Qld community leaders gathering for disaster summitBy Bruce Atkinson, Monday July 8, 2013 - 09:47 EST
Council leaders and disaster staff from across Queensland will attend a summit in Brisbane this week to debrief on the severe floods earlier this year.
Mayors, disaster coordinators and SES controllers will be assessing each others' performances and looking at how they can do better in future.
The Local Government Association of Queensland is running the summit.
CEO Greg Hallam says it is an important process for Queensland's 44 new mayors.
"In the event that you're isolated, and inevitably you are, that you've got staff that can't get in, that you've got all sorts of crises happening, you know, life and death situations - they're not alone," he said.
"Someone else has been through the experience, that they've got other people that they can call on.
"In the times between disasters we can do that learning and they can see from others how they've dealt with a situation.
"The big focus is on learning."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
With another earthquake of 5.7 magnitude being recorded today near off the southern Queensland coast, meteorologists and oceanographers are keeping a wary eye on the potential for tsunamis.
A series of strong cold fronts which are moving in quick succession over southeastern parts of Australia threaten to bring low level snow over the coming days to parts of Tasmania.
Adelaide has recorded its chilliest July in close to 20 years, with both maximum and minimum temperatures colder than average.