Insurance Bureau of Canada's Emergency Preparedness Week message: Take inventory of your possessions

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - What do you have to lose? Many Canadians aren't
sure. During Emergency Preparedness Week, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is
urging all Canadians to change that and take inventory of their possessions
before a disaster strikes.
    "A home inventory helps to ensure you know exactly what you own, and, of
course, if you have insurance coverage" said Mary Lou O'Reilly,
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing, Insurance Bureau of Canada. "If
you ever have to file a claim this inventory makes the process quicker and
    A new online version of Know Your Stuff - IBC's home inventory tool - is
now available for free at The tool makes it easy for users to
build a room-by-room record of their belongings, and attach pictures and
receipts. The file is stored securely online and can be accessed anywhere
there is an Internet connection, anytime.
    Homeowners and renters alike should keep a home inventory. Most
homeowners have insurance, and their policies automatically cover contents,
however many renters do not have insurance. These renters should consider that
their contents may not be covered.
    "You may not think you have much of value, but if you had to replace all
your possessions all at once you will likely find it's more than you realize,"
added O'Reilly. "A home inventory can help determine the total replacement
value of your belongings."
    To create your own free home inventory, visit

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member
companies represent nearly 95% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance
market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 110,000 Canadians,
pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal
governments, and has a total premium base of $38 billion.

For further information:

For further information: Erika Bennett, (416) 362-2031 ext. 4312

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