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SORM Announces New Division Chief of Strategic Programs

James Cox

On November 1, 2017, the State Office of Risk Management welcomed James Cox as the new Chief of the Strategic Programs Division. As Division Chief, Mr. Cox will oversee the Risk Management, Claims Operations, Communications & Development, and Document Processing

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Notice from the State Fire Marshal’s Office

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall notice for certain Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.

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Statewide Insurance: What Participants Need to File Property and Automobile Claims

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As Texas continues to feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey, many state agencies may have questions on the next steps needed to address property or automobile losses. Agencies that participate in the statewide property and/or automobile insurance programs provided by

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Special Alert: Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warning

Current weather predictions indicate severe weather in the Gulf of Mexico may adversely impact Texas in coastal and inland areas. Employees and citizens are advised to take appropriate precautions and remain vigilant. You can sign up for alerts at ReadyHoustonTx.gov. We

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Personal Situational Awareness Course

Please join the State Office of Risk Management and the Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) for a presentation given by the Capitol DPS office. This Safety Training will be geared towards capitol complex employees but applies to all! Thursday, August

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How to Survive an Active Shooter

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Since 2011, the State Office of Risk Management has produced Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness videos to help advise office employees on how to address an active shooter event in the workplace. This video above includes footage from a recent active

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Emergency Preparedness: Like Planning for a Vacation

The State Office of Risk Management provides Continuity of Operations (COOP) guidelines (in accordance with FEMA standards) for Texas state agencies, and also suggests that families develop an emergency preparedness plan for the home. A well-developed emergency plan can relieve

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Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Hot days bring on a new set of risks for outdoor workers. To prevent the high temperatures from getting employees injured, everyone must remember these three special words: Water, Rest, Shade. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but during times of

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Notice from the State Fire Marshal’s Office

The State Fire Marshal’s Office announced on January 25, 2017, the adoption of the 2015 National Fire and Protection Association (NFPA) standards and recommendations. Inspectors from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will now use the 2015 NFPA 1 Fire Code

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SORM Announces Senior Risk Manager

On January 1, 2017, the State Office of Risk Management promoted Mr. Frank J. Marcopolos to Senior Risk Manager of the Office. Mr. Marcopolos will oversee operations of the risk management unit, reporting to Mrs. Michelle Ganaden (formerly Tooley), Director

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