Today in disaster resilience (13 May 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Heavy rain and thunderstorms pose flood risk for southern Queensland’s already saturated catchments

Dangerous winds, wildfire conditions returning to New Mexico

Pakistan – Massive Floods Destroy Bridge in Gilgit-Baltistan

USA – Emergency Declared After Deadly Flash Floods in West Virginia

USA – Ice Jam Causes Flood Emergency in Manley Hot Springs

A man in his early 20s is “lucky to be alive” after police and firies rescued him from a flooded causeway in Mount Isa overnight

Thailand – Severe Flash Floods Hit Southern Provinces

New Mexico wildfire continues rampage as new blaze erupts in California

Volcanic activity worldwide 12 May 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Karymsky, Krakatau, Merapi

Millions of lives at risk as famine stalks Horn of Africa

Evacuations ordered in Colorado Springs as homes destroyed in California

Nearly 1,000 people forced from homes in northern Alberta because of flooding

Australia – More Floods in Queensland After Widespread Heavy Rainfall

Woman killed in flood waters amid record-breaking rain in Queensland

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ozone is accelerating climate change at a faster rate

Extreme weather: What is it and how is it connected to climate change?

The rush to renewable energy means a new mining boom. But first, Australia needs to make some tough choices

How climate change weakened India’s defence against heatwaves

Record heat in India and Pakistan is a wake-up call

Climate limit of 1.5C close to being broken, scientists warn

Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support

Getting It Right Matters: Temperature Goal Interpretations in Geoscience Research

Climate Action Plans Tailored to Indian Cities

Renewable power is set to break another global record in 2022 despite headwinds from higher costs and supply chain bottlenecks

The strengths and weaknesses of future visioning approaches for climate change adaptation: A review

Communities in India flooded by ‘Amphan-scale cyclones’ could triple by 2100

The extraordinary heat wave in India and Pakistan, explained

Human Behavior Is the Other Puzzle for Climate-Change Modeling

What does neighbourhood climate action look like? A scoping literature review

Disaster risk reduction

How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames

Experts call for a shift in wildfire strategy

“The role of Earth Science in 21st century Australia”

Reducing Australian Bushfire Risk with Traditional Practices

In a wildfire burning embers transported downwind are what cause most structures to burn

A progressive flow-routing model for rapid assessment of debris-flow inundation

Research shows future super cyclones would expose vastly greater numbers of people in most vulnerable parts of the world to extreme flooding

The National Risk Atlas (NRA) is an information system that allows the identification of  hazards caused by natural and man-made phenomena

For one Māori community, a board game sparked serious discussions about flood risk

Second National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

Life on the edge: Land loss on England’s east coast – a photo essay

Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana

A new earthquake warning system will prepare Canada for dangerous shaking

Continent-Scale Detection of Triggered Low Frequency Earthquakes

B.C.’s risk of spring flooding ‘considerably’ higher, report says

Hit hard by storms and forest loss, Zimbabwe builds stronger homes

Precursors to eruption

Atmospheric waves and global seismoacoustic observations of the January 2022 Hunga eruption, Tonga

Three-day Scottish flood forecast system goes on trial

Murphy announces latest measures to protect NJ communities from floods

Why the 2022 Southwest Fire Season Is So Early and Intense

EU tools to respond to natural disasters

Gravity signals could detect earthquakes at the speed of light

Emergency management

Businesses in flood affected Lismore still without power

We’re not prepared when extreme wildfires, flooding hit B.C

White House warns of “pretty sizeable” COVID surge this winter

Coronavirus: economic toll of China’s latest outbreak ‘10 times more severe’ than Wuhan in 2020

U.S. firefighters in final push for healthcare as wildfires surge

Covid-19: US tracker overestimated deaths among children

California’s 2020 Wildfire Season

Flood-damaged businesses in Lismore say disaster financial assistance taking too long

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Be prepared for floods

Crowd-sourcing observations of volcanic eruptions during the 2021 Fagradalsfjall and Cumbre Vieja events

Psychology and disasters

Cognitive impairment from long COVID equivalent to aging 20 years, study finds

Why It’s So Hard to Make Risk Decisions in the Pandemic

Post-Disaster Mental Health and Wellbeing in Japan

Sociology and disasters

Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Socially Vulnerable Communities

3 Ways the Pandemic Has Made the World Better

Climate disasters drive Bangladesh children from classrooms to work

Homes in high-risk flood zones are the only affordable option for Durban’s poorest residents


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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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