Insurer Deal to Provide Protection from Gun Attacks

Specialist insurer Beazley is to offer a new product to protect US clients from the growing risk of active shooter attacks.

The company has entered into a contracted relationship with Vizient Insurance Services, to offer active shooter coverage.

Vizient provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centres, paediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and more than 20% of ambulatory providers. Under the terms of the relationship the coverage is available immediately to Vizient members.

The policy provides prevention and crisis management services as well as insurance coverage to indemnify covered losses. It is designed to help reduce the likelihood of an incident by providing risk assessments and educational tools to help clients improve security and resilience to an incident. In such event, Beazley’s crisis response services include security, investigation into the cause of the incident and assistance with managing crisis communications.

Chris Parker, Head of Terrorism and Political Violence Underwriting at Beazley, said: “As incidents involving deadly weapons are all too frequent in the United States, organisations need to be prepared in case the worst does happen. Unfortunately, immunity from the risk of an attack is impossible, but improving safety and risk management measures can reduce the likelihood or the severity of such an attack. We are very proud to work with Vizient in support of its members with our insurance and risk management offering.”

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