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Acronym Definition
ABC At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Human Services Coordination Office
AES Aeromedical Evacuation System
AELT Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Teams
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
AI/NA American Indian/Native Alaskan
ALRT Advance Logistics Reception Team
ARC American Red Cross
ASPA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
ASPR Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
BoNT Botulinum neurotoxins
CC Commissioned Corps
CCAT Critical Care Air Transport
CCP Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFSAN Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CMO Chief Medical Officer
CONOPs Concept of Operations
DEST Domestic Emergency Support Team
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DLN Department of Defense Laboratory Network
DMAT Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Teams
DOD Department of Defense
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
DOS Department of State
DOT Department of Transportation
DPMU Disaster Portable Morgue Unit
DSNS Division of Strategic National Stockpile
EEI Essential Elements of Information
EMAC Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMG Emergency Management Group
EMRT Emergency Medical Response Team
EMS Emergency Medical System
EMTALA Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
EOC Emergency Operations Center
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPAP Emergency Prescription Assistance Program
ERTU Evidence Response Team Unit
ESAR-VHP Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
ESF Emergency Support Function
EUA Emergency Use Authorization
FACT Family Assistance Center Team
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Coordinating Centers
FCO Federal Coordinating Officer
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERN Food Emergency Response Network
FHP Force Health Protection
FMS Federal Medical Stations
FOH Federal Occupational Health
GSA General Services Administration
HAN Health Alert Network
HASP Health and Safety Plan
HERA Hazard Exposure Risk Assessment
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HSIN Homeland Security Information Network
HSPD Homeland Security Presidential Directive
IAW In Accordance With
ICLN Integrated Consortium of Lab Networks
ICP Incident Command Post
ICS Incident Command System
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IDE Investigational Device Exemption
IHR International Health Regulations
IMAT Incident Management Assistance Teams
IND Investigational New Drug
INFO Information
IRAT Immediate Response Assessment Team
IRCT Incident Response Coordination Team
IT Information Technology
JFO Joint Field Offices
JIC Joint Information Center
JPMT Joint Patient Movement Teams
LIMFAC Limiting Factors
LNO Liaison Officer
LPN Licensed Practical Nurses
LRN Laboratory Response Network
MA Mission Assignment
MHE Materiel Handling Equipment
MOB Mobilization
MRC Medical Reserve Corps
MTF Medical Treatment Facility
NAC National Acquisition Center
NCTC National Counterterrorism Center
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NICCL National Incident Communications Conference Line
NOC National Operations Center
NRCC National Response Coordination Center
NRF National Response Framework
OEM Office of Emergency Management
OFRD Office of Force Readiness and Deployment
OGC Office of the General Counsel
OPDIV Operating Division
OPEO Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations
OASH Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
OS Office of the Secretary
OSG Office of the Surgeon General
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSSI Office of Security and Strategic Information
PAHPA Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act
PARS Personnel Accounting Reporting System
PFO Principal Federal Official
PHEIC Public Health Emergency of International Concern
PHS Public Health Service
POC Point of Contact
PRA Patient Reception Areas
PRC Primary Receiving Center
PREP Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness
PRT Patient Reception Team
PSMA Pre-Scripted Mission Assignments
PSST Pre-Scripted Sub-Task
RD Regional Director
REC Regional Emergency Coordinator
RHA Regional Health Administrator
RRCC Regional Response Coordination Center
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAT Service Assess Teams
SERG SAMHSA Emergency Response Grant
SIOC Strategic Information and Operations Center
SLTT State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMO Senior Medical/Management Officials
SNS Strategic National Stockpile
SOC Secretary's Operations Center
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SRT Specialized Response Teams
SSAG Stockpile Services Advance Group
STAFFDIV Staff Division
TE Technical Expert
TRAC2ES TRANSCOM Regulating and Command and Control Evacuation System
UA Universal Adversary
U.S. United States
USCG United States Coast Guard
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USPHS United States Public Health Service
USPS United States Postal Service
VA Veterans Administration
VHA Veterans Health Administration
VAMC Veterans Administration Medical Center
VMAT Veterinary Medical Assistance Team
VOAD Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
WHO World Health Organization
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction


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