Insurance Brokers Urge Ontarians to Take Rain Storm Precautions

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - In the name of safety and prevention, and
in the wake of recent downpours throughout the province, the Insurance Brokers
Association of Ontario (IBAO) would like to remind Ontario residents to take
precautions to reduce the potential damage caused by severe summer rain
    In August 2005, four inches of rain fell in a one hour period in Toronto
and parts of Southern Ontario. The storm cost Ontarians over $100 million,
resulted in massive flooding, and caused significant damage to over
5,000 homes.
    In the event that such a storm occurs again, IBAO warns Ontario residents
who live in flood prone areas to take the following precautions to reduce the
likelihood of injury and damage to their property and home:

    - Clear leaves and other debris from eaves troughs, downspouts and catch
      basins to allow proper drainage.
    - In extreme downpours, even clear eaves troughs can overflow. Make sure
      the grading around your home drains away from all exterior walls,
      window wells and other openings.
    - Keep drinking water, canned food, flashlights, spare batteries, a first
      aid kit, and a transistor radio in your home.
    - If you are caught in a storm while driving, watch out for flooded
      roadways, especially low spots like underpasses. If you encounter a
      flooded underpass, do not attempt to drive through it - take an
      alternative route instead.

    Although IBAO CEO Randy Carroll admits such severe weather as that seen
during Ontario's August 2005 storm is not a normal occurrence, he said that
Ontarians should nonetheless be prepared to deal with this type of weather as
it is likely to happen again at some point in the future.
    "A little preparation now will serve you and your family well in an
emergency," said Carroll. "There's no doubt."

    The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) is a 'not for profit'
association that represents and serves the interests of over
10,000 independent Property & Casualty Insurance Brokers in the Province of

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, IBAO Public
Relations, (613) 233-8906,

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