Today in disaster resilience (10 April 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Solomon Islands – Rivers Rise as Tropical Cyclone Harold Approaches

Vanuatu on Red Alert as it braces for severe Tropical Cyclone Harold

US coronavirus toll tops 10,000

Indonesia – at Least 3 Dead, 2 Missing After Floods and Landslides in 3 Provinces

Flooding on James River persists for more than a year, South Dakota

Cyclone pounds Vanuatu, levelling buildings, amid virus shutdown

Severe weather in Greece

Colombia – Landslide in Santander Prompts Evacuations

Papua New Guinea – Thousands Affected by Floods in Gulf Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Apr 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventado

Tropical Cyclone “Harold” leaves a trail of destruction across Vanuatu and Fiji — passing over Tonga

Record-breaking snowfall engulfs parts of Norway


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps

Cure for coronavirus-hit economy could be in renewables

Be prepared: Key lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy

Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible To War

Let’s have a worthy debate about sea level rise

NASA Study Adds a Pinch of Salt to El Niño Models

Stanford researchers forecast longer, more extreme wildfire seasons

Natural variability or climate change? Stakeholder and citizen perceptions of extreme event attribution

Earth scorched in the first 3 months of 2020

The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change

Coronavirus pandemic threatens climate monitoring, WMO warns

Extreme, high temperatures may double or triple heart-related deaths


Disaster risk reduction

6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

Understanding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through data

Coronavirus in South Asia Takes Hold as April Arrives

Is the coronavirus airborne? Experts can’t agree

Ban wildlife markets to avert pandemics, says UN biodiversity chief

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance

Brazil – Extreme Rainfall Days in Metropolitan São Paulo Have Risen Four-Fold

Volcanic activity helped trigger Triassic climate change, study says

Where are Ireland’s Sustainable flood defenses?

Emergency risk assessment handbook published

Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how

Why does understanding the systemic nature of risk matter in the midst of COVID-19?

3 ways to build back better after a tsunami

These 5 countries have advanced Tsunami warning systems

America’s heartland is expected to flood again — but this time amid coronavirus

Waterfront residents brace for possible flooding, even as COVID-19 crisis continues

Assessing flash flood hazard and damages in the southeast United States

Critical infrastructure cascading effects. Disaster resilience assessment for floods affecting city of Cologne and Rhein‐Erft‐Kreis

Crowdsourcing and interactive modelling for urban flood management

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Lessons learnt from Beira


Emergency management

New Zealand passes 1,000 coronavirus cases as PM chastises ‘idiots’ ignoring lockdown

We need to live restricted lives for at least six months – police enforced lockdowns are unnecessary

How do the effects of the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of a major earthquake?

I’m A Disaster Scientist. Here’s Why We Need To Think About Coronavirus Recovery Now

Coronavirus pandemic hurts nations’ disaster readiness

New York merging all its hospitals to battle coronavirus

U.S. Readies Health Response for the Next Big Eruption

NSW RFS Commissioner takes on new resilience role

Addressing conflicting cues during natural hazards: lessons from emergency agencies

UN agency calls for inclusion of domestic violence risk in disaster response to COVID-19


Disaster education, communications and engagement

5 ways to include people with disabilities when preparing for tsunami

Learning Resources: How water flows in a catchment

Creating a Novel Disaster Medicine Virtual Reality Training Environment

Communications down after category 5 Cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu

The Pursuit of Clarity in a Time of Plague

Resilient Australia Awards open

‘His Game is Called Survivin:’ a resistance to resilience’His_Game_is_Called_Survivin’_a_resistance_to_resilience

Students, everything you need to know about coronavirus

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and IBAC launch flood education course for brokers

Geological Society of America Online Education Resource Guide

Communicating the effectiveness of flood-mitigation schemes


Psychology and Disasters

Managing Your Mind During Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Is Not Mother Nature’s Revenge

Social Distancing And Storm Evacuations Save Lives. Here’s Why Some People Complain When They Do

Several psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways

The state of Americans’ trust in each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Analysis of the Actions and Motivations of a Community during the 2017 Torrential Rains in Northern Kyushu, Japan

Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet


Sociology and disasters

UN development head: Coronavirus crisis will hit the world’s poorest for years

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?

Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

The importance of social ties in handling COVID19

From the bushfires to coronavirus, our old ‘normal’ is gone forever. So what’s next?

Social cohesion and willingness to pay for cyclone risk reduction: The case for the coastal embankment improvement project in Bangladesh


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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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