Manitobans urged to check insurance policies following weekend tornadoes



    MANITOBA, June 25 /CNW/ - Canada's home, car and business insurers today
urged residents affected by tornadoes that touched down over the weekend in
Southern Manitoba to check their homeowner's policy and contact their
insurance representative as soon as possible.
    "Damage from wind and hail due to tornadoes is generally covered by home
insurance," said Jim Rivait, Vice-President, Prairies, Northwest Territories
and Nunavut, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). "Likewise, damage from any
objects that might have fallen onto homes as a result of a tornado is also
covered."
    At least eight tornadoes - some with winds in excess of 400 km/h -
touched down in Southern Manitoba over the weekend, destroying homes, farms
and blowing a number of vehicles into ditches. Fortunately, no serious
injuries were reported.
    Policies vary from insurer to insurer but, in general, damage caused wind
is covered. Also, most homeowners' policies provide coverage for additional
living expenses for those who are unable to live in their home due to
structural damage.
    "We suggest that everyone, even those not affected by the storm, take
this opportunity to review their insurance," Rivait said. "Homeowners should
be aware of what their policies cover and what they don't cover. It's best to
know this before something happens."
    Environment Canada has forecast a "moderate" risk of more tornadoes in
the area on Monday.
    Consumers with questions about home, car or business insurance, are urged
to call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-800-377-6378.

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the
private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90%
of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada. To view news
releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's website at
www.ibc.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Rivait, (780) 432-2212 extension 224


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