Basic Public Information Officer (G-290) (28-32-0290) - 002

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Brief Description
This course provides a basic understanding and applications of the Public Information Officer role.
Full Description
Public information consists of the processes, procedures and systems to communicate timely, accurate and accessible information to affected audiences. Armed with good information, people are empowered to make better decisions and thus contribute to the overall response goal of saving lives and protecting property. Personnel tasked with gathering, verifying, coordinating and disseminating public information at the federal, state, tribal, local and territorial levels bear this considerable responsibility concurrently with other job assignments. These Public Information Officers (PIOs) must be provided with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills they will use on the job.
The Basic Public Information Officer Course (G0290) is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to start applying basic concepts underlying the Public Information Officer (PIO) role. This course can provide a basic understanding of the PIO function for those new to the position.
This is the second course in the Public Information Training Series. This course is delivered at the state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Other courses are conducted as resident courses at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The courses build on each other enhancing students’ skills further at each level. This course uses Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide to focus the course material to augment the knowledge and comprehension for new PIOs.
This course will consider the value of communication before, during and after an incident. It will help PIOs identify critical audiences, both internal and external.

Course Objectives:
Course, participants will be able to;
- 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
- Describe how Joint Information System / Joint Information Center concepts apply in an
        expanding incident.
- Describe and demonstrate the components of a formal news conference.  

Target Audience: The target audience for this course is individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function of their jobs or who are relatively new first-time public information officers who have emergency management as a part of their responsibilities. Elected and appointed individuals for the jurisdiction are also encouraged to attend.

Prerequisites: None.

Cost: There is no fee for the course. Food, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Course Completion Requirements: Participants who attend all course contact hours will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.
Training Dates
04/26/2023 - 04/27/2023
Do you require reasonable accommodations in order to attend this course (if you select yes then you will be contacted by our office before the first day of class to discuss further).
Registration Dates
12/27/2022 - 04/05/2023
Available Seats
16h 0m
None Specified
Training Location
55 - Tompkins County
Tompkins County Emergency Response;
92 Brown Road
Ithaca, NY  14850
Reporting Instructions
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dress is business casual.
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