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  • 02/09/2015 9:30 AM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For more information, contact:

    Safeguard Iowa Partnership

    sip@safeguardiowa.org

    515.246.1707

    Safeguard Iowa Partnership Board of Director’s select August “Dutch” Geisinger to lead the Partnership as Executive Director

    On Monday, February 2nd, Safeguard Iowa Partnership announced the hiring of August “Dutch” Geisinger as its new Executive Director, replacing Jami Haberl, who left Safeguard Iowa in December to take a position as Executive Director of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative. 

    Mr. Geisinger comes to the Partnership from the United States Department of Homeland Security.  While with US DHS, Dutch served the South Dakota District as the Protective Security Advisor. In this capacity, Dutch was tasked with identification of critical infrastructure and key resources within the state and establishing relationships with those partner organizations to develop security and continuity plans, assess vulnerabilities, provide options for consideration to help harden assets and strengthen South Dakota’s security posture. Dutch’s responsibilities also included acting as a liaison between state, local and federal government and private sector partners on Homeland Security critical infrastructure protection issues during day-to-day operations and disaster situations

    From 2003 to 2009, Dutch was employed by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) of the Department of Public Defense. In his tenure with Iowa HSEMD, his responsibilities included Anti-terrorism training specialist, Homeland Security Program Manager and Critical Infrastructure Protection Planner. During disaster response, his role migrated as necessary to operations in the State Emergency Operations Center, local Emergency Operations Center liaison, and planning section chief.

    Prior to his service with Iowa, Dutch was a lieutenant with the Cedar Falls, Iowa Police Department. In his twelve years with the department, he served as a patrol supervisor, tactical team leader and narcotics detective. While at the police department, he was selected as officer of the year in 2001 and received the Voss Award for Management Excellence in 2003. 

    Dutch is a veteran of the United States Army and Iowa Army National Guard.  His time away from the office is occupied by his wife, three daughters and two granddaughters.  .

    Dutch will start his new duties on March 2, 2015.

    Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state’s business and government leaders, who share a commitment to strengthen the state to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through public-private collaboration.

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  • 01/03/2014 12:22 PM | Jami Haberl (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For more information, contact:

    Jami Haberl, Safeguard Iowa Partnership

    515-246-1707

    jhaberl@safeguardiowa.org

    Safeguard Iowa Partnership Elects 2014 Board of Directors and Officers

    Des Moines, IOWA – January 3, 2014. The 2014 chair of Safeguard Iowa Partnership is Nationwide Insurance’s Kevin Smith.

    Smith succeeds Polk County Emergency Management Agency’s A.J. Mumm, who completed his one-year term December 31, 2013. Mumm will serve as past chair in 2014. The two other Safeguard Iowa officers will be the Iowa Department’s of Public Safety’s Jim Saunders as vice chair, and Wells Fargo and Company’s Jeff McClaran, who will serve as secretary/treasurer.

    Joining Smith, Mumm, Saunders and McClaran on the Partnership’s 2014 board of directors are:

       Jay Allpress, Hills Bank and Trust

       Jeff Blackmer, CenturyLink

       Denny Coon, Scott County Health Department

       Mike Goldberg, Linn County Emergency Management

       Dave Hempen, MidAmerican Energy Company

       Ken Sharp, Iowa Department of Public Health

       Elliott Smith, Iowa Business Council

    About Safeguard Iowa Partnership

    In January of 2007, the leaders of the Iowa Business Council, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Public Safety gathered to launch a statewide public-private partnership for emergency management. The concept was to bring together businesses and government agencies from across Iowa to collaborate on issues to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters together. Today, the Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with over 250 partners from small, medium, and large businesses, nonprofit organizations, associations and local, county, state and federal government agencies. For more information, visit www.safeguardiowa.org.

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  • 09/09/2013 2:32 PM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             CONTACT: HSEMD Public Information Officer  Sept. 9, 2013                                             515.725.3231 or HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov

     

     

    Businesses urged to tackle preparedness in September

     

    Des Moines – As football season kicks off, businesses and their employees throughout Iowa are being asked to tackle preparedness in September.

     

    “In football, you have to be prepared when you go out onto the field,” said Tyler Sash, former Iowa Hawkeye, and spokesman for this year’s Preparedness Month campaign. “But we all need to make sure we’re prepared to take care of ourselves and our families during an emergency.”

    The theme for this year’s Preparedness Month is “Let’s Tackle Preparedness.” During September businesses statewide are being encouraged to participate in activities that will increase the preparedness of their employees and their workplace.

     Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD), the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA).

    “This year, we’ve made a special effort to reach out to businesses, asking them to promote preparedness in the workplace through a variety of activities,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership. “Our hope is employees will not only take steps to be more prepared at work, but will also use what they’ve learned to be more prepared at home.”

     Businesses are being asked to become involved in a variety of preparedness activities, from distributing preparedness information to employees and hosting lunch-and-learn sessions, to hosting a Tackle Preparedness Day on September 11.

    “Preparing for disasters should be fun. To encourage a fun learning environment we created Tackle Preparedness Day on Sept. 11. Many businesses already plan activities in light of the annual Hawkeye/Cyclone match up, so this year we are asking businesses to use the big game as an opportunity to train their employees on what to do in the event of a disaster while at work.” said Haberl. “Every employee has a position to play during a disaster, and we can all be winners if we practice.” 

    Preparedness information and tips for businesses, including a template to start a business continuity plan, can be found at www.beready.iowa.gov.

    Businesses that pledge to tackle preparedness will have a chance to be recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad. Ten businesses that have pledged to tackle preparedness will be chosen in a random drawing to be recognized in October by the Governor for being a team player and taking actions to make their employees and places of business more prepared for emergencies.

    During Preparedness Month, individuals are also encouraged to make a preparedness game plan to ensure they and their families are prepared for any disasters. Individuals who take a pledge to prepare will be eligible for a drawing for prizes to include items signed by Sash.

    Citizens and businesses can take the Tackle Preparedness Pledge and get preparedness information at www.beready.iowa.gov. Preparedness Month information can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/letstacklepreparedness), Twitter (twitter.com/tklpreparedness) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/letstacklepreparedness). Hash tags #IAPM and #tklpreparedness.

    Iowa’s Preparedness Month is held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, which was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

    For information on Preparedness Month sponsors, visit: Iowa Emergency Management Association, www.iowaema.com Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov Safeguard Iowa Partnership, www.safeguardiowa.org.

     

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    Note to media: “Let’s Tackle Preparedness” public service announcements featuring Tyler Sash are available to download for broadcast. Audio versions of the public service announcements can be downloaded at www.beready.iowa.gov/letstacklepreparedness.html under the For Media Partners tab. Video versions of the public service announcements are also available. Contact HSEMD public information officers at HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov or at 515.715.3231 for instructions.

    Activities for this year’s Iowa Preparedness Month are funded in part with Emergency Management Performance Grant Program dollars.

  • 09/04/2013 3:00 PM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)
    Helping Communities Impacted by Flooding...Again

    The main mission of Safeguard Iowa Partnership is to support relationships between private and public organizations before,during and after disasters. A prime example of accomplishing this mission occurred during the spring of 2013 when liaisons fromthe Safeguard Iowa Partnership Emergency Operations Center (EOC) liaison program played a key role during the activation ofJohnson County’s EOC.

    The story actually goes back to the epic floods of 2008, when the Iowa River rose to record heights, flooding large parts of IowaCity and the University of Iowa. Safeguard Iowa Partnership EOC liaisons served in the Johnson County EOC during the disaster,and Dave Wilson, the emergency management coordinator for Johnson County, saw the importance and value of the Partnership.

    Since then, Wilson has helped to improve partnerships with local private companies by offering a variety of training that includesEOC operations and incident command. Wilson says that the Safeguard Iowa Partnership “is a good partner because of the otherpartners they can bring to the table who have resources and tools that we normally wouldn’t have access to.”

    During the spring 2013 activation, Safeguard Iowa Partnership EOC liaisons assisted with logistics within the operations center.With sandbag reserves dwindling, Johnson County needed to replenish its supply to continue to fight the rising waters andprotect critical infrastructure and key resources. One mission involved arranging trucking for a sizeable supply of sandbags tobe transported from New Jersey to Iowa City. Wilson stated that when initial plans for transportation fell through, within hoursSafeguard Iowa Partnership EOC liaisons had coordinated with CH Robinson to secure another truck that could deliver thesandbags within the time constraints. Wilson says these sandbags were used to protect infrastructure and small businesses; therest were set aside for the next flood.

    Jessica Eash, who lives in Iowa City and works at Hills Bank and Trust Company, went through Safeguard Iowa Partnership EOCliaison training just two weeks prior to being activated. She was positioned at the logistics table during her activation, helping toorder a number of support items for the EOC and responders. In doing so, Jessica saw firsthand the difference the additional staff Safeguard Iowa Partnership made in helping Wilson and Johnson County. “I think it is really beneficial,” Eash says. “If we needadditional information, now we have the contacts at the EOC and know how the process works.”

    Dave Wilson says the big benefits of the program involve sharing information and building partnerships. “It is very advantageous toshare information on risks and threats with local businesses, and work together to protect key infrastructure,” he says. It also helpsto know the steps they are taking to protect key items.

    Trent Mull, a Safeguard Iowa Partnership EOC liaison volunteer from UnityPoint Health - Trinity Hospital in the Quad Cities,arranged to secure a number of logistical needs, including life vests for the public safety dive team. Mull explains that the morningsituation briefings in the EOC were “eye-opening” and helped him gain a situational awareness of the disaster. “It really helpedme better understand what was going on and what they were preparing for,” Mull says. “This gave me a broader spectrum ofresponse, both at the scene and from the EOC.” For Mull, building relationships was a key component of the activation.

    Wilson praises the Safeguard Iowa Partnership EOC liaison program for providing specialized resources and knowledge in keyareas. He notes that “so much infrastructure is owned by private businesses.”

    Johnson County is just one of several counties to have partnered with the Safeguard Iowa Partnership to activate the EOC liaisonprogram. 

    Contact Safeguard Iowa Partnership to learn more about how your county can play a role in the Emergency OperationCenter liaison program or if you are interested in joining the elite group of liaisons.To learn more about joining Safeguard Iowa Partnership visit www.safeguardiowa.org.
  • 09/04/2013 9:30 AM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)
    For Immediate Release
    Sept. 4, 2013

    September is Preparedness Month in Iowa Iowans urged to tackle preparedness

    Des Moines – Governor Terry E. Branstad has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa. “We know disasters can and do happen in our state and that is why I have proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Iowa,” said Branstad. “I am asking Iowans to take steps now to prepare themselves, their families, their places of business, and their communities for any emergency.”

    This year’s Preparedness Month theme is “Let’s Tackle Preparedness.” Oskaloosa native Tyler Sash, former Hawkeye and safety for the New York Giants, is helping to raise awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness.

    “To be a winner in football, you have to be ready for the game. For me, that means knowing the game plan, wearing my football gear and always being aware of what’s happening on the field,” said Sash. “For you, that means making an emergency plan, building an emergency kit and being aware of the hazards that can impact you. By taking those three simple steps, you’ll be ready to tackle preparedness.”

    Sash is featured in public service announcements highlighting the importance of emergency preparedness. The public service announcements, along with other Preparedness Month materials and information, is available at www.beready.iowa.gov.

    Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD), the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA).

    During Preparedness Month, HSEMD, SIP and IEMA are urging Iowans to take simple steps to ensure they and their families are prepared. Individuals who take the Tackle Preparedness Pledge will be eligible to win prizes signed by Sash. Businesses statewide are also being encouraged to participate in activities that will increase the preparedness of their employees and their workplace.

    Citizens and businesses can take the Tackle Preparedness Pledge and get preparedness information at www.beready.iowa.gov. Preparedness Month information can also be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/letstacklepreparedness), Twitter (@tklpreparedness) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/letstacklepreparedness). Hash tags #IAPM and #tklpreparedness.

    “I’m happy to help spread the word about the importance of being prepared for emergencies and disasters,” Sash said. “I urge all Iowans to take this opportunity to tackle preparedness in their homes and places of business.”

    Iowa’s Preparedness Month is held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, which was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.


    For more information on Preparedness Month sponsors, visit:
    Iowa Emergency Management Association, www.iowaema.com
    Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov
    Safeguard Iowa Partnership, www.safeguardiowa.org.
  • 10/09/2012 4:13 PM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)
    Safeguard Iowa Partners Urge Iowans to Act During Family Preparedness Month

    Iowa’s Governor proclaims each September as Family Preparedness Month. To help get the message out this year, Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) joined Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEMD), Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) and Target in encouraging Iowans to become better prepared for the next emergency or disaster.

    Because this year’s theme was “Pledge to Prepare,” Safeguard Iowa Partnership, HSEMD and IEMA asked Iowans to pledge to take simple actions that would make them more ready to face adverse situations. These actions could be as easy as setting up weather alerts on a mobile phone, assembling an emergency supply kit for a pet, or holding a family meeting to discuss what members should do during an emergency both inside and outside the home.

    “Preparedness Month is essential to Iowa because it reminds everyone to take the extra steps to organize themselves, their families, their businesses and their communities for times of trouble,” said Safeguard Iowa Partnership’s Executive Director Jami Haberl. “By participating in Pledge to Prepare, Iowans take the
    necessary steps to become better equipped to deal with an emergency and when disaster strikes.”


    In addition to the evident benefits of being better organized, participants were eligible to win prizes by either submitting a preparedness video or taking the online pledge.

    The grand prize winner, Michele Schmidt of Thornton, stated, “The most important thing to me is my family. It’s my job as a mother to keep everyone safe and be prepared for the unexpected. That’s why I made a video showing how I was utilizing Family Preparedness Month to become better prepared by adding items for my daughter to our existing emergency kit. If anything were to happen to us, she would be taken care of and be surrounded by her favorite things.”

    Family Preparedness Month was created in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies. Partnering with local agencies is just one more step the Safeguard Iowa Partnership takes to protect Iowans and encourage a whole-community concept.

  • 10/01/2012 1:39 PM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT: HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov, 515.725.3231

    Winners of “Pledge to Prepare” contest announced

    DES MOINES – Winners of the “Pledge to Prepare” contest, part of September’s Family Preparedness Month, were announced today.

    This year’s Family Preparedness Month activities were sponsored by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, Safeguard Iowa Partnership, Target and Iowa Emergency Management Association.

    For the contest, Iowans were asked to submit videos showing how they pledge to be prepared for emergencies and disasters. Video contest winners are:

    Michele Schmidt, Thornton

    Grand Prize winner of a $50 Target gift card and a deluxe family emergency kit

    Alex Stephens, Center Point

    Second Place Prize winner of a $20 Target gift card and a large “Go Bag”

    Andrew Maharry, Waukee

    Third Place Prize winner of a $20 Target gift card and a large “Go Bag”

    Matt Ellis, Knoxville

    Fourth Place Prize winner of a $10 Target gift card and a small “Go Bag”

    Iowans were also urged to submit their written pledge into a random drawing. The winner of the pledge drawing is Gena Hodges of Des Moines. Gena will receive a $50 Target gift card and a NOAA Weather Radio.

    Winning videos may be viewed at www.safeguardiowa.org. Prizes were provided by Target and the Safeguard Iowa Partnership.

    For more information on individual and family preparedness, visit www.beready.iowa.gov.

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  • 09/24/2012 11:29 AM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)

    Gov. Terry E. Branstad today authorized a proclamation of disaster emergency to extend the original proclamation signed on July 26, 2012. The extension is effective immediately and will last for 30 days from today.

    The extended proclamation allows over-width and overweight loads of hay, straw and stover. As a result of the drought experience by the state of Iowa, the effects of the drought continue and circumstances and reasons for issuance of the proclamation remain and continue.

    View the rest of the press release at: https://governor.iowa.gov/2012/09/gov-branstad-extends-disaster-emergency-proclamation/

  • 09/17/2012 3:12 PM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)
    For immediate release: Sept. 17, 2012

    For more information, contact:

    HSEMD Public Information Officer, 515-725-3231

     

    Family Preparedness Month deadline approaches
    Only three days left to enter “Pledge to Prepare” video contest

    DES MOINES – The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) have asked Iowans to take a Pledge to Prepare by taking just one simple step to be more prepared for emergencies.

     

    Those who take the pledge may be eligible to win prizes by entering the Pledge to Prepare contest. Individuals, families and groups are invited to record and submit a short video showing how they are taking the pledge. Videos must be submitted by Sept. 20. HSEMD, SIP and IEMA will choose the top five videos and ask the public to select their favorite in an online vote Sept. 24-28.

     

    “The video doesn’t need to be high-tech or a lot of work. Just choose one simple thing you will do to be prepared, pull out your video camera or even your phone, record a short video and send it to us,” said Lucinda Robertson, HSEMD public information officer. “Even better, get your kids involved and have fun while you’re learning about preparedness together.”

     

    Iowans may visit www.safeguardiowa.org or www.beready.iowa.gov to see some video examples created by SIP and HSEMD employees.

     

    Iowans who don’t submit a video may still enter their Pledge to Prepare in a random drawing. Pledges may be submitted online or via FAX through Sept. 30. Winners for the contest and drawing will be announced Oct. 1. Target has joined HSEMD, SIP and IEMA in this effort and will provide gift cards up to $50 and a NOAA weather radio as prizes for the contest and drawing. SIP is also providing emergency preparedness kits (valued from $25 to $200) to contest and drawing winners.

     

    Family Preparedness Month was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

    For more information on Family Preparedness Month and the Pledge to Prepare Contest and Drawing, visit www.beready.iowa.gov, www.safeguardiowa.org or www.iowaema.com.

     

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  • 09/11/2012 10:38 AM | Jesse Truax (Administrator)

    OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

    Governor Terry E. Branstad «Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    CONTACT: Governor’s Office (515) 725-3518

    Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds urge Iowans to prepare during Family Preparedness Month

     

    (DES MOINES) – On the 11-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are reminding Iowans of the importance of being prepared for emergencies and disasters.

    “The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is an opportunity to encourage Iowans to take steps now to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for any emergency,” said Branstad.

    Governor Branstad has proclaimed September as Family Preparedness Month in Iowa. Preparedness Month was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to educate the public on how to prepare for emergencies.

    The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) and Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) are partnering to encourage Iowans to take a Pledge to Prepare by taking just one simple step to be more prepared for emergencies. The pledge can be found at www.beready.iowa.gov, www.safeguardiowa.org or www.iowaema.com.

    “We hope that taking the Pledge to Prepare will encourage Iowans to think about what they will need to do if they are in an emergency situation,” said Reynolds.

    In addition to the evident benefits of being better prepared, those who take the pledge may be eligible to win prizes by entering the Pledge to Prepare contest. Individuals, families and groups are invited to record and submit a video showing how they are taking the pledge. Videos must be submitted by Sept. 20. HSEMD, SIP and IEMA will choose the top five videos and ask the public to select their favorite in an online vote Sept. 24-28.

    Iowans who don’t submit a video may still enter their Pledge to Prepare in a random drawing. Pledges may be submitted online or via FAX through Sept. 30. Winners for the contest and drawing will be announced Oct. 1. Target has joined HSEMD, SIP and IEMA in this effort and will provide gift cards and a NOAA weather radio as prizes for the contest and drawing. SIP is also providing emergency preparedness kits to contest and drawing winners.

    For more information on Family Preparedness Month and the Pledge to Prepare contest and drawing, visit www.beready.iowa.gov, www.safeguardiowa.org or www.iowaema.com.

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