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Basic Public Information Officer
Date: 5/20/2014 - 5/22/2014
Location: Bismarck
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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.

This course is approved for ND POST Board credit.

The class will be held on May 20th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, on May 21st from 8;00 am to 5:00 pm, and May 22nd from 8:00am to noon.The course is limited to 25 participants. Registrations will be stopped at the first 25.

NDDES will reimburse participants for meals and lodging according to state rates and policy.

The class will be held at the Comfort Inn, 1030 East Interstate Avenue in Bismarck. Rooms have been reserved at the state rate. Call the Comfort Inn at (701) 223-1911 and ask for the Basic PIO (Department of Emergency Services) room block. This block of rooms at state rate will be available until December 22, 2013.

Questions may be directed to Brenda Vossler, Training and Exercise Officer, ND Department of Emergency Services.

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This course is full. If you are interested in attending and we have cancellations, please email Brenda Vossler.

This site updated as of 11/24/2017.