Today in disaster resilience (3 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana packing powerful winds

‘We Are Prepared to Fight.’ Caldor Fire Continues to Creep Towards Sierra-at-Tahoe

Mexico – 3 Injured in Floods and Landslides in Jalisco After Heavy Rain From Hurricane Nora

Myanmar – 11 Killed in Landslide in Mandalay Region

Caldor Fire – Entire South Lake Tahoe under evacuation order, California

Indonesia – Floods in Sulawesi Affect Over 60,000

Indonesia – 5 Killed in North Sumatra Landslides and Mudflows

India – Over 250,000 People Affected Across 700 Villages as Floods Worsen in Assam

New Zealand – Evacuations After 90mm of Rain in 1 Hour Causes Floods in Auckland

Ghana – Fatalities Reported After Floods in North

USA – Hundreds Rescued From Louisiana Floods After Hurricane Ida

India – 1 Dead, Several Reported Missing After Floods in Maharashtra

USA – 1 Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed After Remnants of Hurricane Ida Cause Floods in Virginia

Thailand – Flooding Affects Thousands in Central Provinces

South Sudan – 380,000 Affected by Floods in 6 States

Ida updates: 12 dead in NYC as subway stations turned into waterfalls, streets became rivers

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador, Telica

Spain – Flash Floods in Catalonia After 70mm of Rain in 30 Minutes

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Australia’s biggest climate poll shows support for action in every seat

Disastrous environmental events are converging like never before

Top scientist says APRA climate risk guidance ‘flawed’

How cities can adapt to climate change

Could climate change make humans go extinct?

The Battle to Save Coasts from Climate Change

Massive volcanoes could cool Earth more in a warming world

Swiss join France, others in laying out climate disclosure timeline

Climate change is making hurricanes stronger, slower and wetter. Ida checked all the boxes

The Gathering Storm of Climate Change: On the Sickening Loss of the Land and the Optimism of the Youth Movement

Why Kinshasa Could Be in the Vanguard of Megacities’ Climate Resilience

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)

Hurricane Ida: 4 essential reads about New Orleans’ high hurricane risk and what climate change has to do with the storms

How Spain is shutting down its coal industry to transition to renewables

It’s not your imagination. Weather and climate disasters have been getting more frequent since the ’70s

Atlas of the Invisible: using data to map the climate crisis

Ida turns New York City into a front line of extreme weather supercharged by climate change

Governance in the age of climate change

Why won’t US TV news say ‘climate change’?

Disaster risk reduction

Hurricane Ida storm surge and winds have partially reversed flow of Mississippi River near New Orleans

Methodology for Regional Multihazard Hurricane Damage and Risk Assessment

New Orleans levees pass Ida’s test while some suburbs flood

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s Floodplain Manager newsletter

Understanding Pyrocumulonimbi, aka ‘Fire Clouds’

California is up in smoke but still won’t stop playing with fire

Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives – WMO report

Floating Homes, Raised Houses: A Tale of Two Flood Mitigation Strategies

Geologists look to past for answers on future tsunami threats

River Planet introduces readers to the epic geological history of the world’s rivers, from the first drop of rain on the Earth to the modern environmental crisis

Why The South Is Decades Ahead Of The West In Wildfire Prevention

Better together: Working with local partners to build flood resilient infrastructure in Montenegro

Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them

Emergency management

Houston-based group that formed during Harvey is ready to help Hurricane Ida victims

We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness

Early COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

Stanford researchers explore how people respond to wildfire smoke

Ida and Katrina: Both powerful cyclones with key differences

See aerial photos, video of Hurricane Ida damage in southeast Louisiana

Teaching machines to find critical facilities for emergency response

Attacking fires by air often does no good, expert says

Firefighters return from Canada blazes to prepare for COVID bushfire season

Ida left more than 1 million without power, possibly for weeks. And now comes the scorching heat

Back-to-school FAQs on children’s health & COVID-19: Delta variant, preventing infection, testing and international examples

Reports of environmental problems caused by Hurricane Ida begin to trickle in

‘We do it together’: how a Lake Tahoe community prepared to flee the Caldor fire

How Government Can Address Growing Disaster Costs

NYC Flood: 15 videos of severe flooding in New York City

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Understanding Climate and Wildfires

How students can use storytelling to bring the dangers of climate change to life

Communities Going Virtual: Examining the Roles of Online and Offline Social Capital in Pandemic Perceived Community Resilience-Building

Key elements of disaster mitigation education in inclusive school setting in the Indonesian context

Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook

How Do High School Students Combat the Climate Crisis and Plan for Community Resilience After a Disaster?

58% of adults say the internet has been essential during the pandemic, and for some groups, its importance grew over the past year

‘Local community-based disaster management’ The transformation of religious and local wisdom values in preparation to deal with natural hazards in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Why We Use Gage Height

Psychology and disasters

Study finds coronavirus-related polarization is stronger among people higher in cognitive ability

Multi-country study suggests that the psychological burden of COVID-19 has led to increased political unrest

Psychological factors and social processes influencing wildfire smoke protective behavior: Insights from a case study in Northern California

The mystery of 9/11 first responders and dementia

Sociology and disasters

‘We can’t afford to leave’: Louisiana family is forced to ride out powerful Hurricane Ida

People, not just places: Expanding physical and social vulnerability indices by psychological indicators


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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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