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ACF: Administration for Children and Families

AHRQ: Agency for Health Research and Quality

AoA: Administration on Aging

APHT: Applied Public Health Team

ARF: Action Request Form

ASPR: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

ATSDR: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CONOPS: Concept of Operations

DEOC: Director's Emergency Operations Center

DHS: Department of Homeland Security

DMAT: Disaster Medical Assistance Team

DMORT: Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team

DoD: Department of Defense

DoH: Department of Health

DOL: Department of Labor

DPMU: Disaster Portable Morgue Unit

DRG: Domestic Readiness Group

ECC: Emergency Communications Center

EMA: Emergency Management Agency

EMAC: Emergency Management Assistance Compact

EMG: Emergency Management Group

EMMA: Emergency Managers Mutual Aid

EMP: Emergency Management Program

EMS: Emergency Medical Services

EMTALA: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act

EOC: Emergency Operations Center

EOP: Emergency Operations Plan

EPA: Environmental Protection Agency

ERT-A: Emergency Response Team - Advance

ERT-N: Emergency Response Team - National

ESF: Emergency Support Function

FDA: Food and Drug Administration

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency

FMS: Federal Medical Station

HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials

HCO: Healthcare Organization

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

HICS: Hospital Incident Command System

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration

HSEEP: Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

HSPD: Homeland Security Presidential Directive

HVA: Hazard Vulnerability Analysis

IAP: Incident Action Plan

ICP: Incident Command Post

ICS: Incident Command System

IHS: Indian Health Service

IMPT: Incident Management Planning Team

IRCT: Incident Response Coordination Team

JCAHO: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

JFO: Joint Field Office

JIC: Joint Information Center

LEPC: Local Emergency Planning Committees

LRN: Laboratory Response Network

MA: Mission Assignment

MACC: Multiagency Coordination Center

MAC: Group Multiagency Coordination Group

MACS: Multiagency Coordination System

MHT: Mental Health Team

MOU: Memorandum of Understanding

MSCC: Medical Surge Capacity and Capability

MSEHPA: Model State Emergency Health Powers Act

NDMS: National Disaster Medical System

NIH: National Institutes of Health

NIMS: National Incident Management System

NJTTF: National Joint Terrorism Task Force

NOC: National Operations Center

NRCC: National Response Coordination Center

NRP: National Response Plan

OPDIV: Operating Division

PFO: Principal Federal Official

PIO: Public Information Officer

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

RD: Regional Director

RDF: Rapid Deployment Force

REC: Regional Emergency Coordinator

RHA: Regional Health Administrator

RRCC: Regional Response Coordination Center

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

SCHIP: State Children's Health Insurance Program

SEMS: Standardized Emergency Management System

SHO: Senior Health Official

SNS: Strategic National Stockpile

SOC: Secretary's Operations Center

TOPOFF: Top Officials

UC: Unified Command

USPHS: U.S. Public Health Service

VA: Department of Veterans Affairs

VMAT: Veterinary Medical Assistance TeamĀ 

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  • This page last reviewed: February 14, 2012