Today in disaster resilience (9 July 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Tropical storm watch issued for Florida Keys as Elsa whips Dominican Republic and Haiti

Japanese rescuers find two bodies, continue search for 20 more after landslide in Atami, south-west of Tokyo

Canada heatwave: Wildfires spread in British Columbia after lightning strikes

Nepal – Floods and Landslides Leave 10 Dead, 4 Missing

China – Over 60,000 Evacuate Floods in Jiangxi

Flooding and thunderstorms as rain and wind batters Scotland

Crimea – More Floods After Heavy Rain Leave 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated

Fast-moving Atlantic Storm Elsa makes landfall in Cuba

Indonesia – Floods Damage Over 2,000 Homes in Aceh Province

Russia – State of Emergency After Floods in Krasnodar Krai

South Korea – 2 Killed in Floods and Landslides After Heavy Rain

Volcanic activity worldwide 8 Jul 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

How to organise climate action in the Decisive Decade

Summer swelter trend: West gets hotter days, East hot nights

Climate Change Could Destroy America’s Roads

Unprecedented heat, hundreds dead and a town destroyed. Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere

Sea level rise poses economic threat to Asia coastal cities

‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

The Graphic Truth: Where are climate-linked scorchers deadliest?

Europeans consider climate change to be the most serious problem facing the world

‘We are living it already’: Climate change behind extreme weather events in Canada, experts say

A Space Laser Shows How Catastrophic Sea Level Rise Will Be

The North American heatwave shows we need to know how climate change will change our weather

Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914

Climate Change Brings More Summer Heat Stress To New Hampshire And Its Infrastructure

2020: The escalation of extreme rainfall events in Brazil

‘We need to become the solution’: older New Zealanders join climate change fight

Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change

Managed retreat and environmental justice in a changing climate

Climate change: US-Canada heatwave ‘virtually impossible’ without warming

Climate crisis ‘may put 8bn at risk of malaria and dengue’

Oregon adopts emergency rules to protect workers in extreme heat

How to Use ArcGIS Pro to Map Urban Heat Islands

Antarctica hit record high temperature in 2020, scientists confirm

Climate change linked to 5 million deaths a year, new study shows

Infrastructure for a Changing Climate

Unpacking Miami’s new 40-year plan against rising sea levels

Disaster risk reduction

Natural Hazards Research Australia continues the coordinated multi-disciplinary national research effort of two Cooperative Research Centres over the last 18 years

Community flood vulnerability and risk assessment: An empirical predictive modeling approach

Improved algorithms help scientists monitor wildfires from space

Monitoring the Nyiragongo eruption in DRC and Rwanda

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

Flood map update alters thousands of Brisbane property flood levels

Warragamba Dam wall-raising assessment open to legal challenge, leaked documents say

Outlook for earthquake early warning for Aotearoa New Zealand: Insights from initiating a community-of-practice

Analysis of pluvial flood damage costs in residential buildings – A case study in Malmö

High-resolution flood risk approach to quantify the impact of policy change on flood losses at community-level

Exploring the gap between policy and action in Disaster Risk Reduction: A case study from India

‘Negligence of developers’ costing taxpayers over Norfolk flooding

Indonesia – Over 70 Floods and Landslides Recorded in June 2021, Says Disaster Agency

Hydromet Investments save lives and make economic sense

AI bolsters human-centric disaster risk reduction

Enhancing efficiency in humanitarian action through reducing risk – A study on cost-benefit of disaster risk reduction

Emergency management

North Miami Beach Condo Evacuates Residents on Safety Concerns

Wildfire watchmen: the mountain tower where lookouts spot blazes

Japan: UN chief praises work of emergency responders in wake of deadly landslide

How Dangerous Is the Delta Variant, and Will It Cause a COVID Surge in the U.S.?

Anger grows over B.C. Emergency Health Services’ handling of heat wave that left hundreds dead

As wildfires increase in number and size, the number of hotshot crews dwindles

First Nations Wildfire Evacuations

Warning over children as Indonesia suffers its worst Covid outbreak

Japan – Many Still Missing in Atami Mudslide as Search and Rescue Operations Continue

Disaster management and the need for a reinstated social contract of shared responsibility

Is it more infectious? Is it spreading in schools? This is what we know about the Delta variant and kids

Living with COVID: is now the right time for England to lift all restrictions?

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods

NAIDOC week has just begun and, after several tumultuous years of disasters in Australia, the theme this year is Heal Country

Educating for resilience: parent and teacher perceptions of children’s emotional needs in response to climate change

Community Resilience Action Groups build flood resilience in Bangladesh

BeFloodReady: Missy’s Tale by Aardman Animations

Resilience learning and indigenous knowledge of earthquake risk in Indonesia

An analysis of social media use and neighbor-assisted debris removal in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

Psychology and disasters

New research finds that those living and working alone during the pandemic have suffered the worst effects of all

Sociology and disasters

Attracting altruists: Explaining volunteer turnout during natural hazards in Japan

The effect of social capital on disaster conflicts in local communities: Focusing on disaster victims

The case for equity to reduce disaster risk: An analysis of Bolivia

Threat to Latinos has grown in the past decade, and they are twice as likely to live in areas most threatened by wildfires relative to the overall U.S. population

Locating potential sources of capacity and vulnerability in geographically remote areas: Reflections based on three case studies


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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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