Is Your Business Prepared For An Unexpected Emergency or Disaster?

City, County, Emergency Management, and Chamber Team Up to Offer FREE Disaster Training.

Open to All Community Members

Webster City, Iowa: Is your business prepared for an unexpected emergency or disaster? Nearly 1 out of 3 businesses are impacted by a disaster during their existence. Forty percent fail to reopen after a disaster and 25% fail within the first year.

Safeguard Iowa Partnership is offering a Free Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity workshop to the Webster City area & Hamilton County. This training is a multi-entity partnership between Hamilton County Emergency Management, Hamilton County Development, City of Webster City, and the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Invest 90 minutes with your “Key Team Members” for your business’ future preparedness and survivability. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop to create plans during the training with our on-site facilitator, Jay Knox, Executive Director of Safeguard Iowa Partnership. Attendees will be provided with valuable tools to assess threats for their business and mitigate those threats before they become disasters. Techniques to plan the continuity and recovery of your business before disasters happen will be offered.

Knox has over 31 years of uniformed military service.  Jay commanded Iowa’s Joint Forces Headquarters and Military Academy/Regional Training Institute before retiring as a Colonel in 2017 as the Chief of the Joint Staff. A federal agent for over 23 years, he worked numerous assignments including Dangerous Mail, Violent Crimes, Homeland/National Security Investigations, and was the Threat Management and Firearms Training Coordinator for 11 states.  As a firefighter/rescue specialist, he worked rescue and recovery inside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building following the terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, OK.

Jay is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC), the Iowa Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC), and the Iowa Department of Health & Human Services Preparedness Advisory Committee (PAC), he is also an Adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor for the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS and has a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

As a benefit of chamber membership, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce members will be provided a complimentary lunch. Those outside of the chamber membership are invited to attend at an additional charge of $15 to cover lunch cost. Multiple individuals from the same organization are welcome and encouraged to attend together.

The event will be offered at the Hamilton County Courthouse, Basement meeting room, 2300 Superior Street in Webster City, Iowa from Noon-1:30PM on Thursday, February 8th, 2024. Attendees are encouraged to register with Safeguard Iowa at Event information can also be found on the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and website


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