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Frequently used terms and acronyms

ARC American Red Cross
CAP Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian Air Force group responsible for search and rescue, aerial radiological monitoring, and other activities as requested by the State.
CEM Comprehensive Emergency Management offers a framework for organizing and managing emergency protection efforts. There are four phases-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery-in the all-hazards approach.
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980-"Superfund" Act.
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
DRC Disaster Recovery Center is a one-step center for disaster victims to apply for assistance from many various State and Federal agencies, as well as private groups.
DFO Disaster Field Office is an administrative office established at the scene of a presidentially declared disaster.
DISASTER A dangerous event that causes significant human and economic loss and demands a crisis response beyond the scope of any single agency or service such as the fire department or police. In legal terms, a disaster requires resources beyond those available locally.
DOD Department of Defense (U.S.)
DOE Department of Energy (U.S.) provides technical assistance, equipment, and personnel to State government in the event of a major Radiological Emergency.
DOT Department of Transportation (U.S.)
DSC Disaster Service Center is a facility in which disaster victims can obtain further assistance with their application preparation by meeting with a representative from IFG.
EAS Emergency Alert System is a communication and warning system set up by the Federal government in order for emergency messages to be broadcast via radio and TV stations.
EMERGENCY A dangerous event similar to a disaster, but which can be controlled within the scope of local resources.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Organized analysis, planning, decision-making, and assignment of available resources to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of all hazards.
EMI FEMA's Emergency Management Institute is part of National Emergency Training Center, where emergency program managers, their staff, and other emergency management personnel can attend resident courses in emergency management. It is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.)
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR The individual who has day-to-day responsibility for coordinating all aspects of a jurisdiction's mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.
EOC Emergency Operating Center is a centralized location where direction and control information collection is evaluated and displayed, where coordination among response agencies takes place, and resources are managed. It also is a Federally funded, State administered program for State and local subdivisions. It provides 50% reimbursement funds to develop EOCs to the minimum Federal standards.
EOP Emergency Operation Plan
EMERGENCY SUPPORT SERVICES The departments of local government that have the capability to respond to emergencies twenty-four hours a day.
FCO Federal Coordinating Officer is a person in charge of coordinating all Federal agencies and their programs at the DFO (Disaster Field Office). It is usually someone appointed by the President in the affected region.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency that consolidated emergency agencies and functions into one organization in 1979. It provides technical advice, funding, and program management for State and local emergency management agencies.
FIA Federal Insurance Administration, the component of FEMA that administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
GAR Governors' Authorized Representative
HAZARD A dangerous event or circumstance that may or may not lead to an emergency or disaster.
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION A review of hazards and of locations and conditions associated with hazards in a particular area.
HAZARD PROBABILITY The estimated likelihood that a hazard will occur in a particular area.
HAZMAT Hazardous Material
IA Individual Assistance
IEMS Integrated Emergency Management System is the application of the CEM concept. It refers to the program which integrates or incorporates all available resources for the full range of hazards and the full range of functions related to the four phases of emergency management.
IFGP Individual Family Grant Program is administered by SEMA and the Department of Social Services to provide relief assistance to disaster victims following a presidentially declared disaster.
JIC Joint Information Center is a centralized facility to coordinate briefings to the news media by representatives of key response organizations in a disaster or emergency.
LEOP Local Emergency Operation Plan
LEPC Local Emergency Planning Committee
NAWAS National Warning System is a land line (hard wire) network for transmitting and receiving emergency information to Federal, State, and local agencies who have NAWAS drops (phone). It was designed specifically for warning in the event of national emergency; now it is used in transmitting and receiving other emergency information such as severe weather.
NEMA National Emergency Management Association is a national association of State Emergency Management Directors.
NETC National Emergency Training Center is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and houses the Emergency Management Institute and the National Fire Academy.
NFA National Fire Academy is located at the NETC and is a part of FEMA. The academy designs courses primarily for fire service personnel, offering some as part of its resident program, and also has a field training program.
NFIP National Flood Insurance Program includes flood insurance and floodplain management programs administered by FEMA.
NGA National Governors' Association is an association of State governors who assist FEMA in identifying laws and regulations relating to natural, technological, peace-time, or attack emergencies. This association initiated the CEM concept, which was accepted by FEMA in 1979 as policy.
NJOEM New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administers scientific and research programs related to oceans and atmospheric conditions, specifically related to climatology and weather phenomena.
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a Federal agency that regulates and enforces peacetime nuclear laws, materials, and power plants, etc.
NWS National Weather Service is an agency that provides population information regarding weather phenomena, especially in the area of forecasting.
OEM Office of Emergency Management
PA Public Assistance is a program administered by SEMA to provide partial funding for damaged publicly owned facilities during a presidentially declared disaster.
PAO Public Assistance Officer is the NJOEM staff member responsible for administration of the Public Assistance Program.
PDS Professional Development Series is a series of training courses to develop professional skills in emergency management.
PIO Public Information Officer
RD FEMA Regional Directors
REP Radiological Emergency Preparedness is a program to provide protection for the public from effects of a radiation release from a commercial nuclear power plant and other peacetime-related incidents.
RESOURCE INVENTORY An analysis of the resources a community can call upon in the event of an emergency.
RISK The estimated probability that damage will occur to life, property, or the environment if a specified dangerous event occurs.
RRT Radiological Response Team
SA Salvation Army
SARA Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act (Title III)
SBA Small Business Administration (U.S.)
SC Service Center is a facility in which disaster victims can obtain further assistance with their application preparation by meeting with a representative from IFG.
SCO State Coordinating Officer is a person appointed by the Governor, usually the Director of SEMA, to act as coordinating person for all State agencies in disaster relief operations.
SEOP State Emergency Operation Plan
SERC State Emergency Response Committee
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
VOAD Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster foster more effective service, through mitigation and response, for the benefit of people affected (imperiled or impacted) by a disaster.
VULNERABILITY The susceptibility of life, property, or the environment if a specified dangerous event occurs.
VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS An examination of the degree to which populations, structures, and land areas are vulnerable to hazards.

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