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Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14: Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out

Fire Prevention WeekA home fire escape plan can make the difference between life and death 

Consider this scenario: It’s two o’clock in the morning and you and your family are asleep. You awaken to the smoke alarm and the smell of smoke. What do you do?   

October 8-14, 2017, is Fire Prevention Week, and “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” is the message behind this year’s campaign.  The Coralville Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are reminding residents about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.  If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly. 

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is critical. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small amount of time wisely. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home. 

NFPA and the Coralville Fire Department offer these tips for making and practicing a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household. Mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Fire Prevention Week is supported by fire departments across the country. For additional information, please contact the Coralville Fire Department at 319.248.1835. Some information in this article is reproduced from NFPA's website, © 2017 NFPA.



City Hosts State Snow Plow ‘Roadeo’

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids and Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is hosting a Snow Plow “Roadeo” competition on Thursday, October 5 as part of the three-day APWA Operator Training and Roadeo. A portion of the competition will include guest “celebrity drivers” who will try their hand as snow plow operators. Celebrity drivers include Cedar Rapids’ Police Officer Sarah Lacina, winner of “Survivor,” and members of the Cedar Rapids’ RoughRiders hockey team, including Head Coach Mark Carlson.

WHEN: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kirkwood Continuing Education Center

101 50th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

WHAT: Snow plow competition/obstacle course to hone operational skills and maneuverability. 

Celebrity participants will drive the course with a trained snow plow operator and will be judged on their skills maneuvering safely, quickly, and efficiently through an obstacle course.

In all, more than 80 participants from nine Iowa cities will participate in this friendly competition designed to hone skills of snow plow operators. Winners of this year’s state Roadeo will go on to compete on the national level next year.

Last week, the 2017 APWA Western Snow and Ice Conference and Roadeo was held in Colorado, where Cedar Rapids’ Public Works plow operator Sam Reicks took third place out of 61 in the Skid Steer competition.

Trick or Treat Night, Halloween events announced

Iowa City will celebrate its official Trick or Treat Night on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, from dusk until 8 p.m. In the meantime, the Parks and Recreation Department has loads of other spooktacular fun planned for the season.


Join Iowa City Police Officers for Coffee with a Cop

Meet up with neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event. 

Iowa City Police officers will be at MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St.,from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. 

There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee.  

Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer David Schwindt at or 319-356-5275.

Coffee with a Cop - Sept. 2017  

Learn more 

To learn more about the Coffee with a Cop program, and for instructions on how to schedule an event in your neighborhood


Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Graduation

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 45th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy.  The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremony that will be held at Cedar Rapids Public Library, Downtown Branch at 450 5th Avenue SE, Whipple Auditorium, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th.  A reception will be held in Beems Auditorium “A” following the ceremony.

Graduates include:

Cedar Rapids Police Department

Dale Daniel Dellimore

Kyzer Kip Moore

Benjamin Ross Pritchard

Melinda Jean Rauwolf

Eastern Iowa Airport

Jonathan Ron


The Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy began on June 12th and concludes with the Graduation Ceremony on October 6th.  The Academy includes 17 weeks of basic training for police recruits.

Cyber Security Awareness Training

Information Security Officer Alison Radl will give a public presentation about online security and be available to answer questions.

Alison Radl will give a public presentation about online security and be available to answer questions.

Alison Radl is an Information Security Officer with the State of Iowa OCIO – Information Security Office Division. Alison coordinates information security policy development, training, risk assessment and compliance for the state. Alison received her Master of Science in Information Assurance from Iowa State University.



Iowa City, Iowa – EXPERIENCE the action-packed adventure this Halloween as Iowa City Community Theatre presents SHE KILLS MONSTERS, by Qui Nguyen, directed by Nate Sullivan.

TICKETS: $19 adults, $16 students & seniors, $11 children. Tickets are available online at or at the door, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City. Call 319-338-0443 for special seating needs.

THE STORY: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. This production was also the winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award.

The cast features Melissa Kaska (Agnes), Mia Huxley (Tilly), John Ramsey (Chuck), Joe Tranmer (Miles), Ellen Fields (Kaliope/Kelly), Margaret Gustason (Lilith/Lilly), Jessica Wilson (Vera), Nicole Klostermann (Evil Gabbi), Serena Collins (Evil Tina), Kristina Rutkowski (Narrator), Willa Martin (Farrah), Caleb Borden (Steve), Ben Chapman (Orcus/Ronnie), Greg Jones (Ensemble) and Dominick Shults

Director Nate Sullivan says of the production, “The cast and crew have been tackling this show with a really impressive level of excitement and dedication. As we're moving into the later phases of our rehearsal process, I'm already seeing a real spark of life in this show. The script is fertile soil and our team has planted a seed of something special here. The finished product is bound to be full of heart, laughter and action.”

Friday, October 27, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 5, 2:00pm

Details at

Corridor Business Journal to host third-annual Cyber Security Breakfast

Cyber Security LogoNORTH LIBERTY – The Corridor Business Journal today announced the latest edition of its popular Cyber Security Breakfast, which will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Road NE.

The event, featuring a panel of local industry experts, will address the three main areas of cyber risk: People, technology and governance. Attendees will walkaway with knowledge of the most common ways businesses are compromised and steps to stop, or at least slow down, hackers.  Aaron Warner, founder and chief executive officer of ProCircular, will moderate the panel discussion. Mr. Warner is a certified information systems security professional, security+ engineer, and a full member of the FBI/DHS Infragard partnership. Prior to his work at ProCircular, he was CIO and CTO of Integrated DNA Technology.

Panelists include:
• Jane Drews,
Chief Information Security Officer
The University of Iowa

• John Henk,
Sr. Vice President & Chief Information Officer
MidWestOne Bank

• Andrew Neller,
Information Security Manager & Security Official
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

• Shadrack Roberts,
Chief Information Security Officer, Global Risk & Compliance
U.S. Army Sustainment Command

• Travis Wendling,
Supervisor, Risk Advisory Services

Tickets to the Nov. 1 event are $35 through Oct. 25, and $50 after. Breakfast will be provided.  For more information or to register, visit or contact Ashley Levitt at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311, or



Cedar Rapids to Host City-Wide Walk for the Healthiest State on October 4

Iowans encouraged to walk more, connect more every day

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a citywide walk on October 4 in support of the Healthiest State Initiative’s annual walk.

In order to engage the downtown community, the walk will have three starting points: McGrath Amphitheatre,  NewBo City Market and Grant Wood Studio parking lot in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District. The three groups will begin walking at noon but are asked to arrive a few minutes early for a group photo. Individuals walking will meet at Greene Square at approximately 12:15 p.m. After a few words from Governor Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg, and City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz, walkers are free to socialize, enjoy music from DJ Commando, and participate in tailgate-style entertainment. In addition, food trucks will be available from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Grilled sandwiches will be available for purchase. Water and trail mix will be provided free of charge. Walkers can return to work at their convenience.

The Healthiest State Initiative and this year’s presenting annual walk sponsor, Delta Dental of Iowa, hope to have an organized walk in all 99 Iowa counties again this year. The Annual Walk represents more than just 30 minutes of walking. It represents dedication to the long-term goal of changing the lives of Iowans by making healthy choices easy. It shows devotion to the future of the communities where Iowan’s live, work and play.

If schedule restrictions don’t allow for your organization, school, business or worksite to participate in the Cedar Rapids citywide walk, register a walk of your own at

The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal. For more information, visit