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Disaster Resilience

QFF has prepared a series of short videos with resilience tips for farmers in preparing for, and recovering from, natural disasters. These videos were prepared following Cyclone Yasi in 2011, but much of the core information remains relevant for farmers preparing for natural disasters.

QFF has also prepared a series of case studies showcasing farmer resilience, recovery, and preparedness following ex Cyclone Oswald, available here.


1. Introduction. Taking Stock: Preparing rural business for natural disaster and climate risk.

2. Having a sturdy shed.

3. Maintaining critical farm operations.

4. Looking after yourself.

5. Insuring against disaster.

6. Making the most of social media.

7. Building industry resilience.

8. Disaster recovery mechanisms.


9. Forging an industry rebuild.

10. Managing climate risk.

11. Conclusion: The long path to recovery


Fact sheets

Climate information available at your fingertips – a rundown on where to access important climate information.

Disaster assistance fact sheet – A rundown on some of the basic disaster response measures in the wake of disasters

IRO programs helps farmers one on one – A fact sheet on the successful Industry Recovery Officer program used after Cyclone Yasi.

Planning, assessing learning – Some important considerations ahead of the disaster season, and for building resilience in your business.

Using social media to boost morale – Banana Grower Steve Lizzio explains that using social media was easy and cost-effective after Yasi.

Project credits

This project has been funded through the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, via the State and Federal Government Rural Resiliance Fund.

Project manager / journalism: Brad Pfeffer.

Cinematographer & editor: Sarah Scragg.

Weather graphics: Bureau of Meteorology.

Cyclone Yasi vision: Courtesy Geoff Mackley.