Anchorage to Enhance Emergency Public Information Capabilities
Public Information Officers (PIO) will travel to the Emergency Management Institute this weekend.
Contact: Genevieve Maurits
Six municipal public information officers who staff the Emergency Operations Center during a disaster will travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland for Advanced Public Information Officer Training. “Only 30 public information officers nationwide are selected for this course. Anchorage is proud to send six information officers to Maryland to participate,” said Mayor Begich.
The intent of the Advanced Public Information Officers Course is the application of public information skills to a major emergency or disaster situation. The course delivers a series of lecture presentations and exercises over a four day period to achieve the aforementioned goals. “This is a great opportunity for the Municipality of Anchorage to increase emergency preparedness by learning from first-class instructors and networking with other public information officers from around the nation,” said Kattaryna Stiles, Acting Director of the Office of Emergency Management.
The participants from Anchorage come from a variety of disciplines; police, fire, emergency management, water utility, and library. Anchorage has a total of thirty PIOs trained to respond to the Emergency Operations Center after a disaster and aims to send them all to the advanced course over the next two years. The Emergency Management Institute is a great resource for multiple disciplines within the emergency management field. The training is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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