Emergency management is a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as well as volunteer organizations and businesses. Within an integrated emergency management framework, these entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies or disasters.
The Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Local Officials is designed to be an introductory resource for local elected officials regarding homeland security and emergency management in Iowa. Any further questions regarding homeland security and emergency management in a local jurisdiction should be directed to the County Emergency Management Agency or to the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division of the Iowa Department of Public Defense. This document is a reference document only, and does not in any way supersede or replace existing county or local emergency policies, plans or procedures.