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Iowa OSHA Releases Report on 2019 Work-Related Fatalities

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has released the list of 2019 work-related fatalities that occurred in Iowa. Iowa saw 21 work-related deaths. This number just reflects the work-related deaths that IOSHA has jurisdiction over.  

To view the list, click here.

Workplace safety training is important and can make the difference between life and death in many incidences. If your workplace is not currently receiving safety training through IAMU, please feel free to contact Dave Hraha, IAMU Member Services Director, to learn how to get started. Dave can be reached by email at dhraha@iamu.org or by phone at 515.289.1999.

Tags:  IOSHA  Safety 

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2020 eLation Staking and Mapping User Meeting

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

IAMU Associate Member Innovative Systems invites you to attend the 2020 eLation Staking and Mapping User Meeting, Feb 4 – 5, 2020 at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell, SD. All General and Optional Sessions are Free of Charge.

Join Innovative Systems for two days packed with information regarding updates and enhancements to the software and optional training opportunities. The meeting promises to expand attendees’ knowledge of the eLation software and to demonstrate what the future holds for eLation.

Staking and Mapping User Meetings are a great opportunity for attendees to meet face-to-face with Innovative System’s Staking and Mapping Support Teams as well as to network with other Telco staff from across the country to see how they use the products.

Follow this link to register:  http://www.innovsys.com/innovsys/news-events/staking-mapping-user-meeting/

Tags:  eLation  Innovative Systems 

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Cyber Intel Advisory: Potential for Cyberattacks Following Strikes Against Senior Iranian Military Official

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) assesses that Iran is highly likely to retaliate against the United States and its interests following the airstrikes on Jan. 3 that killed a prominent Iranian military official. This assessment is based on historical Iranian retaliatory efforts. Iran specializes in asymmetric warfare, and its response will highly likely be physical or cyber in nature, targeting U.S. interests globally. If tensions continue to escalate, this response will likely include cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure.

For more on this developing issue, click here.

To learn what your organization can do to prepare for the increased geopolitical tensions and threats of aggression with Iran, click here.

Read the latest Joint Intelligence Bulletin here.

Russell Saffell, IAMU Director of Member Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection, should be your first contact (before MS-ISAC or the DHS CISA Protective Security Advisor) in case of any incidents. Russ will report any incidents to all of the appropriate agencies and coordinate resources for response/assistance. You can reach Russ at 515.289.1999 (office), 515.988.8686 (cell), or by email at rsaffell@iamu.org.

Tags:  Cyber Security  Iran  MS-ISAC 

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Iowa Volkswagen Settlement

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation is now accepting grant applications for two separate Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust funding programs.

The first funding program will offer $4.9 million across three eligible project categories listed below. Private organizations, public transit system operators, cities, counties and schools that own and operate diesel fleets and equipment in Iowa are eligible to sponsor projects. State agencies are not eligible, except for those that may serve as public transit system operators for projects eligible under Category 1.

  • Category 1 - Class 4-8 School Bus, Shuttle Bus, or Transit Bus
  • Category 2 - Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks
  • Category 3 - Non-Road Transport and Equipment

The second program will offer $1.1 million for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Supply Equipment. Applications will be accepted for two project types. A total of $900,000 will be available for publicly accessible Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger Corridor sites along I-80 and I-35 that are no more than one road mile off these corridors and will help fill gaps in the developing charging equipment infrastructure network. The remaining $200,000 offered will fund applications for conveniently located and publicly accessible Level 2 Community Charging sites across the state. The ZEV Supply Equipment program is available to a wide variety of applicants, including for-profit businesses, incorporated non-profit organizations, government agencies of all types, and metropolitan or regional transportation planning organizations. All projects shall meet site and equipment requirements for each project type listed in the program guidance, as applicable.

The remainder of the press release can be found here.  More information can be found on the Iowa Volkswagen Settlement webpage.

The Iowa DOT and Iowa Clean Cities will be co-hosting two webinars to discuss the VW settlement funding opportunities.

Tags:  Energy  IDOT  Volkswagen 

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There’s Still Time to Get a RAYGUN T-shirt for Christmas

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

For a $25 donation to MuniPAC, you can select one of two RAYGUN utility-themed t-shirts. To get a t-shirt in time for Christmas, you must place your order by the end of the day Thursday, Dec. 19. To learn more or to donate, click here.

MuniPAC is a political action committee (PAC) that the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) formed to help strengthen Iowa’s community-owned nonprofit electric, gas, water, and communications utilities and municipalities by making contributions to the campaigns of political candidates who want to help municipalities and their utilities prosper.

Any donation is appreciated – no matter the size. We will combine your donation with those of others. If individuals from all Iowa municipalities and their utilities contributed something, imagine the collective impact the donations could have.

MuniPAC is the easiest and most direct way for you to engage directly in the political process. When you give to MuniPAC, your contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference because we will combine your contribution with the contributions of many others. By working together, you and your municipal counterparts can have a much greater impact on legislation than if you tried to do it on your own.

Tags:  MuniPAC  RAYGUN 

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