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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

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.

Business Continuity Workshop Coming to Worth & Floyd Counties Next Week - Register Today!

This is what it looks like when four County Emergency Management Coordinators work together with
Safeguard Iowa to bring a training opportunity to northern Iowa for their local businesses and non-profits. Looking forward to working with Mark Tomlinson (Worth County EMA), Jason Webster (Floyd County EMA), Kris Olson (Mitchell County EMA) and Eric Whipple (Cerro Gordo County EMA) on September 20-21, 2023 when we offer two training opportunities in Northwood, IA (20 SEP) and Charles City, IA (21 SEP).
Our Business Continuity Training provides businesses without a current emergency or continuity plan (or wanting a "better" plan) with some valuable tools to assess threats in their business climate and mitigate those threats
before they become disasters. They leave with techniques to plan the continuity and recovery of their businesses before emergencies happen. Links to REGISTER for either date are below. Together. Helping Iowans.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 1 PM - 4 PM
Worth County Emergency Management
99A 9th St. North
Northwood, IA 50459


Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 9 AM -12 PM
Floyd County Emergency Management (EOC)
101 S. Main St. Suite 109
Charles City, IA 50616


Safeguard Iowa Board Welcomes New Director

On July 1, 2023, the newly elected 2nd Vice President of the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA), Sean Snyder, began his concurrent, one year term of service on the Safeguard Iowa Board of Directors. Appointed as the Emergency Management Coordinator and 911 Communications Center Director for Winneshiek County, Iowa in November 2015, Director Snyder has had a multifaceted public safety career.  Since January of 2002, he has continually worked or volunteered for various fire departments, emergency medical services, and law enforcement agencies. He received a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Upper Iowa University and is a current member of the International Association of Emergency Managers. Thank you for agreeing to serve, and welcome to our Partnership!  Director Snyder’s full bio is available (with those of all our Officers and Directors) on our website. LINK HERE.

Safeguard Iowa Board Member Briefs Vietnamese Cyber Delegation

On June 26th, at the request of the Iowa International Center and the Department of State, SIP Board of Directors current Sec./Treasurer Joe Russell briefed a Vietnamese  Government Cyber Delegation on our role and mission as a Public-Private Partnership (P3) for Iowa, and specifically our efforts in providing cyber awareness and assessment training for our private sector/non-profit partners. It was a great exchange.

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 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

Check out the AUGUST 2023 PARTNER UPDATE  to the right for information on:

  • SIP Annual Meeting and Training on 12 SEP 23
  • This Month's "Take 5" - five minutes training scenarios (Severe Weather Warning  & Severe Weather)
  • Business Continuity Workshops in Worth, Floyd and Clinton Counties.
  • JUL-AUG Partner Spotlight - MidAmerican Energy


Private Sector Partner -


Bundle Coordinator
John Halbrook
Business Continuity
Physical Security, Intel

MidAmerican Energy Company has been a longtime Gold Sponsor of the
Safeguard Iowa Partnership and of our mission to help Iowa and Iowans
prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.
Over the years, many current and former employees of MidAmerican have
played very active roles in helping SIP accomplish our critical role in promoting
public and private sector collaboration during times of crisis. SIP is especially
grateful to all of the MidAmerican employees who have served as officers and
members of our SIP Board of Directors.

MidAmerican on their website states how their business contributes to every
facet of the communities they serve – through employee volunteers,
partnerships with local organizations, donations and more.

You can learn more about MidAmerican Energy on their website at:

Safeguard Iowa Partnership Appoints New Executive Director

Read Executive Director Knox's Bio Here

Jay Knox SIP Exec Dir Bio.pdf


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


Learn more regarding the success of public-private partnership here.  

 To learn more about Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Click on the FEMA - Building Private-Public Partnerships Icon to the right --->

Visit our friends at Ready.gov to find out how to be better prepared at home.

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