Today in disaster resilience (9 March 2018)


Please find links below to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rains pound, flood parts of Nairobi

Nor’easters are now just as dangerous as hurricanes

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power

Dozens die across Europe as cold weather blights continent

Storm Emma: Risk of flooding in many areas as thaw begins

PNG earthquake: 11 people dead after strong aftershocks rock Highlands

Angola – 8 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in 3 Provinces

Rwanda – Hundreds Displaced by Floods in Western Province

Explosive eruptions and ash venting at Shinmoedake (Kirishimayama), Japan

Australia – Rivers Rise After Record Rain in Central Queensland

Indonesia – 3,000 Evacuated After Floods in West Nusa Tenggara

Tropical Cyclone “Hola” crossing Vanuatu before turning toward Loyalty Islands

Another nor’easter to slam the storm-weary Mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Malawi – Floods in Central and Southern Regions Affect 2,000

Albania suffers floods, landslides after days of heavy rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Mar 2018: Fuego volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Turrialba, Mayon, Kirishima

New Zealand – Evacuations After Rivers Flood in Hawke’s Bay

Vanuatu – Tropical Cyclone Hola Brings Heavy Rain

Flood warning: Ingham residents told rising river will isolate communities, inundate properties


Extreme Weather and Climate Change


A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise

Extreme Temperature Fluctuations Tied to Increase in Heart Attacks

Climate Short film: They said it couldn’t be done

Southern Californians know: climate change is real, it is deadly and it is here

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists

It was officially New Zealand’s hottest summer on record

Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival

In doomed Alaska town, hunters turn to drones and caribou as sea ice melts

What It’s Like To Live Through Cape Town’s Massive Water Crisis

As sea levels rise, Bangladeshi islanders must decide between keeping the water out—or letting it in

How Australia’s warming climate is changing the way we live and work

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network

13 Cities May Exceed 2C Temperature Rise by 2020s, Say Scientists


Disaster risk reduction

Defining Extreme Wildfire Events: Difficulties, Challenges, and Impacts

The challenge of urbanisation in Africa

Despite recommendations, some Southern Indiana homeowners reject flood insurance

Los Angeles Releases Resilience Strategy

Province working on technology to ease damage in flood season

‘Water is the new fire,’ says the Insurance Bureau of Canada

New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Volcanologists warn world is unprepared for next major eruption

Flood insurance program remains in limbo as U.S. Senate makes few moves before deadline

Wildfire problem to increase in coming decades

Autumn planned burning program kicks off across Victoria

The floodplains work — if only we didn’t develop in them

For Households: Technical Handbook on Design, Construction and Renovation of Typhoon-Resilient Low-Income Housing

Megathrust quake: Evacuation zones would protect Kiwis from monster Hikurangi tsunami, scientist say

Hikurangi tsunami warning system: Is it possible?

Canadian researchers find way to better predict severe storms

Drilling project probes New Zealand’s risk of killer quakes

Green Spaces in Cities Help Control Floods, Store Carbon – Study

Will Miami Beach’s anti-flooding measures work?

Catastrophe models that Canadian insurers use to predict flood damage should be open-sourced, free and accessible to everyone


Emergency Management

Go inside when storm comes and go upstairs when it floods!

Papua New Guinea earthquake: Tens of thousands need urgent aid

President Trump declares disaster in American Samoa

Health staff ‘too stressed’ to deal with disasters

CRC research on floodwater-related deaths has been by showcased in ‘Stories of Australian Science’ magazine

Marshall County family suffers fire and flood in the same year

Drones Helping in Puerto Rico

Papua New Guinea aid workers race to deliver supplies as aftershocks strike

The European Commission signed an administrative arrangement with Tunisia to boost ties in civil protection and disaster risk management

Workshop on Civil Society and Emergency Response: conflicting discourses of dependency and empowerment

Exodus from Puerto Rico grows as island struggles to rebound from Hurricane Maria

‘We put our lives at risk’: What it’s like running a remote Aussie roadhouse in cyclone season

Measuring Hurricane Wind Speed from Space


Disaster education, communications and engagement

HayWired is a California regional and statewide earthquake preparedness initiative that aims to shift behavior about earthquakes

Letters From the Dust Bowl

Forming a flood action group can play a vital role in reducing the communities flood risk

Footage of San Francisco After 1906 Quake Found at Flea Market

Why we must engage women and children in disaster risk management

Implementing a tiered wildfire risk assessment approach to inform wildfire education programs

Sketches of the Seine flooding

Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll

Words matter – using language & technology to better inform the CCA & DRR communities

Risk and warning communication that supports women during disasters


Social Media and Emergency Management


Five billion people — two-thirds of the global population — now use mobile phones to connect to life-enhancing opportunities and services

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information


Psychology and disasters


Inadequate sleep can help explain high rates of suicide and cardiac events among firefighters

More than 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are learning what makes some survivors more resilient than others

Demographic and Health Disparities in Recovery from Hurricane Katrina


Sociology and Disasters


Beyond men and women: a critical perspective on gender and disaster

Women, resilience and social movements

Since 2000, 6.4 million Brazilians moved after large-scale flooding, droughts and other disasters


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