JIS/JIC Workshop attendees in a group photo

KYEM Host’s JIS/JIC Operations and Strategy Workshop

This two-day workshop was held August 15-16, 2023 at Kentucky Emergency Management on the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The course was offered by:

  • Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
  • Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM)
  • PAST Fusion Academy at Argonne National Laboratory

This interactive workshop prepared participants to build relationships and work alongside government, non-government, private, non-profit and emergency/disaster aid organizations, with a common goal of communicating with one voice to multiple stakeholders as part of a Joint Information System/Center (JIS/JIC).

Asked about the training, Lexington Division of Emergency Management’s Public Information Officer, Emily Fay said, “I left the JIS/JIC training with new skills, tools, and a network of people in the same field. The practice and information will be useful for years to come.”

This course was open to all Public Information Officers (PIO) and other individuals within an organization responsible for communicating with the public, press and media, and/or coordinating with other agencies PIOs and leadership, as necessary, with incident related information requirements. Eighteen people participated including staff from:

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services,
  • Department of Financial Institutions
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
  • Kentucky National Guard
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Lexington-Fayette County Emergency Management
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
  • Madison County EMA/CSEPP
  • Pennyrile Area Development District
  • Scott County Emergency Management

“This training was a great way to network with people and agencies who are so critical during emergency operations”, said Madison County EMA and CSEPP Public Relations Coordinator, Makenzie Davis. “Working together and building those relationships now help ensure that we get the right information to the right people at the right time during an emergency. If you want to see your community partners come together and improve communications, this course is a great place to start!”

Future CSEPP training opportunities can be found here: https://kyem.ky.gov/training/Pages/Bluegrass-CSEPP-Training.aspx