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2018 Iowa Homeland Security Conference

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This year's Iowa Homeland Security Conference was held Oct. 4-5, 2018, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.


Ten years after the devastating disaster events of 2008, this year's conference focused on lessons learned, technology that has evolved to meet response and recovery needs, and actions taken toward a stronger, more resilient Iowa.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Lewis or Mitch Nordmeyer at 515.725.3231 or



Some presenters have consented to share their conference presentations. They are posted below. The presentations will be available until at least Dec. 31, 2018, and be in PDF format.


Thursday, Oct. 4

8:45 a.m.

Evolution of the 2008 Disaster

(John Benson)


9:30 a.m.

Indelible Mark: Survival & Transformation at U of I

(Rod Lehnertz)


12:15 p.m.

Architects in Disaster

(Rod Kruse, Kevin Monson, and Dan Thies)


1:30 p.m.

Technology to Support Emergency Management:
Then & Now

(Jon Paoli and Jensen Connor)


1:30 p.m.

Iowa Flood Center: The Iowa Watershed Approach

(Craig Just and Larry Weber)


1:30 p.m.

Parkersburg, Iowa: In the Midst of Death & Destruction

(Chris Luhring)


3:15 p.m.

Safe Rooms: Challenges, Changes, & Opportunities

(Lynn Evans and Mark Kroemer)


3:15 p.m.

When Disaster Strikes: Parent Notification Process

(Mitch Mortvedt)


3:15 p.m.

A Decade of Changes: Iowa Individual Assistance Program

(Ashley Tenney)


3:15 p.m.

Mitigation Damage Assessment, Repairs & Recovery in Building Resilience

(Craig Codner, Eric Kamm, and Mike Walton)



Friday, Oct. 5

8:15 a.m.

What Goes Up Always Comes Down

(Gina Hardin and Staci Griffin)


8:15 a.m.

Road Closure Process During an All-Hazards Event

(Bonnie Castillo)


8:15 a.m.

Iowa Flood Center: Defining Disaster Resilience in Iowa

(Witold Krajewski)


8:15 a.m.

Iowa Silver Jackets Flood Preparedness Pilot: Project Products You Can Use (6 MB)

(Shirley Johnson)


10 a.m.

Social Media During a Disaster

(Stefanie Bond, Mike Crecelius, AJ Mumm)


Other helpful social media tools


10 a.m.

Train and Retrain

(Phillip Meraz)


10 a.m.

Special Teams: Large-Scale Disasters & Statewide Missions (14 MB)

(Dan Dall, Rick Halleran, and Tom DeBondt)


12:15 p.m.

National Weather Service Tools & Resources

(Kenneth Podrazik and Jeff Zogg)


1:30 p.m.

Recovery & Resiliency Efforts in the Hardest-Hit Locations

(Dan Holderness, Nate Kampman, and Jen Winter)