Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives


Iowa's 2020 Trauma Conference- CANCELED

Submitted by Sam Jarvis on February 25, 2020 - 9:51am

Iowa's 2020 Trauma and Preparedness Conference is scheduled for August 24 and 25, 2020 and will take place at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.  This conference is intended for physicians, advanced care practitioners, nurses, emergency medical services personnel, and public health and hospital emergency preparedness professionals.  See 

Extreme Weather in Iowa Symposium

Submitted by Sam Jarvis on August 7, 2019 - 8:36am

The goal of the symposium is to bring together constituencies affected by extreme weather events in Iowa and share information regarding prevention, response, monitoring, and long-term recovery

Topics include:

  • An overview of weather trends in Iowa
  • Panel discussion on extreme heat
  • Equity considerations
  • Panel discussion on flooding
  • Panel discussion among policy-makers

Iowa Opioid Conference

Submitted by Sam Jarvis on June 24, 2019 - 3:35pm

The Iowa Opioid Conference will give First Responders critical information regarding all aspects of the Opioid Epidemic. This conference will give attendees a multidimensional approach to the Opioid Epidemic and how it relates to Iowa. Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Providers are encouraged to attend. The conference will be comprised of various breakout sessions that attendees can pick from in addition to a large group assembly. Topics include:
· Effectively Processing Overdose Crime Scenes
· Drug Trends in Iowa