IBC’s 10 tips for emergency preparedness week

May 11th, 2015 by

As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, the Insurance Bureau of Canada partnered with the City of Toronto and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management in spreading its preparedness message. 

Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC, emphasized the importance of preparing for the worst possible scenario. Doing this due diligence ensures that you can keep yourself and your family safe. 

Toward this end, here are the IBC's top 10 tips for preparing your family for such an event:

  • Put together an emergency preparedness plan.
  • Organize disaster safety kits for your home, car and office.
  • Have at least 2 litres of drinking water for each person to last at least 72 hours.
  • Be familiar with your home's exits and nearby safe meeting locations.
  • Coordinate plans and sharing of responsibilities with your neighbours.
  • Have contact lists for work and school and prepare for how you will handle health care needs.
  • Prepare a detailed home inventory.
  • If you will be away on vacation for an extended period of time, make sure you have someone check your home regularly. During the winter, have someone clear snow from your driveway and walkway. 
  • Keep important documents in a safe place, readily accessible in the event you need to evacuate.
  • Speak with your insurance representative regarding coverage for specific events.

If you have questions about emergency preparedness, contact the team at Fundy Mutual. We have been serving the New Brunswick region for over 70 years and take a proactive, preventative approach to our customers' needs.

Contact us today for an affordable home or car insurance quote.