Today in disaster resilience (17 September 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Destructive tornado hits the island of Pantelleria, killing 2 people, Italy

Wildfires in Spain

Vietnam – 2 Killed in Floods as Storm Conson Dumps 900mm of Rain

Pakistan – 20 Killed in Floods and Mudslides in North, Monsoon Death Toll Exceeds 160

Guinea – Floods Leave 5 Dead, 800 Homes Destroyed and 2,500 People Displaced

Wildfires Rage in Spain and California as Monsoon Floods Kill 17 in Pakistan

Hurricane “Nicholas” leaves widespread damage, more than 500 000 without power in Texas

Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria

More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India

2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia

Guatemala – Rain Triggers Floods and Landslides in 4 Departments, 2 Fatalities Reported

France – Dozens Rescued From Floods in Gard After 244mm of Rain in 3 Hours

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Sep 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador

Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Climate change: Ditch 90% of world’s coal and 60% of oil and gas to limit warming to 1.5°C

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination

Operationalising Community Resilience to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Grounded Delphi Method (GDM) Approach

Climate change: Vulnerable nations call for ’emergency pact’

Climate Change will Worsen Flooding in Malaysia

Australia has fallen well behind the US, UK, Japan, New Zealand and other peers in analysis of climate and security risks

How Climate Change Deepens Bangladesh’s Fragility

Rapid Arctic warming likely drives extreme winter weather events in the US

COP26: China told its choices ‘will shape our shared future’ ahead of climate summit

Cows ‘potty-trained’ in experiment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Four in 10 young people fear having children due to climate crisis

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

California fires are burning at higher elevations than ever, creating new dangers

End of new coal power ‘within sight’ worldwide, report claims

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

In Response to Climate Change, Citizens in Advanced Economies Are Willing To Alter How They Live and Work

Millions on the Move in Their Own Countries: The Human Face of Climate Change

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds

‘Cake’ mentioned 10 times more than ‘climate change’ on UK TV – report

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine

Climate change risks triggering catastrophic tsunamis, scientist warns

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work

The United States Isn’t Ready for the New Phase of Climate Change

When the Climate Crisis Becomes Unignorable

China faces one–two punches of extreme weather as Earth warms

New forecasting models could help prevent heat-related deaths

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021

Interactions between two existential threats: COVID-19 and climate change

Disaster risk reduction

California wildfires ignite an insurance crisis

‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection

Rural Boundary Clearing Tool

Disaster Risks in an Interconnected World

True Stories of Managed Retreat From Rising Waters

When Rivers Are Contaminated, Floods Are Only the First Problem

Estimated Economic Impacts of the 2019 Midwest Floods

The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds

Prescribed Burning in Australasia (eBook)

Creating resilient communities with medium-range hazard warning systems

Fort McMurray flood mitigation scheduled to be complete by 2023

International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management

NSW Water Strategy

Dems seek ‘historic’ changes to U.S. flood program

Satellites, Tweets, Forecasts: The Future of Flood Disaster Management?

State of Homeland Security: Preventing Future ‘Failures of Imagination’

Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived

How will the COVID pandemic end?

Why did Ida cause so much less damage than Katrina?

Emergency management

‘Fortress Australia’ cautiously moving away from COVID Zero, but there’s still a long path to freedom

Delta upends the East Asia COVID-19 model

Getting vaccinated protects against severe illness from COVID-19, including the Delta variant

Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States

New Colorado Climate Corps to combat wildfires and floods, protect public lands

Covid-19 Study in England Shows Few Deaths Among Vaccinated People

Latest edition of Fire Australia

Supporting resilience in Indigenous communities: how the emergency management sector can do better

After Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Bayou Community Contemplates Moving or Rebuilding

Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides

Slow aid response frustrates Congolese made homeless by volcano

Disaster education, communications and engagement

CONVERGE in the Classroom: Training Module Resources for Teaching

Risk Communication to Motivate Flood and Hurricane Risk Mitigation

Are daily COVID press conferences doing their job?

Community Participation in Disaster Recovery Programs: A Study of a Coastal Area in Bangladesh

Psychology and disasters

The Mental Weight of COVID-19

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health

A First Step Towards Longitudinal Study on Homeowners’ Proactive Actions for Managing Wildfire Risks

Young People’s Voices on Climate Anxiety, Government Betrayal and Moral Injury: A Global Phenomenon

The impact of social distancing on community case count in the United States: Testing the efficacy of protection motivation theory during early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

Lessons from Black Summer: how people experienced the 2019/20 NSW fire season

From bushfires, to floods, to COVID-19: how cumulative disasters can harm our health and erode our resilience

Sociology and disasters

Knowledge transfer towards disaster resilience in Sri Lanka: A grounded theory approach

Social Capital and Social Connectedness for Resilience

NSF-Funded Hub To Enhance Resilience In Underrepresented Communities

Disasters within disasters: it’s time to address entrenched Aboriginal inequality

Individual and community social capital, mobility restrictions, and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a multilevel analysis of a representative US survey

Bouncing back: how community strengths can lead recovery

Why a domestic NZ COVID ‘passport’ raises hard questions about discrimination, inequality and coercion

Governing the pandemic: The politics of navigating a mega-crisis

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming


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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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