Jun 19, 2019 How to Prepare for More Severe Weather

It’s no secret that climate change is leading to more frequent and more severe weather events and catastrophes around the world. Here in Canada, some of the most obvious examples include an increase in wildfires, more extreme heatwaves, and flooding. Consider these tips to make sure you’re prepared to protect your home in case of a major weather event in your neighbourhood.   Get the coverage you need before you need it Insurance, in a nutshell, is planning for the worst and hoping that it never happens. When clear skies are in the forecast, reviewing your insurance policy might not be top of mind, but it’s essential that you have the right coverage in place before the worst happens. This means reviewing your policy to make sure…

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Jun 4, 2019 Tornado / Windstorm Coverage and FAQ’s

Orleans tornado, taken from Trim and Watters in Orleans.Photo Credit: Michael Dalrymple With the Ottawa area having just experienced its second tornado event in the past 10 months, the obvious question on everyone’s mind is, “Will my homeowner insurance cover damage to my home, caused by a tornado event?” Am I Covered? Damage to homes caused by hail or wind is generally covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. This includes damage caused by flying debris or falling branches. This would also generally include damage to your home and its contents when water enters through openings as a result of the wind or hail damage. In certain circumstances, homeowners who are unable to live in their homes because of the insurable damage are entitled to…

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Apr 16, 2019 Damaged Tree Replacement Grant

Did last years tornadoes destroy your trees? Residents in the Ottawa-Gatineau region can now get grants to replace their damaged trees from last year’s tornadoes. Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree charity, is supporting Ottawa-Gatineau residents replace trees lost from last September’s devastating tornadoes through its Operation ReLeaf Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes program, an ambitious greening initiative which provides funding to affected residents to re-plant trees on their property. Tree Canada’s program, in cooperation with the City of Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa, the Ville de Gatineau and le Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO), will provide up to $300 in funding to private landowners (i.e. residences, condominiums, institutional) who own/manage a property and who had individual trees destroyed by the…

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Oct 9, 2018 Emergency Aid for Ottawa-Gatineau Region Tornado Victims

Samaritan’s Purse considers it a privilege to serve alongside emergency responders. “It’s in the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city [during its 163-year history],” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told news media, in describing the tornadoes that blasted through the region on September 21. More than 40 homes in the community of Dunrobin alone were flattened or destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and will remain that way for days, local utilities have warned. We are consulting with Ottawa-area emergency authorities to coordinate our response. The Disaster Relief Unit is outfitted with generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear to equip our trained staff who will recruit, train, and deploy caring clean-up volunteers from…

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Aug 29, 2018 Tornado in Ottawa ─ How Does this Affect You?

Tornado warnings have been a common sight and sound this Summer. If you’ve seen pictures or video of this natural disaster, you know tornadoes are no joke.  It can blow out windows, launch vehicles into the air, tear the roof off homes and severely damage the structural integrity of buildings. It does lead you to think, does your home policy cover you for damage caused by a tornado? Am I Covered? Damage to homes caused by hail or wind is generally covered. This includes damage caused by flying debris or falling branches. This would also generally include damage to your home and its contents when water enters through openings as a result of the wind or hail damage. In certain circumstances,…

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Aug 27, 2017 Before, During and After a Tornado

Did you know that (after the United States) Canada gets more tornadoes than any other country in the world? Much more powerful than your typical thunderstorm, a tornado can cause significant damage to your home and property. The good news is, you can take some simple steps before, during, and after the storm to protect your space and keep your family safe and sound.   How to prepare before a tornado Tornado season generally spans from May through September in Canada. These simple tips can help you prepare for a tornado emergency: Keep your eye on the weather. Summer storms can come on suddenly, so it’s important to stay alert. Environment Canada is responsible for warning Canadians about extreme weather events through local radio…

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