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Disaster Declaration for Texas Flooding in 18 Texas Counties

On October 16, 2018, Governor Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration for 18 Texas counties impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that has caused widespread property damage, and threatened loss of life. Counties included in the disaster declaration

SORM Announces New Talent Development Initiative, Staffing

Effective October 1, 2018, the Human Resources department, part of the Internal Operations division of the State Office of Risk Management, has been re-designated as the Talent Management department. The department is being expanded to coordinate multiple functions, including but

SORM Welcomes New Liaison Officer

The State Office of Risk Management has welcomed Thomas Meehan as Liaison Officer in SORM’s Communications & Development department. Mr. Meehan is working directly with Senior Liaison Officer, Mr. Paul Harris, to manage all legislative, media, client, and constituent relations.

New Directors Named for Enterprise Risk and Information Technology at SORM

Executive Director, Stephen Vollbrecht, appointed two key senior department leadership positions for the State Office of Risk Management effective October 1, 2018. Jacqueline Baynard was promoted to Director of Enterprise Risk, and Leonel Ramirez was appointed as Director of Information

The Sunset Review of the State Office of Risk Management

The mission and performance of the State Office of Risk Management are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a

Open Enrollment Risk Management Training

The State Office of Risk Management will be conducting an open enrollment training course for Additional Duty Safety Officers (ADSOs). All state entities who participate in SORM’s risk management program are welcome to attend. This six-hour class gives an excellent

New Appointment to SORM Leadership

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Executive Director, Stephen Vollbrecht, made leadership announcements to the Board of Directors of the State Office of Risk Management. Mr. Vollbrecht appointed Leonel Ramirez as Interim Director of Information Technology, and Felicia McGee as Senior

All Eyes on 2018 Hurricane Season

All Eyes on 2018 Hurricane Season The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is upon us and the State Office of Risk Management is putting together some resources to help state agencies and institutions develop procedures to recover quickly and resume normal

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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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Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

The State Office of Risk Management received the following information from the State Fire Marshal’s Office regarding recalled models of smoke alarms. Please review the following information to determine whether your agency or your home has one of the recalled