Motor home office to start servicing area residents on Tuesday, July 2
TORONTO, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - With High River, Alberta still under a partial
evacuation order, Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of
home, auto, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, has
established a temporary office in nearby Aldersyde to better serve area
Aviva's new temporary office will be open for customers starting Tuesday, July
2 at 9am local time and will be located in a motor home parked at the Petro
Canada gas station/A&W restaurant at 64273 Highway 547 East, Aldersyde.
Aviva's Catastrophe Response Team has been in Calgary visiting area
residential and business customers since Monday, and the team is eager to
extend that support to High River customers. The team has already spoken with
most High River area customers and the outreach will continue over the weekend.
Once the High River evacuation order is fully lifted and a more suitable
location for the mobile office can be found, the vehicle will move closer to
residents' homes. Also at that time, Aviva adjusters will start visiting High
River area customers in their homes and businesses.
Aviva urges residents to use extreme caution when returning to their
property. Anytime that water damage is experienced, the first steps for
property owners are to notify their broker or insurer and protect your
property from further damage. It is important for homeowners to be aware that
overland flooding is not covered by home insurance policies anywhere in Canada
as it is a risk for only a small amount of the population. Sewer Backup
coverage is widely covered in home insurance policies either as a standard
inclusion or an add-on.
More information about flood coverage can be found in a press release issued
by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. For regularly updated and relevant
information about the situation in Southern Alberta, please visit the
Government of Alberta 2013 Alberta Floods webpage.
There are several other preliminary actions you may take before your insurance
adjuster arrives. First and foremost, ensure the area where the backup
occurred is safe to enter because:
-- Water damage may seriously weaken wall and ceiling structures.
-- Residents could be exposed to highly contaminated water with
disease or bacteria from raw sewage and other pollutants.
-- Water may affect electrical and gas systems including related
appliances, creating the possibility of serious electrical
shock or explosion.
-- If in doubt about safety to perform any actions within homes,
residents should contact their local authorities.
-- If necessary and it is safe to do so, turn off electricity,
natural gas supply, furnace or air conditioner and water main,
and stay away from electrical equipment.
-- Take photos of the damage caused by the flooding - include
pictures of the water's entry point.
-- Be careful while cleaning up, wear gloves and dress
appropriately - remember the water may be contaminated.
-- Move as much furniture and other property as possible to a dry
-- Throw out any fresh, packaged or frozen foods and personal
hygiene products which may have been affected by the water.
-- Make a list of all damaged property and note which property is
permanently damaged and unusable.
-- Keep any damaged property so claims adjusters may inspect it
before having it removed.
What to expect in the coming days:
-- If they have not already, residents should contact their
insurer and/or insurance broker who will assess their claim.
This is done to prioritize the damages of those most adversely
-- Damages, if covered by an insurance policy, will be quantified
through a visit with an adjuster and arrangements will be made
to complete repairs and replace damaged property.
-- Adjusters and contractors will move to complete the emergency
repairs to minimize further damages and to make damaged homes
The high level of damage caused by the water has put significant pressure on
the local infrastructure and contractors will be focusing on those most badly
hit first. As such, residents with lesser damage are asked to be patient with
the repair timing.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business
insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations
and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest
in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's
Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program to help
homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.
For more information visit AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook
and LinkedIn pages.
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social
Media Aviva Canada Inc. Desk: (416) 288-2685, Mobile: (416) 523-3225
SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc.
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