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Public Information Officer Course - #91838
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10/10/2018 to 10/11/2018
When: October 10 and 11, 2018
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Jeff's Catering
15 Littlefield Way
Brewer, Maine 
United States
Contact: Cindy Wade

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Who should attend?

This training is for individuals who have public information responsibilities for their water/wastewater system or utility and for individuals who would benefit from a general understanding of the Public Information Officer’s function. 

MEMA Public Information staff will serve as instructors as well as local media participants.

Class Description:
The State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar on the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program for Public Information Officers (PIO).  It is recommended in order to be NIMS compliant that all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.

This 2-day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO.  Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities.  Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews.  Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G 289/IS 29) is a prerequisite for attendance of the program.  IS 29 is at Please include copy of certificate with application.

Selection Criteria:  State, Tribal, County and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full or part time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments.  Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions.  Students should bring copies of their PIO plan and laptop computers if available.