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Informing the public when there is an emergency

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PENDLETON, Ore. -- How does the media inform the public when there's an emergency you need to know about? That's exactly what over 20 emergency management public information officers from all over the Northwest were asking Wednesday.

A group met in Pendleton to hear about how they can best work with the media to keep the community informed if there's ever a disaster.

A panel made up of local media members, including KNDU's own Chris Holmstrom, answered questions from PIO officers all with you, the public, in mind.

The Public Information Officer for Washington State Emergency Management, Mark Clemens says, "Particularly in an emergency or disaster, it's vital that people know what to do, what's being done by response agencies, and how soon it is going to end, and when are things going to get back to normal.>

Also, on the media panel was radio newscaster Butch Thurman and Eastern Oregonian reporter Dean Brickle.

The media panel was just one part of a basic training course for some of the Northwest's public information officers.