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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

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.  

2024 Officers - SIP Board of Directors

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!

SIP Training and Exercises

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.

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

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

  • 2024 SIP Board of Director Officers
  • Text to 911 in all 99 Iowa Counties
  • SIP Operations and Upcoming Training
  • This Month's "Take 5" - five minutes training scenarios (Protest/Demonstrations and Natural Disasters)
  • NOV-DEC Partner Spotlight - Floyd Co. EMA

Upcoming SIP Training and Exercises


Public Sector Partner -

Floyd County Emergency Management

Floyd County Emergency Management Coordinator
Jason Webster
Email: jwebster@floydcoia.org
Phone: 641-257-6144

101 S Main Street Suite 206  
Charles City, IA 50616

The Floyd County Emergency Management Agency's Coordinator, Jason Webster, maintains and administers the county-wide Emergency Management Office, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and prepares detailed responses and plans for a wide variety of catastrophic scenarios. On a day-to-day basis their primary function is to implement programs that prepare the county for major emergencies using the 5 phases of emergency management: Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.  FCEMA serves as the link between the local jurisdictions and other entities - regional, State, federal, non-profit, and private sector partners - for emergency planning and operations. FCEMA is a great public sector partner with Safeguard Iowa. Together. Helping Iowans.

Floyd County Emergency Management is located on the Ground Floor of the Floyd County Courthouse and is governed by Chapter 29C State Code of Iowa and enforced by the Floyd County Emergency Management Commission.

Commission Members:
Floyd County Sheriff: Jeff Crooks
Community Mayors:
Charles City: Dean Andrews  
Colwell: Jeff Wright     
Floyd: Trevis O'Connell   
Marble Rock: Jerry Engelhardt  
Nora Springs: Randy Hassman
Rockford: Scott Johnson   
Rudd: Jeff Buland

Board of Supervisors Representative:                Jim Jorgensen

You can learn more about Floyd 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 --->

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

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