Today in disaster resilience (20 January 2017)

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

Current emergencies/disasters

Freak storm brings ‘twister’, flash flooding to Queensland

‘The worst isn’t over’: Thai south still inundated as flood death toll hits 40

Mudslides, Flooding Reported in Southern California as New Levee Failure Fears Arise in Sacramento County

Will this week’s floods be like 1996?

#FloodPH: Areas in Cagayan de Oro where forced evacuation is ordered

Earthquake rocks Tennant Creek

In early January 2017 two winter storms brought extreme weather to many parts of Europe

German Baltic coast hit by storm surge flooding

Snowy central Italy hit by four earthquakes felt in Rome

NSW bushfires: Hunter Valley fires which left homes ablaze being treated as ‘very suspicious’

2 killed, others feared dead after avalanche buries Italian hotel

Earthquake triggers deadly avalanche in Italy

Death toll from California’s winter storms continues to rise

Disaster risk reduction

Mismatched Flood Control System Compounds Water Woes in Southern Bangladesh

The Challenge of Timely, Responsive and Rigorous Ethics Review of Disaster Research

Global Platform host Mexico is icon of risk management

Uzbekistan moves towards proactive approach to Disaster Risk Management

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to be urban

Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows

What’s Keeping Those Freeway Interchanges Up In An Earthquake?

Using Archives of Past Floods to Estimate Future Flood Hazards

NASA study finds a relationship between wildfire and drought

Surrey’s local flood risk management strategy

Future shock – the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

Heatwaves hit the most disadvantaged Australians the hardest

Flood mitigation under EPCOR could lead to higher utility rates in Edmonton: report

Tectonic summaries of magnitude 7 and greater earthquakes from 2000 to 2015

Understanding geomorphic response to hydrological events: filling the data gaps

Urban resilience is the ability of a city to survive, adapt, and grow

Floodplains can’t do their job any more

Flood most damaging peril of 2016, causing nearly one-third of $210bn global economic losses

Fraud, cyber, and security incidents are now the ‘new normal’ for companies across the world

Building resilience to cyclones and drought in Myanmar includes promoting and encouraging gender equality

From Flood Control to Water Management: A Journey of Bangladesh towards Integrated Water Resources Management

State of Utah will pay the costs of catastrophic fires in exchange for local governments implementing prevention, preparedness and mitigation actions

2017 Global Infectious Diseases Threats to the United States

Chicago’s New Sensor-Based Stormwater Management System

Emergency management

Are we ready for disaster?

Volunteer fire department struggles reflect larger problem

Ontario firefighters’ battle over volunteer work heads to union trial

US disasters by the numbers

Visually impaired experiences of earthquakes highlight gaps in disaster preparedness

Quantitative Comparison Between Crowd Models for Evacuation Planning and Evaluation

Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study

Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion

Drones can spark bushfires and hinder aerial support, DFES warns

Chilean Gov’t to Indemnize Affected People by Tsunami

Mayor welcomes record business confidence despite earthquakes

NCAR Ensemble Forecasts

Chile’s M=7.7 earthquake Christmas gift: A ferocious start, but it fizzled

Sevier County wildfire losses near $1 billion

High-reliability organizing and the language of wildland fire managers

Hunter Valley bushfire survivor describes how a ‘fireball’ threatened his home during emergency situation

Flood disasters more than double across Europe in 35 years

Disaster education, communications and engagement

47% of American homes and 31% of Australians rely solely on mobile phones

Nepal marks 19th Earthquake Safety Day amid growing fears of quake

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD)

Weather: Beaufort scale

In the Age of Resilience

First mathematical model that accurately reproduces the patterns that innovations follow

Engaging Communities In New Hampshire To Strengthen Resilience

NASA Earth Science Data: Yours to Use, Fully and Without Restrictions

The Importance of Storytelling in Science

Turn Around Don’t Drown

New Climate Change Learning Modules on Health and Cities Now Available Online!

Social media and emergency management

Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories

Virtual reality is going to be a key topic of discussion in social media circles in 2017

School fires web co-ordinator for correcting a student’s bad grammar on Twitter

Digital immortality enabled by social networking sites

Tweets with one or two hashtags get more attention than tweets with less or more hashtags

The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Social Media: Strategy and Design Tips for Success

Could Facebook save your life in a disaster?

Measuring the Best Times to Post on Social Media

“We mostly use emojis like gestures, as a way of enhancing emotional expressions”

Disaster psychology

Natural disasters can bring out the best in human beings

PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters



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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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