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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

*For Additional information, please see the "What's New" section below.

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


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.

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!

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. There are currently 7 Disaster Recovery Centers open in Iowa.

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

FEMA IOWA Daily Fact Sheet 024 06202024.pdf

Upcoming SIP Training and Exercises

Webster County and the surrounding areas in IEMA District 1

Suspicious Mail Identification and Response Training for Election Offices / Officials and 1st Responders.

Webster County Emergency Management and SIP are bringing this training to

Fort Dodge, IA on 

JUN 26, 2024 from 1 - 2 PM.

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


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 --->

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