Friday, February 13, 2015

Tag: The JIC is It! Activities of the Joint Information Center

Remember the game of "telephone tag," where the last person in the line of communication ends up with a completely different message than the one originated by the first? During the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, Public Safety Command has formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) to avoid just that situation. The JIC has been activated to support the event’s messages and alerts by helping to keep stakeholders informed in a timely and coordinated manner. This includes dissemination of parking, traffic, road conditions and other public safety announcements through various social media platforms and websites to supplement event-related announcements on the official sites: www.vailbeavercreek2015.com, @Vail2015 on Twitter and the Vail2015 free mobile app.

The JIC is also responsible for fielding media requests and providing information on the role of Public Safety Command and its 700-plus agency representatives that are here to support the Championships. That role includes providing an enjoyable and professional environment for participants, spectators, guests and responders while ensuring a safe and secure event; ensuring a continued level of high quality public and emergency services to the Eagle County community; providing a coordinated response with all public safety agencies, security facilities, the organizing committee and Vail Resorts; and remaining alert to suspicious activities.

Members of the Joint Information Center
Leading the JIC are Town of Vail Community Information Officer Suzanne Silverthorn, Eagle County Communications Director Kris Friel and Eagle River Fire Protection District Community Risk Manager/Public Information Officer Tracy LeClair. They are joined by participating local and state agency public information officers who are gathering and analyzing information, writing news releases and stories for social media, and are in the field at the various venues getting first-hand information and photos. 

All news releases, incident photos and updates are posted to the Eagle County Public Safety Information website at www.ECEmergency.org, the Eagle County PIO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eaglecountypio and on Twitter @EagleCountyPIO. Available to assist the public and media, the JIC can be reached at 970-748-5908 and operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the event.