TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)


February 8, 2016


Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)
April 13 & 14, 2016

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 county and local government agencies must have a designated and trained PIO.

This 2 day course is intended for the new of 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 Awareness Course (G289/IS29) is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. IS29 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.

Course Location: The course will be held at the Ramada Saco Plaza Conference Center located at 352 North Street in Saco, Maine. 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.

For further information or to register, please contact Mike at MEMA.


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



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