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.

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.

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.

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.

This special ‘resilience’ edition of the bi-annual ‘Innovate’ Research Bulletin has been compiled as a part of Volunteering Queensland’s ongoing research and stakeholder engagement with the aim of broadening the conversation and sharing learnings.

It explores a range of issues and questions that arise when considering community resilience and provides a range of approaches and case studies of different projects that have been successful in building community resilience in communities across Queensland, Australia and abroad.

It was exciting to hear that corporates are willing and able to leave competition at the door when it comes to discussing how we can build business resilience together. Potentially sharing intelligence and technologies to assist government and community in responding and recovering more quickly from disasters.

To kick off Resilience Week, Volunteering Queensland's Leadership Coordinator blogs about her experiences facilitating the Resilience Leadership Project across Queensland.

I have had the pleasure of delivering the Resilience Leadership Project in over ten locations across Queensland over the past year and a half. In each location I have met an inspiring group of community members who are genuinely interested in learning more about what they can do to help their community prepare, mitigate, respond and recover from natural disasters.

I can honestly say that this past year and a half has been an incredibly humbling and enlightening journey and I feel a great sense of hope knowing that in every pocket of our state are good people who are willing to be proactive and get involved with their community.