Make Family Day an Emergency Preparedness Day

Toronto, ON (Feb. 12, 2016) – As Family Day approaches, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging families across Ontario to make emergency preparation a priority. Take the time to discuss what to do in the event of a disaster with your family.

“This Family Day, why not take a few minutes to review your family’s emergency plans and update your disaster safety kit?” asked Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, IBC. “Preparation is key in an emergency. IBC wants to help ensure that families are prepared for the increasing number of severe weather events and the potential for a natural disaster.”

IBC’s Top 10 tips to prepare your family for an emergency are as follows:

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan.
  • Assemble disaster safety kits for your home, car and office.
  • Be sure to have at least 2 litres of drinking water per person a day for up to 72 hours.
  • Know your home’s exits and nearby safe meeting locations.
  • Speak with your neighbours to plan ahead and share responsibilities.
  • Compile detailed, up-to-date contact lists for work and school, as well as for family members with special health needs.
  • Prepare a detailed home inventory.
  • Test and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Put all important documents in a safe place and ensure they are accessible if you need to evacuate.
  • Ask your insurance representative about coverage for specific events.

IBC’s Top 10 Tips to prepare your family for an emergency (Click for PDF)

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 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.

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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada