Weather the Storm - Women Prepare brought women from local communities together to discuss, plan and support each other to be more prepared for disasters that might threaten the local area.

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in disasters. While natural disasters such as fire and flood have made headlines, there are many other possibilities. Prolonged loss of electricity, water or food supplies, pollution or chemical spills, pandemics and strike action are all possibilities. Any of these have the potential to seriously impact us at any time. We may become housebound for days, we may be unable to access basic services or food, we may need to evacuate or we may not have a home to live in.

What a fabulous idea - teaming cutting edge mapping technology and ancient weather wisdom gleaned over 50,000 years of experience. The Indigenous Weather Knowledge website shows some Indigenous Australians seasonal calendars for given regions.

Is English your second language? Find it hard to follow all the emergency jargon during a disaster? Regardless of which language you're most comfortable in, knowing what to do before, during and after crosses language divides. 

The Ethnic Community Council of Queensland has created a list of multi-lingual resources around disasters and emergency management.

This is a great first look at what Tal Fitzpatrick, Disaster Resilience Leadership Coordinator, got up to in New Zealand for UNESCO's 'Looking Beyond Disasters' Youth Conference. You know you've gone to a great conference when the Executive Summary is in video-form. Great work to the film crew. 

One of the major lessons from the disasters Queensland faced during the past summer was the lack of simple tools that help people prepare and be more resilient. With that in mind Volunteering Queensland has launched Australia's first interactive online disaster preparedness tool – the Disaster Readiness Index

Queenslanders are encouraged to take the Disaster Readiness Index to check their level of preparedness for extreme weather events and view an individualised improvement and action guide.

Blog by Tal Fitzpatrick, Resilience Leadership Project Coordinator

Part of the reason that the focus on resiliencies is growing is the concern that resilience at a range of levels and scales (e.g. environmental, individual, communities, business, organisational etc.) is declining.