Alberta wildfires – TW is here to help
Almost 4,000 residents of High Level, AB have been ordered to evacuate as out-of-control wildfires rage just 20 kilometers south of the town. Residents will be evacuated for at least 72 hours and are asked to register at the Slave Lake Legacy Centre, 400 6 Avenue NE, or at High Prairie Sports Palace, 5409 49 Street, south of the town.
How to evacuate
A route has been set up to accommodate highway closures on highways 58 and 88: residents are to leave town east on Highway 58, and then south on Highway 88. For the latest wildfire updates including evacuation routes, please visit www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.
Valid policyholders have coverage for fire, smoke and water damage as a result of a wildfire. To learn more about your specific coverage, please call us at 1-800-272-5688.
As always, your safety is our priority. Here are some things we recommend you keep in mind as you prepare for the re-entry process.
Before you return home:
- Confirm that local authorities have granted permission for you to return.
- Prepare yourself and your family, both physically and emotionally. Seeing your damaged home or community could be very stressful.
- Try to secure some items that may be useful to you to bring along: flashlights, garbage bags, protective gloves, face masks, goggles, strong tape and bags or backpacks.
Once you return to your property, extra caution should be used, as there could be severe damage to your home.
- Wear boots, long sleeves, long pants and rubber gloves when going through areas that have been affected by fire. If you or any members of your family have breathing difficulties or asthma, please take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
- Wear an N-95 mask near any debris to avoid breathing in smoke and ash.
- Take pictures, and begin an inventory of what has been damaged. Don’t start throwing anything away until you have been instructed to do so by your adjuster.
- If you left your car when you were evacuated and it was damaged by the fire, do not attempt to start it.
- Remove valuable items like passports, jewelry, banking and insurance documents, medical prescriptions and birth certificates.
- Power should be restored on re-entry, but other services may require you to call to be re-established.
- Do not handle hazardous materials such as aerosol cans, paint, solvents, propane tanks or cleaning fluids. Consult your municipal website about their safe disposal.
- Animals may have taken shelter in your home, garage or outbuildings. Leaving a door open while you are in your home will allow them to leave on their own and avoid any human-wildlife conflicts.
We are here to help.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact TW Insurance at 1-800-272-5688 to speak with a licensed Broker.