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Four Steps for Creating an Effective Sewer Backup and Overflow Prevention Program

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

It’s an unfortunate reality that, from time to time, entities that operate sewer systems will experience a backup or overflow event. When this happens, do your employees and elected officials know how to respond? Do you know who is responsible for property damage? And do you understand what liability coverage is in place to protect your entity from lawsuits or claims? Four key steps can help you create an effective backup and overflow prevention program, and manage the liability associated with your sewer system.

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Member Benefit: Property Valuations

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

One of the member services Public Entity Partners provides is a comprehensive property valuation on a rotating four-year schedule. This service includes a description, a detail on building construction type, flood plain information, and a replacement cost and actual cash value for each location. Whether you are insuring water treatment plants, traffic signals, ball field lighting, or a library — we want to help ensure you have sufficient property coverage in place to rebuild important services that make a difference in your community.

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Water & Wastewater Cyberattacks: A Case Study

By  Halie Gallik | 3/3/2021 8:00 pm

On Feb. 5, 2021, unidentified cyber actors obtained unauthorized access, on two separate occasions, approximately five hours apart, to the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system used at a municipal water treatment plant in Florida. The unidentified actors accessed the SCADA system’s software and raised the amount of sodium hydroxide, a caustic chemical, being used as part of the water treatment process.

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COVID-19 Online Discussion

By  Heather Hughes | 2/22/2021 8:35 am

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service and its agencies will be hosting an online discussion about the state of coronavirus in Tennessee and how it continues to affect our businesses and communities. The webinar, entitled “COVID-19 What’s New, What’s Next”, will be hosted on Thursday, March 4th from 9-11 a.m. (EST) / 8-10 a.m. (CST).

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Preparing for Winter Weather

By  Halie Gallik | 2/4/2021 8:00 am

Are you prepared for cold weather? Here are a few common risks that you can help your organization and employees overcome.

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Message From the President - February 2021

By  Michael Fann | 2/4/2021 8:00 am

I had the privilege of co-presenting a session at the January training meeting of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP), along with Chief Steve Isbell of the Dyersburg Police Department. The session was titled “Decision-Making: A Risk Management Case Study.” Law enforcement education, awareness of reasonable actions, sound decision-making, de-escalation and officer wellness are initiatives that Public Entity Partners strongly supports.

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Coverage Corner – Renewal Applications

By  Halie Gallik | 2/4/2021 8:00 am

Each year, your organization is sent a set of renewal applications that details the coverages offered for your entity and provides information on limits, deductibles, schedules and endorsements. Making the right choices during renewal can feel like a challenging task, but securing the right coverage for your operations is a critical piece of your risk management program. Because of this, it’s important to take time to thoroughly review and understand this material – and to keep in mind that your local agent of record is available to help guide you as you evaluate your exposures. Your underwriter or member services representative can also assist you as you review the elements of Public Entity Partners’ coverage and understand how the services we provide set us apart from others.

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Employment Practices Liability

By  Halie Gallik | 2/4/2021 8:00 am

Properly handling employment issues and related claims are key factors in reducing your entity’s employment practices liability exposure. As simple as it may sound, there are right and wrong ways to discipline or terminate an employee. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of employment claims, court awards and settlements all seem to indicate that the wrong way may be gaining ground. The workplace and the laws that govern it have changed in multiple ways, which has increased the number of exposures governmental employers face regarding employment practices.

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Social Media and Municipal Liability

By  Halie Gallilk | 2/4/2021 8:00 am

In many respects, social media has become a part of everyday life. As a result, it has changed the ways in which individuals, businesses and local governments communicate. Unfortunately, the lines between official and private use of social media can be difficult to discern.

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Message From the President - January 2021

By  Michael Fann | 1/8/2021 8:00 am

In July of 2020, Public Entity Partners’ leadership team, in conjunction with our Board of Directors, began a strategic planning process. In December, the Board of Directors approved and adopted revised vision and mission statements and organizational values. These components of the strategic plan represent the cultural core of our organization, and will guide and define the programs and services Public Entity Partners seeks to provide to members in the coming years.

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