Webinar: Building resilient businesses and communities in the time of COVID-19

On May 14 the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), co-hosted a
webinar with ResilientH20 Partners that focused on managing
extreme weather events in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists discussed
the changing role of stakeholders across the private sector, governments and

The panelists drew from their backgrounds across government, business and insurance to discuss the immediate challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the downturn in the economy, and near-term flood and storm threats. 

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


  • Dr. Michel Léonard,
    Vice President & Senior Economist, Triple-I
  • Richard Seline,
    Managing Director, ResilientH20 Partners


  • Dr. Daniel Kaniewski,
    Managing Director, Public Sector Innovation, Marsh & McLennan
  • Jeff Moseley, CEO,
    Texas Association of Business
  • Katie Sabo, State and
    Local Leader, Managing Director, Public Sector Partnership, Aon


  • Chris Tomlinson,
    Business Columnist, Houston Chronicle

Some of the key
takeaways include:

  • Having
    a business continuity plan is a must-have for any business
  • Flooding
    can occur anywhere (not just high-risk zones) – so getting flood
    is crucial
  • In
    the midst of the pandemic, we can’t lose sight of the importance of investing
    in mitigation and resilience, which will help on a material level post-event
  • The
    COVID-19 crisis is putting unprecedented pressure on local governments – if private
    investors have ideas for disaster mitigation, especially ones where return on
    investment can be shown – now is the time to bring them, and they will be heard
  • Insurers
    are and will be playing bigger roles in partnering with local governments to
    build public/private solutions to disaster resilience

webinar is the first in a new series of thought leadership sessions that aims
to be a catalyst for public-private-partnerships focused on enhancing
pre-disaster risk mitigation at each step of the resilience value-chain, from
financing to development, management, technology selection and

The Atlantic
hurricane season starts on Monday, June 1, but could get an early start this weekend with Tropical Storm Arthur.