Today in disaster resilience (15 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Thousands locked down as La Palma volcano destroys cement works

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the southwest coast of Island of Hawaii

Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Alaska Peninsula, U.S.

China – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Shanxi

USA – Deadly Floods Hit Alabama After Torrential Rain

Strong quake strikes off Greece’s Crete, no injuries reported

More than 700 firefighters battling wildfire spreading along California coast

Philippines – Topical Storm Kompasu Causes Deadly Flooding

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2021: Vulcano volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Kilauea, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Patricia Espinosa Outlines COP26 Priorities to LDC Ministers

Coal power likely gone by 2035: Schott

Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

Climate change may already affect 85 percent of humanity

Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target

In the Face of Climate Change, We Must Act So That We Can Feel Hopeful—Not the Other Way Around

‘Overwhelming’ backing for strong climate action, UK study shows

Climate crisis is ‘single biggest health threat facing humanity,’ WHO says, calling on world leaders to act

Climate change: ‘Adapt or die’ warning from Environment Agency

Health threats in a hotter world require policy action at every level of political and social life

Climate change is making Texas hotter, threatening public health, water supply and the state’s infrastructure

Carbon emissions ‘will drop just 40% by 2050 with countries’ current pledges’

Australia will need surge in renewables, electric vehicles to meet UN emissions goal

What sea level rise will do to famous American sites, visualized

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities

Disaster risk reduction

‘No sense of urgency’: Clontarf flood defences delayed until at least 2027

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?

How many ‘natural’ disasters can one city endure?

How to better identify dangerous volcanoes

The Building Science Resource Library contains all of FEMA’s hazard-specific guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resistance communities

A Road-Flooding Fix Is Coming to California State Park

Disaster risk creation and cascading disasters within large technological systems: COVID-19 and the 2021 Texas blackouts

Flood-Threat Assessment Finds Danger Goes Far Beyond U.S. Homes

The Risk Atlas of Mexico City, Mexico: a tool for decision-making and disaster prevention

High-resolution Wildfire Risk projections

Systemic disaster risk handbook

A new set of priorities to guide Australian natural hazards research

Moving beyond America’s war on wildfire: 4 ways to avoid future megafires

Emergency management

Why we must not allow COVID to become endemic in New Zealand

Getting flu with Covid doubles risk of death, says UK health chief

If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine?

After siege of blazes, experts say California must improve wildfire evacuation plans

Wildland Fire’s Great Exodus

National identity predicts public health support during a global pandemic

Analysis of sex-specific risk factors and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Disaster education, communications and engagement

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Japan is using Augmented Reality to teach children the dangers of flash floods

Alluvione: Girl power to combat floods in Indonesia

Schools in BiH act to establish safe school environments for a more effective response to emergencies

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

Psychology and disasters

Regional differences in cognitive dissonance in evacuation behavior at the time of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami

Sociology and disasters

UNDP and the Japan Bosai Platform work together to Accelerate Digitalization in Disaster Risk Reduction for Vulnerable Groups

New InsuRisk Report focuses on social protection

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice


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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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