IBC offers tips for Emergency Preparedness Week

TORONTO, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - It's Emergency Preparedness Week, a reminder that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency. This week Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) encourages Canadians to follow some simple steps so you will become better prepared.

"Our industry has seen first-hand the devastating impact that disasters can have on individuals, families and communities," said Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. "Insurers will be there to help when disasters strike, but a little preparation can go a long way to minimize the impact of an emergency."

One of the prime reasons to be "emergency-savvy" is that it could take emergency workers some time to reach you. According to Public Safety Canada you should be able to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

These tips will help you to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

  • Know the risks in your region. Be better prepared by identifying the most common hazards specific to your region.
  • Make a solid emergency plan. Having a plan will help you and your family know exactly what to do in case of emergency.
  • Have an emergency kit with basic supplies. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days.
  • During an emergency know what to do and who to call in different circumstances.
  • Learn who does what during an emergency because we all have a role to play.
  • After an emergency know what you need to do.
  • Always keep a home inventory of your possessions including receipts, photographs or video footage in advance and be prepared when disaster strikes. 

(Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada and Public Safety Canada)

IBC is a recognized leader in helping governments, communities and individuals learn about adapting to extreme weather. Check out Part 1 of 3 of new Emergency Preparedness videos by IBC and be prepared when disaster strikes!

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $40 billion.

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For further information:

Helen Lialias
Media Relations Officer
Insurance Bureau of Canada
416-362-2031 ext. 4312
hlialias@ibc.ca