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



    HALIFAX, May 1 /CNW/ - Canada's home, car and business insurers urgently
remind homeowners and tenants affected by the fire in the Spryfield area to
contact their insurance providers as soon as possible as their homeowners and
tenant insurance policies may contain coverage of which they are not aware.
    "Insurers are here to help Nova Scotians recover from these tragedies,
and we will be providing the best possible services to those affected by this
devastating event," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Atlantic, Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC). "Thankfully, there has not been loss of life, but many
have lost their homes while others have suffered property damage. Even as the
fire continues to burn we urge all affected residents to contact their
insurance representative."
    Specifically, homeowners and tenant insurance policies generally cover
the cost of repairing homes and replacing damaged belongings. These policies
may also include coverage for the cost of additional temporary living
expenses, such as hotel fees, if occupants had to evacuate their homes due to
damage. In addition, homeowners and tenant insurance policies may also cover
food spoilage due to potential power outages resulting from the fire, and
smoke damage to the interior of homes.
    "Insurers are responding quickly to this disaster," Adams added. "Some
insurers have mobile claims units on site, and most others also have 24 hour
claims lines available."
    Residents 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 110,000 Canadians,
pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal
governments, and has a total premium base of $38 billion.
    To view news releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.





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