Would you know what to do in an emergency?

    MONTREAL, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Would you know what to do if a major
disaster were to strike your community? What about your personal belongings?
Would they be insured? These are just some of the questions to think about and
find solutions for. As part of Civil Protection Week, which runs from May 3
through May 9, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Quebec's Ministère de
la Sécurité publique (MSP) are working together to inform the public about the
importance of being properly prepared to respond rapidly to any crisis.

    Information and advice

    The MSP and IBC are taking this opportunity to unveil the most recent
version of the brochure "En situation d'urgence, savez-vous quoi faire?"
(available in French only), which addresses the risks we could face, including
a fire, flood or an industrial accident; emergency preparedness measures for
different scenarios such as an evacuation; and, lastly, the importance of
having an emergency kit on hand.

    Emergency kit: essential

    Should a major disaster occur, this kit will allow you to meet your basic
needs while you wait for assistance. Remember that, for the first 72 hours,
you must be able to cope on your own and meet your needs. A section in the
brochure describes what your kit should contain: water and food, medication,
first aid products, hygiene products, flashlight, radio with batteries, etc.

    Contest: Win one of 50 emergency kits

    To urge the public to be well prepared for an emergency, the MSP and IBC
will be holding a draw for 50 emergency kits, valued at $100 each, to be drawn
at random from among all participants. It's easy to take part: go to
www.infoinsurance.ca/concours or www.securitecivile.gouv.qc.ca and test your
knowledge in an interactive contest: "72 hours: Check your Preparedness in
Case of an Emergency". At the same time, you can also order the free brochure
"En situation d'urgence, savez-vous quoi faire?" (available in French only).
The contest runs until May 17.

For further information:

For further information: Alexandre Royer, Public Affairs Adviser,
Insurance Bureau of Canada, (514) 288-1563 ext. 232, Cell: (514) 953-0828;
Mario Vaillancourt, Responsible for Media Relations, Ministère de la sécurité
publique, (418) 646-2512

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