During the SFFMA Business Conference, SFFMA and VFIS of Texas presented the EMS Responder of the Year and the Firefighter of the Year awards.
SFFMA Chaplain Ben Kennedy and VFIS of Texas President Barbara Marzean awarded Chad Reswik from Edgecliff Village the EMS Responder of the Year, and Brandon Heard from Edgecliff Village the Firefighter of the Year.
We are pleased to announce that Texas Mutual's board voted to pay $330 million in dividends to support our policyholders. Texas Mutual is working diligently to deliver dividends to our policyholder owners and are on target to mail checks on July 1st. Policyholders will also be able to log in to the Texas Mutual website to see their dividend information.
This year marks the 23rd year that Texas Mutual is paying dividends to their more than 57,000 policyholders, bringing the total to over $3.4 billion back to Texas businesses since 1999.
WHAT IS A DIVIDEND?
As a policyholder-owned company, Texas Mutual clients contribute to their success when they make safety a priority and choose to do business with Texas Mutual. There are two components to earning a dividend. Safety, paid through the annual component, and loyalty, paid through the retention component. Our newer Texas Mutual policyholders can also earn dividends through the early qualifier program, which is paid in November. Since 1999, Texas Mutual has distributed over $3.4 billion back to Texas businesses.
Dividends are based on performance, are not guaranteed and must comply with Texas Department of Insurance regulations.
Severe weather may affect Emergency Service Organizations (ESO’s) in many different ways. Responding to storm related incidents and calls for service can be stressful for the organization and the communities they serve. Members of the ESO may also be impacted at home and the workplace. The commitment of the ESO to the citizens they serve may require a vast amount of resources if the event is widespread with an extended mitigation period. Having a plan in place may help the ESO be considered a stable and dependable entity during these events. One key to accomplishing this goal is preparation. Written procedures, checklists and guidelines are invaluable to assist the ESO’s preparation. This documentation process allows pre-emergency discussions in a non-emergency environment. Written guidelines are also useful to members of the ESO in the event that administrative staff is not available.
During this season, we want to remind everyone to be as safe as possible, even as the need for your services increases. With that being said, here are some resources and procedures to help after the storm.
After the Storm
Claims should be turned in ASAP. The sooner a claim is submitted, the quicker the adjusters can get the assignment. We are recommending if there is any damage to an apparatus that you take a photo showing the height of the water on the apparatus (i.e. water line mark on the apparatus). This will help the adjusters determine what will be needed: repairs, fluid replacement, or just inspection. In addition, you should set aside damaged property for inspection and assemble an inventory of damaged items. If your building is flooded, please contact a mitigation contractor immediately to start the water extraction process.