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G290 Basic Public Information Officer
Date: 9/19/2017 - 9/20/2017
Location: Bismarck
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This class is full. A second offering of this class has been added to the schedule. Please consider attending the Oct 18-19 class.

G290 Basic Public Information Officer course will be held on Sept. 19-20, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day at the Comfort Inn located at 1030 E. Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND.

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.

NDDES will reimburse North Dakota residents for meals and lodging according to state rates and policy. Participants must travel a distance greater than 50 miles to be eligible for reimbursement.

A block of rooms is available at the Comfort Suites (701-223-4009). Ask for the "DES Basic PIO" block. This block of rooms will be held until September 4, 2017.

Questions may be addressed to Brenda Vossler, NDDES Training and Exercise Officer or Larry Regorrah , NDDES Training and Exercise Specialist.

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This site updated as of 9/24/2017.