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National Public Risk Management Survey Launched

Alexandria, VA—The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) today invited public risk management professionals to participate in a nationwide needs assessment study.  Data collected will be analyzed and used to identify educational needs and thus programs that will improve public risk management.  

The Center for Public Safety Management, LLC (www.cpsm.us) has agreed to participate in disseminating the survey to members of ICMA for this national study. “From our work with fire chiefs in the UK as well as the US and Canada, minimizing risk produces the best outcomes when a crisis or incident occurs. The efforts have led to a number of efforts with more about to get underway,” said Thomas Wieczorek, director of the Center for Public Safety Management, LLC, the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance for ICMA.

Public risk management professionals and PRIMA members are encouraged to share the online survey with elected and appointed officials in their community as well as all members of their risk management team. The survey can be accessed at:

http://www.ucsurveys.org/surveys/peri/final/survey.htm

PRIMA Executive Director Marshall W. Davies urged recipients to “support PRIMA’s effort to learn more about the way risk management is perceived in communities, the knowledge level of those performing the risk management function, the maturity of risk management programs, and gaps in information and knowledge that need to be filled.”

The same survey will be disseminated by other organizations this month to ensure that there is broad-based input from elected and appointed officials, other government staff, pooling experts, and private service providers. As of today, 12 associations are participating in this first-ever study of the public sector.  They are:

  • American Public Transportation Association Risk Management Committee
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Association of Governmental Risk Pools
  • California Association of Joint Powers Authorities
  • California Association of School Business Officials
  • Housing Authorities Risk Retention Pool
  • International City/County Management Association
  • National League of Cities Risk Information Sharing Consortium
  • National Association of Government Entity Programs
  • New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group
  • Public Risk Management Association
  • University Risk Management and Insurance Association

Questions about the survey should be directed to the research consultants--University of California and Bickmore—by contacting Erike Young (eyoung@ucop.edu) or Lisanne Sison (lsison@bickmore.net).  Survey respondents are encouraged to forward the survey to individuals they think would like to participate in the survey. Additionally, individuals or organizations who are interested in participating in the survey but do not receive a link from one of the participating groups should contact the consultants.  The survey will be open until July 14, 2014.

The public risk management needs study is funded by the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI).

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About PRIMA

The Public Risk Management Association’s (PRIMA) mission is to promote effective risk management in the public interest as an essential component of public administration. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, PRIMA is the largest risk management association dedicated solely to the practice of risk management in the public sector. PRIMA’s membership is made up of more than 2,000 entities in over 1,800 jurisdictions.

About PERI

The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) is an independent thought leader and resource for risk management, serving public entities and nonprofit organizations. Its mission is to improve its constituents’ sustainability by enabling them to identify and address their risks and vulnerabilities. PERI provides guidance through relevant and high quality publications, information, training, resources, and other services. PERI was established in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, non-membership organization.

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