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Public Risk Magazine

 

Public Risk, PRIMA’s 10-time-per-year magazine, is the flagship publication of the  association. This publication provides risk managers with timely, focused information  in an easy-to-read format. Public Risk features articles from risk management  practitioners as well as industry professionals. Articles range from current trends,  risk management procedures and guidelines, legislation changes, spotlights and  more that will engage your office while keeping them informed!

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August 2019

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Featured Article

Las Vegas Risk Manager Named 2019 Public Risk Manager of the Year

Meet James Curbeam, CPCU, AIC, ARM, MBA

By Teal Griffey, MBA

Three years ago, when James Curbeam, CPCU, AIC, ARM, MBA, was hired by the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) the risk management department was only a mechanism for purchasing insurance and confirming insurance requirements for contracts. Curbeam would change all that, and in doing so would go on to win 2019’s Public Risk Manager of the Year award. 

Las Vegas Valley Water District
The Las Vegas Valley Water District is a governmental subdivision of the State of Nevada and a quasi-municipal corporation created by a special act of Nevada Legislature in 1947.  LVVWD provides water to more than one million people in Southern Nevada and employs more than 1,400 regular full-time staff. 

The District is one of the seven-member agencies that make up the Southern Nevada Water Authority, a regional agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis. This includes The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre non-gaming cultural and historical attraction designed to commemorate Las Vegas’ dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future.

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Leveraging Enterprise Risk Management in the Four Phases of Emergency Management

By Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP and Bobbi-Jo Pankaj, CGFM, PMP, CRMP-Fed

Sound ERM practices must be forward-looking and designed to help leaders make better decisions, identify threats, and to raise awareness to previously unknown opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations. 

This is especially true with the recent rise of natural and man-made disasters in the United States. The United States tallied a record high bill of $306 billion in 2017 for weather and climate disasters, which included 16 disasters with damage exceeding a billion dollars each. That amount tied 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters,1 but was much higher than the previous costliest year of $215 billion in 2005.

The 16 individual billion-dollar disasters included eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, two flooding events, one wildfire event, one drought, and one freeze event and resulted in the deaths of 362 people and had significant economic effects on the areas they affected.

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Best Practices in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Molestation

By J. Brett Carruthers, CSP, RSSP

This is a difficult topic to discuss. The numbers demand attention. By one estimate, as many as 4.5 million American students will experience sexual misconduct by an educator sometime between kindergarten and their senior year in high school. During a single recent year, more than 780 teachers or school employees were accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students. These statistics show the stark reality insurers and the school community face in addressing inappropriate actions and behaviors in the school community. Success requires a change in human behavior—significantly more difficult than mitigating physical hazards.

Public sector exposures are affected by external forces. In today’s world with legislation to “correct past wrongs”, juries are sympathetic to the victims, regardless of the evidence. Large verdicts against school districts encourage litigation. General Liability and Excess coverages are being taxed by this type of claim.     

This article describes the way the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) and its management company sought out answers and best practices in this area through an evidence-based symposium. The symposium brought together mental health experts, researchers and front line law enforcement experts. From the Symposium rose a host of best practices for school districts and others to study and implement.

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