Washington State Emergency Management Division

L0105 Public Information and Warning

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 to Thursday, October 3, 2019

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

This course introduces participants to what the Public Information Officer (PIO) does in emergency management, along with basic information about the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The PIO topics covered include the role of the PIO; communication tools and resources encompassing social media; effective communication; preparing the community through outreach and other means; and communication in an incident. The IPAWS topics covered include what the system is and does, preparing alert and warning messages, and writing common alerting protocol messages. This is a 2-day classroom course that gives participants time to perform activities and exercises to reinforce the knowledge and build basic skills.

Course Objectives

Describe the public information and warning Core Capability, including:

  • The purpose and key elements of public information and warnings.
  • The roles of the Emergency Manager and Public Information Officer.
  • Tools and processes for communicating with the public.


If a participant is taking this course as part of the Academy, then he or she should take E/L0101, Foundations of Emergency Management, first. If a participant is taking this course on its own for its planning information and not in fulfillment of the Academy requirements, there are no prerequisites.

Target Audience

This course is intended for newly appointed emergency managers from Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies, and prospective professionals transferring from another discipline to emergency management.

Student Selection

Priority seating will be given to students completing the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.


Tukwila Fire Station 51
444 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA 98188
Click here for directions

Course Manager

Course Manager:

Stephanie Hakala



Application period closes 10/2/2019 Pacific Time (US & Canada)