HALIFAX, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Insurance Brokers Association of Nova
Scotia would like to remind Nova Scotians about the importance of being
prepared for emergencies and in particular hurricanes. With hurricane
season upon us it is imperative that everyone take steps to be ready in
the event one touches upon Nova Scotia.
"Hurricanes are powerful storms that have devastating impacts on people,
property and the environment. It is vital to know how to respond when a
hurricane strikes," says Ken Myers, President, IBANS.
The following tips from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
should be reviewed to prepare for the event of a hurricane:
If you are indoors
Stay indoors, away from glassed areas.
Turn on a battery-operated radio and listen for the latest emergency
If told to leave, take your disaster safety kit and go immediately to
the designated shelter. Be sure to follow the recommended evacuation
routes - never take shortcuts.
If in a mobile home, get out and seek shelter elsewhere.
If power is lost, turn down major appliances to reduce power "surge"
when electricity is restored.
If you are outdoors
If possible, get inside a building.
If there is no shelter, lie down in a ditch or ravine.
Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
Stay away from bridges and overpasses.
If you are in a vehicle
Immediately stop the car and turn off the engine.
Get out of the vehicle and seek shelter in a building, ditch or
ravine. Become familiar with your community's hurricane warning
system. Every member of your family should know what to do when a
hurricane warning or watch is released. Learn about the disaster
safety plans in the workplace and at your home.
Myers says, "Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of an
emergency is the key to safety. Take the time to share these valuable
tips with your family as being prepared will save lives."
Founded in 1949, the Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia is a
not-for-profit trade association.
SOURCE Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia
For further information: For further information:
Karen Slaunwhite, Executive Director, IBANS
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Phone: (902) 876-0526