Improving Disaster Management in the digital economy…

Whilst FNQ has escaped cyclones recently, in previous years we have not been so lucky.

FloodAid was an international group of likeminded people responding to the Brisbane flood disaster by combining skills to create a social network to help. Starting with a tweet the website was created in 3 days enabling people to access alternative flood map sites provided by IT companies when the Brisbane City Council site crashed. People logged on requesting assistance, cars, people power to move things - it was very practical, simple and effective. The main ‘help’ categories on the site were transport, food, accommodation and tools. The site went viral with the help of phone, Twitter and Facebook.

Locally, Carl Butcher became an international Twitter sensation as Cyclone Yasi came calling. The IT whizz-cum-roller derby referee-cum-cyclone chaser talked to The Cairns Post about his work.