Emergency Management

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Modules

1. Departmental Emergency Policies
2. Planning for Emergencies
3. Practice Exercises: Police and Fire
4. Coordination and Assistance
5. Disasters: Flooding in Des Moines
6. Disasters: Flooding in Ames
7. Disasters: Tornadoes/Wind
8. Disasters: Blizzards/Ice in Counties
9. Disasters: Blizzards/Ice in Cities


This course reviews both the need for and types of policies and event planning that an agency might find useful during times of emergencies. Although individual departments have their own plans, they also must work with other departments and even with other agencies to adequately formulate broader plans for handling larger scale and more complex emergencies and situations. Public works is often the primary player in major emergencies, clearing the roadways and snow or debris, so that other responders can perform their work. Conducting practice training exercises, both in house and on a larger interagency scale, is common and can provide a familiarity with procedures to help make the necessary steps become more routine. Assistance and financial support of these types of training are often available through state and federal programs and contacts/information is included to have ready when needed by your agency. Past preparations and actions of both county and city agencies in handling floods, tornadoes, blizzards and ice storms in recent years provide a look at what has worked and what did not. Learning from past experiences, communications, interagency coordination and collaboration are all vital to achieve the most effective and efficient response possible.

Skills are developed by knowing:

  • The appropriate actions that are needed for an effective response
  • The order in which those actions are best taken
  • The availability of proper training for yourself and your staff
  • The proper circumstances to include into your practice training exercises

Once completed, participants should be able to:

  • Identify key points in your department’s emergency plan
  • Understand the differences and need for both municipal and area-wide plans
  • Recognize the four key objectives used in setting up a successful training exercise
  • Understand the planning, training and potential financial assistance available from Iowa
  • Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Use successful techniques employed by other agencies during their natural disasters

Key concepts:

  • Departmental policies provide a core for an overall plan
  • Public works is often integrated to into an interagency team
  • Familiarity with operational procedures means more efficiency
  • Training opportunities and financing may be available through Iowa Homeland Security
Instructors

Position
Johnson County Engineer, Johnson County, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Colorado State University
MS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Greg Parker has served as the Johnson County Engineer for 12 years. He has over 25 years of experience from previous employment with Cities, other counties, and as a private consultant. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a member of the Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA), the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is the current Chair of the APWA Road Safety Sub-committee, Member of AASHTO/Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program, NACE Safety Committee, NACO Transportation Committee and past president of the Iowa Chapter – APWA.


Professional affiliations
Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA)
National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
American Public Works Association (APWA), Iowa (past president)
National Society of Profession Engineers (NSPE
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Institute course(s)
Resource Management Skills
Emergency Management
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Emergency Management Coordinator; Butler County, Iowa
Incident Command Specialist/Instructor; Iowa Central College Department of Homeland Security Training Bureau
Field Instructor; Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau


Education
Taken numerous classes with Incident Management at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland
Certified Emergency Manager in the State of Iowa


Experience
Has been a member of the Greene Fire Department for over 30 years and is currently Captain in charge of training. Has dealt with many events in emergency response dealing with fire, vehicle extractions, missing person, floods, ice storms, tornados, etc. He has also had the chance to experience more serious disasters like the floods of ’93, ’99, & 2004 (Butler County Iowa), ice storm of 2007 (Butler County Iowa), and more recently was the initial Operations Section Chief for the first 37 hours of the devastating EF5 tornado that destroyed much of Parkersburg, Iowa.


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Fire Chief; City of West Des Moines


Education
MS in Science — Organizational Development; Iowa State University


Experience
Began as a Fire Fighter in Iowa in 1972. Served as Training Officer with the City of Seminole, Florida for 11 years. Formerly a Fire Service Instructor with Iowa State University for 4 years. Fire Chief of the Town of Menasha, Wisconsin for 8 years. Has been Fire Chief of West Des Moines for 11 years. He has served as a National Fire Academy Instructor since 1985 – and also evaluates EFO Research Papers for Executive Fire Officer students. Chief Fire Officer Designee and Executive Fire Officer of the National Fire Academy.


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Formerly with Office of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management


Experience
Served as a local Emergency Coordinator in two counties in Missouri. Served as Executive Director of an American Red Cross Chapter in Missouri and worked with the State of Missouri Emergency Management in the Training and Exercise Bureau. Does training at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Over 20 years of experience in the field.


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Was Director of Public Works, City of Des Moines at the time of this presentation


Education
BA; Grinnell College
MS in Engineering; University of Wisconsin
MS in Industrial Relations; University of Illinois
Juris Doctor; Loyola University Law School


Experience
Bill was City of Des Moines Director of Public Works at the time of this presentation and prior to that served the City of Des Moines. Worked with Shell Oil and Inland Steel in the area of Labor and Industrial Relations. Worked for MidAmerican Energy in various capacities leading up to Operations Manager. Worked for the City of Des Moines as Senior Operations Leader, Senior Management Team Leader, and Human Resources Director before becoming Director of Public Works.


Professional affiliations
Past President of APWA Iowa Chapter
American, State, and County Bar Associations
American Arbitration Association National Panelist for Construction or Commercial Dispute
American Society of Civil Engineers


Institute course(s)
Community Service / Customer Orientation Skills
Emergency Management

Position
Director; Ames Water and Pollution Control Department


Education
BS in Chemical Engineering; Iowa State University
MS in Business Administration; Iowa State University
Licensed as a registered Professional Engineer in Iowa
Holds an Iowa grade III wastewater operator’s license


Experience
Worked in the water and wastewater fields since 1989, holding positions from analytical chemist to staff environmental engineer to senior management roles.


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Retired Director of Public Works, City of Iowa City, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Served the City of Iowa City for 27 years before retirement, as well as City Engineer and Civil Engineer. Previously served 2 years as an Environmental Engineer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Professional affiliations
Past President; Iowa Chapter of APWA
American Society of Civil Engineers
Past member; University of Iowa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Board
Past member; University of Iowa College of Engineering Professional Advisory Board


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Tama County Engineer; Tama County, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
He served as the assistant to the Benton County Engineer for 4 years, before being appointed the Tama County Engineer in 2000. In 2003, Lyle joined a few other dual county engineers that work in that shared capacity for two adjacent counties, thereby doubling his experiences.


Professional affiliations
National Association of County Engineers
Iowa County Engineers Association in several committees. Currently chair of the Legislative Committee.


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

Position
Street / Sewer Maintenance Supervisor; City of Dubuque


Experience
John Klostermann started his employment with the City of Dubuque as a laborer in 1975 and held various positions throughout the years. In 1990, he joined the City’s management team as the street maintenance supervisor and held a series of positions with progressively more responsibilities. As the street/sewer maintenance supervisor (1994-2016), his responsibilities included day to day operations involving street and sewer maintenance, which included snow and ice control and the operation and maintenance of the flood control levee system. In May of 2016 John was appointed to the position of public works director for the City of Dubuque. As the public works director, in addition to the activities listed, he is also responsible for the oversight of the refuse collection and recycling, landfill operations and the municipal garage operations. John has been a member of American Public Works Association since 1994 and served as President of the Iowa Chapter in 2003. He currently serves on the American Public Works Subcommittee on Winter Maintenance.


Professional affiliations
Member since 1994; APWA
Former President; APWA Iowa Chapter
Member; American Public Works Subcommittee on Winter Maintenance


Institute course(s)
Emergency Management

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