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Oct. 15, 2009
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PRIMA response to proposed FEMA rule on disaster relief
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is proposing new rules that could reduce its share of public assistance funds to 25 percent of eligible costs. This reduction could occur when facilities suffer repetitive damage and no mitigation efforts have been made. FEMA has asked for comments on the proposed rule.
View PRIMA's response to FEMA's proposed change.


Making the case for a risk executive
from Industry Week
As new and unexpected risks continue to emerge, KPMG LLP says developing a comprehensive, strategic response grows increasingly important – and so too does the development of a dedicated risk executive. Without a risk executive, risk management roles tend to exist in silos. Procedures are developed by leaders in specific areas and are shared only within that area. More
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Swat team turns house upside down looking for attempted murder suspect
from WPEC NEWS 12
The swat team turned his house upside down looking for a man with a gun, and now this local homeowner wants to know who is going to clean up the mess left behind. More
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La Marque, Texas looks to cut health insurance for retirees
from The Daily News
Under the current plan, any employee who worked for the city at least five years is eligible for health care coverage when he or she retires. In a proposal pushed by La Marque, Texas, Councilwoman Deanie Barrett, herself a former city employee, retirees must first reach a designated number of employment points before being eligible for retirement health insurance benefits. More
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Florida city gets a break on flood insurance
from The Destin Log
The city of Destin, in Florida, improved its community rating from nine to seven in 2004, earning a 15 percent discount for flood-zone property owners and 5 percent for everyone else. Now that the federal government has upgraded the city to a six, the discounts will rise by next April to 20 percent and 10 percent respectively, according to a city report.
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Cape Town, South Africa takes part in international disaster risk reduction exercise
from City of Cape Town
The city of Cape Town, South Africa has decided to conduct simulated evacuation exercises to prepare health facilities in the Cape Metropole for possible disasters. These exercises are being held to commemorate the start of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction Week. More
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Was Kentucky high school coach responsible for player's death?
from Bleacher Report
Indeed, the prosecution offered no evidence or testimony that Max Gilpin, a 15-year-old lineman on the Pleasure Ridge Park High School football team in Kentucky, had actually dehydrated, yet several medical experts called by the defense told jurors that it appeared a combination of heat, the use of a dietary supplement (creatine), the drug Adderall-used to treat attention deficit disorder, and being ill were the main factors in Gilpin's death. More
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California paring down number of park closures
from The San Francisco Chronicle
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the administration is looking at ways to cut the parks budget by $14.2 million that would result in fewer parks being closed. California State Parks officials have said that about 100 parks would have to be closed as a result of the cuts. How they will keep cannabis growers and criminals - let alone hikers and bikers - off the land is unknown.
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South central Kansas community eyes health insurance plans
from The Newton Kansan
Rob Mahoney, the health insurance consultant with Haake Benefits Consulting Group in Overland Park, presented the Harvey County Board of Commissioners in Harvey County, Kan., with an in-depth look at what plans were and weren’t available and what the cost increases are going to look like for 2010.
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Munich Reinsurance America’s Specialty Markets division recognizes that green building certification is important to public entities and nonprofits, and has developed a Green Property Endorsement that allows for green materials and additional costs associated with LEED certification in the event of a property loss.
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Hard-core porn in San Jose, Calif., firehouse led to $200,000 sexual harassment settlement offer
from San Jose Mercury News
Julie LaBlanc filed suit in Santa Clara County Superior Court last year in California alleging her son had brought home a copy of a sexually explicit magazine he had taken from the men's room at Station 6 while visiting her at work. According to her lawsuit, when she returned to work the next day she found more than 60 other hard-core pornographic magazines in the station and spoke to her captain about it. The captain alerted the city's personnel department. An investigation failed to determine who was responsible for the magazines.
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