Climate change is likely responsible, at least in part, for a rise in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as floods, storms and droughts. As a result, the number of extreme weather events has doubled every five to 10 years over the last three decades, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
What you can expect
Our changing climate means that we can generally expect more frequent, more severe and longer-lasting weather events. This includes heat waves, which lead to increased chances of forest fires; heavy rainfalls, thunderstorms and hailstorms that can lead to flooding and water damage; and tornadoes, droughts and intense winter storms.
What can you do?
The best way to protect yourself and reduce potential damage to your property is to be prepared.
- Get to know the types of weather patterns in the area where you live and work so you can prepare for potential extreme weather events.
- Prepare an emergency safety kit, including basic emergency supplies such as food, water and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight radio.
- Call us to make sure you have the right insurance coverage for the important things in your life.
- Subscribe to our eAlerts to be notified if severe weather is headed your way.
We’ve got you covered
The Co-operators is committed to educating you on climate change so that you can be prepared. If you are ever in a weather-related situation, we provide on-site support for severe weather events through our Major Event Response Team. This team was on location in Goderich, Ontario, working to serve clients affected by a severe tornado.
We also champion sustainable practices and encourage Canadians to do their part to live sustainably. To learn more about our approach to climate change and sustainability, look for our 2012 Sustainability Report this spring, visit our website to read our past reports or download our Sustainability at Home Toolkit.