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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 Agency
AAR - After Action Report
AFN - Access & Functional Needs
AFO - Area Field Office
ANG - Army National Guard
AO - Administrative Order
AR - Atmospheric River
ARB - Air Resources Board
ARC - American Red Cross
ARP - Accidental Risk Prevention
ATC-20 - Applied Technology Council-20
ATC-21 - Applied Technology Council-21
BCP - Budget Change Proposal
BOC - Business Operations Center
BSA - California Bureau of State Audits

C  ​

CA-ESF - California Emergency Support Function
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
CARES - California Animal Response Emergency System
CalTRANS - California Department of Transportation
CBO - Community Based Organization
CCC - California Conservation Corps
CD - Civil Defense
CDE - California Department of Education
CDF - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
CDFA - California Department of Forest & Agriculture
CDHS – California Department of Health Services
CDMG - California Division of Mines and Geology
CDPH - California Department of Public Health
CDSS - California Department of Social Services
CEC - California Energy Commission
CEPEC - California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council
CESRS - California Emergency Services Radio System
CGD - California Geological Survey
CHIP - California Hazardous Identification Program
CHMIRS - California Hazardous Materials Incident Reporting System
CHP - California Highway Patrol
CLETS - California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System
CMD - California Military Department
CMAS – California Multiple Award Schedules
CNG – California National Guard
CONOPS - Continuity of Operations
COOP - Continuity of Operations Plan
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
DCPP - Diablo Canyon Power Plant
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
DOD - Department of Defense
DOE - Department of Energy (U.S.)
DOF - California Department of Finance
DOJ - California Department of Justice
DPA - California Department of Personnel Administration
DPH - Department of Public Health
DPIG - Disaster Preparedness Improvement Grant
DR - Disaster Response
DRCC - Disaster Recovery Center
DRCC – Disaster Resistant California Conference
DSA - Division of the State Architect
DSR - Damage Survey Report
DSS - Department of Social Services
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
EDO - Executive Duty Officer
EERI - Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
EF - Emergency Function
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
EO - Executive Order
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
ESF - Emergency Support Function
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
FIRM - Flood Insurance Rate maps
FIRESCOPE - Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies
FMA - Flood Management Assistance
FMAG – Fire Management Assistance Grant
FSA - Federal Staging Area
FSR - Feasibility Study Report
FY - Fiscal Year
GEOEC – Governor’s Emergency Operations Executive Council
GIS - Geographical Information System
GOAR – Governor’s Office Action Request
GO-BIZ - California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development
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 & 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​

IA - Individual Assistance
IAP - Incident Action Plan
IDE - Initial Damage Estimate
IC - Incident Commander
ICE - U.S. Immigration &Customs Enforcement
ICP – Incident Command Post
ICS - Incident Command System
IFG - Individual & Family Grant (program)
IPA - Information and Public Affairs (of state Office of Emergency Services)
IHP - Individuals & Households Program
IMAT - Incident Management Assistance Team
IND - Improvised Nuclear Device
IOF - Initial Operating Facility
IRG - Incident Response Geographic Information System
IRT – Incident Response Team
JEOC – Joint Emergency Operations Center
JFO – Joint Field Office
JIC – Joint Information Center
JIS - Joint Information System
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)
MAC Group - Multiagency Coordination Group
MARAC - Mutual Aid Regional Advisory Council
MHID - Multi-hazard Identification
MHOAC - Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator
MOA - Memorandum of Agreement
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
NBC - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
NDRF - National Disaster Recovery Framework
NEMA - National Emergency Management Agency
NEMIS - National Emergency Management Information System
NFIP - National Flood Insurance Program
NGO - Non-Governmental Organization
NIMS - National Incident Management System
NIMSCAST - National Incident Management System Compliance Assistance Support Tool
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
NPP - Nuclear Power Plant
NRF - National Response Framework
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)
ORT - Operational Readiness Team
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
POD - Point of Distribution
POST - Police Officer Standards and Training
PPA/CA - Performance Partnership Agreement/Cooperative Agreement (FEMA)
PRA – Public Records Act
PSA - Public Service Announcement
PSC - Public Safety Communications (OES)
PSRSPC – Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee
PSPS - Public Safety Power Shutoff
PTAB - Planning and Technological Assistance Branch
PTR - Project Time Report
PUC - Public Utilities Comission
RA - Regional Administrator (OES)
RADEF - Radiological Defense (program)
RAMP - Regional Assessment of Mitigation Priorities
RAPID - Railroad Accident Prevention & Immediate Deployment
RDD - Radiological Dispersal Device
RDMHS - Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator
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)
RRCC - Regional Response Coordination Center
RRT - Regional Response Team
RSF - Recovery Support Function
RTTAC – Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center

S - W​

SA - Special Agent
SAA – State Authorized Agency
SAM - State Administrative Manual
SAP - Safety Assessment Program
SAR - Search & Rescue
SARA - Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act
SAVP - Safety Assessment Volunteer Program
SBA - Small Business Administration
SCO - California State Controller’s Office
SCO – State Coordinating Officer
SEP - State Emergency Plan
SEMS - Standardized Emergency Management System
SEPIC - State Emergency Public Information Committee
SESC - Senior Emergency Services Coordinator
SHSGP – State Homeland Security Grant Program
SITREP - Situation Report
SLA - State and Local Assistance
SOC - State Operations Center
SONGS - San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
SOP - Standard Operating Procedure
SPR - Stakeholder Preparedness Review
SSA - Supervisory Special Agent
SSA - State Staging Area
STAC - State Threat Assessment Center
STTAC – State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
SWAT - Special Weapons & Tactics
SWEPC - Statewide Emergency Planning Committee
TA - Technical Assistance
T&E – Training and Exercise
TEC - Travel Expense Claim
THIRA - Threat Hazards & Identification Risk Assessment
TICP – Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan
TLO - Terrorism Liaison Officer
TRU - Transuranic
TTT - Train the Trainer
TTX - Tabletop Exercise
UASI - Urban Area Security Initiative
UC - Unified Command
UCG - Unified Coordination Group
UOC - Utilities Operations Center
UPA - Unified Program Account
UPS - Uninterrupted Power Source
USA - United States Army
USAF - United States Air Force
USBP - United States Border Patrol
USCG - United States Coast Guard
USDOT - United States Department of Transportation
USFS - United States Forest Service
USGAO - United States Government Accountability Office
USMC - United States Marine DCorps
USN - United States Navy
USAR - Urban Search and Rescue
USGS - United States Geological Survey
VAL - Volunteer Agency Liasion
VOAD - Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
WAR – Week Ahead Report
WAN - Wide Area Network
WIPP - Waste Isolation Pilot Project
WSCA - Western States Contracting Alliance


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