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Page A-8 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, April 1 O, 2014 Working together key for [. J]blic information officers Attendees weigh pros, cons of social media during session By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncoun corn Public information officers for Mason County law enforcement, fire and EMS and health organizations met Tuesday for the first time in an effort to work together to release information to the public afLer disasters and other emer- gencies. "This is really important for network- ing," said Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling, a public information officer (PIO) with the Mason County Sheriffs Office. Sheriffs Office PIO Detective Wil- liam Adam and Brenda Bright, a PIO with Central Mason Fire & EMS, re- cently worked together to create a mas- ter list of contact information for all of the PIOs in Mason County. About 20 total representatives from the City of Shelton, Shelton Police De- partment, Mason County, Mason Coun- ty Sheriffs Office, county coroner's of- rice, the Washington State Patrol, fire districts and other organizations at- tended the meeting at the Shelton Civic Center. Some had formal PIO training and others did not. Central Mason Fire & EMS Chief Tim McKern began the meeting by ask- ing attendees to do a group exercise simulating earthquake response. Meeting attendees split into four groups and discussed topics related to emergency response, such as traffic, press releases and getting information out early to members of the media. Washington State Patrol Trooper Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Mason County Support Services Director Bill Kenny, left, public information officers Norma King and Brenda Bright and Dale Hubbard of KMAS get acquainted Tuesday during a meeting of public information officers at the Shelton Civic Center. Guy Gill talked to the group about the benefits of using Facebook and Twitter to get information quickly both to the media and members of the public. "That is what everyone uses to com- municate anyway," he said. "Why not use the same platform that society uses?" Twitter is a good way to get infor- mation out quickly to multiple sources, Gill said. "It's been great for us," he said. However, Gill said Troopers have had to adjust to how quickly their Twit- ter posts can be seen by thousands of other Twitter users. "Be careful what you're putting out there," he said. Posting information to Facebook helps agencies such as Mason County PUD 1 communicate information about storms or power outages to its custom- ers, said Kristin Masteller, director of employee and public relations at PUD 1. Now customers, can go online, in- stead of calling the PUD for informa- tion. "Our call volumes have just dropped," she said. PIOs at Tuesday's meeting agreed to begin meeting quarterly and conduct training exercises together. NOW OPEN BOOK TODAY! Weight loss is topic of diabetes meeting STAFF REPORT news@masoncountjz cam The weight loss program Take Shape for Life is the topic of a Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting at 1 p.m. April 17 in the Pershing and Elli- nor meeting rooms at the hospital, 901 Mountain View Drive. The same program is presented at a meeting of the AUyn Diabetes Support Group at 1 p.m. April 24 in the Port of Allyn building's downstairs meeting room. Being overweight can contribute to diabetes or complicate the disease. The guest speaker is Rick Green, a certified health coach and the executive direc- tor of the Take Shape for Life program. He'll talk about balancing blood sugars with nutrition, the role of the health coach, the program curriculum and lifestyle changes. Green has participated in the Shape for Life program since January 2013, and has lost 120 pounds. The Shelton Diabetes Support Group is affiliated with the American Diabetes Association. It meets the third Thursday of each month from September to June. It is free, and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends and family. For more information, call Sue Bar- wick at 427-7332, or from Allyn, 275- 8614 and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center. Pioneer Kiwanis Club Presents the 2014 SPENCER LAKE FISHING DERBY Opening Day, Saturday April 26th $9 Adults $5 Under 12 ~ PRIZES ~ Tagged Fish $250 Longest Fish $200 2nd Place $150 3rd Place $100 SPENCER LAKE Bar & Grill Derby Headquarters 360-426-2505 Plus Hundreds of $$ in Gifts Donated by Local Businesses Even if you don't fish, enjoy the fun on our beach! Fisherman's Meal & Drink Specials! .,.o.., IHEBEACH ,BAR IS,OPEN! i i , ,i