The Central Illinois Public Information Officers group, known as CIPIO, was originally created to develop a coordinated and standardized communication process for response during large-scale disasters. The goal of the committee is to provide accurate reports and instructions during a natural or man-made incident in a timely fashion to the media and the public.
CIPIO members are from government, non-profit, and key for-profit organizations in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Stark, and Marshall Counties. Peoria County Communications Department takes a lead role, acting as the Committee Chair and organizing meetings, training, and documents. CIPIO members act as resources for each other, helping to ensure that a single agency is not overwhelmed during an incident.