PIO Team JIC/JIS Workshop

Each participant in the workshop will receive their own "Go Book" for use in JIC and JIS situations.

This course is eligible for the use of Homeland Security Grant Program funds (SHSP, UASI, LETPP, MMRS, & CCP).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Integration Center (NIC), has granted final approval of Media Survival Group's PIO Team JIC/JIS Workshop ("Public Information Officer/Joint Information Center Training Course - CA-048-RESP")

The workshop includes: the design and function of a Joint Information Center (JIC) and Joint Information System (JIS); JIC/JIS team training; ICS/SEMS/NIMS design: four (4) group exercises; hands-on activities that will immerse participants in the three main functions of emergency public information (Gathering, Writing, Production and Analysis; Dissemination; and Field Information).

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Each participant receives copies of the publications upon which this 2-day intensive workshop is based: 1) the Workbook, which in addition to providing all necessary course materials is also a reference guide that includes many key support documents; and 2) the Go Book, a pocket-sized handbook that will assist them throughout their careers whenever they may be called upon to work in a JIC/JIS. It not only acts as a checklist for setting up a JIC and keeping it running, but also serves as a tool to document your organization's efforts in the crisis response.

Social Media

It's not just about print and broadcast news anymore. Today's successful businesses and agencies are going directly to their public (and their public is coming to them!) using the Internet. Participants can bring their laptops to this workshop and leave with the latest social media applications in place and ready for their use.

Breakout Sessions: Problem Solving, Case Studies

Learn the functions and skills needed to work an incident or a crisis as a team; exercise and evaluate your existing organization and plan.

NIMS Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion

Participants earn a certificate indicating that they are in compliance with NIMS Emergency Public Information Guidelines.

NOTE: We contract with jurisdictions (police, fire & health departments, etc.), rather than with individual participants. We do this because we custom design our workshops to meet the specific training needs of these agencies within the jurisdictions they serve. They receive 100% reimbursement via DHS grants. Your best opportunity for attending one of our workshops as an individual is to go through one of these agencies. Please contact us if you think your agency might be interested in this workshop, or download our flyer to give to your training officer. We'll be happy to prepare a customized proposal upon request.

Other Workshops We Offer:

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    An officer involved shooting is one of the most intense events an agency will ever handle. It will draw significant resources from your department. It will generate intense scrutiny from the media, public, and community. It is critical to get out the right messages with the right tone, immediately after and during the investigation of an officer-involved shooting. This class will help your personnel, PIOs, agency, and government leaders prepare. The class will cover what to expect during an OIS, what to say and when to say it, and how to craft key messages. You'll learn what you're obligated to release vs. what you should release. You'll also learn about the do’s and don’ts of video communications. The class will culminate with a realistic, hyper-local, table-top exercise.
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  • Spokesperson In A Crisis
    This one-day workshop begins with a realistic, regionalized disaster simulation that becomes the topic for creating and distributing crisis messages throughout the day, using traditional and social media. We update the event with pre-recorded newscasts and social media posts, that must be monitored. The day ends with an "all hands on deck" news conference and on-camera interviews during which the participants apply all the lessons they've learned - in real time. This training will prepare your spokespeople to handle any crisis that comes to your community.

  • "Triple Play" (traditional media, social media and on-camera interview coaching)
    This one-day workshop features the most popular components of our other workshops. The morning session combines traditional media techniques with the latest in social media tips and tricks for an unlimited number of participants. In the afternoon we conduct on-camera interview coaching for up to 10 participants.
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  • Media Relations
    This one-day workshop features the basics of working with the media; how to get your message out there; communications law; understanding today's rapidly changing mass media; interview techniques - including on-camera interviews and evaluations.
  • Crisis Communications
    This half-day class features the unique aspects of communicating in a crisis; learn specific crisis communications principles; learn from case studies; examine crisis planning principles and information management.
  • Message Crafting
    This half-day workshop is "guided brainstorming." We will guide your staff in addressing your agency's specific issues and packaging those messages into soundbites and quotes that the media will use. This class combines nicely with "Crisis Communications" for a very productive full-day.
  • Communications Law
    Public information law; understand media access in an emergency; learn about releasable information, privacy issues, and how the law restricts and empowers both the media and PIOs.
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