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How To Protect Your Home Before You Leave On Vacation

How To Protect Your Home Before You Leave On Vacation

Protect Your Home Before You Leave On Vacation Getting away this Summer? When you leave your house for a long period of time you are leaving it vulnerable to theft, accidents, or damage. To best prepare your house for your vacation, consider these home safety tips before departing. A few minutes can go a long way in preventing any unexpected occurrence or possible insurance claims: House Sitter: Ask a trusted friend, relative or neighbour to keep a watchful eye on your home while you’re away. It is very important that your house is checked for insurance reasons especially if you are away for more than 2 weeks in a row. Mail Deliveries: Cancelling regular deliveries, like putting a temporary hold on newspaper deliveries, will reduce the amount of attention your house receives while you are gone. Canada Post offers a…read more →

Why You Need Overland Water Coverage for Your Home

Why You Need Overland Water Coverage for Your Home

Why You Need Overland Water Coverage for Your Home Floods are the second most common natural disaster in Canada, occurring five times as often as wildfires. Just a few centimetres of water from flooding can cause costly, irreversible damage to your home. When it comes to protecting homes from floods, most property owners assume their home insurance policies will provide adequate coverage. This is often not the case, making dedicated protection in the form of overland flood insurance a must. What is Overland Flooding? Overland flooding is defined as floodwaters that flow from an outside source or body of water onto dry land, causing water damage. The two most likely causes of overland flooding include snowmelt and rainstorms. Overland flood insurance covers flooding from surface water accumulation as well as from bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers or streams….read more →

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses With the severity of cyber attacks increasing on what seems like a daily basis, governments are now stepping in to provide guidance and keep the general public both safe and informed. In Canada, the Digital Privacy Act (DPA), which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), is the federal law that dictates how organizations respond to and report data breaches. However, these are not the only cyber-related laws Canadian businesses have to contend with, as Europe’s data breach regulations can have a sweeping impact on international businesses of all kinds. In fact, any organization that operates or sells in the European Union (EU) or manages EU-based information could face major fines if they fail to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, it’s crucial for organizations to…read more →

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 →

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