Canada's insurers ready to respond after tornado hits LaSalle and Windsor

TORONTO, Aug. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's insurance industry is ready to respond following a tornado that hit the Town of LaSalle and parts of the City of Windsor on the evening of August 24.

"Ontarians know that warm summer temperatures often bring severe storms and violent weather," said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). "While no serious injuries have been reported, there does appear to be some property damage in the affected areas. Residents with property damage should contact their insurers as soon as possible to begin the claims process."

Wind damage is covered under basic insurance policies. Policyholders with questions can contact their insurance representative or phone the IBC Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

"IBC will continue to monitor the situation in Windsor," added Donaldson. "Tornadoes and other severe weather events can happen without warning. It's important that Canadians understand their insurance policies and put an emergency preparedness plan in place before bad weather strikes."

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Ontario or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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