L0388: Advanced Public Information Officer - Berlin, VT

Course Details

Vermont Registration

Federal Registration Form 119

When: April 17, 18, 19, 20, & 21, 2017 (must attend all five days)
Where: VTrans Training Center, 1716 US Route 302, Berlin, VT 05602
Time: 8:00AM – 5:00PM Each Day.

50 seats are available for the course and are available to responders from Vermont and anywhere in the country. 

Course Overview: The Advanced Public Information Officer course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to establish, manage and work within a JIC through multimedia lectures and individual and group activities. The training allows participants the opportunity to apply advanced public information skills during a multi-day functional exercise (FE) designed to test the participants’ abilities to analyze, coordinate, process and create information in a fast-paced, realistic environment.

Through a tabletop exercise (TTX), participants evaluate their processes to help them generate new ideas, products, or ways of viewing challenges or situations as well as improve their processes ensuring every action has a measurable relevance for each identified audience, including senior leadership.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Review assigned JIC role for FE. (Unit 1)
Apply current crisis communications methodologies to community audiences during an incident. (Unit 2)
Analyze the characteristics of the changing American family and how the media and fear play a role in shaping communication goals and messages. (Unit 3)
Conduct an analysis of personal and organizational disaster response readiness. (Unit 4)
Relate the Incident Action Planning (IAP) process to the External Affairs 8-Step Strategic Communications Model. (Unit 5)
Demonstrate the ability to work in a JIC by actively contributing to exercise tasks and products as specified in the exercise objectives through exercise play. (Unit 6)
Write strategic communications plans in an all-hazards environment. (Unit 7)
Complete a professional improvement plan. (Unit 8)

Target Audience:  DEMHS is encouraging all emergency response organizations to identify at least one member whose attendance at the class could benefit your response capabilities.  This attendee need not be a professional communicator, those in positions of leadership who encounter press, or who could encounter press are encouraged to explore the benefits of registering for the course.

IS-42 – Social Media in Emergency Management - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-42
IS-100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System -  https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
IS-200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b
IS-201 – Forms Used in the Development of the Incident Action Plan - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-201
IS-250a - Emergency Support Function #15 - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-250.a
IS-247.a - Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (PAWS) -  https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-247.a
IS-700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
IS-702.a – NIMS Public Information Systems - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-702.a
IS-800.b – National Response Framework – An Introduction - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b
G0289 -  Public Information Officer Awareness (or IS.29 – PIO Awareness online course - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-29)
G0290 – Basic Public Information Officers Course – Going to be offered by DEMHS in the coming months.
G0291 - Joint Information System / Joint Information Center Planning for Tribal, State and Local PIO's – Going to be offered by DEMHS in the coming months.

Recommended Prerequisites:
ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents – currently offered through DEMHS.
IS-120.a - Introduction to Exercises - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-120.a
IS-242.b – Effective Communication - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-242.b
IS-650.a - Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-650.a
IS-660 - Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-660
IS-909 - Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-909

We encourage all of our partners to attend. If you would like to participate, please follow the application instructions below. Please share this invitation with others in your agency who may be interested in attending as well.


To Register:

1.      Complete the DEMHS General Registration form.
2.      Complete the FEMA 119 Registration Form attached.
3.      Complete the prerequisites as listed above and retain your Certificate of Completion(s).
4.      Scan the DEMHS General Registration form, FEMA 119 Form and your Certificate of Completions to Homeland Security Training Coordinator at DPS.EMHSTraining@vermont.gov.
5.      Once the completed registration package is received, a confirmation email is sent. (This will serve as your confirmation for registering for the course. Therefore please mark your calendar once you have received this confirmation).
6.      A course email notification will be forth coming in the weeks prior to the course delivery.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

Contact Information

45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488
(802) 244-8721
(888) 545-7598 (TTY)

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