PRIMA RiskWatch
Dec. 3, 2009

Give back to the profession: Consider a leadership role in PRIMA!
Public Risk Management Association
Nominations for PRIMA's Board of Directors are Due Jan. 19, 2010
In 2010, PRIMA's membership will elect a new president-elect and several directors to serve on the PRIMA Board of Directors. This is an opportunity for you to make a meaningful contribution to the public risk management profession by assuming a leadership role at the national level!

All voting members representing government entities are encouraged to run for office to serve on PRIMA's Board of Directors. You also may nominate another voting member of PRIMA. Please let us know of your interest by contacting your regional representative listed below or click here to obtain an application. For complete details on the nomination process and interview dates, visit the PRIMA Web site.More

Public database is urged to monitor drug safety
The New York Times
A new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine offers an ambitious proposal to determine a drug's risks sooner than they might otherwise become evident. The authors propose a system to examine widely prescribed drugs through safety analyses that would pool data as they emerge from various clinical trials of a medication and aggregate the information for a fuller picture of a drug’s harms and benefits.More

Hawaii volcano emissions prompt federal disaster declaration
Hawaii News Now
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Hawaii County a natural disaster area. The designation means farmers there can apply for low interest loans from the federal government. It is estimated that 2,000 to 2,500 metric tons of sulfur dioxide billows from Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater on any given day. The fog leaves leafy greens less than leafy. Flowers are not as colorful or healthy as they should be.More

Health officials to review disaster plan
Stung by the continuing struggle to make a vaccine against the swine flu pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department would review its approach to disaster preparedness. Sebelius said about 70 million swine flu vaccine doses are available or have been ordered and administered - far short of the goal which was to have all priority groups vaccinated by this week, a total of 160 million people.More

Over-punishment in schools
The New York Times
New York City joined a national trend in 1998 when it put the police in charge of school security. The consensus is that public schools are now safe. But juvenile justice advocates across the country are rightly worried about policies under which children are sometimes arrested and criminalized for behavior that once was dealt with by principals or guidance counselors working with a student's parents.More

Dallas County district attorney ends bid to halt commission's constables inquiry
The Dallas Morning News
As Dallas County commissioners argued during a profanity-laced screaming match over the cost of a special investigation of two constables, District Attorney Craig Watkins dropped his attempt to have a court scuttle the inquiry.More

West Virginia schools learn how to manage crisis situations
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register
Crisis management strategies for school-based incidents is the focus of educators in Ohio County, W.Va., this week, during a two-day training session at Wheeling Park High School. "We're trying to help them prepare for, prevent, respond ... from a critical incident in their school ... a critical incident being: a natural disaster, like a tornado, flooding or snow storm, or a man-made disaster like a school shooter or angry parent in the school," said Mike Webber, adjunct instructor for the School of Environmental and Emergency Management Center for Terrorism Preparedness with the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.More

Harvey County, Kan., focuses on emergency planning
Newton Kansan
The Harvey County, Kan., commission discussed issues related to emergency management planning at its meeting. Emergency Management Coordinator Lon Buller began by proposing a policy on the use of the county's emergency generator. According to the resolution, any request by a city, township, or facility in Harvey County for the emergency generator in an emergency or disaster will be done on an availability basis.More

A reasonable amount of risk
Mail Tribune
A mantra heard frequently from politicians of all philosophical stripes is that government should be run like a business. While this isn't always practical, it does offer some guidance regarding the tempest in a teapot over security at the Josephine County Courthouse.More