Today in disaster resilience (28 August 2020)

Please find below links to some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cameroon – Floods in Douala Leave Hundreds Displaced

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Giresun Province

Tropical Storm Laura Kills at Least 8 People in Haiti, Dominican Republic; Over 1 Million Without Power

In Texas, Louisiana, More Than Half a Million Ordered to Evacuate As Hurricane Laura Strengthens in the Gulf

9 Dead As Heavy Rains Create Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat

Kenya – 1,000 Families Displaced by Lake Turkana Floods, Warnings Issued for Turkwel Dam

Hurricane Laura, now Category 4, may bring ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge to Texas-Louisiana border

One killed as overnight rains cause flash floods in Rajouri, damage reported

Two dams in Karachi overflow, at least 7 killed in weather-related incidents, Pakistan

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Storm Francis brings flood, damaging rainfall and record-breaking winds to UK and Ireland

Devastating storm causes millions worth of damage, prompts state of emergency in northern Italy

Floods across Devon and Cornwall after ‘biblical’ rainfall

Laura carves destructive path through Louisiana; 4 dead

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Aug 2020: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Mauna Loa

Provinces Flood Death Toll Reaches 122, Injuries 147

Kenya and Uganda – Thousands Displaced by Lake Floods

Niger – Capital Niamey Flooded as Niger River Overflows

Mexico – Rain From Storm Marco Triggers Floods in Southern States


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A cascade of COVID-19 and climate extremes call for new algorithms to protect at-risk communities

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years

California Has Australian Problems Now

California and Colorado Fires May Be Part of a Climate-Driven Transformation of Wildfires Around the Globe

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet could contribute half a metre of sea-level rise in the coming century

The sensitivity of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate: Past, present and future

Climate change and adaptation degree

Local cooling provided by broad-leaved trees in Europe

Mainstreaming gender within local government climate and disaster risk assessments

Storm Surge: The Science behind This Year’s Unusual Hurricane Season

Nation ‘woefully unprepared’ for climate change, business groups warn

California’s new normal: How the climate crisis is fueling wildfires and changing life in the Golden State

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study

Hurricane Laura and the California Fires Are Part of the Same Crisis

Glacial cooling and climate sensitivity revisited


Disaster risk reduction

Faster than floods: How to prevent a double disaster in Bangladesh

Fire probability in South American Protected Areas

Frontiers of water-related disaster management and the way forward

Why preparations for the next pandemic must begin now

California’s wildfires explained: How did they start – and is this normal?

‘Next fire season is already upon us’: NSW to adopt all recommendations of bushfire inquiry report

Landowners in fire-prone areas to be required to do hazard-reduction burns

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question

Researchers create a contagion model to predict flooding in urban areas

A Massive Earthquake Is Coming to Cascadia—And It Can’t Be Stopped

Floodplains by Design partnership works across jurisdictions to lower disaster risks and restore ecosystems

The UK government will immediately accept 12 recommendations from an independent review into responsibilities around surface water flooding

Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Disaster management models need adjusting: A case study in South Africa explains why

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes – here’s how

The NSW bushfire inquiry found property loss is ‘inevitable’. We must stop building homes in such fire-prone areas

Technocracy, disaster risk reduction and development: A critique of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030

Katrina 15 years later: Government still hasn’t learned


Emergency management

Diversity and inclusion framework for emergency management policy and practice

Cities for a resilient recovery: International lessons on recovery from COVID-19

Private sector experience in Japan: Supporting disaster preparedness for evacuations under COVID-19

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared

Wildfires Rage In California As Fire Crews And Evacuees Grapple With COVID-19 Risks

Final report of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry

A Comparative Study of International and Chinese Public Health Emergency Management from the Perspective of Mapping Knowledge Domains

Yes, it’s been raining a lot – but that doesn’t mean Australia’s drought has broken

‘Disaster inside a disaster’: California wildfires and COVID-19 form twin crises

August 2020 edition of the newsletter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS)


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Cultural interventions through children’s literature and arts-based practices in times of disaster: A case study of reading mediators’ response to the Mexican earthquakes

The Texas Flood Registry is a project that collects health, location, and exposure information from people affected by major storms

Community engagement for disaster resilience handbook

University of Hull researchers are using virtual reality technology to flood Hull during the time of poet Andrew Marvell – more than 400 years ago


Psychology and disasters

Earthquakes, fear of failure, and wellbeing: An insight from Minangkabau entrepreneurship

One of the most overlooked consequences of climate change? Our mental health

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma

Unravelling the influence of human behaviour on reducing casualties during flood evacuation


Sociology and disasters

Communities together: A guide for resilient community center design in island communities

Fire risk perpetuates poverty and fire use among Amazonian smallholders

How Social Ties Influence Hurricane Evacuation Behavior

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

Social Capital Encourages Disaster Evacuation: Evidence from a Cyclone in Bangladesh

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering

Rural areas may suffer disproportionately in quakes


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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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