Today in disaster resilience (12 February 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Himalayan landslide in Uttarakhand, India, leaving up to 150 feared dead in floods

Carnarvon residents take stock of flood damage in WA’s north-west

Guadeloupe – Flash Floods Hit Basse-Terre Island After 85mm of Rain in 6 Hours

Jordan and Saudi Arabia – 4 Dead, Several Rescued After Flash Floods

France – 400 Evacuated as Floods Continue in South West

At least 24 people died in Morocco after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop

Southwest France hit by heavy floods, Paris area on flood alert

Morocco – Deadly Flash Floods in Tangier

Brutal Covid-19 Surge in the U.S. Weakens Significantly

Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Feb 2021: Popocatépetl volcano, Reventador, Raung, Sangay, Sinabung

Indonesia – 4 Dead, 1 Missing, 60,000 Displaced After Floods Across Java Island

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

UK climate data shows why Australia’s best bet is with wind and solar

Wealthy Victorians least likely to support climate action: poll

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’

Clear impact of climate change in Himalayan disaster

People matters – Why quantifying inclusion is key to climate adaptation

Melting glaciers, rising seas: Approaching climate tipping points

More at risk of losing homes as climate change outpaces response, Fiji warns

A comparative analysis to depict underlying attributes that might determine successful implementation of local adaptation plans

Covid caused a coal-killing carbon crunch, and it could be permanent

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd

Severe flood threat caused by climate change – landmark Oxford study

Fossil fuel pollution may have killed 8.7 million people in single year, says Harvard study

Big-emitting Australian businesses could soon face costly carbon levy in Europe

Weatherwatch: latest sea level rise forecast alarms scientists

Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency

The effects of climate change are already making large tracts of Western Sydney uninhabitable

Disaster risk reduction

Archaeologist says he was hired as PR move over Warragamba Dam project

Water Warning: The Looming Threat of the World’s Aging Dams

Innovative solutions for flood risk management

Flooding in England 2019-21 report

Severe Weather Caused $2.4 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada in 2020$2-4-billion-in-insured-damage-in-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for disaster planning

CSU civil engineers find link between hospitals and schools key to community resilience, develop tool for measuring social services stability

The Relative Value Of Fire Planning Alternatives

Hydroelectric power, dams and landslides in the Himalayas

Flood Data Improved: New Version of Live Stream Gauges in Living Atlas

Logging increases bush flammability for 30 years, research shows

Why it matters that British Columbians buy earthquake insurance; Washingtonians don’t

Emergency management

As Perth’s suburbs burn, the rest of Australia watches and learns

Syria: Floods affect nearly 70,000 displaced people

Dennis Mileti: November 7, 1945 to January 30, 2021

The 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California

Uttarakhand disaster likely caused by landslide, not glacial outburst, satellite images reveal

The catastrophic landslide and flood in Chamoli in Uttarakhand: the sequence of events

New bushfire prediction technology aims to help frontline emergency teams

Wearing a second face mask over the one you already have could help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly

An emergency response technology company that works with different providers in Kenya to put the best emergency responders onto the same map

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Evacuation behaviors and emergency communications: An analysis of real-world incident videos

Disaster Education For Young People newsletter

Articles and activities to aid any educator in tackling the challenging topic of climate change

A study published on Voluntary Commitments by landslide stakeholders

Not Risking It: Children and youth in climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the education sector

40-Second Video Shows A Billion Years Of Shifting Tectonic Plates

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021

Psychology and disasters

Mental Health Needs in Large-Scale Shelters: Lessons From Dallas

Dynamic Risk Perception and Behavior in Response to COVID-19

Children affected by Black Saturday and other bushfires may experience trauma long after the blaze is extinguished

Poorer mental health smolders after deadly, devastating wildfire

Sociology and disasters

What Came After Hurricane Harvey for People With Disabilities? Restoring, Recovering, and Rebuilding

Reference Guides on Gender and Disaster Series

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Beyond disaster vulnerabilities: An empirical investigation of the causal pathways linking conflict to disaster risks

Gender, disaster management and the private sector: Mapping and analysis of existing resources and previous interventions


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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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