Today in disaster resilience (27 September 2019)


Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Three kids die in Delta floods

Flood: Over 150 communities submerged in Kogi – Commissioner

Albania struck by 5.6-magnitude earthquake, injuring at least 37

Trinidad and Tobago – Tropical Storm Karen Causes Severe Flooding

Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department

Tropical Storm Karen intensifies as it bears down on Puerto Rico

England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

Volcanic activity worldwide 26 Sep 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador

Pune Flood: Death Toll Rises To 7; NDRF Teams On Rescue Operation

India – 12 Dead, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Maharashtra

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 1 Dead and 15,000 Displaced

Oman – Rain and Winds From Tropical Cyclone Hikaa Prompt Evacuations and Rescues

Strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Maluku, Indonesia


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Greta Thunberg condemns world leaders in emotional speech at UN

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C

Climate change ‘hitting harder and sooner’ than forecast, warn scientists ahead of UN meeting

New coastal development is designed to live with sea level rise

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Tied for Second Lowest on Record

Increasing flood risk due to co-occurring storm surges and heavy precipitation in Northern Europe

Climate change could stretch our capabilities, Defence Force chief speech warns

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal

Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism

Even a 20-centimetre rise in sea level would more than double the frequency of flooding in tropical zones such as the Mumbai coast, according to a 2017 report by US experts

A sense of climate crisis now haunts stories which aren’t even about the environment

Humans Just Held Another Funeral For a Glacier, And It May Not Be The Last

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

How we measure glaciers

New study shows major changes in severity of flooding across Europe linked to climate change

Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides

World’s oceans at a tipping point, indicates UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

Italy and France Prepare for Imminent Collapse of Mont Blanc Glacier

The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, approved on 24 September 2019 by the 195 IPCC member governments, provides new evidence for the benefits of limiting global warming to the lowest possible level

Satellite will gain hi-res view of greenhouse effect

Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections

Not convinced on the need for urgent climate action? Here’s what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming

Climate Change Hits Vulnerable Communities First and Hardest

How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth — in pictures

World’s poorest communities have done the least to cause climate change, but end up paying for it

Dying of laughter: comics joke about climate change at U.N. summit


Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn of ‘endless’ flood cycle

Aussie startup FloodMapp raises $1.3 million for tech reducing “catastrophic” impact of flooding

Massive Study of European Flooding Sees North-South Climate Split

Gilbert White Special Issue

Surging Waters looks at flooding in the United States and demonstrates how science is supporting flood management, as well as furthering the solutions needed to mitigate flood impacts on people and property in the future

Rethinking resilience to wildfire

Hurricane resilience in the Bahamas: Ecosystem

Devising an Earthquake Algorithm to Save Lives

Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods

The Effect Of The Rising UK Flood Risk On Commercial Property

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership (CSFP) brings together Flood Risk Management Authorities and other organisations including representation from community groups

Risk Rating 2.0 Overview

Calgary flood protection project faces opposition

Role of earthquake motions in triggering a ‘surprise’ tsunami

Herogram illustrates how ECMWF scientists support EU flood work

Paradise Dam will have ‘some difficulty’ in extreme flood event

New satellite may make flood prediction easier

Extreme floods that once came every 100 years will be annual event by 2050: UN climate report

Tsunami Disasters and Global Heating in Japan: Incremental or Transformational Adaptation to Sea Level Rise?

Dr Lee Bosher : The terrifying experience that led to a lifetime of work

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires

Flood Gates, Flood Walls and Home Buyouts: Coming Soon To Miami?


Emergency management

‘Opening the Door to Hell Itself’: Bahamas Confronts Life After Hurricane Dorian

We talked to Obama’s top FEMA official on the future of flooding and what humanity can do to prepare

Why will FEMA spend as much in past 2 years as the previous 37? Here’s how disaster aid works

Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas — and it wasn’t even a hurricane?

Public-Private-People Relationship Stakeholder Model for disaster and humanitarian operations

Exploring the Complications of Counting Casualties After Natural Disasters

FEMA officials tour safe rooms in Joplin, Webb City

UAE rescues 50,000 people from floods in Sudan

Minister reassures Nigerians of measures to tackle floods


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Children, young people and flooding

The Role of Children in Creating Culturally Sensitive Disaster Management

International Day for Disaster Reduction 13 October

Climate Watch an App developed to monitor the effects of climate change locally

The Regional Resilience Exposure Tool (R2ET) is intended to function as a base-line resource for citizens, businesses, and governmental actors to kickstart conversations about sea level rise and emergency preparedness


Psychology and Disasters

The National Household Survey (NHS) tracks progress in personal disaster preparedness through investigation of the American public’s preparedness actions, attitudes, and motivations


Sociology and disasters

Community Resilience: A Case Study of a Community of Fortaleza, CE

Visually exploring social perceptions of environmental harm in global urban contexts

A coupled human–natural systems framework of community resilience


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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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