Today in disaster resilience (9 December 2016)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Death Toll Rises to 14 in Gatlinburg; Residents Get First Look at Wildfire Devastation

Popocatepetl volcanic update

Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales

Thailand – Floods in South Leave 11 Dead and 350,000 Affected

Vietnam – Deadly Floods Strike Central Region for Third Time in 8 Weeks

Spain – Torrential Rain and Floods Leave 2 Dead

Koh Phangan Island declared as disaster zone after heavy rain

One dead after Mt Warning campers struck by lightning, rescue operation underway

Heavy flooding in Thailand kills 14, inundates tourist isles

Indonesia earthquake: frantic rescue efforts as at least 97 people killed in Aceh province

6.2 Magnitude Quake Rocks Trinidad & Tobago, But No Tsunami Worry

Solomon Islands rocked by magnitude-7.8 quake, widespread tsunami warning issued across Pacific

Disaster risk reduction

ABR Explorer: the missing link in disaster management

Building transport resilience for the inevitable future disasters

Earthquake-prone list not the be-all and end-all

An earthquake worse than the ‘Big One’? Shattered New Zealand city shows danger of Seattle’s fault

Nigeria managed flood better in 2016 leading to less deaths, destruction – NEMA

Bushfire disaster looms for Tasmania as conditions likened to 1967

Let’s build the infrastructure that no hurricane can erase

Lough Neagh: Winter flooding report urges review of water levels

Environment Canterbury welcomes Government earthquake legislation

CIDCO´s tidal-water drainage system averted flooding in monsoon

Copenhagen water project wins Nordic cities award

Coastal Resilience mapping portal

Flood prediction improvement is possible!

Using environmental tracers to test the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management techniques

£530m: The Hidden Economic Cost of Groundwater Flooding Revealed

Flexible modelling of extreme events

Half surface water in some countries has been lost since 1980s

Providing flood hazard mapping and probabilistic flood risk assessment to support international governments

Flood risk in Africa: an insurable peril

Tsunami Risk to UK Higher Than Anticipated

Most U.K. coastal flooding caused by moderate, not extreme storms

Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK

Report finds NSW and ACT annual bushfire costs projected to more than double by 2050 due to climate change

Spatial and temporal analysis of extreme sea level and storm surge events around the coastline of the UK

A Changing Climate: Water, Flooding and Historic Buildings

Emergency management

State launches fire disaster mapping

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

How New Mini-Satellites Could Impact Hurricane Forecasts

Storm Desmond: Hundreds unable to go home one year on

We’ve repaired and prepared – a year after storms caused devastating floods

The Winter Floods of 2015/2016 in the UK

A utility threshold model of herding–panic behavior in evacuation under emergencies based on complex network theory

Here’s why computer models 10 days into the future cannot be trusted

Supreme Court Upholds Hurricane Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

BoatUS Estimates Hurricane Matthew Damage to Recreational Boats at $110M

Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in Wildland Fire Management Must be Addressed—Gender-Discrimination.html?soid=1104469772907&aid=hvuJZr4AW6k

Louisiana in line for $1.243B more in federal flood relief funding

Opportunity knocks: Realising the potential of partnerships in the Nepal earthquake response

Sea spray studied to improve hurricane intensity forecasting

Tennessee and Israel wildfires, New Zealand quake among expensive catastrophes in November: Aon Benfield

Flood Response Using Earth Observation Data and Products

Gender & shelter: Good programming guidelines

New storm shelters ready in Birmingham before tornado season

Bushfire predictions at the fingertips of fire fighters

Disaster education, communications and engagement

And then the sea came back

Be Bushfire Ready

Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health and vulnerability

Are you prepared for fire?

At tsunami summit, high school students commit to curb risk

Get Some Credits! Conserving Land to Reduce Flood Risk and Save Money

Zombie pedagogies: the problems with using the undead in public pedagogies for emergencies

Engagement matters: tools for disaster resilient communities

How to make a flood plan

GeoScience Videos: A Quarter of a Million Views Later

Climate Resilience Means Meaningfully Engaging Vulnerable Communities in Urban Planning Processes

Watch 15 Years Of Earthquakes Rock The Planet

The causes of Earth’s transition are human and social so involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene

How to include animals in your emergency plan

Study Offers Coastal Communities Better Way To Prepare For Devastating Storms


Enabling Stakeholder Involvement in Coastal Disaster Resilience Planning

Social media and emergency management

There are 6 phases during a crisis on Twitter as shown in the Brussels attacks

Twitter has become a popular social media platform for discussing climate change

During the tsunami warning that hit Japan in November 2016, the top issue facing disaster response teams was having to manage the impact of social media trolls

Social media training for emergency managers

Facebook features like GIFs for comments, offline communications and shared photo albums are likely soon

Psychology and disasters

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South

Research is showing that firefighter behavioral health problems are more long-term than single-event occurrences

Family that fled Hurricane Matthew struggles with life in Charlotte

Social capital and disasters

Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation


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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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