Today in disaster resilience (21 February 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Storm Dennis: Major incidents declared in south Wales and Herefordshire

Mississippi Braces for ‘Third Worst Flood’ in State History

Mozambique – Floods Hit Central Provinces

Hardin County homes entirely submerged in floodwaters

Storm Dennis causes record number of flood warnings as UK rocked by wild weather

UK – Evacuations After Storm Dennis Triggers Major Flooding in England and Wales

Peru – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Puno and Ayacucho

“This Thing Isn’t Over Yet”: Officials Warn Flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee to Continue

Zimbabwe – Widespread Damage After Floods in Binga District

USA – Mississippi Declares Flood Emergency

Tanzania – Evacuations Ordered as Dam Threatens Collapse

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North

Indonesia – Heavy Rain, Floods and Landslides Hit 4 Provinces

Two Japan cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in Bogor

Argentina – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in North

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Feb 2020: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Ibu, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The story of coal and climate change is not a tale of two cities, but a tale of two regional Australias

Climate summit calls for urgent action after Australia’s fire-hit summer

An Iceberg Triple The Size Of San Francisco Breaks Off Antarctica’s Most Endangered Glacier

UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say

Scientists say climate change is behind the unprecedented intensity of the bushfires that have burned a reported 27 million acres in Australia

“Glacial Earthquakes” Spotted for the First Time on Thwaites

Public support for new coalmines falls even among Coalition voters, ANU poll finds

Solar thermal power the way forward for Australia despite hiccups, nuclear expert says

Australia has done little on emissions, and is not planning much in next decade

How heat and drought turned Australia into a tinderbox

Vancouver has been named a global leader for climate change

Study indicates human fossil methane emissions have been underestimated by up to 40%

The Antarctic Peninsula is setting heat records. They won’t stand long

There Is No Impending ‘Mini Ice Age’

Two New Studies Add Fuel to the Debate Over Methane


Disaster risk reduction

Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle

Flood defences in England get 1% of infrastructure spending

Rain has eased the dry, but more is needed to break the drought

Met Office forecasters set for ‘billion pound’ supercomputer

The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves

City launches ‘Resilient Houston’ plan to prepare for future disasters

The role of a fractured planning system that still enables developers to build homes in high flood risk areas

Flooding in the UK isn’t an act of God, it’s an act of government

Exceptional satellite presentation of deep North Atlantic cyclone nearing Iceland this evening

Beavers introduced to Yorkshire in 2019 may have prevented Storm Dennis flooding with their dams

One in 10 new homes in England built on land with high flood risk

‘Natural’ flood management would be overwhelmed by Britain’s winter super-floods

‘How would you like to handle it?’: the minister, the irrigators and a flood

‘It’s appalling we are still building on a flood plain’ – Prof Hannah Cloke


Emergency management

Decades of Disaster Data: Local and National

More than 75 per cent of Australians were affected either directly or indirectly by the fires

Exposure and the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires

Sifting through the ashes: Mallacoota residents after the bushfires

CBRNe Summit Europe 2020

RFS puts up billboard in New York’s Times Square thanking firefighters

Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine

Winter Is Wildfire Prep Season in California

After Hurricane Dorian, engaging the private sector in recovery–engaging-the-private-section-in-recovery.html

Coronavirus mapped: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared ‘contained’

Judge: Feds aren’t liable for downstream Harvey flooding

Drones to monitor Australia for early bushfire prevention


Disaster education, communications and engagement

USA: In disasters, Twitter influencers get out-tweeted

Social media usage patterns during natural hazards

How you can save your home from this floody hell as storms sweep across Britain

Brief communication: Comparing top-down and bottom-up paradigms for global flood hazard mapping


Psychology and Disasters

‘It’s OK to hurt’: Lifeline launches bushfire recovery helpline

Exploring changes in hydrogeological risk awareness and preparedness over time: a case study in northeastern Italy

People affected by UK floods tell of their impact and ‘painful, disruptive aftermath’


Sociology and disasters

The Paradox of Community Involvement: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Minamisanriku Japan

Flood vulnerability assessment using MOVE framework: a case study of the northern part of district Peshawar, Pakistan

A Genealogy of Resilience

Traditional knowledge, social capital, and community response to a disaster: resilience of remote communities in Fiji after a severe climatic event

Active Hope in an Era of Environmental Extremes

Communities with lower flood resilience capacities and interactions can best build resilience by leveraging their relatively higher human capital capacities to strengthen the financial and social capitals


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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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