Disaster management

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Resilience Project

    Our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Resilience Project collaborates with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, emergency services, disaster management agencies, emergency volunteers, local councils and Elders, to share traditional knowledge about disaster resilience through culturally appropriate, localised engagement that's built on trust and respect. 

  • Business Roundtable EXTEND

    Research shows when local businesses bounce back quickly following a disaster, the community as a whole responds positively as well. If a disaster-hit community can count on local businesses and services to help them recover as soon as possible, these businesses can help rebuild the local economy and provide employment for locals. 

  • Caboolture Special School VTE Program

    Students participate in the Caboolture Special School Amateur Radio Club Station VK4HBU, the VLB 327 Maritime Coast Station and various radio clubs, as well as the International Space Station (ISS) / Satellite Project. Some students volunteer with State Emergency Service (SES), the Coast Guard, the QFRS Rural Fire Service and Toorbul Rural Fire Brigade. Watch now!

  • Cairns & challenging perceptions

    Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Resilience Leadership Project Coordinator

    The Cairns Disaster Resilience Leadership workshops gave some really fascinating insights into the world of community perception, and misperception and how this impacts government and organisations in meeting community needs. 

  • Centralised coordination of spontaneous emergency volunteers

    The latest edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management presents a case study on EV CREW.

    on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dp
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
    with particular attention on intended outcomes for community resilience and emergency management. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-31-01-07#sthash.LBblkACf.dpuf
  • Disaster Ready Communities launch

    What are you doing in the good times to make sure you’re ready to help each other when it really matters?

    We recently launched ‘Disaster Ready Communities’, a resource designed to promote and support community resilience in the face of natural disasters in the form of animation. Delegates from a number of disaster management groups, local emergency services, and non-profit organisations came together with Volunteering Queensland at the State Library of Queensland to view the animations and participate in activities whilst networking and discussing how they planned to utilise the resources.

  • Disasters explained

    What is a disaster?

    "A disaster is a serious disruption in a community, caused by the impact of an event, that requires a significant coordinated response by the State and other entities to help the community recover from the disruption."- Queensland's Disaster Management Act, s.13(1)

  • Emergency Volunteering - 5 years on

    This week marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Queensland Floods of 2010-11. Thousands of volunteers helped with the massive clean-up effort.

  • Food safety in an emergency

    Following an emergency such as a flood, storm or cyclone, there is a danger that some food in your house may not be safe to eat, especially if power has been cut or if food has been in contact with contaminated floodwater.

  • For councils - EV CREW

    How councils can access our Emergency Volunteering CREW service to mobilise volunteers for preparation and recovery efforts. Watch now!

  • How arts-related projects build resilient communities

    Investment in arts and cultural-related projects is a therapeutic way in which disaster-affected communities are being supported during recovery processes. It is widely believed involvement with the arts can help those dealing with trauma by providing them with a different, creative outlet for their emotions and experiences. Research has also shown inclusion of creative outlets during a recovery period can be more beneficial for children than being counselled by a therapist

  • Mackay & never working in isolation

    Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Leadership Program Coordinator

    The Mackay Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership workshops really brought home one point to me - as community leaders, we never work on an island! We should never work in isolation to the people and world around us. 

  • People Recovery = Physical Recovery

    People recovery is the most important thing and sometimes to help with people recovery we need to help with property recovery - Joe, Global Care

    Global Care opened up shop in Grantham a few days after the devestating inland tsumami destroyed small Lockyer Valley town. They have been operating ever since and will be there for many months to come.

    Since January, the team out there has:

    • Worked on over 500 jobs with volunteers
    • Had 380 clients
    • Worked with more than 1500-1800 volunteers
  • ShelterBox

    One of our most basic needs as humans is shelter. Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter for victims of earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and conflicts. 

    A ShelterBox contains a range of equipment necessary to survive, including a disaster relief tent for a family of up to 10 people, a basic tool kit, thermal blankets and a stove.

  • Tips for volunteers

    Many people want to volunteer their time to help others after a disaster. The support volunteers provide helps communities get back on track as quickly as possible.

  • UNESCO Powershift Pacific Looking Beyond Disaster

    This clip is a glimpse at what was 'UNESCO Powershift Pacific Looking Beyond Disaster' held in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2012.

  • UNESCO Youth Looking Beyond Disasters Forums

    Volunteering Queensland’s Leadership Coordinator, Tal Fitzpatrick, has taken part in a series of forums designed especially for young people living in disaster-affected areas.