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Basic Public Information Officer Course (PIO)
Date: 4/2/2013 - 4/4/2013
Location: Minot, ND
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Emergency public information officers are responsible for ensuring that the affected public receives accurate and timely information during an emergency. Armed with good information, people are better able to make good decisions and by doing so, contribute to the overall response goal of saving lives and protecting property.

This course is designed to prepare participants to function as full or part-time PIOs. Additionally, this training is a prerequisite and foundation for more advanced public information officer training.

This training will equip participants with the basic skills needed to function as a PIO such as oral and written communications, and understanding and working with the media, and basic tools and techniques needed to perform effectively.

The primary training audience is individuals who have public information responsibilities during an emergency/disaster event and distribute disaster awareness campaign information.

The class will be held on April 2 and 3 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and April 4 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The course is limited to 25 participants. Registrations will be stopped at the first 25. Individuals from the Minot area will be given preference for registration.

Ward County Emergency Management will reimburse participants for meals and lodging according to state rates and policy.

The class will be held at the Minot Rural Fire Department, 400 31st Ave SW Minot, ND 58701, (701) 838-6363. Rooms have been reserved at the state rate at Sleep Inn, 2400 10th St SW Minot, ND 58701, (701) 837-3100.

This site updated as of 10/22/2017.