Today in disaster resilience (30 September 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Atlantic Canada recovering from storm Fiona’s path of destruction

Typhoon Noru hits Philippines, thousands evacuated as fierce rains and wind batter region

Venezuela – Flash Floods in Táchira Leave 7 Dead, 3 Missing

Australia – Floods Turn Deadly in New South Wales

Typhoon Noru leaves 6 rescuers dead in the northern Philippines

Canada – 1 Killed in Newfoundland as Storm Surge From Hurricane Fiona Sweeps Homes Into the Ocean

Spain – 1 Killed in Murcia Flash Floods After 29mm of Rain in 10 Minutes

Ian is intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane before it hits Florida

Mali – Hundreds of Homes Destroyed by Floods in Mopti Region

Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida as ‘dangerous’ category 4 storm – live

Category 4 Hurricane “Ian” makes landfall in southwestern Florida, U.S.

Volcanic activity worldwide 29 Sep 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Ibu, Reventador

Hurricane “Ian” – Major disaster declared, possibly the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history

Residents search for missing people after Hurricane Ian rips through Florida’s Gulf Coast

Croatia – Deadly Flash Floods in Rijeka

Cameroon – Floods Affect Almost 40,000 in Far North Region

USA – Hurricane Ian Causes Catastrophic Storm Surge Floods in Florida

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Boston’s sea-level rise will require a ‘Big Dig level’ solution, city leaders say

Afraid and anxious, young protesters demand climate action

As seas rise, U.S. coastal landowners urged to let the water in

Queensland reaches 66 pct wind and solar for first time as it prepares massive green push

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice to Give Rise to More Strong El Niños, Study Finds

Surprise Hydrological Shifts Imperil Water Resources

Australia has a golden opportunity to expand solar energy manufacturing

In the End, Climate Change Is the Only Story That Matters

Assessment of hot weather seasonal temperatures over India using Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System hindcasts

America’s towns are not ready for climate catastrophes. Here’s how one is hanging on

South-east Asian coastal cities sinking fastest, could worsen impacts of sea level rise: Study

‘The climate crisis is now’: haunting video spotlights California wildfires

Climate change already torments the poor. It will soon come for the rich

Queensland plans to use 80 per cent renewable energy by 2035. How will it be achieved?

Worse than 2003: Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before

Impacts of Extreme Heat on Global Cities

Extreme heat report on Sydney

Hurricane Ian is going to flood out Florida — and this is a constant climate change problem–and-this-is-a-constant-climate-change-problem/

Heat deaths, scorched trees and civil unrest: life on the climate frontline in 2022

Canada’s economy already hurt by climate change, households hit hardest

Disaster risk reduction

The Disaster Bills Coming Due

We can use drones to get inside and learn more about active, gassy volcanoes

What do you mean, ‘megafire’?

Canada wildfire

The world’s five most dangerous volcanoes

Valuing Human Impact of Natural Disasters: A Review of Methods

Deepest Scientific Ocean Drilling Sheds Light on Japan’s Next Great Earthquake

Researchers modeled and mapped how eight key aspects of human societies affect hydrological cycles

Why Do Some Post-Tropical Cyclones Impact Europe?

City seeks quality of life in the face of flood risk

Seismic Sources in the Aleutian Cradle of Tsunamis

Hurricanes: Are they getting more violent?

First report of the 2021 World Risk Poll

Hydrological regimes in different slope environments and implications on rainfall thresholds triggering shallow landslides

W.V. Lawmakers Consider Flood Risk, Disaster Strategy

New issue of The Depositional Record

Python Recipes for Earth Sciences

The USGS is releasing a National Strategy for Landslide Loss Reduction detailing the steps necessary to equitably reduce the Nation’s risk from landslide hazards

Emergency management

Lessons from Fiona: Global collaboration is key to preparing for future hurricanes

Weeks after record-setting monsoon rains turned vast tracts of Pakistan into an inland lake, health officials are concerned that a second wave of disaster is brewing

California’s wildfire activity is running below average this year. But experts warn it’s not over

Flood-hit Pakistan should suspend debt repayments, says UN policy paper

World Bank pledges $2 billion for flood-ravaged Pakistan

Researchers Design 3D Printing Drones to Help Rebuild Disaster Zones

Years after Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, resiliency the focus of NC recovery efforts

Australia 2021-22 Major Incidents Report

Cuba’s electrical grid collapses after Hurricane “Ian”

Fiona was one of Canada’s worst natural disasters, but evacuations prevented greater losses in Atlantic Canada

Flooding causing fish kills

Arizona helicopter crew rescues family of 6 stranded on roof of vehicle during flood

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Disaster Impacts Surveillance from Social Media with Topic Modeling and Feature Extraction: Case of Hurricane Harvey

Preparing for emergencies

Lessons learned from co-designing a high school beach safety education program with lifeguards and students

Make a plan

Discover the story of the vast, vibrant Australian continent in the new Great Southern Land gallery at the National Museum of Australia

#TurnAroundDontDrown video

NSW State Emergency Service overhauls flood warning system,or%20move%20to%20higher%20ground.

Life-Saving Landslide Risk Communication in Puerto Rico

Psychology and disasters

Children prenatally exposed to Superstorm Sandy had substantially increased risks for depression, anxiety, and attention deficit/disruptive behavior disorders compared to children who were not

Risk perception and contrived ignorance in China

Sociology and disasters

Inequality in the availability of residential air conditioning across 115 US metropolitan areas

Mobile homes and disaster: Understanding risks and opportunities

As U.S. bakes, mapping shows Black, Latino areas feel more heat

Protection, Gender and Inclusion? A feminist approach to disaster law and policy

Bolivia: What political and economic interest is behind the forest fires?

World Risk Poll: Most Disaster-Exposed Among Least Resilient

Hurricane Ian: Older adults have many reasons for not evacuating – here’s why it’s important to check on aging neighbors

Trust but verify: Validating new measures for mapping social infrastructure in cities

Puerto Ricans: We Won’t Become Resilient Until We Have an Equitable and Just Recovery

This research project investigates and develops interventions to bolster social connectedness in Boston-area communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change


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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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