Today in disaster resilience (21 January 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai produces huge shockwave and 1.2 m high tsunami, Tonga

Pacific volcano: Ash-covered Tonga is like a moonscape say residents

Widespread damage after winter storm spawns multiple tornadoes in Florida, U.S.

Peru – 2 Dead After Tonga Volcano Triggers Coastal Flooding

Madagascar – 10 Killed After Heavy Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Antananarivo

Uruguay – Floods in Montevideo After 150mm of Rain in 1 Hour

South Africa – Dozens Evacuate Floods in KZN

Perth heatwave declared as firefighters contain blaze burning near Karrakatta cemetery on 42-degree day

Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Jan 2022: Fuego volcano, Reventador, Sangay, Nevados de Chillán

Iran – 1,200 Homes Damaged After More Floods in Kerman Province

Zambia – Floods Affect Thousands in Southern Province

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Past seven years hottest on record, prompting calls for stronger climate action

South Australia breaks record by running for a week on renewable energy

Record numbers of Americans are alarmed or concerned about climate change

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2022

Climate crisis could wipe 1% a year off UK economy by 2045, say ministers

Natural Disaster Costs Exceed $250 Billion in 2021 and Worse to Come, Scientists Warn

The problem with the carbon footprint

‘Rivers’ in the sky likely to drench East Asia under climate change’Rivers’%20in%20the%20sky,ScienceDaily.

Painting Barcelona’s rooftops could lower temperatures by up to five degrees, say experts

‘We have a lot to lose’: 16 Minnesota cities declare climate emergency, urge legislative action

New Research Shows How Health Risks to Children Mount as Temperatures Rise

Warm Season and Emergency Department Visits to U.S. Children’s Hospitals

Giant canyon discovered underneath Vanderford Glacier in Antarctica, revealing history behind rising sea levels

2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again

Disaster risk reduction

Why the volcanic eruption in Tonga was so violent, and what to expect next

First-ever 3D compound inland-coastal flooding guidance system

Building a Resilient Canada

Shock waves, landslides may have caused ‘rare’ volcano tsunami: experts

Flood risk management plans are Scotland’s route map for reducing the effects of flooding on our communities

How Volcanologists Tracked a Violent, Months-Long Eruption

30th Anniversary Disaster Prevention Management Virtual Issue

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet suburbia

Hard truths about a hard time: Marshall Fire devastation illustrates conditions leading to wildfire disaster

Severe Weather in 2021 Caused $2.1 Billion in Insured Damage in Canada

State agencies among groups to criticise Warragamba Dam proposal

“Spacing here was a problem”: Closely built homes helped Marshall firestorm spread, researchers say

The ‘Disasterology’ author wants us to rethink emergency management

Scientists Are Racing to Understand the Fury of Tonga’s Volcano

New simulations can improve avalanche forecasting

Emergency management

Waves from the Tonga tsunami are still being felt in Australia – and even a 50cm surge could knock you off your feet

The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system

Hong Kong quarantine rules are no longer just an inconvenience

Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts

Living with endemic Covid will not be painless

FEMA Strategic Plan

All plan B Covid restrictions, including mask wearing, to end in England

This Guidebook describes institutional options, successful characteristics and management lessons based on real-world experience with disaster recovery operations

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creating effective emergency alerts

The words used in warning communications can powerfully convey risk and encourage immediate behaviours such as moving to a safer area or avoiding floodwaters

Collaborating With Communities: Citizen Science Flood Monitoring in Urban Informal Settlements

New Zealanders need to understand the hazards of volcanoes here

Mauna Loa:Preparing for the next eruption of Earth’s largest active volcano

How to Plan a Tsunami Walk!

Province’s new interactive flood-predicting map ‘basic’ but valuable, says advocate

Psychology and disasters

Repeated exposure to major disasters does not make people mentally stronger

Sociology and disasters

The crisis forces us to consider what kind of society we want to have

Equitable Community Resilience: The Case of Winter Storm Uri in Texas

Coldhearted Policies Put People at Risk of Extreme Heat Work Hazards


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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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