Canada’s 17th annual Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 6 to 12, 2012. “Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity for us to ensure we are prepared for any emergency situation that may occur. It is also a time for us to recognize those men and women on the front lines who work heroically to protect our families and communities from emergency situations,” said Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews.
Insurer RSA is reminding Canadian home and business owners that taking steps now to prepare for an emergency can be the difference between a minor hassle and full-blown disaster.
Spring and summer bring the warm weather but can also come with some unwelcome side effects such as thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes and dry conditions that can lead to forest fires.
“Simple steps such as installing sump pumps in basements or backflow valves can be critical in preventing sewer backups in the event of flooding or a major rain storm. Ensuring that trees and bushes are trimmed and any dead branches removed can make all the difference in preventing roof or window damage in the event of a wind storm,” said Irene Bianchi, SVP of Claims and Corporate Services at RSA in a statement. “Placing business equipment and other valuables in a shelter during a tornado warning can save a lot of hassle and frustration in the aftermath of a storm.”
Canadians are encouraged to prepare an emergency safety kit that includes supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, blanket and battery operated radio. It’s also important to store copies of important documents such as wills and insurance policies offsite.
“Ensuring the security of your home or business by checking the strength and make of your doors and windows is also wise,” adds Bianchi. “Simple steps we take now can make a real difference in reducing the impact a disaster has on our lives.”
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