The Z Zurich Foundation, the community investment arm of Zurich Insurance Group, has announced a three-year, $3 million grant to the St. Bernard Project in support of its efforts to share lessons learned from post-Katrina rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and improve disaster-preparedness plans in other communities.
The funds will be used to create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab that serves as a model for communities looking to improve the capacity of individuals, families, and businesses to prepare for and recover from natural disasters. SBP will work with community leaders, homeowners, and small and midsize businesses to mitigate risk and increase resilience, and, when a disaster hits, will be on site to share the organization's recovery model, which emphasizes taking advantage of the professional skills and talents of individual volunteers.
Since 2006, Zurich has partnered with SBP to rebuild homes and communities in New Orleans, Joplin, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, while developing and applying best practices learned in New Orleans.
"Disasters are occurring more frequently and storms are getting stronger," said SBP co-founder and CEO Zack Rosenburg. "This investment will enable us to share what we've learned since Hurricane Katrina in a way that will help at-risk communities across America better prepare for natural disasters.