The PERC manual: Learning from disasters to build resilience: A guide to conducting a Post-Event Review 2020.

The Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) provides a process and framework for the systematic analysis of a disaster event, focusing on how a specific hazard event became a disaster. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance launched in 2013, created PERC as part of Zurich’s sustainability function. PERC builds on the field of disaster forensics to systematically and holistically analyze disaster events and what led to them, and to identify actionable recommendations. PERC uses a system-wide approach to review disasters, analyzing across scales and sectors, and all five aspects of the disaster risk management cycle—prospective and corrective risk reduction, preparedness, response, and recovery. It provides a bird’s-eye view of why the event manifested in the way it did and how resilience might be built.

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Phase II – Lessons from Year 2

In Year 2, from July 2019 – June 2020, Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance organisations started to implement resilience programming in communities and move forward with influencing policy and spending in the flood resilience, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation arenas. In this report we review the progress made towards Alliance objectives over the course of Year 2, where we stand relative to our goals, and what we have learned about building flood and multi-hazard resilience as a result of grappling with the COVID-19 crisis. The information included in this annual report has been gathered from the second year of outcomes-based monitoring and reporting by all Alliance organisations, complemented by interviews with Alliance members. Here you can access the full report as well as short summaries of our key achievements and learning over the year.

Building back better

While the COVID-19 pandemic has massively disrupted lives and livelihoods, it also provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a safer, more resilient world able to adapt to the threat of climate change and other perils. Within COVID-19 recovery and economic stimulus packages there will be opportunities to address multiple risks, including climate change impacts. This policy brief outlines recommendations and questions to consider to help policy makers incorporate resilience and systems thinking into stimulus and recovery packages so communities and governments can be more resilient to the multiple risks the world faces