TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: JIS/JIC Planning for Tribal, State, and Local PIOs (G291)


July 14, 2015

8:15 AM - 4:30 PM


August 26, 2015

As an incident expands in complexity, often multiple agencies, departments, and jurisdictions may be integrated into incident management activities both at the command and coordination levels. In a multiagency response, several Public Information Officers (PIOs) may be assigned to the incident, requiring increased coordination. The National Incident Management System (NIMS), based on best practices, recommends that responders establish:

The Joint Information System (JIS): The JIS provides the mechanism to organize, integrate, and coordinate information to ensure timely, accurate, accessible, and consistent messaging across multiple jurisdictions and/or disciplines, including the private sector and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

The Joint Information Center (JIC): The JIC is used to ensure coordination of public information during incidents that involve multiple agencies and/or jurisdictions. The Incident Command/Unified Command may use a JIC to support the gathering, verification, coordination, and dissemination of accurate, accessible, and timely information. The JIC is a central location that facilitates operation of the JIS. This training will:

  • Equip PIOs with the skills needed to establish and operate a JIS/JIC.

  • Impart a working knowledge of operational practices for performing PIO duties within the NIMS multiagency coordination system.
Target Audience: The primary audience for this training is individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the State, tribal, or local level of government.

Course Location: The course will be held at The Jackson Lab, 600 Main Street in Bar Harbor. Class will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch and breaks will be provided. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

For further information, please contact Mike Grant at MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form found at:



Mike Grant, MEMA
624-4460 or 1-800-452-8735