Acronym Explanation
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