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11th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference


Conference logoThank you for attending this year's conference! We will be posting some of the conference presentations here soon (those approved for sharing by the presenters).


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This agenda is tentative and subject to change.


Tuesday, Oct. 21


8:15 a.m.



Director Mark Schouten - Iowa HSEMD


8:45 a.m.


Breakout Sessions

  • Iowa Flood Information
    Larry Weber - University of Iowa
  • Functions of the Fusion Center
    Kevin Winker - Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
  • How the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Can Assist Your Community in a Disaster
    Rodney Delp and Kim Thomas - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • What's new in Iowa Legislation
    John Benson - Iowa HSEMD

10 a.m.




10:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions

  • OSHA's New Hazard Communication Standard
    Duane Otto - McFarland Clinic PC
  • Assessing and Building Capabilities
    Kyle Karsjen - Iowa HSEMD
  • Preliminary Damage Assessment Process
    Patrick Hall - Iowa HSEMD
  • 71st Civil Support Team: Capabilities, Mission Update, and State Training Program
    Lt. Col. Russ Bossard - 71st Civil Support Team

11:45 a.m.


Working Lunch
The Boston Marathon Bombings: An Incident Commander's Perspective on What Happened, Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Best Practices

Kurt Schwartz - Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


1:15 p.m.


General Session
Livestock Transportation Accidents

Dr. Patrick Gorden - Iowa State University
Keith Morgan - Story County Emergency Mgmt.


2:30 p.m.




3 p.m.


General Session
What can an Incident Management Team do for you?

Steve O'Koneck - Cedar Rapids Police Department


4:15 p.m.


End of Day 1


(4:30 p.m.)


From 4:30-6 p.m., the Safeguard Iowa Partnership will hold their annual meeting. It is open to current and future Safeguard Iowa partners. There is no cost to attend, but you must register. There will be a networking opportunity with appetizers and a cash bar, and you may enter to win an Apple iPad mini and weather radio. Click here to register online.


Wednesday, Oct. 22


8:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions

  • National Weather Service Support Services in Times of Disaster
    Melinda Beerends, Jeff Zogg - National Weather Service
  • Addressing Cyber Security Risk: State and County Partnership Opportunities
    Jeff Franklin - Office of the Chief Information Officer, State of Iowa
  • Recovery Support Function: Housing
    Panel: Representatives from the Iowa Finance Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority and HSEMD
  • Changes to GIS Technology
    Jon Paoli - Iowa HSEMD

9:45 a.m.




10:15 a.m.


General Session
Statewide Messaging Integration with IPAWS
Mark Lucero - FEMA
Randy Goddard - Iowa HSEMD


11:30 a.m.


Working Lunch
25th Anniversary of Flight 232: Lessons Learned
Gary Brown - Woodbury County Emergency Mgmt.


1 p.m.


General Session
Iowa Task Force 1: 10 Years Later
Tom DeBondt, Kelly Hanson - Sioux City Fire Rescue
Dan Dall - Cedar Rapids Police Department


2:15 p.m.




2:30 p.m.


General Session
The Saw Team Can Cut to the Chase in Disasters

Doug Reed - Pottawattamie County Emergency Mgmt.
Jason Wickizer - Shelby County Emergency Mgmt.


General Session
How a Building Inspector Can Help in Time of Disaster

Brian Bishop - Iowa Dept. of Public Safety


3:45 p.m.


End of Day 2