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Why Canadians who own Florida homes need both hurricane and flood insurance

Why Canadians who own Florida homes need both hurricane and flood insurance

Do you have a home or property in Florida? Call us now at 1-800-661-1518 or Click Here! Source: CTV News About 3 million Canadians visit Florida every year, and thousands own property there. So with Hurricane Irma threatening to do heavy damage to the state, should those property owners have flood or hurricane insurance? The short answer is yes, they need both. The latest forecasts suggest Irma’s winds could carve up much of Florida’s coast, damaging property from the Florida Keys through Jacksonville, and some experts say this could become the costliest storm in U.S. history. For Canadian owners of property in Florida, the one bit of good news is that Irma is moving swiftly and should bring less than a quarter of the rain that Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas when it stalled over the state. South Florida is…read more →

Evacuation Guidelines For Yourself & Your Family

Evacuation Guidelines For Yourself & Your Family

Are You Prepared? Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across Canada, and almost every year, people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach. In addition, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances dozens of times a year, forcing many people to leave their homes. In some circumstances, local officials decide that the hazards are serious and require mandatory evacuations. In others, local officials advise evacuations and individual households can decide to evacuate to avoid situations they believe are potentially dangerous. When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens, text alerts, emails or telephone calls are used. The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition,…read more →

Protecting Your Home While You Are Away

Protecting Your Home While You Are Away

HOME PROTECTION TIPS Unfortunately, no one is completely immune from theft. Whether you’re looking to protect your home while you are away on vacation or simply away at work, your first line of defence is to thwart burglars. Use these suggestions to help protect your home while you are away: Install motion sensor lighting around your home and garage. Place automatic timers on your lights and set them for different times for different rooms. Do not leave your valuables such as jewellery, art work or electronics sitting out in plain view. Hide these items in inconspicuous places such as old laundry detergent boxes. Place “Beware of Dog” and home alarm signs in your yard. Even if you do not have a dog or an alarm, this may deter potential thieves from trying to enter. Alert friends and neighbours when you…read more →

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

When it comes to preventing flooding in your home, sump pumps are among the most valuable tools at your disposal, especially during heavy rainfalls or snowmelt season. Learn how sump pumps work and how you can keep yours flowing smoothly all year long. What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a device that picks up water from your basement (specifically from the sump pit, a hole in the lowest part of the basement floor, where runoff from your home’s weeping tile collects) and pumps it safely away from your home’s foundation. Sump pumps are especially helpful in rural areas and regions prone to flooding, where rainwater and melting snow can’t easily drain into a municipal sewer system. How do sump pumps work? Once the water in your sump pit rises to a certain level, it raises a floating…read more →

Cyber Attacks Hit Small Firms Hardest

Cyber Attacks Hit Small Firms Hardest

More than half of 3,000 firms surveyed for a new report commissioned by Hiscox said they experienced a cyber attack in the past year and two in five have had to deal with two or more. The specialty insurer commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey executives, managers and IT specialists in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Larger companies, particularly those in the U.S., were targeted most often. But smaller firms were hit hardest. “While big firms incur the highest costs in nominal terms, the financial impact of cyber attacks is disproportionately high for the very smallest companies,” Hiscox said in its first ‘Cyber Readiness Report.’ “Small businesses also appear more complacent than their larger counterparts however, with 29% saying they changed nothing following a cyber security incident compared to larger firms (20%).” In terms of adopting key cyber security initiatives, the…read more →

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