Policy

K-9 Coverage

The responsibility to respond to our members' coverage questions and provide coverage interpretation primary falls on OMAG’s Underwriting and Member Services Departments with support provided by OMAG’s Legal and Risk Management Departments. Providing a clear and consistent response to these inquiries is always our goal.

Our members occasionally ask, “Does the Municipal Liability Protection Plan provide coverage for our police department K-9s? And is there coverage provided when they are off duty?

The OMAG Municipal Liability Protection Plan does provide automatic general liability coverage for your K-9s while on duty. OMAG requires the K-9 and the handler to maintain their CLEET certification. 

One example of how our coverage might work would be: Let’s say the dog is trained to be passive in his response by barking or going on point to indicate he recognizes something, and damage occurs when he jumps on a vehicle. This damage would not be expected, as the normal passive response would not lead to any damage occurring. A third party can file a claim for their damages in this instance.

In another instance, if the dog is trained to respond to drug search in an aggressive manner (by jumping up onto the vehicle to indicate something has been found) and damages the vehicle, then the OMAG policy would not provide coverage.  In this case the officer should take measures (cover paws) if he knows that the dog will respond by jumping on the vehicle. This would be damage that would be expected or intended and is excluded on the policy.

When the K-9 is off duty and being kenneled, it is important to remember that the OMAG policy would respond to a claim filed for bodily injury or property damages only if the K-9 is being kenneled on city property. If the K-9 is being kenneled at a private residence, that individual’s homeowner’s policy would respond, should bodily injury or property damage occur. 

The OMAG policy does not provide coverage for animal mortality, but we do have a market that provides for that type of policy/coverage separately if you should be interested.  

Please contact Randy Stone, Underwriting Director, at (800) 234-9461 or rstone@omag.org if you have questions about this coverage or any other questions about the policies we offer.

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Municipal Fire Department Controlled Burns

The responsibility to respond to our members' coverage questions and provide coverage interpretation primarily falls on OMAG’s Underwriting and Member Services Departments with support provided by OMAG’s Legal and Risk Management Departments. Providing a clear and consistent response to these inquiries is always our goal.

Our members occasionally ask “Does our Municipal Liability Protection Plan (MLPP) provide coverage for any property damage or bodily injury that might occur if our fire department is executing a controlled burn?” 

If your Fire Marshall or Fire Chief has jurisdictional authority to execute these “controlled burns” your next call should be to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to notify them and get further instruction on proper handling including any permit that is required or notice to property owners.  As with any other municipal duty performed, we always have a responsibility to protect the public and follow responsible procedure.   

If the proper procedures and regulations are followed OMAG does provide coverage under the MLPP.  Please don't hesitate to contact Randy Stone, Underwriting Director, if you have further questions about this topic.  Randy can be reached at rstone@omag.org or (800) 234-9461.

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Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability, Physical Damage and Other Auto Coverage Issues

The responsibility to respond to our members' coverage questions and provide coverage interpretation primary falls on OMAG’s Underwriting and Member Services Departments with support provided by OMAG’s Legal and Risk Management Departments. Providing a clear and consistent response to these inquiries is always our goal.

OMAG provides Hired & Non-Owned Auto Liability to all Municipal Liability Protection Plan members that schedule their autos under our coverage. This coverage provides liability coverage on an excess basis for vehicles that are not owned by the city but are driven by an employee of the city in the scope of their duties on behalf of the city.  

An employee’s vehicle would fall in the category of a non-owned vehicle with the employee’s personal insurance being primary. This coverage does not include physical damage to the non-owned vehicle.

Read further for specific scenarios when coverage would and would not apply.

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Understanding Your OMAG Municipal Property Protection Plan - How Are Municipal Properties Covered?

As personnel in municipal offices change, replacing the knowledge and experience of the person that served your municipality can be difficult.  Understanding insurance coverage when so many other things seem to demand our attention may not be a priority. Please let the following serve to provide a basic description of the coverage OMAG provides.  

Building Coverage – Insures the city’s structures such as: buildings, water storage towers and tanks, water/waste water plants (including lift stations), stationary generators, electric transformers & substations, emergency sirens, park structures (playground equipment, pavilions, fencing, lighting, skate/splash parks, concessions, score boards) etc.

Contents Coverage – Insures the city’s property inside or on those structures such as: furniture or fixtures, electronic data processing equipment (such as computers, printers, copiers, word processors, facsimile machines, multi-functional telephone equipment), machinery or equipment (such as equipment used for food preparation or storage); or other business personal property used in the city’s business. This property must be located in or on the buildings owned by the city or within 1,000 feet of the building's premises. 

Mobile or Contractors Equipment Coverage – Insures mobile machinery and equipment such as: backhoes, tractors, mowers, portable generators, etc.

Miscellaneous Equipment Coverage – Insures equipment installed in your emergency vehicles such as: sirens, light bars, radar, etc., or equipment used in the city’s business transported outside 1000 feet of a covered building's premises such as: hand-held radios, utility reading equipment, tools, laptop computers, cameras etc.  

Fine Arts Coverage – Insures property of rarity, historic value or artistic merit such as: paintings, statuary, rare books, antique furniture etc.   

To assure adequate protection in case of a loss, your property needs to be reviewed annually to insure it is listed on your schedules at replacement cost value. These schedules of your covered properties are sent to you each year when we send your Municipal Property Protection Plan renewal flash drive.   

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Understanding Your Vehicle Auto Liability and Physical Damage Coverage

As personnel in municipal offices change, replacing the knowledge and experience of the person that served your municipality can be difficult.  Understanding insurance coverage when so many other things seem to demand our attention may not be a priority. Please let the following serve to provide a basic description of the coverage OMAG provides.   

Auto Liability provides bodily injury and/or property damage coverage to a third party for an accident caused by a municipal employee involving a municipal vehicle.

Physical Damage Coverage is for damage to the municipality’s vehicles. There are three types of vehicle physical damage coverage available through OMAG: Collision, Comprehensive and Specified Perils.

Collision Coverage provides coverage for your vehicle if it collides or crashes into another vehicle or stationary object, such as a pole or fence.

Comprehensive Coverage and Specified Perils Coverage provide coverage for your vehicle for a “loss from any cause except collision,” but Comprehensive is a broader coverage than Specified Perils. OMAG suggests that you consider either Comprehensive Coverage or Specified Perils Coverage on each of your vehicles; you do not need both.

Comprehensive Coverage provides coverage for your vehicle for all risks covered by Specified Perils as well as glass breakage, damage done by an animal, and loss resulting from rain, snow, or sleet (whether or not wind driven), which Specified Perils does not cover.

Specified Perils Coverage provides coverage only for light and heavy trucks, ambulances, vans and SUV’s and is not available for private passenger vehicles, such as police units or private automobiles used by municipal officials. OMAG’s Specified Perils Coverage has no deductible: however, it only covers the following specific risks that may cause damage to your vehicles:  Fire or explosion, theft, windstorm, hail, earthquake, flood, mischief or vandalism, and the sinking, burning, collision or derailment of any conveyance transporting the covered vehicle.

To assure adequate protection in case of a loss, your autos need to be reviewed annually to insure they are listed on your schedules. These auto schedules are sent to you each year when we send your Municipal Liability Protection renewal flash drive.  

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