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Public Information Officer

Category: ICS - Command Staff

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Prerequisites:

This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, 300, and 400 and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.

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Course Materials:

Public Information Office course agenda

Course Description:

This course provides participants course work and hands-on training for the position of Public Information Officer (PIO) on a Type 2 Incident Management Team. It covers the role and responsibilities of a PIO, duties required of the PIO in all types of incidents, how to establish and organize an Information Office appropriate for the incident, and discusses key functions of the Information Office. Instructional methods include lectures, class discussions, graded evaluations, and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance and who obtain a total course score of 70% or higher.

Target Group:
This course is intended for U.S. EPA and U.S. Coast Guard personnel who have completed Incident Command System courses I-100, 200, 300, and 400 and who have been identified to be a part of an Incident Management Team.

Objectives:
After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the role and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer (PIO) within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure
  • Identify the major functions of the PIO and their specific responsibilities
  • Describe the duties and assignments of PIO assistants
  • Be able to correctly apply the Crisis Communication plan during a Nationally Significance Incident (NSI)
  • Describe the U.S. EPA structure for managing data during an INS
  • Explain how the PIO interacts within the ICS structure, with EPA Regional Offices and EPA Head Quarters
  • Describe the approval process for communication products
  • Understand the roles and responsibility of the PIO to community relations.