Today in disaster resilience (4 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

‘Totally terrified’ observers catch tornado touching down outside Davis on video

Drought-hit Australian towns prepare for ‘unimaginable’ water crisis

Lorenzo becomes the strongest hurricane this far north and east in the Atlantic basin

Tibesti – another mining-induced landslide

Niger: Tens of Thousands Impacted by Devastating Floods

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos

Turkey – 13 Rescued After Flash Floods in Artvin Province

Severe thunderstorms north of Brisbane flood homes and businesses

Worst monsoon in 25 years kills 148 across India, floods ravage Patna

UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain

Hurricane Lorenzo lashes mid-Atlantic Azores Islands

Pakistan – Fatalities After Heavy Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda

Senegal – Thousands Displaced by Floods in Dakar and Kaolack Regions

South Korea – Torrential Rain From Typhoon Mitag Causes Deadly Floods and Landslides

Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Oct 2019: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reventador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK’s new flagship polar research vessel officially named Sir David Attenborough

Climate lessons from the classroom spill into the streets

This Victorian surf club is under threat as climate change eats away at the coast

‘It’s heartbreaking’: a coastal community watches its beach wash away

Didn’t teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg cause a stir last week?

Girt by sea, Australia faces serious climate challenge

U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough

Feeling flight shame? Try quitting air travel and catch a sail boat

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb 20m tonnes of CO2 a year but report warns damage to ecosystems contributing to climate change

NSW considers laws to stop courts and planners blocking coalmines on climate grounds

What Climate Change Will Do to Three Major American Cities by 2100

Use the Sea Ice Aware App to Monitor Conditions in the Poles

Vast iceberg bigger than Los Angeles breaks off Antarctic shelf

Australia Must Listen To First Nations People If It Wants To Combat Climate Change

Human Activity Outpaces Volcanoes, Asteroids in Releasing Deep Carbon

Watch: Thirty-five years of Arctic thaw in two minutes

Report: Global Use of Renewable Energy Will Soar By 2050 (But So Will CO2)


Disaster risk reduction

North Miami bought her flooded home. Now it’s going to become a park to fight sea rise

Resilient Cities, User-Driven Planning, and Open Data Policy

Hydrological signatures describing the translation of climate seasonality into streamflow seasonality

Scientists have found that most fires start on the side of highways or near power lines. What if the vegetation in those places was impervious to fire?

Life on the coast is already hazardous. Groundwater mismanagement amplifies other risks

FEMA’s flood maps may not accurately reflect the real risk for millions of Americans

The launch of Australia FloodScore now marks an important step forward for rating flood risk in the region

How the American nuclear industry downplays the threat of climate-induced flooding

A new study highlights the potential to improve the accuracy of flood hazard maps by incorporating richer data

Phase two of the £112 million Leeds flood defence scheme is one of the largest river flood alleviation scheme in the UK

This Beautiful Bamboo Sports Hall Can Withstand Earthquakes And Has A Zero-Carbon Footprint

Researchers Hone Our Ability to Map Storm Flooding

Houston’s pocket prairies: Natural solutions to unnatural flooding

Groundwater pumping in some of the world’s critical watersheds exceeds safe levels. It’s causing surface waters to fall at an alarming rate

Fire as a key driver of Earth’s biodiversity


Emergency management

Iowa residents asked to ignore false weather alert

NISC – Our members include the following public safety, emergency preparedness, management, and response stakeholders

Bangladesh promises to improve local flood warnings after complaints

More than 1,600 die in India’s heaviest monsoon season for 25 years

US Aid for Hurricane Dorian


Disaster education, communications and engagement

See where your town was located in the ancient past

The Best Nature Books of 2019

Hull Flood Protection Guide

Hurricane Evacuation Decision Making

Resident input sought for Harvey-related flood projects

“You wouldn’t walk into a bushfire, so why would you drive your car into floodwaters?”

The Role of Introductory Geoscience Courses in Preparing Teachers—And All Students—For the Future: Are We Making the Grade?

Most Americans are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news

The Great Flood of 2019: A Complete Picture of a Slow-Motion Disaster

Flood Snakes and Ladders – a community flood engagement event


Psychology and Disasters

Nearly 20 percent of Hurricane Harvey flood victims reported post-flood PTSD, depression and anxiety

Flooding, Recovery and Hydraulic Citizenship in Post-Harvey Houston

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic

Why Near‐Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual’s Protective Response to Hurricanes


Sociology and disasters

Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters

The number of people in the average U.S. household is going up for the first time in over 160 years

New research suggests the assumption Aboriginal people lived in open vegetation sustained by fire is misplaced


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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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