Today in disaster resilience (29 May 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Uganda – 8 Dead After More Floods in Kasese

USA – President Approves Emergency Declaration for Floods in Midland, Michigan

Extreme ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Samarinda

Heavy rains and damaging tornado hit central Cuba

Cuba – Evacuations After Floods in Central Region

Central African Republic – 3 Missing After Flash Floods in Bangui

Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains wreak havoc across Yekaterinburg, leave at least 3 people dead, Russia

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S.

More than 30 000 affected by flooding in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast

India – Floods and Landslides in North East Leave 5 Dead, 16,000 Displaced

UAE – Deadly Flash Floods in Sharjah

Honduras – 2 Dead After More Severe Weather

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fighting infectious diseases: the connection to climate change

Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate

Powerful women face the climate crisis head on in Colombia

3 steps to scaling up nature-based solutions for climate adaptation

Miami’s fight against rising seas

Climate-related deaths going unrecorded, says doctor working in some of our hottest towns

A New Primer on Climate Change Science

Did you know… tropical cyclones cause large snowfall on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers?

Six in ten Americans feel well informed about global warming, but only one in ten feel “very well informed.”

A record-breaking heatwave has arrived in the Arctic this month, appearing unusually early and with shocking intensity

Human-caused climate change affects the weather, but this is not the disaster

Climate Change: Finding Solutions through Technology, Science, and Our Humanity

Winter ‘will lose much of its punch’: Climate change may diminish big snowstorms in the USA

UK Climate Resilience programme is playing an increasing role in helping to better estimate risks from present and future weather and climate variability

Mapping Snow on Arctic Sea Ice

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

Without swift action on climate change, heat waves could kill thousands in U.S. cities


Disaster risk reduction

Building safer and more resilient cities in the Philippines

Flood risk management in the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria

Sustainable flood risk management strategies to reduce rural communities’ vulnerability to flooding in Mozambique

Concrete inside unstable Paradise Dam wall may have failed design standard, inquiry finds

River Flow 2020

Fire season extends by almost four months in parts of Australia

Australia heading into new ‘fire age’, warns global fire historian

Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ bushfires ‘not a one-off event’, royal commission hears

Nearly Half of States Are Likely to Experience Flooding This Spring

Tectonic plate under Indian Ocean splitting apart, research finds

Together with the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES), Council recently updated the Municipal Flood Emergency Management Plan (MFEP) for Golden Plains Shire

The world needs Covid-19 vaccines. It may also be overestimating their power

We must build back better after Cyclone Amphan

The new Mary Regional Resilience Strategy uses a coordinated catchment approach to disaster risk reduction

Disaster Management Reference Handbooks

Australia, you have unfinished business. It’s time to let our ‘fire people’ care for this land

More rain, more floods, more often. Why wet basements and swollen rivers are becoming the new spring reality for Illinois

Coastal Letter of Map Revisions

Why do some earthquakes disappear from the map/list?

Classification and mathematical modeling of infrastructure interdependencies

A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth

The problem America has neglected for too long: deteriorating dams

The mystery of coronavirus superspreaders

Statistical Methods in Water Resources


Emergency management

Researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a complex model predicting the exact date the pandemic will end in the US, UK, and other countries around the world

Malawi Weather Chasers – celebrating four years of early warning and civic action

‘Perfect storm’: Haiti COVID-19 peak set to collide with hurricanes

Increased red tape leaves Great Ocean Road community stranded by rising river levels

Given the pandemic, how will emergency experts cope with evacuating people who might fear shared shelters, refuse to wear masks, and distrust authorities?

‘Incredibly blessed’: Royal commission to eye fire success and failure

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Database

Bushfire royal commission hears that Black Summer smoke killed nearly 450 people

Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital

The Evidence Base on Anticipatory Action

First Came the Virus. Next Come the Storms

When the waters rise, how will we keep schools open?

Covid-19 has become one of the biggest killers of 2020

Some Countries Have Brought New Cases Down To Nearly Zero. How Did They Do It?

The Graphic Truth: The United States of Pandemic


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Covid-19 lockdown may be disruptive but it is also a time of reflection and learning. Our shared experiences will re-shape how we think and act in future

New MOOC on Water – Addressing the Global Crisis

Find out about Arctic sea ice

Long-term Perspectives During a Pandemic

Announcing 2020 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners recognising outstanding individuals who share Myers passion for disaster loss reduction nationally and internationally


Disaster psychology

Little sense of shared grief as coronavirus deaths near 100,000

When coronavirus arrived these students’ worlds turned upside down

Social support and sense of belonging may protect against the psychological impact of COVID-19

‘Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19’ free book download


Sociology and disasters

Coping with floods: Indigenous survival strategies in Bangladesh

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises’s_role_in_humanitarian_crises

Disasters force us to rely on each other

Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place

How Brazil’s COVID-19 response has fallen to community leaders

An Anthropology of Deep Time


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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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