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There are still approximately 30 spaces left for this conference. Register online or contact 703-894-7414 to reserve your seat!


The Iowa Partners in Preparedness Conference will bring together emergency management, public health, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout Iowa to discuss the latest issues in preparing and responding to disability communities during emergencies and disasters.

This two day conference is hosted by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Disability Rights Iowa, the Arc of Story County and enableUS. This interactive and engaging seminar will examine some of the greatest challenges in inclusive emergency management and strategies to overcome those issues. The conference will focus on new FEMA sheltering guidelines, emergency evacuations for disability communities, the realities of substantive jurisdictional liability issues and developing accessible transportation networks.  Other issues and topics of focuse include collaborative community partnerships, information sharing networks and accessible communications.  Speakers from national, state and local government agencies and organizations will focus on programs that have worked in their communities as well as continued shortfalls and challenges that they experience. 

Through keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions and networking breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about what is working in communities throughout the Midwest and the nation in including larger groups of stakeholders in emergency planning.

Feature Speakers Include:

Gay Jones, Disability Integration Specialist, FEMA Region VII

Kam Kennedy, Special Representative for FEMA Region VII, American Red Cross

Sarah Williams, Director, Audrain County Missouri Emergency Management Agency

Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Jono Anzalone, Regional Volunteer Agency Liaison, FEMA Region VII

Jody Dickhaut, Iowa State Director, Adventist Community Services & Disaster Response

Karin Ford, Disability Consultant, Iowa Department of Public Health

Brian Lake, Principal, enableUS

Neil McDevitt, Program Manager, Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network



What You Will Learn


Sheltering Issues

  • Understanding the new FEMA FNSS sheltering guidelines
  • How FNSS guidelines allows for a community based approach to sheltering
  • Current sheltering realities and strategies to mitigate accessibility in shelters
  • What it really means for your community

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the Private Sector, Faith-Based Organizations, Disability Organizations and Emergency Management Communities
  • The important roles of VOADs, COADs, and Long Term Recovery Committees in preparedness phases of emergency management
  • How to step outside your constituent comfort zone
  • Realities of rural community planning versus urban community planning

Emergency Evacuations

  • Accessible emergency evacuation planning
  • Transportation resources and availability
  • Realities of current statewide planning and resource allocation
  • Mobilizing an accessible transportation network

Volunteer and Donation Management

  • Mobilizing providers and people with disabilities for disaster response volunteer services
  • Understanding and promoting donations so communities get resources needed instead of unnecessary resources
  • Identifying options for Consumable Medical Supplies and Durable Medical Equipment


* Cost includes breakfast and lunch both days

There are only 150 spots available for this conference, register today to ensure your participation!

How to Register

Register Online HERE

Download the registration form and mail it


Attn: Brian Lake

181 Harvard Street, Suite 1

Cambridge, MA 02139

or FAX the registration form to 703-964-9891

Who Should Attend

Federal, State and Local Government Officials
Emergency Managers, Planners, Coordinators
First Responders
Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Paramedics
Military Personnel
Hospital Administrators and Medical Professionals
Public Health Officials
Disability Service Providers
Policy Makers and Advocates
Community-Based Service Providers
Academia Professionals and Students
Legal Professionals
Private Industry

Conference Location

Conference Location


Des Moines University's Olsen Medical Education Center
3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312


Room Block

There is a block of rooms being held at the Quality Inn and Suites at the government per diem rate of $83. The hotel is approximately 1.5 miles from the conference location and situated downtown near shops and restaurants.

The address of the hotel is:
929 3rd Street

Des Moines, IA, 50309


To reserve your room please call the hotel at 515-282-5251 and mention the enableUS Conference. The room block will be held until May 21, so reserve your room today!

Organizational Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Click here for a sponsorship package or contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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