Today in disaster resilience (6 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Current drought is worst in 1,200 years in California and the American West, new study shows

Guadeloupe – Deadly Floods Strike After 300mm of Rain

Venezuela – Fatalities and Evacuations After Floods Hit Several States

Swollen rivers, flooded roads prompt evacuations in some areas of Manitoba

Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

USA and Canada – Evacuations After Widespread Flooding in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota

Spain – Floods in Valencia After 260mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Tanzania – Floods in South Leave 5 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Volcanic activity worldwide 5 May 2022: Karymsky volcano, Popocatépetl, Krakatau, Merapi, Semeru

Afghanistan – Flash Floods Cause Fatalities and Severe Damage

Uganda – Homes Destroyed, Thousands Displaced After Floods in Eastern and Western Regions

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption

Rising risk: How the NZ coast will be transformed

Green infrastructure helps cities with climate change. So why isn’t there more of it?

Why some beaches, including in Queensland, are getting bigger despite rising sea levels

One in 25 Australian properties will be effectively uninsurable by 2030, due to rising risks of extreme weather and climate change

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves

With seas rising and storms surging, who will pay for New Zealand’s most vulnerable coastal properties?

State of the climate: Start of 2022 is the fifth warmest on record

Climate change will more than double the risk of intense tropical cyclones by 2050

Climate change is why New Mexico’s wildfire season started early this year

Climate Risk Map of Australia

Climate policy across Australia is fragmented, but researchers are aiming to use big data to make better sense of it

What coal communities need on the path to net zero

Draft NZ National Adaptation Plan for climate resilience

Polluters are using forests as ‘carbon offsets.’ Climate change has other plans

Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us

India and Pakistan’s brutal heat wave poised to resurge

Climate-proofing the world

Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally

India heatwave: why the region should prepare for even more extreme heat in the near future

Disaster risk reduction

High impact compound events in Australia

Alpine Fault: What scientists are learning about NZ’s big quake-maker

Modeling Coastal Environmental Change and the Tsunami Hazard

Extreme tornado footage captured by drone over Andover, Kansas

Space-based system using GPS satellites could warn of incoming tsunamis

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Fight Western Wildfires?

AccuWeather’s 2022 US Wildfire Forecast: Drought to spur another intense season

Study Develops Framework for Forecasting Contribution of Snowpack to Flood Risk During Winter Storms

Models Show How Topography Influences Ground Shaking in Seattle Area

New portal improves forecasts of devastating storms in West Africa

Flood risk reduction confers multiple benefits

Construction to begin on flood mitigation project west of Calgary

Emergency management

NSW flood victims kicked out of caravan parks to make way for tourists

Australian researchers uncover clue to rare and severe response to Covid in children

‘Disaster’s in the recovery’: bushfire survivors still waiting for homes

NSW Far North Coast & Northern Rivers flood impact research, March 2022

Learning from the Taal experience

New Drones Could Spot Wildfires Earlier, Even Help Snuff Them Out

The Southwest is on fire – with iconic deserts and towns at risk, Biden issues a disaster declaration

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Accounting for Local Flood Knowledge in Citizen Science: Discussing Resilience and Adaptation to the Effects of Climate Change through a Flood-Monitoring Project

Determine Your Risk (Hurricane Preparedness)

Quake Chasers: 15 Women Rocking Earthquake Science

How to survive a heatwave

CoastSnap citizen science around the world

Psychology and disasters

Teachers say pandemic hurt child development, ask for study into chaotic schools

Disaster descriptions do not capture many mental health and well-being impacts

Trauma, disbelief and plenty of ideas shared at NSW flood inquiry hearing in Lismore

Women, low earners ‘prone to disaster-linked depression’


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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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