Central Illinois Public Information Officers

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. 

All members are encouraged to take basic online FEMA/NIMS training at https://training.fema.gov/.

    1. IS 100 – Intro to Incident Command System
    2. IS 200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident
    3. IS 700 – Intro to National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)
    4. IS 29 – Public Information Officer Awareness

2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 10, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. - Virtual TEAMS meeting
  • April 10, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. - In person, location TBD
  • July 10, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. - Virtual TEAMS meeting
  • October 9, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. - CityLink Offices

For more information or to join, please email Gretchen Pearsall at gpearsall@peoriacounty.org