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Public Information Basics (L-105)

This three-day course is designed to equip participants with the skills needed to be full or part-time PIOs, including oral and written communications; understanding and working with the media; and basic tools and techniques to perform effectively as a PIO, both in the proactive/ advocacy times and crisis/ emergency response. 
Date(s)  Tue. Jun 04, 2024 8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
Wed. Jun 05, 2024 8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
Thu. Jun 06, 2024 8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
Location DelValle Institute - MIC
35 Northampton Street, Boston MA 02118 
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Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access  
Offered By Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
Primary Instructor Barnes, Robert C. 
Additional Instructors Heiden, David A. (IP)   
Course Length 3 Days 
Course Hours 24 
Award Credentials
Prerequisites Public Information Officer Awareness (IS-29)
Equivalent Prerequisites
Target Audience Individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the Federal, State, or local levels of government. Selection for entry into this course will be based upon job title and responsibilities. 
Eligibility Due to high demand for this course and to ensure adequate and appropriate participation, we can only accept one individual per community. More than one per community will remain on a waitlist and if a seat becomes available, we will best determine selection into the course. Seating priority will be given to individuals from state and municipality level who serve in the PIO function or are pursuing the Basic Academy. Please demonstrate your need for the course when you apply.  Justifications will be carefully reviewed for selection. 

This course is one of the five courses required for FEMA's Basic Academy. If your purpose is to complete the Basic Academy, please demonstrate that in your justification when you apply. 

The goal of the Basic Academy is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience combining knowledge of all fundamental systems, concepts, and practices of cutting-edge emergency management. The Academy provides shared classrooms of adult learners and skillful instructors resulting in a solid foundation upon which to build further studies and sound decisions. The FEMA Basic Academy course work includes lectures and discussion from technical experts across various public safety disciplines, group and individual activities, and mock scenarios and presentations. 

Courses include:

Foundations of Emergency Management (L-101)

Science of Disaster (L-102)

Planning: Emergency Operations (L-103)

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (L-146)

Public Information Basics (L-105)

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