Today in disaster resilience (27 May 2016)

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

Disaster risk reduction

New Houston Flood Czar Wants Everyone to Remember the Storm

How Federal Flood Maps Ignore the Risks Of Climate Change

World Humanitarian Summit Wraps Up as Heat, Drought and State Fragility Plague South Asia

Italy – Millions at Risk of Floods and Landslides as Mitigation Projects Delayed

UK winter floods to cost insurers $2 billion in pay-outs

Perceived and projected flood risk and adaptation in coastal Southeast Queensland, Australia

“Flood resilience is not only about building dams and drains. It can be smaller solutions at the community level.”

Emergency management

How Joplin Tornadoes Inspired Two Entrepreneurs

Flood victims sue city of Houston

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change

Identify heat risk and actions

Coastal property owners recognise flooding risk, but there is little public willingness to adapt

Social Media and Emergencies

Twitter says usernames and images will no longer count against 140-character limit



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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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