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The Emergency Management Institute offers two
courses for Public Information Officers (PIO). Those are the Basic Public
Information Officers Course (G-290) and the Advanced Public Information
Officers Course (E-388).
The Basic Public Information Officers Course is
aimed at the new or less experienced PIO including those individuals who
have function as a secondary responsibility. Course topics include an overview
of the job of the PIO, understanding the media, interview techniques, writing
a news release and conducting public awareness campaigns. This course
is conducted by the States. Contact your State Emergency Management
Agency to find out when and where the course will be offered. Click
here for a list of the training offices of the State Emergency Management
The Advanced Public Information Officers Course (APIO) is
conducted at the Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD.
The intent of the Advanced Public Information Officers Course
(APIO) is application of public information skills to a major emergency or
disaster situation. This is accomplished with a series of lecture presentations
and exercises over the four days of the course.
Students must complete FEMA’s Basic Public Information Officers course (G290) at the State level before they attend The Advanced Public Information Officer course (E388).
Units of Instruction
Legal Issues in Public Information, Public Information and
Public Policy, Risk Communication*, Interpersonal Skills for Public Information
Officers, Conflict Resolution, Communicating Effectively During and Emergency*,
Media Relations*, Emergency Information Systems, Stress Management for PIO’s,
Joint Information Center Exercise.
(Units marked with an * include practical exercises)
Course Length: 4 days
For More Information
For admission and campus information call the NETC Admissions Office,
For course content information call Jennifer Regn Pritchett, 301-447-7270 firstname.lastname@example.org