Today in disaster resilience (22 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic – the first tropical storm of the season forms east of Florida

‘Extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Amphan forces evacuations in India, Bangladesh

South Dakota: 17 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods

Ecuador – Deadly Floods in Morona Santiago

Sri Lanka – 2 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods

Philippines – 80,000 Affected by Tropical Cyclone Vongfong

Algeria – Damaging Floods in Oran and Mostaganem Provinces

USA – Floods in Illinois and Michigan After Days of Heavy Rain

Côte d’Ivoire – Floods in Duékoué Department

Dams Fail in Central Michigan; Evacuations Underway

Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Kasai River Floods in Mai-Ndombe Province

Storm rips through Geelong, tearing roofs off homes in Waurn Ponds

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh

Spectacular satellite imagery of a rapidly organizing depression moving towards western Europe today

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands

Central America – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global warming and drought impacts in the EU

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU

Laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable against climate-related disaster risks

Climate change and water scarcity disrupting youth livelihoods in Ghana

Transforming knowledge management for climate action

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action?

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Peter Davis of the British Antarctic survey on changes in the Thwaites Glacier

The future of solar power: From unbelievably cheap to insanely cheap

Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response

Global heating is increasing the risk of fires and logging was making forests more flammable

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?

Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers ‘extreme’ emissions drop

Shrinking Ice Sheets Lifted Global Sea Level 14 Millimeters

Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2020

Latest Estimates on Sea Level Rise by 2100 Are Worse Than We Thought

Major tropical cyclones have become ‘15% more likely’ over past 40 years

Adapting to rising river flood risk in the EU under climate change

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Global emissions plunge as working-from-home slashes transport emissions

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix


Disaster risk reduction

Using satellites to monitor river ice for flood early warning

COVID-19 and the nature-health-nexus

Land use planning for disaster resilient communities

How would people and systems cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues?

Tool shows what many know: State communities at high risk for wildfire

Forty years have passed since a tremendous blast at Mount St. Helens—the deadliest eruption in U.S. history

Help Stop COVID-19 and Future Pandemics in Their Tracks

Project seeks super view of Earth’s mantle

How Singapore is predicting floods

How this English region leads the way for flood prevention

Adapting to rising coastal flood risk in the EU under climate change

The utility of earth science information in post-earthquake land-use decision-making: the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in Aotearoa New Zealand

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks

Early Warning Systems for Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Natural Hazards

WMO Updates Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services

From mangrove to mountain: Building coastal resilience in Timor-Leste

African countries get new tool to predict climate-related disasters

Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats

Wetlands: Our frontline defence against floods

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Flood impact on mainland Southeast Asia between 1985 and 2018 – The role of tropical cyclones

Flood risk assessment for Davao Oriental in the Philippines using geographic information system‐based multi‐criteria analysis and the maximum entropy model

A map of 2019 fatal landslides

The current landslide crisis in East Africa

A Likert scale-based model for benchmarking operational capacity, organizational resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

Less Fuel for the Fire: Wildfire Mitigation through Hazardous Fuels Reduction


Emergency management

Weakened by war and floods, Yemen fights twin health threat

Australian Red Cross releases bushfire report

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions

U.S., European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later

Coronavirus: Don’t book your France trip yet – quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks

How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs

The value of spatial information for emergency services

Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of crises

COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms

Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan

How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?

First responders, such as fire and ambulance services, will likely struggle to reach urgent cases in a timely manner during low-level flooding in England

Coronavirus health emergency declaration delayed by a week, Australian WHO expert panel member says

What happens if a ‘big one’ strikes during the pandemic?

Cyclone Amphan rages amid pandemic, no space in shelters

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions

Knowledge Exchange and Disaster Recovery After Frequent Wildfires in Northern California: Exploring the Experiences of Organizations Responding to the 2018 Camp Fire


Disaster education, communications and engagement

US risk education program piloted in Emerald, Victoria

Communicating and perceiving flood risks and warnings

From The Embers – Stories from the Australian Bushfire Crisis

Tracing Individual Perceptions of Media Credibility in Post-3.11 Japan

Living Through a Plague: A Reading List

Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena

Learning and sharing is key to climate adaptation and resilience building

People didn’t fail during Covid19, the messages did

Conceptual framework for motivating actions towards disaster preparedness through risk communication

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information

Landslides in Puerto Rico: A Collaboration Story

Can You Save the World? Game


Disaster psychology

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?

You Got This Mate provides tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health approach for mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack’s_public_health_approach_for_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_Bridge_and_Borough_Market_terror_attack

Australia: Victorians most at risk from bushfires believed emergency services could save them, CFA data shows

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic


Sociology and disasters

Society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

Local networks can help people in distress: South Africa’s COVID-19 response needs them

Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them

A GIS Approach to Analyzing the Spatial Pattern of Baseline Resilience Indicators for Community (BRIC)

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

The role of social ties for culture-led development in inner areas. The case of the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquake

COVID-19 resources for sociologists

Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently

COVID-19 puts human rights of millions at risk

How to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditions into disaster risk management

Physical vulnerability and local responses to flood damage in peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Profiling informal settlements for disaster risks

Confidence in authorities, neighborhood cohesion and natural hazards preparedness in Taiwan


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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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