Weather causes chaos - we help sort it
Haiti, Madeira, UK, China, USA - all are linked by climate events in 2010. From devastating earthquakes
to unusually high snowfall
, it has been a difficult to start to the year for many.
When these events take place, many organisations get involved to provide assistance. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like DEC and the UN spring to mind, but few people automatically think of insurance companies.
Yet they have paid out nearly £2bn to those who suffered a loss after the UK floods in 2007, more than £60m to their clients in Haiti and tens of billions of dollars in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Staff from loss adjusting companies travel to the scenes of devastation to meet with people and businesses to discuss what has happened and how they can improve the current situation.
They also work with businesses to take steps that minimise future risks, so that next time the building stands, or the valuable items are protected better, or the business can carry on operating in spite of a problem.
Climate change and risk are very closely linked, from these immediate actions to planning for the future. Many companies in our profession are also committed to fighting climate change - one example is Munich Re read more here
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