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Phone: (281) 342-6185
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Richmond, TX 77469
Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Public Information Officer and Joint Information Center Training

April 6-7, 2011 | Angleton, TX

Media Consultants will conduct its 2-day PIO/JIC training on April 6-7, 2011, co-sponsored by the Brazoria County and Fort Bend County Offices of Emergency Management and LEPCs. The course is divided into four 4-hour modules; you can attend any or all four modules (see page 2). The entire course is recommended for all Incident Commanders, Public Information Officers, Joint Information Center staff, and Media Spokespersons for any local, state, federal agency, school, hospital, private sector industry and non-governmental organizations who would work together to respond to any emergency under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).


The class will be taught by NIMS-certified Instructors Chuck Wolf and Bob Gresser from Media Consultants, a Houston-based crisis communications firm. Chuck and Bob have served as Public Information Officers and Joint Information Center specialists during the BP oil spill, Hurricane Katrina, and EPA/USCG exercises for over 20 years. Both have more than 40 years of combined broadcast news experience at KIKK, KTRH, and CNN Radio. Visit: www.mediacon.com

Training Location

This classroom training will be hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in its 1st floor auditorium located at 21017 County Road 171 in  Angleton, TX 77515. You will be emailed a link to a map with driving directions to the building after you register for the training.

Online Registration

You must register online at: www.mediacon.com/register.asp You can register yourself and others from your organization. Classroom seating is limited and filled in the order you register. You’ll be notified by e-mail within 24 hours whether or not seats are available.


The deadline to register (or cancel a registration for a full refund) is 12 noon on March 29, 2011. To cancel a registration, please send an e-mail to: admin@mediacon.com


Please call Chuck Wolf at 281-980-1400 or Bob Gresser at 713-773-9690. Unlike NIMS online training, you’ll be able to ask questions of the Instructors and interact with your fellow students.

Course Outline

The 2-day PIO/JIC course is divided into 4 modules; you can attend any or all of the modules:

  • Module #1: NIMS IS-702.a (Public Information Systems)
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Learn the PIO’s responsibilities under Incident or Unified Command and how the PIO must establish a Joint Information System (JIS) under NIMS; just updated by FEMA in June 2010, this course must be completed by all PIOs under NIMS 5-Year Training Plan.
  • Module #2: Basic PIO Skills
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    How should a PIO communicate with the media and public? Define your key messages,write a news release or EAS Warning, discover traditional and social media tools, learn how to conduct telephone and in-person interviews, and handle tough reporter questions.
  • Module #3: National Response Team Joint Information Center Model
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Just adopted in October 2009, this new national JIC model can expand to fit any size and type of emergency; you’ll get org charts, job descriptions, sample forms and checklists to set up, equip, and operate a JIC with local, state, federal, and other Response Partners.
  • Module #4: JIC Tabletop Exercise
    Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
    Students who attend the NRT JIC Model training will be assigned PIO and JIC roles, then explain how they’d set up a physical and/or virtual JIC to deal with a major hurricane and other hazards, and communicate with the media and public during this Tabletop Exercise.


Tuition is $75 per module or a discounted total of $260 for all four modules – save $10 per module. Each student receives a workbook, handouts, pen with highlighter, and refreshments; lunch is on your own. Pay online by credit card or by mailing a personal or company check.


No previous PIO or JIC experience is required. Completion of IS-700.a (NIMS Introduction) is recommended but not required. Visit: http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIweb/IS/is700a.asp

Final Exam

After completing the NIMS IS-702.a training, each student will need to pass an online Final Exam in order to receive NIMS certification. The certificate will be e-mailed to each student by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Students who complete all 4 modules will receive a Media Consultants “Certificate of Training” for this 16-hour NIMS-compatible PIO/JIC course.


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