Addressing PTSD Among Our Heroes

This session will look at what public officials can do to identify and assist employees suffering from PTSD and what steps to take to minimize and mitigate its affect at the workplace.

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Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is showing up more frequently among our front-line heroes in the public sector. Many of our first responders and medical personnel routinely confront horrific or disturbing scenes while protecting those in the community. However, recent events across the country underscore the need to address PTSD on a much broader basis than in the past. Additionally, a person may have been the victim of assault, domestic violence, or car crash and bring associated consequences to the workplace including flashbacks or severe anxiety. This can impact the safety and productivity of that individual and those around them. This session will look at what public officials can do to identify and assist employees suffering from PTSD and what steps to take to minimize and mitigate its affect at the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe PTSD in terms of its causes and characteristics
2. Explain how someone suffering from PTSD might manifest symptoms at the workplace and possible consequences if left unchecked
3. Share ways public officials can help those suffering from PTSD and proactive strategies to have in place at work

    PRIMA Enterprise Risk Management Training

    Day 1: April 20th (12pm – 2pm ET)
    Day 2: April 22nd (12pm – 1:30pm ET)
    Day 3: April 26th (12pm – 2pm ET)
    Day 4: April 28th (12pm – 2pm ET)

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    PRIMA in collaboration with URMIA, teaches public entities how to strategically manage risks by creating an organizational understanding of risks and interdependencies, using the ISO 31000 standard.

    PRIMA's goal is to equip attendees with the knowledge, skills and ability to effectively measure performance, reduce cost, mitigate exposures and exceed organizational goals. Participants engage in hands-on group learning, timely ERM case studies and valuable dialogue with their peers and ERM training instructors. The desired outcome is to establish long-term enterprise-wide resiliency in public entities.

    PRIMA's ERM Training is a cohort, not another conference! PRIMA's ERM training never stops, alumni have ongoing access to the members of their cohort and PRIMA's ERM Faculty.

      Tips and Insights for the New Risk Manager

      Attendees will also learn how data can assist with understanding where to improve operations and the importance of establishing internal/external professional relationships with risk management.

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      This webinar will focus on helping new risk managers establish a foundation of basic risk management philosophies and strategies. Learn how to build credibility to influence operational changes you seek with leadership. Attendees will also learn how data can assist with understanding where to improve operations and the importance of establishing internal/external professional relationships with risk management.

      Attendee Takeaways:

      1. Knowing the importance of establishing a basic foundation
      2. Knowing how to build credibility to influence operational changes for your organizations
      3. Understanding the importance of data to discovering the underlining causes of loss and creating programs to improve operations that cause losses
      4. Knowing the importance of professional relationships
      5. The benefits of an enterprise-wide risk management program, in good times and in bad

        Environmental Risk Management: Weather, Climate Change and Natural Disasters

        As the Earth constantly evolves, we must change with it. We must be prepared for hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes and other disasters in moments of great uncertainty and limitations.

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        As the Earth constantly evolves, we must change with it. We must be prepared for hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes and other disasters in moments of great uncertainty and limitations. We must gain knowledge that can help prevent or mitigate losses from these phenomenons. It is important to learn from other cities’ experiences, such as New Orleans, what worked and how to avoid what didn’t work by addressing: 1) how to best prepare and protect assets in advance, 2) what can and can’t be conserved, 3) how to recover and stabilize items for restoration, 4) preparing for and handling staffing concerns, and 5) security and financial resource considerations.

        Learning Objectives:

        1. How to best prepare to protect assets, staffing and the community
        2. What assets can and can’t be conserved; recovering and stabilizing items for restoration
        3. How to address financial and security needs

          Incident Command Strategies for Crisis Communication

          During this session, attendees will learn of the Incident Command System with the hopes of successful implementation and response in the face of a catastrophic event.

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          In an effort to effectively address an unforeseen crisis that afflicts your entity, it is imperative to maintain a clear line of communication. This will require that all affected stakeholders are abreast of the situation in order to mitigate any unfavorable outcomes that may result from the crisis. During this session, attendees will learn of the Incident Command System with the hopes of successful implementation and response in the face of a catastrophic event.

          Learning Objectives:

          1. General understanding of what Incident Command and the Incident Command System is
          2. An understanding of how crisis leadership is rooted in everyday leadership but requires a more strategic skill set
          3. An understanding of how to create and build a proactive communication plan for crisis

            After Action Review

            This presentation will provide an overview and short timeline of the events leading up to the Derecho event, the effects of the storm on the community and complications of such a widespread, unplanned event.

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            This presentation will focus on the Derecho event that struck Linn County, Iowa, on August 10, 2020.  The entire county was struck with 140 MPH winds that devastated the community.  This presentation will provide an overview and short timeline of the events leading up to the Derecho event, the effects of the storm on the community and complications of such a widespread, unplanned event. Also provided will be lessons learned and things to consider should your community be affected in a similar way.

            Attendee Takeaways:

            1. Key issues related to the response
            2. Ways to be better prepared
            3. Lessons learned

              Property Underwriter’s Perspective on the Renewal Process

              This webinar will provide information on the property insurance renewal process from the property underwriter’s perspective to assist public entity risk managers with budget planning and renewal preparations.

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              The U.S. commercial property and casualty (P&C) market continues to harden due to several unique and interrelated challenges. The P&C market has traditionally been cyclical. Hard markets have generally been represented by rising premiums and reduced capacity while soft markets usually see a longer period of falling rates and expanding capacity.  Communication is key with both the insured and insurers, so that realistic budgets can be presented with multiple options.  This webinar will provide information on the property insurance renewal process from the property underwriter’s perspective to assist public entity risk managers with budget planning and renewal preparations. 

              Attendee Takeaways:

              1. Current market trends
              2. Contributing causes of the hardening market
              3. How to prepare for the renewal process
              4. How to highlight your organization to the underwriters for a favorable renewal 

                Effective Safety Committees: Making Them Work for You!

                The presentation will provide an overview of how conducting an effective safety committee can help to reduce accidents and incidents.

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                The presentation will provide an overview of how conducting an effective safety committee can help to reduce accidents and incidents. Reducing the frequency and severity of accidents and incidents provides for a safer workplace as well as mitigates liability respectively, resulting in the potential to lower insurance costs.

                Attendee Takeaways:                      

                1. Learn how to bring management and employees together on safety to obtain management "buy in"
                2. Provide an avenue for employees to bring up safety concerns/liability exposures
                3. Assist in the education of all employees regarding safety and health issues and standards
                4. Improve the culture of safety with your organization

                  COVID & Litigation Against Public Health Agencies

                  This presentation will examine the state of such litigation from the defense perspective.

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                  COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory illness that spreads through direct, indirect or close contact with infected people.  Public health agencies found various ways to assess the number of cases, the ability of the healthcare system to respond to cases and the ability to prevent future cases.  Simultaneously, the plaintiffs’ bar attempted various ways to stop public health agencies’ efforts, from an injunction based upon an alleged violation of an administrative procedures act to Section 1983 actions alleging violations of the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.  This presentation will examine the state of such litigation from the defense perspective.

                  Attendee Takeaways:

                  1. Recognize that all rights are subject to reasonable conditions essential to the health and safety of the community
                  2. Evaluate a public health agency’s exercise of its emergency authority during a public health crisis to limit such right using the framework developed in year 1905 by the U.S. Supreme Court