Today in disaster resilience (8 November 2019)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy and France – Rain From ‘Storm Amélie’ Triggers Floods and Landslides

Iran – Deadly Floods in Northern Provinces

USA – Storms and Floods Hit North East

Heavy rains have killed at least 10 people and displaced more than 270,000 in Somalia

Ecuador – Floods and Landslides in Pastaza Province

Edo, Lagos, Delta, others to experience more flooding

Torrential rains cause floods in parts of Montenegro

Colombia – Floods and Landslides Hit Tolima and Antioquia

Guatemala – 4 Dead, 100s Evacuated After Heavy Rain Triggers Landslides

Uganda – 6 Killed in Floods and Landslides After More Heavy Rain

Montenegro – Heavy Rain, Landslides and Floods Leave Communities Cut Off

Sheffield flooding: Torrential rain leaves city flooded

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Nov 2019: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Shiveluch, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How bad is this drought and is it caused by climate change?

Existing Paris climate pledges commit sea level rise to ‘one metre by 2300’

40 distressing photos show glaciers disappearing around the world

Floridians no longer have luxury to pretend climate change isn’t real

Australia could fall apart under climate change. But there’s a way to avoid it

Climate change emergency – 11,000 scientists say crisis accelerating, demand action

South Australia’s stunning renewable energy transition, and what comes next

Most countries aren’t hitting 2030 climate goals, and everyone will pay the price

Australia records three years of hotter than average monthly temperatures

There is one way forward on climate change

Warmer, shorter winters have turned permafrost regions from carbon sink to source

Sea level will rise for centuries. We can control how much and how fast

Seas to rise dramatically even if greenhouse gases are curbed

Rapidly melting Antarctica likely to be key driver in dramatic sea-level rises, researchers say

Australia’s main grid reaches 50 per cent renewables for first time

Sea levels rose 10 metres above present levels during Earth’s last warm period 125,000 years ago

Our shameful legacy: just 15 years’ worth of emissions will raise sea level in 2300

Drought to become more frequent and severe due to climate change – government report

New Zealand passes law aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050

A new study examined how people’s opinions on climate change affect real-estate prices

The World’s Thickest Mountain Glacier Is Finally Melting, and Climate Change Is 100% to Blame

What small businesses can do about climate change

Rising sea levels could inundate North Korea’s Sinuiju by 2050, new study shows


Disaster risk reduction

Future Remote Sensing Mission Holds Promise for Flood Monitoring

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires

Confusion over Floodplain Leaves Homeowners with the Bill

Seven years after Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City, more than eight out of 10 properties in coastal areas the federal government deems extremely vulnerable to the next disaster are without flood insurance

The importance of analysing flood events to ‘build back better’

Citizen-generated data for flood resilience in Brazil

As wildfires have raged across California, scientists are testing out a new tool that could help us better predict their spread

A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida

5 Lessons We Learned From the California Wildfires

Tracking progress on the economic costs of disasters under the indicators of the sustainable development goals

Pollution creates ‘black tsunami’ risk

Opportunity to see detailed flood defence plans in Kirkstall

A new database that captures the outcomes from inquiries and reviews into emergency management and natural hazards has been created by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Cotaboto, Philippines: large landslides from the series of earthquakes in October 2019

Even in Risky Areas, Some Homeowners Skip Flood Insurance Coverage

The Impact Of Flooding Depends More On Societal Change Than Climate Change

Australian drought preparedness and resilience report and plan

A review of resilience variables in the context of disasters

From Californian wildfires there’s an opportunity to lead the nation in building resilience

20 Seconds Makes All The Difference: How Sound Waves Help Us Understand Earthquakes

Facing the fires: when they consume more than peat

The NOAA billion-dollar disaster dataset is not a reliable indicator of trends in disasters or their costs

Back-to-back flood years have Fredericton looking to shore up riverbank

2013-2028 Report on Global Flood Insurance Market by Player, Region, Type, Application and Sales Channel


Emergency management

How you react in emergencies may define your business

All-Hazards Articles Alert for first responder journal articles

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies in Horn of Africa

Vale CEO Dismissed Warning on Mines Before Deadly Disaster in Brazil

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness

When bushfire is not just about bushfire

Heavy rains and flooding wreak havoc across East Africa as another storm makes its way to the region

The invisible issues in flood response

Quebec promises new assistance, but many 2019 flood victims say they haven’t been compensated

Esperance council debates motion as brigades fear only tragedy will spark change

As fire seasons overlap in Australia and California, sharing firefighting resources will only get harder

Safety questions still swirl in Paradise year after wildfire

Bushfires in New South Wales from space

NASA Resources Aid a California Community Devastated by Wildfire

Deadly floods uproot tens of thousands in Central African Republic’s capital

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,000 children


Disaster education, communications and engagement

About World Tsunami Awareness Day

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Providers Teach CPR to Schoolchildren

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools

How is wildfire covered in the news?

Emotional and affective geographies of sustainable community leadership: A visceral approach

Tokyo Bosai – A Manual for Disaster Preparedness

‘Ensuring that key social media users have developed disaster communication strategies inclusive of Twitter seems important in aiding response to and recovery from natural disasters


Psychology and Disasters

The Influence of a Near-Miss Wildfire on Resident Risk Perceptions and Mitigation Behaviors

Impact of repeat flooding on mental health and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional analysis of the English National Study of Flooding and Health

Flooding can have a profound effect on people’s mental health, and aspects of their health-related quality of life

What It Means to Evacuate

Making young minds resilient to disasters


Sociology and disasters

Beyond the local – Exploring the socio-spatial patterns of translocal network capital and its role in household resilience in Northeast Thailand

Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

Disasters, Development, and Social Capital: Understanding Economic Recovery After Earthquakes in Nepal

Evaluation of the Impacts of Identity and Collective Memory on Social Resilience at Neighborhood Level using Grounded Theory


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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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