Our Mission

The Iowa Emergency Management Association exists to advance the professional interests of its members and to assist Iowans in preserving life and protecting property in the face of any hazard.

Serving Iowa since 1962



Welcome to the website for the Iowa Emergency Management Association. Your local emergency managers across Iowa are charged with protecting our communities by coordinating the design and implementation of all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve local capabilities to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the threat or occurrence of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

Our Association works to advance and enhance the profession of emergency management in Iowa by providing education, introducing legislative initiatives, and representing the profession within many statewide organizations. It is also the conduit that provides monthly opportunities for our emergency management professionals across the state to meet, collaborate and enhance our county emergency management programs through collaboration, multi-county projects and information sharing.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Please explore our website to find out more about who we are, what we do and how to join us.


Doug Reed, President

IEMA Membership


Join IEMA today! We have three levels of membership: Active, Associate and Sustaining.

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Want to be an Iowa Certified Emergency Manager? Find out how.

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See Something Say Something


If you see something, say something. Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

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2017 Membership

As of May 10, we have 90 of 92 Emergency Management Coordinators in the State of Iowa as members of the Association. Join today!

Years of Service

2017 will mark 55 years of service to Iowans by the Iowa Emergency Management Association, established in 1962.

StormReady Initiative

IEMA is working to get all 99 counties in Iowa declared StormReady by the National Weather Service. Currently 23 counties are StormReady in Iowa. Apply today!
Get a Kit
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
  • Local maps
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Make a Plan
Be Informed
Preparedness Websites

Our Sustaining Members

Serving Iowa since 1962


“Private-sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of doing business in the post-9/11 world. It is ignored at a tremendous potential cost in lives, money and national security.”
― The 9 11 Commission Report