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Director Chris Showalter

                SAFEGUARD IOWA BOARD                    WELCOMES TWO NEW DIRECTORS

At the SIP Quarterly Board meeting on March 21, 2023, the Board passed a change to our by-laws which formalized an agreement with the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) to fill the vacant Non-profit/Association Director position with their elected 2nd Vice President to a one year term on the SIP Board. Current 2nd VP Chris Showalter assumed his duties after the vote. The Board also voted on several candidates presented by the Nominating Committee to fill a vacant Private Sector Director position left open by a recent resignation. Robert Hedgepeth, a partner with BBS Architects | Engineers and retired Iowa Army National Guard Colonel was selected as our newest Director. Their full bios are available on our website. LINK HERE. Thank you both for agreeing to serve, and welcome to our Partnership!              Together. Helping Iowans.

Director Rob Hedgepeth

On February 3, 2023, provided the Safeguard Iowa Partnership Liaison Update to the outstanding group of professionals who are part of the Iowa Emergency Management Association (IEMA) during their hybrid Executive Committee meeting at the Polk County EOC. Thanks to the current IEMA leadership for the warm welcome and continued collaboration and partnership (President Bob Kempf - Adair/Guthrie Counties, 1st Vice President AJ Seely - Dallas County, 2nd Vice President Chris Showalter - Butler County, Secretary Marissa Reisen - Washington County, Treasurer Justin Pritts - Cherokee County and the six District Reps/Alternates).  Together. Helping Iowans.

On January 10, 2023, SIP participated in the Polk County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting. Great discussion with some of our public/private sector partners who are most familiar with the hazardous materials in their communities and in the best position to assist local governments in response planning. LEPCs were formed by federal/state legislation following the Bhopal, India disaster where thousands of people died in a hazardous chemical accident. There are currently over 80 LEPCs across Iowa. If you are involved in the hazardous materials sector consider becoming a part or your Regional or Local Emergency Planning Committee. Find your POC at the link below.


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. 

Emergency Operations Center Liaisons 

Private-sector representative within local and state emergency operations centers to provide situational awareness and resources support.   

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 



What's New 

Safeguard Iowa Partnership Appoints New Executive Director

On November 14, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership selected retired federal agent and Iowa Army National Guard Colonel Jay Knox as the new Executive Director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership.

Curt Sullivan, Safeguard Iowa Partnership Chairperson said, “We are very excited to have Jay onboard.  He has a decorated military service, extensive public safety background and service-driven mindset that will serve our mission very well.  The focus over the coming months will be to engage both public and private sector partners, enhance existing relationships and expand on new opportunities.”

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 .

Read Executive Director Knox's Bio Here



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