disaster in Switzerland

Switzerland has also been affected by various natural disasters throughout its history. Moreover, the implementation of effective risk management strategies is part of Swiss know-how. To avoid a disaster in Switzerland, prevention is implemented according to cantonal and national legislation. Moreover, its industry is largely shaped by the world of insurance. At first glance, Switzerland is therefore a country rather borrowed from security! But will we be able to face the events to come?

What are the key disasters that have occurred in Switzerland?

In general, disasters in Switzerland are rather rare and these relate to the climate. Here is a brief summary of the latest natural disasters since 1800.

1816 – A year without a summer

The entire planet and therefore Switzerland are experiencing the consequences of climate change linked to an ash cloud caused by the Tambora volcano in Indonesia. With a global drop in the earth's temperature, harvests are catastrophic in almost all countries of the world. This will cause a great famine in Switzerland.

1868 – Heavy floods

In 1868, Switzerland experienced an episode of very heavy flooding. More than 50 people lost their lives and the colossal damage amounted to more than 40 million (1 billion today)

1999 – Hurricane Lothar

Lothar is the name of a violent storm that hit Switzerland on December 26, 1999. This hurricane killed 14 people and devastated almost 2% of the country's wooded areas.

2005 – Heavy rains

In August 2005, very heavy rain fell for several days in Switzerland. Entire valleys are cut off from the world because of floods and landslides. This disaster will kill six people and cause damage to the tune of 3 billion. This is also the greatest financial damage caused by a natural event in Switzerland.

Earthquakes are also a source of disaster in Switzerland

Another risk that is little discussed is that of earthquakes. According to Swiss Seismology Service, there would be no less than 1,500 earthquakes per year. In 1356, history reminds us that the city of Basel was completely destroyed by the strongest earthquake ever experienced in Switzerland.

In general, the risk of earthquakes is relatively low in Switzerland. However, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) reminds us that the whole of Switzerland is subject to earthquakes of up to magnitude 7.

Do disasters shape a country?

In late medieval and early modern times, disaster reconstruction was primarily handled by families and neighbors. For major damage, communities have based their reconstruction efforts on the principles of reciprocity and solidarity in the form of labour, cash and natural resources. The Old Swiss Confederacy also supported victims by liaising with allied towns and regions after major disasters, such as in 1713 after the Stans fire.

Since the 19th century, disaster management has also helped promote integration and national identity. For example, the Fall of Goldau of 1806 marked the first time that all Swiss cantons assisted in post-disaster management.

In the early 20th century, the management of natural disasters and disasters was institutionalized through the creation of natural hazard pools working alongside a well-established private market.

We can therefore also speak of the aftermath of the Second World War, which also influenced the massive construction fallout shelter in Swiss !

These few examples show that a country will effectively tend to anticipate the situations it will have to face. But is this still the current trend? Are our governments sufficiently anticipating the disruptions to come?

What will be the most likely next disaster in Switzerland?

No prediction is possible at this stage. However, various global trends are also likely to affect Switzerland. Whether you are more or less well prepared, here is a list of disasters that Switzerland may have to face in the years to come:

Natural disasters

Global warming is primarily responsible for the increase in future natural disasters. More severe droughts but also increasingly violent storms. The rising waters will also cause a massive influx of different populations. Switzerland will therefore not be spared by these phenomena.

War and the risks associated with the use of atomic weapons

The example of the war in Ukraine speaks volumes on all points. The conflict was unfortunately predictable, however a large part of the world's population did not expect it. We have many points on the globe in which geopolitical tensions are constant and can erupt at any time. The situation between China and the United States is also very worrying.

The risk associated with pandemics

No need to talk long and wide about the Covid, to know that with global warming, we will have more and more pandemics in the world. In addition, population movements being facilitated with the constant evolution of transport networks, we can expect faster pandemics.

Food and natural resource supply risks

Here too, global warming has a central responsibility in the problems linked to the supply of food and natural resources. We also note that a conflict like the one in Ukraine can have a direct impact on supplies in Switzerland.


In general, the increase in CO2 emissions is an amplifier of the disaster risks in Switzerland indicated above. But the risk of a disaster in Switzerland linked to pollution would rather be linked to the human exploitation of industrial sites. We also have a significant risk related to the nuclear power plant since Switzerland currently has 5 sites in operation.

artificial intelligence

Science fiction is not far from catching up with reality. And yes, according to the latest report on future risks of AXA – Eurasia, artificial intelligence is in 6th position of future risks for humanity.

Our conclusion on the risks of a disaster in Switzerland

Although relatively low at present, the risk of an increase in disasters in Switzerland is relatively foreseeable. Switzerland is indeed not spared by the challenges of tomorrow which affect all the world's populations.

The best thing to do and therefore to prepare but also to prepare future generations to grow up in a world that may not be the one we have known so far. Anticipation is the key word in effective risk management. So ask yourself which risks are most likely to affect you and how you will be able to protect yourself from them!


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Social risks

The terrorist threat has been present for many years and requires all populations to be vigilant. We live in a world of war between religions, ideas and patriotism. Indeed, there is enough to anger some people to the point of causing damage without worrying about the presence of innocent people. Therefore, a shelter is a way to escape discreetly to a safe haven.

Moreover, social uprisings are more and more numerous in the world. Social revolt made itself felt and it was not uncommon for the term “civil war” to be used during television news. Consequently, the risks of using a fallout shelter in the event of a social uprising will be a major risk in the years to come and must be taken into consideration.

So if the world degenerates, you have enough to survive the shock!

Electromagnetic risk

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We hear more and more the term electromagnetic bomb. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb is nothing but a nuclear attack. It is a type of nuclear bomb that is detonated much higher in the atmosphere with the aim of destroying a country's electronic networks.

In the event of a prolonged general outage of the electrical systems, the situation could quickly become explosive within the population.

More generally, electrosensitivity has been an emerging disease for several years. Indeed, the majority of the population is exposed to electromagnetic waves almost permanently.

To counter this, it is also possible to take refuge in its fallout shelter. Thus, get out of the magnetic field and wait until the electrical networks can be restored.

Climate risks

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In terms of ecology, we face a degradation of the ecosystem soaring. Indeed, the risks incurred are serious for the survival of the human species, but many still seem to ignore the problem.

First of all, global warming is felt at high speed, when in certain regions where it is usually cold in December, temperatures have reached 22°. Then, the disappearance of certain species of all kinds gives way to a fall in biodiversity, which is critical. By 2050, nearly 40 % of this biodiversity should disappear. 

Storms, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes are becoming more frequent. To protect against the deadliest weather, installing a shelter ensures the safety of your entire family in the event of immediate danger.

Chemical risks

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In the event of a chemical disaster, our NBC civil protection shelters present themselves as a massive weapon of protection for all occupants. Explosion of chemical agents or fires, a chemical accident can occur at any time.

Indeed, the many companies are high-risk industrial sites. These so-called “polluting” companies participate in the production of chemicals and significant hazardous waste.

If an accident occurs, the entire perimeter takes the risk of inhaling chemicals present in the air. These permanent exposures give rise to the risk of serious illnesses which can cause various incurable abnormalities, especially in children. Our NBC shelter systems are designed and built to protect you for the long term. 


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The diseases that appear in humans come mainly from biological agents. Present in the environment, it is therefore difficult to avoid these risks, if the atmospheric air that we breathe is polluted.

To prevent various serious illnesses or military chemical agents, provide yourself with a shelter capable of protecting you against the risks of contamination.

Indeed, NBC filtration systems offer you complete protection against biological agents present in the air. Different levels of filtration can be modulated according to the geographical location of the confidential location of your fallout shelter. 

Nuclear risk

atomic bomb

Can we foresee a near end of the world? Or a nuclear war? Of course not, however, current global conditions are not there to reassure us.

What is in our power is to offer you a bunker that can protect you against the risk of nuclear explosions. Can we survive a nuclear explosion? Clearly, if you don't have NBC protection, you have very little chance of survival. The electricity network would be cut off and the Internet would also no longer work. A nuclear attack would therefore have very significant repercussions.

The situation in Ukraine necessarily speaks to us. Indeed, the cities of Chernobyl and Zaporijia are taken by storm by Russia. The current news is enough to make all the countries of Europe tremble in the face of nuclear risks.


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