TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)


March 20, 2015


The State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar on the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program for Public Information Officers (PIO). In order to be NIMS compliant all jurisdictions and agencies should have a designated and trained Public Information Officer. The course will be held June 24 and 25, 2015 At the Town of Orono Municipal Building, Orono.

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.

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.

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.

Course Location and Logistics:

The course will be held at the Town of Orono Municipal Building located at 63 Main Street in Orono, ME. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging may be provided for students travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. All other expenses including travel are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.


For further information or to register, please contact Mike Grant at MEMA. All applications should be submitted via FEMA training application form found at:


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Mike Grant
800-452-8735 / 624-4400 / FAX 287-3178