Today in disaster resilience (12 May 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Alberta announces state of emergency as 25,000 flee out-of-control wildfires in western Canada

DR Congo – Dozens Feared Dead After Floods Cause “Immeasurable Damage” in South Kivu

Heavy rains affect nearly 500 000 people, devastate crop fields in Jiangxi, China

Tornado strikes Anamur district, Turkey, injuring over a dozen people and destroying banana greenhouses

Intense explosive activity, multiple pyroclastic flows trigger evacuations around Fuego volcano, Guatemala

DR Congo – Death Toll From South Kivu Floods Rises to Almost 400

Swiss village of Brienz told to flee imminent monster rockslide

DR Congo – Many Feared Missing After Landslide in North Kivu

New Zealand – More Floods in Auckland After 50mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Very strong M7.6 earthquake hits Tonga

Devastating wildfires engulf southern Russia, claiming lives and property

Flood levels in Somerset villages ‘highest on record’ as floating cars abandoned

Sierra Leone – 7 Fatalities After Floods Hit Freetown

Volcanic activity worldwide 10 May 2023: Popocatépetl volcano, Krakatau, Semeru, Ibu, Dukono

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2022

Political strategies for climate and environmental solutions

How will climate change impact wildfires in Scotland?

April Mediterranean heatwave ‘almost impossible’ without climate crisis

Solar Installation Growth Expected To Reach 700 GW By 2025

How will climate change affect Latin America? Scientists respond to IPCC report

Thermal structure of proglacial lakes in Patagonia

As Torres Strait Islands face a ‘climate crisis’, there are calls for the government to ‘see for themselves’

Why making El Niño forecasts in the spring is especially anxiety-inducing

Extreme April heat in Spain, Portugal, Morocco & Algeria almost impossible without climate change

IPCC data on coastal flood risk on BlueEarth

Exceptional stratospheric contribution to human fingerprints on atmospheric temperature

Quantifying the contribution of forcing and three prominent modes of variability to historical climate

Black summer bushfires may have caused rare ‘triple dip’ La Niña, study suggests

Greenland glacier discovery shows sea level projections are too low

Climate Change Tracker

Record number of serious outdoor fires tackled in England in summer 2022

May 2023 ENSO update: El Niño knocking on the door

The UN Campaign for Individual Action

Climate Central analysis shows that human-caused climate change made the record-breaking spring heat forecast in parts of the western U.S. and Canada up to 5 times more likely

Global Mean Sea Level rise rate

Disaster risk reduction

Deterministic & probablistic risk

Qualitative assessment of resilience in construction projects

When it rains, it really does pour

Europe’s advanced new weather satellite will support Early Warnings for All

Beyond avoided losses: capitalizing on the secondary benefits of investments in urban flood protection

Lismore floods aftermath debate asks if land management could slow flow of water

The US National Risk Index has undergone a large data update, which changes the way FEMA assesses risk

The Destructive Earthquake Doublet of 6 February 2023 in South‐Central Türkiye and Northwestern Syria: Initial Observations and Analyses

Risk, Reward, and Resilience Framework: Integrative Policy Making in a Complex World

GEB v0.1: a large-scale agent-based socio-hydrological model – simulating 10 million individual farming households in a fully distributed hydrological model

NT water allocation draft risks ‘irreversible damage’ to country and culture, critics say

Providing weekly forecast estimates of the magnitude and timing of annual production and fuel across coterminous U.S. rangelands

When impervious cover doesn’t predict urban runoff: Lessons from distributed overland flow modeling

Tjuwanpa Women Rangers’ Burning Story

High-Level Meeting on the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework

Emergency management

‘It’s still killing and it’s still changing.’ Ending COVID-19 states of emergency sparks debate

Alberta wildfire evacuees frustrated by a lack of information and timelines for return

Disaster education, communications and engagement

How to create local climate change projects with your students

WildfireSAFE Mobile Application

Video: Hidden Volcano Abyss

‘Like Nagasaki’: devastating wildfires will only get worse, new book warns

Psychology and disasters

Solidarity under heterogenous adaptation costs: Experimental evidence on coping after climate hazards

Better prepared but less resilient: the paradoxical impact of frequent flood experience on adaptive behavior and household resilience

Mental health of vulnerable groups experiencing a drought or bushfire: A systematic review

Sociology and disasters

Post-Disaster Recovery Challenges of Public Housing Residents: Lumberton, North Carolina After Hurricane Matthew

CAPE Vulnerability Index

Understanding how people’s lives are impacted by gender norms, roles and relations within a given culture and society is critical to understanding and reducing disaster risk

Community coherence during COVID-19 -a pilot study

Fostering Socio-Ecological Resilience to Wildfire by Interconnecting Knowledge Systems at Cal Poly Humboldt

From labelling weakness to liberatory praxis: a new theory of vulnerability for disaster studies

In the Arena: Contesting Disaster Creation in Cities

Residual Governance: How South Africa Foretells Planetary Futures

Capacitating urban governance and planning systems to drive transformative resilience


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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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