Today in disaster resilience (14 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Somalia – Deadly Floods Strike Mogadishu, Rivers Overflow in Jowhar

Uganda – Severe Flooding Affects Thousands in Butaleja

Volcanic Eruption Illuminates Reykjavik’s Night Sky With Lava Fountains Up To 460 Meters High

Volcanic activity worldwide 13 May 2021: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador, Kilauea

Russia – Rising Rivers Flood Homes in Khabarovsk Krai

Kenya – Floods Displace Thousands Across the Country

Rwanda – Hundreds Homeless After Landslide in Nyamasheke

Democratic Republic of Congo – Over 13,000 Families Hit by Floods in Tanganyika Province

Tajikistan and Afghanistan – 14 Killed in Flash Floods and Mudflows

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Humans already have the tools to combat climate change but we lack leadership

Work underway to repurpose Wallerawang power station into battery and industrial zone

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction

Australia pressured to step up climate action during G7 talks

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

Climate change: how bad could the future be if we do nothing?

A 50,000-Year History of Current Flow Yields New Climate Clues

Climate finance hopes for poor nations shift to G7 summit as Merkel disappoints

Farewell the utopian city. To cope with climate change we must learn from how nature adapts

AEMO says Australia “well ahead” of 90 per cent renewables scenario for 2040

A great start, but still not enough: why Victoria’s new climate target isn’t as ambitious as it sounds

Overshooting 2C risks rapid and unstoppable sea level rise from Antarctica

Sydney to spend $24 million to accelerate net-zero goal by five years

‘Megadrought’ persists in western U.S., as another extremely dry year develops

A 50,000-year history of current flow yields new climate clues

Blowing in the wind: Have we missed our chance to become a renewables superpower?

Survey of 800 cities around world finds almost 43% do not even have plan to adapt to impacts of global heating

Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year

Climate emissions shrinking the stratosphere, scientists reveal

Disaster risk reduction

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Especially for Continents $230M anti-flooding project in Hoboken will create new flood walls, other upgrades

Reenvisioning resilience may help earthquake recovery in Italy

Solutions providing multiple resilience dividends require integrated approach

‘All bets are off’: Fire weather trumps forestry, prescribed burning

Insurers Warn Canada’s Moving Too Slowly on Flood Mapping

Study offers earliest evidence of humans changing ecosystems with fire

Severe Hailstorms Are Costly and Hard to Predict

Six ways Southeast Asia strengthened disaster risk management

Fresh insights into the causes of Australia’s strong climate variability which affects extreme wet or dry weather

Previously unrecognized tsunami hazard identified in coastal cities

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

Iowa Flood Center Developing Tool To Help Missouri River Communities Prepare For Flooding

Space-based system can provide seismic monitoring for large earthquakes, tsunamis

Emergency management

A Small Brazilian Town Is Beating Covid-19 Through a Unique Experiment

Where will the next COVID hotspots be?

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

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

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Technology

Where coronavirus variants emerge, surges follow – new research suggests how genomic surveillance can be an early warning system

Everbridge coronavirus situation map

COVID-19 and heat waves: new challenges for healthcare systems

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Water safety attitudes, risk perception, experiences, and education for households impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, California

Heatwave-protective knowledge and behaviour among urban populations: a multi-country study in Tunisia, Georgia and Israel

The role of educators in community resilience in natural disaster-prone communities

Psychology and disasters

Life at disaster’s edge: What it means to start over – again and again

Perceived threats and ‘stampedes’: a relational model of collective fear responses

Three new episodes explore PTSD treatment and recovery

Stressors and Supports in Postdisaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires

Mental health: Can you tell if someone is struggling?

Disasters caused by natural hazards linked to increase in triggers for violence against women and girls

Contemporary flood risk perceptions in England: implications for flood risk management foresight

Sociology and disasters

Complexity of resilience capacities: Household capitals and resilience outcomes on the disaster cycle in informal settlements

Review of social influence in crisis communications and evacuation decision-making


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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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