NIMS ALERT 27-07: Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers
Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs) The Incident Management Systems Division has
coordinated with local, tribal, state, and federal Public Information professionals to develop NIMS Basic
Guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs). The document provides fundamental guidance for any
person or group delegated PIO responsibilities during an incident or event where informing the public
is necessary. It contains the NIMS Incident Command System (ICS) approach to managing the Joint
Information System (JIS) during response operations as well as information management during non-
crisis events. The guidance also addresses actions for preparedness, disaster/emergency response, Joint
Information Centers (JICs), incident recovery, and federal public information support.
The Incident Management Systems Division has released a draft of the Basic Guidance for PIOs for a two-
week national comment period. All comments are due to the Incident Management Systems Division by
Friday, September 14, 2007.
The draft can be located at the following link:
If you would like to request a comment form, please email FEMA-NIMS@dhs.gov. While a comment form
will help assure clarity and consistency, it is not a requirement. You may also submit you comments directly
to that email address.
It is the intent of the Incident Management Systems Division to make this guidance document both valuable
and user-friendly to PIOs at all levels of government and positions in the ICS structure. To this end,
the Division welcomes specific comments and general feedback regarding the content and layout of the