Today in disaster resilience (7 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive hail and tornadoes slam southern U.S., causing billion dollars worth of damage

Violent storm hits China’s Jiangsu Province, claiming lives of 11 people and leaving 102 injured

Heavy rain triggers destructive lahars, landslides and flash floods, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Strong M6.6 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornadoes sweep through Mississippi, U.S.

Severe flooding hits Yemen, leaving at least 13 people dead

Landslides leave 5 dead, 8 missing in Batang Toru, Indonesia

Venezuela – Hundreds Affected by Floods in Mérida

Eruption Mar 2021 on the Reykjanes Peninsula: activity updates

Heavy rain causes flooding in Penal, Rio Claro

India Crosses 20 Million COVID-19 Cases As Critical Shortages Worsen

Algeria – Fatalities After Flash Floods in Batna, Médéa and M’Sila Provinces

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Leave 16 Dead, 10 Missing

Volcanic activity worldwide 6 May 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay, Sinabung

At least 10 people killed after severe flash floods hit Iran

South Africa – Evacuations and Rescues After Storm Triggers Floods in Western Cape

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Victoria announces plan to halve carbon emissions by 2030 under net zero by 2050 target

Glaciers in retreat: tracking the decline of the Earth’s ‘rivers of ice’

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism

State action alone could lead to nation meeting emissions targets

‘Tsunami’ of renewables to sweep gas and coal out of market, and drive prices lower

Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet

Transformative climate adaptation in the United States: Trends and prospects

Icequakes indicate Antarctic glaciers on the move

Antarctic Ice Sheet melting to lift sea level higher than thought, study says

We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate?

Dissecting ‘Unsettled,’ a Skeptical Physicist’s Book About Climate Science

Activist Thunberg Says Global Leaders Still in Denial Over Climate

Affordable housing could be hit hard as sea levels rise

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study

Australia’s states are forging ahead with ambitious emissions reductions. Imagine if they worked together

Global heating pace risks ‘unstoppable’ sea level rise as Antarctic ice sheet melts

Germany raises ambition to net zero by 2045 after landmark court ruling

What Vulnerable Countries Need from the COP26 Climate Summit

Cut emissions to fight extreme weather wrecking lives, UN report says

Global Methane Assessment

Disaster risk reduction

Global Effects of Disruptions to the Stratospheric Circulation

How can governments prepare for and manage high impact risks

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

New floodplain harvesting regulations face disallowance

Good practice note on dam safety: new guidance on managing risks associated with dams

Hydrological risk to dams

Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Risk Management

Earthquake, tsunami hazards from subduction zones might be higher than current estimates

We may never achieve long-term global herd immunity for COVID. But if we’re all vaccinated, we’ll be safe from the worst

Scientists warn: Humanity does not have effective tools to resist the tsunami

Governments call for more public and private investment in disaster prevention and risk reduction

NSW government cops water policy blow as another setback looms

Surprising tsunami triggers may lurk off California’s coast, scientists say

NASA and Pacific Disaster Center partner to develop ground-breaking global flood early warning system

RMS models offer new probabilistic approach to simplify flood management across Southeast Asia

Emergency management

New York City Is Roaring Back to Life, One Year After Its Nadir

Covid: It will get worse before it gets better

Coronavirus affected by warm temperatures, may follow a seasonal path – study

Grenfell is still giving up its secrets and they retain the power to shock

‘We know our community better than they do’: why local knowledge is key to disaster recovery in Gippsland

Android’s Earthquake Alert System Comes to Greece and New Zealand

How to get Australia’s borders open again

Lebanon financing facility approves $55 million recovery program targeting vulnerable households and small businesses to respond to the port of Beirut explosion

A multidimensional framework for disaster recovery: Longitudinal qualitative evidence from Puerto Rican households

First Onsite Reflects on Fort McMurray Wildfires

India and COVID-19 vaccines: A national crisis with global ripples

Disaster education, communications and engagement

The promise of a “people-centred” approach to floods: Types of participation in the global literature of citizen science and community-based flood risk reduction in the context of the Sendai Framework

Texas Landlords Don’t Have To Disclose Flood Risk To Renters. A New Bill Would Change That

Combining News Media and AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

Negotiated participatory action research for multi-stakeholder implementation of early warning systems for landslides

The Shear Zone: teaching materials in geology

Psychology and disasters

Dispositional Optimism and Disaster Resilience A natural experiment from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Understanding and improving community flood preparedness and response: a research framework

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

Sociology and disasters

Too poor to protect: When cost-benefit analysis leaves towns to “Wash Away”

Network Structure in Small Groups and Survival in Disasters

Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action

Why are women more vulnerable to flooding in India?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Uncovering ties between Social Capital and COVID-19 Outcomes at Local Levels’t_You_Be_My_Neighbor_Uncovering_ties_between_Social_Capital_and_COVID-19_Outcomes_at_Local_Levels

In Our Backyard: Heat is the deadliest aspect of climate change. It’s turning some underserved LA neighborhoods red hot


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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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