A few days ago, I was in a creativity bubble and not paying attention to weather news for the first time in years.
I received a call from ABC podcasters the Signal, who wanted to interview someone who knew what it was like to be in the pathway of a massive cyclone.
Here is a link to that interview. It starts at 7.35 but do listen to the whole thing.
When a Hurricane Hits (This link won’t stay up indefinitely but for now you can listen to it).
I had a take home message, about communities dealing with the aftermath, long after the media have stopped paying attention to the community.
It is so sad, that the brilliant Aftermath project, which tackled this process not only for cyclones, but for floods and bushfires, and was done by the now dismantled ABC Open is no longer on line for people to turn to.
You can find my cyclone recovery posts stored at my personal blog HERE
The photograph collage below is a map of some of the people, events and processes that helped a community find their smiles again after a cyclone has been and gone.
I will soon be sharing some of those stories perhaps on a panel for CREATIVE RESILIENCE September 21st at COMIC CON Brisbane.
Thinking of the people in the Bahamas and other people affected by Cyclone Dorian. All the very best in your recovery processes! May you all have a recovery journey full of kindness and good humour. Wishing everyone stability as soon as possible.
You will be in my thoughts!
To check up on the people in the Bahamas presently visit
3 thoughts on “Asked about a Category 5 cyclone”
You did well talking about your experiences in the interview, June. You’ve obviously done well to have come through the experiences as you have. Dorian has done immense damage over there as the fires are devastating so much here. So many tragedies for people to deal with. They all need a little of your resilience.
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Norah, thanks for listening to the interview. The impact on people of such experiences really can go on for sometime. Resilience and community and love, help people through it. There were so many people who showed us such kindness I will never ever forget them.
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I imagine it’s something you never fully recover from, June, but with resilience you step forward into life’s ongoing challenges. Thanks for sharing.