IBC offers tips for Emergency Preparedness Week

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  • May. 8, 2012 12:00 p.m.

It’s Emergency Preparedness Week, a reminder that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency. This week Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) encourages Canadians to follow some simple steps so you will become better prepared.

“Our industry has seen first-hand the devastating impact that disasters can have on individuals, families and communities,” says Lindsay Olson, Vice President, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with IBC. “Insurers will be there to help when disasters strike, but a little preparation can go a long way to minimize the impact of an emergency.”

One of the prime reasons to be “emergency-savvy” is that it could take emergency workers some time to reach you. According to Public Safety Canada you should be able to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

These tips will help you to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

Know the risks in your region. Be better prepared by identifying the most common hazards specific to your region.

Make a solid emergency plan. Having a plan will help you and your family know exactly what to do in case of emergency.

Have an emergency kit with basic supplies. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days.

During an emergency know what to do and who to call in different circumstances.

Learn who does what during an emergency because we all have a role to play.

After an emergency know what you need to do.


Always keep a home inventory of your possessions including receipts, photographs or video footage in advance and be prepared when disaster strikes.


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