As Emergency Preparedness Week begins, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers suggestions for how homewoners can protect themselves, their homes from the effects of severe weather.

Severe weather – heavy rainfall, flooding, hail damage, storm surges, tornadoes – can strike hard with little warning and can have a devastating impact on communities and property.

IBC suggests these helpful severe weather preparedness tips:

Assemble an emergency kit – flashlight and batteries, battery-operated radio etc. 

Move valuable items from your basement to higher levels in your home.

Clear eaves troughs and downspouts – if safe to do so – to direct water away from your home.

Ask someone to check your property if you are away.

Also take these precautions if you have more time:

Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

Prepare a detailed home inventory. This can be done as photos or video.

Install a sump pump and/or sewer backup valve.

Elevate furnaces, hot water heaters and electrical panels in the basement or relocate them to a higher level.

Check with your insurance representative to make sure you have appropriate coverage.

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