Now in its third year, Resilience Week encourages the community to prepare for disasters and learn more about what you need to know to survive an emergency.

It's all about being informed, making connections and taking action so we can bounce forward as a more resilient country.

For International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and HelpAge International issued a joint call for greater involvement of older people in disaster management efforts worldwide.

Older people suffer disproportionately from floods, cyclones, typhoons, heatwaves and other disasters, yet are often excluded from disaster management planning. In fact, a significant number of casualties during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Japan during the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 were people aged over 60.

Experts are warning of an extended bushfire season for Queensland starting in September, potentially one of the worst in five years.

75.7 per cent of Queensland is currently drought-declared, including most of the south-east corner and Brisbane City. These dry conditions, combined with the predicted formation of an El Nino weather pattern bringing drier than usual conditions for the rest of the year, form the ideal climate for bushfires.

Recently, more than 160 members of the local Yeronga community turned out to watch a genuine and passionate documentary which demonstrated the resilience and true compassion of Brisbane citizens during the 2011 Queensland floods.

Walking the Path to Recovery – A Celebration of Community, interviews impacted local residents and details their efforts to restore their lives and highlights the role of the Yeronga Community Centre (formally Yeronga Flood Recovery Centre) in the rebuilding of the community.

Imagine this: you run a café on the Gold Coast.

Your biggest drawcard is your famous juices and smoothies, fruit sourced fresh from North Queensland plantations. One day, a cyclone wipes out most of the crops up north, and the resulting floods close major transportation links (highways, bridges and railways). You can't source any of your usual fruit immediately after the disaster, and when supply starts trickling down from North Queensland, prices are through the roof. Without the juices and smoothies, customers stop visiting your café, but the bills must still be paid. Fruit crops will take many months to start producing again.

Social media is at the forefront of communications during a natural disaster as an ideal way to quickly spread emergency warnings and updates.

However, the immediacy and range of these networks can result in rumours, accusations, speculation and false information being dispersed quickly and without proper moderation.

Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Leadership Coordinator

As part of Volunteering Queensland’s Step Up Program, I have been coordinating the Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project (NDRLP) since March 2011. Over the past three years, I have been lucky enough to deliver this project to over 200 community leaders in many different locations including 12 council areas across Queensland and many others interstate and beyond.