Washington State Emergency Management Division


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

Thursday, June 23, 2022

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

**If you are applying for the G0290 Basic PIO course on June 21-22 (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.**

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 and practice 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 Officer (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



  • IS-702 National Incident Management System Public Information Systems
  • IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone


Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute to complete these Independent Study courses.

Target Audience

The primary audience for this training is individuals who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial level of government, and in the private and nongovernmental sectors.

Student Selection

Class size is limited; preference given to those that meet the target audience and who have completed the required prerequisites.




Camp Murray, Building 91
91 Armor Drive
Camp Murray, WA 98430

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Course Contacts


Sarah Foster

Washington Military Department



Stephanie Hakala

Washington EMD



*You must upload your prerequisite completion certificate(s) on the registration form. If you are attending the G0290 course on June 20-21, you must upload your IS-100 certificate**