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G0291 JIS/JIC Planning for Tribal, State & Local Public Information Officers

November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

APPLY: Select the following registration link: G0291 JIS/JIC
(Please note this will take you to an external registration site for Pierce County)

Course Description

Public information consists of the processes, procedures, and systems to communicate timely, accurate, and accessible information to affected audiences. 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. Personnel tasked with gathering, verifying, coordinating, and disseminating public information at the federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial levels bear this considerable responsibility concurrently with other job assignments. These Public
Information Officers (PIOs) must be provided with the opportunity to learn andpractice the skills they will use on the job.

This course is designed for PIOs with experience in the field who will be working in a Joint Information System/Joint Information Center (JIS/JIC). This course will outline the communications needed for different incidents and define the roles of the PIO within the Incident Command System (ICS).

Course Objectives

  • State the course purpose and objectives. (Unit 1)
  • Describe why public information officers train at this level. (Unit 1)
  • Define NIMS, and explain where public information fits in. (Unit 2)
  • Define ICS and the role of the PIO within ICS. (Unit 2)
  • Analyze the communications needs of a single-PIO incident. (Unit 2)
  • Given a 5% scenario, analyze the actions and barriers to communications in an expanding incident. (Unit 3)
  • Describe the advantages and challenges of working with multiple PIOs. (Unit 3)’
  • Differentiate between the JIS and the JIC. (Unit 4)
  • Describe triggers for JIC activation. (Unit 4)
  • Describe the preparedness activities for establishing and maintaining a JIC. (Unit 4)
  • Describe flexible and scalable structures for organizing a JIC based on incident needs. (Unit 4)
  • Describe circumstances when state and Federal partners might be integrated into the JIS/JIC. (Unit 5)
  • Describe the State JIC organizational structures and resources. (Unit 5)
  • Describe the Federal ESF #15 organizational structures and resources. (Unit 5)
  • Identify strategies for building partnerships at all levels. (Unit 5)
  • Given a 5% scenario, demonstrate organizing a JIC. (Unit 6)
  • Recall course key points. (Unit 7)


  • G0290 Basic Public Information O?cer (Please see message above)
  • IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) (any version)
  • NOTE: MGT-318 Public Information in an All-Hazards Incident is NOT a substitute
    for G0290

**If you are applying for the G0290 Basic PIO course on November 19-20 (and therefore haven’t met the required prerequisite for this course), you may still apply for this course. If you are accepted into G0290, you will be accepted into G0291. You must still attach your IS-100 completion certificate to your registration application.**


Tacoma-Pierce County EOC
2501 S 35th St Suite D
Tacoma, WA 98409 United States
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