While STRONE is supporting residents in the Muskoka Region with emergency flood response and restoration services; national, provincial, and regional organizations and governments are lending their expertise and support to assist those impacted by April flooding. When reviewing tweets and online entities, it has become apparent that plenty of information is available to those in the flood area, regarding flood recovery, insurance coverage, safety tips, and more. The following are items we feel are highly relevant to those impacted by the spring thaw and heavy rainfall in the Muskoka Region.
Guide to Flood Recovery
The Canadian Red Cross has published a great twelve page document to assist homeowners who are impacted by severe flooding. While it is best to review this prior to flooding – thus allowing you to be better prepared – it is a very helpful resource for those whose homes or businesses have been compromised by heavy rainfall and/or snow melt.
Overland Flooding Not Covered by Insurance
The Insurance Bureau of Canada has been a great source of information during recent flooding in the Muskoka Region. As noted in the media release linked below, overland flooding is not covered by home insurance policies anywhere in Canada. While encouraging individuals to take measures first and foremost to protect themselves and loved ones, the IBC also “urge(s) home and cottage owners to take preventative action to minimize their losses.”
Helpful tips to protect your home or cottage, as well as additional information regarding insurance coverage during flooding are available via the link below.
Electrical Safety Tips
When returning to your home or cottage after a flood, electrical equipment and wiring that has been exposed to water can present a dangerous hazard to you and your family. The Electrical Safety Authority has released a Storm Safety Alert, advising when to contact your local distribution company and/or electrical contractor. This alert also provides safety tips regarding the use of portable generators.
Help is Available
In Bracebridge, Ontario, the Salvation Army and Town of Bracebridge recently announced that the Salvation Army will be the main point of contact to assist local residents in recovering from the impacts of the flood. Assistance will come in the form of food, shelter, clothing, household goods & cleaning supplies, fundraising, volunteer coordination, and human services & supports. For more information on the Salvation Army’s efforts in the region, please click the link below.
For businesses impacted by recent flooding, Muskoka Futures has developed a loan fund to assist with loans up to $25,000, with 0% interest for up to two years. For more information on this program, visit the website featured below.
Area restoration contractors are mobilized in the area to support insurers, home & cottage owners, and business owners impacted by Muskoka Region flooding. With a STRONE presence in Bracebridge, Huntsville, and Barrie, our personnel are highly familiar with the region and are actively supporting residents in need. If you require assistance or have a question for us, please contact STRONE at 1-888-755-5165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to assist.