Today in disaster resilience (21 May 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Mandatory wildfire evacuations are ordered for parts of western Los Angeles County

Cyclone Tauktae intensifies, lashes west coast of India

Famine – The Worst Drought In 40 Years Threatens People In Madagascar

Sri Lanka – Floods and Landslides Leave 3 Dead, 11,000 Affected

India’s Gujarat state evacuates over 200,000 people as cyclone hits

Destructive tornado rips through Wuhan, killing 8 people and injuring 280, China

Shallow M5.4 earthquake hits Iran – Turkmenistan border region, injuring 25 people

Ecuador – Flash Floods in Cuenca Cause Major Damage

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia Just Broke a Major Record For New Solar Panel Roof Installations

Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets

Last hope over climate crisis requires end to coal, says Alok Sharma

Australia stands alone in not having a significant climate plan, says UK expert

Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier: How Doomed Are We?

April was the world’s ninth-warmest April in 142 years of record keeping

Net zero: despite the greenwash, it’s vital for tackling climate change

Extreme Heat Risks May Be Widely Underestimated and Sometimes Left Out of Major Climate Reports

We can’t beat the climate crisis without rethinking land use

A digital twin of the Earth to better prepare for climate extremes

Western Australia eyes massive 100GW of wind and solar for green hydrogen by 2030

Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point, says study

The USA is heating up

Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly

Rethinking urban heat stress: Assessing risk and adaptation options across socioeconomic groups in Bonn, Germany

Disaster risk reduction

Queensland’s Economic Assessment Framework of Flood Risk Management Projects

‘This has never happened’: California’s only wildfire research center makes scary discovery

Forecasters navigate a highway to success around Lake Victoria

The space weather modeling framework goes open access

Why do rivers leap from their banks? Scientists strive to predict deadly flooding events

Cred Crunch, Issue no. 62, May 2021 – Year in review 2020: global trends and perspectives

Global riverine flood risk – how do hydrogeomorphic floodplain maps compare to flood hazard maps?

How a major Auckland eruption would reshape the city

Simulation of post volcanic eruption land use and economic recovery pathways over a period of 20 years in the Auckland region of New Zealand

Aboriginal people have the skills, refined over thousands of years, to care for this fragile, fire-prone ancient continent

California Is Headed Toward Another Brutal Wildfire Season

Blue roofs could help reduce the flooding effects of big storms

Flooding: prevention as the best option

Emergency management

Latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management

One Way to Save a California Town From Wildfire: Advance Work by Unsung Heroes

How lessons from past emergencies could improve the pandemic response

Brazil’s fight against Covid-19 hampered by flooding and favela growth

Black mould is the latest threat for flood-affected homeowners on the New South Wales mid-north coast

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook Companion Documents

Silent Walk as a street mobilization: Campaigning following the Grenfell Tower fire

Citizen aid, social media and brokerage after disaster

The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook

What might a public communications push on the climate crisis in Bristol involve, if we took it as seriously as Covid 19?

During Disaster: Refining the Concept of Focusing Events to Better Explain Long-Duration Crises

Factors influencing flood disaster preparedness initiatives among small and medium enterprises located at flood-prone area

Psychology and disasters

Why do people make risky decisions during a fire evacuation? Study on the effect of smoke level, individual risk preference, and neighbor behavior

Sociology and disasters

What drought, fish kills and financial strife along the Darling River taught regional communities in NSW

‘Top down’ disaster resilience doesn’t work. The National Recovery and Resilience Agency must have community at its heart


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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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