In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has shared tips aimed at helping Atlantic Canadians keep their families and property safe.
"As we've seen in previous years, a hurricane can cause extensive damage regardless of its category. Being prepared for any severe weather event is important for your personal and financial security," said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC. "We want to ensure that Atlantic Canadians are ready for any strong winds or heavy rains that Hurricane Dorian may bring to the region. Even a significantly weakened hurricane can carry winds strong enough to cause widespread destruction and upheaval."
IBC’s top ten tips to prepare are as follows:
1. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.
2. Assemble disaster safety kits for your home, car and office
3. Secure any loose patio furniture and barbecues when a storm is on its way.
4. Protect or move property that might be damaged by flying debris.
5. Prepare a detailed home inventory.
6. Charge handheld electronics and have back-up power sources available.
7. Have someone check your property if you are away.
8. Make sure downspouts are clear of debris and direct water away from your home.
9. To protect against flooding caused by torrential rain, install a sump pump, backwater valve or backflow valve.
10. Check with your insurance representative to make sure you have appropriate coverage.
IBC underlined that anyone with questions about their individual policy should contact their insurance representative. However, those requiring more general insurance information may contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1‑844-2ask-IBC (1-844-227-5422 x 228) which will be open 24/7 or visit IBC.ca/disaster.