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Municipality Insurance

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Municipality insurance for your business needs.

Insuring a municipality can be complex. There are many different types of risks associated with running a city or township, including helping you protect its citizens. Keeping in mind what’s best for everyone and everything means having the proper coverage in place for every situation.

Running a city or township has its own unique risks.

A municipality doesn’t operate like most other businesses. There are multiple properties to consider, including administrative offices, school buildings, public works equipment depots, and more. The risks associated with each differ based on what kind of work is being done inside, who is visiting, and what types of furniture, machinery, and materials it might contain.

Must-have coverages for any municipality.

As another example, consider all the different people who are employees of the town. From clerical staff and maintenance workers, to law enforcement and first responders, there are many liability insurance and workers’ compensation needs. Employment practice liability insurance (EPLI), as well as abuse and molestation policies, are also must-haves for municipalities.

 

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Reliable coverage for the things your community relies on.

If your municipality is responsible for the utilities that residents rely on, such as sewer, water, or electricity, there is a risk of environmental hazards and contamination, failure to supply, and equipment breakdown. Specialized coverage that takes all these considerations into account is essential.

Coverage options narrowed down for the needs of your municipality.

Municipalities need to consider a variety of other coverage options just like any other business including cyber liability, general liability, employee dishonesty, and fleet insurance.

To learn more about how specialized insurance can benefit your municipality, contact us today.

 

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Law Enforcement Liability

Risk Factor

Having a municipal police force has many areas of liability, especially in today’s legal environment. Police can be held liable or sued for wrongful detention, police brutality, and other accusations. Unfortunately, these claims normally carry a high dollar value.

Solution

Law enforcement liability provides coverage for the municipality and its police officers for allegations that may arise from an officer’s actions. This coverage can also include a line of duty accidental death coverage and a moonlighting endorsement.

General Liability

Risk Factor

Water on the floor, slippery entry in the winter, broken glass, and hazardous debris. These are all accidents waiting to happen, and can make your business susceptible to claims due to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, and other related risks.

Solution

General liability insurance is an absolute necessity for any business. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action, regardless of its merit.

Personal Property / Contents - Property Damage

Risk Factor

When your home suffers damage due to an unexpected event, your personal property is also at risk. Furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, and other personal items can also be damaged or destroyed.

Solution

Your homeowners insurance policy typically covers personal property, including the contents of your home and other personal items owned by you or family members who live with you. Make sure your homeowners policy includes replacement cost coverage for personal property so that you always receive the full cost to replace whatever item is damaged.

Public Officials Liability

Risk Factor

Any municipality that has elected public officials or governing boards (park boards, historic boards, etc.) has exposure for the financial and other decisions the boards make, which affect the entire population of that municipality.

Solution

A municipality can be held liable for wrongful acts and decisions made by elected public officials and governing boards and will need to defend against such allegations. Having a liability policy that can protect against these risks is essential. This can also include employment practices liability as well.

Abuse and Molestation Insurance

Risk Factor

There are hundreds of reports each year of people being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers, and congregation members. Countless more are abused without any report being made.

Solution

Obtain the proper abuse or molestation coverage to protect the church in the event of an allegation arises. In addition, consider having a written document to address how to prevent sexual abuse from happening and what to do in the event of an allegation.

Flood and Earthquake Coverage

Risk Factor

Depending on your location and surroundings, your borough could be in an earthquake and flood-prone area. The common property policy excludes coverage for these types of claims, leaving a municipality with significant structural or water damage and no coverage.

Solution

Adding earthquake and/or flood policies can cover property claims when those disasters occur. Depending on the zone you occupy, limits can go up to $10M and will include a deductible per occurrence.

Sewer Authority

Risk Factor

If a municipality runs the community sewer and wastewater plant, it can be exposed to many risks such as failure to supply, water contamination, notification expenses, and others.

Solution

A sewer authority coverage liability form can cover the professional activities that go along with managing a wastewater treatment facility. Some forms include errors and omissions, failure to supply utilities, and other necessary coverages such as equipment breakdown for the facility.

Workers’ Compensation

Risk Factor

If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper insurance coverage in place.

Solution

Maintain workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to eligible employees. Otherwise, you can be penalized for every day that coverage is not maintained, as well as for any benefits an employee would have been eligible for in the event of a job-related injury or sickness.