Today in disaster resilience (26 March 2021)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Picton braces for the worst as businesses fear flooding and sand bag the main street

Australia – Major Flooding Prompts Rescues and Evacuations in New South Wales

Peru – Thousands of Homes Damaged by Floods in Northern Regions

Colombia – Houses Destroyed by Flash Floods and Landslides in Cali

Deadly downpour lashes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Colombia – Flash Floods Cause Severe Damage in Antioquia

‘Extensive damage’ reported after tornado tears through Alabama community

Wongawallan: a damaging landslide in Australia

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Mar 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Merapi

Brazil – Deadly Flash Floods in Santa Catarina, Flood Emergency in Pará

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A critical exploration of adaptation heuristics

Australia’s Worst Floods in Decades Quicken Concerns About Climate Change

Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development

Warming in Arctic region triggering heatwaves in India: Study

The cost of adapting to extreme weather events in a changing climate

NOAA Upgrades Forecasts As Climate Change Drives More Severe Storms

Sea-level rise in 20th century was fastest in 2,000 years along much of East Coast

Towards a rigorous understanding of societal responses to climate change

Rising risk of wildfires across UK from climate crisis, scientists warn

Warming Drives ‘Fundamental’ Changes To Ocean, Scientists Warn

Big banks’ trillion-dollar finance for fossil fuels ‘shocking’, says report

How climate change drove food insecurity in the 2007 Lesotho drought

Fighting climate change in the world’s poorest countries

A guide to assessing the political economy of domestic climate change governance

A global study shows climate change is driving changes in the flow and water volume of rivers worldwide

If 80% of Australians care about climate action, why don’t they vote like it?

The lurking danger: extreme temperatures, heat stress and forced migration

1º of global warming causes a ~50% increase in population displacement risk

Disaster risk reduction

Dangerous floods are inevitable, so stop putting people in their way

NSW floods explained — and why Sydney is at risk when it rains

How droughts and floods lead to migration — and 7 things governments can do to help

Warragamba Dam spilling Sydney Harbour’s worth of water each day into Sydney basin

Gladys Berejiklian was wrong to say the NSW floods were beyond anyone’s expectations

Eruption in Iceland may mark the start of decades of volcanic activity

Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action?

How do you build an effective Early Warning System?

‘Monstrosity on stilts’: Powerhouse museum under fire after Parramatta River floods

Ten commandments for sandy coasts

What is a 1 in 100 year weather event? And why do they keep happening so often?

What’s causing the NSW floods, and how do we manage future natural disasters in a changing climate?

Global Changes in 20‐Year, 50‐Year, and 100‐Year River Floods

These animated graphs show how extreme NSW’s record-breaking flooding and rainfall is

Cross-scale interactions in flood risk management: A case study from Rovaniemi, Finland

Stanford researchers explore how shifts in federal approaches can turn the tide of destructive wildfires

‘Extreme’ conditions prompt Sydney Water to ramp up desalination plant

Thousands of Cumbrian homes protected from flooding after £55m investment

Managed retreat of settlements remains a tough call even as homes flood and coasts erode

As floods rise, government insurance shores up Bangladesh farmers

The growing wildfire risk at the urban margins

Experts have slammed building regulations that ignore major flood zones

Not ‘if’, but ‘when’: city planners need to design for flooding. These examples show the way

LA’s biggest quake threat sits on overlooked part of San Andreas, study says. That may be good

Those Who Live And Work Near Levees All Want Something Different

Where would a major tsunami strike? Malibu, Venice and Long Beach, get ready

More than 300,000 UK homes better protected from flooding since 2015

Global warming and population change both heighten future risk of human displacement due to river floods

Emergency management

Germany and Belgium poised to tighten lockdowns as Covid cases surge

Coronavirus: Third wave will ‘wash up on our shores’, warns Johnson

Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin

7 in 10 people hospitalized for Covid-19 have not fully recovered five months after discharge, study says

Evidence from Britain shows covid-19 vaccines are very effective

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Losing cultural context in emergency communication can be a matter of life and death

Increasing flood risk awareness and warning readiness by participation – But who understands what under ‘participation’?

How bad could flooding get at your house? Norfolk tool helps homeowners get the picture

Building disaster resilience in Fiji

Communicating and understanding risk in dynamic situations

From fake news to flash floods, simulations help cities cope with crises

Using crowd-sourced images of the coastline to study the impact of such storms to improve coastal management practices

Psychology and disasters

Floods leave a legacy of mental health problems — and disadvantaged people are often hardest hit

New report shows children are forgotten in bushfire recovery

Why do people try to drive through floodwater or leave it too late to flee? Psychology offers some answers

For some areas hit by NSW flood crisis, it’s the fourth disaster in a year

Sociology and disasters

Together we survive: the role of social messaging networks in building social capital and disaster resilience among minority communities

City residents use maps to fight climate inequality in their neighborhoods

Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities: Final project report

Societal Resilience: A Sneaky Concept Unraveled

When disaster strikes, it’s often not individual preparedness or government intervention that enables people to survive and thrive—it’s social connections

Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women


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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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