Emergency Management Program Development

Delivered in a four-part series over a calendar year, the Emergency Management Program Development course provides a comprehensive overview of the statutory requirements and professional duties of today’s emergency manager.

Annual Association Conference

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Be Prepared

Make sure you’re prepared for when disaster strikes! Learn more about creating a kit below.

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.

Association News

Bremer County seeking Emergency Managment Coordinator

Bremer County Emergency Management is looking to fill the position of Emergency Management Coordinator. This is a full-time/non-exempt position with benefits. Annual salary is $60,000 to $65,000 based on abilities and experience.

SUMMARY OF POSITION: This position coordinates the disaster response and/or crisis management activities for Bremer County, and cities within Bremer County, when requested. The Coordinator provides emergency planning, training, exercising, response, and recover coordination for natural, wartime, technological, or terrorism situations and crisis events.

The Coordinator responds to actual events to assist with coordination of the response. Response situations include, but are not limited to: missing persons, fires, accidents, hazardous materials releases, Public Health emergencies, agriculture emergencies, and weather events.

The Coordinator maintains efficient office operations for the Bremer County Emergency Management Agency as directed by the Bremer County Emergency Management Commission; maintains emergency response-related resources; works with outside persons and agencies at the local, state, and federal levels; and participates in emergency planning-based grants administration.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Graduate from an accredited four-year college or university with two years of emergency management experience-including business administration OR an Associates degree with 4 years of emergency management experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to exercise good judgement in evaluating situations and making decisions under pressure. Ability to effectively manage the work of others in times of calm and periods of stress-including emotional stress. Experience in PC computing with standard office suite of software. Good communication skills including the ability to read and speak fluent English. Effective time management and reporting.

Tentative start date is as-soon-as-possible with the new employee having the opportunity to receive on­ the-job training from the current Emergency Management Coordinator.

Hiring is subject to pre-employment physical and background check. Please send letter of application, resume and references to:

Bremer County EMA/Kip Ladage
1114th St. NE
Waverly, Iowa 50677

Applications will be accepted until close of business on March 15, 2024.

Harrison County seeking Emergency Management Coordinator

The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency Commission will be taking applications for the position of EMA Coordinator/Director. Prior experience preferred but not required. Applications can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office clerk during normal business hours, 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. and/or the harrisoncountyia.org website employment page. Applications will be accepted until Friday March 8, 2024. Call if you have any questions.

Harrison County Emergency Management Agency-Chair
David Weigelt
111 South 1st Avenue
Logan, Iowa 51546
712-269-2829 (C)

State & Federal Emergency Management Resources

Association Districts

The Iowa Emergency Management Association has divided Iowa into six districts. Each district appoints two active members to represent that district on the Executive Committee of the Association – one as the primary representative and the other as the alternate. The district reps are responsible for conducting district meetings and relaying information between the members of their district and the Executive Committee.

Be Ready When Disaster Strikes

Get a Kit

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 an 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

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:

  • How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
  • How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
  • How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
  • How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
  • How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Be Informed

Emergency preparedness is not only for Californians, Midwesterners, and Gulf Coast residents. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before to areas with different hazard risks than at home.

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Use this site to learn about potential emergencies that can happen and how to prepare for and respond to them.


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