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.
This class is co-sponsored by Williams County Emergency Management and ND Department of Emergency Services and will be held at Williams County EOC/Fire Station # 3, 3300 37th Street West, Williston, ND. Travel reimbursement is limited to students registered for the Advanced Public Information Officer course to be held in Bismarck, March 2020, and meeting all state eligibility criteria. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Main Stay Hotel, 200 26th Street, Williston (701-572-5793) under the name, "NDDES Public Information Officer Class". This block will be available at the state rate until January 13, 2020.