Local Joint Information Systems

Across this great state, we have seen the rise of local PIO groups and we love it.

This local group (or local joint information system, to use the terminology) should be your first line of defense against an onslaught of pressure to gather, verify, produce, disseminate and track information going out and coming in.

Jump to County and Association Contacts

ArtOfPIO has a great list of national professional associations

How to get started

This is where we need your help

Step 1: Find a champion (It may be you!)

You need someone who is willing to:

  • Wave the proverbial PIO banner.
  • Start the process of relationship building.
  • Promote contact information sharing.
  • Not give up when things go slowly.

Step 2: Call a meeting

  • You don’t need a formal agenda for your first meeting. You can just ask for a status update from those who are attending.
  • See our blog post about meeting topic ideas.
  • Document who attends.
  • Food does help get people there, even if it’s a brown-bag type event.
  • Decide on a regular meeting schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.)

Step 3: Plan an exercise

  • Work with your county emergency manager to discuss ways PIOs will be involved in emergency response.
  • Sit down and discuss a scenario and try to figure out what resources you have or what you will need if the scenario happens in real life.
  • Document who attends and what lessons are learned.
  • Make a plan for fixing any capability or training gaps.
  • Follow up.

Best practices

From Becki Bronson in Iron County:

We’ve been going strong for about two years now and meet every other month to practice writing news releases, hold meetings with members of the media to strengthen relationships, problem solve, network, etc.

County and Association Contacts
Note to the public. These contacts are for training and coordination in the PIO Association only. These people are not necessarily the designated media contact for the county.

Local JIS Primary Contacts
County Name Email || County Name Email
Beaver Name || Rich Name
Box Elder Name || Salt Lake Steve Sautter ssautter@unifiedfire.org
Cache Jill Parker jparker@brhd.org || Sanpete Name
Carbon Name || San Juan Name
Daggett Liberty Best lbest@tricountyhealth.com ||
Sevier Nate Selin
Cody Barton
Davis DeeAnn   Servey dservey@co.davis.ut.us || Summit Linda Jager linda.jager@parkcity.org
Duchesne Liberty Best lbest@tricountyhealth.com ||
Tooele Bucky Whitehouse bucky@tooelehealth.org
Emery Name || Uintah Liberty Best lbest@tricountyhealth.com
Garfield Name || Utah Name
Grand Craig Sanchez csanchez@grandcountysheriff.org || Wasatch Janet Carson admin@wasatchcountyfiredistrict.com
Iron Becki Bronson beckibronson@yahoo.com ||
Washington Nate
Juab Name || Wayne
Kane Name || Weber Lori Buttars lbuttars@co.weber.ut.us
Millard Name || PIO Association Ben Horsley bhorsley@graniteschools.org
Morgan Name || UAGC Kim Wells kimw@wjordan.com
Piute Name || USPRA Kimberly Bird kbird@alpinedistrict.org
|| MCCOA — Mesa County, CO website