PERMA group purchases commercial insurance for property, boiler & machinery, and pollution coverage on an All-Risk basis for property valued at approximately $1.6 billion. The program provides replacement cost coverage and a $100,000,000 “All-Risk” limit, a $100,000 pool deductible (inclusive of member deductible), and a $10,000 member deductible (Palm Springs Tramway has a $50,000 deductible). Flood coverage, except Flood Zones A & V, which are not covered, is subject to a $100,000 deductible. Earthquake coverage is purchased separately on selected sites. For applicable Pollution coverage deductibles see policy. If you have any questions you can reach PERMA at email@example.com.
Boiler & Machinery
The PERMA property program includes equipment breakdown/boiler & machinery protection for perils normally excluded under a property policy such as power surges, short circuits, mechanical breakdown and boiler overheating or cracking. This extends coverage to electrical systems, HVAC, refrigeration units, pressure vessels, computers and communications equipment, mechanical equipment, and similar risks. The program also provides for jurisdictional inspections as required by law. Cal-OSHA requires inspections on the following types of equipment commonly found at PERMA member agencies: air tanks, LPG propane storage tanks over 125 gallons, and high pressure boilers over 15 psig steam (these could be boilers, water heaters, air compressors, natural gas tanks and petroleum tanks). To schedule a free jurisdictional inspection (because your agency participates in PERMA’s property program), please follow the instructions on the flyer.
An infrared thermographic electrical inspection provides information on the condition of electrical equipment. Faulty assembly/installation, loose connections, phase imbalance, overloaded circuits, faulty breakers, corrosion, and normal wear can be detected through infrared testing. If undetected, these electrical issues can result in thousands of dollars in costly repairs, downtime, and dangerous failures resulting in fires and explosions. The property program offers free infrared testing services to the members. If your agency participates in PERMA’s Property Program, you can schedule one day of testing at your facility. This service is offered at no cost, on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit on the number of service days available, so contact Kristi Loiselle at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (949) 260-5042 to schedule.
Online – Property Schedule Updates
PERMA members are able to update property schedules throughout the year through an online system – “InsuredID.” Members were provided with login information and passwords. Any updates to the property and vehicle schedule, including additions and deletions, can easily be made online. Members are then able to receive real-time schedule adjustments and confirmation of the change(s). If a staff member at your agency needs access to make updates, please contact PERMA to have them added to the system.
- Buy something? Ensure it is listed so your agency has coverage.
- Sell something? Remove it from the schedule so your agency isn’t paying unnecessary premium.
- Is the COPE information complete? Carriers assume the worst, so your agency could be paying more if this information is missing. Construction Occupancy Protection Exposure (COPE) is a set of risks that property insurance underwriters review. COPE allows the insurer to evaluate the risks of insuring a piece of real estate, which will ultimately determine the ability to insure and if so, the cost of insurance
- Construction: Frame, masonry, masonry veneer, superior construction, mixed masonry/frame
- Occupancy: How the building is being used for commercial property, & whether it is owner-occupant or renter-occupied for homes, & the number of families for which the building is designed
- Protection: Quality of the responding fire department (paid/volunteer), adequacy of water pressure & water supply in the community, distance to the structure to the nearest fire station, quality of the hire hydrant, and distance of the structure to the nearest hydrant
- Exposure: Risk of loss posed by neighboring property of the surrounding area, taking into consideration what is located near the property, such as an office building, subdivision, or fireworks factory (source: https://www.irmi.com/term/insurance-definitions/cope)
Remember – your agency’s coverage and premium is determined by what you schedule.
Tutorials to update your schedule are located at the links below along with a training video. If you encounter issues, or would like additional training, please contact Katie Achterberg. PERMA members are asked to make schedule updates throughout the year, as property and vehicles change, to ensure the annual renewal submissions are accurate.
Report a Loss
AdminSure has been contracted to provide property claim handling services for PERMA members. Members are responsible for the following:
- Timely and accurate claim reporting.
- Reporting the loss, using the Loss Notification Form, as soon as possible.
- Do not wait for a police report, repair estimate, or other documentation.
- All claims must be reported, including claims with a value anticipated to be below the member deductible.
- Within eighty (80) days from the date of discovery of loss or damage, the member shall file a sworn proof of loss.
AdminSure will report losses to PERMA’s carrier as necessary. According to the policy, notice is to be made as soon as practicable, upon knowledge within the risk management or finance division of the insured, that a loss has occurred.
Pollution Claims Reporting
Pollution policies are written on a “Claims Made and Reported” coverage form which means that all claims and known incidents that could give rise to a claim must be reported to the insurance carrier during the policy period for coverage to apply. Below is the definition of a “CLAIM” and a “LOSS” in the expiring Ironshore policy. Please review this definition carefully to understand what should be reported to Ironshore.
Mandatory Claim Reporting by June 28, 2023
CLAIM: Claim means a demand, notice or assertion of a legal right alleging liability or responsibility on the part of the insured.
- A monetary judgment, award or settlement of compensatory damages for bodily injury or property damage;
- Punitive, exemplary and multiplied damages and civil fines, penalties and assessments to the extent of any of the foregoing: are insurable under applicable law; and arise from a claim for bodily injury or property damage;
- Legal Costs;
- Remediation Expense
- Emergency Response Expenses.
- Disinfection Expenses
- Image Restoration Expenses
*Bodily injury and property damage claims apply to 1-3 only
To avoid known incidents being excluded from coverage due to late reporting, anything that fits within the definition of “CLAIM” needs to be reported to Ironshore by June 28, 2023. Please keep in mind that this should include anything that could give rise to a claim following a pollution incident as well as any potential subsequent bodily injury and property damage claims arising from known contamination or pollution conditions that occurred during the policy period. We strongly recommend that you check with anyone at your agency that may know of or have knowledge of a “CLAIM.” There is no penalty for reporting any claim or known incident.
Please take note of the following retroactive dates. Pollution conditions that occur prior to the retroactive date will not be covered by the renewal policy. All claims must be discovered and reported prior to June 28, 2023.
- July 1, 2023 for Products Pollution and Exposure Liability;
- July 1, 2023 for Contractor’s Pollution
- July 1, 2023 for Mold Matter
If you have questions about the Pollution and Remediation Legal Liability policy or reporting claims, please contact:
Katrina Seese, Assistant Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
If your agency has a drone, please be aware that your agency has liability coverage related to the drone, however, it will need to be added to your agency’s property schedule to have physical damage coverage while the drone is not in use. Your agency needs to complete a separate application if it wishes to insure the drone for physical damage coverage when it is in use.
- While aircraft are excluded from PERMA’s memorandum of coverage (MOC), the definition of aircraft does not include unmanned aircraft (aka drones). See sidebar for the applicable MOC.
- In other words, while coverage for each claim is determined based upon the merits of the claim, the members’ intent is to include drones in the liability coverage.
- PRISM’s MOC is similar – the aircraft exclusion does not apply to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) owned or operated by or on behalf of, or rented to, or loaded by any covered party.
- While in storage: The property program provides physical damage coverage while the drone is being stored.
- To trigger this coverage, the drone must be added to the City’s property schedule as “contents.”
- While in flight: The property program does not provide physical damage coverage while the drone is being flown.
- Some stand-alone policies offer both liability and physical damage coverage, however, as noted above your agency already has liability coverage, so it only needs physical damage coverage (if interested).
- The cost of coverage varies based upon the size/value/type of the drone.
General drone information:
- Your agency needs to ensure it is operating the drone in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, including registering it if it is over 55 pounds.
- The “Public Safety & Government” links on the FAA’s site also include tips on starting a drone program, understanding authority (this addresses third-parties using drones), and more.