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April is 911 Education Month

April recognized as 911 Education Month in Iowa

98 percent of Iowa’s 911 call centers are now capable of receiving text messages

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds has designated April as 911 Education Month in Iowa. In cooperation with the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA), 911 Education Month is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) and the Iowa 911 Communications Council.

To coincide with 911 Education Month, the second full week of April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.

Please visit the following link for more information 911 Education Month.

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Influenza General Public Fact Sheet

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, chest, and lungs. The flu may cause mild to severe illness, and may even lead to death. In the very young, the elderly, and those with other serious medical conditions, infection can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia.

The  Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the following Influenza General Public Fact Sheet. Please click on the link below for more information regarding symptoms, warning signs, infectious period/spreading influenza, how to prevent the flu, vaccination, and antiviral medications.

Influenza Fact Sheet Gen Pub


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Saving the Whole Family Disaster Preparedness


Tornadoes, floods, fires, blizzards, terrorism… Devastating natural and man-made disasters can ravage

our lives. No one is exempt from the possibility of being personally affected. You need to prepare for yourself and

for your animals in case of disaster. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has

developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an

evacuation. For the most current information click on the link below

Saving the whole family

additional websites

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Dakota Access Pipeline Donates $20,000 to Jasper County Emergency Management Agency


DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE DONATED $20,000 TO JASPER , WEBSTER, BOONE, STORY, POLK AND CALHOUN COUNTIES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Check Presentation was held on Thursday, October 19th in Cambridge, Iowa. Dakota Access donated a total of $360,000 to Eighteen Counties along the Pipeline Route in Iowa. Josh Harding, Jasper County EMA Program Manager, is in the middle accepting on behalf of the Jasper County EMA.


CAMBRIDGE, IA, October 19, 2017 – Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC announced today plans to donate $20,000 to each first responder department across Iowa in the counties through which the pipeline passes, totaling $360,000. The second of a series of check presentations was held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Fire Department 2nd floor, 220 S River St. Cambridge, Iowa. Dakota Access presented $20,000 checks to Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story, Polk and Jasper Counties’ Emergency Management Departments.

Dakota Access Pipeline is committed to being a good neighbor, a good business partner and a valued member of Iowa’s communities. Dakota Access will make similar donations to county emergency management departments across its four-state route, totaling $1 million across 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

“Jasper County will utilize the funds to develop additional capacity in three general response areas,” said Jim Sparks, Jasper County’s Emergency Manager. “That includes HazMat operations and decontamination training/supplies, firefighting foam to supplement existing supplies, and additional communications and surveillance equipment for the County Mobile Command Post.”

“This is very exciting news and we are appreciative of Dakota Access recognizing the first responder community in Polk County,” said A.J. Mumm, Director of Polk County’s Emergency Management Agency. “We plan to use the money to enhance a mobile command post and responder rehab unit. All responders in the county will have access to the command post and rehab unit through the emergency management agency.”

Calhoun County’s fire departments will split the funds, organized by Steve O’Connor, Emergency Manager for Calhoun County. Boone County Emergency Manager, Dave Morlan, stated that their county might use the funds for hazmat training and related equipment.

Also accepting the donation were Keith Morgan, Story County’s Emergency Manager, and Scott Forbes, Webster County’s Emergency Manager.

Dakota Access Pipeline traverses approximately 134 miles through Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story, Polk and Jasper counties in Iowa. Separately, Dakota Access recently donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help offset the costs the state incurred for the response to the protests. The company is also donating to the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Iowa FFA Foundation.


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20 Weeks to Preparedness

Develop An Emergency Kit-SAFEGUARD Iowa Partnership

This emergency supplies calendar is intended to help you prepare for emergencies before they happen. Using the calendar, you can assemble an emergency supplies kit in small steps over a five-month period. Check off items you gather each week. Remember to change and replace perishable supplies by the expiration date. Suggested food purchases would provide meals for approximately three to five days.

Click on the link below to print off a copy of the list.


For more information visit Safeguard Iowa on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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Alert Iowa Weather Update

Inspiron Logistics has updated their weather alerts. When a weather alert is received on someone’s phone in addition to the usual text an URL link will now be embedded in the message. If the URL is clicked on, a web browser message will appear that will show the entire script from the National Weather Service. This will include the towns impacted and potential impacts of the storm. This will provide a lot more detail to residents. Rather than just receiving an alert that says their county is impacted and not knowing what the impacts might be or if their town is going to be hit. 

Now is the time for residents to sign up for emergency alerts if they have not done so previously. Please visit the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency’s website at and click on the Alert Iowa button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. You can also type in the link below to register.


Sign up for emergency alerts for Jasper County.
Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TTY, and social media.




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i-SERV in Jasper County


Date: 11/22/2016

From: Jasper County Emergency Preparedness Coalition

To: Local Media and Community Providers


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Jasper County is in need of volunteers to sign up with the Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers (i-SERV). The Iowa Department of Public Health’s secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency.  As of October 1, 2016 there are 2,233 volunteers registered in iSERV. i-SERV is part of a federal effort to coordinate and assemble volunteers for all types of emergencies.

The i-SERV on-line registration includes questions about basic personal information and professional skills. Volunteers have the ability to decide travel distance and length of deployment. Based on the information provided, public health officials will identify and contact those individuals suited to fill the specific volunteer roles needed in an emergency.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. An emphasis is currently being placed on the recruitment of licensed medical and healthcare volunteers that will satisfy clinical needs and provide surge capacity for public health emergencies. However, volunteers who do not have any medical training are welcomed and are encouraged to register. There will be a need for volunteers with all types of skills and expertise, such as those who are skilled in: interpretation (languages and hearing impaired); administration; transportation training; provision of day care; security; computers; clerical work; data entry; and construction. All volunteers are valued, even if you have no specific qualifications other than the willingness to help.

If you would like to sign up, please visit the following website


If you have additional questions, please contact Becky Pryor at Jasper County Health Department at (641)787-9224.

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