In the aftermath of the windstorm and tornado in the Ottawa–Gatineau area on September 21, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reaching out with tips and advice for those who are affected.
“Our thoughts are with all those whose lives have been disrupted and whose homes have been destroyed by the windstorm or tornado,” said Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC.
The City of Ottawa has set-up Emergency Support Centres at the following locations:
Starting Sunday, September 23, IBC will have representatives at the Goulbourn Recreation Centre to help answer questions.
What insurance covers
Most home and business insurance policies cover damage caused by a windstorm or tornado. If residents have to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities, most home and tenants’ insurance policies will provide coverage for reasonable additional living expenses for a specified period of time. Your insurance representative is at the ready to clarify the details of your policies.
The claims process
If you have been affected by a windstorm or tornado, when safe to do so, take the following steps:
Anyone with questions should contact their insurance representative or for more information contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.
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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 and properties.
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 126,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $54.7 billion.
For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_Ontario or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.
SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada
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