The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19.

Over the past several months we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. However, this spread has not been uniform. Countries that are behind in the disease transmission timeline and have yet to see a surge in cases have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of communities that have been impacted early. Risk communication lessons can be used to support preparation, both for the surge of the disease and critically, the multi-hazard scenarios we’ll face as the pandemic increasingly overlaps with flood, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire seasons.

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The importance of disaster risk communication in the time of COVID-19.

Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters

On March 25th, the United Nations released an urgent appeal for USD 2 billion in humanitarian assistance for developing countries facing horrific challenges in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Fully funding this humanitarian appeal will save countless lives, but given the depth of the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing many of these countries, we still need to think creatively about leveraging these funds to build resilience to multiple crises.

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Laying in Wait: Responding to the Pandemic Amidst Impending Disasters

COVID-19: By Your Side

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing huge frailties in global employment systems, not least the precarious nature of business. Charities are being hit particularly hard by loss of income and fundraising opportunities, so how should Foundations respond? In this blog David Nash, Senior Flood Resilience Alliance Manager, shares what the Z Zurich Foundation is doing to support their partners. 

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COVID-19: By Your Side

Oh no, our event was cancelled! What now?

After having to postpone an in-person learning event that was meant to bring members from across the whole Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance together we brought our knowledge sharing online. This blog summarises our key learning and recommendations if you’re forced to do the same.

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Oh no, our event was cancelled! What now?

What did we learn from Cyclone Idai?

March 15 marks the first anniversary of Cyclone Idai’s devastating charge through Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique (which was hit again a month later by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit the country). Cyclone Idai, which brought with it devastating winds, floods and landslides, was the world’s largest humanitarian disaster in 2019. More than 1,350 people lost their lives and over 3 million were affected, many of whom are still feeling the effects a whole year later.

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What did we learn from Cyclone Idai?
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