PennApps 2020 – Hack for Resilience

From Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, the third annual the Hack-for-Resilience competition (“H4R”) was hosted by Wharton Risk Center and the Insurance Information Institute’s (“Triple-I”) Resilience Accelerator as part of the PennAppsXXI hackathon. Read More

Low-Income Households Should Be Prioritized After Disaster Strikes

Low-income households too often slip through the cracks of relief and recovery assistance. In many cases, this is by design. Our disaster policies do not provide equitable help, leaving those most in need with insufficient resources to respond and rebuild. Originally posted on The Hill, read this Op-Ed from Carolyn Kousky and Carlos Martin.Read More

Fundraising for an Effective Cause During an Unrelated Crisis

COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of daily life and captured the world’s attention. Governments, nonprofits, and individuals have directed billions of dollars to COVID-19 relief. Although these efforts are commendable, the attention to the pandemic likely overshadows the urgency of other causes for which donations translate to proven impact. Read More

Reducing California Wildfire Losses

California has faced challenges over the years in convincing communities and property owners to adopt land use measures to reduce the likelihood of a fire spreading, notably in areas that are most prone to this risk: the wildland-urban interface (WUI). California’s current fires are a reminder of the need for undertaking strategic measures now to reduce future wildfires.Read More

Why We Need Community-Based Catastrophe Insurance

As climate change drives up disaster losses, risk transfer tools can help provide financial resiliency to households and communities. Can innovative approaches to disaster coverage help? Originally published by BRINK, read more from Risk Center Executive Director, Carolyn Kousky, and Andy Read of Guy Carpenter.Read More

Uniting Disaster Risk Transfer with Sustainable Development: A Q&A with the World Bank Treasury

The World Bank issues CAT bonds for many client countries around the world. Similar to insurance, CAT bonds transfer a client’s disaster risk to financial markets. The Risk Center reached out to Michael Bennett and Naomi Cooney at the World Bank Treasury to hear about the role of CAT bonds in sovereign disaster risk financing and how the World Bank’s CAT bonds support sustainable development.Read More

Wildfires and Recovery: FEMA’s Individual Assistance funding provides important support—but unfunded damages remain

While the number of US wildfires per year remains fairly constant, the total acreage burned and average fire size has increased over the last thirty years.Without insurance, many individuals in wildfire-prone areas likely have insufficient resources to recover from these devastating events.Read More