Aviva warns businesses to keep flood risks in mind

Article date: 18 June 2009

Hotter weather predictions this summer can lead to heavy downpours and businesses should be prepared for flash flooding, says Aviva Risk Management Solutions (ARMS), the new name for Norwich Union Risk Services.

The insurer has just signed up two new flood management suppliers to its preferred supplier network, which delivered significant savings to customers in 2008 through negotiated discounts.

Ted Kenrick, technical & risk solutions manager, ARMS, says: “Although we are all enjoying warmer weather, with the predictions that this may continue throughout the summer, it is wise to bear in mind that this can bring increased risk of heavy rain and potential flooding. 

“Although flooding may not seem an immediate risk, it is always wise to prepare for the worst rather than wait until it is too late, particularly as the cost of the damage caused could be even more devastating to businesses in the current economic climate.

“Checking the area you are in for prior flooding history is key, as well as proximity to rivers, streams and other water channels or surface water drainage systems.  If you discover your business is at risk, actions may be needed to ensure you don’t suffer a loss.

“We have a comprehensive range of services available to customers at discounted rates to protect not only against flooding, but the more common issues we identify from the thousands of surveys we do each year. These include environmental services, fire protection products, electrical inspections, building valuations, security products and services, and workplace and employee safety.”

More information on how to protect against flood and other risks can be found at: http://www.aviva.co.uk/risksolutions/  or contact our Helpline on 0845 3666 666.

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For further information, please contact: Elinor Graveson at Staniforth on 0161 919 8025 / 07973 360 141 or Erik Nelson, Aviva’s UK Insurance press office on 01603 682264 / 07989 427086.

Notes to editors:

Aviva Risk Management Solutions - the new name for Norwich Union Risk Services - is the specialist risk management division of Aviva that is dedicated to helping UK businesses manage their risks in an effective way.

They achieve this through their national team of approximately 180 staff which includes:

  • Risk advisers and specialists - Who visit commercial properties across the UK to help identify risks and recommend dynamic and practical risk management solutions for Norwich Union’s insured customers.
  • Safety consultants - Who provide expert health, safety and environmental training and consultancy services.

News releases and a selection of images are available at www.aviva.com/media/

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