10/16/2017 - 10/17/2017
Lucinda Parker

Register Now for the Iowa Homeland Security Conference!


The 14th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference will be held Oct. 16-17 on the DMACC campus in Ankeny. The cost is $150 and includes lunches. The conference will feature a wide variety of topics, including:

Local Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

Todd Brown-Madison County EMA

Mike Ehret-Dickinson County EMA

Justin James-Council Bluffs Fire Chief

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in disaster response and recovery may provide a safer, more cost-efficient means to carry out a mission. Learn about the process of acquiring a UAS, as well as how to develop and manage a UAS program.

In the Line of Duty Death Process: 

Lt. Jody Hayes, West Des Moines Police Dept.

Chief Dennis McDaniel, Johnston Police Dept.

Capt. Steve O'Konek, Cedar Rapids Police Dept.,

Capt. Travis Ouverson, West Des Moines Police Dept.

Recent increases in the number of fallen officers and firefighters in our nation has rocked the public service community – a reality that we, in Iowa, know all too well. In this session, we will examine the process of responding to and planning for a police or firefighter line-of-duty death incident. We will review, step by step, the complex considerations for such an event. Audience members will also learn about the resources available for local agencies and emergency managers, what these resources can do for the affected agency, and how agencies can request assistance. 


911 Updates and FirstNet: 

John Benson, Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

This breakout session will cover the effort to merge the wireline 911 network with the existing wireless, Next Generation 911 network, as well as offering access to the statewide shared 911 call processing system. The larger goal is to increase functionality in the 911 system while decreasing costs at the local 911 service board level. The session will also cover the shifting technology road map from narrowband to broadband, the next generation push-to-talk solutions, available devices,  and deployed examples. Live demonstrations will be provided.


Communication is the Key:

Rick Wulfekuhle, Buchanan County Emergency Management

As with any undertaking involving multiple agencies, a common, interoperable communication system is needed to assure the safest possible outcome and to de-escalate dangerous situations. In this session you will learn how Buchanan County Emergency Management utilizes its unit statewide, and how its specific functions enable interoperability between fire, EMS, and law enforcement organizations as well as amateur radio operators.


Fly the W: Chicago Cubs World Series:

Matthew Doughtie, Chicago Office of Emergency Management

Millions of baseball fans joined the celebration for the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Championship in November 2016. The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications will share best practices from an operational coordination perspective and discuss how to identify a systematic approach to emergency management and special events coordination before, during, and after major events.


Legal Aspects of Public Drone Operations:

Justin James-Council Bluffs Fire Chief

Mark Schouten-Director, Iowa Homeland Security

Timothy McClung-Iowa DOT Office of Aviation

Learn how to identify and understand the differences between a public Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for work or business, and the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and Small UAS Rule for recreational or “hobby” drone operators – as well as the benefits of each.


Chattanooga Shootings: 

Tony Reavley-Hamilton Co (TN) Emergency Services & Homeland Security


The attack of two military facilities that occurred in Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 16, 2015, with a focus on relationships, partnerships, and training from an emergency operations center perspective. Discussion will include response, support, and recovery as it relates to this very unfortunate event that affected the Chattanooga community and continues to impact local preparedness for other events.


The full agenda and registration information are available at

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