IBC kicks off Emergency Preparedness Week with Top 10 Tips

Be aware and be prepared!

EDMONTON, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - This Emergency Preparedness Week, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging families to take action to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.

"The frequency and severity of severe weather events have increased over the past few years, making it even more important to be prepared for a disaster," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. "Think about and prepare for the worst-case scenario. You'll have peace of mind knowing that if there is a severe weather event, you can react quickly and keep your loved ones safe."

IBC's Top 10 tips to prepare your family for an emergency are:

  1. Create an emergency preparedness plan.
  2. Assemble disaster safety kits for your home, car and office.
  3. Be sure to have at least 2 litres of drinking water per person a day for up to 72 hours.
  4. Know your home's exits and nearby safe meeting locations. 
  5. Speak with your neighbours to plan ahead and share responsibilities. 
  6. Compile contact lists for work and school as well as for attending to any special health care needs.
  7. Prepare a detailed home inventory.
  8. If you will be away for an extended amount of time, have someone check your property daily. In the winter, ask someone to clear the snow from the walk and driveway.
  9. Put all important documents in a safe place and ensure they are accessible if you need to evacuate.
  10. Ask your insurance representative about coverage for specific weather-related events.

"We're here to help," continued Adams. "Consumers with questions about home, auto and business insurance can contact their insurance representative or IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC."

Alberta experiences more extreme weather events than anywhere else in Canada.  In 2015, more than 80% of large weather-related insurance claims were made in Alberta. 

Learn what you can do to prepare for an emergency or disaster with IBC at the City of Calgary's Disaster Alley.

  • City of Calgary's Disaster Alley
    • Saturday, May 7
    • McMahon Stadium, 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
    • 11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: Ariella Kimmel, Manager, Media Relations, 416-362-2031 ext. 4312, akimmel@ibc.ca

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