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IBAA Disaster Liaison and Community Assistance for Southern Alberta Flood
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June 28, 2013

Many of you have been hit hard, so we’re trying to help out in as many ways as we can.

IBAA Liaison with Insurance and Government Representatives

  • IBAA is participating in ongoing sessions with insurance representatives, IBC, CADRI, Alberta Superintendent of Insurance, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Risk Management and Insurance, and Alberta Treasury and Finance. This joint effort for coordinating response, recovery, and rebuilding has been set up since what one group does might help what another is doing. One issue, for example, is how banks will handle flood-disaster mortgages.
  • The Government of Alberta has committed $1 billion (in addition to any payouts from insurance or disaster recovery programs) to rebuilding. Part of the $1 billion will go to prepaid debit cards for the flood victims ($1250/adult and $500/child).
    • See Alberta Emergency Management Agency website for public information about emergency-related debit cards and funds, affected communities, information, and advisories.
    • High River evacuees began to receive these debit cards June 27, 2013. The government is working with Chief and Council of affected First Nations communities to determine the best way to deliver the cards.

Community Aid

  • Bipper blankets—IBAC will share with IBAA the cost of 500 Bipper blankets. 630 CHED and CISN FM will store and distribute them to people in need.
  • Victim Services/Red Cross—Both have asked specifically for money. Please forward donations. Both will issues tax receipts.
  • IBAA CEO George Hodgson and IBAA President Gord Enders went to Calgary and affected areas (June 26–27) to offer assistance to the hardest-hit brokers—Along with the Bipper blankets, they took emergency and clean-up supplies such as cleaners, bottled water, garbage bags, etc.
Assure your clients: Forensic Investigations Canada (FIC) has mobilized security guards to help insurers and consumers protect post-flood property vulnerable to theft, asset removal, and increased personal injury risk (Canadian Underwriter, 25 June 2013).
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