EDMONTON, May 17 2011 – In response to destructive wildfires that consumed much of the Town of Slave Lake, Alberta, Sunday night, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has deployed its Community Assistance Mobile Pavilion (CAMP) to help impacted residents and businesses.
IBC CAMP staff will be at the Athabasca Multiplex, 2 University Drive, to answer insurance-related questions for Slave Lake residents and business owners impacted by the wildfires.
“Fortunately, early reports indicate there were no serious injuries as a result of the wildfires,” said Doug Noble, Vice-President, Alberta and the North, IBC. “But the property damage to homes and personal property, businesses and public buildings is extensive.”
CAMP is one of a number of initiatives by Canada’s home, car and business insurers to help Canadians prepare for, and cope with, disasters. The national program provides disaster victims with on-site, quick-response, insurance-related information.
“Home, car and business insurance generally provides coverage for fire. But when disaster strikes, many people are forced from their homes and don’t have their insurance information with them. That’s where CAMP can help,” added Noble.
In addition to speaking with IBC representatives with CAMP, impacted residents can call IBC’s Consumer Information Centre in Alberta at 1-800-377-6378 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) for answers to insurance-related questions.
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