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IG Module 8 - Public Information Version 20 - EMERGENCY

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IG Module 8 - Public Information Version 20 - EMERGENCY

SEMS/NIMS/ICS Combined Course

    SEMS/NIMS/ICS COMBINED COURSE

    MODULE 8 PUBLIC INFORMATION

     OBJECTIVES:

    At the conclusion of the course, the participants will be able to: Terminal Objective:

     identify the roles and responsibilities of the Public Information

     Officer and of Public Information Systems

     Participants will be able to: Enabling Objectives:

    ? Define Public Information

    ? Demonstrate the need for the public information function

    ? Identify the Joint Information System

    ? Identify the public information function at all levels

    ? Explain the relationship between public information in the EOC

    and at the incident

    ? Apply public information concepts to a multi-agency, multi-

    disciplinary situation

    Lecture, group discussion METHOD

    Student manuals, powerpoint presentations SUPPLIES/

     MATERIALS

INSTRUCTOR ? Review Course

    PREPARATION ? Classroom Setup

    ? Layout is appropriate.

    ? Environment is comfortably controlled (such as climate and

    lighting).

    ? Equipment

    ? Equipment is properly prepared.

    ? Safety factors are met (such as no overload circuits and wires

    won’t be tripped over).

    ? Classroom Materials

    ? Handouts available

    ? Student materials

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    Public information function in NIMS and

    SEMS

    VISUAL 8 - 1

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    PUBLIC INFORMATION

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    PLAY VIDEO VISUAL 8 - 2

    Public Information

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    PLAY VIDEO VISUAL 8 - 3

    Public Information

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    ? The Public Information Officer is part of VISUAL 8 - 4 the Command Staff.

     ? PIO responsibilities include:

    ? Media and public inquiries

    ? Emergency public information

    and warnings

    Public Information? Media monitoring

    As the complexity of the event increases, so to ? Assisting with setting up the increases the complexity and necessity of Public Information.Joint Information Center (JIC)

    ? Working with Public

    information staff from other

    agencies or departments.

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    These factors all point to the need VISUAL 8 - 5 for an Information Officer.

    Information Officer

    Why appoint an Information Officer?Is it a high visibility incident?Are the media taking up the ICs time?Will they get the information anyway?Are there multiple agencies involved?

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    The PIO is a member of the Command Staff responsible for interfacing with the public and

    media or with other agencies requiring VISUAL 8-6

    information directly from the incident. There is only one Information Officer per incident. The

    Information Officer may have assistants. This

    position is also referred to as Public Affairs or

    Public Information Officer in some disciplines. (Public) Information Officer

    ResponsibilitiesAt SEMS EOC levels, the information function

    may be established as a Coordinator or as a ICSReleases must have IC approval prior to releasesection or branch reporting directly to the EOC SEMSDirector. Releases must have EOC Director approval prior to release

    Each appoint Assistants to support functions

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    NIMS has designated the Joint Information

    System to:

    VISUAL 8-7 ? Facilitate Interagency coordination and

    integration

    ? Develop and deliver coordinated messages especially when more than

    one agency and/or level of government

    must be included in the development of Joint Information Centerthe information to be disseminated When should a Joint Information Center (JIC) be established?? Provides support to Commanders and Multiple Agencies/Jurisdictions involvedthose in authority Incidents of National SignificancePer NIMS: JIC must include representatives from all responding organizations Must have established protocols & procedures for communicating and coordinating with other JICs JOINT INFORMATION SYSTEM

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    NIMS, SEMS and ICS all use PIO’s and some

    form of joint information center. VISUAL 8-8 Public information is coordinated throughout

    the SEMS structure, with PIO’s

    communicating directly with one another,

     regardless of what level they may reside in.

     ICS, SEMS and Joint Information System

     ICS & SEMS recognize the need for Information Officers (Public Information Officers)SEMS Levels of Response establishes the Organizational Structure for the Joint Information System

    PIO procedures and protocols identify coordination requirements for operations of multiple JICs

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    JICS may be established at all levels of

    government, however communication among

    VISUAL 8-9 levels is still of critical importance.

    Multiple JICS Coordination

    ReportingSOCCoordination

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