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The PIO Chronicles is about you - the emergency public information officers who respond to all types of disasters. Our hope is that this site can serve as a library of tips, tricks, lessons learned and experiences that other public information officers can draw from as we continue to improve how we do our work.

To that end, we are looking for articles from public information officers that can help further this mission. If you are interested in submitting an article, please follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure it is your own original work: We want to hear what you have to say, not what someone else has already said about the topic.
  • Keep it on target. This is a blog that appeals to emergency public information officers. The blog that deals with souped up race cars is down the hall to the left. 
  • Be yourself: This isn't a venue for academic papers. We want to read in your own voice what works, what doesn't and what makes you go hmmm ... Make it relevant and engaging.
  • Be succinct: Attention spans aren't what they used to be. Please be sure your article doesn't exceed 1,200 words, or we will forward it to a publishing house on your behalf. A good count to shoot for would be between 500 - 800 words. 
  • Be illustrative: A picture is worth a thousand words, so be sure to submit appropriate photos to help tell your story. We will also accept graphs and charts to tell a story. Just remember, we aren't all statisticians. K.I.S.S.
  • Proofread. We have to put this out there. Remember, most programs come complete with a spell checker - and it's FREE to use! 

Forward all inquiries to the attention of Tom Iovino at, and we'll be in touch!

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