Today in disaster resilience (11 November 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Colombia declares rainfall disaster after highest rainfall in 40 years

At least 1 dead as deadly tornadoes rip through Texas and Oklahoma

Second body found in central west NSW as large parts of the state experience near-record floods

Ethiopia – Over 180,000 Displaced by Floods in Gambella Region

Forbes surveys damage from near-record flood as central west NSW towns brace for inundation

Venezuela – Floods and Landslides in Anzoategui Leave 7 Dead, Dozens Displaced

Colombia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Floods and Landslides in Atlántico

Dominican Republic – Deadly Floods Hit Santo Domingo

USA – 1 Dead, 2 Missing After Record Rain Triggers Floods in California

Hurricane Nicole hits Florida

Spring tracking to become the wettest on record for southeast Australia as wet weekend predicted

Nicole forces 15 Daytona Beach Shores condo complexes to evacuate as storm threatens collapse

Bahamas – Hurricane Nicole Triggers Coastal Flooding

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 Nov 2022: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Sangay, Sakurajima

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

A technologically advanced society is choosing to destroy itself. It’s both fascinating and horrifying to watch

UN climate conference hoping to make promises reality — but expectations on COP27 are low

New renewables record as UK wind generation blows past 20GW

Iconic World Heritage glaciers to disappear by 2050, warns UNESCO

COP27 to discuss rich nations helping poor ones with climate-disaster damage and loss: ‘A reasonable sum is more than zero’

Temperatures in Europe increase more than twice global average

As climate crisis intensifies, adapting to its fallout is key

COP27 aims for ambitious, equitable global climate action

State of the Global Climate in 2022 is produced on an annual basis, complementing the most recent long assessment cycle provided by the sixth IPCC Assessment Report

European Forest Fire report: Three of the worst fire seasons on record took place in the last six years

Looking beyond glaciers to understand mountain water security

The Lower Humidity of Urban Areas Moderates Outdoor Heat Stress

Early Warnings for All Action Plan unveiled at COP27

Asia corporates turn to wind and solar deals as fossil fuel prices surge

Don’t get fossil fooled: EVs really are better for the climate

ClimateBench v1.0: A Benchmark for Data-Driven Climate Projections

Austria Joins Germany, Denmark, and Other Rich Nations Pledging Millions for Climate Damages

When will a 2-metre rise in sea level occur, and how might we adapt?

Arsht-Rock Announces the Cool Capital Stack: A $750 million Investment Pipeline to Protect the World from Extreme Heat

After decades putting the brakes on global action, does Australia deserve to host UN climate talks with Pacific nations?

World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns

Australia’s record on energy efficiency has been woeful for decades, but that could be about to change

How to move a country: Fiji’s radical plan to escape rising sea levels

Disaster risk reduction

Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption created the highest volcanic cloud ever recorded

Deciphering human influence on annual maximum flood extent at the global level

A world with zero climate disasters needs early warnings for all

If an Ian slammed South Florida: Nine-foot coastal surge, flooding inland to Hialeah

Open Earth Map

Looking to the Sky for Better Tsunami Warnings

Access NASA GES DISC Meteorological and Hydrological Data for Flood Analyses

New Report Outlines A Major Initiative To Study Geologic Hazards Related To Subduction Zones

Journal of Disaster Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that publishes the work of disaster researchers around the world

Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and Australia. What can we learn from the world’s devastating floods?

Localization of large intraplate earthquakes along faulted density-contrast boundaries: Insights from the 2017 Mw6.5 Botswana earthquake

Floods can be a disaster for humans – but for nature, it’s boom time

Tropical cyclones act as ‘massive heat pumps’ that fuel extreme heat

“Scrambling”: Logic of horizontal competition between local governments based on three cases of interprovincial disaster counterpart support

‘Rain bursts’ over Sydney have intensified 40% over last two decades, research finds

Emergency management

Covid-19 is a leading cause of death in children and young people ages 0-19 years in the United States

Organizations aiding E Texas, SE Oklahoma tornado victims

Walgett Aboriginal community faces homelessness amid as village told to evacuate

Creating a Wildland Firefighter Health and Wellbeing Program

Mosquito-borne disease worry as floods puts country on high alert for new viruses

U.S. funds major expansion of Philippines’ multi-hazard risk and early warning system days ahead of Typhoon Nalgae’s destruction

Flood-damaged NSW highways could be closed for months, as harvest trucks prepare to test fragile bitumen

Over 27 million children at risk as devastating floods set records across the world

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Mobilizing action to build resilience with gaming and social tech

In one state, every class teaches climate change — even P.E.

The engagement of informal volunteers in disaster management in Europe

Women leaders in DRR share tsunami stories

Water in the Earth System

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) are collaborative, community-driven frameworks that outline local priorities for wildfire risk mitigation

Society 5.0, Digital Transformation and Disasters

Rolling the dice: Learning through games to make better decisions for resilience

Psychology and disasters

What caused the Halloween crowd crush in South Korea

Climate change’s impact on mental health is overlooked and misunderstood – here’s what can be done

Sociology and disasters

Climate change, health, and discrimination: action towards racial justice

Towards more inclusive disaster risk-management policies

From pity to fear: security as a mechanism for (re)production of vulnerability


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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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