2023 Iowa Homeland Security Conference

Save the date, Oct. 11-13, for the 2023 Iowa Homeland Security Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center.

If you have any questions about this year’s conference, please contact Beth Lewis or Steve Warren at 515.725.3231 or HSEMDConf@iowa.gov.

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Wednesday, October 11 — Friday, October 13, 2023
DMACC | Ankeny FFA Enrichment Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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ESF Topics

We continue to strive in bringing new topics for our whole community partners. This year’s Emergency Support Function (ESF’s) will focus on: Basic Plan, ESF 2-Communications, ESF 5-Emergency Management/Planning, ESF 10-Hazardous Materials, ESF 15-External Affairs or RSF-Basic Plan Recovery. If you have suggested topics related to the upcoming ESF/RSF focus areas, email HSEMDConf@iowa.gov.

Our conference provides an opportunity for emergency management coordinators, homeland security professionals, state agencies, elected officials, non-profit organization, along with our public and private sector partners, to learn from each other in this ever-evolving field.


Please follow the current CDC guidelines. Stay home if you don’t feel well.

NOTE: All scheduled events (content, speakers, time, etc.) are subject to change.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023


Time Slot General Session Title Session Speaker Room Number
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Welcoming Comments HSEMD Leadership 106
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Reflections on Leadership Ed Conley 106
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM The Role of Adaptive Leadership in Working through Conflict Bill de la Cruz 106

Thursday, October 12, 2023


Time Slot Breakout Session Title Session Speaker Room Number
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Using Social Media to Enhance your Event Programs Jodi Freet, Chris Cole, Tim Richmond 106
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Incorporating Climate Change into Planning, Training, and Exercises Rob Dale 108-109
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Keeping Iowa Roadways Safe Robert L. Johnson, Jason Schnorenberg 112-113
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Effective Accessible Communications with Diverse Populations Tracey Singh 114-115
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM All About that Bass-ic David Johnston, Doug Reed, Mike Lamb, Sarah Diedrich 106
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM Priorities with Resource Management Dave Wilson, Jeremy Sroka 108-109
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM Accident Response and the Aftermath, from a Legal Perspective Timothy R. Gablehouse 112-113
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM ESF-15/Public Information Overview Michael Cappannari 114-115
11:15 AM – 1:00 PM Why Equity Still Matters Tracey Singh 106
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Whole Community Communications Allie Bright 106
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Just Sign Here Michael Cayer 108-109
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM What Turns an “Accident” into a Criminal Matter Timothy R. Gablehouse 112-113
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Planning to Recover from Disaster Sarah Eggert, Jess Pugh, Jiwnath Ghimire 114-115
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM How to Engage with a Private-Sector Emergency Manager John Neldeberg, Lacey Hogan, Sean Poston 106
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Long-Term Housing Recovery: Iowa’s Planning Tools and Resources Sarah Eggert, Terri Rosonke 108-109
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM C6 Zero Explosion Before, During, and After Josh Humphrey, Rob Rotter, Ben Gray 112-113
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Best Practices for Communicating Effectively During a Crisis Jackie Schmillen 114-115

Friday, October 13, 2023


Time Slot General Session Title Session Speaker Room Number
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Human Trafficking Survivor Story Alicia Tappan 106
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Remember Who You Are; A Story of Healing and Resiliency After Trauma Madalena DeAndrea 106
Conference attendees gather around tables at the 2019 Iowa HSEMD Conference


NOTE: All scheduled events (content, speakers, time, etc.) are subject to change.

Fill out the required information in the form, then click SUBMIT to finish. Please use proper capitalization as it will be used to populate your certificate (if applicable). Limit of one email per registration.


Conference registration is $150.00 USD per person through October 13, 2023, and is payable by check or credit card. A full refund will be given for cancellations made on or before October 1, 2023, by emailing HSEMDconf@iowa.gov.

No refunds will be given for cancellations or no shows after October 1, 2023. Substitutions will be accepted for those attendees who are unable to attend. Please send substitution information to HSEMDconf@iowa.gov.

The application may also be downloaded in PDF format and printed.


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Vendor Setup at Conference

Register as a Vendor

Thank you for inquiring about being a vendor at our conference, however we have filled all available spots for this year.

NOTE: All scheduled events (content, speakers, time, etc) are subject to change. Space is limited to 15 vendors.

Set up:
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tear down:
Friday, October 13, 2023, by 12:00 pm

Contact HSEMDconf@iowa.gov

Facility Details

NOTE: All scheduled events (content, speakers, time, etc.) are subject to change.

This facility is ADA compliant. If you have accessibility needs, please let our conference team know.

Facility Floorplan (PDF)

Campus Map (PDF)

Facility Policies & Procedures

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Lodging Options

There are a variety of hotel options in Ankeny for you to choose from.

Room rate is based on availability and their current rate.

NOTE: Iowa HSEMD is NOT responsible for individual reservations or cancellations.

*As a state agency and in pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 80.45A, beginning January 1, 2022, all Iowa lodging providers must complete the Department of Public Safety’s Human Trafficking Prevention Training certification to receive public funds for State employee lodging or any state-funded event. We encourage you to visit the list of lodging provides to make your choice. We hope you have a pleasant stay.

Contact Us

7900 Hickman Road,
Suite 500
Windsor Heights, IA 50324

515.725.3231  515.725.3260 FAX
Business Hours:
8:00 AM-4:00 PM



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