Building community resilience

  • 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.

  • Building Community Resilience

    To increase resilience at the grassroots level, we've been holding disaster preparedness awareness sessions with local community groups and networks.

  • Resilient communities begin with resilient people

    The importance of resilient communities cannot be overstated when it comes to recovering and bouncing forward following a natural disaster.

    Resilient communities also depend on the strength of the people living within them. The American Psychological Association recently published ’10 tips to build resilience’, suggesting ways we can all work on building resilient communities by starting with ourselves.

  • Accessible communication needed

    In the event of a natural disaster it’s important that everybody affected has access to key information such as news broadcasts and alerts.

  • Getting disaster ready at Allora State School

    Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Resilience Leadership Project Coordinator 

    On a very hot Friday morning (in the lead up to Resilience Week) I set out from the Gold Coast heading west in order to deliver a disaster ‘get-ready’ workshop to a group of 25 year 8 and 9 students from Allora State School.

  • Facilitating collaboration

    Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Resilience Leadership Project Coordinator 

    As the coordinator of the Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project it has been my job over the past two and a half years to bring together community leaders from across various sectors in order to explore their role in building community resilience. After delivering this project in over 13 locations around the state as well as presenting about it both interstate and internationally my key lesson from this work is that in order to encourage and enable successful collaboration, particularly across sectors, it is critical that someone helps to facilitate this process. The following is a short exploration of my learnings, including a brief reflection on my experience facilitating collaboration in the disaster resilience space as a young woman.

  • 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

  • Neighbours...should be there for one another

    One of the easiest and possibly most effective ways of promoting community resilience is as simple as getting to know your neighbours!

    An ongoing UQ study into community resilience in the wake of the Queensland floods has shown that during a disaster, breaking news and situation updates are often heard first from neighbours. Residents of flooded streets in Ipswich reported there is a stronger sense of ‘neighbourliness’ in the area following the flood recovery effort. 

  • The Journey: Step Up Program

    Our Step Up Program is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Queenslanders. Watch now!

  • Living with disability and disasters

    Today, the first day of Resilience Week 2013, is also the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year’s theme is ‘Living with Disability and Disasters’, a topic with the potential to affect all of us at some point in our lives.  More than 4 million Australians currently live with a disability, some of the most underrepresented citizens when it comes to disaster resilience, response and recovery.

  • A look back at National Volunteer Week

    In May during our National Volunteer Week, we had a free screening of the UNESCO Youth Looking Beyond Disasters documentary project, followed by a roundtable conversation on the role of young people in disaster management and community resilience building.

  • Positive ways of coping after a traumatic event

    After a traumatic event or disaster, it is important to reconnect with your loved ones. By following these simple steps, you can get back on track as soon as possible. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Helping Queenslanders in need - offers of assistance

    The best way to support your fellow Queenslanders affected by the floods is by cash donations.

    The Queensland Government has established the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. Donations can be made by visiting or by calling 1800 811 700.

  • 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.

  • Youth Communication & Resilience Project: Resilience Sessions

    Resilience Sessions engage young people in discussions and activities to help them prepare for natural disasters. Watch now!

  • 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...