Notice of Intended Action

Mass notification and emergency messaging system, 15.3(1), 15.4

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to mass notification and emergency messaging system and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 15, "Mass Notification and Emergency Messaging System," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 29C.17A.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 29C.17A.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making updates rules related to the Mass Notification and Emergency Messaging System to reflect current practices. The need to amend the procedures was discovered through the Department's five-year rules review.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on October 11, 2022. Comments should be directed to:

Blake DeRouchey

Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

7900 Hickman Road, Suite 500

Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324

Phone: 515.323.4232


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend subrule 15.3(1), introductory paragraph, as follows:

15.3(1) A state agency or commission may apply to the department for access to the system for use by state, county and local officials. The application is available on the department's Web site at The application shall contain the following:

Item 2. Rescind subrule 15.4(3).

Item 3. Renumber subrules 15.4(4) and 15.4(5) as 15.4(3) and 15.4(4).

Item 4. Amend renumbered subrule 15.4(4) as follows:

15.4(4) The department has developed an operational plan and procedures template to be used by all state agencies and commissions making application to access the system. All operational plans and procedures developed by the state agencies or commissions and submitted for approval shall substantially conform to this template. This template is available on the department's Web site at

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 10/11/2022.

Official Document

  • Mass notification and emergency messaging system, 15.3(1), 15.4
  • Published on 9/21/2022
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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 605-15.3(1) Rule 605-15.4(3) Rule 605-15.4(4) Rule 605-15.4(5)
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