My thanks to KVD for this one in a comment on Toowoomba flash flood, KVD kindly referred me to an article in the New York Times by Brisbane writer Nick Earls dealing with Australian responses to the Queensland floods. It was, I thought, a rather nice piece.
Given the headline Staying Afloat Down Under, Nick's piece captures something of the way Australians do, and would like to be seen as, responding to things like natural disasters. The piece was written before the latest tragedy. However, this does not affect the message.