Joint Information Center


In the event of an emergency or disaster in Yavapai County, the Yavapai County Joint Information Center (JIC) plays a crucial role as a central coordination point for all public information operations. Its purpose is to ensure the efficient and effective dissemination of official, accurate, and consistent information to the public and media in a timely manner.

The JIC is designed to be adaptable to both large-scale and small-scale incidents, expanding or contracting as needed to meet the specific needs of the situation. Maintaining a centralized communication facility allows for better management of resources and minimizes duplication of effort.

The key objectives of a Joint Information Center are as follows:

  1. Gather and coordinate information: The JIC serves as a central hub for collecting and coordinating information from various agencies and organizations involved in the incident. This ensures that the information released is accurate, timely, and consistent.

  2. Provide consistent messages: By enabling all involved organizations to speak with "one voice," the JIC ensures that consistent messages are conveyed to the public. This helps to avoid confusion and provides clarity during a crisis.

  3. Monitor media coverage: The JIC actively monitors both traditional and social media platforms to verify the accuracy of information being disseminated. This enables them to address any misinformation promptly and ensure that the public receives reliable information.

  4. Responsiveness to media and public needs: The JIC takes a proactive approach in meeting the information needs of the media and the public. They strive to provide timely responses to inquiries, address concerns, and provide relevant updates as needed.

The Yavapai County JIC plays a vital role in facilitating effective communication and information flow during emergencies or disasters. By centralizing public information operations, the JIC ensures that the community receives accurate, official, and timely information from a unified source.