Today in disaster resilience (20 November 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

More than 184,000 COVID-19 cases reported in U.S. in one day, shattering previous record

Hurricane Iota rapidly intensifies ahead of expected landfall near Nicaragua-Honduras border

Vamco batters Vietnam after killing 67 in the Philippines

Indonesia – Thousands Affected by Floods in Sumatra Island and West Nusa Tenggara Province

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in North Carolina

Colombia – Rains Trigger Deadly Landslide in Antioquia

Somalia – 180,000 Displaced by Floods Says UN

Philippines – Typhoon Vamco Death Toll Rises, Over 1.7 Million Affected

Guatemala – Deadly Landslide in Chiquimula

Iota considered the strongest hurricane in history to hit Nicaragua, government says

Deaths, destruction reported in aftermath of Hurricane Iota

Several wildfires pushed by very strong winds break out in Northern California and Western Nevada

Venezuela – Thousands Hit by Floods in North West

Indonesia – Deadly Landslide in Central Java

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Nov 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Robustness of CMIP6 Historical Global Mean Temperature Simulations: Trends, Long‐Term Persistence, Autocorrelation, and Distributional Shape

Scientists link record-breaking hurricane season to climate crisis

NSW renewable energy plan seals death warrant for six gigawatts of coal

In a Warming World, Hurricanes Weaken More Slowly After They Hit Land

Bangladesh’s 50 years journey to climate resilience

Unravelling glacial hydroclimate in the Indo‐Pacific Warm Pool: perspectives from water isotopes

How Scotland can remain a climate leader ahead of COP26

Heat is killing more people than ever. Scientists are looking for ways to lower the risk

Sea Level Rise may erode development in Africa

The world’s leading universities join the climate fight

NSW to transform Hunter coal region into state’s next renewable energy zone

Greenland’s glaciers could lose more ice than previously thought, raising concerns for sea level rise

October 2020 was fourth-warmest October on record, NOAA and NASA report

About 150 nations due to deliver stronger climate plans in 2020, tracker shows

New Zealand marine heatwave looms following warmest winter on record

More meteorological events that drive compound coastal flooding are projected under climate change

As Australia’s climate plans lag on the G20 stage, experts say we can no longer ‘hide in the shadows’

As 2020 Amazon fire season winds down, Brazil carbon emissions rise

Geoscientists discover Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

Flooding will become common in sea level rise hot spots

Climate risk country profile: Sri Lanka

Disaster risk reduction

Pakistan: Building resilience against floods in its largest city

1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating

Landslide along Alaskan fjord could trigger tsunami

Private land blocking the connections between rivers and floodplains in the Murray-Darling Basin

California will burn

Duterte backs river basin project in Bicol

World Disasters Report 2020

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 natural hazards

Leaving the shore: what drives decision-making after coastal disasters

SCHEMATA: Using machine learning on datasets obtained by Earth and space exploration, we will classify and compare the river networks of Earth, Mars and Titan.

Piecing together the Alaska coastline’s fractured volcanic activity

Evidence from one of Earth’s biggest underwater landslides ever sheds light on East African rifting

Volcanic eruptions have more effect in summer

Another Record-Breaking Fire Season Shows the Need for a Comprehensive Strategy

South West Indian Ocean countries strengthen early warning systems

Emergency management

Annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States

Federal Government responds to bushfire royal commission, will create national state of emergency

Incremental community-based exit strategies for initiating and removing COVID-19 lockdowns

VP Robredo seeks probe into deadly historic flooding in Cagayan

Forensic analysis reveals the causes of building damage in İzmir in the Oct. 30 Aegean Sea earthquake

Coronavirus: four traps governments fall into when making decisions about lockdown

National emergency laws but no sovereign aerial firefighting fleet

Son of Grenfell Tower fire victim: ‘My mother could have survived’

More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

Final report: Six country evaluation of OXFAM America’s strengthening community preparedness, rapid response and recovery in Asia/Pacific islands and Central America

Flood Emergency Planning for Disaster Resilience Handbook

Disaster education, communications and engagement

New Firewise community takes shape in Wallowa County

Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

Journalism can help communities with these five pillars of ethical disaster reporting

Psychology and disasters

Dynamic-data-driven agent-based modeling for the prediction of evacuation behavior during hurricanes

Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis

Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures

Finding a New Normal: Life After a Natural Disaster – Video Series and Resources for Teens

Sociology and disasters

Human Vulnerability to Landslides

The Influence of Reconstruction Modality, Social Capital, and Community Satisfaction on Willingness to Participate in Resilience-Building Activities

Japanese Social Capital and Social Vulnerability Indices: Measuring Drivers of Community Resilience 2000-2017

The super-wealthy won big as COVID-19 spread – here’s how they can help alleviate the economic peril faced by most

Ethics and equity in the time of Coronavirus

Who should get the coronavirus vaccine first? France and the UK have different answers

How natural hazards impact the social environment for vulnerable groups: an empirical investigation in Japan

Only a generic, not-for-profit COVID-19 vaccine can protect the world’s poorest


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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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