Far North Queensland experiences cyclones on a regular basis. My time on the Cassowary Coast taught me that these far north Queensland towns are accustomed to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster. On the whole these men and women are resourceful and independent. They welcomed me warmly, in spite of my declared support for the ‘blues’ when it came to State of Origin. I thank everyone who participated in this research, or helped me in any way. Once again, I have collected rich stories from those who agreed to talk with me.