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Training Announcement: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)


December 4, 2012


Please Note:

This course has been postponed because of unforeseen conflicts in the instructors' schedules. New dates, likely in April, will be announced soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency will conduct the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290) February 13th and 14th, 2013, in Hampden, Maine.

Course Details:

The course will be held at the Town of Hampden Public Safety facility located at 106 Western Avene in Hampden, Maine (see map). Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Lunch and breaks will be provided; lodging is available upon qualification please contact MEMA training for prior approval. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

This 2 day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO (in order to be NIMS compliant all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.). 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) or the online IS 29 is a prerequisite for attendance of the program, certificate must accompany application.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to State, 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 organization's Public Information plan and laptop computers if available.


Lynette Miller, MEMA PIO, and Mike Grant, MEMA Training Officer will serve as instructors.

For further information or to register, please contact Lynette or Mike at MEMA. All applications should be submitted by email or fax via FEMA training application form.



Mike Grant or Lynette Miller
207-624-4400 / FAX 207-287-3178


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