Today in disaster resilience (10 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

At least 15 killed, 27 missing and 57 injured after massive eruption at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

Floods cut off communities in South Sudan’s Unity state

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

Omicron looks set to cause a huge wave of covid-19 around the world

Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people

Storm Barra hits: Forty flood alerts as UK battered by 70mph winds

Indonesia – Floods in West Nusa Tenggara Affect Over 60,000

Emergency services are fighting two out of control bushfires in WA’s South West

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Semeru, Reventador, La Palma

Brazil – Deadly Floods and Landslides in Bahia After Heavy Rain

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Earth is getting a black box to record our climate change actions, and it’s already started listening

Climate inaction will cost G7 countries ‘billions’

Around the world, these are just some of the cities at risk of rising sea levels

From Siberia to the U.S, wildfires broke emissions records this year

Picturing the future of complex, cascading climate risks

The world’s newest nation is both drying up and drowning

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

Firestorm, Greg Mullins: Former Commissioner is ready to face firestorm again

Dictionary update shows how changing climate changes language, and much more

Extreme lack of sea ice in Hudson Bay puts polar bears under pressure

FEMA resources for climate resilience

Climate Avisory Council Annual Review

U.S. had its 3rd-warmest autumn on record, 7th-warmest November

As climate ‘net-zero’ plans grow, so do concerns from scientists

Disaster risk reduction

An interview with dendrochronologist and fire historian Tom Swetnam

Pandemic exposed UK is vulnerable to variety of extreme risks without adequate Government planning

Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG

Research into ground improvement technique ahead of earthquakes

New type of earthquake discovered

Payouts may keep climbing due to severe weather

To Counter Rise in Flooding From Mountains to the Coast, North Carolina Looks to Nature

Understanding the effects of partisan identity on climate change

Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building a Resilient Society

Mount Semeru’s deadly eruption was triggered by rain and storms, making it much harder to predict

Is “Fuel Reduction” Justified as Fire Management in Spotted Owl Habitat?

New research makes waves tackling the future of tsunami monitoring and modeling

Simulations show how earthquake early warning might be improved for magnitude-9 earthquakes

La Niña expected to intensify global rain and drought after second consecutive year

Asia Pacific Typhoon Collaborative Research Centre launched

We are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

Bottom-up innovations in natural hazard risk management in Austria

Use the interactive mapping tools to better visualize the frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate events

Real-time coastal flood hazard assessment using DEM-based hydrogeomorphic classifiers

Wildfire Resilience and the Role of Landscapes–19441

Emergency management

Doctors ‘incredibly frustrated’ that unvaccinated Covid patients are delaying NHS operations

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US states

Omicron Cases at Norway Christmas Party Provide Clues on New Variant’s Spread

2 Louisiana insurance companies fail after Hurricane Ida

Sydney and Melbourne office workers slowly returning after COVID lockdowns

In the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services was born

Omicron’s less severe cases prompt cautious optimism in South Africa

The herd-immunity threshold must be updated for multi-vaccine strategies and multiple variants

Six months after Melamchi floods in Nepal, no respite for displaced people

B.C. moves to recovery management phase after floods; most military leaving province

Females more likely than males to experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, small study suggests

Newfound flavor of omicron variant may be harder to track

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

Crowdsourcing triggers rapid, reliable earthquake locations

Why e-learning is key to building disaster-proof education

Role of frequency modulation radio in disaster communication: A case study of Pakistan earthquake

Taking protective action during floods and storms

Making the shaking count — high schoolers in Puerto Rico set up earthquake alerts with Raspberry Shake

Psychology and disasters

Climate Extremes Can Produce ‘Vicarious Trauma’, Even From a Distance

New research reveals the economic costs of behavioral responses to the pandemic in the U.S.

Sociology and disasters

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Visualizing a Year of Global Progress and Inequity

National Narcissism predicts the Belief in and the Dissemination of Conspiracy Theories During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence From 56 Countries

Modeling the Impacts of Urban Flood Risk Management on Social Inequality

New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts


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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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