TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)


July 30, 2015


October 6 & 7, 2015

The State Emergency Management Agency will be conducting a training seminar on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training program for Public Information Officers (PIO). In order to be NIMS compliant, all jurisdictions and agencies should have a designated and trained PIO.

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.

Instructors: MEMA Public Information staff will facilitate the program along with guest participants.

Course Location: The course will be held in the MEMA classroom at CMCC. The Central Maine Commerce Center is located at 45 Commerce Drive off Route 27 in North Augusta. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided; lodging is available on a per case basis for those traveling 50 miles to attend the course. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

For further information or to register, please contact Mike at MEMA 800-485-8735. 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