Insurance Bureau of Canada urges Nova Scotia fire victims to contact insurance representatives



    HALIFAX, June 18 /CNW/ - Canada's home, car and business insurers today
remind homeowners and tenants affected by the recent forest fires outside of
Halifax and Dartmouth to contact their insurance providers as soon as possible
with regards to any damage to their property.
    "These were fast-moving fires that forced the evacuation of several
thousand people," said Bill Adams, Acting Vice-President, Atlantic, Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC). "Thankfully, there was no loss of life, but some
people have lost their homes while others have suffered property damage."
    Homeowners' and tenant insurance policies generally cover the costs of
repairing homes and replacing damaged belongings in circumstances such as
these. Some policies may cover the cost of temporary additional living
expenses, such as hotel charges, if occupants have to vacate their premises
due to damage; however we advise individuals to check with their insurance
representatives as soon as possible to discuss the particulars.
    "Insurers are here to help Nova Scotians recover from these tragedies,
and we will provide the best possible services to those affected by the
wildfires," Adams added.
    Homeowners and tenants should note that their insurance policies may
cover food spoilage due to power outages resulting from the fire. Once again,
however, we advise homeowners to check with their insurance representatives
for more information.
    Policyholders affected by the fire are encouraged to contact their
insurance representatives for specific information about their own policies,
but can access general information by calling IBC's Consumer Information
Centre at 1-800-565-7189 Ext. 227.

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member
companies represent nearly 95% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance
market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 104,000 Canadians,
pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal and provincial governments,
and has a total premium base of $35 billion.
    To view news releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.





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