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The new role of insurers in resilience planning

While the insurance industry plays a vital role in the rebuilding process in the wake of urban disasters, Nick Michell looks at how the industry can take the lead in helping cities become more resilient to such events
Flooding in the north of England in December 2015 affected the lives of thousands of people
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While some were enjoying snowball fights in New York’s Times Square in late January, others were counting the cost of the damage caused to their properties and businesses from one of the heaviest snowstorms ever to hit the east coast of the United States. On the weekend of 23-24 January 2016, Winter Storm Jonas forced road closures, led to a shutdown of public transport and the temporary closure of businesses, schools and government offices, and left at least 42 dead across 12 states.

Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative
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