Basic Public Information Officer Course – G290

September 15, 2016  //  

This updated two day course is designed for the new or less experienced Public Information Officer (PIO) and focuses on essential emergency PIO functions. The course will teach PIOs how to write a news release, conduct an on-camera interview and prepare awareness campaigns. The class is a prerequisite for the Advanced Public Information Course (E388) at the Emergency Management Institute. Elective for Advanced Professional Series (APS) certification.

  • Prerequisite: Public Information Officer Awareness Course, FEMA IS-29, available here. Prerequisite completion certificate must be RECEIVED by the Office of Training and Exercises no later than two weeks prior to course start. Send prerequisite to VDEM Training via fax at 804-897-6556 or email at

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