Today in disaster resilience (2 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant spreading fast in California

USA – State of Emergency Declared in Response to Floods in Southeast Michigan

Romania – 1 Dead, 1 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods and Rain Affect 16 Counties

Russia – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Far East

Venezuela – Families Evacuated After Damaging Floods in Caracas

Bulgaria – Flash Floods in Sliven Province After 60mm of Rain in 1 Hour

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Missouri

China – 20,000 Evacuate Floods in Heilongjiang

Mexico – Hurricane ‘Enrique’ Causes Floods and Wind Damage in Western States

USA – 2 Dead After Floods and Heavy Rain in Western Texas

USA – Evacuations After Flash Floods in New Mexico

Canada Lytton: Heatwave record village overwhelmingly burned in wildfire

BOM forecasts ‘seasonally significant’ amount of rainfall across large parts of Queensland

Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jul 2021: Dukono volcano, Sangay, Sarychev Peak, Taal

Pacific Northwest bakes under once in a millennium heat dome

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Sea level rise due to climate change eyed as contributing factor in Miami-area building collapse

Failure to model costs of climate change to coal, gas ‘beggars belief’

Northwest “heat dome” signals global warming’s march

Portland and Seattle see record highs soar past 100 degrees as heat wave sweeps the Northwest

New climate science could cause wave of litigation against businesses – study

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Regulatory Approaches to Climate Risk Assessment | Issue brief

‘Tip of the iceberg’: New government report looks at costs of climate change

This report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting Canadian communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting

Climate-driven coastal flooding in the US likely to get worse suddenly

Assessing the risks of human displacement in a changing climate

The looming Arctic collapse: More than 40% of north Russian buildings are starting to crumble

The Record-Breaking High Temperatures Aren’t Even the Worst Part of the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

Portland cooling centers provide relief from heat

Billions needed to protect Glasgow from climate effects, report says

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-fired power plants

Police report spike in sudden deaths as blistering B.C. heat wave continues

Germany fast-tracks zero emissions to 2045, lifts interim targets

‘Hazards are many’: Millions found to be at risk from sea level rise

Philippine climate adaptation and risk reduction study

Global LiDAR land elevation data reveal greatest sea-level rise vulnerability in the tropics

Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans

Sea level and deep-sea temperature reconstructions suggest quasi-stable states and critical transitions over the past 40 million years

Australia ranks last for climate action among UN member countries

Thunderstorms will dump more rain and worsen floods as the globe heats up

Climate change in a land of extremes

‘Never seen anything like this’: 100s dead amid Canada heatwave

Climate change: Extremes committee validates Antarctic record heat

How to redesign cities to withstand heat waves

Canada heatwave: How could cities adapt to rising temperatures?

Disaster risk reduction

Disaster resilience in Australia: A geographic assessment using an index of coping and adaptive capacity

Benefits of disaster risk reduction

The power of New Zealand’s Alpine Fault

Urban wildfire research

Learning from a disastrous megathrust earthquake

Risky development: Increasing exposure to natural hazards in the United States

Disaster risk governance – solution or driver of vulnerability

Hazard News June 2021

Predicting volcanic eruptions: Discovery helps pinpoint where and when better than ever before

COVID-19: Make it the last pandemic

More Than Half Of U.S. Buildings Are In Places Prone To Disaster, Study Finds

Sensors boost earthquake resilience in Christchurch

A unique new study builds on understanding of how ocean waves behave in coastal areas, using data from satellite-based altimetry measurements

Estimating the economic impact of natural hazards on shared accommodation in coastal tourism destinations

Understanding and preventing violent extremism

Flood risk underestimated, particularly in the tropics

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Driving change with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research

Welcome to Natural Hazards Research Australia

A national flood forecasting system for Guyana: A step towards greater resilience

Emergency management

Disaster response and mitigation in an AI world

Miami-Area Condo Collapse Death Toll Increases to Nine

Miami-Area Rescue Effort Is Hampered by Fire as Families Cling to Hope

Recovery from the 2018-19 disaster season

South Sudan faces famine threat as flooding continues

Underpaid firefighters, overstretched budgets: The U.S. isn’t prepared for fires fueled by climate change

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to Prevent Your House from Flooding

Local Leadership for Disaster Resilience

Community organisation involvement in disaster management

Caribbean artists, sports stars, TikTok influencers join forces for hurricane season,_sports_stars,_TikTok_influencers_join

New Mixed Methods Approach for Monitoring Community Perceptions of Ebola and Response Efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Psychology and disasters

How to promote and protect the mental health of young emergency service volunteers

Traumatic exposure, work-related stressors and gender as risk factors in the development of psychological distress for ambulance personnel

We’ve been following victims of the Boxing Day tsunami for 16 years – this is what we’ve learned about recovering from disaster

The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing: current evidence and implications for policy and practice

Sociology and disasters

High-resolution human mobility data reveal race and wealth disparities in disaster evacuation patterns

From ‘fried egg’ to ‘scrambled egg’, this is how COVID reshaped our cities

The Haywired Connection: Societal Consequences of Earthquakes

Civic Duty: A Booster for Resilience?

In Chicago, Flooding Overwhelmingly Strikes Communities of Color

Five ways to ensure flood-risk research helps the most vulnerable

Why FEMA Aid Is Unavailable To Many Who Need It The Most Rumor has it: The role of social ties and misinformation in evacuation to nearby shelters after disaster


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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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