Today in disaster resilience (3 July 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Cote D’Ivoire – More Deadly Floods in Abidjan After 240mm of Rain in a Few Hours

Flood-affected districts in western Ukraine lack drinking water

Floods in India’s Assam force a million from their homes

China – More Deadly Floods in Sichuan

Nigeria – Buildings Damaged After Flash Floods in Ikorodu, Lagos

Poland – Hundreds Evacuate After Floods in South East

Bangladesh – Thousands Affected by Floods as Rivers Overflow in North

USA – Deadly Flash Floods in Wisconsin

Malaysia – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in Sabah State

US reports over 48,000 new single-day coronavirus cases, setting a new record for the fourth time in a week

Wildfires in Siberia increase five-fold amid unprecedented heatwave

Severe flooding affects more than 1 million in China’s Hubei

IMO records the largest earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone since 1980, Iceland

China – Deadly Floods in Yunnan

India – Over 1.4 Million Hit by Floods in Assam

Volcanic activity worldwide 2 Jul 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Dukono, Reventador, Sangay

Brazil – Deadly Cyclone Hits Southern States


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Building Flood Resilience in a Changing Climate

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can’t be a good thing for global health

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

More than 3 in 4 of world’s top CEOs and CFOs say their companies are underprepared for climate-related financial risks, finds FM Global

Assessment of climate change vulnerability of Hakha Township, Chin State, Myanmar 2017–2050: Scenarios for resilience building

Excessive heat events guidebook

The Arctic heatwave: here’s what we know

The fire is believed to be ‘the most northernmost in recent years within the Arctic Circle’

Global Warming Is Melting Our Sense of Time

Majority of Canadians and Americans agree on climate change issues, poll suggests

‘Nowhere to hide’: South Pole warms up with climate change a factor

Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Likelihood of 40C temperatures in UK is ‘rapidly accelerating’

Multiple drivers of the North Atlantic warming hole

The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming

Hope in Hell: a decade to confront the climate emergency

Perth weather delivers equal-hottest June and rainfall below average despite weekend drenching

Stress-testing groundwater and baseflow drought responses to synthetic climate change-informed recharge scenarios

Net zero emissions by 2050 push is on, whether the Federal Government follows or not

Why Is the South Pole Warming So Quickly? It’s Complicated

Most Americans say climate change affects their local community, including 70% living near coast


Disaster risk reduction

Flood Risk Management in the United States | Research report

Flood Risk Management in England | Research report

Flood Risk Management in Germany | Research report

The first provincial level disaster risk reduction plan has been prepared in Turkey

A system of systems: Early warning systems and managing the effects of El Niño

Building resilient urban communities: The case study of Setubal municipality

Keeping an eye on natural hazards: Lessons learned to become more resilient

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Detecting Earth’s natural hazards high up in the sky

COVID‐19: what is the disaster?

Factors influencing adoption and rejection of fire hazard severity zone maps in California

Profiles of 21 communities across the US that mitigated flood risk

The ‘triple dividend’ of early warning systems: evidence from Tanzania’s coastal areas

Taupō ‘supervolcano’ just had its shakiest year in decades

Fighting extreme weather in Africa with big data

New from the BoM: 7-day Ensemble Streamflow Forecasts

The First National Flood Risk Assessment: Defining America’s Growing Risk

Addis Ababa Resilience Strategy

The number of properties in the United States in danger of flooding this year is 70% higher than government data estimates

Discovery of Ancient Super-eruptions Suggests the Yellowstone Hotspot May Be Waning

Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China

When dikes burst, salt marshes might lessen deadly flooding

Global governance and global catastrophic risks: Is the United Nations ready for the Anthropocene?

Integrating Disaster Risk Management in China urban operations: Completion report

Quantitative assessment of flood risk with evaluation of the effectiveness of dam operation for flood control: A case of the Bago River Basin of Myanmar

NSW govt criticised over Warragamba Dam

Innovative flood disaster response and mitigation through PPPs

New, nationwide flood modeling tool paints a picture of the U.S. as a country woefully underprepared for damaging floods, now and in the future

Building sustainable resilience for Sub-Saharan Africa’s urban era

Latest edition of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

Earthquakes trigger landslides. Can landslides also trigger earthquakes?

A journey to achieving integration in flood risk management


Emergency management

EPPO’s handbook on child care centers earthquake planning

California prepares for an intense fire season as Covid-19 adds complications

‘Postcode lottery’ hindered bushfire aid for residents on NSW-Victorian border, inquiry hears

Why Storm Surge Can Be The Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

Past pandemics exacerbated disadvantages – what we can learn from them about the coronavirus recovery

What coronavirus success of Taiwan and Iceland has in common

Development of an Integrated Pathways Model of Factors Influencing the Progress of Recovery After a Disaster

Drones for Disaster Response: NASA STEReO Project Kicks Off


Disaster education, communications and engagement

WMO launches E-learning platform for hazard alerts

Learn about earthquakes and protect yourself

Who hasn’t heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

Accelerating change: Engaging local communities in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayan Region

Social Media Helps Reveal Cause of 2018 Indonesian Tsunami

New book: Effective Science Communication

Here Are Three Ways To Stay Safe During This Summer’s Flash Floods

Earth Education for Sustainable Societies


Psychology and disasters

The New Psychology of Leadership


Sociology and disasters

Characterizing spatio-temporal patterns of social vulnerability to droughts, degradation and desertification in the Brazilian northeast

Collective resilience in times of crisis: Lessons from the literature for socially effective responses to the pandemic

How you measure matters; defining social capital in drought-prone areas

Practitioner approaches to measuring community resilience: The analysis of the resilience of communities to disasters toolkit

When covid-19 deaths are analysed by age, America is an outlier

Researching Crime After a Disaster: What We Can Learn From a Large Survey in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

A Viewpoint on Eastern Mediterranean Villages in Late Antiquity: Applying the Lens of Community Resilience Theory

Passing the test: Lessons from a school district’s discourse of renewal before, during and after Hurricane Harvey’s_discourse_of_renewal_before_during_and_after_Hurricane_Harvey

As summer arrives, how will the most vulnerable escape deadly heat and COVID-19?


Today in disaster resilience (26 June 2020)

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

Recent emergencies/disaster

Indonesia’s Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

Homes destroyed after intense thunderstorms and nearly a month’s worth of rain in just 3 hours, UK

Alert raised for Laguna del Maule volcano – its last eruption took place some 2 000 years ago, Chile

Flooding in five Johor districts, more than 1,210 people evacuated

Indonesia – Hundreds Evacuated After Floods in North Aceh

India – Second Spate of Floods Hit Assam

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Bursa Province

Malaysia – 1,000 Evacuate Flooded Homes in Johor

Tropical Storm “Dolly” forms off the coast of northeastern U.S. as the second-earliest fourth named storm on record

Alert raised after resumption of seismicity at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

Slow-moving Old Fort landslide reactivates, forcing evacuations near Peace River, British Columbia

‘Abnormally large dust cloud’ making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic

Storms batter Romania leaving one dead. Flooding sweeps north and western Romania, with more bad weather in the way

Romania – 1 Missing After Heavy Rain and Floods

Nicaragua – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Triggers Chinandega Mine Collapse

Bolivia – Torrential Rain Floods Santa Cruz

Mongolia – 2 Dead, Hundreds of Homes Damaged After Floods in Tuv and Govisümber Provinces

In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

Assam floods: More than 35,000 affected, two dead, heavy rain expected in next five day

Ukraine – 3 Dead After Severe Flooding in Western Regions

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Istanbul

7.4 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico

Volcanic activity worldwide 25 Jun 2020: Santiaguito volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Turrialba, Sangay

State of emergency declared after severe floods hit Serbia and Bosnia

World’s largest dam in ‘danger of collapse’ amid historic floods — 400 million people at risk, China

China – Flooding Worsens in Guizhou and Chongqing

Uruguay – Hundreds Evacuate After Storms and Flash Floods


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Teaching machines to detect climate extremes

Arctic records its hottest temperature ever

Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers

Deadly heat is killing Americans: A decade of inaction on climate puts lives at risk

Australia has failed miserably on energy efficiency – and government figures hide the truth

A Siberian town near the Arctic Circle just recorded a 100-degree temperature

New research centre to explore climate change and natural hazards in the Alpine region

Weathering the storm – crisis lessons for climate resilience

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

Climate risk insurance as a means to provide emergency liquidity in times of crises

Why Are Siberian Temperatures Plummeting While the Arctic Warms?

The Ticking Time Bomb of Arctic Permafrost

Urban Heat Islands Are Warming the Arctic

Climate Change Could Make Siberia an Attractive Place to Live


Disaster risk reduction

Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund 2019-20

One-fifth of Earth’s ocean floor is now mapped

New book on sandy beach morphodynamics

FEMA cancels flood map deadlines after towns scrambled to meet upcoming deadline

Critical Airport Infrastructure Disaster Resilience: A Framework and Simulation Model for Rapid Adaptation

Special Issue: The L’Aquila earthquake ten years on (2009-2019): impacts and state-of-the-art

More Resilient Cities to Face Higher Risks. The Case of Genoa

Deadly 85m-high tsunami in Indonesia has lessons for New Zealand

New maps and website give fresh insights into NZ continent

The role of using precipitation or river discharge data when assessing global coastal compound flooding

Learning from multi-hazard early warning systems to respond to pandemics

Alaska Tsunami Threat

Podcast series: when disasters and conflict collide

Four principles to engage policymakers on the DRR agenda


Emergency management

Exploratory Analysis of Barriers to Effective Post-Disaster Recovery

Japan braces for perfect storm of COVID-19 spreading at flood shelters

Timor-Leste: Interministerial meeting to analyze the response to disasters

Reconstructing infrastructure for resilient essential services during and following protracted conflict: A conceptual framework

Only around a third of Americans approve of the way President Donald Trump has responded to the coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina launches long-awaited Hurricane Florence home rebuilding program


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Adult learning and education as a tool to contain pandemics: The COVID-19 experience

CONVERGE: The information in these modules is designed to accelerate the training of hazards and disaster researchers

COVID-19: Strengthening business resilience through peer-to-peer support

#NoNaturalDisasters in the workplace: Improving how we talk about disasters at work

The paradox of community involvement: rebuilding Minamisanriku

About three-quarters (74%) of public posts about COVID-19 linked to news organizations, while just 1% linked to health and science sites


Psychology and disasters

The pandemic makes it clear: it’s time to finally address the mental health crisis in America

More Than 80% of Americans Say Nation’s Future is a Major Source of Stress

Nine years on, Fukushima’s mental health fallout lingers


Sociology and disasters

Socio-spatial inequalities in flood resilience: Rainfall flooding in the city of Arnhem

Locals, New-locals, Non-locals: (Re)mapping people and food in post-disaster Ishinomaki, Japan

Reinventing the post-disaster cultural landscape of heritage tourism in Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Transformation of social capital during and after a disaster event: the cases Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, Atacama Region, Chile

The next disaster for Black communities

Disaster events motivate people to communicate online, create and reinforce their connections, and lead to a dynamic reticulation of the online social networks

Gender and age inequality in the face of disaster risk

Women’s group boosts resilience in the face of crisis

Multisystem Resilience for Children and Youth in Disaster: Reflections in the Context of COVID-19

Inequalities and identity processes in crises: Recommendations for facilitating safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Today in disaster resilience (19 June 2020)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tornadoes touch down in southern Alberta, as floods and tennis ball-sized hail hit Calgary

Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Ankara

Pakistan – at Least 7 Killed in Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

France – Dozens Rescued After Flash Floods in Corsica

Indonesia – Over 1,000 Homes Damaged by Floods in Gorontalo Province

Mexico – Floods in Veracruz After Storm Dumps 221mm of Rain

Flash floods leave 1 500 houses damaged or destroyed, 5 400 affected in Gorontalo, Indonesia

Severe storm leaves trail of damage, flooding across city, southern Alberta

Nepal – Landslide in Parbat Leaves 8 Dead

Nigeria – Dozens of Homes Destroyed After Floods in Akwa Ibom

Indonesia – Deadly Floods and Landslides Hit South Sulawesi

Nigeria – 3 Dead or Missing After Flash Floods Destroy a Bridge in Kwara State

Hungary and Czech Republic – 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated After Storms Trigger Flash Floods

Côte d’Ivoire – Deadly Floods Hit Abidjan and South

Volcanic activity worldwide 18 Jun 2020: Popocatépetl volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reventador

Guatemala and Honduras – Floods and Landslides Leave 2 Dead, Thousands Affected

China – Deadly Floods and Mudslides in Sichuan

Thailand – Wind Storms and Flash Floods in North


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Economics of climate adaptation: Identifying cost-effective adaptation measures to climate change

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Adapting to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa

Financing for climate adaptation – an overview of current regimes

Scaling local and community-based adaptation

Recurring floods in Eastern Africa amidst projections of frequent and extreme climatic events for the region

Innovation in climate change adaptation: does it reach those who need it most?

Island ‘drowning’ is not inevitable as sea levels rise

A journey into Antarctica: the unavoidable signs of global heating

Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows

Ocean Wave Interactions with Sea Ice: A Reappraisal

Why Southern Ocean’s monster waves will get even bigger

2020 likely to be the warmest year on record globally

Tuvalu wields new data in the fight against climate change

Tropical cyclone motion in a changing climate

Free course: Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Research Roundup: Depicting Change Across Earth’s Frozen Places

Equity investors must pay more attention to climate change physical risk

Coordinating climate finance in Kenya: technical measures or political change?

Adapting to the uncertain: a different climate strategy

Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

Cost of extreme weather due to climate change is severely underestimated

Climate change: Oil and gas sector ‘to halve emissions by 2030’

Risk of massive wildfires continues to grow in California

Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region


Disaster risk reduction

How has Taiwan kept its coronavirus infection rate so low?

A new mindset for resilience in the face of concurrent climate and health risks

Mumbai launches flood early warning system

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Thousands fled for their lives when two Michigan dams collapsed. More disasters are coming, experts say

Financing increased for early warning systems in Small Island Developing States

The next once-a-century pandemic is coming sooner than you think – but COVID-19 can help us get ready

A model to predict flood loss in mountain areas

Atlas of global surface water dynamics

Implementation of property level flood risk adaptation (PLFRA) measures: choices and decisions

Infiltration efficiency and subsurface water processes of a sustainable drainage system and consequences to flood management

National earthquake research programme (UDAP) success stories

National platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR regional office for Europe and Central Asia overview

Australia had more supersized bushfires creating their own storms last summer than in previous 30 years

Scientists find much earlier birth date for Earth’s tectonic plates

Taking a landslide’s temperature to avert catastrophe

Spatial dependence of floods shaped by spatiotemporal variations in meteorological and land‐surface processes

How We Know a Volcano Is Restless in Remote Alaska

Disaster risk reduction in the Republic of Kiribati


Emergency management

How we evacuated millions from a cyclone during a pandemic

Capacity assessment of tsunami preparedness in the Indian Ocean

When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in

Emergency management ministers agree to review the national disaster recovery funding arrangements

Whakaari/White Island: Volcanic Alert Level lowered to Level 1, minor volcanic unrest continues

COVID-19 could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, says World Bank

Uganda wants people to leave flooded wetlands – and not come back

Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to create early insight into crises

California utility PG&E pleads guilty to 84 wildfire deaths

This Is How Firefighters Are Preparing to Battle Wildfires During a Pandemic

Smoke risk: Scientists warn forest fires could worsen coronavirus harm

When does response end and recovery begin? Exploring preparation and planning to support community’s resilient recovery


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Prints (pre-photograph) that show Japan disasters

Revised hazard posters for Mt Ruapehu 2020 – 12 June 2020

Business preparedness: Calxa Australia

What’s in a name: lessons from a Firewise USA site

Training module: Understanding disaster risk management

Community engagement for COVID-19 infection prevention and control: A rapid review of the evidence

Be climate, environmental and natural hazard smart

Training module on cyclone risk management


Psychology and disasters

Differentiation and Integration of Evacuees with Regard to Lifting the Evacuation Order Following the Nuclear Power Plant Accident: A Case Study of Naraha and Tomioka Towns, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture

A method for monetising the mental health costs of flooding


Sociology and disasters

Adaptive social protection: Building resilience to shocks

The Philippines – Impact of early warning early action: Exploring the interplay between El Niño-induced drought, conflict and gender

Exploring network properties of social media interactions and activities during Hurricane Sandy

Drivers and barriers of societal transformation in natural hazard management focusing on attempts to integrate multi-functional protection schemes in the context of flood and avalanche hazards

This case study makes the case for the effectiveness of early warning and the role of young people in flood preparedness in Jakarta, Indonesia

Today in disaster resilience (12 June 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

A further significant failure at the site of the Alta quick clay landslide

Czech Republic – Deadly Flash Floods in East

China – Thousand Affected by Floods in Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi

USA – Storm Cristobal Brings Flooding Along Gulf Coast

New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

Flooding forcing some southeastern Manitoba residents to flee under mandatory evacuation order

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South

Ghana – Floods Turn Deadly in Accra

Tremor at East Java’s Mount Ijen triggers isolated tsunami, killing one

Volcanic activity worldwide 11 Jun 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

China floods: dozens killed and hundreds of thousands displaced

China – Over 2 Million Affected as Floods Worsen in South


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finding solutions in nature for climate change

Origin of interannual variability in global mean sea level

New Jersey Becomes First State to Put the Climate Crisis in Its K-12 Curriculum

Measuring farm households’ vulnerability and resilience to climate shocks now possible, new research shows

Traditional knowledge helps Indigenous people adapt to climate crisis, research shows

Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Protection of seagrasses key to building resilience to climate change, disasters – new UN report

Loss and damage from natural disasters made worse by climate change

Patterns in permafrost soils could help climate change models

Bangladesh leads climate-threatened nations in push for global action

Australia’s longest weather record reveals snow in surprising places

‘Surprisingly rapid’ rebound in carbon emissions post-lockdown


Disaster risk reduction

Japan’s Integration of All-Hazard Resilience and Covid-19 Countermeasures

India’s cyclone response saves lives. Climate resilient infrastructure will save livelihoods

Disaster resilience scorecard assessment: Case studies and lessons learned from North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia

Repeated hurricanes reveal risks and opportunities for social-ecological resilience to flooding and water quality problems

Rush to Publish Risks Undermining COVID-19 Research

Recurring Floods in Eastern Africa amidst Projections of Frequent and Extreme Climatic Events for the Region

What Are the Key Drivers Controlling the Quality of Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts?

Bushfire royal commission looks to the past to show a troubling future

As Pakistan glacier melt surges, efforts to cut flood risk drag

Is the world making progress against the pandemic? We built the chart to answer this question

Q&A with A/Prof Phil Zylstra – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with A/Prof Tina Bell – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Q&A with Prof Mike Clarke – National Fire Fuels Science webinar: the science of hazard reduction

Full reservoirs as monsoon sets in: Why India should watch out for floods

Nepalese farmers have much to teach us about disaster risk reduction

Resilient Queensland 2018-2021: Delivering the Queensland strategy for disaster resilience

Impacts of river engineering on river channel behaviour: Implications for managing downstream flood risk

Hydrology of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia

Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology Along the Pallatanga Fault, Central Andes of Ecuador

Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

A Pacific disaster prevention review

Review article: The spatial dimension in the assessment of urban socio-economic vulnerability related to geohazards

Standards on disaster risk management for hotels and resorts

Queensland communities share in $16 million for resilient infrastructure

Mapping COVID19 cases against earthquake risk

Let’s talk about disaster risk during COVID-19

A trial using nature to reduce flood risk gets on its marks at the Leeds Brownlee Triathlon Centre

Monte Cristo Earthquake fault still active with 6,500 aftershocks

Seismic waves reveal giant structures deep beneath Earth’s surface


Emergency management

Caribbean workshop on impact-based forecasting and risk scenario planning

Pre-monsoon preparedness – Coordinated actions during flood

Displacement in paradise: Hurricane Dorian slams the Bahamas

Bangladesh Has Saved Thousands of Lives From a Devastating Cyclone – Here’s How

COVID-19 and world refugee camps


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Modified usability framework for disaster apps: A qualitative thematic analysis of user reviews

Survey: Pretest of Contents – UNESCO’s ‘KNOW Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)’ Mobile Application

Three years of corporate broadcast news hurricane coverage failed to mention specific risks to marginalized communities

The importance of on-line educational activities on disaster risk management during COVID-19: On-line web based training activities of the new Turkish building earthquake code secured the uninterrupted continuation of capacity building of experts

Summer bushfire smoke caused health problems in two-thirds of people living in parts of NSW


Psychology and disasters

Trust and the communication of flood risks: comparing the roles of local governments, volunteers in emergency services, and neighbours

Timefulness: Thinking Like a Geologist with Professor Marcia Bjornerud


Sociology and disasters

People with disabilities in the face of COVID-19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

Communities with large minority populations are among the most vulnerable in the U.S. to the effects of climate change

Disasters and vulnerable groups: Insights for an inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19

Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods

Social Capital and Disaster Resilience Nexus: A Study of Flash Flood Recovery in Jeddah City

Population of top 10 counties for disasters: 81% minority

Gender and age inequality of disaster risk



Today in disaster resilience (5 June 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Six killed so far in Assam floods, water begins to recede

Tropical Storm “Amanda” hits Guatemala and El Salvador, leaving at least 11 people dead

Record rains cause widespread disruption, trigger hundreds of landslides in Yunnan, China

Oman – Deadly Flash Floods in Dhofar Province

Mumbai bracing for the ‘first cyclone in years’

Honduras – 3 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Wake of Storm Amanda

Tropical Storm “Cristobal” forms in the Gulf of Mexico — heavy rainfall over Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

Earthquake at Ijen volcano triggers a 3-meter tsunami, killing 1, Indonesia

Explosion at Cleveland volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

India – 21 Killed in Assam Landslides

Yemen – Deadly Floods in Central and Eastern Governorates

Mexico – Tropical Storm Cristobal Triggers Floods in South


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Finally there is real movement on Australia’s climate policy but time isn’t on our side

Why Australia’s vast coastline could become the next big renewable energy resource

Climate change: May was sunniest calendar month on record in UK

Latest sea level rise data

South Asia faces increased double-threat of extreme heat, extreme pollution, study shows

Climate change, displacement, and managed retreat in coastal India

Climate change increases migration at the expense of the poor

How can the Majuro Atoll adapt to the growing risks of natural hazards and sea level rise? A new study

India’s emerging blueprint for international climate leadership

Enormous Antarctic glacier on brink of collapse could raise sea levels by half a metre alone, scientists warn

Nisarga Could Be the Strongest Storm to Hit Mumbai in 70 Years

High Temperatures Set Off Major Greenland Ice Melt—Again

Yes, we’re getting more extreme rainfall, and it’s due to climate change, study confirms

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often

Sunny coverage of UK heatwaves forgets risks, say climate experts


Disaster risk reduction

In pictures: Peru’s most catastrophic natural disaster

‘Zombie fires’ reigniting in Arctic could be sign of bigger blazes to come, scientists say

Pūhāhonu: Earth’s Biggest Volcano Discovered In The Pacific Ocean

Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience

Fort McMurray Flooding Causes over $228 Million in Insured Damage

New undersea faults discovered near earthquake epicenters in southern Puerto Rico

Mozambique – Upscaling nature-based flood protection in Mozambique’s cities: Cost-benefit analyses for potential nature-based solutions in Nacala and Quelimane

High risk of widespread wildfires across Europe this year, EU says

The Household Resilience Program provides funding to help eligible home owners in coastal parts of Queensland improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones

6 in 10 Homes in High-Risk Flood Zones Lack Flood Insurance

Latest issue of Molino Stewart’s ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

New book evolves prescribed burning discussion

Australian Fire Danger Rating System program update

Current issue of ‘Fire Australia’ magazine

‘I think people are prepared to listen’: Calls for more cultural burning in Southern Queensland after 2019 fire season


Emergency management

The world’s new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet

The importance of trust and regulation in flood disaster response

The world is in lockdown, but tropical cyclones are not

Cyclone Amphan: In Bangladesh, preparedness paid off

Avoiding a perfect storm: COVID-19 and floods in Nepal

Australian bushfires: FOIs shed new light on why Morrison government was ill-prepared

One-Quarter of Americans Say They’d Refuse a Coronavirus Vaccine

Australian fires through the eyes of United States firefighters

Friendship forged in fire

Bushfire royal commission: Future bushfires could make use of drones to keep firefighters safe

Preparing For A Triple Whammy: Hurricanes, Pandemic And A Loss Of Public Confidence


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Pre-monsoon preparedness – Coordinated actions during flood

Craig Fugate: Emergency communications will be the next challenge of COVID-19

Quick Facts on Ice Sheets

The Recovery Kitchen Cookbook

Research shows 60% of people in bushfire affected areas relied on information from national broadcaster to stay safe


Sociology and disasters

Ex-Post Coping Responses and Post-Disaster Resilience: a Case from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Quality of life and subjective social status after five years of Mount Sinabung eruptions: Disaster management and current sources of inequality in displaced, remaining and relocated communities

As underserved populations face hotter neighborhoods and limited access to air conditioning, the pandemic threatens the malls and libraries where they typically find relief

Violence or the virus? Mindanao’s displaced forced to choose

Minneapolis Police Use Force Against Black People at 7 Times the Rate of Whites



Today in disaster resilience (29 May 2020)

Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Uganda – 8 Dead After More Floods in Kasese

USA – President Approves Emergency Declaration for Floods in Midland, Michigan

Extreme ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Samarinda

Heavy rains and damaging tornado hit central Cuba

Cuba – Evacuations After Floods in Central Region

Central African Republic – 3 Missing After Flash Floods in Bangui

Hurricane-force winds and heavy rains wreak havoc across Yekaterinburg, leave at least 3 people dead, Russia

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S.

More than 30 000 affected by flooding in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast

India – Floods and Landslides in North East Leave 5 Dead, 16,000 Displaced

UAE – Deadly Flash Floods in Sharjah

Honduras – 2 Dead After More Severe Weather

Volcanic activity worldwide 28 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Fighting infectious diseases: the connection to climate change

Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate

Powerful women face the climate crisis head on in Colombia

3 steps to scaling up nature-based solutions for climate adaptation

Miami’s fight against rising seas

Climate-related deaths going unrecorded, says doctor working in some of our hottest towns

A New Primer on Climate Change Science

Did you know… tropical cyclones cause large snowfall on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers?

Six in ten Americans feel well informed about global warming, but only one in ten feel “very well informed.”

A record-breaking heatwave has arrived in the Arctic this month, appearing unusually early and with shocking intensity

Human-caused climate change affects the weather, but this is not the disaster

Climate Change: Finding Solutions through Technology, Science, and Our Humanity

Winter ‘will lose much of its punch’: Climate change may diminish big snowstorms in the USA

UK Climate Resilience programme is playing an increasing role in helping to better estimate risks from present and future weather and climate variability

Mapping Snow on Arctic Sea Ice

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

Without swift action on climate change, heat waves could kill thousands in U.S. cities


Disaster risk reduction

Building safer and more resilient cities in the Philippines

Flood risk management in the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria

Sustainable flood risk management strategies to reduce rural communities’ vulnerability to flooding in Mozambique

Concrete inside unstable Paradise Dam wall may have failed design standard, inquiry finds

River Flow 2020

Fire season extends by almost four months in parts of Australia

Australia heading into new ‘fire age’, warns global fire historian

Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ bushfires ‘not a one-off event’, royal commission hears

Nearly Half of States Are Likely to Experience Flooding This Spring

Tectonic plate under Indian Ocean splitting apart, research finds

Together with the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES), Council recently updated the Municipal Flood Emergency Management Plan (MFEP) for Golden Plains Shire

The world needs Covid-19 vaccines. It may also be overestimating their power

We must build back better after Cyclone Amphan

The new Mary Regional Resilience Strategy uses a coordinated catchment approach to disaster risk reduction

Disaster Management Reference Handbooks

Australia, you have unfinished business. It’s time to let our ‘fire people’ care for this land

More rain, more floods, more often. Why wet basements and swollen rivers are becoming the new spring reality for Illinois

Coastal Letter of Map Revisions

Why do some earthquakes disappear from the map/list?

Classification and mathematical modeling of infrastructure interdependencies

A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth

The problem America has neglected for too long: deteriorating dams

The mystery of coronavirus superspreaders

Statistical Methods in Water Resources


Emergency management

Researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a complex model predicting the exact date the pandemic will end in the US, UK, and other countries around the world

Malawi Weather Chasers – celebrating four years of early warning and civic action

‘Perfect storm’: Haiti COVID-19 peak set to collide with hurricanes

Increased red tape leaves Great Ocean Road community stranded by rising river levels

Given the pandemic, how will emergency experts cope with evacuating people who might fear shared shelters, refuse to wear masks, and distrust authorities?

‘Incredibly blessed’: Royal commission to eye fire success and failure

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing Database

Bushfire royal commission hears that Black Summer smoke killed nearly 450 people

Death and denial in Brazil’s Amazon capital

The Evidence Base on Anticipatory Action

First Came the Virus. Next Come the Storms

When the waters rise, how will we keep schools open?

Covid-19 has become one of the biggest killers of 2020

Some Countries Have Brought New Cases Down To Nearly Zero. How Did They Do It?

The Graphic Truth: The United States of Pandemic


Disaster education, communications and engagement

The Covid-19 lockdown may be disruptive but it is also a time of reflection and learning. Our shared experiences will re-shape how we think and act in future

New MOOC on Water – Addressing the Global Crisis

Find out about Arctic sea ice

Long-term Perspectives During a Pandemic

Announcing 2020 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Winners recognising outstanding individuals who share Myers passion for disaster loss reduction nationally and internationally


Disaster psychology

Little sense of shared grief as coronavirus deaths near 100,000

When coronavirus arrived these students’ worlds turned upside down

Social support and sense of belonging may protect against the psychological impact of COVID-19

‘Together Apart: The Psychology of COVID-19’ free book download


Sociology and disasters

Coping with floods: Indigenous survival strategies in Bangladesh

Social Capital’s Role in Humanitarian Crises’s_role_in_humanitarian_crises

Disasters force us to rely on each other

Hurricanes and other extreme weather disasters prompt some people to move and trap others in place

How Brazil’s COVID-19 response has fallen to community leaders

An Anthropology of Deep Time

Today in disaster resilience (22 May 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tropical Storm Arthur forms in the Atlantic – the first tropical storm of the season forms east of Florida

‘Extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Amphan forces evacuations in India, Bangladesh

South Dakota: 17 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Floods

Ecuador – Deadly Floods in Morona Santiago

Sri Lanka – 2 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods

Philippines – 80,000 Affected by Tropical Cyclone Vongfong

Algeria – Damaging Floods in Oran and Mostaganem Provinces

USA – Floods in Illinois and Michigan After Days of Heavy Rain

Côte d’Ivoire – Floods in Duékoué Department

Dams Fail in Central Michigan; Evacuations Underway

Sri Lanka – 2 More Fatalities as Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides in Rathnapura

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Kasai River Floods in Mai-Ndombe Province

Storm rips through Geelong, tearing roofs off homes in Waurn Ponds

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh

Spectacular satellite imagery of a rapidly organizing depression moving towards western Europe today

Volcanic activity worldwide 21 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Dukono, Reventador

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands

Central America – Heavy Rain Triggers Floods in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global warming and drought impacts in the EU

Global warming and human impacts of heat and cold extremes in the EU

Laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable against climate-related disaster risks

Climate change and water scarcity disrupting youth livelihoods in Ghana

Transforming knowledge management for climate action

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action?

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Peter Davis of the British Antarctic survey on changes in the Thwaites Glacier

The future of solar power: From unbelievably cheap to insanely cheap

Climate change: Future floods will delay emergency response

Global heating is increasing the risk of fires and logging was making forests more flammable

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?

Experts urge further climate action as lockdown triggers ‘extreme’ emissions drop

Shrinking Ice Sheets Lifted Global Sea Level 14 Millimeters

Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2020

Latest Estimates on Sea Level Rise by 2100 Are Worse Than We Thought

Major tropical cyclones have become ‘15% more likely’ over past 40 years

Adapting to rising river flood risk in the EU under climate change

Bonding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

Global emissions plunge as working-from-home slashes transport emissions

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix


Disaster risk reduction

Using satellites to monitor river ice for flood early warning

COVID-19 and the nature-health-nexus

Land use planning for disaster resilient communities

How would people and systems cope if a major earthquake or cyclone occurs while the COVID-19 pandemic continues?

Tool shows what many know: State communities at high risk for wildfire

Forty years have passed since a tremendous blast at Mount St. Helens—the deadliest eruption in U.S. history

Help Stop COVID-19 and Future Pandemics in Their Tracks

Project seeks super view of Earth’s mantle

How Singapore is predicting floods

How this English region leads the way for flood prevention

Adapting to rising coastal flood risk in the EU under climate change

The utility of earth science information in post-earthquake land-use decision-making: the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in Aotearoa New Zealand

From forests and farms to our own back yards, there’s a lot we can do to reduce future risks of pandemic outbreaks

Early Warning Systems for Pandemics: Lessons Learned from Natural Hazards

WMO Updates Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services

From mangrove to mountain: Building coastal resilience in Timor-Leste

African countries get new tool to predict climate-related disasters

Cities hastily add pandemics to long list of 21st-century threats

Wetlands: Our frontline defence against floods

New study shows wildfires increasing in size and frequency across Victoria

Flood impact on mainland Southeast Asia between 1985 and 2018 – The role of tropical cyclones

Flood risk assessment for Davao Oriental in the Philippines using geographic information system‐based multi‐criteria analysis and the maximum entropy model

A map of 2019 fatal landslides

The current landslide crisis in East Africa

A Likert scale-based model for benchmarking operational capacity, organizational resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction

A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

Less Fuel for the Fire: Wildfire Mitigation through Hazardous Fuels Reduction


Emergency management

Weakened by war and floods, Yemen fights twin health threat

Australian Red Cross releases bushfire report

San Francisco had the 1918 flu under control. And then it lifted the restrictions

U.S., European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

Mount St. Helens: 40 Years Later

Coronavirus: Don’t book your France trip yet – quarantine rules will be reviewed every three weeks

How States Pay for Natural Disasters in an Era of Rising Costs

The value of spatial information for emergency services

Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a ‘triple whammy’ of crises

COVID-19: UW study reports ‘staggering’ death rate in US among those infected who show symptoms

Factors affecting successful transition between post-disaster recovery phases: a case study of 2010 floods in Sindh, Pakistan

How do you fight wildfire during a pandemic?

First responders, such as fire and ambulance services, will likely struggle to reach urgent cases in a timely manner during low-level flooding in England

Coronavirus health emergency declaration delayed by a week, Australian WHO expert panel member says

What happens if a ‘big one’ strikes during the pandemic?

Cyclone Amphan rages amid pandemic, no space in shelters

The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions

Knowledge Exchange and Disaster Recovery After Frequent Wildfires in Northern California: Exploring the Experiences of Organizations Responding to the 2018 Camp Fire


Disaster education, communications and engagement

US risk education program piloted in Emerald, Victoria

Communicating and perceiving flood risks and warnings

From The Embers – Stories from the Australian Bushfire Crisis

Tracing Individual Perceptions of Media Credibility in Post-3.11 Japan

Living Through a Plague: A Reading List

Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena

Learning and sharing is key to climate adaptation and resilience building

People didn’t fail during Covid19, the messages did

Conceptual framework for motivating actions towards disaster preparedness through risk communication

Color plays a major role in the analysis and communication of scientific information

Landslides in Puerto Rico: A Collaboration Story

Can You Save the World? Game


Disaster psychology

70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?

You Got This Mate provides tips and info to help rural men reach their best possible mental health

A qualitative evaluation of Southwark Council’s public health approach for mitigating the mental health impact of the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack’s_public_health_approach_for_mitigating_the_mental_health_impact_of_the_2017_London_Bridge_and_Borough_Market_terror_attack

Australia: Victorians most at risk from bushfires believed emergency services could save them, CFA data shows

U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic


Sociology and disasters

Society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

Local networks can help people in distress: South Africa’s COVID-19 response needs them

Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn’t helping the billion people who live in them

A GIS Approach to Analyzing the Spatial Pattern of Baseline Resilience Indicators for Community (BRIC)

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

The role of social ties for culture-led development in inner areas. The case of the 2016–2017 Central Italy earthquake

COVID-19 resources for sociologists

Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently

COVID-19 puts human rights of millions at risk

How to integrate Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditions into disaster risk management

Physical vulnerability and local responses to flood damage in peri-urban areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Profiling informal settlements for disaster risks

Confidence in authorities, neighborhood cohesion and natural hazards preparedness in Taiwan

Today in disaster resilience (15 May 2020)

Please find links below to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Ugandan hospital, Somali town washed away by floods raging East Africa

Somalia – Over 200,000 Displaced by Floods

Uganda – Thousands Affected by Floods in Western Region

Ethiopia – 12 Killed in Landslide Triggered by Heavy Rain

Somalia – 4 Dead After Heavy Rain Floods Mogadishu

France – Floods in Gironde and Landes After Rain Lashes South West

Guatemala – 3 Dead After Heavy Rain Causes Landslides and Floods

Kenya – Floods Hit North and Central Regions as Death Toll Rises to 237

Pakistan – 1 Dead After Heavy Rain and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

DR Congo – Hundreds Homeless After Floods in Maniema

Colombia – Landslide Destroys Homes in Nariño

Budalangi floods described as worst flooding since 1962

Three-year-old girl and her sister, 7, are both killed in a flash flood in a Utah slot canyon

Volcanic activity worldwide 14 May 2020: Karymsky volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Dukono

Burundi – 10,000 Displaced by Floods Since Late April

Indonesia – Cars Dragged Through Streets as Flash Floods Hit Central Aceh

Indonesia – 1 Missing After Massive Landslide in Bogor Regency, West Java


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Simulations forecast nationwide increase in human exposure to extreme climate events

Adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging climate change adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the European Green Deal

Climate change has been influencing where tropical cyclones rage

The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance

Potentially fatal bouts of heat and humidity on the rise, study finds

Associations between varying magnitudes of the urban heat island and the synoptic climatology in Melbourne, Australia;2-D

The Sea Ice Arctic Communities Rely On Could Disappear Three Weeks Earlier

Icelandic Glaciers Rapidly Retreating

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisis

Climate explained: what caused major climate change in the past?

A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises

The Canals Are Clear Thanks to the Coronavirus, But Venice’s Existential Threat Is Climate Change

Potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are emerging across the globe

Resilience and sustainable peace: Managing climate related security & development risks in the Anthropocene

Global Seasonal Climate Update provides guidance on temperatures, rainfall

Loss and Damage and limits to adaptation: recent IPCC insights and implications for climate science and policy

Little bit of sea-level rise = lots more coastal flooding


Disaster risk reduction

The dual risks of natural disasters and COVID-19

Child-centred urban resilience framework: a tool for inclusive city planning

Reducing wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: Policy, trends, and solutions

Scientists concerned that coronavirus is adapting to humans

The Geosciences Community Needs to Be More Diverse and Inclusive

The U.S. has fared worse than other countries not because it lacked information or funding but because it failed to learn the lessons of the last outbreaks

Logging made last summer’s bushfires worse, expert review finds

Structurally controlled rock slope deformation in northern Norway

Why cities are the best (and worst) places to be during an outbreak

Continental-scale mapping and analysis of 3D building structure

A review of freely accessible global datasets for the study of floods, droughts and their interactions with human societies

Bill Gates: Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

Lessons from a Post-Eruption Landscape

City looks at how to protect triple deckers from flooding as sea levels rise

Poor dam management blamed for Kerala floods

Australia needs ‘fast-attack strategies’ to stop megafires forming, bushfire experts say

From Risk Management to Resilience Management in Critical Infrastructure

What’s Missing in Pandemic Models

‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda

Insurance helps reduce risk from flooding for Asia’s vulnerable rural smallholders

Learning from the past – Using palaeoclimate data to better understand and manage drought in South East Queensland (SEQ)

The eye of the storm: boosting railway resilience in the UK

Transformational potential of COVID-19 recovery in Asia-Pacific

Background Paper: National Natural Disaster Arrangements The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (Australia)

Economic losses from extreme weather in the U.S. Gulf Coast region: Spatially differential contributions of climate hazard and socioeconomic exposure and vulnerability

Research shows how park-like tsunami defenses can provide a sustainable alternative to towering seawalls

Researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on Earth


Emergency management

Did you know that millions of people around the world are still uprooted from their homes by disasters?

Resilience thinking: Preparing for and recovering from COVID-19 in the context of compound risks

Will resilience be the buzz word for the COVID-19 recovery?

What Happens If a ‘Big One’ Strikes During the Pandemic?

Trapped in paradise: Breaking quarantine could mean prison time for tourists in Hawaii

Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

How many tests are performed each day?

Portugal counts on drones to bolster defences against wildfires during pandemic

Beat the heat? India struggles to keep cool during lockdown

Are we there yet? The transition from response to recovery for the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: what are the options for the UK? Recommendations for government based on an open and transparent examination of the scientific evidence


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Although social media is a relatively popular news platform—especially among younger people—it doesn’t appear to be replacing traditional media–and-what-that-means.html

Twitter Adds New Labels on Potentially Harmful COVID-19 Misinformation in Tweets

MSc in Flood Risk Management

The studio projects explore regional opportunities in designing urban typologies providing for flooding resiliency

A year without conferences? How the coronavirus pandemic could change research

Abstract representations of events arise from mental errors in learning and memory

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to suffocate U.S. hurricane response

Why aren’t people in Accra better prepared for floods? The key is in communication

Gender transformative early warning systems

Governments can learn from consumer psychology when it comes to public health messaging

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate cyclone awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate earthquake awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages

This child-friendly booklet is for kids who are 6-12 years old to generate flood awareness among children through animated characters and simple but strong messages


Disaster psychology

Understanding the Three Types Of Loneliness

Disasters are not natural; our choices cause them

Catastrophe compassion: Understanding and extending prosociality under crisis

Personality traits related to approach and avoidance influence one’s likelihood of self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic

Even if you personally haven’t experienced quarantine fatigue, you’ve likely encountered sentiments attached to the experience

Could COVID-19 Finally Destigmatize Mental Illness?

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health


Sociology and disasters

We wanted to know how coronavirus affects Nairobi’s slum residents. What we found

The role of faith-based institutions in urban disaster risk reduction for immigrant communities

Coronavirus, Summer Heat, And Poverty Could Create A ‘Triple Whammy’

So coronavirus will change cities – will that include slums?

Social Capital in the Response to COVID-19

UD Prof. Sarah DeYoung discusses society’s most at-risk groups during the ongoing pandemic

The race against Covid-19 in vulnerable refugee camps

Livelihood and vulnerability in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda: lessons of community and resilience

Today in disaster resilience (8 May 2020)

Please find below a list of links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Kyrgyzstan – Homes Damaged After Flash Floods and Mudflows in South

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan – Thousands Evacuate After Dam Fails

Yemen – 150,000 Affected by Heavy Rain and Floods Since Mid-April

Rwanda – Heavy Rain Leaves 8 Dead, Homes Destroyed

While Uzbekistan, like the rest of the world, is struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is suffering from another unexpected disaster

Indonesia – Thousands Hit by Floods in Bandung, West Java

Uganda – Floods Affect Thousands in Western and Northern Regions

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia

UK overtakes Italy with Europe’s highest official coronavirus death toll

Kenya – More Than 100 Dead as Floods and Landslides Continue

French Guiana – Floods Prompt Evacuations After Heavy Rain

DRC – Hundreds Displaced in Ituri Province as Lake Overflows

Indonesia – 12,000 Affected by Floods and Landslides in Sumatra

Afghanistan – Damaging Floods in Northern Provinces

Ethiopia – 107,00 Displaced by Floods, Says UN

Panama – Deadly Landslide in Panama District

Kenya – Flood Death Toll Rises, 100,000 Displaced

Indonesia – Rain Triggers Deadly Landslide in West Sulawesi Province

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 May 2020: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Semeru, Dukono, Reykjanes


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ten Things about Collaborating for Climate Solutions

Falling for an old flame: Can Australia really grow through gas?

Australia listened to the experts on coronavirus. It’s time we heard them on climate change

A Satellite Lets Scientists See Antarctica’s Melting Like Never Before

Glacier detachments: A new hazard in a warming world?

As much as one-third of the world’s population will be exposed to Sahara Desert-like heat within half a century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise

Hydrological limits to carbon capture and storage

On a Melting Planet, More Precisely Tracking the Decline of Ice

Warming Caused a Glacier in Alaska to Collapse

Honolulu under triple threat of flooding as sea level rises

Project about climate change in Bangladesh comes to an end

One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

Future of the human climate niche

Sea-level rise exponentially increases coastal flood frequency

Methane’s Rising: What Can We Do to Bring It Down?

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters?

Will three billion people really live in temperatures as hot as the Sahara by 2070?

Drought supercharged by climate change

Climate change adaptation: Beyond greening humanitarian response

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2?

Climate Change Has Altered Where Tropical Cyclones Occur Most Frequently, Study Says


Disaster risk reduction

WomenInHydrology – a new initiative to connect female hydrologists worldwide

Geoscientists Help Map the Pandemic

Fragile countries could see 1 billion coronavirus cases

Australia’s natural hazards risk profile

Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community

Economic motivation for raising coastal flood defenses in Europe

Tectonic Controls on Global Variations of Large-Magnitude Explosive Eruptions in Volcanic Arcs

Strength in Beauty – Rethinking Tsunami Defense

A prehistoric lake has provided a long-term record of floods and flows on the Murray Darling River

When disaster strikes locally, urban networks spread the damage globally

Barriers to insurance as a flood risk management tool: Evidence from a survey of property owners

Forest fires in the Alps

Federal wildfire policy and the responsibilities of community planners and homeowners

Using statistical methods borrowed from economics, a new flood study estimates the effect of hard surfaces on high waters

Causal Effect of Impervious Cover on Annual Flood Magnitude for the United States

Coastal Inundation Dashboard

A multi-hazards earth science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic: The potential for concurrent and cascading crises Environment Systems and Decisions

Here are 10 steps to build a stronger Australia after coronavirus

Forest fire season is coming. How can we stop the Amazon burning?

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Flood prediction using parameters calibrated on limited discharge data and uncertain rainfall scenarios


Emergency management

Visual representation of hodge-podge, state by state response of c-19 in USA

April 2020 edition of Australian Journal of Emergency Management

New roadmap gives Australia two paths out of COVID-19 lockdown: elimination or adaptation

JapanTimes online newspaper discusses changes to disaster response, based on C-19 trajectory

Cred Crunch, Issue No. 58, April 2020 – Disaster* Year in Review 2019

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis

‘This is a yo-yo.’ COVID-19 hits families still suffering from Hurricane Florence

Emergency managers work nonstop to prepare communities for hurricanes during pandemic


Disaster education, communications and engagement

International guide to value and engage children and youth in disaster risk reduction

Strengthening resilience in Tanzania through creative public engagement

Fostering student participation in disaster risk reduction through disaster video games

The influence of tailored risk communication on individual adaptive behaviour

The Ocean Game: The sea is rising. Can you save your town?

COVID-19 global response: Risk Communication & Community Engagement (RCCE)

Evaluation of flood risk communication materials

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren’t ready for both coronavirus and a disaster

New book on ‘Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement’

Risk Communication Basics


Disaster psychology

Lockdown and Social Distancing – Are There Positives?

Disasters force us to rely on each other

The global jolt toward creative thinking

A third of Americans experienced high levels of psychological distress during the coronavirus outbreak


Sociology and disasters

In 2018, a wildfire swept through Northern California. Forensic anthropologists were called in to identify skeletal remains in a devastated recovery scene

During coronavirus, we need social sciences and humanities more than ever

Cultivating social ties in the age of physical distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an unforgiving light on the world’s most vulnerable and marginal people

Seeking commonalities of community resilience to natural hazards: A cluster analysis approach

The building of social resilience in Sichuan after the Wenchuan earthquake: A perspective of the socio-government interactions

After Covid-19, it’s in everyone’s interest to help the world’s poorest countries

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales

How Natural Hazards Impact the Social Environment for Vulnerable Groups: An Empirical Investigation in Japan

Living near volcanoes: Scoping the gaps between the local community and volcanic experts in southern Chile

Community resilience to cyclone and storm surge disasters: Evidence from coastal communities of Bangladesh

Coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained, WHO says

Today in disaster resilience (1 May 2020)

Please find below links to recent news about some aspects of disaster resilience…

Recent emergencies/disaster

Tanzania – Deadly Floods and Mudslides Hit Northern Regions

Vietnam – Damaging Storms Hit Northern Provinces

Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

Canada – Evacuations After Ice Jams Cause Rivers to Rise in Alberta

Indonesia – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Banten, Bengkulu and East Kalimantan

Military assistance requested as flooding hits downtown Fort McMurray

Ethiopia – Deadly Flash Floods in Dire Dawa

Colombia – Heavy Rain Causes Deadly Landslide in Cauca

Somalia – Deadly Flash Floods in North East

Chad – Floods in South Destroy Shelters in Displacement Camps

USA now has 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Fiji – Floods Hit Central Division After Heavy Rainfall

Laos – 3 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in North

Malaysia – Communities Cut Off After Floods and Landslides in Sarawak


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

This Bangladeshi man’s story shows why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter

Disability and climate change: How climate-related hazards increase vulnerabilities among the most at risk populations and the necessary convergence of inclusive DRR and CCA

How to explain climate change? With comic books

Battered by Matthew and Florence, North Carolina Must Brace for More Intense Hurricanes

Record-Breaking Amounts of Solar Electricity Generated in Germany After String of Sunny Days

In One Week, Both Sweden and Austria Celebrated the Closing of Their Last Coal Plants

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

Hurricanes Could Be Slowing Down Due to Rising CO2 Levels, And That’s Not a Good Thing

The Discursive Politics of Adaptation to Climate Change

Collaborative Action for Community Resilience to Climate Risks: Opportunities and Barriers

When COVID-19, climate collide: How south Asia can prepare itself


Disaster risk reduction

Five years on,  revisiting Nepal after 2015 ‘quake

As Amazon fire season looms, smoke and coronavirus could be a disaster

Stopping floods, protecting lives, and saving money? Mangroves do it all for free

Canada: How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse

What COVID-19 tells us about the changing nature of disaster risk

A dynamic spatial computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach to assess economic effects of a large earthquake in China

Extreme weather disasters challenges for sustainable development: Innovating a science and policy framework for disaster-resilient and sustainable Quezon City, Philippines

From hazard to risk

Guidelines for planning equitable disaster resilient development

Initial impacts of global risk mitigation measures taken during the combatting of the COVID-19 pandemic

Preferences for improved early warning services among coastal communities at risk in cyclone prone south-west region of Bangladesh

Progress toward implementing the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals: Policy from Aotearoa New Zealand

A new map reveals which parts of the US are most at risk of earthquakes in unprecedented detail

How Mobile Phone Towers Could Help Monitor Rainfall in Developing Countries

Towards resilient Rotterdam? Key conditions for a networked approach to managing urban infrastructure risks

Resilience – Potentials and Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Getting to the Bottom of Slow-Motion Earthquakes

Flood Prevention Could Bring ‘Huge’ Payoff as Global Risks Rise

Coronavirus detected on particles of air pollution

When it rains, lava pours coasts face far more frequent severe floods

Australia: Drought, bushfire, flood, hail, and dust: local action the way forward for sustainability

Drought, fire and flood: how outer urban areas can manage the emergency while reducing future risks

The devastating impact of floods in India—and what can be done

Building Resilience during Recovery: Lessons from Colorado’s Watershed Resilience Pilot Program’s_Watershed_Resilience_Pilot_Program

Coronavirus lingers in the air of crowded spaces

British wildfires are getting more frequent. Here’s what that means

Central West Regional Resilience Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region

Experts from four South Atlantic states not only will quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure, but also will consider associated economic costs to coastal communities

Latest edition of ‘Floodplain Manager’ newsletter

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster

Stochastic simulation of streamflow and spatial extremes: a continuous, wavelet-based approach

Insurance becoming unaffordable in Australia’s disaster-prone regions after horror bushfires

Features of 16,749 hospitalised UK patients with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol

‘It was definitely disappointing’: Provincial review ties up promised flood mitigation dollars

Springbank reservoir change of heart comes with $32M for Tsuut’ina flood mitigation

‘Rural areas near big cities less vulnerable to disasters’

Costs and benefits of (in)coherence: Disaster Risk Reduction in the post-2015-agendas

The challenging place of natural hazards in disaster risk reduction conceptual models: Insights from Central Africa and the European Alps


Emergency management

Strengthening Fiji’s disaster response and preparedness

COVID-19 small business continuity and recovery planning toolkit

Singapore’s spike in coronavirus cases shows the road to recovery will be a bumpy ride

Pathways to Livable Relocation Settlements Following Disaster

Australia’s new COVID-19 tracking app

New Zealand Says It Has Won ‘Battle’ Against COVID-19

COVIDSafe tracking app reviewed: the government delivers on data security, but other issues remain

Preparedness for effective response – considerations for epidemic preparedness

When the unprecedented becomes precedented: Learning from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth Institute

Revisiting cyclone Phailin: Drivers of recovery in marine fishing communities

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020

‘We don’t catch a break’: First Brian Jean lost his house to the Fort McMurray wildfire. This time, it was a flood

Using resilience concepts in disaster response

Prospects and challenges for reconstruction after tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu

Planning for a disaster: Model can predict hospital resilience for natural hazards, pandemics


Disaster education, communications and engagement

20 of the worst epidemics and pandemics in history

May edition of Geology

The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19

Community engagement during COVID-19: A guide for community-facing staff

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Bringing earthquake education to schools in Nepal


Disaster psychology

Relationship between citizens’ risk perceptions formed by disaster information and migration decision-making: Evidence from Japan

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

Anxiety ‘escalating’ in children and young people as coronavirus pandemic closes disability support services

Social media exposure during the coronavirus pandemic is linked to increased anxiety


Sociology and disasters

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges fighting COVID 19

From poverty to disaster and back: a review of the literature

Coronavirus is not just a health crisis — it’s an environmental justice crisis

The paradox of social capital: A case of immigrants, refugees and linguistic minorities in the Canterbury and Tohoku disasters

Coronavirus could kill more than 3 million people in vulnerable and poor countries, aid group says