8 tips to protect your property from severe weather

Provide clients with IBC's tips to help them safeguard their homes and businesses.

April is “Earth Month” and it’s a time to remember that severe weather is becoming more frequent and there are things we can do at home to be better prepared. During spring, many begin their gardening and start “spring cleaning” around the house. This is an opportunity to start thinking about making home improvements to protect your home against water damage caused by the more severe storms ahead.

“It’s important to take preventative action against severe weather because it is here to stay, disrupts lives and costs everyone,” said Ralph Palumbo, vice president, Ontario, IBC.

Here are some focused activities that will help your business and homeowner clients safeguard themselves from severe weather impacts.

1. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

2. Assemble a disaster safety kit. To learn more, click here.

3. Prepare a detailed home inventory. For a sample of a home inventory spreadsheet, click here.

4. Landscape with native plants and vegetation that resist soil erosion.

5. Ensure proper lot grading around your house so water can drain away from basement walls.

6. Use a rain barrel to catch water runoff.

7. Check sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways to make sure they haven’t settled over time, which could cause water to drain toward your house.

8. Talk to your broker to make sure you have appropriate coverage.

Click here to provide your clients with more information on how to minimize and help prevent damage.

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