Post-Event Review Capability

The award winning Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) methodology was created by Zurich Insurance to provide research and independent reviews of large flood events. It seeks to answer questions related to aspects of flood resilience, flood risk management and catastrophe intervention. It looks at what went well, as well as opportunities for improvement, and results in a set of recommendations for the future.

Use this page to learn about the PERC methodology, read full PERC reports or find specific recommendations.

Zurich focused its initial PERCs on floods because floods affect more people globally than any other natural hazard. However, the methodology can be applied to review and learn from other hazard events. We have recently applied it to study the growing peril of wildfires by reviewing the 2017-18 California fires.  

Resilience Lessons from Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth

The tropical Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth weather systems, which made landfall in Southeast Africa in March and April 2019 respectively, brought catastrophic destruction and damage to communities across Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. The widespread humanitarian disaster resulting from Idai and Kenneth emphasises the need to learn what happened during these events and what can be improved to reduce future risk.

All material from the PERC carried out in Southern Africa by Alliance partners ISET-International, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Practical Action, and Zurich Insurance Group - and in collaboration with the Mozambique Red Cross and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is available below, and on ISET-International’s dedicated PERC Idai and Kenneth page.

PERC Reports

Using PERC methodology

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The PERC manual

The PERC manual

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PERC Recommendations

Search all the PERC recommendations produced in all PERC reports. Refine your search using the criteria on the left.

Total: 67 results found

Draw up flood contingency plans

Protection should also include flood emergency and contingency plans outlining what can be protected temporarily as a flood event is unfolding; this must include sufficient lead warning time to execute the plan. Dep...

Raise risk awareness

Another important aspect of risk reduction is to foster risk awareness and encourage risk-averse behaviour. A well-established risk management approach to reduce flood risk needs to include those at risk, be they pr...

Increase cooperation between public and private entities

Experience shows that insurers, government authorities and other key stakeholders need to work more closely to encourage risk reduction in both the public and private sectors (Amendola et al., 2013). Zurich is willing to...

Implement pre-event risk mitigation

Pre-event risk reduction and protection strategies are important and should be given priority over post-event relief and repairs. Yet they cannot work in isolation and all stakeholders need to communicate and coordinate ...

Consider storm surge defences

Storm surge defences worked well in the 2013 flood event compared with previous high-intensity storms with surge. Not only have they protected up to 800,000 homes from flooding, but evidence shows that this protection is...