Press Release

MEMA to hold Basic Public Information Officer Course Dec. 11-12

ROCKLAND, Maine — Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290) will be held 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, at the sponsoring agency, Knox County Emergency Management Agency, 301 Park St.

Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging is available upon qualification, please contact MEMA training for prior approval. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency will conduct the Federal Emergency Management Agency training program.

This course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO. Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities.

Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews. Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G 289) [or the online version IS-29]( is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. Certificate must accompany application.

Preference will be given to state, tribal, county and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full- or part-time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments.

Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions. Students should bring copies of their organization’s Public Information plan and laptop computers if available.

For further information or to register, please contact Lynette Miller or Mike Grant at MEMA. All applications should be submitted by email/fax via [FEMA training application form]( (.pdf format).

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