Today in disaster resilience (25 December 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

UK weather: Landslides and flooding after half a month’s rain falls in one day

European neighbours shut doors to Britain amid alarm over new coronavirus strain

Philippines – 8 Killed in Floods and Landslides, Thousands Evacuate

Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang

Brazil – 12 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods in Santa Catarina

Thailand – 1 Dead After Further Floods and Landslides in South

Hawaii residents told to stay home as Kilauea volcano erupts

Antarctica reports first coronavirus cases

U.S. loses one life every 33 seconds to COVID-19 in deadliest week so far

Large landslides cause major damage in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

New eruption at Kilauea’s summit caldera, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Hawai’I

UK records 744 more Covid deaths, the highest since 29 April

Endless wildfire season in California

Volcanic activity worldwide 22 Dec 2020: Etna volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch

Algeria – Vehicles Swept Away by Flash Floods in Jijel Province

Brazil – Deadly Flash Floods in Rio De Janeiro State

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Will the Mediterranean become too hot for tourists?

Activists hail ‘historic win’ as NSW environment court rejects Bylong Valley coalmine

Wetlands, not walls, may be key to managing flooding as sea levels rise

Floods, droughts and heat waves herald a changing climate

Angry Weather

B.C. lacks plans for rising seas, flooding: coastal adaptation researcher

Rethinking migration and (mal)adaptation to climate change

Grid operators turn to wind, solar and batteries as system issues grow

Taiwan may face fewer typhoons – but harsher drought – as planet warms

Climate risks to health set to worsen inequity, harm children

2020 in review: Extreme weather seen around the world as climate warms

Warming Arctic with less ice heats up Cold War tensions

New research exposes the harsh realities of hurricanes in a warmer world

Scientists use new methods to better forecast atmospheric rivers

Climate change and the European water dimension: Enhancing resilience

2020 closes a decade of exceptional heat

Disaster risk reduction

Rural Resilience: Disaster Preparedness for Communities Off the Beaten Path

Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention

Probable maximum precipitation (PMP) as it relates to climate variability and change

Words Whispered in Water; Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina

Open data shows lightning, not arson, was the likely cause of most Victorian bushfires last summer

Barriers to enhancing disaster risk reduction and community resilience: evidence from the L’Aquila disaster

The influence of prescribed burning and wildfire on lidar-estimated forest structure of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

Global Volcanism Program

Interactive map: which areas of Australia were hit by multiple disasters in 2020?

Pathological (Im)mobilities: managing risk in a time of pandemics

Changes caused by worsening wildfires in California forests will last centuries

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020

New Volcano, Old Caldera

Launch of the first parametric tropical cyclone risk insurance product in Africa

Predictive deep learning for flood evacuation planning and routing

Colombo declaration of multi-hazard early warning and disaster risk reduction: 2020

Status of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific 2020

Human cost of disasters (2000-2019)

 Emergency management

ShakeAlert—Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the U.S. (2020)

RecovUS: An Agent-Based Model of Post-Disaster Household Recovery

Disaster Law

Deadly Tropical Cyclone Yasa leaves ‘devastation’ across Fiji’s north

EU records fewer fires in 2020 despite monstrous blazes

Top-down reconstruction and the failure to “build back better” resilient communities after disaster: lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila Italy earthquake

Pacific nations brace for first major cyclones of the season

Six humanitarian lessons from the COVID-19 crisis

‘People-to-people’ support – An exemplary contribution towards Nepal’s recovery efforts

US deaths in 2020 top 3 million, by far most ever counted

How Vietnam fought a pandemic and won

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Mortality Risk Calculator calculates risk of mortality from COVID-19 in currently uninfected individuals

The structuralization of risk communication work and objectives in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Communication missteps during COVID‐19 hurt those already most at risk

Psychology and disasters

Trajectories of International Student Psychological Functioning and Pandemic Preparedness During COVID-19

Sociology and disasters

Unity is Strength: Community Resilience in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Gender, Working Parents, and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States

Women’s resilience to disasters

Covid-19 and the Social Sciences

Building a Disaster-Resilient Community in Taiwan: A Social Capital Analysis of the Meizhou Experience

Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project empowering women and girls

Fighting a Pandemic Requires Trust

Livelihood Resilience Measurement Framework for Dam-Induced Displacement and Resettlement


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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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