Sask. evacuation expenses may be covered by insurance: SGI – Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is reminding northern residents who have left their homes due to mandatory evacuations that they may be eligible for some coverage.

As of Monday, there were 37 active fires burning in the province, with six not contained. So far, thousands of people have been evacuated from Pelican Narrows, Sask. — a community about 385 km north of Prince Albert — and nearby areas.

SGI president Andrew Cartmell said customers are urged to contact their insurance broker because their living expenses while they are displaced may be covered.

“Their insurance broker can provide details about the amount of coverage available,” wrote Cartmell in an emailed statement.

He said all SGI Canada customers with a personal property policy, whether it’s prestige, home, mobile home, tenant, condo or agro pak, have mass evacuation coverage.

Buses wait to transport Pelican Narrows residents away from the fire. (Vanessa Lynn Linklater-McCallum/Facebook)

Mass evacuation coverage includes expenses for hotel or motel stays, subsidies for those staying with friends or family members, fuel, meals and transportation costs.

The costs can be covered up to a period of 30 days. In that time, customers are asked to save all their receipts to submit if they decide to put in a claim.

While people are evacuated from their community, their policies will not be cancelled if it expires or is not paid for up to 30 days.

Saskatchewan auto fund customers who have been evacuated do not have to worry about their insurance lapsing while they are away from their home and unable to renew their driver’s licence or vehicle plate insurance. If a customer has to make a claim, they will be able to renew their expired driver’s licence or vehicle plate and access auto fund coverage.

According to SGI, it has employees on hand at the Saskatoon and Prince Albert shelter locations to provide assistance to evacuees.

Fire updates

The Ministry of Environment is focusing almost all provincial wildfire fighting resources to fires in the Pelican Narrows area.

The Granite Fire is about 14 km southeast of Pelican Narrows and more than 60,000 hectares in size. Residents of Jan Lake and Birch Portage remain evacuated due to direct fire threat.

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