Costs related to extreme weather events are increasing and could cost Canada $21-$43 billion per year by 2050. As extreme weather events escalate, preparing Canadians will require effective emergency and infrastructure planning that can adapt to changing risk equations. The insurance industry, the not-for-profit sector, academia, and all levels of government will need to work together to shift mindsets toward prevention, risk mitigation, and cost-efficient response. This session will explore hard-earned lessons from around the world. We will review innovative strategies employed by institutions including the Atlantic Council, the Insurance Development Forum, World Bank, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. These strategies leverage parametric insurance, forecast-based financing of early warning and action systems, and technology that enables smarter and more cost-efficient risk management, streamlined processes, and enhanced customer experience.