G290 Basic Public Information Officer Training
This training will equip participants with the basic skills needed to be full- or part-time PIOs such as oral and written communications, and understanding and working with the media, and basic tools and techniques needed to perform effectively.
The primary audience for this training is individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the State, tribal, or local level of government.
Demonstrate how to communicate emergency public information effectively in writing to the public through the news media. Describe actions the PIO can take to prepare for and conduct an effective interview with the news media. Demonstrate the ability to answer questions effectively during an on-camera interview. Describe how to effectively perform the responsibilities of the PIO at the scene of an incident. Describe the JIS/JIC concepts as they apply to the public information function in an expanding incident.
Emergency Public Information Officers (PIOs) are responsible for ensuring that the affected public receives accurate and timely information during an emergency. Armed with good information, people are better able to make good decisions and, by doing so, contribute to the overall response goal of saving lives and protecting property.
Some PIOs tasked with planning for, developing, and disseminating emergency public information at the State, tribal, and local levels bear this considerable responsibility concurrently with other job assignments. Others may have had limited prior experience or training in public information techniques. These PIOs, especially, must be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills they will use on the job.
The Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290) is designed to prepare participants to function as full- or part-time PIOs. Additionally, this training is a prerequisite and foundation for more advanced training that takes participants from the awareness level to the mastery level in their public information careers
Where: 4529 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, 52240
When: Nov 15-16, 2012
Register at Iowa Homeland Security Training site:
Time: 8am – 4 pm both days
Cost: FREE FREE FREE
This is a full 2-day course at Johnston County Emergency Management Office. Those seeking training credit hours will receive 14 hours.