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List of Acronyms

Acronym Description
A&F Admin & Finance
AABB American Association of Blood Banks
AC Assembly Center
ACF Administration for Children and Families
AFRRI Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
AI/NA American Indian/Native Alaskan
ALI Annual Limit on Intake
ARC American Red Cross
ARS Acute Radiation Syndrome
ASPA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
ASPR Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
A-Team Advisory Team for Environment, Food and Health
CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosive
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CIKR Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CONOPS Concept of Operations
D/A Department/Agency
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DMAT Disaster Medical Assistance Team
DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
DOS Department of State
DOT Department of Transportation
DPMU Disaster Portable Morgue Unit
DSNS Division of the Strategic National Stockpile
EEI Essential Elements of Information
EMAC Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMG Emergency Management Group
EMS Emergency Medical System
EOC Emergency Operation Center
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPAP Emergency Prescription Assistance & Medical Equipment Replacement Program
EPI-X Epidemic Exchange
ER Emergency Room
ERT Emergency Response Team
ERT-A Emergency Response Team-Advance
ESAR-VHP Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
ESF Emergency Support Function
EUA Emergency Use Authorization
FCC Federal Coordination Center
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FMS Federal Medical Station
FRMAC Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (DHS)
Gy Gray (unit of radiation dose)
HAN Health Alert Network
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
HSAS Homeland Security Alert System
HSC Homeland Security Council
IAP Incident Action Plan
ICP Information Collection Plan
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IED Improvised Explosive Device
IGA Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
IHS Indian Health Service
IM Incident Manager
IMAAC Interagency Modeling & Atmospheric Assessment Center
IND Improvised Nuclear Device
IND Investigational New Drug (FDA)
IRCT Incident Response Coordination Team
IRCT-A Incident Response Coordination Team - Advance
JFO Joint Field Office
JIC Joint Information Center
LFA Lead Federal Agency
LNO Liaison Officer
LOG Logistics
LRN Laboratory Response Network
MC Medical Care (sites)
MERT Medical Emergency Response Team
MHE Material Handling Equipment
MOB Main Operating Base
MRC Medical Reserve Corps
NAC National Acquisition Center
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCRP National Council on Radiation Protection
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NERDD Non-Explosive Radiological Dispersal Device
NICCL National Incident Communications Conference Line
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMS National Incident Management System
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
NLM National Library of Medicine
NMDP National Marrow Donor Program
NRCC National Response Coordination Center
NRF National Response Framework
NSS National Security Staff
NVRT National Veterinary Response Team
OCR Office of Civil Rights
OD Office of the Director (NIH)
OEM Office of Emergency Management
OFRD Office of Force Readiness & Deployment
OPDIV Operating Division
OPEO Office of Preparedness & Emergency Operations
OPHS Office of Public Health and Science
OPS Operations
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
PAG Protective Action Guidelines
POC Point of Contact
POD Point of Dispensing
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PRT Patient Reception Team
Rad Radiation absorbed dose (now replaced by Gy- Gray)
Rad-LRN Radiological Laboratory Response Network
RDD Radiological dispersal device
REAC/TS Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site
REC Regional Emergency Coordinator
RED Radiological exposure device
Rem Roentgen Equivalent Man (used for medical management)
REMM Radiological Event Medical Management system (NLM and HHS)
RERF Radiological Effects Research Foundation
RITN Radiation Injury Treatment Networ
RNA Ribonucleic Acid
RRCC Regional Response Coordination Center
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SME Subject Matter Expert
SMI Supplier Managed Inventory
SNS Strategic National Stockpile
SOC Secretary’s Operation Center
StaffDiv Staff Division
STTL State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local
TELL Training, Exercise and Lessons Learned
TRAC2ES TRANSCOM Regulating and Command & Control Evacuation System
U.S. United States
UA Universal Adversaries
UMI User Managed Inventory
USCG United States Coast Guard
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USG United States Government
USPHS United States Public Health Service
VA Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
VMI Vendor Managed Inventory


  • This page last reviewed: November 20, 2014