Property Casualty Alliance of Texas Helps Schools When Disaster Strikes
Recent Workshop in Frisco Addressed Disaster Recovery Planning
Dallas, Texas, June 4, 2014 - As the school year nears the end and many educators are looking forward to the summer break, some of their colleagues are deep in planning for the next school year. Nearly 50 school district administrators recently gathered at Frisco ISD to focus on their disaster recovery plans for the future.
PCAT, Property Casualty Alliance of Texas, partnered with Agility Recovery to bring school districts an extraordinary opportunity to show how to get schools up and running and provide access to vital resources through a free, one-day seminar. During the workshop, attendees toured a live mobile installation staged with classroom/office space, power, communications and computers – the four key elements of recovery. Participants spent time developing their respective disaster recovery plans and learned how to prevent school closing equipment failures. Additionally, participants earned three valuable hours of TASBO CE credits.
The workshop was led by PCAT Administrator Jack Melton, along with Josh Smith, Public Sector Manager for Agility Recovery, and co-sponsored by NAS, Scarbrough Medlin & Associates, Edwards Risk Management and Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB). According to Melton, schools and school district facilities often serve as the default communications/information hub in their neighborhoods and consequently play a crucial role in community relief efforts. Vital resources that must be quickly brought back on-line include power generators, fuel, mobile classroom/computing, satellite Internet and phone connectivity.
PCAT expects to host more workshops in the fall. To learn more about PCAT, visit pcatprogram.org.
PCAT is the largest public school risk pool in the U.S. devoted solely to property and casualty exposures. Formed in 2003 to meet the unique property and casualty insurance needs faced by Texas schools, PCAT has grown to more than 125 members and more than $15 billion in school properties.