Today in disaster resilience (6 March 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Italy reports a 50% increase in confirmed coronavirus cases

Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island

Updated coronavirus stats

Close to tears in flood-hit Wales as Storm Jorge’s rains sweep in

Peru – Hundreds of Families Affected by Floods in Moquegua

Iran – Widespread Flooding After Rivers Overflow in Lorestan Province

Brazil – Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Flooding and Landslides in Rio De Janeiro

Winter Flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana

Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Jumps to 22; Widespread Damage in Nashville, Middle Tennessee

Shocking footage shows East Yorkshire homes almost completely submerged under water in the wake of Storm Jorge

Indonesia – 1 Missing, 900 Displaced After Floods Destroy Homes in Central Sulawesi

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in São Paulo After 280mm of Rain in 12 Hours

Honduras – 800 Displaced by Floods and Landslides

Vietnam – Storms Leave 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Destroyed

Tanzania – Bridge Destroyed and Roads Blocked After Heavy Rains

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Mar 2020: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s electricity market must be 100% renewables by 2035 to achieve net zero by 2050 – study

New report from Australia Institute says trend will bring with it longer and hotter bushfires, more heatwaves and crop damage

Climate change will force up premiums: Swiss Re

Thousands of kilometres of Australia’s beaches at risk from rising seas

Australia is heating more rapidly than the global average, with a rise of 4C expected by 2100, Bureau of Meteorology says

Moscow Winter ‘Warmest Since Records Began’

Does Information About Climate Risk Affect Property Values?

UK carbon emissions fall 29 per cent in a decade, new data shows

Hackathon Speeds Progress Toward Climate Model Collaboration

An uncharted island off Antarctica’s western coast could reveal how climate change is altering the continent

The world’s top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters

Most California cities refuse to retreat from rising seas—one town wants to show how it’s done

Meet Thailand’s secret weapon in climate change battle

Probability of Fire Weather Index reaching levels of 2019-20 summer increases 30% due to climate change, researchers say

Tasmania sets world-leading target of 200 per cent renewables by 2040

Europe experiences exceptionally warm winter

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable


Disaster risk reduction

Snaith has been devastated by flooding – but there are plans for 800 more homes

Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion

Putting a price on the protective power of wetlands

Why Some COVID-19 Cases Are Worse than Others

When will Taupo’s next ‘super-eruption’ happen?

Americans Are Paying $34 Billion Too Much for Houses in Flood Plains

Iowa flood victims need money for levees, buyouts

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis at Regional and National Scale: State of the Art and Future Challenges

Mass data processing of time series Landsat imagery: pixels to data products for forest monitoring

Australian scientists are developing a satellite that can better identify where bushfires might start

Race to understand fire lessons as another ‘significant’ season looms

A new algorithm can forecast the flow of floodwater in almost real-time, a new study shows

Australia’s dedicated bushfire research centre on the brink of closure despite deadly summer fires

How Computer Modeling Of COVID-19’s Spread Could Help Fight The Virus

UK Government’s approach to managing flood risk inquiry launched

Tasman fires: New Zealand’s new norm?’s-new-norm

A low-cost flood alert and water monitoring system in African cities

Almost real-time flood prediction tool may boost emergency response during hurricanes

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s “Floodplain Manager newsletter

San Diego At Risk For Devastating Earthquake Damage, New Report Says


Emergency management

Coronavirus tracked: The latest figures as the outbreak spreads

UK flooding: residents in east Yorkshire struggle to recover

Australian bushfires finally extinguished

Reflecting on a Tumultuous Amazon Fire Season

Coronavirus: New European cases soar as China infections and deaths drop

Fla. Communities Get More Than $2B In Hurricane Recovery, Mitigation Funds

Bushfires likely to have killed about 5,000 koalas in NSW, report finds

Before and after images highlight the severity of tornado destruction in Nashville

AFAC NRSC numbers from Australia’s largest deployment’s-largest-deployment

NSW Memorial Service honours lives lost


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The California Photographer Who Has Shot More Than 100 Wildfires

Resilient Australia Awards open

Google and Facebook are using their platforms and working with government agencies and other emergency services partners to deliver real-time assistance and warnings to disaster prone communities

Latest Fire Australia magazine online

Psychology and Disasters

Managing traumatic stress: After a tornado

The Panic Myth: What Does the Research Say and What Can Practitioners Do?

Risk judgments and social norms: Do they relate to preparedness after the Kaikōura earthquake?


Sociology and disasters

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Sociology and the Climate Crisis


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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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