By: Luke Jones, Published on June 23, 2017 08:55 PM, Last Update on June 24, 2017 05:56 AM
Alberta has once again been hit by severe weather this week. People in Red Deer are cleaning up after Tuesday’s aggressive windstorm, which took down power and left the town in an official local state of emergency.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has now issued a release informing residents what they need to do in terms of insurance claims, while offering other pieces of advice. During Tuesday’s windstorm, multiple homes were damaged when wind gusts of more than 100 km/h ripped through Red Deer.
Located in Central Alberta, Red Deer has a population of around 100,000. Mayor Tara Veer confirmed damage to infrastructure when trees took down power lines. IBC is offering locals in the town important insurance advice in the aftermath of the storms.
"The first priority is to ensure the safety of yourself and your family," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western, IBC. "Insurers across Alberta want to remind consumers that when severe weather occurs, it is important to understand their insurance policies and to know what is covered. If damage occurs, policyholders should contact their insurance representatives if they have any questions."
Are you covered?
Starting the claims process:
For Albertans who continue to be under a severe weather watch or warning, it is important to prepare before the bad weather strikes. Here are some tips to help residents get ready:
"Monitor local conditions, listen to local authorities, and have a plan in place to keep you, your home, and your family safe," added Adams. "If you have any questions, contact your insurance representative or call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1?844?2ask-IBC. We're here to help."