risk Awareness

Cry wolf effect? Evaluating the impact of false alarms on public responses to tornado alerts in the Southeastern United States Weather

Disruptions and mental-health outcomes following Cyclone Debbie

How Mobile Home Residents Understand and Respond to Tornado Warnings


Sociology and disasters

An empirical exploration of the capabilities of people with disabilities in coping with disasters

Local leadership for disaster resilience: profiles from Asia and the Pacific

Building Community Resilience: Social ties and connections

As you move through a city, you probably notice summer heat can be a lot worse depending on which neighborhood you’re in

The port of Beirut: vital, historic centre of a complex city

How a packed slum in Mumbai beat back the coronavirus, as India’s cases continue to soar

Today in disaster resilience (31 July 2020)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Douglas to affect much of Hawaii Sunday night as hurricane or strong tropical storm

Bangladesh – Monsoon Floods Affect 3.3 Million

Nigeria – 7 Dead After Heavy Rainfall in Niger State

Hurricane Hanna: Flood threat remains despite weakening

Deep recurring earthquakes detected beneath dormant Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii

Australia – Floods Prompt High Water Rescues in New South Wales

Thailand – Hundreds Affected After Monsoon Rain Triggers Floods in Lampang and Pathum Thani Provinces

Yemen – Widespread Flooding Causes Death and Destruction

India – Almost 1 Million Affected by Floods in Bihar

USA and Mexico – Floods From Storm Hanna Hit Texas Coast and Northern Mexico

Pakistan – Rains Trigger Flash Floods in Karachi, Landslide in Punjab

Melbourne earthquake felt by hundreds of people across the eastern suburbs

U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000 as economy suffers further

Myanmar – 20,000 Affected by Floods in Mandalay Region

Japan – Evacuations After Floods in Yamagata

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jul 2020: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono

Tropical Storm Isaias Floods Part Of Puerto Rico As It Heads Toward Florida

West Africa – 9 Dead, Thousands of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Niger and Mali

South Korea – Deadly Flash Floods in Daejeon


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Flood data from 500 years: Rivers and climate change in Europe

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

Environmental and climate policy integration: Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation

Perceived heat stress increases with population density in urban Philippines

Primer for Cool Cities : Reducing Excessive Urban Heat – With a Focus on Passive Measures

Prolonged Siberian heat attributed to climate change

Climate change brings Japan more deadly downpours

Global warming’s impact: Not worst-case but still deadly, if we don’t act

Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space

Wetter than wet: global warming means more rain for Asian monsoon regions

There Have Never Been This Many Fires in the Far Northern Arctic

New study offers roadmap for coal phase-out

A Future of Retreating Glaciers in the Himalayas

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

Missed wind patterns are throwing off climate forecasts of rain and storms

Fire chiefs press Scott Morrison for action on climate change

Climate change significantly alters future wildfire mitigation opportunities in southeastern Australia

Climate information services toolkit

Principles of climate risk management for climate proofing projects

Protecting South Florida: A discussion of sea level rise, property and regional planning

Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change

Calls for ‘managed retreat’ law due to climate change


Disaster risk reduction

What happened to India’s flood management plan?

Monitoring and forecasting the exceptional flood of Sirba river in Niger

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume I – State of Disaster Resilience Report

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Volume II

The value of reefs for protecting the most vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Grenada

Coronavirus: How new simulations can predict the spread of future pandemics

As the first Black Summer inquiry prepares to report, we reveal the inside story of Australia’s biggest bushfire

Wamberal beach erosion: seawall would deliver no net benefit, study finds

Call for contributing papers: The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves

Flood risk for one million in Phnom Penh as wetlands destroyed

How much should we invest to prevent the next pandemic?

Haiti approves a new Risk and Disaster Management Plan

GRDC Data Download provides River Discharge Data online

High Water: Prolonged Flooding on the Deltaic Mississippi River

Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

The need for hazard definitions

Very high losses from thunderstorms – The natural disaster figures for the first half of 2020

Building resilience of rural communities in Myanmar: Handbook for field practitioners

Hazard definition and classification review

A new report has found recent Queensland flooding had minimal impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

The COVID-19 lockdowns: a window into the Earth System

State of the Mountains Report

Mapping landslides in Nepal

A new idea on how Earth’s outer shell first broke into tectonic plates
Australia after the bushfires
Dam collapse in China could point to a ‘black swan’ disaster

Study: Flood damage erodes companies’ long-term value

India: What counts as a catastrophic flood in the Brahmaputra river basin now?

Coastal processes and influence on damage to urban structures during Hurricane Irma (St-Martin & St-Barthélemy, French West Indies)

Australia Earthquake: Modeling Regions with Low Seismicity

‘We will see many more deaths’: Call for national approach to early bushfire detection

Australian bushfire and climate plan,adapt%20to%20worsening%20fire%20conditions.

“The best flood I ever had”: Contingent resilience and the (relative) success of adaptive technologies


Emergency management

Wet weather sees flood warnings, truck falls through Sydney road

Cyclones in the time of COVID-19

China warns of new floods as Three Gorges Dam under pressure

Cabo Verde emergency preparedness and response diagnostic: Building a culture of preparedness Cabo Verde – government

Disability-inclusive disaster recovery

Australia needs to change its approach to firefighting as climate change makes blazes harder to control

New national plan to help protect Australians from an unprecedented era of climate-fuelled bushfire,readiness%2C%20response%2C%20and%20recovery.

Lifelong friendships built through CFA

How Juneau, Alaska Responds to Yearly Glacier Floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to empower communities against escalating flood threats in Nepal?

Engaging coastal community members about natural and nature-based solutions to assess their ecosystem function

MEIDECC builds resilience to meteorological hazards through awareness in schools

Stop disasters 2.0: Video games as tools for Disaster Risk Reduction

There are no natural disasters

Hydrology & water sustainability teaching links, videos

Japan Sinks Might Just Be Masaaki Yuasa’s Most Shocking Anime Yet

Community mapping to obtain detailed geographic data about populations and their built environment to understand exposure and to inform disaster reduction investments like early warning systems


Psychology and disasters

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

Tom and Elisabeth Bertolet rebuild after bushfire in Dargan NSW


Sociology and disasters

30 Ways FEMA supports emergency preparedness, response and recovery for people with disabilities

The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks

How disabled people have been completely disregarded during the coronavirus pandemic

At what cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

India coronavirus: ‘More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19’

Mapping COVID-19 spread in Melbourne shows link to job types and ability to stay home

Navigating multidimensional household recoveries following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes

Role of Social Belongingness During the Post-Disaster Recovery

Today in disaster resilience (24 July 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

China blasts dam to release water as flooding death toll rises

‘Once-in-500-years’ storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand

Major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy

At least 12 killed as buildings collapse amid Mumbai’s third worst July rain since 2015

More than 3.5 million people affected as flood situation continues to deteriorate in Assam, India

Flood situation continues to be grim in Bangladesh

Indonesia – More Fatalities After Floods and Landslides in West Papua and Southeast Sulawesi

Yangtze river floods prompt massive evacuations in central China

Floods in India, Nepal displace nearly 4 million people, at least 189 dead

Major M7.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska Peninsula, U.S. — tsunami warning issued

6 million affected, 90 000 displaced and 470 dead as flood situation remains grim in India

Northern Vietnam hit by deadly floods and landslides after longest heatwave in 49 years

Swollen river inundates hundreds of homes, capital Kathmandu cut off as death toll surpasses 130, Nepal

Greece wildfires rage out of control

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UN-Habitat launches climate resilience project in South Eastern Africa

Comparing urban coastal flood risk in 136 cities under two alternative sea-level projections

Larger drought and flood hazards and adverse impacts on population and economic productivity under 2.0 than 1.5°C warming

The costs of sea-level rise: Coastal adaptation investments vs inaction in Iberian coastal cities

Africa can become a renewable energy superpower

How Many Polar Bears Will Be Left in 2100? If Temperatures Keep Rising, Probably Not a Lot

Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral, and may break a record in 2020

The global mean level of the oceans is one of the most important indicators of climate change

Arctic policy: EU opens consultation on the future approach

Arctic sea ice extent at the lowest level for this time of year on the satellite record

Climate change will cause more extreme wet and dry seasons, researchers find

Climate shift, forest loss and fires: Scientists explain how Amazon forest is trapped in a vicious circle

Global heating: best and worst case scenarios less likely than thought

‘World-first’ legal case: student accuses Australia of misleading investors on climate risk

We said, they said: the politics of conceptual frameworks in disasters and climate change in Colombia and Latin America

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

Climate threads: Climate-Resilient enterprises adapting in this ‘New Normal’

Risk Analysis for Hurricanes Accounting for the Effects of Climate Change

After 40 years, researchers finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly


Disaster risk reduction

Can we talk? New nationwide flood maps provide opportunities for dialogue

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Cutting-edge technologies make flood prevention smarter

2019 state of U.S. high tide flooding with a 2020 outlook

California Homeowners Are Doomed to Repeat Their Past Mistakes

Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption: New alert system could have warned of tragedy – scientists

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

South Asia’s Floods Don’t Have Borders – So Why Does Flood Governance?

Researchers develop equations for earthquake forecasting

Study reveals hundreds of ancient volcanic eruptions in New Zealand

Hydrological time series forecasting using simple combinations: Big data testing and investigations on one-year ahead river flow predictability

Bushfire devastation leaves almost 50 Australian native species at risk of becoming threatened

Using the past to predict the future: the case of Typhoon Hagibis (Japan)

China strengthens flood-defense network amid seasonal downpours

Long fracture line in offshore Krishna-Godavari basin – a major coastal hazard in north Andhra Pradesh

When COVID19 and natural hazards collide: Building resilient infrastructure in South Asia in the face of multiple crises

Natural Disaster Challenges in China : Key Trends and Insights – Learning from Experience : Insights from China’s Progress in Disaster Risk Management

Accurate Weather Forecasts 28 Days Out

Flood Risk Analysis and Assessment, Applications and Uncertainties: A Bibliometric Review

Advanced new tropical cyclone modelling could protect vulnerable communities in the South-West Pacific from flood and storm damage

Exploring new ways to manage the devastation caused by floods

Storm warning: a new long-range tropical cyclone outlook is set to reduce disaster risk for Pacific Island communities

Disasters and economic resilience in small regional communities: the case of Toodyay

Change in Human Exposure to Wildfires

Global Change in Flood

Some States Continue With Flood Resilience Planning Despite Coronavirus Challenges

New data discloses flood risk of every home in the contiguous US


Emergency management

Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19

‘It’s been a nightmare’: UK flood victims stuck in limbo amid lockdown

Weather forecasts are less accurate because of Covid-19, a new study reveals

How a government agency is safeguarding against super storms

Disaster response and recovery strategies in Japan and New Zealand

Neighbours helping neighbours: our volunteer first responders

Disaster Robotics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Time to say goodbye to “natural” disasters

We asked multicultural communities how best to communicate COVID-19 advice. Here’s what they told us

A serious gaming approach to understanding household flood risk mitigation decisions

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

New Guide for Tsunami Evacuation during COVID-19

Newspapers as a validation proxy for GIS modeling in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates: Identifying flood-prone areas

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

Geoscape Calgary

Effective flood risk visualisation

Participatory mapping 2.0: new ways for children’s participation in disaster risk reduction

On the use of participatory methodologies for video game research: Exploring disaster risk reduction in video games

Risk Communication for Social Awareness on COVID-19 by U-INSPIRE Indonesia

Is seismic intensity really different than an earthquake’s magnitude?


Psychology and disasters

Evaluating an emergency department‐based mental health liaison nurse service: A multi‐site translational research project

4 Things COVID-19 Taught an ER Doctor About the Power of Resilience and Hope


Sociology and disasters

Explaining communities’ adaptation strategies for coastal flood risk: Vulnerability and institutional factors

Patterns of population displacement during mega-fires in California detected using Facebook Disaster Maps

The mediating effect of community leadership on community resilience elements and community preparedness

Community resilience mechanism in an unexpected extreme weather event: An analysis of the Kerala floods of 2018, India

Social Resilience to Climate Change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age: A Replication Study

Towards Adaptive Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean : A Synthesis Note on Using Social Protection to Mitigate and Respond to Disaster Risk

Using Social Work Interventions to Address Climate and Disaster Risks in Latin America and the Caribbean

Informality in Postdisaster Reconstruction: The Role of Social Capital in Reconstruction Management in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico

How to construct and validate an Integrated Socio-Economic Vulnerability Index: Implementation at regional scale in urban areas prone to flash flooding

Social support from bonding and bridging relationships in disaster recovery: Findings from a slow-onset disaster