Canada (IBC) is encouraging British Columbians living in
the south coastal area to prepare for strong winds and heavy rains due
to arrive Wednesday night.
Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of
the region and rainfalls upwards of 200mm are forecasted.
"Storms such as this can have a huge
impact on families and communities," said Bill Adams, Vice-President,
Western and Pacific, IBC. "That's why we want to help make sure that
British Columbians are prepared for when bad weather strikes. If you
have any questions, contact your insurance representative or call IBC's
Consumer Information Centre at 1‑844‑2ask-IBC. We're here to help."
Help protect your home from storm damage:
Store valuable items in upper floors
of your home, away from the basement.
On lower levels raise large appliances, furnaces, hot water
heaters and electrical panels up on wood or cement blocks
If flooding is imminent, shut off electricity to areas of the home
that may be affected. Use sand bags or install flood shields or
built-up barriers for basement windows and doors.
Create an emergency preparedness plan with your family.
Assemble an emergency supply kit.
Prepare a detailed home inventory.
Pay attention to local authorities and monitor weather
When severe weather occurs, it is
important for consumers to understand their insurance policies and to
know what is covered. If damage occurs, IBC is here to help
policyholders if they have any insurance related questions.
Starting the claims process:
When safe to do so, assess and
Call your insurance representative and/or company to report damage
Be as detailed as possible when providing information.
If you need help getting in touch with your insurer, contact IBC's
Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ASK-IBC (1-844-227-5422).
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
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.
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