Today in disaster resilience (24 December 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

One dead, two people critical after severe storm hits Sydney’s northern beaches

Typhoon Rai: rescue efforts continue after strongest storm to hit Philippines this year

Widespread floods destroy more than 1 400 homes, leave 15 people dead and 9 missing in the Republic of Congo

Typhoon Rai kills 375 in the Philippines, military deployed to help affected areas

Widespread floods hit Malaysia after more than a month’s worth of rain in 1 day

High-level eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, Tonga

Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Dec 2021: Fuego volcano, Shiveluch, Piton de la Fournaise, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

La Niña just raised sea levels in the western Pacific by up to 20cm. This height will be normal by 2050

Scientists extend and straighten iconic climate “hockey stick”

Himalayan glaciers melting at ‘exceptional rate’

WAMPUM: An Indigenous-Designed Path to Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Hot in the city: Teaching Europe how to live on a warmer planet

U.N. climate chief: COP26 put nations on notice to act fast

Heatwave fatalities in Australia: a new analysis

Is it possible to achieve net-zero emissions?

Dunes Dance to a New Rhythm in Climate Change

2021: A Year in Photos From the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis

From floods and wildfires to inaction and urgency: These are the top climate and weather stories of 2021

Current coal phaseout pledges ‘absolutely not enough’, warn experts

Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond

Addressing Climate Migration

2021 brought a wave of extreme weather disasters. Scientists say worse lies ahead

North America Climate Resilience Program

Consumer Activism on Global Warming, September 2021

Disaster risk reduction

New volcano activity monitoring method enhances early warning,are%20in%20the%20Aleutian%20Islands.

Global Community Steps Up with $93 Billion Support Package to Boost Resilient Recovery in World’s Poorest Countries,more%20resilient%2C%20and%20inclusive%20future.

Increasing flood resilience in the Great River Ouse

Dual-Objective-Based Tornado Design Philosophy

Researchers analyzed 36 years of data to understand how atmospheric rivers and other factors drive chronic coastal flooding

A Rapid Prediction Model of Urban Flood Inundation in a High-Risk Area Coupling Machine Learning and Numerical Simulation Approaches

UH leads game-changing earthquake, tsunami undersea early warning system

Quantile-Based Hydrological Modelling

Thailand’s population of nearly 70 million to be protected by new early warning and hazard monitoring technologies

Pandemic weather: The effect of COVID-19 on lightning

Emergency management

Omicron ‘is going to take over’ this winter, and Fauci says Americans should brace for a ‘tough few weeks to months’

Omicron, Africa, and the Need for Much Better Policy from High-Income Countries

Moderna says booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine should protect against Omicron

Covid: Christmas travel will fuel spread of Omicron, US expert warns

‘Another storm coming’: WHO warns of Omicron surge in Europe

Philippine supertyphoon Rai ‘exceeded all predictions’ – forecaster

Global COVID-19 vaccine distribution map

Omicron wave appears milder, but concern remains

Omicron overpowers key COVID antibody treatments in early tests

Omicron up to 70% less likely to need hospital care

Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba

Disaster education, communications and engagement

In a series of public education programs and workshops, researchers in Canada are engaging with communities and other stakeholders to develop an earthquake early warning system

Reviewing volcano hazard and risk communications in Ecuador: experiences from a fast-format workshop

Super Volcanoes book

What Have We Learnt About Crisis Communications in 2021?

Disaster communications with resettled refugees: Six principles of engagement

Psychology and disasters

American Attitudes About Vaccine Globalism

They Survived the Wildfires. Then Came the PTSD

Assisting persons with severe mental illness can mitigate or prevent adverse outcomes

COVID-19: Impact of lockdown on children’s development will ‘last for years and years’

Predictors of hurricane evacuation decisions: A meta-analysis

“It became trying to save as much as we could” – Resident speaks about flooding hell one year on

Sociology and disasters

Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative

Unraveling the complexity of human behavior and urbanization on community vulnerability to floods


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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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