Today in disaster resilience (11 October 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

More than 90,000 people affected by flooding in Yemen

Ireland – Homes Damaged After Floods From Storm Lorenzo

Iran – Deadly Flash Floods in South

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flooding in North

Alert Level 1 raised over Taal volcano, Philippines

Strong eruption at Sheveluch volcano with ash up to 10 km (34 000 feet), pyroclastic flow produced, Russia

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Sudan – North Darfur Town Devastated by Rains, Flash Floods

Vietnam – High Tides and Rising Rivers Flood Cần Thơ

NSW bushfires that destroyed dozens of homes may have been deliberately lit, authorities say

Hagibis intensifies to Category 5 Super Typhoon in one of the most explosive intensification rates on record, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Flood sweeps away Ondo varsity final year student

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods in Abidjan and Aboisso Departments

Nigeria – Almost 20,000 Displaced by Benue and Niger River Floods

Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in Zulia State

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Oct 2019: Etna volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Wildfires rage in California as residents scramble without power

Two people confirmed dead in NSW bushfires after police find bodies on remote property

Honduras – Evacuations After Flash Floods in Copán and Colón Departments


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming?

My Community Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of the World

How citizen science is building climate resilience in South Asia

Black Communities Need Climate Change Help, Groups Tell Congress

Climate change poses a ‘direct threat’ to Australia’s national security

Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days

The National Climate Assessment (NCA): Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures

What are Extinction Rebellion’s key demands?

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

‘What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic’—why the north pole matters to Asia

New Research Tying 20 Companies to One-Third of Global Emissions Aids Liability Argument

Is it time for Asian cities to declare a climate emergency?

Improved understanding of conditions in the stratosphere is helping to produce more-accurate short-term climate forecasts

Ice core source discovery adds to study of volcanic activity, climate system interactions

The world needs a massive carbon tax in just 10 years to limit climate change, IMF says

Offering solutions to Ice Age ocean chemistry puzzle

Rich Counties Get More Help to Escape Climate Risk, New Data Show

Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

‘Super lucky to catch it’: Researchers get time-lapse video of glacial lake flood


Disaster risk reduction

Experts warn world ‘grossly unprepared’ for future pandemics

Warming climate alarms Montana scientists

Warragamba plan ‘flawed’: former SES deputy

Disaster risk reduction must secure a place in all budgets, UN expert says

A core and a periphery in disaster-related research and practice

It’s only October, so what’s with all these bushfires? New research explains it

Sweeping Study Raises Questions About Who Benefits From Buyouts Of Flood-Prone Homes

A systematic review and evaluation of Zika virus forecasting and prediction research during a public health emergency of international concern

Communities across Washington are removing human development rather than engineering bigger and costlier fixes to the flooding that is likely to get worse as a consequence of climate change

Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

FEMA Bought 44,000 Flood-Prone Homes. They May Have to Buy Millions More

How to protect homes from wildfire is subject of professor’s new book


Emergency management

The climate is changing, but our disaster-response system isn’t keeping up, experts say

International satellites supporting disaster management

Nearly 1,900 Dead In Monsoon Rains, Floods Across India

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) initiates national engagement

Australian Emergency Management Arrangements Handbook updated

More Frequent and Intense Tropical Storms Mean Less Recovery Time for the World’s Coastlines

Adaptation, adaptability and resilience: the recovery of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts point to the power of local generosity after overlooked disasters

Why Machine Learning Is Critical for Disaster Response


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Living With Wildfire

Are You Ready For Your Customers To Hear Thunder?

Championing a bottom-up approach to community resilience

On 13 October, communities across the world will recognise the United Nation’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to help promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction

The Survive and Thrive program is a long-term bushfire education partnership between Anglesea Primary School and the Anglesea CFA community

This joint special issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review discusses the role of information technology and social media both in disasters and development contexts

PG&E power outage: How to survive with just your cellphone


Psychology and Disasters

Living near a coast is linked with better mental health, study suggests

A typology of spontaneous societal responses to disasters that planners can use to help them understand the links to the affected communities and motivations for action

Can some people sense that an earthquake is about to happen (earthquake sensitives)?


Sociology and disasters

The Social Impact of Natural Hazards: A Multilevel Analysis of Disasters and Forms of Trust in Mainland China

Disasters, Vulnerabilities, and Equity: Moving Forward

The politics of disaster vulnerability


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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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