when cyclone yasi hit north queensland in 2011, the category 5 disaster shattered lives and caused millions of dollars in damage.from the wreckage and response in the days and months afterwards has emerged a guidebook on disaster management, edited by qut school of public health professor gerry fitzgerald.  the queensland towns of innisvail, mission beach, tully and cardwell where hit hardest by yasi in 2011. photo: getty images / ian hitchcock`yasi was ... the most scary thing you can confront in terms of climatic events, that hit north queensland,` professor fitzgerald said, adding that the community leadership shown in the the aftermath was an example of what government and emergency service providers should encourage and support in future natural and man-made disasters.`the emergency response directly led to the establishment of the asbestos working group, which in turn has improved responses to public health risks associated with future disasters. qut's school of public health professor gerry fitzgerald edited the grass-roots guide for health professionals. photo: patria jannides`the community are the first responders in an event, they are the bystanders, they are the people who help out when an event happens.`it is an important core principle of modern thinking around disaster management to get the community as involved as possible.`advertisemen...