State of Ohio Joint Information Center System course in #Summit #County #PIO #JIC #JIS

Lots of great discussion starting the State of Ohio Joint Information Center/System class (G-291).

PIOs from across the state sharing ideas on how we can all work together during an emergency is critical.

Scenario based PIO training works well as it puts our crews into the action mindset.

Thanks to our diverse backgrounds of our participants – we had various discussions on our all-hazards response as well as how we can better support each other in times of emergency or disaster.

Glad to have a new batch of PIOs ready trained for our external affairs efforts. I am confident that if we continue to train and educate our public safety professionals – that we can better serve all our 88 counties across the State of Ohio.

PC: AC Bosso

#pink PC: AC Bosso

Reporting live from the official State of Ohio JIC/JIS Course here in Summit County…


Great first day of Basic Public Information Officer #PIO Course in Athens County Ohio

Kicking off another solid FEMA / Ohio EMA Basic Public Information Officer’s course.


We have participants from across the state of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia!


So Region-5 and Region-3 are well represented.


Proud to have a diverse class this week in Athens County, Ohio.


Lots of class engagement with several opening activities assessing preparedness levels as well as gaps in PIO responses.


Addressing difficult situations (aka anticipating media questions) with PIOs or agency heads before they happen is a critical skill that every PIO should master.


Deep discussion on how all-hazards PIOs could support various operations with public safety. Also dissecting how Strategic Communications play a crucial role in planning.



On camera mock media interviews in the afternoon with focus on answering questions, talking points, redirects, and of course preparedness. Great time to hone the skills of every PIO and agency head.


Show and tell on preparedness kits and PIO go readiness kits.

PC: E. Creech

PC: E. Creech

Including my famous “PIO stick”

PC: J. Beckett

PC: J. Beckett

Looking forward to day-2!




February is almost all Region-5 and a roll out of a brand new social media course in Colorado

January was fast paced but February 2017 is going to be lots more hustle too!

In the first week, its another great Basic Public Information Officer’s course and Joint Information Center course at Wayne Township Fire. Love me some Region-5 baby!

Second week, I’ll be leading the Incident Management Team Logistics Section Chief Course in Dayton – the home of Ohio Urban Search and Rescue Task Force-1 (OH-TF-01). Teaching FEMA EMI courses are super fun. Week long Logistics is AWESOME!

Third week, we will be back in Athens, Ohio bringing our Basic Public Information Officer’s course (G-290) and Joint Information Center course (G-291) with one of my favorite instructors Erica aka Mama PIO in Region-5 again!

Fourth week, I head back to Centennial to debut a brand new course for FEMA/NDPTC on social media. Looking forward to seeing my Colorado peeps again at the state Emergency Operations Center. Region 8 in the hizzouse!


Busy February! Hope to see you my classes!


Day-2 of the Basic Public Information Officers course

Did someone say PIO?

Don’t be scared, on camera interviews starting in 3…2..1…


And yes of course, you gotta look good for your interview right?


We definitely evaluated all interviews – open discussion with all class PIOs provides us the ability to enhance our skills and concrete our strengths.

Note: On camera interviews are only one part of the PIOs role on any disaster or emergency.


We are fortunate to have Paris from RTV6 (ABC affiliate) stop by to have an open discussion with our class.


These kinds of open dialog helps new PIOs understand the media needs as well as their short deadlines.


Making sure our new PIOs get a flow for External Affairs dynamics is important as well as numerous discussions on strategies. And of course facilitating discussion on networking and training is totes important.

Great day of sharing the good word and supporting so many PIOs!





Setting up for this week’s classes

Setting up all the fun today for our Basic PIO course and JIC/JIS course.


Both these FEMA courses are cornerstone classes that all external affairs professionals should take. Additionally, the emergency management/disaster response networking opportunities are outstanding.

And yes, we are going to do some on camera interviews too.


Bring your A-game.

Hope to see you in my class tomorrow.