Virginia Defense Force – Public Information Office

The mission of the Virginia Defense Force Public Information Office office is to tell the VDF story and augment the Virginia National Guard’s public information capabilities.

During Virginia National Guard response operations, VDF PIO personnel deploy to Guard staging locations to capture photos of Guard and VDF personnel in action, and they also work in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Joint Information Center as writers and social media specialists. Read more about VDF public information capabilities at

Recommended public information officer courses:

IS-242.B: Effective Communication
Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills.

IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness
This course covers basic information about the role of a State or local Public Information Officer. The goal of this awareness course is to provide an orientation to the public information function and the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the public safety/emergency management environment.
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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers the following courses several times a year at locations across the state. For the list of upcoming courses, visit the VDEM training web site at

G0290 Public Information Officer
This two day course is designed for the new or less experienced Public Information Officer (PIO) and focuses on essential emergency PIO functions. The course will teach PIOs how to write a news release, conduct an on-camera interview and prepare awareness campaigns. The class is a prerequisite for the Advanced Public Information Course (E388) at the Emergency Management Institute.

G291:Joint Information Center Planning
This one-day course is designed to equip Public Information Officers (PIOs) to establish and operate in a Joint Information System/Center (JIS/JIC). The purpose of the course is to build on the solo PIO competencies gained in the Basic PIO courses and apply those skills in an expanding incident. Participants will also gain a working knowledge of operational practices for performing PIO duties within the NIMS multiagency coordination system.