Today in disaster resilience (1 September 2017)



Recent emergencies/disasters

Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm, but details of devastation are emerging

New mudslide hits Swiss town, eight hikers still missing

Harvey’s rain ‘beyond anything experienced,’ weather service says

Mammoth Flood Disaster in Houston: More Rain Yet to Come

Tornado Touches Down in Vermillion Parish

Bihar floods’ death toll touches 440

Bangladesh floods worst in 40 years, 8 million affected

Texas flood disaster: Harvey has unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water

Family Of Six Drowns In Houston Flooding

Sierra Leone mudslides ‘kill more than 1,000’

Massive rockslope collapse with 35 fatalities caught on a remarkable video

Active volcanoes in the world

With Ten Times the Usual Rain, Mumbai Heads Towards Imminent Flood

Floods In South Asia Have Killed More Than 1,000 People This Summer

Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened

Harvey leaving record rainfall, at least 22 deaths behind in Houston

India floods: Toddlers killed in Mumbai rains

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

Turkey hit by 28 002 earthquakes during the first 8 months of 2017

Robust steam plume, new explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska

Flood displaces over 110,000 people in Makurdi


Disaster risk reduction

The US is good at responding to flood damage. We’re terrible at mitigating it

In Pursuit of Flash Flood Data

Within cities, poor communities of color often live in segregated neighborhoods with higher flood risks

Houston’s development boom and reduction of wetlands leave region flood prone

Texas flood damage from Harvey may match Katrina: insurance group

Five Reasons Houston Is Especially Vulnerable to Flooding

Not so Natural Disasters

Shops under a volcano? The dangerous lure of Mount Etna

How reconnecting with nature can help us cope with floods

Why moving inland might not keep you safe from floods

Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Houston’s flooding shows what happens when you ignore science and let developers run rampant

Houston drainage grid ‘so obsolete it’s just unbelievable’

Insured losses from Harvey’s wind, storm surge as much as US$2.3 billion: AIR Worldwide

Harvey creating life-threatening flooding in southeastern Texas, early damage estimate up to US$2 billion

Harvey forecast — Innovations in meteorology and climate science

Satellite products support Afghanistan early warning system

A century of wildland fire research

How do we start putting a price on resilience?

Holland has solved the flooding problem; why can’t the US?

Wildfires to become “bigger, hotter, faster, and more frequent than those we confronted before”

Creeping earth could hold secret to deadly landslides

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them

Satellite photos reveal how Mumbai killed its rivers and mangrove forests to risk epic floods

No lessons learnt from the 2005 deluge in Mumbai

Devastating Himalayan floods are made worse by an international blame game

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’

Harvey Could Reshape How and Where Americans Build Homes

Poll: Nearly 75% of Voters Back Flood Reforms

Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston?

Why Houston isn’t the only U.S. community ripe for disaster

Bengaluru floods because it is 78% concrete

Flooding and the Economics of Risk Reduction


Emergency Management

North West floods: £270,000 approved to help people affected by storms

Storm Harvey: Up to 2,000 rescued as Houston hit by ‘catastrophic floods’

Pensioners rescued after shocking photo of flooded Texas nursing home goes viral

New, Respected FEMA Chief Faces First Major Challenge With Hurricane Harvey

Why the U.S. wasn’t prepared for Hurricane Harvey

Houston’s Mayor Made the Right Call Telling Residents to Stay Put

Uncertainty continues after Bangladesh floods despite falling water levels

Houston disaster evokes painful memories of Katrina

Conversations Continue on Emergency Communications

Hurricane Harvey: drone footage shows a suburban Houston underwater

Harvey’s unprecedented floods bring a looming public health crisis

Before and after Houston floods

Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey

About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance, face big bills

The participation of Children & Young People in Disaster Management: a European view

When disasters like Hurricane Harvey strike, women are far more likely to be negatively affected than other groups


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Watch a Massive Avalanche and Mudslide Sweep Down a Mountain

A Reporter’s Tale in Houston: When a Story Becomes Your Own Disaster

‘This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,’ says man who rode out Harvey with wife, four dogs in a truck

10 Wildfire and Behavior Change Books to Choose From

A ‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why

Hurricane Harvey Is Testing Our Ability To Communicate Natural Disaster Risks

Text message alerts prove life saver in flood-hit Nepal

A step-by-step cartoon guide to efficient, effective collaboration between Earth scientists and data scientists

Texas media coverage in the US is about 160 times that of the Asian flooding

Chile Prepares Mass Earthquake Drills for Students

The ABC’s of Wildfire Terminology

What does transformation really mean?


Social media and emergency management


People are challenging each other on Twitter to text a $10 donation to the Red Cross Harvey fund

Hurricane Harvey Facebook Safety Check

Go on a Twitter holiday if you want to think and write well

“Social media allowed many Houstonians to take their fate into their own hands”

Stranded Texans send pleas for help, share startling photos on social media as flood waters rise

Researchers in the US demonstrated the ability of social media to alert first responders

Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Houston Chinese cope with flood on WeChat

Facebook, Twitter Replace 911 Calls For Stranded In Houston

“Social Media Can Be a Tremendous Asset, but Beware Its Dark Side”


Disaster psychology

What psychologists do on disaster relief operations

Domestic Disaster Displacement (3D) Manual

A Framework for Empowering Women Experiencing Violence in Disaster Settings


Social Capital and Disasters

Volunteers Flock to Houston to Help Hurricane Victims



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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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