Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2020)


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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Coronavirus: Italy Orders Massive Shutdown; Cruise Ship Gets OK To Dock In California

Pakistan – Over 20 Dead After Heavy Rain Destroys Homes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy placed on ‘red zone’ quarantine and all public events banned

Indonesia – Hundreds Displaced by Flooding as Heavy Rain Continues

Rwanda – Heavy Rain and Storms Cause Fatalities

Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the outbreak spreads

Zambia – Thousands Affected by Floods in North

Iran – Over 20,000 Affected by Floods in South West Says UN

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 Mar 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

‘We need a serious conversation’: River flows could decline 40% in Australia’s foodbowl

These are the places across Australia people will soon struggle to live in without serious challenges

Be honest Australia, you’re not ‘meeting and beating’ your emissions targets

Renewables keep crunching Australia’s electricity emissions – no thanks to federal policy

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it more common

What Could Warming Mean for Pathogens like Coronavirus?

UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 29% over the past decade

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019

A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Planet is ‘way off track’ in dealing with climate change, U.N. says

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds

Climate change: The state of our atmosphere

Apocalypse never: why climate catastrophe won’t make us change

Major Greenland glacier collapse 90 years ago linked to climate change

Polar ice caps melting six times faster than in 1990s

Our World, Our Say: Australia’s largest youth survey on climate change

It’s time to win climate wars, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean says

Coronavirus ‘Really Not the Way You Want To Decrease Emissions’

Studies show climate change becoming increasingly bipartisan


Disaster risk reduction

Economic impact of Australia’s bushfires

‘A terrible summer’: New data reveals economic cost of smoke, fire and hail

The world’s best fire management system is in northern Australia, and it’s led by Indigenous land managers

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

Environment Agency warns of ‘difficult decisions’ ahead on Broads flooding

What’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?

Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices?

How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Special Issue: Securing future of heritage by reducing risks and building resilience

‘Fossil earthquakes’ offer new insight into seismic activity deep below Earth’s surface

Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns

Building blocks for life on Earth arrived much later than we thought, billion-year-old rocks show

Water Ways: How the Dutch are building coastal protection for less — with nature’s help

Chancellor announces spending on flooding will be doubled


Emergency management

Coronavirus may force Americans to avoid crowds and cancel cruises, health official warns

Grocery stores can be anchors of resilience during disasters

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

‘Traitor’: Boris Johnson heckled as he visits flood-hit area of Worcestershire

Wollongong to host public thank you day for firies and emergency services

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Data tracks diversity on International Women’s Day 2020’s-day-2020

NSW bushfire clean-up at last brings some consolation to Conjola Park


Disaster education, communications and engagement

What Is the Death Rate from Coronavirus?

#Action4Floods: National Flood Forum Conference – York March 2020

People ‘should work from home’ to tackle coronavirus spread

Earthquake Safety at Home Guide

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it

Household items salvaged from the ashes are being turned into artworks that tell a story of recovery

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now


Psychology and Disasters

Why don’t we treat the climate crisis with the same urgency as coronavirus?

Coronavirus should give us hope that we are able to tackle the climate crisis

Coronavirus is stressful. Here are some ways to cope with the anxiety


Sociology and disasters

In the Hands of a Few: Disaster Recovery Committee Networks

‘Best of Wales’: floods bring communities together to recover

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to ask some very hard questions. But are we ready for the answers?


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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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