EDMONTON, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - After a violent windstorm hit Calgary
and much of southern Alberta yesterday, Insurance Bureau of Canada
(IBC) is informing consumers about what they need to know if their
property was affected.
"First and foremost, those affected should ensure they and their
families are safe," said Doug Noble, Vice-President, Alberta, IBC.
Noble added: "The good news is that most wind damage should be covered
by insurance. Consumers whose property was affected by the storm should
contact their insurance representative as soon as possible to start the
IBC reminds consumers:
Most home and business insurance policies will cover damage caused by
wind, including broken windows.
Auto policies cover wind damage if comprehensive coverage has been
Homeowner's and tenant's policies usually provide coverage for
additional living expenses if a home is uninhabitable.
To facilitate claims processing, homeowners should document all property
losses. And, if safe to do so, they should protect their property from
Affected residents can also call IBC's Consumer Information Centre in
Alberta at 1-800-377-6378 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for
answers to insurance-related questions.
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
To view media releases and information, visit the Media Centre of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.
SOURCE INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
For further information:
Erika Bennett at 416-362-2031 ext. 4312.