PRIMA RiskWatch
Sept. 9, 2010

Register today for PRIMA's next webinar:
Key Issues in Loss Mitigation: Is Your Organization
Prepared to Respond?

Sept. 15, 2010 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

This webinar, presented by Russell Opferkuch, CPCU, ARM, CSP, president and chief operating officer of Aon Horizon Consultants, Inc. & Aon Global Rapid Response and Frank L. Russo, MBA, ARM, director of sales and marketing for Aon Property Risk Consulting, will consider several specific public sector case studies involving catastrophic property and business interruption loss experience. It will also explain the basic components of loss mitigation efforts and the claims preparation and presentation process.
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8 people missing in Colorado wildfire
The Associated Press via Google News
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Detroit Free Press
Detroit police shot and killed a man in connection with an investigation into a shooting at Mumford High School earlier in the day, the first day of classes for the school year. Two students were shot outside the building on the city's west side — a 14-year-old girl was grazed on the face and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks, according to Detroit Public Schools officials.More

Chicago schools have 'new eyes and ears on the street'
Chicago Sun-Times
Wearing neon yellow vests and packing cell phones, more than a dozen "community watchers" will line the busiest street leading to Corliss High School for a mile as a new Safe Passage program sweeps across the Chicago's public high schools. These new "eyes and ears on the street" already have made some kids feel safer at Corliss, a year-round school that launched its Safe Passage program in early August when its classes began.More

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The Dallas Morning News
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Tennessee agencies urge residents to be prepared
The Tennessee Department of Safety, its Office of Homeland Security and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency held a joint-news conference to kick-off the seventh annual National Preparedness Month at the state's National Guard headquarters in Nashville.More