State Of Emergency In Ontario Highlights Need For Winter Survival Kit

TORONTO, Dec. 14 2010 – Heavy snow stranding hundreds of drivers in southwest Ontario has caused a state of emergency, emphasizing the importance of preparing a winter survival kit before driving, says Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

Treacherous Driving Conditions

“Winter storms can cause treacherous driving conditions as the people stranded on Highway 402 in Ontario have experienced”, says James Geuzebroek, Acting Vice President, Communications, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “It’s essential to be prepared when driving in these conditions. Check the weather before you leave, make sure your vehicle is fully maintained and pack a winter survival kit,” he added.

What to Pack in a Winter Survival Kit?

  • Sand and shovel
  • Road map and compass or GPS unit
  • Extra clothing, footwear and blanket
  • Emergency food pack
  • Ice scraper and booster cables
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit

For more ideas on what to include in a survival kit and tips on driving safely in winter, please visit > Be Smart Be Safe > Road Safety > Winter Driving.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 110,000 Canadians, pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $40 billion.