Today in disaster resilience (6 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas, moves closer to United States

Hurricane Dorian Becomes the 5th Atlantic Category 5 in 4 Years

Hurricane “Dorian” caused ‘unprecedented damage’ to the Bahamas

Ravaging hailstorm in Edmonton racked up $90 million in insured damages, Alberta, Canada

Vietnam and Thailand – Floods Hit After Rain From Tropical Cyclone ‘Podul’

Kenya – Deadly Flash Floods in Hell’s Gate National Park

Uganda – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Eastern Region

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Algeria – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in North

Central African Republic – Deadly Floods in North West

Tropical Cyclone “Lingling” forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Sep 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador

Morocco – 2 Dead in Khenifra Floods, Massive Debris Flow in Imlil


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

MOOC: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Scientists discover evidence for past high-level sea rise

The four big climate challenges for India

Major floods will happen more often, due to climate change

Why Are Hurricanes Like Dorian Stalling, and Is Global Warming Involved?

Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’

Devastation from Hurricane Dorian provokes calls for reporters to acknowledge the climate emergency’s connection to extreme weather

70% of Americans worried about climate change

Greenland’s rapidly vanishing glaciers

Disaster risk reduction

Best practices for successful coastal flooding adaptation

Making Mitigation Work: The Battle for Better Building Codes

The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano

Natural Hazards Research Platform

Analysis of the Potential of IT System Support in Early Warning Systems: Mitigating Flood Risk in Poland

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk

A “Managed Retreat” from Disasters

Whose resilience matters? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

Disasters drive up insurance rates

Why Forecasting Floods Should Be a Global Collaborative Effort


Emergency management

Japan conducts emergency drills in preparation for the huge quake predicted to hit Tokyo area

Grim fire season looms but many Australians remain unprepared

Recovery of Tourism-Based Economies on the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey

Dramatic video shows people in Bahamas swimming through rushing floodwaters

Bahamas Relief Efforts Frustrated as Dorian Pulls Away

Six months after cyclones, Pope spotlights Mozambique’s needs

Aerial footage reveals extent of storm devastation in Bahamas – as it happened

NASA’s ARIA team maps flooding in the Bahamas


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s emergency advisories are too complex and hard to understand, even for fluent Japanese speakers, experts say

Students Promote Landslide Education Across Puerto Rico

September is US National Preparedness Month. Theme: Prepared, Not Scared

New map marker a stark reminder to be ready for natural disasters

Protecting schools from natural hazards

700 people gather in Tokyo for memorial of Koreans massacred during Great Kanto Earthquake

Social media lessons from Calgary flood highlighted in wake of Houston crisis

Residents invited to learn more about flood risk work


Psychology and Disasters

Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available


Sociology and disasters

A Global Survey on the Perceptions and Impacts of Gender Inequality in the Earth and Space Sciences

Building and measuring community resilience

Indigenous Women of the Amazon Send a Call: The Fight for Mother Earth Is the Mother of All Fights


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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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