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

              Law Enforcement Liability Issues

              This session will provide examples of what has been occurring, how many tort laws are being ignored by juries and what possible recourse municipalities have to protect themselves.

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              A detailed review on how policing tactics and nuclear jury verdicts are adversely impacting public entities across the country. Between civil unrest and a rise in large settlements, the market is reacting to increased severity and reducing capacity for municipalities. This session will provide examples of what has been occurring, how many tort laws are being ignored by juries and what possible recourse municipalities have to protect themselves.

              Attendee Takeaways:

              1. Current attitude toward police liability from the insurance market
              2. Review on how to protect your entity as best you can
              3. Innovative risk management solutions that are available without breaking your budget

                Starting an Enterprise Risk Management Program from Scratch: A Case Study

                This session will walk participants through various methods and strategies for implementation, and then tell the story of how Broward College was able to launch their successful program.

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                Beginning an enterprise risk management (ERM) program from the ground up is a reasonably straight-forward process, but as with any human endeavor can create lessons learned along the way. This session will walk participants through various methods and strategies for implementation, and then tell the story of how Broward College was able to launch their successful program. We will consider the limited resources in any public entity today and how they pulled together multiple disciplines into one cohesive effort, making it a truly enterprise-wide venture to support the institution’s resilience, resource allocation decisions, strengthen stakeholder confidence and embolden innovation.

                Attendee Takeaways:

                1. Description of various ERM implementation models and strategies
                2. Show participants how ERM fits within an organization’s governance and how to sell it internally
                3. Offer a real-world example of how an entity implemented ERM using multi-department collaboration

                  Exploring the Unique Challenges Faced by Injured Workers

                  This session will explore the challenges faced by the injured worker and the need for all stakeholders to be aware of it and work together to share information and treat the employee with compassion and empathy.

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                  When a worker is injured in the workplace, that individual faces a number of challenges on the road to recovery, not the least of which is their mental health. Increasingly, employees have been shown to bear the burden of a generally negative view toward injured workers from multiple stakeholders, including providers, employers and claims professionals. This stigma puts the already fragile injured worker in an even worse mental state and includes feelings of guilt, regret and wrong-doing. This session will explore the challenges faced by the injured worker and the need for all stakeholders to be aware of it and work together to share information and treat the employee with compassion and empathy. We will also delve into the need for an empathetic and holistic approach to claims management.

                  Attendee Takeaways:

                  1. Realize we all play a part in minimizing the stigma felt by injured workers
                  2. Work toward a solution where we are all part of an injured worker's recovery
                  3. Address the mental and physical well-being of injured workers