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​The following is a list of acronyms commonly used in the world of emergency management and, more specifically, Cal OES. Don't see something that should be here? Let us know and we will get it added.
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A - B

A&W - Alert and Warning
AA - Administering Areas
AAR - After Action Report
ARC - American Red Cross
ARP - Accidental Risk Prevention
ATC-20 - Applied Technology Council-20
ATC-21 - Applied Technology Council-21
BCP - Budget Change Proposal
BSA - California Bureau of State Audits

C  ​

CAER - Community Awareness & Emergency Response
CalARP - California Accidental Release Prevention
CalBO - California Building Officials
CalEPA - California Environmental Protection Agency
CalREP - California Radiological Emergency Plan
CalSCIP – California Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan
CalSIEC – California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee
CALSTARS - California State Accounting Reporting System
CalTRANS - California Department of Transportation
CBO - Community Based Organization
CD - Civil Defense
CDF - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CDHS – CA Department of Health Services
CDMG - California Division of Mines and Geology
CEC - California Energy Commission
CEPEC - California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council
CESRS - California Emergency Services Radio System
CHIP - California Hazardous Identification Program
CHMIRS - California Hazardous Materials Incident Reporting System
CHP - California Highway Patrol
CLETS - California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
CMAS – California Multiple Award Schedules
CNG – California National Guard
CSTI - California Specialized Training Institute
CSWC – California State Warning Center
CTD – Communications and Technology Development Division (of OES)
CUEA - California Utilities Emergency Association
CUPA - Certified Unified Program Agency


DAD - Disaster Assistance Division (of the state Office of Emergency Svcs)
DFO - Disaster Field Office
DGS - California Department of General Services
DGS-PD – Dept General Services Procurement Division
DGS-TD – Dept. General Services Telecommunications Division
DHS – Federal Department of Homeland Security
DHS-RHB - California Department of Health Services, Radiological Health Branch
DMORT – Disaster Mortality Assistance Team
DO - Duty Officer
DOC - Department Operations Center
DOE - Department of Energy (U.S.)
DOF - California Department of Finance
DOJ - California Department of Justice
DPA - California Department of Personnel Administration
DPIG - Disaster Preparedness Improvement Grant
DR - Disaster Response
DRC – Disaster Resistant California Conference
DSA - Division of the State Architect
DSR - Damage Survey Report
DSW - Disaster Service Worker
DSTC – CA Department of Toxic Substance Control
DWR - California Department of Water Resources

E - H​

EAS - Emergency Alerting System
EDIS - Emergency Digital Information System
EERI - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
EMA - Emergency Management Assistance
EMAC – Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMAP - Emergency Management Accreditation Program
EMI - Emergency Management Institute
EMMA - Emergency Managers Mutual Aid
EMPG – Emergency Management Performance Grant
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
EOC - Emergency Operations Center
EOP - Emergency Operations Plan
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.)
EPEDAT - Early Post Earthquake Damage Assessment Tool
EPI - Emergency Public Information
EPIC - Emergency Public Information Council
ESC - Emergency Services Coordinator
FAY - Federal Award Year
FCO – Federal Coordinating Officer
FDAA - Federal Disaster Assistance Administration
FEAT - Governor’s Flood Emergency Action Team
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFY - Federal Fiscal Year
FIR - Final Inspection Reports
FIRESCOPE - Firefighting Resources of So.California Organized for Potential Emergencies
FMA - Flood Management Assistance
FMAG – Fire Management Assistance Grant
FSR - Feasibility Study Report
FY - Fiscal Year
GEOEC – Governor’s Emergency Operations Executive Council
GIS - Geographical Information System
GOAR – Governor’s Office Action Request
HAZMAT - Hazardous Materials
HAZMIT - Hazard Mitigation
HAZUS - Hazards-United States (an earthquake damage assessment prediction tool)
HCD - Housing and Community Development
HEICS - Hospital Emergency Incident Command System
HEPG - Hospital Emergency Planning Guidance
HIA - Hazard Identification and Analysis Unit
HMEP - Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness
HMGP - Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
HSEEP – Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HSGP – Homeland Security Grant Program

I - O​

IDE - Initial Damage Estimate
IA - Individual Assistance
ICP – Incident Command Post
IFG - Individual & Family Grant (program)
IPA - Information and Public Affairs (of state Office of Emergency Services)
IRG - Incident Response Geographic Information System
IRT – Incident Response Team
JEOC – Joint Emergency Operations Center
JFO – Joint Field Office
JIC – Joint Information Center
JRIES – Joint Regional Information Exchange System
LAC – Local Assistance Center
LAN - Local Area Network
LEMA - Law Enforcement Mutual Aid
LEPC - Local Emergency Planning Committee
LEVS – Law Enforcement and Victims Services Branch (of OES)
MARAC - Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Council
MHID - Multi-hazard Identification
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
NEMA - National Emergency Management Agency
NEMIS - National Emergency Management Information System
NFIP - National Flood Insurance Program
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
NPP - Nuclear Power Plant
NSF - National Science Foundation
NWS - National Weather Service
OA - Operational Area
OASIS - Operational Area Satellite Information System
OCC - Operations Coordination Center
OCD - Office of Civil Defense
OCJP – Office of Criminal Justice Planning
OEP - Office of Emergency Planning
OES - California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
OHS – Governor’s Office of Homeland Security
OPI – Office of Public Information (of OES)
OSHPD - Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
OSPR - Oil Spill Prevention and Response

P - R​

PA - Public Assistance
PC - Personal Computer
PDA - Preliminary Damage Assessment
PFO – Principle Federal Official
PIO - Public Information Officer
POST - Police Officer Standards and Training
PPA/CA - Performance Partnership Agreement/Cooperative Agreement (FEMA)
PRA – Public Records Act
PSA - Public Service Announcement
PSRSPC – Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee
PTAB - Planning and Technological Assistance Branch
PTR - Project Time Report
RA - Regional Administrator (OES)
RADEF - Radiological Defense (program)
RAMP - Regional Assessment of Mitigation Priorities
RAPID - Railroad Accident Prevention & Immediate Deployment
RDO - Radiological Defense Officer
RDMHC - Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator
REOC - Regional Emergency Operations Center
REPI - Reserve Emergency Public Information
RES - Regional Emergency Staff
RIMS - Response Information Management System
RMP - Risk Management Plan
RPU - Radiological Preparedness Unit (OES)
RRT - Regional Response Team
RTTAC – Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center

S - W​

SAA – State Authorized Agency
SAM - State Administrative Manual
SARA - Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act
SAVP - Safety Assessment Volunteer Program
SBA - Small Business Administration
SCO - California State Controller’s Office
SCO – State Coordinating Officer
SEMS - Standardized Emergency Management System
SEPIC - State Emergency Public Information Committee
SHSGP – State Homeland Security Grant Program
SLA - State and Local Assistance
SONGS - San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
SOP - Standard Operating Procedure
STTAC – State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
SWEPC - Statewide Emergency Planning Committee
T&E – Training and Exercise
TEC - Travel Expense Claim
TICP – Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan
TRU - Transuranic
TTT - Train the Trainer
UPA - Unified Program Account
UPS - Uninterrupted Power Source
USAR - Urban Search and Rescue
USGS - United States Geological Survey
WAR – Week Ahead Report
WAN - Wide Area Network
WIPP - Waste Isolation Pilot Project
WSCA - Western States Contracting Alliance



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