We understand you want insurance to protect the things you care about: your home, car, and business but severe weather events can disrupt lives in a significant way. We want to encourage ways for our communities to work together to best prepare for this changing climate and minimize the impact of severe weather when it hits.
Read more about how our involvement in the following programs are making a difference:
Intact Insurance works closely with the Alberta Severe Weather Management Society (ASWMS) to reduce hail damage. The Alberta Hail Suppression Program exists to try to mitigate hail damage by treating young cloud turrets before they grow into mature thunderstorms that produce hail. With weather radar stations located in the Olds-Didsbury airport and three planes in Springbank and two in Red Deer, the ASWMS is ready to fly into action when a possible hail storm is identified.
Identify and take a sample from a growing cloud to see if it may produce hail.
Transport and disperse the seeding agent that helps to speed up the formation of the ice. Updrafts take the agent from the base of the cloud to the top, where precipitation starts.
With ice formation accelerated, more of the precipitation embryos compete for the available cloud water and ice particles are not able to grow as large.
The smaller ice particles melt as they meet warmer air on their way down to the ground. The hail that does reach the ground is smaller and causes less damage.
Alberta’s most prevalent natural disasters are hail storms, which make this initiative very important to the insurance industry and Alberta residents.