Communication during a disaster or incident is critical not just for the responding units but also for the public. After all, they are the people directly affected and they can help or hinder our response depending upon how much they know, when they learn the details and especially how the message is delivered. If the message isnâ€™t clear, timely, focused and understandable, your incident can quickly unravel. This is why the Public Information Officer is a member of the Command Staff in the Incident Command Systemâ€¦to control the message and make it work!
This section on the NWTEMC/NTEMC website is focused on the PIO or anyone who has to fill the position and it provides some insight into the position as well as the responsibilities that come with the title.
Keep in mind that first and foremost, the mission of the Public Information Office(r) is to, â€œGet the right information to the right people at the right time so that they can make the right decisions.â€
So, just what does the PIO do? Hereâ€™s a quick list of some of their duties. Keep in mind these will vary depending upon the situation, command personality and training/ability of the PIO:
Write Press Releases
Organize Press Briefings
Be a spokesperson
Guide (or steer) the media
Assist in crafting the message
Understand public communication structure
Tailor messages for specific audiences
Be able to monitor/analyze relevant outside information
The PIO does not make command decisions but contributes information to those that do have to make these critical decisions and then they handle the information distribution. The PIO can also provide valuable â€˜intelligenceâ€™ to the command authority gathered from their network of contacts and information sources. Leadership should depend upon their PIO for information and observation that impacts the decisions that need to be made. The PIO needs to be factual, truthful and insightful.
Thatâ€™s a quick overview of where a PIO fits in the Incident Command Structure and what they need to understand and be able to do when a disaster or incident occurs within their area.
Welcome to the NW Tribal Emergency Mgmt. Council Website
The NWTEMC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that was
formed in 2004 as a consortium of Tribes in the Northwest region of Washington
State to help Tribes participate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Currently the NWTEMC is composed of and serves Tribes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho for the purposes of information sharing and solidarity in dealing with homeland security/emergency management/public health issues as they pertain to Native Nations.
NWTEMC's Charter and other Incorporation-related documents can be found on our About page.
Resolution to join the NWTEMC
Sample Resolution to join the NWTEMC:
Generic Sample Resolution to join the NWTEMC (in Word format):
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March 21st, 2013
March 21st, 2013
Hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe
Muckleshoot Bingo Hall
2117 Auburn Way South
Auburn, Washington 98002
We will be sharing updates
regarding the recent changes to the Stafford Act .
Reserve Your Room Early!!!!!!!
Hotel Reservations can be made at:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Peppertree Auburn Inn -
401, 8th Street SW, Auburn, WA 98001-5901
Auburn Toll Free Reservations: 253-887-7600 Auburn Tel: 253-887-7600
Auburn Fax: 253-887-7676
The Northwest Center for Public Health
Hot Topics in Preparedness
This online, interactive session provided an introduction to the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC), emphasizing the need and importance of emergency management in tribal nations. The presenters highlighted the partnerships that they have developed with tribes, states, and other entities, the Web site that they maintain for the purpose of sharing information, and the recent planning, response and recovery activities of the tribes as they pertain to the past several disaster declarations in the State of Washington.
To view NWTEMC's presentation click here: HTIP
Provided by Jenny Holladay, Government Affairs &
Emergency Preparedness Administration for Children & Families U.S.
Dept. of Health & Human Services.
This plan provides a wealth of information on how
to plan for an emergency. It is a big document â€“ a couple of
particular things to reference are the checklists on page 28-29,
36-37, and 42.
This plan provides a wealth of information on how to plan for an emergency. It is a big document â€“ a couple of particular things to reference are the checklists on page 28-29, 36-37, and 42.