Building community resilience

  • 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)

  • Is my local community prepared?

    Why does it matter if your community is prepared?

    You have your emergency kit, a get-away plan and are ready to roll come what may... so who cares if there's fisticuffs at the supermarket emptying the shelves, if people are grid-locking the highways trying to get away or get home...

  • What is community resilience?

    According to the Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board:

    Community resilience means the capacity of communities to respond positively to crises. It is the ability of a community to adapt to pressures and transform itself in a way which makes it more sustainable in the future. Rather than simply 'survive' the stressor or change, a resilient community might respond in creative ways that fundamentally transform the basis of the community.

  • Community resilience explained

    What is community resilience?

    Community Resilience is a complex topic so there's not just one definition. When defining community resilience we prefer to use the definition provided by the Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board:

    Community resilience means the capacity of communities to respond positively to crises. It is the ability of a community to adapt to pressures and transform itself in a way which makes it more sustainable in the future. Rather than simply 'survive' the stressor or change, a resilient community might respond in creative ways that fundamentally transform the basis of the community.

  • PPRR explained

    Disasters have a cyclic four stage lifecycle. Understanding this lifecycle helps us to be prepared for disasters, respond safely and recover quickly and effectively.

    At each stage there are different things to know, different actions we should take and different ways we connect with people. These stages can change rapidly and often overlap.

  • Resilience Leadership Project

    Our Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project is a 2 or 4 day capacity building workshop for community leaders living in disaster affected or disaster at risk communities.

  • Step Up Program: Building Community Resilience

    Widely regarded as Australia’s largest community resilience building program led by a non-government organisation, Volunteering Queensland’s Step Up Program increases preparedness and empowers communities for potential disasters, and contributes significantly to ‘civil society rebuilding’ in the aftermath of the Queensland Floods and subsequent disaster events.