HALIFAX, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - As Hurricane Leslie gathers strength and
pushes toward Newfoundland and Labrador, Insurance Bureau of Canada
(IBC) encourages residents to stay safe.
"With Hurricane Leslie affecting many areas in Newfoundland and
Labrador and heavy rain and high winds expected to begin hitting the
island overnight, ensuring you and your family are safe indoors should
be everyone's first priority," said Bill Adams, Vice-President,
Atlantic, IBC. "While the path is expected to head towards the Avalon
area of Newfoundland, we can expect heavy rains across all of Atlantic
IBC is encouraging Newfoundlanders in the path of Hurricane Leslie to:
Stay safe and remain indoors.
If your property has suffered insured damage, contact your insurance
representative after the storm passes.
If it safe to do so, mitigate against further damage after the storm
Remove specific items around the house like loose building materials or
deck furniture, outdoor trampolines, flowers pots, etc.
Remember that overland flooding from rivers, streams or other bodies of
water resulting in damage to homes is not covered in policies. Sewer
backup is, if you have that particular coverage.
"We also urge homeowners to ensure they have the contact information for
their insurance representative readily available," added Adams. "If you
need to make a claim, it's best to initiate the process as soon as
If consumers have questions about their insurance coverage, they are
urged to speak to their own insurance representative, or to contact
IBC's Atlantic Consumer Information Centre at 1-800-565-7189 x. 227 or
228, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ADT).
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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