Today in disaster resilience (19 February 2021)

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

Dear colleague,

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan quake brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami

New Ebola outbreak declared in Guinea

Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 3.74 mln

South Africa – Over 30 Fatalities Reported After Weeks of Flooding

Albania – Floods and Evacuations in Shkodra

Bolivia – Floods Affect Thousands in Beni and Santa Cruz

Large landslide hits East Java, leaving 18 people dead or missing, Indonesia

Intense explosive activity at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy

Historic cold temps and snow in Wichita, Kansas

Forced evacuation of communities near Taal volcano, Philippines

Unusual, very large landslide hits Chunchi, Ecuador

3 people were killed and 10 more injured after a tornado struck coastal North Carolina

Second major winter storm threatens wide swath of U.S. with millions still suffering after first

Historic snowstorm leaves 3 dead in Greece

Persistent flooding damages thousands of homes and wide swaths of land in southern Mozambique

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Semeru

Peru – 1 Dead, 9 Missing After Floods and Mudslides in Cusco

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Iran, injuring 43 people and cutting off electricity and water to Sisakht

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Arctic Report Card Founder Discusses the Fate of the Pole

Ausgrid installs “first of many” community batteries on Sydney network

Climate action could save ‘millions of lives’ through clean air, diet and exercise

Mexico was once a climate leader – now it’s betting big on coal

Pacific governments call for urgent action on disaster displacement in light of the climate crisis

Community forests prepare for climate change

Glacier collapse in India a worrying sign of what’s to come

Climate change is making extreme cold much less likely, despite the UK plummeting to -23°C

Increasing hurricane intensity around Bermuda linked to rising ocean temperatures

The climate coalition health report 2021: the impacts of climate change on public health

Climate risk in Africa: Adaptation and resilience

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time?

Devastating Flood in Himalayas Highlights Risks of Development in the Era of Climate Change

A slippery slope: could climate change lead to more landslides?

EU to seek fossil fuel phase-out in energy charter treaty talks -document

New ANU institute for climate, energy & disaster solutions

Climate denialism, ‘doom porn’, deflection and The New Climate War

Why it matters that the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate agreement

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change

Working paper: Climate change and human mobility – Impacts and actions across sectors

Australians fear climate change more than catching Covid, survey shows

Does Cold Weather Disprove Climate Change?

Why communication is critical to tackling the climate crisis

Heat and health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention

Sea level data confirms climate modeling projections were right

Disaster risk reduction

Good governance and good planning includes everyone and leads to action on reducing disaster risk

A post-quake lesson: Brick buildings should come with warnings

Mozambique: The time to prepare for the next cyclone is now

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community

Supercomputer-developed AI predicts tsunami flooding in real-time on a PC

Is Texas’s Disaster a Harbinger of America’s Future?

Past earthquakes triggered large rockslides in the Eastern Alps

Slow motion precursors give earthquakes the fast slip

Learning from crisis: from disruption to transformation

Risky Cities Flood Project

The COVID-19 road ahead is long, winding and uncertain

Fujitsu leverages world’s fastest supercomputer and AI to predict tsunami flooding

Innovation in flood risk management: An ‘Avenues of Innovation’ analysis

Emergency management

Australia Considers New Covid-19 Quarantine Strategy: Outback Isolation

Advancing the Field of Disaster Response Management: Toward a Design Science Approach

Equal, Rapid Access to Vaccines Is More Important Than Ever as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge

Labor steps up criticism of bushfire grants after damage report by federal agency revealed

COVID-19: Vaccines giving 67% protection after three weeks, large-scale research shows

Four reasons experts say coronavirus cases are dropping in the United States

Australian Disaster Mapper audit

Bushfire prediction tech to bolster emergency response efforts

Vaccine Delays in Developing Nations Risk Prolonging Pandemic

Firefighter health, wellness and fitness

Mapping the Gaps aims to address some of the issues around fragmentation of post-flood support

How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Preparing for extreme weather at your school

Among the storm chasers: witnessing the terrifying power of tornadoes

Play School team up with Australian Red Cross and The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) to share early childhood safety messages relevant during times of emergency

Citizen scientists could be the key to early earthquake warning system

AIDR is now well into the process of developing the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook

How to become a flood resilient community

Participatory early warning and monitoring systems: A Nordic framework for web-based flood risk management

Engaging haitian community leaders in emergency preparedness

Transformative learning and community resilience to cyclones and storm surges: The case of coastal communities in Bangladesh

Rivers from above

Emergency Services Affected In Australia Due To Facebook Ban Internet

Students receives training on hazard mapping

Psychology and disasters

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making

Australian bushfires: Simple activities for children and adolescents

A comparative analysis of the relationship between flood experience and private flood mitigation behaviour in the regions of England

COVID-19 and the violence against women and girls: ‘The shadow pandemic’

How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Sociology and disasters

How do those affected by a disaster organize to meet their needs for justice? Campaign strategies and partial victories following the Grenfell Tower fire

Vaccine inequality, health systems under pressure, socio-economic fallout

Strengthening Disability Inclusion in Community-based Disaster Preparedness

‘You never know if you will be treated properly and with respect’: voices of LGBTIQA+ people who lived through disasters

Acquiring vulnerability indicators to geo-hydrological hazards: An example of mobile phone-based data collection

How heat is radically altering Americans’ lives before they’re even born – video

Warming stations and shelters open throughout the Houston area

England’s poorest areas hit by Covid ‘perfect storm’ – leaked report


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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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