Today in disaster resilience (2 December 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Nov 2016: Colima volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Copahue

Qatar hit by widespread flooding

Italy – Floods Ease in North, 2 Missing After Storm in Sicily

Less than two hours rainfall causes major flooding in Lagos

Drought and high winds fuel ‘apocalyptic’ wildfire

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Nov 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sinabung, Sabanca

Greece – Floods in Central and Western Areas Leave 1 Dead

Chapecoense air crash: Leaked tape shows plane ‘ran out of fuel’

Wildfire death toll rises to 7

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

Floods strike western Turkey after downpours

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Dec 2016: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch, Dukono, Sabancaya, Langila, Copahue

Twisters Cause Fatalities and Damage across Several States

Disaster risk reduction

First major upgrade to the Australian Rainfall and Runoff Guidelines in 30 years

Extreme weather events can be modelled as “independent” by global reinsurers, Lloyd’s and Met Office study confirms

Flood spending decisions ‘perverse’, Green Alliance says

The ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario – A Story That Southern Californians Are Writing

Researchers find biggest exposed fault on Earth

Park and flood: why do we let planners pave over our green valleys?

Tanzanians pay dearly as tenants in flood-prone slum

Smarter flood risk management in England: Investing in resilient catchments

End the tyranny of ignorance on disaster risk

Gaps in flood insurance jeopardize tens of thousands in Ohio

The way humans have used land in the Sierra has had more effect on fire behavior than climate change

Increase in fire potential is predominantly in grassland areas of Victoria and New South Wales

Experts warn against underestimating heatwave threat

9% of homes built in England last year ‘in areas at high risk of flooding’

Reinsurers face growth opportunity in US flood risk

Conducting research in the context of global health emergencies: identifying key ethical and governance issues

Quantifying lahar damage using numerical modelling

Earthquake Hazard: What Has New Zealand’s Kaikoura Earthquake Taught Us So Far?

We have ignored the impact of land management on flood risk for too long

Emergency management

New Zealand earthquake damage map: Images reveal massive destruction

Geo-boffins say ‘quake moved New Zealand by 8m at 3km/second

The burning investigation into whether the 2013 NSW infernos were deliberate

EH&S to Lead UNC System-Wide Exercise on Hurricane, Disaster Response in 2017,-disaster-response-in-2017.html

Latest issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management features research on heatwave and building community resilience during cyclone

Fire camera system helps firefighters respond to catastrophic wildfires

NASA Calculates Record-Setting Hurricane Otto’s Rainfall in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Large-Loss fires in the United States in 2015

Government announces emergency legislation for Kaikoura earthquake recovery

Beaches devastated by extreme storms showing little signs of recovery, study shows

Latest edition of the Australian Red Cross’s ‘Resilience’ newsletter

Helping Australia’s Deaf community get ready for disasters

A new research project seeking to build disaster resilience in homeless populations has begun

‘It’s heartbreaking’: First of 17 homes in Sydney (Canada) flood zone demolished

‘Massive efforts’ under way in flood-hit northern DPRK require additional support – UN

Soldiers On 24-Hour Flood Standby Over Christmas

Cumbria Flood Action Plan

Campaigners call for closer examination of the cause of the Cumbrian floods

Earthquake-sensing mobile app MyShake captures hundreds of temblors large and small

Shrugging Off a Hurricane: A Three Hundred Year Old Culture of Disaster Resilience

Flood of memories in Chennai

Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development course

View current and past tropical cyclones near Australia

The Best New Maps, According to Cartographers

Cost and outcomes associated with participating in the Community Fireguard Program : Experiences from the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia

A new tool in disaster resilience education

Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation

Communicating flood risks in a changing climate: nine principles for promoting public engagement

“Belo Monte: After the Flood” | A New Film About Dams in the Amazon

Civil Defence slams controversial ‘triangle of life’ earthquake survival technique

A landmark global map shows nearly every human settlement on Earth

Currently in England and Wales there is no systematic or statutory flood education programme in schools

MyShake: Initial observations from a global smartphone seismic network

“Let’s make a little film about flooding” – and he found resilient communities

In Bangladesh, both the government and aid groups are working in schools to educate students about disasters and climate change

Social media and emergency management

Roughly one-quarter of US online adults use Twitter

Facebook creates Community Help tool so users can aid each other after disasters

Social media does not distinguish between fact and fiction

Only one-third of the world is connected to the internet but Facebook is seeking to change that

Online volunteers provide up-to-date disaster geographic information

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

Smartphones and social media correct inaccurate disaster reporting

Psychology and disasters

Firefighters discuss PTSD, emotional toll of career

Psychosocial preparedness: helping people get ready for disasters

Social capital and disasters

Six-year study of mental toll from Australia’s worst bushfire shows social ties are key to resilience and recovery

Social ties help sow the seeds for bushfire recovery


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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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