Today in disaster resilience (26 August 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

Two dozen structures destroyed by eastern Washington wildfires

Typhoon Mindulle over Japan

India – Floods in 5 States Leave At Least 35 Dead and Thousands Displaced

Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West

UN relief arm monitoring situations in Italy and Myanmar after strong earthquakes

At Least 159 Killed After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Italy

Strong quake hits Myanmar, at least 3 dead

Kokomo tornado spawns damage

India – Floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Affect 4 Million, Ganges at Record Levels

Disaster risk reduction

Himalayan migration northward found to be result of tectonic lift

Fighting fire with fire

110,000 homes worth a combined $21 billion are in Louisiana’s flood-affected zones, study says

Should the US Copy Dutch Defenses Against Flooding?

New tool hailed as a game changer for predicting floods, informing water-related decisions

Managing disaster risks for jails

Testing Earthquake Early Warning Using Geodetic Data in the Pacific Northwest

New modelling on bushfires shows how they really burn through an area

Assessing the performance of buildings in future earthquakes

Australian scientists uncover evidence of super eruptions 106 million years ago

What We Can—and Can’t—Learn From the Floods in Baton Rouge

Better understanding seismic hazards

Worsening Wildfire Environment Spurs Call for New Strategies

Zika ‘clone’ could finally lead to a vaccine for the devastating virus

New insights into the relationship between erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Aug 2016: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Sinabung, Villarrica, Sabancaya, Chikurachki

Tews Lane campaigners left frustrated by developers over flood risk fears

Deadly quake hit in one of Italy’s most seismically-prone regions

Earthquake Exposes Italy’s Disaster Vulnerabilities and Shortcomings

Why the Earthquake in Italy Was So Destructive

Big misconception: Insurance rates can vary greatly; everybody ‘in a flood zone’

Life on the fault lines: Major earthquakes overdue and ‘no one in the world is safe’, expert says

A tale of two dams: Is Bihar’s unprecedented flood an avoidable man-made disaster?

Sikkim High Court issues notice to state government on landslide dam

The U.S. Strategy for Flood Resilience Is Underwater

Emergency management

2 men will be billed $37 million for 2015 Stouts Creek fire, forestry officials say

Court Rules Disabled Missouri Firefighter Entitled to Reduced Benefits

Hurricanes And Tornadoes Have Them, Is It Time For A Flood Scale?

The Dzongu landslide dam: an update

5 Reasons Some Were Unaware Of One Of The Biggest Weather Disasters Since Sandy

Louisiana residents without flood insurance face uncertainty

Wildfire rebuild sparks business boom in Fort McMurray

Cumbria flood group set to go global

Christchurch Dilemmas: How to rebuild the city’s heart

Disasters cost world $92b in first half of 2016, Swiss Re says

Louisiana residents assess damage from devastating floods – in pictures

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010

The USGS response to the Louisiana floods is part of the larger USGS flood science mission

Obama Praises FEMA, Pushes Back on Politics in Visit to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

The untold story of the fight to save Fort McMurray

Firefighters look for new technology as threat of wildfire grows

NOAA launches new forecast to assist proactive flood response

Preliminary Report Into Why Some Fort McMurray Homes Survived

The e-GEOS Emergency Room is working to produce maps and detailed data of the areas affected by the Italy earthquake

Flood after Storm Desmond report

Flood forecasting gets major upgrade

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Why Translation Tools For Refugees Matters

Community resilience researchers share work at AEJMC conference

How can the media help build community disaster resilience?

A new survey of disaster apps finds many options—some prone to failure—and much more to come

Play the Hurricane Game

The game models how the Antarctic ice sheet responds to environmental changes

The Great Fire of London

Large-magnitude volcanic eruptions of the last 11700 years

The untold stories of Louisiana flood victims by Baton Rouge photographers

Anatomy of an earthquake – Professor Iain Stewart

Floating school

Disaster lessons: children taught to prepare for Bangladesh’s killer quakes

‘They didn’t warn you’: Louisiana disaster reveals deep challenges in flood communication

CoastAdapt: A new tool for a changing climate helps coastal communities prepare

Do you know your flood risk status?

Social media and emergency management

41 percent of people in the UK use social media to find out what’s happening in their community

Codified Hashtags for Weather Warning on Twitter: an Italian Case Study

The ‘proper’ way to spread ideas through social media

Psychology and disasters

Why so many refuse to evacuate as wildfires approach

Firefighters suffer from PTSD in numbers to rival the military, officials say

Social capital and disasters

Rural church among those providing aid after Louisiana flood

Katrina Pain Index 2016: Race And Class Gap Widening


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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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