Today in disaster resilience (30 August 2019)


Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts

Philippines and Taiwan – 3 Dead as Tropical Storm ‘Bailu’ Hits

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Arkansas

Sudan flooding leaves at least 62 dead as two months of rain causes devastation

Nigeria: Anxiety As 15 States Battle Flood

Greece wildfires: Blaze forces evacuations on island of Samos

Powerful hailstorm hits capital Madrid, turning roads into raging rivers, Spain

Tropical Storm “Ivo” dumps heavy rain, claims two lives in Mexico

Two dead as Japan orders 900,000 to leave homes amid heavy rains

Dorian strengthens into hurricane as Puerto Rico avoids direct hit — live updates

Sudan villagers reel from Nile water floods

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Taroudant Province

Mauritania – Flooding in South Leaves 5 Dead

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Aug 2019: Stromboli volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon

Fires intensifying climate change

Book review: The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

Global Heat Waves Point to Intensifying Global Climate Crisis

Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

We know the Arctic is melting – but it’s also on fire

Climate explained: how emissions trading schemes work and they can help us shift to a zero carbon future

Region stands out in the deep red of global warming

‘100-year’ floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps

City council changes mind on climate emergency

Taking on the Temperature

Climate change melts 12.5bn billions tons of ice in Greenland fifty years earlier than predicted

Winter isn’t coming — get ready for a full-blown age of fire

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

Ireland among countries to bear brunt of flooding caused by climate change

Over the past seven decades, the number of extreme heat days in Europe has steadily increased

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark UN climate report

The air conditioning trap: how cold air is heating the world

Flooding in UK over the past 50 years is worst in Europe as climate change ‘increases the amount of rainfall’


Disaster risk reduction

Amazon fires explained: what are they, why are they so damaging, and how can we stop them?

Study makes the case for thoughtful, planned ‘managed retreat’ from areas prone to flooding and storms

Dilapidated Harvey-damaged townhomes to get new life as Kingwood greenspace

Almost one year after a historic storm surge caused by a powerful typhoon inundated Kansai International Airport, many parts of Japan remain vulnerable to a similar disaster

More than half of FEMA’s flood maps rely on decades-old data. Now, a group of Texas researchers is tackling the problem with a $3 million grant and crowdsourced data

Land Use Planning for Urban Flood Risk Management

Two years after Harvey, a more resilient Houston (opinion)

100-Year Floods Could Soon Happen Annually in Parts of U.S., Study Finds

Improving the understanding of flood risk in the Alsatian region by knowledge capitalization: the ORRION participative observatory

New Orleans’ women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project

The Real Reason the Amazon Is On Fire

Indonesia picks new site for capital city as Jakarta slowly sinks into sea

First insights from the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool: A large-scale community flood resilience analysis

Despite Floods, Figures Show Sharp Decline In Rainfall In India Since The 1940s

The role of the state in China’s post-disaster reconstruction planning: Implications for resilience’s_post-disaster_reconstruction_planning_Implications_for_resilience

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Lao PDR

Special Issue: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Hurricane Flooding Disasters

Changing climate both increases and decreases European river floods

US Governmental Spending for Disaster-Related Research, 2011-2016: Characterizing the State of Science Funding Across 5 Professional Disciplines

What to do with Houston’s perpetually flooded homes

Kiwis back earthquake early warning system idea

Mapping the Risk of Flooding in the Philippines

To Battle Floods, Cities Revive Their Long-Forgotten Alleyways


Emergency management

Two years after Harvey, has Houston lost its urgency on flood repairs, prevention?

Why California is having its mildest fire season in 20 years

After the Meltdown: Post-Fukushima Environmentalism and a Nuclear Energy Industrial Complex in Japan

1 058 killed, 1.8 million displaced since the start of the monsoon season, India

After Missouri River Flooding, Some Iowans Say They Won’t Move Back

Challenges to Coordination: Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters (pre print)

Bushfire season: Australia warned to prepare early amid grim outlook

Development and divergent post-disaster trajectories in a mountain village: Temporal dynamics of differentiation after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake

Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: August 2019


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Less than 6% of families in Japan thoroughly prepare children for natural disasters, survey shows

Community partnerships between agencies and citizens are critical for identifying and implementing place-based solutions to reducing wildfire vulnerability

Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover

Fire and Smoke Tweet Chat: Learn about the ongoing FIREX-AQ campaign to study what’s in smoke from wildfires and agricultural burning

Home Flood Risk Assessment Training

Kempsey SES hold memorial service to honour the six people who lost their lives in the 1949 flood

Free Interactive Maps Plot Fires and Other Disasters in Real Time

Disaster education: It should be all about the learners

Learn more about flooding events in Canada

Disaster researchers can comment on evacuation, sea level rise, health issues, pet safety as Hurricane Dorian approaches


Psychology and Disasters

Weighted Blankets for PTSD

1 in 4 homeowners in at-risk areas made no preparations for hurricane season

‘Another hurricane?’ How climate disasters can give us compassion fatigue

Faced with floods and suicides, U.S. readies for a warmer world


Sociology and disasters

Traditional social capital and socioeconomic networks in response to flood disaster: A case study of rural areas in Sri Lanka

Though marginalised gender groups are more vulnerable to the risks of disasters their experiences are rarely included in research


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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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