State of emergencies

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Feeling like 2023 has been one state of emergency after another? Us, too. Being nerds, we looked at the data from Civil Defence. Short answer: yes, there has been a convergence of emergencies. The graph shows the number of declared days of emergency—both local and national—over the last 21 years.

While it doesn’t show the number of people or size of area affected, nor loss of life, it does show that declared States of Emergency are on the increase. Apart from earthquakes and the pandemic, climate and weather play a role in everything.

For our peace of mind, and for yours, we chose not to extrapolate the trend line to work out when we’ll reach a permanent state of emergency, 365 days a year.

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