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Strengthening the capacity of Iowa and Iowans to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters through public/private collaboration.

recent sip news and events

 Iowa Tornadoes and Severe Weather Response

Safeguard Iowa Presents at the "University of Okoboji" Emergency Management Conference

SIP Executive Director Jay Knox was invited to present training at the Iowa Emergency Management Association's (IEMA) "University of Okoboji" Emergency Management Conference in Wahpeton, Iowa. The focus of this years conference was Learn, Network and Grow. It is always a great day when you're able to train with so many of our incredible public sector partners from across the great state of Iowa and our surrounding region.

Safeguard Iowa Thanks Outgoing Director Adam Porath for his Service and Welcomes Sergeant Ryan Purdy to our Board of Directors

SIP Chair Lacey Hogan recently presented outgoing Director Adam Porath with a SIP Certificate of Appreciation for his service to the Board of Directors. Adam submitted his resignation following his reassignment to a position of increased responsibility with the West Des Moines Police Department. Safeguard Iowa thanks him for his continued support of our organization and mission. We wish him all the best in his new assignment.  

The SIP Board of Directors elected Ryan Purdy to fill the remaining term of Director Porath at their quarterly meeting in March. Ryan is a Sergeant with the West Des Moines Police Department, where he has worked for 18 years. Ryan is currently the supervisor for the Community Outreach Programs and Services Unit.  This unit provides training and resources to area businesses, schools, places of worship and private citizens in a wide variety of topics from bicycle safety to active shooter training and incident management.  The unit also provides all inner department training ranging from implicit bias to firearms and defensive tactics. Ryan additionally serves as an Executive Officer on the Suburban Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.). Ryan has served in multiple roles within SERT since 2009. Ryan received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa.

Our 2024 Safeguard Iowa Partnership

Board of Directors

Safeguard Iowa Welcomes John Halbrook Director of Corporate Security and Resiliency at MidAmerican Energy to our Board of Directors

The SIP Board of Directors at their quarterly meeting in December elected John Halbrook with MidAmerican Energy Corporation to fill the vacant private sector position on the Board of Directors created following Director Joe Russell's transition to a Honorary Partnership Member. Thanks to John for agreeing to serve our organization in this vital position.

John is currently serving as the Director of Corporate Security and Resiliency where he oversees multiple programs and workflows.  Prior to his time with MidAmerican, John was the Program Coordinator at the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, and a program planner at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  John’s passion for emergency response and coordination stems from his time as a firefighter and paramedic in central Iowa where he worked as a both a volunteer and career first responder.  

SIP Training and Exercises

Suspicious Mail - Identification and Response Training for County Auditors & their Staffs, Local Election & Political Offices, Elected Officials, Candidates, Emergency Management and Local 1st Responders:

Following the mailing of envelopes containing Fentanyl to Election Offices in 6 different states in November 2023, Safeguard Iowa is facilitating a hybrid version of our Suspicious Mail Identification and Response Training in each of the state’s 6 HSEMD Districts prior to the 2024 Election. SIP's goal is to make our training available for all 99 counties and ensure our partners ability to safely and effectively respond to this type of incident.

Check with your local Emergency Management Coordinator for a training date/time

Following a Mailroom Security Assessment on March 20th with their staff and managers, SIP provided a hybrid (in-person and virtual) Suspicious Mail Identification and Response Training for all mailroom personnel and others who routinely handle and open mail, packages, and internal correspondence for one of our private sector partners in downtown Des Moines.

A few pictures of the great discussion between our public sector partners following an Active Threat Workshop held at the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center on February 16th. A second session was conducted on Feb 27th at the Clear Creek Amana High School for District Staff. Our thanks to Johnson County Emergency Management for their partnership in delivering this important training.

Thanks to our partners with Hamilton County Emergency Management, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Webster City and Hamilton County Development for hosting our Business Continuity Training on February 8th. We appreciated all the local private-sector organizations and non-profits who jumped on board for this fast and furious ride toward improved preparedness for any future emergencies or disasters.

Our thanks to Keokuk County Emergency Management and Public Health for hosting Safeguard Iowa for an Active Threat/Active Shooter Training Workshop and Tabletop Exercise in Sigourney, IA on January 25, 2024.  It was a great day of training with many of our public and private sector partners in attendance.

Thanks to our partners with Clinton County Emergency Management and Grow Clinton for hosting a great day of Business Continuity Training on Nov. 17th in Clinton, IA.  We had awesome engagement and discussion from a diverse cross-section of local private-sector organizations who "invested" a few hours to be better prepare for emergencies or disasters.

November has been a busy month for Safeguard Iowa, conducting numerous Active Threat Response Trainings for our Public and Private Sector Partners across Iowa including the future officers of AFROTC Detachment 255 at the University of Iowa.

Together. Helping Iowans. Safeguard Iowa and our longtime private-sector partner, Hy-Vee, once again responded to Iowan's in need following a water main break in Ackley, IA on November 1, 2023 that left the towns residents without potable water. In coordination with Hardin County Emergency Management, Ackley Fire Department and community volunteers,    Hy-Vee Disaster Relief was on-scene within eight hours with an emergency supply of bottled water to help the town get through this local disaster. Job well done!

Partnering with Washington County Emergency Management, Safeguard Iowa brought Active Threat / Active Shooter Training and a TTX to Washington, IA on October 25th. The focus of the training was on preparedness and response for the county's five retirement communities. Thanks to all the participants for their engagement.

What a great turn out for our Annual Meeting and Training hosted by our Hy-Vee Enterprise Security Co-sponsors at the Hy-Vee Training and Education Center in Urbandale, IA. Our thanks to the almost 80 partners who attended, our presenters, and the continued support of our sponsors (Iowa HSEMD, Hy-Vee, MidAmerican Energy, and Alliant Energy).  Together. Helping Iowans.

SIP Board of Directors Chair AJ Mumm presents outgoing Director and Iowa Emergency Management Association 1st Vice President, Butler County EM Coordinator Chris Showalter, a SIP certificate of appreciation for his service on the Board.

Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator and the 2023 Chair of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership Board of Directors, AJ Mumm, did a great job leading our Annual Meeting.

Current Vice Chair and the 2024 Chair of the SIP Board of Directors, Lacey Hogan, Alliant Energy, closed todays meeting and training.

Safeguard Iowa Business Continuity Workshop

It was a great couple of days up in northern Iowa working with local businesses and other organizations from Floyd, Worth, Mitchell and Cerro Gordo Counties on business continuity and emergency planning. I appreciate the tremendous partnership we have with their four Emergency Management Coordinators! Thanks to Worth and Floyd County EMAs for hosting.

Safeguard Iowa Chair Welcomes Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Greg Smith to our Board of Directors

On September 12, 2023, the Chair of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership Board of Directors, AJ Mumm, announced the results of the membership's elections for the 2024 SIP Board of Directors.

Greg Smith, Cedar Rapids Fire Department. was elected to fill the vacant Public Sector Director position on the Board for 2024 and by a majority vote of the BOD, will fill the remaining unexpired term through 31 DEC 2023. Greg has been the Cedar Rapids Fire Chief since April 2019. 

Patrick Waymire, Iowa Department of Public Safety, was elected to serve a consecutive Public Sector Board term and will serve as the 2024 Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Pat is currently the Assistant Director for the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Joe Russell, Summit Agriculture Group, was also elected to serve a consecutive Private Sector Board term and serve as the 2024 Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He is the IT Director at Summit Ag.

Thank you all for agreeing to serve, and welcome Chief Smith to our Partnership's Board of Directors!  Director Smith’s full bio is available (with those of all our Officers and Directors) on our website. LINK HERE.

SIP - META Tabletop Exercise

On September 27, 2023, Safeguard Iowa facilitated the 7th annual Community Preparedness Tabletop Exercise at the Meta Data Center campus in Altoona, IA. With almost 40 participants in two locations, we had great discussions and some good take aways.

Together. Helping Iowans

As a non-profit corporation, the Safeguard Iowa Partnership could not continue its critical mission without the generosity of Iowa businesses, private donors, and government partners.  If you’d like to provide a tax deductible gift or financial assistance to their on-going efforts, please go to www.safeguardiowa.org/donate to donate.

How to become involved? 

Safeguard Iowa Partnership offers a variety of opportunities to our members. Click here to  Join today. 


Services within the preparedness program have a  goal to increase prevention and preparedness plans throughout organizations. 

Business Emergency Guides 

This guide will provide steps to respond safely to many different types of emergencies. 

Take 5 Business Continuity Scenarios 

Quick business continuity discussion topics to engage employees and colleagues on your company's plan(s).  


Training, education and exercises make up a majority of our response program. 

Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) Liaisons

Private-sector representative working remotely with local and state emergency operations centers to provide situational awareness and resources support. If interested in learning more, contact us at sip@safeguardiowa.org

Information Sharing 

Providing updates to our Partners from local, state, regional and federal partners prior, during and after disaster impacting Iowa businesses and communities. 


Resources to assist with the recovery from a disaster that affects your business or organization. 

Disaster Resources

Providing resources that are available to assist in the recovery efforts. 

Business Damage Survey

Online survey to capture disaster impacts to the business community following a disaster.  

Upcoming events

Learn more and register for upcoming trainings offered by Safeguard Iowa Partnership or one of our Partners 



The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that began in 2007 as a coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who shared a commitment to strengthen the capacity of the state to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters through the collaboration of private sector business and public sector agencies. The Partnership empowers businesses to integrate business resources, expertise, and plans with those of government during all stages of disaster management. Safeguard Iowa assists in the development of all-hazard plans to pool resources and information, coordinate response and recovery efforts, and share training and exercise opportunities. Safeguard Iowa currently has over 1200 members and coordinating partners across the state of Iowa.


What's New

Following Iowa's recent severe weather and the Presidential Disaster Declarations, FEMA continues to work with our local and state emergency management partners to respond and assist with Iowa's recovery efforts.

Check out the FEMA Daily Fact Sheet below for information on these efforts:

FEMA IOWA Daily Fact Sheet 006 05232024.pdf

Upcoming SIP Training and Exercises

Mahaska County and the surrounding areas

Is your business prepared for an unexpected emergency or disaster?

Mahaska County Chamber & Development Group, Emergency Management and SIP are bringing a Business Continuity Workshop to Oskaloosa, IA on  MAY 30, 2024

See the details to the right and REGISTER NOW!

Any Questions call SIP 515-650-0424 or email at sip@safeguardiowa.org


Public Sector Partner -

Washington County Emergency Management

Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator
Marissa Reisen
Email: mreisen@wps.co.washington.ia.us
Phone: 319-653-3015

P.O. Box 889
Washington, IA 52353

Washington Co EMA assists public officials, schools, hospitals, business/industry, and the public to promote preparedness, disaster response, recovery operations and mitigation efforts in all jurisdictions in order to ensure the safety of all residents.

Washington Co. EMA is a great public sector partner with Safeguard Iowa. Together. Helping Iowans.

Washington County Emergency Management is located at the Orchard Hill Complex, 2183 Lexington Blvd, Washington, IA, United States, Iowa

You can learn more about Washington County EMA on their website at:


Safeguard Iowa Partnership  Executive Director


1907 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50314    Tel: (515) 650-0424


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