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We are pleased to announce the addition of Natalia Pellati as Business Development Manager for our Eastern Ontario Region. She joins FirstOnSite from a prominent insurance broker in Eastern Ontario, where she has been an account manager for the last three years.
Last year was extremely challenging for North American disaster-response teams. They had to deal with devastating wildfires in British Columbia and California, tornadoes in Ontario and Quebec, and full-scale flooding across Canada. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, weather-driven insurance claims have more than quadrupled over the last decade.
The Polar Vortex is back! Ontario (and much of North America) has been in the grip of a deep freeze, but with a sudden warm front comes a big melt. The combination of deep snow, rapidly warming temperatures and rain creates perfect conditions for winter flooding.
In 2018, insurance damage from severe weather in Canada reached $1.9 billion, most of which was due to flooding. The sudden, unpredictable shift in weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to properties. As a commercial property owner, property manager or homeowner, the best strategy is to take preventive measures.
Canadian companies are more aware than ever of the dangers associated with climate change, and the risks associated with not making emergency preparations. Forward-thinking organizations are making plans to restore resources and operations when disaster occurs, and integrating the human element into the equation. Dave Demos, Chief Executive Officer, Bill Fender, Senior Vice President, Commercial Property Portfolios, and Bill Short II, Executive Vice President, Large Loss North America, spoke to Canadian Property Management about their observations and insights on what clients have done, and are doing, with their disaster planning.
In recent years, we’ve experienced severe ice and snowstorms, deep freezes, and very high winds. Harsh winter weather can cause immediate damage to buildings. The constant buffeting of wind, build-up of snow, and thaw-freeze cycles can also create issues if left unchecked.
As a commercial property owner, property manager or homeowner, the best strategy is to take preventive measures. Follow these five tips to help protect your building from winter storms.