Today in disaster resilience (8 September 2017)


Please find below links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cornwall floods leave motorists trapped in vehicles

More than 1,000 firefighters battling largest fire in Los Angeles history

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West

More Than 100,000 People Have Been Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2017: Dukono volcano, Reventador, Sakurajima, Sabancaya, Ulawun

Dozens of wildfires very active in Montana and Idaho

Cross River flood kills 15 in 2 months

Current wildfires in the USA

Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic

NASA shares video of Hurricane Irma viewed from space

Benue Floods: Three dead, 110,000 risk contracting disease

Hurricane Irma latest: Record high winds and flash floods lash Caribbean as ‘most powerful storm in 80 years’ rages towards Florida

Hurricane Irma – High resolution flood depths – Caribbean 06/09/2017 – FREE Dataset – JBA

Hurricane Irma leaves 3 dead in eastern Caribbean

Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history, tears through the Caribbean

Wildfire smoke crosses U.S. on the jet stream

The U.S. Virgin Islands sit squarely in Hurricane Alley. Irma will test the storm-weathered islands’ limits

‘It was like something you see in a horror movie’: Irma survivors tell of devastation

The impacts of the Eagle Creek fire

Potential catastrophic flooding in Florida from Hurricane Irma


Disaster risk reduction

We already knew how to reduce damage from floods. We just didn’t do it.

Florida big contributor to flood program shortfall

European fire governance and the megafire challenge

NZ needs to act now to protect people and property, leaked coastal erosion report urges

When two disasters saved Earth from a worse one

Time for a global policy on disaster risk reduction

As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?

Future Flood Control: Time To Buy And Bulldoze Houston’s Most Flooded Homes

Building A Flood-Proof Skyscraper Resilient To Climate Change

What earthquake science can tell us about North Korea’s nuclear test

South Asia floods put new GloFAS river discharge forecasts to the test

Quaternary earthquakes: Geology and palaeoseismology for seismic hazard assessment

Transition time for chief resilience officers

Freetown’s mudslides and the slippery slope of urban risk in Africa

The Catastrophic Floods in India: A Perspective on Embankments

Why Chennai – like other Indian cities – will definitely flood again

End-To-End Probabilistic Impact Based Early Warning Systems for Community Resilience

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017

Aon Benfield teams up with JBA on UK flood risk modelling

96% uninsured in parts of Puerto Rico and USVI hit hardest by Hurricane Irma

“Passive approaches [to flood management] are always the key”

Risk of Strong Hurricane Winds to Florida Cities

Keeping Heads Above Water: Lessons for Building Resilience After Flooding in South Asia and Texas

Houston’s disaster is a lesson in the importance of urban land-use regulation — of not letting developers build whatever they want

More floods are coming and we’re making them worse

The CSIR coastal flood risk viewer is an interactive web-based tool to visualise the extent of coastal flooding in specific areas

Hurricane Harvey shows how floods don’t pay attention to flood zone maps — or politicians

“We’ve built our cities and flood protections with assumptions based on the climate of the past”


Emergency Management

Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers

What would really happen if Britain came under nuclear attack?

Humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh as floods leave victims stranded, suffering, and close to starving

A Bipartisan Bill Helped Save Pets From Harvey, And Maybe Their Humans Too

Harvey Aftermath: A Public Health Crisis in the Making

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms

Hurricane Harvey: What Happens to Drug Users During a Storm?

Hurricane Harvey could cost $190 billion, be worst-ever U.S. natural disaster, says AccuWeather

Floods in Africa in August killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey did

Harvey Has Morphed into a Multi-Pronged Environmental Disaster

New York hospitals lend Texas a hand with Harvey

Harvey victims leave shelters but face dire housing needs

FEMA’s Role In Responding To Disasters

Morwell residents seven times more likely to have a heart attack since Hazelwood mine fire

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia

Estimating the Cost of Disasters

City’s underserved population foresees uneven recovery

‘We don’t have anything’: landlords demand rent on flooded Houston homes

Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia’s worst floods in a decade recede

Photos From The South Asian Flood That Left 1200 People Dead But No One Talked About

Houston floods: Uninsured and anxious, victims return home

Flooded by Hurricane Harvey: New Map Shows Energy, Industrial, and Superfund Sites

Total property damage from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding estimated at between US$65-75 billion: AIR Worldwide

Red Cross launches first U.S. drone program for disasters

With no government help, Mumbai flood victims are on their own


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The inside story of what it took to keep a Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey

These are the apps helping people affected by Hurricane Harvey

Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide

Sydney residents not being proactive or taking heatwaves seriously, researcher warns

Eye on Calderdale Flood Education site

Prepare for disaster: How your smartphone can help in an emergency

Come and see the Thames Barrier in action at our annual closure

How do hurricanes form?

Resilient … but to what?

Don’t Fall For This Fake Viral Video Of Hurricane Irma

A photographer’s work fighting fires gave him rare, up-close access to California’s wildfire epidemic

Texas colleges devastated by Hurricane Harvey are moving face-to-face courses online

Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world

40th anniversary edition of ‘Disasters’

Seven ways to protect your pets in an emergency

How one photojournalist covered Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey crowdsourced photo map

Understanding fire weather

“Giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough”


Social media and emergency management

Reddit, Twitter offer an oasis of info, resources for Harvey victims

Harvey shows that social media platforms and the way we’ve used them have ‘evolved tremendously’

New Facebook philanthropy partner reflects trend toward long-term disaster response

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That’s Not Really A Plan


Disaster psychology

What NOT to Say to a Flood Survivor

Matt: My Harvey story, our call to action for Houston

Help Kids Cope app

Breaking cognitive barriers to a sustainable future


Social Capital and Disasters

Katrina and now Houston show how people, not just government, are key to effective disaster response





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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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