Today in disaster resilience (11 February 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Cyclone Batsirai: Whole villages swept away in Madagascar

‘Horrendous’ bushfires hit WA’s Wheatbelt in devastating weekend

South Africa – 3 Missing, Dozens Evacuated After Floods in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal

United Nations says 13 million face hunger as Horn of Africa drought worsens

Colombia – Heavy Rains Trigger Deadly Mudslide in Risaralda

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Dovi causes major flooding in Vanuatu

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Feb 2022: Semeru volcano, Reventador, Nyamuragira, Sangay

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

US household air conditioning use could exceed electric capacity in next decade due to climate change

Are winters losing their chill in the Kansas City region as the climate changes?

Robust but weak winter atmospheric circulation response to future Arctic sea ice loss

Ice velocity and thickness of the world’s glaciers

Glaciers of the world mapping

Lessons from New York: What makes a community turn against climate adaptation?

Non-state climate change action: Hope for just response to climate change?

Arctic Sea Ice extent is the highest since 2009, now above 14 million square kilometers. On the other side of the pond, Antarctic Sea Ice at an all-time low

The Roles of Celebrities in Public Disputes: Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

How Climate Change Could Impact Your Skin

The world is on fire and our leaders are failing, poll finds

Making Indian cities climate and water resilient

CO₂ emissions dataset: Our sources and methods

Assessing extremes in hydroclimatology: A review on probabilistic methods

Increasing Heat-Stress Inequality in a Warming Climate

Disaster risk reduction

Failure to prevent pandemics at source is ‘greatest folly’, say scientists

Daylighting Rivers and Streams

Future hurricanes likely to pose much greater flood risk to U.S. East and Gulf coasts

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part One)

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Flood Risk (Part Two)

How countries can better cope with flood risk

Deforestation Is Flooding West African Coasts

Volcanoes, plague, famine, endless winter: Historians and scientists recall 536, the ‘worst year to be alive’

Researchers identify ‘double-hazard’ zones for wildfire in the West

NRDC Pushes FEMA for Climate-Smart Flood Maps and Standards

Flood Risk-Related Research Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean

Google Maps to fix directions after years of trapped travellers around Burketown

What determines variation in remotely sensed fire severity? Consideration of remote sensing limitations and confounding factors

The role of the scientist in a post-truth world

JBA launches flood model for more effective risk pricing

Atlas provides districts maps on hazard events and vulnerability for all the calendar months and at annual scale in India

Storm Ana’s devastation in southern Africa highlights need for early warnings

US flood risk is about to explode — but not for the reasons you think

Impacts of space weather

Earthquake early warning system could save lives in southern Europe

Why the Tongan eruption will go down in the history of volcanology

Rethinking resilience and development: A coevolutionary perspective

The Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science

The benefits of strengthening buildings against earthquakes

Emergency management

How accurate are weather forecaster’s predictions, really, and how do they come up with them?

The future of the pandemic is looking clearer as we learn more about infection

Using drone technology in Africa’s devasting cyclones

Practice Makes Preparedness: NASA Participates in North Carolina Hurricane Exercise

Drawing disaster-preparedness lessons from Tonga’s volcano

Increasing Public Criticism, Confusion Over COVID-19 Response in U.S.

Wildfire smoke increases inflammation, lung disease risk

Covid rules are to be axed in England, but is pandemic’s end really in sight?

Evacuation Planning Handbook review update

The INFORM Severity Index is a regularly updated, and easily interpreted model for measuring the severity of humanitarian crisis globally

Disaster education, communications and engagement

2022 Great Washington ShakeOut

Professionalization of community engagement in flood risk management: Insights from four European countries

Exploring Soils: A Living Treasure

15 things not to do when using a rapid antigen test, from storing in the freezer to sampling snot

The Invention of Disaster: Power and Knowledge in Discourses on Hazard and Vulnerability

2022 Australia Digital report

Naming Competition: National Large Air Tanker

Psychology and disasters

The Well-Being of Secondary School Principals One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual reality experiment shows most people living in high-risk fire zones are “woefully unprepared”

‘Harrowing’: trauma caused by Morwell coalmine fire set high school students back 18 months

Sociology and disasters

The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative

Unequal Impact: Putting Justice at the Heart of the Climate Fight

Fleeing the unsustainable city: soft policy and the dual effect of social capital in hurricane evacuation

Social protection to ensure those most affected by climate change can strengthen their resilience capacity and avoid the worst impacts of disasters

Poorer populations may be hit with a one-two punch of more heat waves from climate change due to their location and an inability to keep up with it as a result of lack of heat adaptations like air conditioning


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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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