Today in disaster resilience (20 September 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan

Worst storm in over a century hits Spain, major floods and tornadoes reported

Strong explosion at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Floods In Rajasthan After Release Of Water From Dams, Thousands Evacuated

‘This is mind-blowing’: Residents cope with historic flooding in Dell Rapids

23,000 flee after floods in northeast Thailand

‘On pins and needles’: Flooded-out Iowans brace for a third round in six months

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand

Record 1,422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India

One killed, two escape death as flood ravages Anambra capital

Imelda brings heavy rainfall, fears of flooding to Texas

USA – Flooding in South East Texas After Tropical Depression Imelda Dumps Heavy Rain

India – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Rajasthan

Algeria – 2 Dead as Floods Hit Algiers and Souk Ahras

Indonesia shuts down plantations linked to illegal forest fires

Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area

Eruption Of Russian Volcano Caused Colorful Skies


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Eight More Effects of Climate Change: Some Surprising, Some Fatal

‘Climigration’: when communities must move because of climate change

Emission impossible? Harsh facts on climate change

The world has a third pole – and it’s melting quickly

Are businesses doing enough to prepare for climate change or do executives have their heads in the sand?

UK will see four heatwaves a year and twice as many flash floods by 2070s, Met Office predicts

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat

Jacinda Ardern on rising to the climate change challenge

Worrying new calculations show Earth is warming faster than previously thought

With Greenland’s Extreme Melting, a New Risk Grows: Ice Slabs That Worsen Runoff

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

Scientists set out how to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Fighting for a stolen future

Inequality and climate change

Hundreds of Australian academics declare support for climate rebellion

Ignoring young people’s climate change fears is a recipe for anxiety

Climate disasters to leave 150 million in humanitarian need by 2030: Red Cross

New UN report launched to help ratchet up action to combat climate crisis

The Arctic and climate change (1979 – 2019): What the ice record tells us

We want to learn about climate change from weather presenters, not politicians

A survey of Australian TV audiences’ views on climate change

Climate change: Warming to drive ‘robust increase’ in UK flooding

Global warming simulations: Parts of U.K. and northern Europe to see more compound flooding


Disaster risk reduction

“There’s no record of fire dangers that high that early in those areas in NSW”

Don’t politicise the bushfires? The alternative is to sit back while more severe events happen

Work on Wangaratta’s inadequate flood levees delayed by bureaucracy

Researchers Hone Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Flood: When Disaster Becomes Unnatural By Ahmed Maiyaki

Constructing a comprehensive disaster resilience index: The case of Italy

Review of the Transition From Smouldering to Flaming Combustion in Wildfires

Dams were built to control floods; they are now triggers

Flood relief scheme will be a catalyst for Cork city

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

Hurricane Dorian: Harbinger of the new normal

Why Flood Victims Blame Their City, Not the Climate

As Flooding Worsens, Home Buyouts Move at a Snail’s Pace

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach

What to do about the constant threat – and reality – of flooded homes in coastal communities–and-reality–of-flooded-homes-in-coastal-communities

Flooding and Land Use Change in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Google to expand AI-powered flood forecasts in India for monsoon season

Urban flood resilience in Indonesia: New approaches through an urban design lens


Emergency management

Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

California Prepares For Wildfire Season As Climate Change Keeps Temperatures Rising

Mozambique cyclones: One million facing food shortages

The University of the Bahamas, After Dorian

False Tsunami Warning In Hawaii Triggered By Police Exercise

20,000 flood victims in Northeast remain trapped


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparedness Day Educates Thousands of Californians on Disaster Readiness

Capacity Building toward Resilience: How Communities Recover, Learn, and Change in the Aftermath of Extreme Events

Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction

In the past 20 years climate change education has been in and out of the formal curriculum depending on the whims of Australian governments


Psychology and Disasters

Recent Development in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics: Bibliographic Analyses, Collaboration Patterns, and Future Directions

How to talk to children and teens about their fears surrounding climate change


Sociology and disasters

Women are at the Heart of Disaster Preparedness and Response

Improving community resiliency following disasters is a dynamic partnership between community-based organizations and public health agencies established pre-disaster


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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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