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

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Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance: Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) Webinar 1

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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.

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Improve knowledge about how insurance helps in recovering quickly and effectively.

Many people wespoke to for this study told us that insurance companies provided sound advice and helped them to get repairsand recovery underway, while providing financial security and clarity. Getting support from the s...

Simplify and streamline payments.

Providing a fast, simple way to handle government compensation couldreduce potential for abuse. It would also help to minimize frustration as people try to obtain financial support.A unified approach was put into place i...

People need to be better prepared to cope with the consequences after flash floods.

In 2016, after theimmediate crisis was over, there were lots of questions about essential next steps, overwhelming many citizens.Knowledge and awareness regarding appropriate and effective recovery actions needs to be im...

Awareness is needed that rescue operations during flash floods are much different from riverflooding ones.

While rescue operations in the 2016 floods typically went well, in Bavaria rescuers pointed outto us that a river flood typically requires evacuations rather than rescues. Flash floods, however, require rescuingpeople in...

Multiple events could overwhelm resources, which needs to be better planned for.

Multiple stormscould hopelessly overwhelm available resources. This risk has also been identified in other events, such as thestorm ‘Desmond’ in the UK in 2015. This is relevant during months in which catastrophic ev...