Are You a PIO? Test Your Incident Management Skills with This Quiz

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Public information officers (PIOs) are communications coordinators whose primary responsibility is to provide information to both the public and media following an incident or crisis.

PIOs must create a flow of information, including the incident’s cause, scope, resources committed and other matters of general interest.

Giving the media and the general public information in a timely manner is crucial, especially today with so many different forms of media and quick access to information.

“You don’t want the news media working hard to get the information because if they don’t get the information from you, they’ll get it from the guy on the street who has no idea what he’s talking about and you lose control of the story,” New Mexico State University Chief of Police Stephen Lopez said during a 2015 Campus Safety Conference.

PIOs undoubtedly have a difficult job. It is a tall task when information, whether correct or incorrect, easily spreads in today’s connected world.

It is always a good idea to brush up on your knowledge, especially as media continues to evolve. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers several online courses for PIOs to do just that.

One of the courses, G289/IS-20 – Public Information Officer Awareness, discusses the general role of a PIO in the public safety/emergency management environment.

The course is targeted toward those who have public information responsibilities as their main job or as an auxiliary function at the federal, state or local level. It is also for those who might benefit from a general understanding of the role PIOs play in a community.

At the end of the course, a final exam can be taken, which counts as 0.1 CEUs.

Check out this 13-question sneak peek of the exam to see where you stand regarding your PIO knowledge!

Are You a PIO? Test Your Incident Management Skills with This Quiz

 

 

If you are a public information officer or might benefit from a general understanding of their role, take this quiz to test your general knowledge!

In the Incident Command System (ICS) structure, the Public Information Officer (PIO):

A media area is a:

As a Public Information Officer, you provide the community with information that does the following:

When an incident happens, the Public Information Officer (PIO) should first:

A physical location where PIOs can gather and the media can go for ‘one-stop shopping’ is called:

When holding a news conference or briefing:

News releases are one of the most commonly used tools by PIOs. The order of information for a news release is:

Timing is a crucial element in a public awareness campaign. Select the campaign below that has the LEAST appropriate timing:

To effectively get your message out:

Blogs are good to use if you want to:

Email is a good tool for communicating within your organization because:

It is important to make sure that the media coverage your organization is receiving is accurate, fair, and balanced by:

You implement a media pool because:

Bummer!

 

Looks like you’ve got some studying to do! That’s okay. Take this free FEMA course and you will definitely have a better understanding of the role of PIOs on your campus.

 

Also, check out this article from Steven Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, on “taming the beast” that is the media.

Not bad!

 

Although you might not be an expert quite yet, you definitely know some important things about the role of PIOs on your campus.

 

To learn more, take this free FEMA course. Also, check out this article from Steven Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, on “taming the beast” that is the media.

Woohoo!

 

You seem to be well-versed in the important role PIOs play in campus safety. Great job!

 

To learn even more, check out all of the courses FEMA offers regarding PIOs.

 

Also, check out this article from Steven Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, on “taming the beast” that is the media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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