Funding low-attention disasters: From preparedness to long-term recovery

2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT

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Disasters are increasing. But it’s not just big-name disasters that are more frequent. The biggest growth comes from so-called “secondary perils,” which SwissRe describes as “high-frequency, low-to-medium-severity events such as thunderstorms, hail, wildfires, drought, flash floods and landslides.”

Secondary perils also include the aftereffects of a more significant natural hazard event, e.g., the tsunami that follows an earthquake or tornadoes that spin out before a hurricane. They are also typically low-attention disasters that do not receive much attention from the government, donors or media.

In 2022, secondary perils caused more insured losses ($73 billion compared to $67 billion for primary perils) and overall economic losses (insured and uninsured), with $149 billion coming from primary perils and $211 billion from secondary perils.

During this webinar, to be held a day before the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, panelists will discuss how funders can think about the various disaster phases in the context of low-attention disasters. They will share their experiences working on risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery.

At the end of the webinar, grantmakers will:

  • Understand the different responses between low-attention disasters and big, natural hazard events.
  • Increase their awareness of the different phases of disasters and how donors can expand their disaster giving to address needs throughout the disaster stages.
  • Learn the importance of blue-sky planning to prepare for disasters.

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also interest emergency managers, government staff, academics, disaster responders and nongovernmental organization staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.

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Cari Cullen, director of CDP’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund, will moderate the discussion.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Alliance Magazine, Council on FoundationsPEAK Grantmaking and United Philanthropy Forum.

Automatic closed captioning will be available via Zoom during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on this page. We will email the link to the fully captioned recording to everyone who registered.

CDP is striving to increase the accessibility of its webinars. Please email Katie Huang and let us know what accommodations you need by October 1; we will do our best to meet your needs as feasible.

Photo: MDS volunteers working on replacing storm and hail-damaged siding on homes. Credit: John Longhurst, Mennonite Disaster Service