Today in disaster resilience (23 May 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

State’s wildfire season gets off to abrupt, early start

The Aranayake landslide in Sri Lanka

Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia killing 7

Half a million flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

Record-breaking rain in North Queensland

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures

When the Rains Disappear: Drought Grips Pacific Islands

Study Helps Explain Sea Ice Differences at Earth’s Poles

As European glaciers dwindle, dams could replace them

Sydney And Melbourne Copping Record May Heat. The Reason Why Is Scary

Climate change demands an electrifying solution

Disaster risk reduction

Norfolk: A Resilient City Taking Action

Alpine fault rupture research

A World at Risk report

Canada fires continue, set to be largest insured wildfire loss ever

New online tool for the development community, which enables non-experts to consider natural hazard information in project design

Cumbria’s approach to protecting communities from floods could be adopted across England

Emergency management

Is there a leadership gap in humanitarian relief?

Leave no one behind: Women, children and adolescent health in emergencies

IoT Provides Affordable Earthquake Early Warning to Communities

Kyushu quakes spur national rethink of guidelines for emergency supplies

Can a new ‘global alliance’ rethink disaster response in cities?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

When building community resilience, you need to look inside within your own community as well as outside within the context of your broader community

FEMA Announces 2016 Youth Preparedness Council Members

This app lets rescue workers send offline alerts when disaster strikes

Social Media and Emergencies

Networking in science data collaboration using social media

The Live map’s been available in the Facebook app for about a month, but it’s now accessible via desktop

Possible to derive important demographicinformation from Twitter data if we’re prepared to think creatively




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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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