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25 Sep 14 11:34

Right on the heels of helping kick off Climate Week NYC, Swiss Re Americas Chair Phil Ryan is sharing his "three-pronged approach to urban resilience" on the HuffPo blog.

Phil makes some darned good points about what communities should do to strengthen resilience to natural disaster shocks. For example:

"[S]ome city administrations need to prioritize their spending on public works in other ways as well. For example, I would argue that as far as long-term urban resilience goes, investment in schools, hospitals and fit-for-purpose drainage systems should take precedence over prestige projects such as new sports stadiums. Having drains that work might seem a strange example in this context, but given the increasing frequency of torrential downpours generated by climate change in many parts of the world, these basic items of infrastructure are extremely important. The citizens of Mexico City or Rio de Janeiro will know exactly what I mean."

Read the entire post on the HuffPo blog.


Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change, Disaster risk, Resilience


1 Comment

ideapete - 26 Sep 2014, 8:41 p.m.

Great post - The future is going to look very different to those entities who do not understand ( and deploy ) resilience in systems .

Who is liable has always been a major problem in America with the bigger the disaster issue and only the US federal government being the catchall but what happens when the government sends the liability back

This is what is ahead for major electrical and other utilities in the US coming from United States Department Homeland Security > quote > If Civil Unrest and Disturbance is caused by lack of utilities function and it is found that the utility did not design and operate a robust and resilient service then that entity will be liable for all the damages caused and subsequent repairs needed. < end quote >

Swiss Re could lead the way in setting excellence benchmarks for resilience in systems and Phil seems nicely focused.

I am a member of ASCE and our group has been explaining in great detail to the political branch the issues involved and the damage that this ( unattended ) will cause to our quality of life and countries competitiveness and its great to see attention being paid by the risk industry and will spread this post around to our executives .

Darned good points indeed !


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