Today in disaster resilience (28 October 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Severe flooding in Chocó department, Colombia

Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Oct 2016: Turrialba volcano, Erta Ale, Yasur, Bagana, Ulawun, Copahue

Bukoba, Tanzania earthquake death toll increases

Disaster risk reduction

Washington state ‘grossly’ unprepared for major quake: report

Study finds wrong antibiotics often given for common infections

Managing The Unknown: The Role Of Risk Transfer

First Global Sustainability Reporting Standards Set to Transform Business

Jamaica gets earthquake-resilience boost

Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed

Flood defence spending ‘favours wealthy areas’

Why the ‘major-hurricane drought’ is the most overblown statistic in meteorology

Inaction magnified Hurricane Matthew’s impact

In natural disasters, less resilient poor most at risk

Fewer Iowans carrying flood insurance despite rising risk

OSU Creates Own Safety Panel To Oversee Construction In Tsunami Zone

Flash Flood Monitoring with an Inclined Lidar Installed at a River Bank: Proof of Concept

Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management In A Changing Climate

Bundaberg flood protection study

Colorado River Delta still benefiting from flood experiment

Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP)

Global patterns of loss of life from landslides

New Report Says More Than Half A Million Idaho Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfire

Chicago digs deep to fight flooding, but the city’s geology may provide another solution

Emergency management

Will Tethered Drone Technology Change Emergency Response?

Learning from Past Mistakes: Rebuilding Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

What Hurricane Matthew’s path through Haiti and the US tells us about global inequality

Hurricane Ike worst storm in decades

Firefighters are fighting fewer fires – but that doesn’t mean we should sack them

Fort McMurray wildfire: Residents return to Waterways neighbourhood

Key Lessons Learned During Cross-Border Experiment

Sydney (Canada) flood victims agree homes should be torn down

Report: Many Families Living one Emergency Away From Poverty–Report-Many-families-living-one-emergency-away-from-poverty.html?utm_term=READ%20MORE&utm_campaign=One%20Emergency%20Away%20from%20Poverty&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On%20Software&utm_medium=email

Tsunami-ravaged Aceh Holds First Disaster Simulation Exercise for Disabled

Natural Disasters Call for Community-Wide Planning and Response

2016 Another Deadly Flood Year For the U.S.

Emergency Management Diversity and Inclusion Framework launches

Disaster leadership research shows the importance of people who can take action

Families of 23 tsunami victims to get damages

Using Drones For Flood Disaster Risk Reduction, Assessment and Recovery

Hurricane Matthew shows how forecasting along a storm’s edge is meteorology’s biggest problem

Washington state’s plan for megaquake ‘grossly inadequate,’ review finds

Feasibility study of earthquake early warning (EEW) in Hawaii

Disaster education, communications and engagement

What is Disaster Risk Reduction?

Massive Open Online Course: A Resilient Future – Science & Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

Can community-based adaptation increase resilience?

National Weather Service Looks to Improve Warnings for Spanish Speakers

Pakistan’s plan to cut disaster risk aims at a new target: schools

A walk around White Island – our most active volcano–our-most-active-volcano

California Flood Preparedness

Community event marks flood scheme official opening

Fifth-graders write to flood victims, tell them ‘God has your back’

Preparing for the costliest weather disaster in the US: How to stay safe before, during and after a flood

Residents surveyed were either misinformed or did not fully understand why pre-flood development placed them at risk

Natural Hazards, GIS and Disaster Management

Social media and emergency management

The reason why people use Facebook determines the level of dependency on it

Social media users continuously negotiate their privacy among themselves and with service providers

Snapchat’s Live Stories provide personal coverage of many events including disasters

Twitter, the social network that offers real-time updates and requires brevity, is no longer growing. Why?

Fighting fire with tweets: California uses social media to save lives

Psychology and disasters

Children, Young People and Flooding Final Report

Why we should not demonize residents who refuse to evacuate during hurricanes

Assessing people’s resilience

“The River Is Not the Same Anymore” Environmental Risk and Uncertainty in the Aftermath of the High River, Alberta, Flood

Social capital and disasters

It’s the strength of a neighborhood that determines who lives and who dies in a disaster

Hurricane Matthew Will Hurt African Americans and Low-Income People Most

Trapped in Place? Segmented Resilience to Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, 1970–2005

Crises reveal dramatic social and economic inequity inherent in modern urban systems


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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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