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SaskBroker May 2020 Page 1SaskBroker Magazine, May 2020: Free training and shareable resources help brokers to reduce home flood claims

“It’s a call you never want to get from a client: “My basement is flooded, and I don’t even know if I have coverage.” Fortunately, a variety of free, third-party resources, are now available from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation to help you have great, proactive flood protection conversations with your clients, before it’s too late. A free, 1.5-hour online home flood protection broker training course, and action-focused shareable resources are all available at to help you become your client’s trusted, go-to resource for home flood protection information.”

Flooded houseInsurance Business Magazine, May 4, 2020: Resources for brokers as flood season strikes

“The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) recently launched a free online broker training course in collaboration with the Insurance Brokers’ Association of Canada (IBAC), entitled ‘Helping your Clients to Protect their Homes from Flooding’. The self-directed course has been developed based on four years of community-based flood protection research carried out by the Intact Centre, and covers topics like why residential flooding is on the rise, how to mitigate flood risk, and how insurance brokers can help clients to protect their homes from flooding.”

Dr. Blair Feltmate, HeadshotCTV, May 4, 2020: Bank of Canada’s independence key to aiding post-COVID recovery, Wilkins says

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“Canada needed to move climate change to the front of the financial line, and with Tiff as incoming governor that need has been met,” said Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

Ice JamREMI Network, April 29, 2020: Fort McMurray flood swamps 1,230 buildings

“No one can envy the emergency response teams working to respond to the pandemic and the flood at the same time,” observes Natalia Moudrak, director, climate resilience, at the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation.

While this scenario was actually on crisis preparedness planners’ radar given the relatively consistent annual potential for ice jam formation on the northern Alberta rivers, a flash flood might occur anywhere, presenting other communities with the same dilemma. “It’s imperative for homeowners and businesses to prepare proactively,” Moudrak reiterates.

Kathryn Bakosi-Politics, April 20, 2020: Even in the face of COVID-19, climate challenges can be addressed

“Climate change is one of the most pervasive and relentless issues facing global economies and ecosystems (IPCC, 2019).  Even in the face of unprecedented events such as COVID-19, the unrelenting power of extreme weather will continue nonetheless. In response, Canada has developed standards and guidelines, with support from such organizations as the National Research Council and Standards Council of Canada, to mitigate against some of the most costly risks in Canada, with flooding topping the list.”

Last Updated: May 20, 2020 @11:13am

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