Today in disaster resilience (19 March 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods

Massive landslide cuts off access to Kauai north shore, Hawaii

341 people missing afters heavy dust storm hits Mongolia

Colombia – Heavy Rain Triggers Flooding and Deadly Landslide in Cali

Colombia – 15 Dead, Thousands Affected After Weeks of Severe Weather

Damaging tornado outbreak hits South U.S., severe weather shifting into the Southeast

Deadly floods sweep through Kinshasa and Brazzaville in Congo and DR Congo

Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Mar 2021: Etna volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Angola – Deadly Flash Floods in Luanda

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm begins powering homes in Canberra

Coastal town with a big decision to make

The ‘boomerang effect’: insights for improved climate action

Heating of the Tasman sea warms up the climate of Antarctic Peninsula via changes in wind patterns, suggests new study

Implementing open data strategies for climate action: Suggestions and lessons learned for government and civil society stakeholders

Doubling uptake of wind and solar power could set up Australia for net zero emissions by 2040

Model predicts urban development and greenhouses gasses will fuel urban floods

Over 10 million displaced by climate disasters in six months: report

Revenge of the nerds: Disaster risk reduction and climate change

Australia lags far behind other top economies on ‘green recovery’ pandemic spending

Disaster risk reduction

Exploring neighborhood‐level resilience to flooding: Why the context and scale matter

Bushfire risks heat up, demanding new take on fuel load management

World Bank and AFD join efforts to strengthen Tunisia’s disaster resilience capacities

Entire villages would be wiped out if natural disaster hit dam on PNG mine, critics say

Progressing property flood resilience

How we can use lessons learned from devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami to make SoCal safer

The science of tsunamis and what parts of New Zealand are most at risk

Volcanic lands warm before eruptions

Expert-based versus data-driven flood damage models: A comparative evaluation for data-scarce regions

U.S. Global Change Research Program Should Shift Focus to Preparing for and Avoiding Worst Potential Consequences of Climate Change, Says New Report

Flood Detection and Monitoring using Satellite Imagery with Python

The potential economic impact of volcano alerts

Building a Better Model to View Earth’s Interacting Processes

Tsunami forecast model animation: Three tsunamis in one day from the Tonga-Kermadec subduction zone

Discerning structure and seismic hazards in the Sikkim Himalayas

Nature-based solution to disaster risk reduction

Coupled fire-atmosphere modelling – final project report

Emergency management

Global impact of landscape fire emissions on surface level PM2.5 concentrations, air quality exposure and population mortality

How the latest COVID cases slipped through in NSW and Queensland — and what we can do better

Optimising post-disaster recovery interventions in Australia

Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to launch coronavirus inquiry

Wildfire Preparedness

At least 57 people died in the Texas winter storm, mostly from hypothermia

Reconsidering disaster evacuations and displacement in the COVID-19 era

US could save tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars with 3 weeks of strict COVID-19 measures

The US vaccine effect: rapid rollout starts to bear fruit

Support for Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Grows, With European, Chinese Backing

‘Magical’ fire suppressant kills zombie fires 40% faster than water alone

Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why?

A $300,000 early warning system for flood and fire emergencies was installed and tested for Sapphire and Graves Hill in 2020 — but no alarm sounded

Disaster education, communications and engagement

NYC emergency guides and app

Understanding Flooding (Guided Lesson For Students)

Floodmobile Virtual Reality Tour

Cyclone and Storm Tide Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes

Psychology and disasters

New Strategies for Calming Your Pandemic Anxiety

The Psychology of Fake News

Sociology and disasters

Natural hazards as political events: framing and politicisation of floods in the United Kingdom

Earthquake preparedness among religious minority groups: the case of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox society in Israel

Risk perceptions and management strategies in a post-disaster landscape of Guatemala: Social conflict as an opportunity to understand disaster

Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience


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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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