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Toolbox Talks - Latest Editions Available

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The latest editions of IAMU's Toolbox Talks are now available.

Click here to download The Truth About Emergency Action Plans.

Click here to download Hand Sanitizer Hazards at Home and Work.

Other Toolbox Talk articles are available here.

If you have a Toolbox Talk idea, please send it to Margret Meade.

Tags:  Safety  Toolbox Talk 

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Gas “Boot Camp” Operator Qualification Training Workshop – September 28 – October 2

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Gas “Boot Camp” Operator Qualification Training Workshop will take place September 28 – October 2 at the IAMU Training & Office Complex.

Who Should Attend:

  • This workshop is designed to give personnel new to the natural gas industry all of the basic fundamentals needed to aid in the day-to-day operations as well as the ability to perform certain “On-Call” tasks.
  • In addition, any office personnel who may receive a report of a natural gas leak (Dispatch personnel) should attend to obtain all the qualifications that are needed to perform their duties.
  • This workshop is also beneficial to natural gas operators who are looking to gain additional training, re-qualify on tasks offered, as well as providing a great opportunity to network with other operators from around the State addressing problems , concerns, techniques, etc.

Dispatch personnel should plan to attend September 28.

Qualifications will be offered for topics covered.

Registration is OPEN.  The workshop will be limited to 15 registrants.

REMINDER - OQ System – Username & Password

As a general reminder, if you have not received, or do not know, your Online OQ Testing username and password, please contact Nick Vandegriff for access.

For additional information, brochure, COVID-19 guidelines, and online registration, please click HERE

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities - in coordination with our industry and government partners—continues to monitor the evolving situation with regard to COVID-19.  We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, membership, and the public at large.  Any and all actions we take as an association will be in an effort to honor this commitment.  We understand actions taken by our members (including travel restrictions) and will accommodate them as necessary.

We will be implementing precautionary measures during the class.

  • Due to the small workshop size, distancing measures will be implemented for attendees in the testing environment.
  • A majority of the workshop will take place outdoors.  Even then, group sizes will be minimal and groups will be separated.

We understand that this situation is continuously evolving and fluid.  We will monitor the news and directives coming from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office to act accordingly in regards to the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Nick Vandegriff, IAMU Gas Services Compliance Specialist at, or (641) 919-8411.

Thank you for your time.

Tags:  Gas  Gas Boot Camp  OQ 

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Golfing fore Scholars to Benefit IAMU Scholarship Program

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, September 1, 2020

We are excited to announce that our annual golf outing will now be a fundraiser for the IAMU Scholarship Program (details will be announced in the coming months), and will award scholarships beginning in 2021.

Registration is open for the IAMU Golfing Fore Scholars fundraiser. This event, formerly Golfing Fore Safety, will be held at Briggs Woods Golf Course on Monday, September 21, 2020. Registration information and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.  Sponsorships must be in by September 11th.  See you there!

For More Info: Contact IAMU at 515.289.1999 or email

Purchase a raffle ticket at the event for your chance at walking away $1000 richer!

Tags:  Golfin' Fore Scholars 

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Public Assistance funding under Disaster Declaration 4557 (Derecho Storm)

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

We wanted to make certain you’re aware there are 16 counties that are eligible to apply for Public Assistance funding under Disaster Declaration 4557 (Derecho Storm). For any communities that qualify this funding could cover the cost of material such as poles, wire and associated equipment as well as the labor costs, both straight time and overtime, as well as debris removal in some instances.

The counties that qualify are as follows:

















The following link will navigate to the Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management website where the information and details for this program can be found.

If you have any questions the public assistance program contacts are:

Rick Biondi – (515) 979-3519
Katie Waters – (515) 249-2242

Tags:  Derecho  Disaster Declaration 

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Eligibility Expanded for Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced that more Iowa small business owners and nonprofits are now eligible to receive financial assistance with electric and natural gas utility bills.

Eligibility criteria for the Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program has been expanded to include utility assistance for eligible small businesses and nonprofits for electric or natural gas service provided between March 17, 2020 and October 15, 2020.

Eligible small businesses and nonprofits must have experienced a COVID-19 loss of income. Full eligibility information and the application is available at The program will accept applications through October 31 or until all funds have been exhausted.

The program will provide short-term relief in the form of direct payments to utility providers to be applied to accounts. A minimum of $400 and up to $7,500 can be applied towards utility bill costs for eligible small businesses and nonprofits. The state allocated approximately $14.5 million of federal CARES Act funds for the program when launched in early July.

“We’re pleased to announce the extension and expansion of the utility assistance available to COVID-19 impacted small businesses and nonprofits as they work tirelessly to recover from the far-reaching impacts of the unparalleled pandemic,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham.

Questions regarding the Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program can be addressed by calling 515.348.8914 (toll free: 855.300.2342).

Tags:  COVID-19  IEDA 

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