Weather Story Across Canada, extreme weather damage has cost almost $10 billion since 1998. IBC conducts research and develops strategies to help Canadians protect themselves from the effects of extreme weather. IBC’s “Telling the Weather Story” report is designed to help people plan for and mitigate damages from the stormy weather ahead. Severe weather jeopardizes lives, property and livelihoods. And it is not getting better. Losses from natural catastrophes in Canada keep rising. Managing the Storms Ahead with IBC ResearchBecause sound research in severe weather trends is critical, IBC commissioned Dr. Gordon McBean – one of Canada’s foremost climatologists – to research climate trends in Canada. “Telling the Weather Story” summary report explains the role of severe weather in the increased damages to personal and commercial property.The information in the full research report helps IBC work with stakeholders across the country to prepare for the stormy weather still to come.McBean was a lead author and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007, he shared a Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC. McBean is currently a professor at Western University in London, Ont., where he teaches environmental policy and environmental hazards.Stormy Weather Keeps Hitting Canadians HardConsider the following.2014’s polar vortexes and severe cold may have severely damaged 50% to 90% of the wine crops in Ontario’s Niagara region.2013 was Canada’s worst-ever year for catastrophes:Severe flooding in southern Alberta – the costliest insured natural disaster ever – created more than $1.72 billion in insured lossesIce storm damage in Toronto left more than 300,000 households without power and cost an estimated $109 million A 2013 rainstorm in Toronto resulted in an estimated $65.2 million in water damage2010’s severe hailstorms in Calgary damaged crops, dented cars and cost $400 million2005’s record damages in Toronto from rain, sewers that backed up and flooded basements cost $500 million1998’s ice storm in Quebec collapsed more than 3,000 transmission towers, left millions of people without power and cost $5.4 billionClaim payouts from severe weather have doubled every five to ten years since the 1980s. Source for the ice storm/rain storm $’s: Canadian Underwriter ; Source for grapes in Ontario: Global News What To Do After Disaster StrikesImagine that disaster has struck your home or place of business. You have no water, no electricity, no gas and no phone service. The roads in your neighbourhood are impassable and help won’t arrive for days. What do you do? This guide can help provide answers on how to respond. Wildfire SafetyWildfires are a real and present danger, especially if you live in a grasslands region or a heavily forested area. However, you can take measures to protect your family, your home or your business. Let’s look at these measures step by step. Getting Ready for TornadoesIn Canada, tornado season typically runs between March and October, with activity peaking in late June or early July. Often accompanied by thunder, lightning and high winds, these dangerous storms leave a path of destruction in their wake. Related ServicesEarthquake Study (AIR Worldwide)Canada is not prepared for a major seismic event. Released in 2013, the “Study of Impact and the Insurance and Economic Cost of a Major Earthquake in British Columbia and Ontario/Québec” report summarizes the impact and costs of an earthquake. Useful LinksDisastersAm I covered? When can I start to rebuild? In the wake of a disaster, there are many questions to consider. About UsInsurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the Canadian property and casualty (P&C) insurance market. Contact UsIBC has consumer information centres in each of its regional offices to address your specific questions. If IBC’s information officers do not know the answers to your questions, they will direct you to someone who does.