CRU GROUP deploys Commercial and Structural Damage Adjusters to Assist in Alaska Earthquake

Source: CRU Group

Kyle Winston, President and CEO of CRU GROUP, confirmed Dec. 6, 2018 that the company deployed key personnel to Anchorage, Alaska to assist two carriers with Earthquake adjusting services. “After years of Earthquake Response Planning for Canadian P&C companies, we have now been engaged by two US carriers to assist after the 7.0 earthquake that affected Anchorage and the surrounding areas. CRU was asked to assist in the rapid and accurate assessment of commercial structural damage.”

Skip McHardy, SVP Catastrophe Response Unit explained, “After the implementation of the OSFI B-9 requirement in Canada, we decided to develop our expertise with earthquakes. With both adjusters and management that had earthquake experience, our AIA Division created a complete Earthquake Adjusters Training program, and we have actively been involved in the planning and upkeep of compliant Response Plans for several insurer partners.”

Mr. McHardy continued, “Recognizing the exposure Canadian companies have to a possible earthquake in either the West Coast area or the Ottawa valley, being prepared requires continuous updating of information, support services and government emergency management. We know an earthquake has the potential to create destruction that would far exceed any disaster we’ve seen, and the approach to managing the response, which is far different than other natural events, will be the key to serving the industry and public effectively.”

“Canada has been blessed for many years now with a relatively benign earthquake environment.” said Mr. Winston, “But when the day eventually comes, live tests like our Anchorage response will go a long way in helping us to prepare and respond when the earth really moves here in Canada!”

Earthquake weary Alaskans still grappling with damage

By Rachel D’Oro

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people nervous about aftershocks were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations.

Some residents went back to work. But state transportation officials again urged people who live north and south of Anchorage to take the day off or work from home to reduce traffic.

Rockfalls were still occurring along cliff-lined Seward Highway, while major repairs were underway on hard-hit Glenn Highway, the main road leading north of the city, Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said.

“We don’t want the commute to be frustrating because people will experience delays,” she said.

Residents still jittery from the 7.0 quake on Friday have been rattled even further by more than 1,700 aftershocks. A dozen have had magnitudes of 4.5 or greater.

“Anything that moves, you’re on your last nerve,” said Anchorage resident Lyn Matthews, whose home sustained substantial structural damage, including a sunken foundation.

Matthews, who was back at work at a chiropractor’s office, and her husband have no earthquake insurance.

“I’m scared to death,” she said.

The earthquake struck 7 miles (11 kilometres) north of Anchorage, swaying buildings, disrupting power and causing heavy damage to Glenn Highway.

There were no reports of deaths, serious injuries or widespread catastrophic damage in the state with strict building codes implemented after a 1964 earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 _ the second most powerful of any quake ever recorded.

No outbreaks of disease or other major health problems have been reported.

Still, federal officials declared a public health emergency on Monday, saying the action will ensure that Medicaid funds continue to be issued despite the temporary closure of offices. Mental health aid is also available for people being stressed by the disaster.

“Remember, whatever you’re feeling right now is valid,” Anchorage Health and Human Services director Natasha Pineda said at a weekend briefing.

Earthquake forecasts cited a 4 per cent chance of another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 or greater in the first week after the first quake.

“The chance is very small, but it’s not impossible,” U.S. Geological Survey Geophysicist Paul Caruso said.

The federal courthouse in Anchorage was among structures that remained closed. Officials said the U.S. District Court and the attached federal building in Anchorage will be closed at least through Thursday following a preliminary evaluation by the General Services Administration.

GSA spokesman Chad Hutson said boilers in the federal building were leaking, leaving it without heat.

The nearby Historic Federal Building, where the bankruptcy court is located, also remained closed. Officials said it will be ready to reopen once minor cleanup is complete.

Schools have been closed until Dec. 10, which should also reduce traffic. An elementary school in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River has been deemed unsafe to occupy, while multiple other campuses in the region are undergoing repairs and cleanup, according to the Anchorage School District.

A middle school in the small town of Houston north of Anchorage likely will remain closed through the year.

The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted.

About 90 per cent of all the goods sold in Alaska are delivered to the Port of Anchorage, where officials have completed a preliminary damage assessment. There were some structural issues with some trestles, but nothing that should impede operations, according to Municipal Manager Bill Falsey.

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Associated Press Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.

“Don’t be left out” – The Great BC Shakeout is coming October 18

C’s largest earthquake preparedness drill, the Great BC Shakeout, is just around the corner. To raise awareness of the event, ShakeOutBC is launching a series of new, sharable videos featuring the mischief of characters Quake and Aftershock who help remind British Columbian’s of what to do when an earthquake hits.

“Don’t be left out of this year’s Great BC ShakeOut on October 18,” said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance.  “Right now 670,000 British Columbians have registered to take part, but we have a long way to go before everyone in the province knows what to do in the event of an earthquake.”

ShakeOut BC’s new, sharable campaign videos can be found at www.dontbeleftout.ca.  The videos are available to share on Youtube, FacebookTwitter and Instagram and can be found using the hashtag #dontbeleftout.

The Great BC ShakeOut will be held Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m. Last year, ShakeOutBC set a new record for participation, with nearly 900,000 individuals taking part across the province.

ShakeOutBC events have been held in BC since 2011, yet many individuals still don’t know what to do when an earthquake hits. These new videos were created to reach British Columbians who have never heard of ShakeOut, and may be unaware that much of coastal BC is at high-risk for an earthquake.

“There is a one-in-three chance that a significant earthquake will strike southwestern British Columbia in the next 50 years,” said Aaron Sutherland, Vice-President, Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Government, businesses, and all British Columbians have a role to play in creating a true culture of earthquake preparedness across this province. By working together, we can make British Columbia a safer, better prepared province for when disaster strikes.”

This year’s sponsors for the BC ShakeOut are Insurance Bureau of Canada, London Drugs, HEMBC, BCAA and FortisBC.

About ShakeOut BC

ShakeOut BC earthquake drills help people at home, school and work practise how to be safe during an earthquake and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly following an earthquake. As of today, 42 million people worldwide are registered to participate in the October 18th drill, including more than 670,000 British Columbians currently registered to participate.  Last year nearly 900,000 British Columbians participated.

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.

If you require more information, spokespeople from IBC and the Great British Columbia ShakeOut are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

Two quakes damage homes, crack ground in Alberta Beach

CBC News

Two seismic events wreaked havoc on homes in a small village northwest of Edmonton late Monday night.

The 2.0 magnitude quakes happened around 11:45 p.m, a spokesperson from the Alberta Energy Regulator said in a statement to CBC News Tuesday.

Staff at the energy regulator continue to investigate but said preliminary information suggests that “both events are consistent with reports of an earthquake.”

A spokesperson for the regulator said they believe Alberta Beach was hit by two naturally caused ice quakes.

Ice quakes happen when cold winter temperatures quickly freeze groundwater, causing the ground to suddenly crack and make popping sounds.

‘Hellacious crashing’

Sharon Smith said the earthquakes woke her family up around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“There was this hellacious crashing, cracking sound. My partner was here, my son was here and we all came tearing out of our bedrooms,” she told CBC News Tuesday night.

The family faced a rude awakening later that morning, when they found a gigantic crack running through their front door up to the ceiling and across the roof.

Wall crack

One of the cracks running up the wall at the Smith’s vacation home. (Sharon Smith)

The cracks extended to the walls inside their vacation home. The baseboards have also separated from the walls, she said.

Smith forced the door open and went outside to survey the damage. In the backyard, she said she found the family’s deck, normally held up by two posts, was barely supported as the posts had folded down to 45 degrees.

The cracks in the ground were so large in places, Smith said, that they opened up the ice on the waterfront close to homes bordering Lac Ste. Anne.

“I’ve never heard of an earthquake out here,” she said.

Smith said a structural engineer will be arriving at the home Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

Source: CBC News Edmonton

Canada’s largest earthquake drill is just a week away!

Join hundreds of thousands of British Columbians as they “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The BC Earthquake Alliance, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), and Science World, are working together to present Canada’s largest earthquake preparedness drill on Thursday, October 19at 10:19 a.m. ShakeOut is also presented with generous support from London Drugs, FortisBC , BC Hydro, HEMBC, BCAA,  and Ivanhoe Cambridge. For a full list of sponsors, organizers and supporters, click here.

Register today and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same at www.ShakeOutBC.ca.

“Well-rehearsed emergency plans are key to our overall level of preparedness, and each year, people across the province ‘Drop, Cover and Hold On’ during The Great British Columbia ShakeOut to practice what to do when an earthquake first occurs,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness in British Columbia. “I encourage all British Columbians to participate in this drill and take this opportunity to prepare an emergency kit and review emergency plans with their loved ones. A program like ShakeOut is one step we can take to protect the safety of our citizens, so let’s all work together to create a more resilient British Columbia.”

“Thousands of earthquakes occur every year in British Columbia. While only a few are large enough to be felt, damaging earthquakes have happened in the past and will occur in the future,” said Dave Cockle, President, BC Earthquake Alliance. “By participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut, you, your family and your colleagues take an easy, 90 second step toward ensuring the safest action will be taken during an earthquake.”

“We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s annual ShakeOutBC event,” said Dr. Scott Sampson, President and CEO of Science World. “British Columbia is a province that is tectonically active and understanding the science of seismology and tsunamis is an important part of emergency preparedness.”

Canada’s home and business insurers play a critical role helping individuals and families recover following disaster,” said Aaron Sutherland, Vice-President, Pacific, IBC. “That is why IBC is once again proud to sponsor this year’s Great British Columbia ShakeOut. Governments, businesses, and consumers all need to work together to help create a culture of preparedness in British Columbia.”

To learn about all the ways to participate in this year’s ShakeOut BC drill, click here. Listen to the ShakeOut BC drill audio broadcast during the event to make it more informative. Click here to download the drill broadcast. For more information about IBC and the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, visit www.ibc.ca.

Note to Editors:

If you work for a TV or radio station that will be airing the drill during The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, celebrate your station’s commitment to earthquake preparedness by listing its name on the BC ShakeOut website. Just fill out this form.

A media advisory will be issued on October 17th and 18th inviting media to attend Science World for the main media event, presented by Insurance Bureau of Canada, on ShakeOut BC Day October 19th

About ShakeOut BC

ShakeOut BC earthquake drills help people at home, school and work practise how to be safe during an earthquake and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly following an earthquake. As of today, 38 million people worldwide are registered to participate in the October 19th drill, including more than 732,000 British Columbians currently registered to participate.  Last year over 800,000 British Columbians participated.

About Science World

Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.

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.

If you require more information, spokespeople from IBC and the Great British Columbia ShakeOut are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

The Great ShakeOut, an international earthquake preparedness drill is coming

In exactly one month, the Great ShakeOut, an international earthquake preparedness drill, will take place. The many millions taking part in the Great ShakeOut will Drop, Cover and Hold On, three steps that could save lives the day the earth does shake.

Once again this year, the Association de sécurité civile du Québec (ASCQ) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are promoting la Grande Secousse (Great ShakeOut) and are encouraging Quebecers to register and participate in large numbers in this drill, which will take just a minute of their time, but make all the difference in case of a quake.

The risks are very real

Why prepare yourself for a quake if you live in Quebec? Because each year, Eastern Canada averages about 450 quakes, and Quebec is no exception. It is therefore very important to develop good reflexes now so that you know what to do right away when a large quake hits.

IBC, which has made earthquake awareness one of its priorities, is inviting the public to register for the Great Quebec ShakeOut and practice the three steps recommended to protect oneself, at home, at work or at school.

“In 1988, a quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck the Saguenay region, causing damage all the way to Montreal. Fortunately, there were no victims. But if such a quake were to hit today in a more densely populated region, the lack of preparedness could have dramatic consequences on people’s lives”, noted Pierre Babinsky, Director, Public Affairs at Insurance Bureau of Canada.

As event organizer, the Association de sécurité civile du Québec (ASCQ) would like the Great Quebec ShakeOut exercise to be recognized by all, just like annual evacuation drills.

“As well as informing the population about what to do if a quake hits, we also hope that the drill makes citizens more aware about public safety and encourages them to be prepared in case of a disaster. Are we ready to deal with an exceptional situation?”, said Mrs. Louise Bradette, President of ASCQ, and Director of Public Safety and Chief Resilience Officer at the city of Montreal.

This year, for the 5th edition of the event in Quebec, schools, individuals and organizations that register before October 19 could win one of the fabulous prizes in the draw to be held on October 23, 2017.

Click here to see the Grande Secousse promotional video (in French only).

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada, which groups the majority Canada’s P&C insurers, offers various services to consumers in order to inform and assist them when purchasing car or home insurance, or making a claim.

About Association de sécurité civile du Québec

The mission of Association de sécurité civile du Québec  is to serve its members by creating a network of contacts, provide training, highlight expertise and promote good public safety practices in Quebec. Supported by highly experienced members, the Association de sécurité civile du Québec plays a leadership role and is a pivotal forum for promoting public safety excellence in Quebec through enhanced resilience.

SOURCE Association de sécurité civile du Québec (ASCQ)

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