Commending the responsiveness of the Lloyd’s market, Lloyd’s CEO, Inga Beale, said:

“It is heartening to see the Lloyd’s market swing into action in this way. As the UN marks International Day for Disaster Reduction, these events serve as a stark reminder of our duty and ability to assist people, businesses and governments when disaster strikes. We must continue to be mindful of the difficult circumstances that policyholders find themselves in and do everything in our power to pay claims as quickly as possible.”

Jon Hancock, Lloyd’s Performance Management Director, added:

“When you get three catastrophic weather events as well as earthquakes in Mexico and flooding in Asia all happening so close to each other, it’s essential to make sure the market’s claims response moves as quickly as possible to help people rebuild their lives.

“Lloyd’s is living up to its reputation for paying claims quickly. We have made advance payments on a range of reinsurance programmes for local insurers to make sure they have the funds to pay claims locally – both in Texas and the Caribbean. Lloyd’s has also made advance insurance payments to businesses so that they have funds to kick start re-builds and get back on their feet.”

“In one case Lloyd’s advanced tens of millions of dollars to a Florida Keys hotel chain within days of it suffering severe storm damage. This has enabled that business to begin repairs so that it can resume business as quickly as possible. Imagine what a relief that is for this company trying to get their business up and running again.”

Lloyd’s continues to evaluate the situation and process claims as they come in.

Notes to editors

Lloyd’s has been working with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation to deploy $25,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.

Lloyd’s donated a further $25,000 to the British Red cross relief efforts with a specific focus on the response in Antigua and Barbuda.

Through its partnership with international disaster relief charity, RedR, Lloyd’s is supporting the training of international aid workers and local responders in communities hit by recent disasters. Work is ongoing in response to Irma, as well as the devastating floods in South Asia.