Scotiabank republishes hurricane booklet

Scotiabank has recently re-published a booklet of hurricane survival tips designed to help people across the Caribbean weather the storm season.

The publication, titled Survive, is available at no charge at any Scotiabank branch in the Cayman Islands.

‘The booklet was originally conceived last year by Island Heritage, Scotiabank’s property insurance partner in the Caribbean, to help our mutual customers and residents alike. Scotiabank is concerned with helping our customers and employees protect their safety and security,’ said Farried Sulliman, Scotiabank International managing director in Cayman Islands. ‘We wanted to help them safeguard not only their personal property but also themselves and their families. Survive an essential safety guide that supports hurricane preparedness initiatives, has now been re-published.’

‘Scotiabank has decided to make this booklet available to everyone since in times of an emergency we can all benefit from the important information it provides’ said Mr. Sulliman.

The booklet provides country specific information, with emergency contact details for police, fire and ambulance groups. As well, there is local information on public utility agencies, emergency shelters, medical centers, radio station, airline and government offices.

‘The information is very useful and accurate,’ said Mr. Sulliman. ‘Survive was compiled using very reliable sources, based in part on the input of Scotiabank employees and their personal experiences.’

Survive addresses what people need to do before, during and after a hurricane, in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format. It offers advice on how to make hurricane survival kits, protect vehicles and pets and how to submit an insurance claim. It also contains detailed strategies on how to protect family members and personal assets from the ravages of a hurricane.

Scotiabank offers comprehensive home insurance protection through the Scotiabank Home Protection Plan. This plan can provide the funds to rebuild a home damaged by a hurricane, replace personal possessions and even provide the funds for temporary housing if needed.

Copies of Survive will also be available in St. Kitts, Barbados, Anguilla, Grenada, and Dominica.

In 2005, Scotiabank contributed about US$600,000 toward Caribbean hurricane relief efforts, as Bank employees worked closely with central banks and governments to assist communities with rebuilding their communities and restoring full banking services in the aftermath of hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

Scotiabank has been part of the Caribbean and Central America since 1889. It is now the leading bank in the region, with operations in 25 countries. The Bank has some 10,225 employees in the region, serving more than two million customers, with about 370 branches and about 780 automated banking machines.

Scotiabank is one of North America’s premier financial institutions and Canada’s most international bank. With more than 55,000 employees, Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve about 10 million customers in some 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a diverse range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking. With US$285 billion in assets (as at April 30, 2006), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.

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