Today in disaster resilience (6 November 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘This season is off the charts’: Colorado fights the worst wildfires in its recent history

Boris Johnson Sets New Lockdown for England to Slow Coronavirus

Typhoon Goni: Philippines orders evacuations ahead of 2020’s strongest storm

El Salvador – Over 40 Dead or Missing After Landslide in San Salvador Department

Indonesia – 1 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After More Floods in Central and West Java

Turkey earthquake death toll rises as search for survivors under the rubble continues

South-east Queensland mops up after giant hail smashes homes, leaves thousands without power

In the US several surveillance indicators of COVID-19 related activity are showing increases in SARS-CoV-2 virus circulation and associated illnesses

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season keeps raging with Hurricane Eta

Greece and Turkey – Earthquake Triggers Coastal Flooding

Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Path of Powerful Typhoon ‘Goni’

UK – Flood Rescues in Northern England After Rivers Overflow

Eta lashes Nicaragua with rains, deadly mudslides

Colombia – Thousands of Homes Flooded in Magdalena Department

Uganda – Deadly Floods in Kasese

Nicaragua and Honduras – Rain From Hurricane Eta Causes Flooding

New U.S. Daily Coronavirus Cases Top 100,000 for the First Time

Chad – Floods Hit N’Djamena Again

Brazil – Flash Floods in Pernambuco After Torrential Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 4 Nov 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

In 50 years of firefighting I had never seen fires like I did last summer. Australia must take climate change seriously

New Zealand’s groundbreaking climate policy may soon be the new normal

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline

On climate change, we’re entirely out of margin

Lack of climate action over 50 years will cost Australian economy $3.4tn and 880,000 jobs – report

Building cities with wood would store half of cement industry’s current carbon emissions

Net-zero emissions by 2050: leadership or climate colonialism?

Global Emissions Likely Peaked in 2019, Report Finds

Driving Climate Change from the Top in the Dominican Republic

Climate model shows Saharan heat in much of West Africa within a century

Expect more mega-droughts

Australia, the climate can’t wait for the next federal election. It’s time to take control

Scott Morrison pressured by Britain, France and Italy to announce ‘bold’ climate action

‘Crossroads of the climate crisis’: swing state Arizona grapples with deadly heat

Climate change: how China can achieve its pledge of zero emissions

Global Climate Agreements: Successes and Failures

Cities must reconnect with natural foundations to face climate, health and biodiversity crises

Mapped: How climate change disproportionately affects women’s health

Renewables cut Australia’s emissions more than Covid, energy analysis finds

Why Mispricing the Risks of Sea Level Rise Could Prove Costly

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

Data on Past Climates Key to Predicting Future, Scientists Say

Disaster risk reduction

Planning for Everyone: Closing Gaps in Hazard Mitigation Planning

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Report

Putting people first in disaster risk reduction: the mismatch between policy, theory, and practice

Victims and frontline workers say bushfire findings don’t go far enough

Cities reboot: Urban life in the age of COVID-19

Exposure model for European seismic risk assessment

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Aerial strategies advance volcanic gas measurements at inaccessible, strongly degassing volcanoes

Rising Wildfire Losses Return Insurers to Their Roots

Two different pandemics – EU vs US

‘Flood busting’ leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor in Oldham

ASFPM Recognizes Excellence in Floodplain Management with 2020 ASFPM Awards

How wetlands can protect China’s coastal communities

Destroyed buildings in İzmir not earthquake resistant, reports show

Deforestation, construction to blame for central Vietnam landslides

Survey on the themes for the Global Platform 2022

Bouncing back or bouncing forward? The overlooked role of taxonomies for climate action and pandemic recovery

What historical insured catastrophe losses really mean

South Yorkshire flood review calls for better insurance support

Why insurance matters: insights from research post-disaster

Resilient houses saved assets and lives during the historic flood in Quang Binh province

Identifying communities at risk for impacts of extreme heat

Emergency management

PET PODs: Including Pets in Your Community Evacuation Shelter Plan

Preparing the Whole Community: Including Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Disaster Planning

Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

Civil unrest response for fire and emergency services

Pandemic recovery in urban settings: planning for the unplanned

Smoke cloud from Australian summer’s bushfires three-times larger than anything previously recorded

What happens after the rain? How flooding is managed

South Sudan: Devastating floods doom health facilities

Disaster education, communications and engagement

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work

Special Issue on School Safety in the Context of Disaster Risk Reduction

The Australian Weather Calendar is back for 2021

Action-led alerts effective at pointy end of natural disasters: fire, floods

Flood risk communication: a fundamental tool for disaster risk management

Messy maps: Qualitative GIS representations of resilience

World Tsunami Awareness Day 5 November

How new modes of storytelling engage Australians in disaster preparedness and long-term resilience

Communication-related vulnerability to disasters: A heuristic framework

Psychology and disasters

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Stress and Young Children’s Development During Physical Distancing

Mental Health Interventions in Shelters: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

Individual and community behavioral responses to natural disasters

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 and poverty

Community Resilience in Neighbourhood Level: Study of Organically Developed Neighborhood in Dhaka

Bonding, bridging, and linking social capital and social media use: How hyperlocal social media platforms serve as a conduit to access and activate bridging and linking ties in a time of crisis

Bringing disaster preparedness into resilience politics

How social capital can help deal with the pandemic better

Collective Action Problem Characteristics and Partner Uncertainty as Drivers of Social Tie Formation in Collaborative Networks


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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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