Today in disaster resilience (17 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Intense deluge forces evacuations in France

‘Quad-State Tornado’ crossed four states in four hours, a rare December tornado

Violent tornado outbreak hits U.S. South and Midwest, leaving up to 100 people dead

Intense Storms Cause Flooding, Bridge Collapse in Western Greece

Spain – Rain Triggers Deadly Floods and Landslides in Navarre

More than 835 000 people affected by floods in South Sudan

Severe thunderstorms hit Eastern Cape, claiming 6 lives and damaging more than 1 000 homes, South Africa

Congo-Brazzaville – Floods in Leave 15 Dead, 9 Missing and Thousands Displaced

Papua New Guinea – Coastal Floods Affect Thousands

Severe damage across Visayas from Typhoon Odette’s rampage

Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Dec 2021: Santiaguito volcano, Fuego, Reventador, Sangay, Ruapehu

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fleeing global warming? ‘Climate havens’ aren’t ready for you yet

The Politics of Our Climate Attribution Obsession

Explainer: Was Deadly Tornado Storm System Related To Climate Change?

Scientists Find a New Source of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions in The Siberian Permafrost

FEMA chief says powerful storms ‘new normal’ in era of climate change

Protect or retreat: rising seas threaten Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific Coasts

‘2.4C is a death sentence’: Vanessa Nakate’s fight for the forgotten countries of the climate crisis

“This Isn’t a Natural Disaster”: Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Deadly Tornadoes in 8 States

A new report outlines how Australia is being left behind in the global race to urgently reduce emissions during the 2020s to avoid catastrophic climate change

Canada on track to reduce fossil fuel use by 62% by 2050

Thwaites: Antarctic glacier heading for dramatic change

Landfills Belch Climate-Warming Methane. Even the EPA Doesn’t Know How Much

The Arctic has a new record high temperature, according to the U.N.

2021 was a remarkable year for Earth’s climate

Near-term transition and longer-term physical climate risks of greenhouse gas emissions pathways

Conversations, culture and constructive climate action

November 2021: Earth’s 4th-warmest November on record

How rising groundwater caused by climate change could devastate coastal communities

How Climate Change is Impacting Extreme Weather Events in Germany

Tornadoes and climate change: What a warming world means for deadly twisters and the type of storms that spawn them

Australia forecast to have summer of extreme heatwaves and floods

Climate of chaos: Stanford researchers show why heat may make weather less predictable

In praise of ‘Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction’

The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world

Here’s what we know about corporate climate ambition

2021 Arctic Report Card: Winter sea ice pack likely thinnest on record

Time lag between intervention and actual CO2 decrease could still lead to climate tipping point

This BAMS special report presents assessments of how human-caused climate change may have affected the strength and likelihood of individual extreme events

Disaster risk reduction

How the ‘deadly December tornado’ carved a 250-mile path through 4 states

Indigenous-led action plan focused on flood strategy for entire Lower Mainland

A framework for global science in support of risk-informed sustainable development and planetary health

Why the southern US is prone to December tornadoes

Three Questions About Last Weekend’s Devastating Tornado Outbreak

Evidence for Shared Earthquakes Between San Andreas and San Jacinto Faults

Estimation of levee breach discharge hydrographs: comparison of inverse approaches

As floods slam more U.S. firms, $50 billion economic drag expected in 2022

How to select the most suitable fuel management strategies to reduce bushfire risk

Environmental Sensors to improve bushfire prediction capabilities

Malawi: New early warning system to reduce mortalities and loss

A massive underground tunnel may be the way to alleviate Houston’s flooding, Army Corps says

Chennai’s floods: the city has learned nothing from the past – here’s what it can do

Emergency management

Grenfell delivers yet more horrors. But the guilty still fail to take responsibility

Crews search for the missing in Kentucky after devastating tornadoes

Caldor Fire suspects: Son converted firearm into a machine gun, district attorney says

Latest edition of Fire Australia magazine

A new set of evidence-based resources for people and organisations engaged in disaster recovery

What South Africa needs to do to exit the pandemic state of disaster

Why did the early warning system fail to save the lives of residents around Mount Semeru?

The NSW and Australian Government have committed over $790 million to support recovery, repair and rebuilding efforts of storm and flood impacted regions

S. Africa reports record daily COVID-19 cases as Omicron spreads

U.K. Sets New Record For Daily Covid-19 Cases

Broadly neutralizing antibodies overcome SARS-CoV-2 Omicron antigenic shift

B.C. paramedics, firefighters to be given more medical powers to assist in emergencies

UN chief: ‘We cannot defeat a pandemic in an uncoordinated way’

Cautious clean-up on La Palma as hopes rise for end to volcano eruption

Disaster education, communications and engagement

National Award Winners and Finalists

Australian Warning System: Know the signs

Improving Tornado Warnings Will Help Save Lives

Not just the weather: How TV meteorologists influence the public’s views on climate

Psychology and disasters

Survivors describe the fear and horror they endured as tornadoes tore through the southern and central US

Exploring the Long-Term Impact of Cascading Disasters in the U.S. Virgin Islands on High School Student and Teacher Mental Health and Resilience

Black Dog Institute Bush Fire Support Service

Prepare for the upcoming disaster season with free trauma training

6 Ways to Help Someone with PTSD

Brain study on how to slow down climate change

Mental health during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada

Sociology and disasters

NZ’s social cohesion post-Covid still unclear — researchers

New Research Shows Household Income Impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, Need for More Equitable Climate Resilience Planning for Cities

Informal social support and disaster preparedness: Mediating roles of perceived collective efficacy and self-efficacy


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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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