Today in disaster resilience (31 January 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Brazil: Dozens killed as heavy rains cause floods, landslides

Madagascar – Floods Death Toll Rises to 26, Government Declares Disaster

Indonesia – 18,000 Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java

Earthquake triggers tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and Caymans

Tanzania – Hundreds Displaced After Floods in Iringa and Lindi

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Sumedang, West Java

Madagascar declares national emergency as massive floods claim 31 lives and inundate more than 10 000 homes

Heavy monsoon rains drench Queensland, causing widespread floods, Australia

At least 39 killed and 1 607 injured after M6.8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey

Australia’s capital city faces worst bush fire threat since 2003, as scorching heat plots a return

Severe weather affects 60 000, nearly 14 000 homes damaged or destroyed in West Java, Indonesia

Volcanic activity worldwide 30 Jan 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl

Flash floods kill at least 3, leaves 4 500 homeless in central and southeastern Tanzania

Over 200 displaced as floods hit Johor

Chile – Emergency Declared After Rain and Floods in Atacama

Kenya – Hundreds Displaced After Rivers Overflow in Homa Bay


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia is going up in flames, and its government calls for resilience while planning for more coal mines

Building community resilience to climate change: The role of a Population-Health-Environment programme in supporting the community response to cyclone Haruna in Madagascar

As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be unaffected

Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: study

Economy-wide effects of coastal flooding due to sea level rise: a multi-model simultaneous treatment of mitigation, adaptation, and residual impacts

Climate change splits the public into six groups. Understanding them is key to future action

How the ‘Venice of Africa’ is losing its battle against the rising ocean

‘Dire outlook’: Researchers call for urgent Australian climate action|126d80fbda1923a75b4f20b6052dfc42

The outlook for humans is dire without urgent action: 81 laureates’ letter to Australia

Emissions – the ‘business as usual’ story is misleading

Temperatures at a Florida-Size Glacier in Antarctica Alarm Scientists

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption



Disaster risk reduction

Why prescribed burns don’t stop wildfires

Practical dimension of urban and regional resilience concepts: a proposal of resilience strategy model

Seismic biomarkers in Japan Trench fault zone reveal history of large earthquakes

Disaster research refocuses on climate-related flooding

The Coronavirus Is A Black Swan Event That May Have Serious Repercussions For The U.S. Economy And Job Market

A homebuilder in the floodplain wants a bailout. Should Harris County cut a check?

Venice may put glass wall around St. Mark’s Basilica to curb future flood damage

Why Venice is actually a textbook case for flood prevention

Ottawa’s latest response to calls for government flood insurance

New book: Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and Its Neighbours

Scientists are working to incorporate wildfire data into climate models, resolving hindrances related to scale, speed, and the complex feedbacks between the climate and wildfire emissions

As a result of natural hazards, 2019 could bring an increase in mortgage delinquency rates, taking 12 or more months before normalizing to pre-disaster rates

Flood Size Increases Nonlinearly Across the Western United States in Response to Lower Snow‐Precipitation Ratios

New coronavirus spreads as readily as 1918 Spanish flu and probably originated in bats

Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are keys to effective flood risk management

Lowestoft floods ‘could have been prevented’ – report

California completes 34 land projects to slow wildfires

New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

‘Drivers of change’: beavers released on National Trust land to ease flooding risk

A global evaluation of multi‐model ensemble tropical cyclone track probability forecasts


Emergency management

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons is standing by his criticism of the prime minister’s bushfire response

The bodies of three U.S. firefighters who died in a plane crash earlier this week in Australia’s remote bushland while battling a fierce wildfire have been recovered

China coronavirus: mayor of Wuhan admits mistakes

Preparing for the worst: How Tokyo will respond to an Olympic quake

A panel of U.S. Army MEDEVAC (medicial evacuation) experts explored ways that Army MEDEVAC technology, safety, quality of care and culture has evolved over time

Current methods to estimate evacuation time during flood events do not consider the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the population – here is a method to improve this

Reflections on disaster events on the one-year anniversary of Cyclone Idai

After Deadly Floods, West Virginia Created A Resiliency Office. It’s Barely Functioning

From authoritarian enclave to deliberative space: governance logics in post‐disaster reconstruction

Exploding canals, collapsing malls: Watch Brazil’s deadly floods

Shane Fitzsimmons: ‘Tireless’ fire chief steering Australians through disaster


Disaster education, communications and engagement

As Virus Spreads, Anger Floods Chinese Social Media

Do Face Masks Really Protect You From Getting Sick?

Gov. Brown pushes new bill, declares earthquake preparedness week

Science Communication Demands a Critical Approach That Centers Inclusion, Equity, and Intersectionality

As climate change worsens – and with it, the bushfire risk – it’s well worth considering how to protect the public against disinformation campaigns in future fire seasons

How to mitigate flooding


Psychology and Disasters

Adding Psychedelic Drugs to Psychotherapy May Help Treat PTSD


Sociology and disasters

Making social connections builds social capital, community resilience

Research shows that community connectedness improves outcomes in disasters



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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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