TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - It's Emergency Preparedness Week and
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) wants to help Canadians better prepare
for severe weather and other potential emergencies to protect their
families, homes and businesses.
"Being on the front lines when disaster strikes, the insurance industry
understands the costly and devastating impact of severe weather on
Canadians," says Ralph Palumbo, Vice President Ontario, IBC." Every
individual has a role to play in getting better prepared for an
emergency. IBC is committed to helping families get the information
they need to protect themselves and their property from the impact of
These top 10 tips will help you to become better prepared to face a
range of emergencies:
Know the weather risks in your region and their effects to help your family understand the various ways you can protect your
loved ones and your property.
Every household should have an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an
Have an emergency kit with basic supplies. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3
Learn how to protect your home from potential flooding.
Kids can also learn about the dangers of hurricanes with this educational video.
During an emergency know what to do and who to call in different circumstances.
Learn who does what during an emergency . 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
Talk to your insurance representative about your coverage. Do a current
assessment of your needs. Know your home.
IBC has made adapting to severe weather a priority. We're spreading the
word on the need to update infrastructure, engaging consumers on how to
protect themselves and their properties, and working with provincial
and municipal governments to help develop, promote and implement
adaptation measures. For more information click here or visit ibc.ca.
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
115,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to
discuss the details in this media release.
SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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