Today in disaster resilience (22 July 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

India – Over 120 Dead After Monsoon Rains Cause Floods and Landslides in 8 States

Heavy rains and flooding across Sudan

Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods in Khost Province

Disaster risk reduction

Promoting the right kind of fire—and smarter development—is safer and more cost-effective than fighting a losing battle

Infrastructure ‘still faces flood risk’

A New Way to Explore City Resilience Strategies

Super-eruptions may give only a year’s warning before they blow

Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds

The UK’s supply of food could be put at risk as droughts and storms devastate farmland in the UK and abroad

Volcanic and Caldera Collapse: Up Close and Personal

Major natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific

B.C. megathrust earthquake could rupture like a zipper, expert says

Fire clues in cave dripwater – researchers find wildfire signatures in cave formations for the first time

Fiji – Whole Village Relocated After Landslide and Cyclone Disasters

The poverty trap of perennial flooding of Kenya’s Tana River

Emergency management

How our disaster relief system forces foolish decisions

Deputy chief of operations says drones will make fire response more timely, effective and safe

California man arrested for flying drone over wildfire near Sacramento

Wildfires Heat Up Across the West

Allied World reports $10.3 million in reinsurance catastrophe losses from Fort McMurray wildfire

Incident Management Systems and Building Emergency Management Capacity During the 2014–2016 Ebola Epidemic – Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea

AMI & Lumley liable for Selwyn fire damage in 2013

Pacific islanders to benefit from computer based programs for Met Services

Defensible space saves business from wildfire

First B.C. offshore earthquake sensor up and running

Fiji to spend $205 million to recover from cyclone Winston

Global economy weathered $98bn natural hazard loss in first half of 2016, according to Aon catastrophe report

Disaster education, communications and engagement

We’re Launching an Open Online Harvard Course on Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster – Watch the Trailer!

Participatory [Citizen] Science

Social media and emergency management

Extreme Heat Social Media Toolkit

Social media evolving with times of crises

Digital engagement methods for earthquake and fire preparedness: a review

Like real life, Facebook livestreaming can have a light side and a dark side


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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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