Safeguard Iowa Partnership
Iowa Business Council members are acutely aware of the critical need to be prepared for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-caused disasters. Government cannot shoulder this burden alone.
Responding to this need, the Iowa Business Council teamed up with several state agencies and the nonprofit Business Executives for National Security (BENS) to launch the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) in January 2007.
WHAT IS THE SAFEGUARD IOWA PARTNERSHIP?
The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state’s business and government leaders, who will integrate business resources, expertise, and response plans with those of government during all stages of disaster management to ensure preparedness and resillency on a state and local level by:
- Building strong relationships between business and government
- Expanding existing capabilities
- Promoting awareness of available resources
- Developing communication systems
- Facilitating education and training
The mission of the SIP is to strengthen the capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters through public-private collaboration.
It is the SIP’s vision to ensure safe, resilient communities for the residents and businesses of Iowa.
FOUNDING BUSINESS PARTNERS
The Iowa Business Council has endorsed the Safeguard Iowa Partnership and will provide early sponsorship. BENS is handling training and similar tasks.
Founding business partners include:
Deere & Company
Iowa Bankers Association
Iowa Business Council
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Iowa Health System
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Iowa State University
MidAmerican Energy Company
Pioneer Hybrid International, Inc.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Polk County Emergency Management
Principal Financial Group
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
University of Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
University of Northern Iowa
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Small Business Administration
Vermeer Manufacturing Company
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield