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Department, EMAs remember colleague and friend

 

JAN. 28, 2019 - On Friday, Jan. 25, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management lost a member of our team. We are understandably devastated by the loss.

 

From HSEMD Director Joyce Flinn: "Mitch Nordmeyer was a valued friend and member of our team here at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. His professionalism and knowledge, balanced with his ready smile, booming laugh, and larger-than-life presence, will be missed by us all. Many of us had the privilege of working with Mitch when he served for several years as the Butler County emergency manager prior to joining our department as the state training officer in April 2018. He was passionate about serving the citizens of Butler County and generously provided support and assistance to his first responder and emergency management brothers and sisters throughout the state. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Mitch's family and many friends and share in their loss."

 

Photos of Mitch Nordmeyer, state training officer at HSEMD

 

Remembering the Summer of 2008

Recovery to Resilience: The Tornado and the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch

First, an EF-5 tornado leveled half the town of Parkersburg. Then came the rain. Then, on June 11, 2008, four boys were killed at the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch in Monona County. Current and former staff from the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including former department head David Miller and current Director Joyce Flinn, recall the night the storm blew through the Loess Hills and the State Emergency Operations Center.

 

 

Text-to-911

Text-to-911 logo: Call if you can, text if you can'tFor the past few years, HSEMD and its many telecommunications vendors and several wireless providers have worked diligently to upgrade Iowa's 911 network to an Internet Protocol (IP)-based system. The improved system, which is more robust and capable of handling new messaging technology, is now 98 percent complete. HSEMD, vendors, and wireless providers continue to work aggressively toward 100-percent statewide Text-to-911 capability.

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