INSURANCE – ARE YOU COVERED?
AFTER A DISASTER IS THE WRONG TIME TO REVIEW YOUR POLICY
DO IT NOW!
Thursday 15th November
7.00 – 9.00pm
Warrandyte Community Church
57 Yarra Street, Warrandyte
AROUND 250 people attended Warrandyte Community Association’s Bushfire Insurance Forum held on November 15 at Warrandyte Community Church.
Topics and speakers included:
The ‘Warrandyte Fire Watch’ app. – Dick Davies, Chair ‘Be Ready Warrandyte’, WCA
Bushfire Insurance – Denis Nelthorpe, ‘Disaster Legal Help’
Slides HERE: DISASTERS, BUSHFIRES & INSURANCE
Greater Warrandyte Risk Profile – Helen Napier, Municipal Emergency Manager, Manningham Council
Outlook for 2018-19 Season – Tony Murphy, Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria
Slides HERE: EMV Presentation – TM – Be Ready Warrandyte
Customer Protection for Emergencies – Cheryl Meikle, Warrandyte Community Bank
Insure it. Its Worth it is a Victorian Government initiative produced in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance. This booklet is aimed at strengthening household financial resilience through home and contents insurance before, during and after emergencies. It is a simple approach to encourage people to check their financial readiness, understand the financial effects of a disaster and to start a conversation about financial wellbeing. It also provides an easy four step guide to help Victorians prepare for emergencies, as well as help on topics such as savings and emergency loans.
Dodgy handling of insurance claims and repairs following natural disasters was one of the many revelations emanating from the recent Royal Commission into financial misconduct.
Bad policies, long delays, incompetent repairs and multiple breaches of the industry code of practice were all highlighted.
These, alongside Warrandyte’s positioning as a high-risk area for disaster, add extra impetus to the WCA’s Bushfire Insurance Forum to be held on 15th November at Warrandyte Community Church.
Whilst the focus is on the coming bushfire season, the forum will cover all hazards domestic and commercial insurance including home, fire, flood, storm and power outage.
The forum will involve all emergency management organisations, fireguard groups and CFA brigades in the ‘Greater Warrandyte’ area, including Warrandyte, North Warrandyte, South Warrandyte, Park Orchards, Wonga Park, Donvale and parts of Eltham.
At last year’s ‘Be Ready Warrandyte’ forum on building materials ‘Safe As Houses‘ , Denis Nelthorpe’s presentation on insurance attracted a lot of comment and favourable follow up.
WCA have invited Denis, (under the auspices of the Victoria Law Foundation and other legal entities) back as the principal speaker for this year’s forum and he will present on Domestic and Commercial Insurance.