Today in disaster resilience (16 April 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Why the volcano erupting in the Caribbean has such a deadly reputation

At least 2 killed, 7 injured as severe storms and tornadoes hit Gulf Coast, U.S.

Mount Lewotolok and Adonara island: up to 168 people killed by lahars and debris flows in Indonesia

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Apr 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Colombia – Damaging Flash Floods Sweep Through Villavicencio, Meta Department

Peru – More Floods in Northern Regions as Rivers Reach Danger Levels in Loreto

Soufrière St. Vincent volcano: Eruption Update

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst

Colombia – Thousands Hit by Flash Floods in Bolivar

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s main grid hits record renewables high of 56 per cent on Sunday

Call for evidence: Effective learning for climate adaptation and resilience

Climate Change Litigation – Insights into the evolving global landscape

Cyclone Seroja just demolished parts of WA – and our warming world will bring more of the same

Power grid can be rid of coal ‘without price rises, outages’

Michael Mann slams Murdoch press for “horrifying” misinformation on climate and bushfires

Climate change is a security threat the government keeps ignoring

Global death rate from rising temperatures projected to surpass the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined

‘Failure is not an option’: after a lost decade on climate action, the 2020s offer one last chance

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So

Bold challenge to decarbonise Australia in 15 years laid down by Climate Council

Google Earth Now Shows Decades of Climate Change in Seconds

Senate and House Spotlight Soaring Costs of Delay on Climate

Changes in India’s monsoon rainfall could bring serious consequences to more than a billion people

Disaster risk reduction

NSW urged to buy thousands of flood-prone homes in western Sydney

Villagers in flood-hit Yalding, near Maidstone, want more done to prevent future flooding

Detecting significant thermal unrest years before volcanic eruption

California is poised for a catastrophic fire season. Experts say its plan isn’t nearly enough

Physical vulnerability assessment to flash floods using an indicator‐based methodology based on building properties and flow parameters

Coastal flooding risks increasing in Western Australia

ADHI: the African Database of Hydrometric Indices (1950–2018)

Magmatic Processes at La Soufrière de Guadeloupe: Insights From Crystal Studies and Diffusion Timescales for Eruption Onset

Canada wildfire: Managing the next Fort McMurray

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk

Emergency management

Emergency evacuation and sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic

How do you build an effective Early Warning System?

St Vincent volcano: Power cuts after another ‘explosive event’

‘No warnings’: Powerful cyclone exposes Indonesia’s lack of preparedness

New checklist for reviewing an emergency plan

St Vincent volcano: ‘We don’t know if we can go home’

CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster tales as communication tool for increasing risk resilience

Good communication practices in community engagement

Science at the Local fires up for 2021

Rockhampton students learn to be disaster ready

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

Psychology and disasters

After the Disaster: Recovery for Australia’s Children

Post-disaster mental health support for kids is essential

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

Sociology and disasters

Connecting Social Capital and Vulnerability: Citation Network Analysis of Disaster Studies

Understanding short-term household recoveries from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: Lessons learned and recommendations

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

An institutional approach to vulnerability: evidence from natural hazard management in Europe

New civil society collaboration to understand true scale of COVID-19’s impacts on marginalised people

Maladaptation, fragmentation, and other secondary effects of centralized post-disaster urban planning: The case of the 2011 “cascading” disaster in Japan

Disaster risk governance for district-level landslide risk management in Bangladesh

Social protection for extreme temperatures: Experiences from the UK, USA and France

Homeowners’ drift to regions holding strong

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren’t left behind


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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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