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How can governments help more after natural disasters?
“Insurers prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Governments, however, appear surprised when a catastrophe strikes. Governments can help insurers if they prepare a recovery plan before a disaster. Planning can integrate insurance payments for rebuilding and recovery into a comprehensive recovery plan.
Winston Churchill argued that we should ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Recovery planning for catastrophic risks can support a transformative increase in community resilience to future disasters. Planning to build back better may involve buyouts and investments in protective infrastructure. Governments can help by planning for recovery.”…
Social connections boost resilience among elderly after disaster
In 2011, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan in 2011 and triggered devastating tsunami waves. Roughly 16,000 people were killed, more than a million buildings were damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless.
At the time, social epidemiologist Ichiro Kawachi was in the midst of a national study in Japan aimed at finding the factors that could lead to long-term physical or mental limitations in older age. After the disaster struck, he realized that health information that had already been…
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