Emergency Management Abbreviations and Acronyms

ACGIH            American Council of Government Industrial Hygienists

ANSI               American National Standards Institute

BLEVE            Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion

BSE                 Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy—“mad cow” disease

CA                   Cooperative Agreement

CAA                Clean Air Act

CAO                Chief Administrative Officer

CAS                 Chemical Abstract Service

CBO                Community Based Organization

CBR                 Chemical, Biological, and Radiological

CBRNE            Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive

CDC                Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CERT               Community Emergency Response Team

CEM                Comprehensive Emergency Management, also Certified                                              Emergency Manager

CERCLA         Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and                                    Liability Act

CFR                 Code of Federal Regulations

CSEP               Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness

DAT                Damage Assessment Teams

DBE                 Design Basis Event

DFO                 Disaster Field Office

DHS                 Department of Homeland Security

DHHS              Department of Health and Human Services

DMA 2000      Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000

DOT                Department of Transportation

EAL                 Emergency Action Level

EAP                 Emergency Action Plan

EHS                 Extremely Hazardous Substance

EMA                Emergency Management Agency

EMAC             Emergency Management Assistance Compact

EMAP              Emergency Management Accreditation Program

EMF                 Emergency Management Functions

EMON             Emergent MultiOrganizational Network

EMPG              Emergency Management Performance Grants

EMS                 Emergency Medical Services

EOC                 Emergency Operations Center

EOP                 Emergency Operations Plan

EPA                 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPCRA            Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

EPZ                  Emergency Planning Zone

ERP                 Emergency Response Plan

ERT                 Emergency Response Teams

ESF                  Emergency Support Function

FBI                  Federal Bureau of Investigation

FCO                 Federal Coordinating Officer

FEC                 Facility Emergency Coordinator

FECA               Federal Employees Compensation Act

FIRM               Flood Insurance Rate Maps

FEMA              Federal Emergency Management Agency

FIRESCOPE     FIre fighting REsources of Southern California Organized for                                      Potential Emergencies

FTCA               Federal Tort Claims Act

FY                   Fiscal Year

GDP                 Gross Domestic Product

GIS                  Geographical Information System

HAZUS            HAZards US

HAZUS-MH    HAZards US-MultiHazard

HAZWOPER   Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

HMGP             Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

HS Act             Homeland Security Act of 2002

HSPD               Homeland Security Presidential Directive

HVA                Hazard/Vulnerability Analysis

HVAC             Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

IC                    Incident Commander

ICS                  Incident Command System

IDLH               Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health

IMS                  Incident Management System

JIC                   Joint Information Center

LC-50              Lethal Concentration to 50% of those exposed

LD-50              Lethal Dose to 50% of those exposed

LEL                 Lower Explosive Limit

LEMA              Local Emergency Management Agency

LEMC              Local Emergency Management Committee

LEPC               Local Emergency Planning Committee

LFL                  Lower Flammable Limit

LIDAR             LIght Detection And Ranging

LOC                 Level of Concern

MAA               Mutual Aid Agreement

MAC                Multi Agency Coordination (system)

MMRS             Metropolitan Medical Response System

MOA               Memoranda of Agreement

MOU               Memoranda of Understanding

MSDS              Material Safety Data Sheet

NAICS             North American Industry Classification System

NCP                 National Contingency Plan

NDMS             National Disaster Medical System

NEMA             National Emergency Management Association

NFIP                National Flood Insurance Program

NFPA               National Fire Protection Association

NGA                National Governors Association

NGO                Non Governmental Organization

NIMS               National Incident Management System

NOAA             National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

NPO                 Non Profit Organization

NRC                Nuclear Regulatory Commission

NRP                 National Response Plan

NWS                National Weather Service

OCA                Offsite Consequence Analysis

OSHA              Occupational Safety and Health Administration

SOP                 Standard Operating Procedures

PAG                 Protective Action Guides

PAHO              Pan American Health Organization

PAR                 Protective Action Recommendation

PHA                 Process Hazard Analysis

PTSD               Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PDD                 Presidential Disaster Declaration

PIO                  Public Information Officer

PPA                 Performance Partnership Agreement

PPE                  Personal Protective Equipment

REP                 Radiological Emergency Planning

RIC                  Rapid Intervention Crew

RMP                Risk Management Plan

ROP                 Recovery Operations Plan

SEMA              State Emergency Management Agency

SARA              Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act

SEMS               Standardized Emergency Management System (California)

SERC               State Emergency Response Commission

SIC                  Standard Industrial Classification

SOG                 Standard Operating Guideline

SOP                 Standard Operating Procedure

TLV                 Threshold Limit Value

UASI               Urban Areas Security Initiative

UEL                 Upper Explosive Limit

UFL                 Upper Flammable Limit

UN                   United Nations

UNDRO           United Nations Disaster Relief Organization

USAR              Urban Search and Rescue

USC                 United States Code

USGS               U.S. Geological Survey

VNAT              Victims’ Needs Assessment Team

VPA                 Volunteer Protection Act of 1997

VZ                   Vulnerable Zone

WMD               Weapons of Mass Destruction