EM ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Master Acronym List
For use by all SFTC-offered courses.

  AAR             After Action Report
  ACDO            Assistant Command Duty Officer
  AD              Administrative
  ADA             Americans with Disabilities Act
  ADCON           Administrative Control
  AFRICOM         United States African Command
  ALCON           Alert Condition
  ALOHA           Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres (software)
  AO              Area of Operations
  AOR             Area of Responsibility
  APR             Air Purifying Respirator
  APS             Advanced Professional Series (FEMA)
  ASAP            As Soon As Possible
  AST             Advanced Skills Training OR Assessment
  AT              Anti-Terrorism
  ATEC            Antiterrorism Executive Committee
  ATFP            Anti-Terrorism Force Protection
  ATNS            Automated Telephone Notification System (aka TAS)
  ATO             Anti-Terrorism Officer
  ATWG            Anti-Terrorism Working Group
  BIA             Business Impact Analysis
  BOSC            Base Operations Support Contractor
  BSI             Base Support Installation
  BUMED           Bureau of Medicine & Surgery
  BWT             Battle Watch Team
  C2              Command and Control
  C3              Command, Control, and Communications
  C4I             Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence
  C4ISR           Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence,
                  Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

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C/E        Controller & Evaluator
C&O        Concept & Objectives
CAC        Common Access Card
CACO       Casualty Assistance Calls Officer
CAD        Computer-Aided Dispatch
CAMEO      Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (software)
CAP        Crisis Action Planning
CAP TL     Crisis Action Planning Team Leader
CASE       Capability Area Systems Engineer
CAT        Crisis Action Team OR Category
CATS       Consequence Assessment Tool Set
CAX        Computer-assisted exercises
CBD        Chemical and Biological Defense
CBRN       Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear
CBRNE      Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, Explosive
CCIR       Commander’s Critical Information Requirement
CDC        Center for Disease Control OR Child Development Center
CDD        Capability Development Document
CDNS       Computer Desktop Notification System
CDO        Command Duty Officer
CDR        Commander
CENTCOM    United States Central Command
CERCLA     Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act
CERTEX     Certification Exercise
CHEMTREC   Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
CHINFO     Chief of Naval Information
CIP        Critical Infrastructure Protection
CIS        Catastrophic Incident Supplement
CISM       Critical Incident Stress Management
CIV        Civilian
CJCS       Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
CMC        Commandant of the Marine Corps
CMF        Critical Mission Facility
CNIC       Commander, Navy Installations Command
CNO        Chief of Naval Operations
CNRNW      Commander Navy Region North West
CNRSE      Commander Navy Region South East
CO         Commanding Officer
COA        Course of Action
COB        Continuity of Business
CoBRA      Chemical/Biological Response Aide (software)
COCOM      Combatant Commander
COG        Continuity of Government

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COLS      Capability Output Level Standards
COMMS     Communications
CONOP     Concept of Operations
CONUS     Continental United States
COOP      Continuity of Operations Plan
COP       Common Operating Picture
CoS       Chief of Staff
COSIN     Control Staff Instruction
CP        Civil Protection
CPD       Capability Production Document
CPS       Collective Protection System
CPX       Command Post Exercise
CS        Civil Support
CST       Civil Support Team
C&S       Criteria & Standards
DCE       Defense Coordinating Elements
DCO       Defense Coordinating Officer
DCP       Defense Continuity Program
DDS       Design and Development System
DECON     Decontamination
DH        Department Head
DHS       Department of Homeland Security
DMS       Defense Message System
DOC       Departmental Operations Center
DoD       Department of Defense
DoDD      Department of Defense Directive
DON       Department of the Navy
DOS       Department of State
DOT       Department of Transportation
DOTMLPF   Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education,
          Personnel and Facilities
DRRS-N    Defense Readiness Reporting System Navy
DSCA      Defense Support of Civil Authority
DSS       Decision Support System
EAP       Emergency Action Plan
EAS       Emergency Alert System
ECC       Emergency Command Center
ECG       Enduring Constitutional Government
EEG       Exercise Evaluation Guide
ELMRS     Enterprise Land Mobile Radio System

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EM         Emergency Management OR Emergency Manager
EMA        Emergency Management Agency
EMAC       Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMC        Emergency Management Course (FEMA)
EMCA       Emergency Management Capability Assessment
EMO        Emergency Management Officer
EMP        Emergency Management Plan
EMS        Emergency Medical Services
EMWG       Emergency Management Working Group
EMTT       Emergency Management Training Team
EPLO       Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
EOC        Emergency Operations Center
EOD        Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EMO        Emergency Management Office/Officer
ENV        Environmental
EP         Emergency Protection
EPA        Environmental Protection Agency
EPCRA      Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act
EPI        Emergency Public Information
EPW        Exercise Plan Workshop
ERS        Emergency Relocation Site
ERT        Emergency Response Team
ESF        Emergency Service Function OR Emergency Support Function
ESSENCE    Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-
           based Epidemics
EUCOM      United States European Command
EXORD      Execute Order OR Exercise Order
EVALPLAN   Evaluation Plan
EXPLAN     Exercise Plan
F&ES       Fire and Emergency Services
FAA        Functional Area Annex OR Functional Area Analysis
FAC        Family Assistance Center
FCO        Federal Coordinating Officer
FDA        Food and Drug Administration
FE         Functional Exercise
FEC        Facility Engineering Command
FEMA       Federal Emergency Management Agency
FESTT      Fire & Emergency Services Training Team
FFC        Fleet Forces Command
FNA        Functional Needs Analysis
FOB        Forward Operating Base

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FP         Force Protection
FPC        Final Planning Conference
FPCON      Force Protection Condition
FPTT       Force Protection Training Team
FPWG       Force Protection Working Group
FRP        Fleet Response Plan
FS         Facility Support
FSA        Functional Solution Analysis
FRERP      Federal Radiological Emergency Response Plan
FSE        Full Scale Exercise
FSLOP      Federal, State, Local, and Other Service Providers
FTX        Field Training Exercise
FUNCPLAN   Functional Plan
FXP        Fleet Exercise Publication
F&ES       Fire & Emergency Services
F&FR       Fleet & Family Readiness
GETS       Government Emergency Telecommunications Service
GCC        Global Contingency Contract
GCCS-M     Global Command and Control System - Maritime
GCS        Global Contingency Services
GIS        Geospatial Information System
GMT        Greenwich Mean Time
GPS        Global Positioning System
GSCM       Graphical Software Configuration Management
HAZMAT     Hazardous Materials
HAZWOPER   Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HAZUS      Hazards United States (software)
HD         Homeland Defense (see also HLD)
HHS        Health and Human Services
HHQ        Higher Head Quarters
HLD        Homeland Defense (see also (HD)
HLS        Homeland Security (see also HS)
HPAC       Hazard Protection and Assessment Capability
HQ         Head Quarter
HS         Homeland Security (see also HLS)
HSA        Hazard-Specific Appendix
HSEEP      Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HSOC       Homeland Security Operations Center
HSS        Health Service Support
HTTP       Hypertext Transfer Protocol (web protocol)

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HURREVAC   Hurricane Evacuation (restricted-use computer program)
I&W        Information & Warnings
IA         Impact Assessment
IAP        Incident Action Plan
IBHS       Institute for Business & Home Safety
IC         Incident Commander
ICD        Initial Capabilities Document
ICO        Installation Commanding Officer
ICP        Incident Command Post
ICS        Incident Command System
IFSAC      International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
IH         Industrial Hygiene
IMS        Incident Management System
IMT        Incident Management Team
INFOSEC    Information Security
IOC        Initial Operational Capability
IPC        Initial Planning Conference
IPE        Individual Protective Equipment/Clothing
IR         Information Request
IS         Information Security OR Independent Study
ISC        Installations Support Center
ISSA       Inter-Service Support Agreement
IT         Information Technology
IT1        Information Systems Technician First Class
ITO        Installation Training Officer
ITT        Installation Training Team
JAG        Judge Advocate General
JCIDS      Joint Capability Identification and Development System
JCS        Joint Chiefs of Staff
JDOMS      Joint Director of Military Support
JFCOM      United States Joint Forces Command
JFHQ       Joint Force Headquarters
JFO        Joint Field Office
JHOC       Joint Harbor Operations Center
JIC        Joint Information Center
JOA        Joint Operations Area
JPAC       Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
JPM-IPP    Joint Project Manager – Installation Protection Program
JRSOI      Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, & Integration
JSIVA      Joint Services Installation Vulnerability Assessment

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JSLIST     Joint Service Lightweight Suit Technology
JTF        Joint Task Force
JTFR       Joint Travel Federal Regulations
JTS        Joint Training System
JTTF       Joint Terrorism Task Force
KML        Keyhole Markup Language
KSA        Knowledge, Skill, or Ability
LDC        Local Dispatch Center
LEPC       Local Emergency Planning Committee
LLIS       Lessons Learned & Information Sharing
LMW        Littoral and Mine Warfare
LOGCAP     Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (Army)
LWP        Navy Region Singapore
MA         Mission Assignment
MAA        Mutual Aid Agreement
MACA       Military Assistance to Civil Authorities
MACDIS     Military Assistance for Civil Disturbances
MACS       Multi-Agency Coordination System
MARPLOT    Mapping Application for Response, Planning, and Local Operational Tasks
MARS       Military Affiliate Radio System
MEF        Mission Essential Function
METOC      Meteorological & Oceanographic
MEVA       Mission Essential Vulnerable Area
MLC        Master Labor Contract
MILHNDBK   Military Handbook
MPC        Mid-Term Planning Conference
MOA        Memoranda of Agreement
MOPP       Mission-Oriented Protective Posture
MOU        Memoranda of Understanding
MMRS       Metropolitan Medical Response System
MSCLEA     Military Support to Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies
MSEL       Master Scenario Events List
MSR        Main Support Route
MTAC       Multi-Threat Analysis Center
MTF        Medical Treatment Facility
MTT        Military Training Team
MW&N       Mass Warning & Notification

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MWR        Morale, Welfare, & Recreation
NAAK       Mark 1 Nerve Agent Antidote Kit (Atropine & 2Pam Chloride auto-
NAF        Naval Air Facility
NAI        Named Areas of Interest
NARAC      National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center
NFPA       National Fire Protection Association
NAS        Naval Air Station
NAVFAC     Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NAVOSH     Navy Occupational Safety & Health
NAVSEA     Naval Sea Systems Command
NAVSTA     Naval Station
NAVSUP     Naval Supply Systems Command
NCIS       Naval Criminal Investigative Service
NCP        National Contingency Plan
NDW        Naval District Washington
NEHC       Naval Environmental Health Center
NEMA       National Emergency Management Association
NEO        Noncombatant Evacuation Order
NEPLO      Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
NERMS      Navy Emergency Response Management System
NEX        Navy Exchange
NFPA       National Fire Protection Association
NGO        Non-Governmental Organization
NHC        National Hurricane Center
NIC        NIMS Integration Center
NIMS       National Incident Management System
NIOSH      National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIPR       Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router
NIPRNET    Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router Network
NLSA       National Logistics Staging Area
NMCC       National Military Command Center
NMCI       Navy/Marine Corps Intranet
NMET       Navy Mission Essential Task
NMETL      Navy Mission Essential Task List
NNPP       Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
NOAA       National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
NOC        Navy Operations Center
NORTHCOM   United States Northern Command
NOSC       Navy Operational Support Center

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NPR      Nationwide Plan Review
NRE      Navy Region Europe
NRF      National Response Framework
NRG      Navy Region Guam
NRH      Navy Region Hawaii
NRJ      Navy Region Japan
NRK      Navy Region Korea
NRM      Natural Resources Management
NRMA     Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
NRMW     Navy Region Mid-West
NRNDW    Naval District Washington
NRNW     Navy Region Northwest
NRP      National Response Plan
NRSE     Navy Region Southeast
NRSW     Navy Region Southwest
NRSWA    Navy Region Southwest Asia
NSA      National Security Agency
NSF      Navy Security Forces
NSSE     National Special Security Event
NTA      Tactical-level (NMET)
NTIMS    Navy Training Information Management System
NWP      Naval Warfare Publication
NWS      National Weather Service
NWTS     Navy Warfare Training System
NXP      National Exercise Program
OASD     Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
OCD      Office of Civil Defense
OCE      Officer in Charge of Exercise
OCP      Operational Command Post OR One Clear Picture
OCONUS   Outside the Continental U.S.
OHS      Oil & Hazardous Substance
OIC      Officer in Charge
OP       Operational-level (NMET)
OPCON    Operational Control
OPG      Operational Planning Group
OPLAN    Operational/Operations Plan
OPORD    Operational Order
OPREP    Operational Report
OPS      Operations
ORM      Operational Risk Management
OS1      Operations Specialist Petty Officer First Class

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OS2       Operations Specialist Petty Officer Second Class
OSH       Occupational Safety and Health
OSHA      Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTP       Operational Test Procedure/Plan OR Operations Training Package
PA        Public Address (system)
PACOM     United States Pacific Command
PAO       Public Affairs Officer
PAPR      Powered Air Purifying Respirator
PB4T      Planning Board for Training
PBEST     Performance-Based Environmental Services & Technology
PD        Position Description OR Police Department/Law Enforcement
PDS       Professional Development Series (FEMA)
PEO       Program Executive Officer
PESTOF    Personnel, Equipment, Sustainment, Training, Ordnance, Facilities
PFO       Principal Federal Official
PHEO      Public Health Emergency Officer
PIO       Public Information Officer
PKEMRA    Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act
POAM      Plan Of Action and Milestones
POC       Point of Contact
POD       Ports of Debarkation
POE       Ports of Embarkation
POM       Program of Memorandum
PPB&E     Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution
PPE       Personal Protective Equipment
PPV       Public-Private Venture
PQS       Personnel Qualification Standard
PR        Port Ops
PR        Program Review
PRA       Primary Review Authority
PROFLOW   Procedural Flow
PSMA      Pre-Scripted Mission Assignment
QM1       Quartermaster First Class
QM2       Quartermaster Second Class
QRG       Quick Reference Guide
QRT       Quick Response Team/Training
RAD       Radiological
RAPIDS    Rugged Advanced Pathogen Identification Device System

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RC       Regional Commander
RCO      Regional Commanding Officer
RDC      Regional Dispatch Center
REGCOM   Regional Command
REPAT    Repatriate/Repatriation
REPLO    Regional Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
RESTAT   Reserve Components Status Reporting
RFA      Request for Assistance
RFF      Request for Forces
RFI      Request for Information
RFS      Request for Support
RMS      Records Management System
ROC      Regional Operations Center OR Regional Operational Capability
ROE      Rules of Engagement
RPA      Regional Planning Agent
RPC      Reporting To Commander
RPO      Recovery Point Objective
RPP      Respiratory Protection Program
RRCC     Regional Response Coordination Center
RRF      Relative Risk Factor
RSS      Really Simple Syndication (web publishing)
RTF      Response Task Force
RTO      Recovery Time Objective
RTT      Regional Training Team
RWG      Recovery Working Group
SA       Support Annex OR Situational Awareness
SAR      Search and Rescue
SARA     Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SBD      Shore-Based Detachment
SCBA     Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
SCC      Security Coordination Center
SDO      Staff Duty Officer
SECDEF   Secretary of Defense
SECNAV   Secretary of the Navy
SEPLO    State Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
SERC     State Emergency Response Commission
SF       Security Forces
SFTAT    Shore Force Training Assessment Team
SFTC     Shore Force Training Center
SH       Safe Haven
SIOC     Strategic Information & Ops Center (FBI)

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SIP        Shelter-in-Place
SIPR       Secure Internet Protocol Router
SIPRNET    Secure Internet Protocol Router Network
SIR        Safety Information Report OR Serious Incident Report
SITMAN     Situation Manual
SITREP     Situation Report
SLOSH      Sea, Land, and Overland Surge from Hurricane
SMART      Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive
SME        Subject Matter Expert
SN/TR/AN   Special Needs, Transportation Request, Animal (Category 2 personnel)
SOC        Secretary’s Ops Center (DHHS)
SOCOM      United States Special Operations Command
SOE        Schedule of Events
SOP        Standard Operating Procedure
SOTG       Shore Operations Training Group
SOUTHCOM   United States Southern Command
SPAWAR     Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPC        Storm Prediction Center
SRP        Shore Response Plan
SRTP       Shore Response Training Plan
ST         Strike Team
STRATCOM   United States Strategic Command
SWF        Strategic Weapons Facility
TAFB       Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch
TAS        Telephonic Alerting System (aka ATNS)
TBD        To Be Determined
TCN        Third Country National
TO         Training Objective
T-Pillar   Training Pillar (see PESTOF)
TRANOTES   Training Notes
TRANSCOM   United States Transportation Command
TSP        Telecommunications Service Priority
TTX        Tabletop Exercise
TWG        Threat Working Group
TYCOM      Type Commander
UC         Unified Command
UCS        Unified Command System
UDOP       User Defined Operational Picture
UFC        United Facilities Criteria
UFGS       Unified Facilities Guide Specifications

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URL       Universal Resource Locator (web site address)
USACE     United States Army Corps of Engineers
USAR      Urban Search and Rescue
USC       United States Code
USCG      United States Coast Guard
USFF      United States Fleet Forces
USG       United States Government
USGS      United States Geological Survey
UTC       Universal Time Converted
UTL       Universal Task List
UTM       Unit Training Manager
VIS       Visitor
VOAD      Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster
VTT       Video Tele-training
WAAN      Wide Area Alert Notification
WARNORD   Warning Order
WMD       Weapons of Mass Destruction
WMD CST   Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (National Guard term)
WPS       Wireless Priority Service
XML       Extensible Markup Language (web coding)
XO        Executive Officer

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              TERM                                DEFINITION

                          Having the legally required features and/or qualities that
                          ensure easy entrance, participation, and usability of places,
                          programs, services, and activities by individuals with a wide
                          variety of disabilities.

 Acquisition Procedures   Used to obtain resources to support operational requirements.

                          The process of providing response elements as needed based
                          on incident objectives and resource needs.

                          The direction or exercise of authority over subordinate or other
                          organizations in respect to administration and support,
                          including organization of Service forces, control of resources
 Administrative Control   and equipment, personnel management, unit logistics,
 (ADCON)                  individual and unit training, readiness, mobilization,
                          demobilization, discipline, and other matters not included in
                          the operational missions of the subordinate or other

 After-Action Review      An assessment process that follows a major activity to
 (AAR)                    discover what happened and why.

                          A division of government with a specific function offering a
                          particular kind of assistance. In the Incident Command
                          System, agencies are defined either as jurisdictional (having
                          statutory responsibility for incident management) or as
                          assisting or cooperating (providing resources or other
                          assistance). Governmental organizations are most often in
                          charge of an incident, though in certain circumstances private
                          sector organizations may be included. Additionally,
                          nongovernmental organizations may be included to provide

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         TERM                                      DEFINITION

                          The official responsible for administering policy for an agency
Agency                    or jurisdiction, having full authority for making decisions, and
Administrator/Executive   providing direction to the management organization for an

                          The agency or jurisdictional facility from which resources are
Agency Dispatch
                          sent to incidents.

                          An individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or
                          cooperating agency. The individual has the delegated authority
Agency Representative
                          to make decisions on matters affecting that agency’s
                          participation at the incident.

                          A person assigned by a primary, assisting, or cooperating
Agency Representative     Federal, State, tribal, or local government agency or private
                          organization that has been delegated authority to make
                          decisions affecting that agency's or organization's participation
                          in incident management activities following appropriate
                          consultation with the leadership of that agency.

                          An approach that includes both natural and man-made
All Hazards               emergencies and disasters in the Navy emergency management

                          Describing an incident, natural or manmade, that warrants
                          action to protect life, property, environment, public health or
                          safety, and minimize disruptions of government, social, or
                          economic activities.

Allocated Resources       Resources dispatched to an incident.

                          Defensive measures used to reduce the vulnerability of
                          individuals and property to terrorist acts. The AT program is
Anti-Terrorism (AT)       one of the several security-related programs that fall under the
                          overarching Force Protection and Combating Terrorism

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            TERM                              DEFINITION

                      An organization established to oversee the management of
                      multiple incidents that are each being handled by a separate
                      Incident Command System organization or to oversee the
                      management of a very large or evolving incident that has
                      multiple incident management teams engaged. An agency
Area Command          administrator/executive or other public official with
                      jurisdictional responsibility for the incident usually makes the
                      decision to establish an Area Command. An Area Command is
                      activated only if necessary, depending on the complexity of the
                      incident and incident management span-of-control

                      The evaluation and interpretation of measurements and other
                      information to provide a basis for decision-making.
                      Resources checked in and assigned work tasks on an incident.
Assigned Resources

                      Tasks given to resources to perform within a given operational
Assignments           period that are based on operational objectives defined in the
                      Incident Action Plan

                      Title for subordinates of principal Command Staff positions.
                      The title indicates a level of technical capability,
                      qualifications, and responsibility subordinate to the primary
                      positions. Assistants may also be assigned to unit leaders.

                      An agency or organization that provides personnel, services, or
Assisting Agency      other resources to the agency with direct responsibility for
                      incident management.
Assisting Agency      An agency or organization providing personnel, services, or
                      other resources to the agency with direct responsibility for
                      incident management. See Supporting Agency.

                      A right or obligation to act on behalf of a department, agency,
                      or jurisdiction.

                      Resources assigned to an incident, checked in, and available
Available Resources
                      for a mission assignment, normally located in a Staging Area.

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          TERM                                       DEFINITION

                            Based on credentialing and resource ordering, provides
Badging                     incident-specific credentials and can be used to limit access to
                            various incident sites.

                            The location from which primary logistics and administrative
Base                        functions are coordinated and administered. The base may be
                            collocated with the Incident Command Post.

                            The location at which primary Logistics functions for an
Base                        incident are coordinated and administered. There is only one
                            Base per incident. (Incident name or other designator will be
                            added to the term Base.) The Incident Command Post may be
                            co-located with the Base.

                            A DoD service or agency Installation within the United States,
                            its territories, or possessions that serves as a base for military
Base Support Installation
                            forces engaged in either homeland defense or civil support
                            operations. A BSI provides general support logistics and
                            administrative support to military forces.

                            Part of the overall EM Plan, this section includes the
                            emergency management organizational structure, supporting
Basic Plan
                            programs, & basic, phased Continuity of Operations
                            (CONOPS) for response to emergencies.

                            A biological organism or a toxin produced by an organism that
                            is intended for use in warfare or terrorist activities to kill,
                            seriously injure, or seriously incapacitate people through its
                            pathogenic or physiological (toxin) effects. Biological agents
Biological Agent            include bacterial agents (e.g., those causing anthrax, plague,
                            typhoid), viral agents (e.g., those causing smallpox, yellow
                            fever, ebola), rickettsiae agents (e.g. those causing Typhus, Q
                            fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever), and biological toxins
                            (e.g., botulinum toxin, staphylococcal enterotoxin B, ricin).

                            The organizational level having functional or geographical
                            responsibility for major aspects of incident operations. A
Branch                      Branch is organizationally situated between the Section Chief
                            and the Division or Group in the Operations Section, and
                            between the Section and Units in the Logistics Section.
                            Branches are identified by the use of Roman numerals or by
                            functional area.

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           TERM                                      DEFINITION

                            A supervisory level used when the number of Divisions or
                            Groups in an Incident Management Team exceeds the span of
Branches                    control. Branches may be used to subdivide Planning or
                            Logistics sections and may be either geographical or

                            A complete briefing includes clearly stated objectives and the
Briefing Elements           task (what is to be done), purpose (why it is to be done), and
                            end state (how it should look when done).

                            Staff Level: Involves resources assigned to nonoperational and
                            support tasks at the Incident Command Post (ICP) or base.

                            Field Level: Delivered to individual resources or crews who
Briefing Levels             are assigned to operational tasks or work at or near the incident

                            Section Level: Delivered to an entire Section; includes the
                            Operational Period Briefing.

                            Include the following in a brief:
                            •   Current situation and objectives
                            •   Safety issues and emergency procedures
                            •   Work tasks
                            •   Facilities and work areas
Briefing Topics Checklist
                            •   Communications protocols
                            •   Supervisory/performance expectations
                            •   Process for acquiring resources, supplies, and equipment
                            •   Work schedules
                            •   Questions or concerns

                            The ability to maintain viable recovery strategies and recovery
Business Continuity
                            plans for impacts to daily business operations.

                            A predetermined complement of tools, equipment, and/or
Cache                       supplies stored in a designated location, available for incident

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           TERM                                  DEFINITION

                         The location where resources may be kept to support incident
                         operations if a base is not accessible to all resources.

Camp                     A geographical site within the general incident area (separate
                         from the Incident Base) that is equipped and staffed to provide
                         sleeping, food, water, and sanitary services to incident

                         Any person who is lost to the organization by having been
Casualty                 declared dead, duty status–whereabouts unknown, missing, ill,
                         or injured.

                         Process that entails authoritatively attesting that individuals
Certifying Personnel     meet professional standards for the training, experience, and
                         performance required for key incident management functions.

                         The orderly line of authority within the ranks of the
Chain of Command         organization with the lower levels subordinate to the higher
Chain of Command
                         A series of command, control, executive, or management
                         positions in hierarchical order of authority.

                         Process in which all responders, regardless of agency
                         affiliation, must report in to receive an assignment in
                         accordance with the procedures established by the Incident

                         A chemical substance that is intended for use in warfare or
                         terrorist activities to kill, seriously injure, or seriously
                         incapacitate people through its physiological effects. The most
Chemical Warfare Agent   common chemical warfare agents are the nerve agents GA
                         (Tabun), GB (Sarin), GD (Soman), GF, and VX; the blister
                         agents HD (sulfur mustard) and HN (nitrogen mustard); and
                         the arsenical vesicants L (Lewisite).

                         The Incident Command System title for individuals
Chief                    responsible for management of functional Sections:
                         Operations, Planning, Logistics, Finance/Administration, and
                         Intelligence/Investigations (if established as a separate

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          TERM                                       DEFINITION

                           The person on the General Staff in charge of one of the four
Chief or Section Chief
                           Sections. Chiefs are supported by Deputies.

                           A group of planned activities in support of military operations
                           that enhance the relationship between the military forces,
Civil-Military Operation   civilian authorities, and population. These activities promote
                           the development of favorable emotions, attitudes, or behavior
                           in neutral, friendly, or hostile groups.

                           A commander in chief of one of the unified or specified
Combatant Commander
                           combatant commands established by the President.

                           The act of directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of
                           explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority.

                           The exercise of authority and direction by a properly
                           designated commander over assigned and attached forces in
                           the accomplishment of the mission. Command and control
                           functions are performed through an arrangement of personnel,
Command & Control (C2)
                           equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures
                           employed by a commander in planning, directing,
                           coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the
                           accomplishment of the mission.
                           Consists of Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Liaison
                           Officer, and other positions as required, who report directly to
Command Staff
                           the Incident Commander. They may have an assistant or
                           assistants, as needed.
                           A comprehensive list of information requirements identified
                           by the Commander as being critical in facilitating timely
Commander’s Critical
                           information management and the decision-making process that
Information Requirements
                           affect successful mission accomplishment. The two key
                           subcomponents are critical friendly force information and
                           priority intelligence requirements.

                           Offers an overview of an incident thereby providing incident
                           information enabling the Incident Commander/Unified Command
Common Operating Picture   and any supporting agencies and organizations to make effective,
                           consistent, and timely decisions.

                           Normally used words and phrases-avoids the use of different
Common Terminology         words/phrases for same concepts, consistency.

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Communications            Process of transmission of information through verbal, written, or
                          symbolic means.

                          Agency or interagency dispatcher centers, 911 call centers,
                          emergency control or command dispatch centers, or any naming
                          convention given to the facility and staff that handles emergency
Communications/Dispatch   calls from the public and communication with emergency
Center                    management/response personnel. Center can serve as a primary
                          coordination and support element of the multiagency coordination
                          system (MACS) for an incident until other elements of MACS are
                          formally established.

                          Two or more individual incidents located in the same general area
Complex                   and assigned to a single Incident Commander or to Unified

                          Offensive and defensive measures to protect public health and
                          safety, restore essential government services, and provide
Consequence Management
                          emergency relief to governments, businesses, and individuals
                          affected by the consequences of terrorism.

                          Capable of being transmitted from one person to another. Also
                          called communicable.

                          1. The deposit or absorption of radioactive material or
                          biological or chemical agents on and by structures, areas,
                          personnel, or objects.
                          2. Food or water made unfit for consumption by humans or
Contamination             animals because of the presence of environmental chemicals,
                          radioactive elements, bacteria, or organisms.
                          3. The by-product of the growth of bacteria or organisms in
                          decomposing material (including food substances) or waste in
                          food or water.

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          TERM                                      DEFINITION

                           The continuity of mission essential functions of all Federal
                           departments and agencies during any national security
                           emergency through a system that:
Continuity of Government   a. Provides for succession to office and emergency delegation
(COG)                      of authority, in accordance with applicable law.
                           b. Establishes emergency operating capabilities that include
                           safekeeping of essential people and essential resources,
                           facilities, and records.

                           Activities that address the continuance of constitutional
                           governance. COG planning aims to preserve and/or
Continuity of Government   reconstitute the institution of government and ensure that a
(COG)                      department or agency's constitutional, legislative, and/or
                           administrative responsibilities are maintained. This is
                           accomplished through succession of leadership, the
                           predelegation of emergency authority, and active command
                           and control during response and recovery operations.

                           The capability of a DoD command and control entity to
                           continue mission essential functions without unacceptable
                           interruption during a national security emergency. COOP
Continuity of Operations
                           planning includes preparatory measures, response actions, and
                           restoration activities planned or taken to ensure continuation of
                           these functions to maintain military effectiveness, readiness,
                           and survivability.

                           Planning should be instituted (including all levels of
                           government) across the private sector and nongovernmental
Continuity of Operations
                           organizations, as appropriate, to ensure the continued
(COOP) Plans
                           performance of core capabilities and/or critical government
                           operations during any potential incident.

                           An agency supplying assistance other than direct operational
Cooperating Agency         or support functions or resources to the incident management

                           To advance systematically an analysis and exchange of
                           information among principals who have or may have a need to
                           know certain information to carry out specific incident
                           management responsibilities.

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           TERM                                      DEFINITION

                            Implementing procedures that are based on lessons learned
Corrective Actions
                            from actual incidents or from training and exercises.

                            Offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, and respond to
Counter-Terrorism (CT)

                            Providing documentation that can authenticate and verify the
Credentialing               certification and identity of designated incident managers and
                            emergency responders.

                            A group structured like a civilian Incident Management Team
Crisis Action Team (CAT)    (IMT) that executes the plans and orders of the Regional
                            Command (REGCOM).

                            Offensive and defensive measures used to identify, acquire,
                            and plan resources needed to anticipate, prevent, or resolve a
                            threat or act of terrorism. Resource areas include law
                            enforcement, intelligence, surveillance, tactical operations,
Crisis Management
                            negotiations, forensics, investigations, and those needed for
                            technical support missions (such as agent identification,
                            search, render safe procedures, transfer and disposal, and
                            limited decontamination).

                            Systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the
                            United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems
Critical Infrastructure     and assets would have a debilitating impact on security,
                            national economic security, national public health or safety, or
                            any combination of those matters.

                            A facility where one or more mission essential function is
Critical Mission Facility
                            performed. (See Mission Essential Function for more

                            The formal action by the President to make a state eligible for
                            major disaster or emergency assistance under the Stafford Act.

                            The process of making any person, object, or area safe by
                            absorbing, destroying, neutralizing, making harmless, or
Decontamination             removing chemical or biological agents, or by removing
                            radioactive material clinging to or around the person, object, or

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           TERM                                    DEFINITION

Defense Continuity        A DoD program that ensures continuity of DoD component
Program (DCP)             MEFs under all circumstances.

                          The process of granting authority to carry out specific
Delegation of Authority

                          A statement provided to the Incident Commander by the
                          Agency Executive delegating authority and assigning
                          responsibility. The Delegation of Authority can include
                          objectives, priorities, expectations, constraints, and other
Delegation of Authority
                          considerations or guidelines as needed. Many agencies require
                          written Delegation of Authority to be given to Incident
                          Commanders prior to their assuming command on larger
                          incidents. Same as the Letter of Expectation.

                          The orderly, safe, and efficient return of an incident resource
                          to its original location and status.

                          An emergency operations center (EOC) specific to a single
Department Operations
                          department or agency. Its focus is on internal agency incident
Center (DOC)
                          management and response. DOCs are often linked to and, in
                          most cases, are physically represented in a combined agency
                          EOC by authorized agent(s) for the department or agency.

                          A fully qualified individual who, in the absence of a superior,
                          can be delegated the authority to manage a functional
                          operation or perform a specific task. In some cases a deputy
                          can act as relief for a superior, and therefore must be fully
                          qualified in the position. Deputies generally can be assigned to
                          the Incident Commander, General Staff, and Branch Directors.

DHS                       Department of Homeland Security

                          A person in charge of a Branch. Branches are the level
Director                  between Sections and Groups and are usually found in large or
                          multi-discipline or multi-jurisdiction incidents.

                          The Incident Command System title for individuals
                          responsible for supervision of a Branch.

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                       The ordered movement of a resource or resources to an
Dispatch               assigned operational mission or an administrative move from
                       one location to another.

Divisions              A supervisory level used to divide an incident geographically.

                       The partition of an incident into geographical areas of
                       operation. Divisions are established when the number of
                       resources exceeds the manageable span of control of the
                       Operations Chief. A Division is located within the Incident
                       Command System organization between the Branch and
                       resources in the Operations Section.

                       Any occasion or instance that warrants action to save lives and
                       to protect property, public health, and safety. Examples
                       include a hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, tidal wave, tsunami,
                       earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm,
                       fire, explosion, nuclear accident, or any other natural or man-
                       made catastrophe.

                       Any incident, whether natural or manmade, that requires
                       responsive action to protect life or property. Under the Robert
                       T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, an
                       emergency means any occasion or instance for which, in the
Emergency              determination of the President, Federal assistance is needed to
                       supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives
                       and to protect property and public health and safety, or to
                       lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the
                       United States.

Emergency Management   A program that facilitates the exchange of response and
Assistance Compact     recovery capabilities between participating states at the state
(EMAC)                 government level (with or without Federal declaration).

                       A congressionally ratified organization that provides form and
Emergency Management   structure to interstate mutual aid. Through EMAC, a disaster-
Assistance Compact     affected State can request and receive assistance from other
(EMAC)                 member States quickly and efficiently, resolving two key
                       issues upfront: liability and reimbursement.

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         TERM                                         DEFINITION

                            A multiagency coordination entity that provides support and
Emergency Operations
                            coordination to the on-scene responders. The EOC does not
Center (EOC)
                            manage on-scene operations.

                            Includes Federal, State, territorial, tribal, substate regional, and
                            local governments, private-sector organizations, critical
                            infrastructure owners and operators, nongovernmental
                            organizations, and all other organizations and individuals who
                            assume an emergency management role. Also known as
                            emergency responders.

                            The physical location at which the coordination of information
                            and resources to support incident management (on-scene
                            operations) activities normally takes place. An EOC may be a
                            temporary facility or may be located in a more central or
Emergency Operations
                            permanently established facility, perhaps at a higher level of
Center (EOC)
                            organization within a jurisdiction. EOCs may be organized by
                            major functional disciplines (e.g., fire, law enforcement, and
                            medical services), by jurisdiction (e.g., Federal, State, regional,
                            tribal, city, county), or some combination thereof.

                            A plan developed at the Federal, State, or local level to provide
Emergency Operations Plan   a uniform response to all hazards that a community may face.
(EOP)                       This plan must be consistent with the National Incident
                            Management System (NIMS).
                            The ongoing plan maintained by various jurisdictional levels
                            for responding to a wide variety of potential hazards.
Emergency Operations Plan

                            Information that is disseminated primarily in anticipation of an
                            emergency or during an emergency. In addition to providing
                            situational information to the public, it also frequently
Emergency Public
                            provides directive actions required to be taken by the general

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          TERM                                       DEFINITION

Emergency Relocation Site   A facility or portion of a facility to which Mission Essential
(ERS)                       Functions (MEFs) may relocate in an emergency.

                            Military, Federal, state, local, and private emergency
                            management and operations personnel, disaster preparedness
                            officers, medical treatment providers at medical treatment
                            facilities and clinics, preventive medicine, public health,
Emergency Responder
                            industrial hygiene, safety, environmental, legal, public works,
                            public affairs/information, mortuary affairs, or other
                            designated personnel that actively support emergency
                            operations either at or away from the actual incident site.

                            A functional area of response activity established to facilitate
                            coordinated Federal delivery of assistance required during the
                            response phase to save lives, protect property and health, and
Emergency Support
                            maintain public safety. These functions represent those types
Function (ESF)
                            of Federal assistance that the state likely will need most
                            because of the overwhelming impact of a catastrophic event on
                            local and state resources.

                            A relationship in which leaders at all levels develop shared
Engaged Partnership         response goals and align capabilities to that no one is
                            overwhelmed in times of crisis.
                            See Planned Event.

                            Organized, phased, and supervised withdrawal, dispersal, or
                            removal of civilians from dangerous or potentially dangerous
Evacuation                  areas, and their reception and care in safe areas.

                            Of or pertaining to the Federal Government of the United
                            States of America.

                            Federal Emergency Management Agency

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              TERM                                DEFINITION
                         Durable pocket or desk guide that contains essential
                         information required to perform specific assignments or
Field Operations Guide   functions.

                         This Incident Management Team (IMT) section monitors costs
                         related to the incident. They provide accounting, procurement,
                         time recording, and cost analyses. Finance/Administration
                         may be subdivided into four Units: procurement, time, cost,
                         and compensation/claims.
                         The Section responsible for all administrative and financial
Finance/Administration   considerations surrounding an incident.

                         Military, Federal, state, local, or private law enforcement, fire,
                         rescue, emergency medical, Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                         (EOD), public works, or Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
First Responders
                         response personnel who arrive on the scene of an incident and
                         take action to save lives, protect property, and meet basic
                         human needs.

                         For an organization, expanding easily from a very small size
Flexibility              for routine operations to a larger size capable of handling
                         catastrophic events.

                         Actions taken to prevent or mitigate hostile actions against
                         DoD personnel (to include family members), resources,
                         facilities, and critical information. These actions conserve the
                         force’s fighting potential so it can be applied at the decisive
                         time and place and incorporate the coordinated and
Force Protection
                         synchronized offensive and defensive measures to enable the
                         effective employment of the joint force while degrading
                         opportunities for the enemy. Force protection does not include
                         actions to defeat the enemy or protect against accidents,
                         weather, or disease.

                         Means of communication used to receive and give work
Formal Communication     assignments, request support or additional resources, or report
                         progress of assigned tasks.

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           TERM                                    DEFINITION
                          Refers to the five major activities in the Incident Command
                          System: Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics, and
                          Finance/Administration. The term function is also used when
                          describing the activity involved (e.g., the planning function). A
Function                  sixth function, Intelligence/Investigations, may be established,
                          if required, to meet incident management needs.

                          Part of the overall EM Plan, these annexes should document
Functional Area Annexes
                          the functional resources that can be used to respond to an

                          Includes Operations, Planning, Logistics, and
                          Finance/Administration Chiefs. As a result of expansion of an
General Staff             incident, the delegation of authority for the performance of the
                          other management functions may be handled by the General
                          Staff Chiefs.
                          A group of incident management personnel organized
                          according to function and reporting to the Incident
                          Commander. The General Staff normally consists of the
                          Operations Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Logistics
General Staff             Section Chief, and Finance/Administration Section Chief. An
                          Intelligence/Investigations Chief may be established, if
                          required, to meet incident management needs.

                          Supervisory level used to describe functional areas of
                          operation. Groups are not limited by geographical area.
                          Established to divide the incident management structure into
                          functional areas of operation. Groups are composed of
                          resources assembled to perform a special function not
                          necessarily within a single geographic division. Groups, when
Group                     activated, are located between Branches and resources in the
                          Operations Section. See Division.

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            TERM                                   DEFINITION
                          Something that is potentially dangerous or harmful, often the
                          root cause of an unwanted outcome.

                          Part of the overall EM Plan, these appendices use the Basic
Hazard-Specific           Plan Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Functional Area
Appendices (HSAs)         Annexes (FAAs), & Support Annexes (SAs) to describe the
                          response to any hazards that may impact an Installation.
                          A capabilities- and performance-based exercise program that
                          provides a standardized methodology and terminology for
Homeland Security         exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and
Exercise and Evaluation   improvement planning.
Program (HSEEP)

                          The location from which helicopter-centered air operations are

                          Temporary locations at the incident, where helicopters can
                          safely land and take off.

                          Goal 1: Prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks.
                          Goal 2: Protect the American people, our critical
                          infrastructure, and our key resources.
Homeland Security Goals
                          Goal 3: Respond to and recover from incidents that occur.
                          Goal 4: Continue to strengthen the foundation to ensure long-
                          term success.

                          A nation that receives the forces or supplies of allied nations,
Host Nation               coalition partners, or NATO organizations to be located on, to
                          operate in, or to transit through its territory.
                          Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, "Management of
                          Domestic Incidents"

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           TERM                                        DEFINITION

                             Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7, "Critical
                             Infrastructure, Identification, Prioritization, and Protection"

                             Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, "National

                             For security purposes, process required for individuals and
Identification and           organizations that access the NIMS information management
Authentication               system and, in particular, those that contribute information to
                             the system (e.g., situation reports).

                             Any form of action taken by a DoD component or military
                             commander to assist civil authorities or the public to save
                             lives, prevent human suffering, or mitigate great property
Immediate Response
                             damage under imminently serious conditions when there is
                             insufficient time to obtain approval from the chain of

                             The protection of susceptible individuals from communicable
Immunization                 disease by administration of a living modified agent, a
                             suspension of killed organisms, or an inactivated toxin.

                             An occurrence or event, natural or manmade, that requires a
                             response to protect life or property. Incidents can, for example,
                             include major disasters, emergencies, terrorist attacks, terrorist
                             threats, civil unrest, wildland and urban fires, floods,
Incident                     hazardous materials spills, nuclear accidents, aircraft
                             accidents, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms,
                             tsunamis, war-related disasters, public health and medical
                             emergencies, and other occurrences requiring an emergency

                             An oral or written plan containing general objectives reflecting
                             the overall strategy for managing an incident. It includes the
Incident Action Plan (IAP)   identification of operational resources and assignments and
                             may include attachments that provide additional direction.
                             Every incident must have an IAP.

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          TERM                                        DEFINITION

                             An oral or written plan containing general objectives reflecting
Incident Action Plan (IAP)   the overall strategy for managing an incident. It may include
                             the identification of operational resources and assignments. It
                             may also include attachments that provide direction and
                             important information for management of the incident during
                             one or more operational periods.

                             Part of the NRF group, these documents address the unique
                             aspects of how we respond to seven broad incident categories
Incident Annexes
                             (e.g., Biological, Nuclear/ Radiological, Cyber, Mass

                             Responsible for overall management of the incident and
Incident Command             consists of the Incident Commander, either single or unified
                             command, and any assigned supporting staff.

                             Has overall responsibility for managing the incident by
                             objectives, planning strategies, and implementing tactics.
                             Additionally, the Incident Commander is responsible for
Incident Commander (IC)      safety, providing information services to internal and external
                             stakeholders, and establishing and maintaining liaison with
                             other agencies participating in the incident. The IC is
                             supported by one or more Deputies.

                             The individual responsible for all incident activities, including
Incident Commander (IC)      the development of strategies and tactics and the ordering and
                             the release of resources. The IC has overall authority and
                             responsibility for conducting incident operations and is
                             responsible for the management of all incident operations at
                             the incident site.

                             The location from which the Incident Commander oversees all
Incident Command Post
                             incident operations. The ICP is designated by the name of the
Incident Command Post
(ICP)                        The field location where the primary functions are performed.
                             The ICP may be co-located with the incident base or other
                             incident facilities.

Incident Command System      A standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management
(ICS)                        concept.

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         TERM                                       DEFINITION

                          A standardized on-scene emergency management construct
                          specifically designed to provide for the adoption of an
                          integrated organizational structure that reflects the complexity
                          and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being
Incident Command System   hindered by jurisdictional boundaries. ICS is the combination
(ICS)                     of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and
                          communications operating within a common organizational
                          structure, designed to aid in the management of resources
                          during incidents. It is used for all kinds of emergencies and is
                          applicable to small as well as large and complex incidents. ICS
                          is used by various jurisdictions and functional agencies, both
                          public and private, to organize field-level incident
                          management operations

                          The broad spectrum of activities and organizations providing
                          effective and efficient operations, coordination, and support
                          applied at all levels of government, utilizing both
Incident Management
                          governmental and nongovernmental resources to plan for,
                          respond to, and recover from an incident, regardless of cause,
                          size, or complexity.

                          201 – Incident Briefing
                          Provides the Incident Command with status information for
                          incoming resources, the team, or the immediate supervisor.
                          This form includes a description of the incident situation,
                          objectives, a summary of current actions; and the status of
                          resources assigned or ordered for the incident or event. Form
                          201 may serve initially as the IAP until the Planning Section
                          stands up.

ICS Forms                 202 – Response Objectives

                          203 – Organization Assignment List

                          204 – Assignment List

                          205 – Incident Radio Communications Plan

                          206 – Medical Plan

                          208 – Site Safety and Control Plan

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                          209 – Incident Status Summary

                          210 – Status Change Card

                          211 – Check-In List

                          213 – General Message

                          214 – Unit Log

                          215 – Operational Planning Worksheet

                          215a – Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis

                          220 – Air Operations Summary Worksheet

                          221 – Demobilization Checkout

                          The tasks, procedures, and paperwork that are completed to
Incident Demobilization
                          terminate an incident.

Incident Facility Map

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                             The foundational management functions for all incidents
Incident Management
                             regardless of size or scope: Incident Command, Operations,
                             Planning, Logistics, and Finance/Administration.

                             Team members are certified as having the necessary training
                             and experience to fulfill IMT positions. IMT types correspond
                             to incident type and include:

                             Type 5          Local village and township level
Incident Management Team
(IMT)                    Type 4              City, county, or fire district level

                             Type 3          State or metropolitan area level

                             Type 2          National and state level

                             Type 1          National and state level (type 1 Incident)

                         An Incident Commander and the appropriate Command and
Incident Management Team General Staff personnel assigned to an incident. IMTs are
(IMT)                    generally grouped in five types. Types I and II are national
                         teams, Type III are State or regional, Type IV are discipline or
                         large jurisdiction-specific, while Type V are ad hoc incident
                         command organizations typically used by smaller jurisdictions.

Incident Objectives          Phrases that state what will be accomplished.

                             Statements of guidance and direction needed to select
                             appropriate strategy(s) and the tactical direction of resources.
                             Incident objectives are based on realistic expectations of what
Incident Objectives          can be accomplished when all allocated resources have been
                             effectively deployed. Incident objectives must be achievable
                             and measurable, yet flexible enough to allow strategic and
                             tactical alternatives.

                             A document requirement for emergency management. All
Incident Recordkeeping       incidents require some form of recordkeeping using ICS

Incident Typing              Like resources, incidents are categorized based on complexity.

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                                          Resources: one or two single resources with up to six
                                          personnel. Command and General Staff positions are
                                          not activated.
                             Type 5       Time Span: Incident is contained within the first
                                          operational period and often within a few hours after
                                          resources arrive on scene. No written Incident Action
                                          Plan (IAP) is required.

                                          Resources: Command Staff and General Staff functions
                                          are activated, if needed. Several single resources are
                                          required to mitigate the incident.
                             Type 4       Time Span: Limited to one operational period in the
                                          control phase. No written IAP is required for non-
                                          hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incidents. A
                                          documented operational briefing is completed.

                                          Resources: When capabilities exceed initial attack, the
Incident Typing, continued                appropriate ICS positions are added to match the
                                          complexity of the incident. Some or all of the
                                          Command and General Staff positions may be
                                          activated, as well as Division or Group Supervisor, or
                                          Unit Leader, positions. An Incident Management Team
                             Type 3       (IMT) or Incident Command organization manages
                                          initial action incidents with a significant number of
                                          resources, and an extended attack incident until
                                          containment/control is achieved.
                                          Time Span: The incident may extend into multiple
                                          operational periods and a written IAP may be required
                                          for each operational period.

                                          Resources: Regional or national resources are required
                                          to safely and effectively manage the operations. Most or
                                          all Command and General Staff position are filled.
                                          Operations personnel typically do not exceed 200 per
                                          operational period and the total does not exceed 500.
                             Type 2       The agency administrator/official is responsible for the
                                          incident complexity analysis, agency administrator
                                          briefings, and written delegation of authority.
                                          Time Span: The incident is expected to go into multiple
                                          operational periods. A written IAP is required for each
                                          operational period.

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                                             Resources: National resources are required to safely and
                                             effectively manage the operations. All Command and
                                             General Staff positions are activated, and Branches
                                             need to be established. Operations personnel often
                                             exceed 500 per operational period and total personnel
Incident Typing, continued                   will usually exceed 1,000. There is a high impact on the
                             Type 1          local jurisdiction, requiring additional staff for office
                                             administrative and support functions. The incident is
                                             likely to be designated as an Incident of National
                                             Significance under the National Response Plan.
                                             Time span: The incident is expected to go into multiple
                                             operational periods. A written IAP is required for each
                                             operational period.

                             Protective gear or clothing designed for protection of
Individual Protective
                             personnel when war-fighter MOPP ensembles are required
Equipment (IPE)
                             (e.g. “Green Gear”).

                             A means of communication in which information other than
Informal Communication       work, resources, or process is passed horizontally or vertically
                             within the organization without restriction.

Information and              A process for gathering, sharing, and managing incident-
Intelligence Management      related information and intelligence.

                             The collection, organization, and control over the structure,
                             processing, and delivery of information from one or more
Information Management
                             sources and distribution to one or more audiences who have a
                             stake in that information.

                             The actions taken by those responders first to arrive at an
Initial Actions
                             incident site.

                             After check-in, the briefing that provides information to help
Initial Incident Briefing
                             you plan your tasks and communicate with others.

Initial Response             Resources initially committed to an incident.

                             The use of a common communications plan. It is the
Integrated Communications
                             interoperability across jurisdictions.

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                              Different from operational and situational intelligence gathered
                              and reported by the Planning Section.
                              Intelligence/Investigations gathered within the Intelligence/
                              Investigations function is information that either leads to the
Intelligence/Investigations   detection, prevention, apprehension, and prosecution of
                              criminal activities (or the individual(s) involved) including
                              terrorist incidents or information that leads to determination of
                              the cause of a given incident (regardless of the source) such as
                              public health events or fires with unknown origins.

                              The ability of emergency management/response personnel to
                              interact and work well together. In the context of technology,
                              interoperability is also defined as the emergency
                              communications system that should be the same or linked to
Interoperability              the same system that the jurisdiction uses for nonemergency
                              procedures, and should effectively interface with national
                              standards as they are developed. The system should allow the
                              sharing of data with other jurisdictions and levels of
                              government during planning and deployment.

                              Checklist or other visual aid intended to ensure that specific
Job Aid
                              steps of completing a task or assignment are accomplished.

                              A temporary Federal facility established locally to provide a
Joint Field Office (JFO)      central point for Federal, State, tribal, and local executives
                              with responsibility for incident oversight, direction, and/or
                              assistance to effectively coordinate protection, prevention,
                              preparedness, response, and recovery actions.

Joint Information Center      A facility established to coordinate all incident-related public
(JIC)                         information activities. It is the central point of contact for all
                              news media. Public information officials from all participating
                              agencies should co-locate at the JIC.

                              A center established to coordinate the Federal public
                              information activities on scene. It is the central point of contact
                              for all news media at the scene of the incident. Public
Joint Information Center
                              information officials from all participating Federal agencies
                              should collocate at the JIC. Public information officials from
                              participating state and local agencies also may collocate at the

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                            Integrates incident information and public affairs into a
                            cohesive organization designed to provide consistent,
                            coordinated, accurate, accessible, timely, and complete
                            information during crisis or incident operations. The mission
Joint Information System    of the JIS is to provide a structure and system for developing
(JIS)                       and delivering coordinated interagency messages; developing,
                            recommending, and executing public information plans and
                            strategies on behalf of the Incident Commander (IC); advising
                            the IC concerning public affairs issues that could affect a
                            response effort; and controlling rumors and inaccurate
                            information that could undermine public confidence in the
                            emergency response effort.

                            A permanently manned, cross-functional, tailored nucleus for
Joint Force Headquarters
                            an operational Joint Task Force (JTF) headquarters. A JFHQ
                            may augment a current JTF or employ as a core of a new JTF.

Joint Operations Planning   The principal system within DoD for translating policy
and Execution System        decisions into operations plans and orders in support of
(JOPES)                     national security objectives.

                            A tailored group of functional joint planners that assist Joint
                            Task Force (JTF) staffs or the Defense Coordinating Element
                            of the Joint Field Office (JFO). The JPAC is able to focus an
Joint Planning
                            ad hoc JTF staff on how to employ Joint Forces in conducting
Augmentation Cell (JPAC)
                            operations. The JPAC will also assist the JTF with obtaining
                            technical augmentation (or at least dedicated reach-back
                            capabilities) from Federal & DoD agencies.

Joint Reception, Staging,   A phase of joint force protection that comprises the essential
Onward Movement, and        processes required to transition arriving personnel, equipment,
Integration (JRSOI)         & material into forces capable of meeting operational

                            A range or sphere of authority. Public agencies have
                            jurisdiction at an incident related to their legal responsibilities
                            and authority. Jurisdictional authority at an incident can be
                            political or geographical (e.g., Federal, State, tribal, and local
                            boundary lines) or functional (e.g., law enforcement, public

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                           The agency having jurisdiction and responsibility for a specific
Jurisdictional Agency
                           geographical area, or a mandated function.

                           Any publicly or privately controlled resources essential to the
Key Resources
                           minimal operations of the economy and government.

Letter of Expectation      See Delegation of Authority.

                           A form of communication for establishing and maintaining
                           mutual understanding and cooperation.

                           One of the Command Staff. Serves as the primary contact for
Liaison Officer (LO)
                           supporting agencies assisting at an incident.

                           A member of the Command Staff responsible for coordinating
Liaison Officer            with representatives from cooperating and assisting agencies
                           or organizations.

Local Emergency Planning   The local focal point for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional
Committee (LEPC)           planning dealing primarily with hazardous materials (often
                           evolve into an all-hazards focus).

                           The governing body of any county, city, village, town, district,
                           or political subdivision of any State, Indian tribe or authorized
Local Government           tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization.
                           This list includes any rural community, unincorporated town
                           or village, or any other public entity.

                           A county, municipality, city, town, township, local public
                           authority, special district, intrastate district, council of
                           governments (regardless of whether the council of
                           governments is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under
                           State law), regional or interstate government entity, or agency
Local Government           or instrumentality of a local government; an Indian tribe or
                           authorized tribal entity, or in Alaska a Native village or Alaska
                           Regional Native Corporation; a rural community,
                           unincorporated town or village, or other public entity. See
                           Section 2 (10), Homeland Security Act of 2002, Pub. L.
                           107?296, 116 Stat. 2135 (2002).
                           Providing resources and other services to support incident

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           TERM                                       DEFINITION

                             This Incident Management Team (IMT) section provides
                             support, resources, and all other services needed to meet the
Logistics Section            operational objectives. It may be subdivided into Units:
                             Communication, Medical, Food, Supply, Facilities, and
                             Ground Support.

                             The Section responsible for providing facilities, services, and
Logistics Section
                             material support for the incident.

                             A management approach that involves a five-step process for
                             achieving the incident goal. The Management by Objectives
                             approach includes the following: establishing overarching
                             incidents objectives; developing strategies based on
                             overarching incidents objectives; developing and issuing
Management by Objectives
                             assignments, plans, procedures, and protocols; establishing
                             specific, measurable tactics or tasks for various incident
                             management, functional activities, and directing efforts to
                             attain them, in support of defined strategies; and documenting
                             results to measure performance and facilitate corrective action.

Managers                     Individuals within Incident Command System organizational
                             Units that are assigned specific managerial responsibilities
                             (e.g., Staging Area Manager or Camp Manager).

                             Measurable standards that are useful in describing a resource's

                             A Department of Health Services (DHS) program that
Metropolitan Medical         improves mass casualty readiness for Chemical, Biological,
Response System (MMRS)       Radiological/Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) incidents. This
                             system is focused on planning, coordination, training, and
                             exercises. It is centered on 124 selected jurisdictions (&
                             surrounding communities).

Master Scenario Event List   A collection of pre-scripted events intended to guide an
(MSEL)                       exercise toward specific outcomes.

Mission Essential Function   Any function that must be performed to prevent critical
(MEF)                        impairment of the National Military Strategy.

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                            A flexible system for establishing readiness levels through the
                            use of various elements of collective and individual protection
                            consistent with the threat, work rates imposed by the mission,
                            and environmental conditions. This posture permits maximum
                            protection from exposure without unacceptable reduction in
Protective Posture (MOPP)
                            efficiency. MOPP IV is not equivalent to Level C because
                            JSLIST will not pass penetration testing of NFPA 1992. If
                            protection against the exposure requires Level C protection,
                            then that is what personnel shall wear.

                            Measures that will reduce the potential for damage to a facility
Mitigation (or Hazard
                            or structure from a disaster event. One of the five major
                            emergency management functions.

                            Provides a critical foundation in the effort to reduce the loss of
                            life and property from natural and/or manmade disasters by
Mitigation                  avoiding or lessening the impact of a disaster and providing
                            value to the public by creating safer communities. Mitigation
                            seeks to fix the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and
                            repeated damage. These activities or actions, in most cases,
                            will have a long-term sustained effect.

                            The process and procedures used by all organizations-Federal,
                            State, tribal, and local-for activating, assembling, and
                            transporting all resources that have been requested to respond
                            to or support an incident.

                            Reference document used by organizations outlining
Mobilization Guide
                            agreements, processes, and procedures used by all
                            participating agencies/organizations for activating,
                            assembling, and transporting resources.

                            Typically, administrators/executives, or their appointed
                            representatives, who are authorized to commit agency
                            resources and funds, are brought together and form MAC
                            Groups. MAC Groups may also be known as multiagency
Multiagency Coordination    committees, emergency management committees, or as
(MAC) Group                 otherwise defined by the system. It can provide coordinated
                            decision making and resource allocation among cooperating
                            agencies, and may establish the priorities among incidents,
                            harmonize agency policies, and provide strategic guidance and
                            direction to support incident management activities.

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                               Multiagency coordination systems provide the architecture to
                               support coordination for incident prioritization, critical
                               resource allocation, communications systems integration, and
                               information coordination. The elements of multiagency
Multiagency Coordination
                               coordination systems include facilities, equipment, personnel,
System(s) (MACS)
                               procedures, and communications. Two of the most commonly
                               used elements are emergency operations centers and MAC
                               Groups. These systems assist agencies and organizations
                               responding to an incident.

                               A system that manages the personnel, facilities, equipment,
Multi-Agency Coordination
                               procedures, and communications of assisting agency resources
System (MACS)
                               in a multi-agency or multi-jurisdictional environment.

Multijurisdictional Incident   An incident requiring action from multiple agencies that each
                               have jurisdiction to manage certain aspects of an incident. In
                               the Incident Command System, these incidents will be
                               managed under Unified Command.

                               Reciprocal assistance by local government and an Installation
                               for emergency services under a prearranged plan. Mutual aid is
                               synonymous with mutual assistance, outside aid,
                               memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement,
                               letters of agreement, cooperative assistant agreement,
Mutual Aid Agreement           intergovernmental compact, or another similar agreement,
(MAA)                          written or verbal, that constitutes an agreed reciprocal
                               assistance plan for sharing emergency services. MAAs
                               between entities are an effective means to obtain resources and
                               should be developed whenever possible. MAAs should be in
                               writing, be reviewed by legal counsel, and be signed by a
                               responsible official.

                               Written or oral agreement between and among
Mutual Aid and Assistance      agencies/organizations and/or jurisdictions that provides a
Agreement                      mechanism to quickly obtain emergency assistance in the form
                               of personnel, equipment, materials, and other associated
                               services. The primary objective is to facilitate rapid, short-term
                               deployment of emergency support prior to, during, and/or after
                               an incident.

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                              Of a nationwide character, including the Federal, State, tribal,
                              and local aspects of governance and policy.

NFPA                          National Fire Protection Association

                              A system that provides a consistent nationwide approach for
                              Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively and
National Incident
                              efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover
Management System
                              from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or
                              complexity. It provides for interoperability and compatibility
                              among Federal, State, and local capabilities.

                              Provides a systematic, proactive approach guiding government
National Incident             agencies at all levels, the private sector, and nongovernmental
Management System             organizations to work seamlessly to prepare for, prevent,
(NIMS)                        respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents,
                              regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to
                              reduce the loss of life or property and harm to the

                              Provides a coordinated approach to critical infrastructure and
                              key resources protection roles and responsibilities for Federal,
National Infrastructure
                              State, tribal, local, and private-sector security partners. The
Protection Plan (NIPP)
                              NIPP sets national priorities, goals, and requirements for
                              effective distribution of funding and resources that will help
                              ensure that our government, economy, and public services
                              continue in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster.

                              Established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide
                              strategic direction for and oversight of NIMS by supporting
National Integration Center
                              both routine maintenance and the continuous refinement of the
(NIC) Incident
                              system and its components over the long term. The Center
Management Systems
                              oversees all aspects of NIMS including the development of
Integration Division
                              compliance criteria and implementation activities at Federal,
                              State, and local levels. It provides guidance and support to
                              jurisdictions and incident management and responder
                              organizations as they adopt the system.

                              A pre-designated temporary facility where personnel, supplies,
National Logistics Staging
                              or equipment may be temporarily housed or parked while
Area (NLSA)
                              awaiting operational assignment.

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         TERM                                    DEFINITION

National Planning       Planning tools that represent a minimum number of credible
Scenarios               scenarios depicting the range of potential terrorist attacks and
                        natural disasters and related impacts facing our Nation. They
                        form a basis for coordinated Federal planning, training, and

                        Guidance that establishes a vision for national preparedness
                        and provides a systematic approach for prioritizing
National Preparedness
                        preparedness efforts across the Nation. These Guidelines focus
                        policy, planning, and investments at all levels of government
                        and the private sector. The Guidelines replace the Interim
                        National Preparedness Goal and integrate recent lessons
National Preparedness
Vision                  Provides a concise statement of the core preparedness goal for
                        the Nation.

                        Guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare
National Response       for and provide a unified national response to disasters and
Framework (NRF)         emergencies from the smallest incident to the largest

                        Guides how the Nation conducts all-hazards response. The
                        Framework documents the key response principles, roles, and
                        structures that organize national response. It describes how
                        communities, States, the Federal Government, and private-
National Response       sector and nongovernmental partners apply these principles for
Framework (NRF)         a coordinated, effective national response. And it describes
                        special circumstances where the Federal Government exercises
                        a larger role, including incidents where Federal interests are
                        involved and catastrophic incidents where a State would
                        require significant support. It allows first responders, decision
                        makers, and supporting entities to provide a unified national

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          TERM                                    DEFINITION

                         An all-discipline, all-hazards plan for the management of
                         domestic incidents. Using the National Incident Management
                         System (NIMS) template, the NRP provides the structure and
National Response Plan
                         mechanisms to coordinate and integrate incident management
                         activities and emergency support functions across Federal,
                         state, local, and tribal government entities, the private sector,
                         and non-governmental organizations.

                         A Navy task that has to be accomplished to a given standard.
Navy Mission Essential
                         Each task must support a mission within the functional area for
Task (NMET)
                         which the NMET was developed.

                         The system that ensures Navy training is linked to mission
                         needs (using Navy Mission Essential Tasks, or NMETs). The
Navy Warfare Training
                         NWTS model consists of Requirements, Planning, Execution,
System (NWTS)
                         and Assessment phases. Each phase includes inputs, processes,
                         and outputs.

                         An entity with an association that is based on interests of its
                         members, individuals, or institutions. It is not created by a
Nongovernmental          government, but it may work cooperatively with government.
Organization (NGO)       Such organizations serve a public purpose, not a private
                         benefit. Examples of NGOs include faith-based charity
                         organizations and the American Red Cross.

                         The Federal official pre-designated by the Environmental
                         Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Coast Guard to
On-Scene Coordinator     coordinate and direct response and removals under the
                         National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency

                         The ICS title for the personnel responsible for the Command
                         Staff positions of Safety, Liaison, and Public Information.

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                             Transferable command authority that may be exercised by
                             commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant
                             command. Operational control is inherent in combatant
                             command (command authority). It may be delegated and is the
Operational Control
                             authority to perform those functions of command over
                             subordinate forces involving organizing and employing
                             commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives,
                             and giving authoritative direction necessary to accomplish the

                             A timeframe, usually the 24 hours or less during an incident, in
                             which measurable, strategic operations are prepared and
                             achieved. During this time there are specific objectives
Operational Period
                             outlined and leadership established. Leadership and objectives
                             may change when a new operational period begins. Usually,
                             only complex incidents have multiple operational periods.

                             The time scheduled for executing a given set of operation
                             actions, as specified in the Incident Action Plan. Operational
Operational Period
                             periods can be of various lengths, although usually they last
                             12-24 hours.

                             This Incident Management Team (IMT) section conducts
                             tactical operations to carry out the Incident Action Plan (IAP).
Operations Section
                             This section develops the tactical objectives and organization,
                             and directs all tactical resources.

                             The Section responsible for all tactical incident operations and
                             implementation of the Incident Action Plan. In the Incident
Operations Section
                             Command System, it normally includes subordinate Branches,
                             Divisions, and/or Groups.

                             A team that performs Crisis Action Planning (current) and
Operational Planning Group
                             deliberate planning (beyond 72 hours) for a Regional
                             Operations Center (ROC) during an incident.

                             Any association or group of persons with like objectives.
                             Examples include, but are not limited to, governmental
                             departments and agencies, private-sector organizations, and
                             nongovernmental organizations.

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                           Documents that provide ready references describing key roles
                           and actions for local, tribal, state, Federal, and private-sector
Partner Guides
                           response partners. Partner guides are part of the National
                           Response Framework (NRF).

Personal Protective        Protective gear or clothing designed to safeguard a person
Equipment (PPE)            from hazard exposure.

                           All responders are expected to use good judgment and be
Personal Responsibility
                           accountable for their actions.

                           The ability to account for the location and welfare of incident
                           personnel. It is accomplished when supervisors ensure that
Personnel Accountability   Incident Command System principles and processes are
                           functional and that personnel are working within established
                           incident management guidelines.

                           Tiered deployment that depends on the scope and breadth of
Phased Deployment
                           the incident.

                           Communication that can be understood by the intended
                           audience and meets the purpose of the communicator. For the
Plain Language             purposes of NIMS, plain language is designed to eliminate or
                           limit the use of codes and acronyms, as appropriate, during
                           incident response involving more than a single agency.

                           A planned, nonemergency activity (e.g., sporting event,
Planned Event
                           concert, parade, etc.).

                           A meeting held as needed before and throughout the duration
                           of an incident to select specific strategies and tactics for
Planning Meeting           incident control operations and for service and support
                           planning. For larger incidents, the Planning Meeting is a major
                           element in the development of the Incident Action Plan.

                           The Section responsible for the collection, evaluation, and
                           dissemination of operational information related to the
                           incident, and for the preparation and documentation of the
Planning Section
                           Incident Action Plan. This Section also maintains information
                           on the current and forecasted situation and on the status of
                           resources assigned to the incident.

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                             This Incident Management Team (IMT) section prepares and
                             documents the Incident Action Plan (IAP) to accomplish the
Planning Section             objectives, collects and evaluates information, maintains
                             resource status, and maintains documentation for incident

Post-Incident Analysis       An assessment process following a major activity to discover
(PIA)                        what happened and why.

                             Activities, programs, and systems that exist before an
                             emergency and that are used to support and enhance response
                             to an emergency or disaster. One of the five major emergency
                             management functions.

                             Actions that involve a combination of planning, resources,
                             training, exercising, and organizing to build, sustain, and
                             improve operational capabilities. Preparedness is the process
Preparedness                 of identifying the personnel, training, and equipment needed
                             for a wide range of potential incidents, and developing
                             jurisdiction-specific plans for delivering capabilities when
                             needed for an incident.

                             The groups that provide coordination for emergency
                             management and incident response activities before a potential
                             incident. These organizations range from groups of individuals
                             to small committees to large standing organizations that
Preparedness Organizations
                             represent a wide variety of committees, planning groups, and
                             other organizations (e.g., Citizen Corps, Local Emergency
                             Planning Committees, Critical Infrastructure Sector
                             Coordinating Councils).

                             Resources moved to an area near the expected incident site in
Pre-Positioned Resources
                             response to anticipated resource needs.

                             Activities that reduce or eliminate the adverse impact of
                             hazards, including environmental, technological and biological
                             disasters. One of the five major emergency management

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                          Actions to avoid an incident or to intervene to stop an incident
                          from occurring. Prevention involves actions to protect lives
                          and property. It involves applying intelligence and other
                          information to a range of activities that may include such
                          countermeasures as deterrence operations; heightened
                          inspections; improved surveillance and security operations;
Prevention                investigations to determine the full nature and source of the
                          threat; public health and agricultural surveillance and testing
                          processes; immunizations, isolation, or quarantine; and, as
                          appropriate, specific law enforcement operations aimed at
                          deterring, preempting, interdicting, or disrupting illegal
                          activity and apprehending potential perpetrators and bringing
                          them to justice.

                          First Priority: Life Saving
Priorities of Emergency
                          Second Priority: Incident Stabilization
                          Third Priority: Property Preservation

                          Organizations and entities that are not part of any
                          governmental structure. The private sector includes for-profit
Private Sector
                          and not-for-profit organizations, formal and informal
                          structures, commerce, and industry.

                          Sets of established guidelines for actions (which may be
Protocols                 designated by individuals, teams, functions, or capabilities)
                          under various specified conditions.

                          A member of the Incident Management Team (IMT)
                          Command Staff who serves as the conduit for information to
Public Affairs Officer    internal and external stakeholders, including the media or other
(PAO)                     organizations seeking information directly from the incident or
                          event. A PAO is known as a Public Information Officer (PIO)
                          outside of the Navy Installation EM Program.

                          Processes, procedures, and systems for communicating timely,
                          accurate, accessible information on the incident's cause, size,
Public Information        and current situation; resources committed; and other matters
                          of general interest to the public, responders, and additional
                          stakeholders (both directly affected and indirectly affected).

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                             A member of the Command Staff responsible for interfacing
Public Information Officer
                             with the public and media and/or with other agencies with
                             incident-related information requirements.

                             Subsystem used to manage the development, publication control,
Publications Management
                             publication supply, and distribution of NIMS materials.

                             Activities traditionally associated with providing disaster
                             recovery assistance. Recovery includes individual and public
                             assistance programs that provide temporary housing
Recovery                     assistance, grants, and loans to eligible individuals and
                             Navy/government entities to recover from the effects of a
                             disaster. One of the five major emergency management

                             The development, coordination, and execution of service- and
                             site-restoration plans; the reconstitution of government
                             operations and services; individual, private-sector,
                             nongovernmental, and public-assistance programs to provide
                             housing and to promote restoration; long-term care and
                             treatment of affected persons; additional measures for social,
                             political, environmental, and economic restoration; evaluation
                             of the incident to identify lessons learned; postincident
                             reporting; and development of initiatives to mitigate the effects
                             of future incidents.

Recovery Plan                A plan developed to restore the affected area or community

                             The permissible timeframe during which an identified Mission
Recovery Timeframe           Essential Function (MEF) may be out of commission before
Objective (RTO)              causing significant & documentable degradation to ongoing
                             combat operations or related command and control operations.

                             A group at the Regional level that provides daily status
Regional Battle Watch        updates, briefs, & reports to the Regional Command
Team (RBWT)                  (REGCOM) & staff regarding the current User Defined
                             Operational Picture (UDOP).

                             A document that describes threats and hazards that affect
                             Installations within a Region. Threats and hazards are included
Regional Hazard Summary
                             based solely on past incidents or probability of future

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                      Mechanism used to recoup funds expended for incident-
                      specific activities.

                      Personnel and major items of equipment, supplies, and
                      facilities available or potentially available for assignment to
                      incident operations and for which status is maintained.
                      Resources are described by kind and type and may be used in
                      operational support or supervisory capacities at an incident or
                      at an emergency operations center.

                      Includes the processes for categorizing, ordering, dispatching,
                      tracking, and recovering resources. Resources are personnel,
Resource Management
                      teams, equipment, supplies, and facilities available for
                      assignment or allocation in support of incident management.

                      Efficient emergency management and incident response
                      requires a system for identifying available resources at all
                      jurisdictional levels to enable timely and unimpeded access to
                      resources needed to prepare for, respond to, or recover from an
Resource Management
                      incident. Resource management under NIMS includes mutual
                      aid and assistance agreements; the use of special Federal,
                      State, tribal, and local teams; and resource mobilization

                      A standardized, integrated process conducted prior to, during,
Resource Tracking     and after an incident by all emergency management/response
                      personnel and their associated organizations.

                      Describes the size, capability, and staffing qualifications of a
Resource Typing
                      specific kind of resource.

                      Immediate actions to save lives, protect property and the
                      environment, and meet basic human needs. Response involves
Response              the execution of emergency plans and actions to support short-
                      term recovery. One of the five major emergency management

                      Immediate actions to save lives, protect property and the
                      environment, and meet basic human needs. Response also
                      includes the execution of emergency plans and actions to
                      support short-term recovery.

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                      Defines basic roles, responsibilities, and operational concepts
Response Doctrine     for response across all levels of government and with the
                      private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

                      The systematic removal of pollution or contaminants from the
                      environment, especially from the soil or ground water, by
                      physical, chemical, or biological means. Restoration is also
                      known as remediation or environmental clean-up.

Retrograde            To return resources back to their original location.

                      A calculated potential loss of assets given the effectiveness of
Risk                  protective measures and the frequency and magnitude of the

                      The process of identifying, evaluating, selecting, and
                      implementing actions to reduce risk. Using Risk Management
                      as a decision making tool allows commanders to take a
Risk Management
                      disciplined approach to a complex, and often subjective
                      decision, which balances the likelihood of an incident
                      occurring and the impact of the incident if it occurs.

                      A member of the Incident Management Team (IMT)
                      Command Staff who monitors safety conditions and develops
                      measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel. The
                      Safety Officer may exercise emergency authority to directly
Safety Officer (SO)
                      stop unsafe acts if personnel are in imminent, life-threatening
                      danger. Only one Safety Officer will be named to an incident.
                      The Safety Officer may have assistants as necessary, and the
                      assistants may represent other agencies or jurisdictions.

                      A member of the Command Staff responsible for monitoring
                      incident operations and advising the Incident Commander on
Safety Officer
                      all matters relating to operational safety, including the health
                      and safety of emergency responder personnel.

                      The organizational level having responsibility for a major
                      functional area of incident management (e.g., Operations,
                      Planning, Logistics, Finance/Administration, and
                      Intelligence/Investigations (if established)). The Section is
                      organizationally situated between the Branch and the Incident

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          TERM                                      DEFINITION

                           The management structure in which the Incident Commander
Single Command
                           has complete responsibility for incident management.

                           Individuals, a piece of equipment and its personnel
Single Resource            complement, or a crew or team of individuals with an
                           identified supervisor that can be used at an incident.

                           Individual personnel, supplies, and equipment items, and the
Single Resource
                           operators associated with them.

                           Document that often contains confirmed or verified
Situation Report           information regarding the specific details relating to an

                           The number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can
                           manage effectively during emergency response incidents or
Span of Control
                           special events. Generally, the ratio of one supervisor to five
                           reporting elements is recommended.

                           The number of resources for which a supervisor is responsible,
                           usually expressed as the ratio of supervisors to individuals.
Span of Control
                           (Under NIMS, an appropriate span of control is between 1:3
                           and 1:7, with optimal being 1:5.)

                           A population whose members may have additional needs
                           before, during, and after an incident in functional areas,
                           including but not limited to: maintaining independence,
                           communication, transportation, supervision, and medical care.
                           Individuals in need of additional response assistance may
Special Needs Population
                           include those who have disabilities; who live in
                           institutionalized settings; who are elderly; who are children;
                           who are from diverse cultures; who have limited English
                           proficiency or are non-English speaking; or who are
                           transportation disadvantaged.

                           Temporary locations at an incident where personnel and
Staging Areas
                           equipment are kept while waiting for tactical assignments.

                           Established for the temporary location of available resources.
                           A Staging Area can be any location in which personnel,
Staging Area
                           supplies, and equipment can be temporarily housed or parked
                           while awaiting operational assignment.

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             TERM                                   DEFINITION

                           A set of instructions having the force of a directive, covering
Standard Operating         those features of operations which lend themselves to a
Guidelines                 definite or standardized procedure without loss of

                           Complete reference document or an operations manual that
Standard Operating         provides the purpose, authorities, duration, and details for the
Procedure (SOP)            preferred method of performing a single function or a number
                           of interrelated functions in a uniform manner.

                           When capitalized, refers to any State of the United States, the
                           District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the
                           Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth
                           of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any possession of the
                           United States. See Section 2 (14), Homeland Security Act of
                           2002, Pub. L. 107?296, 116 Stat. 2135 (2002).

                           A coordination effort that divides a state into Emergency
State Emergency Response
                           Planning Districts, each with a required Local Emergency
Commission (SERC)
                           Planning Commission (LEPC).

                           Relays information specifically related to the status of
Status Report
                           resources (e.g., the availability or assignment of resources).

                           The general plan or direction selected to accomplish incident

                           The general plans or directions for accomplishing the incident

                           A set number of resources of the same kind and type that have
Strike Team                an established minimum number of personnel, common
                           communications, and a leader.

                           A set number of resources of the same kind and type with
Strike Teams               common communications operating under the direct
                           supervision of a Strike Team Leader.

                           A grouping of jurisdictions, counties, and/or localities within a
                           State brought together for specified purposes (e.g., homeland
Substate Region
                           security, education, public health), usually containing a
                           governance structure.

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          TERM                                      DEFINITION

                           A person in charge of a Division or Group. Divisions and
                           Groups are equal in stature.

                           The Incident Command System title for an individual
                           responsible for a Division or Group.

                           Part of the overall EM Plan, these annexes describe unique
Support Annexes (SAs)      resources and provide procedures for specialized actions
                           during an emergency.

                           All resources (other than tactical) required to support the
Support Resources          incident (e.g., food, communications equipment, supplies,
                           vehicles, etc.).

                           An agency that provides support and/or resource assistance to
Supporting Agency
                           another agency. See Assisting Agency.

                           Any technology that may be used to support NIMS. These
Supporting Technology      technologies include orthophoto mapping, remote automatic
                           weather stations, infrared technology, and communications.

                           An integrated combination of people, property, environment,
System                     and processes that work in a coordinated manner to achieve a
                           specific desired output under specific conditions.

                           Personnel and major items of equipment that are available or
Tactical Resources
                           to the Operations function.

Tactics                    The specifics stating how strategies will be executed.

                           Deploying and directing resources on an incident to
                           accomplish the objectives designated by the strategy.

                           Defines specific capabilities that all levels of government
Target Capabilities List
                           should possess in order to respond effectively to incidents.

                           A combination of mixed resources with common
Task Forces (TF)           communications operating under the direct supervision of a

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            TERM                                DEFINITION

                       Any combination of resources assembled to support a specific
                       mission or operational need. All resource elements within a
Task Force
                       Task Force must have common communications and a
                       designated leader.

                       Support provided to State, tribal, and local jurisdictions when
                       they have the resources but lack the complete knowledge and
Technical Assistance
                       skills needed to perform a required activity (such as mobile-
                       home park design or hazardous material assessments).

                       Individual with special skills that can be used anywhere within
                       the Incident Command System organization. No minimum
                       qualifications are prescribed, as technical specialists normally
Technical Specialist
                       perform the same duties during an incident that they perform
                       in their everyday jobs, and they are typically certified in their
                       fields or professions.

                       Standards for key systems may be required to facilitate the
Technology Standards   interoperability and compatibility of major systems across
                       jurisdictional, geographic, and functional lines.

                       Facilitates incident operations and sustains the research and
Technology Support     development programs that underpin the long-term investment
                       in the Nation's future incident management capabilities.

                       The calculated use of violence or threat of violence to induce
                       fear, intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or
                       societies, in the pursuit of goals that are generally political,
                       religious, or ideological.

                       Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, terrorism is defined
                       as activity that involves an act dangerous to human life or
                       potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key
                       resources; is a violation of the criminal laws of the United
                       States or of any State or other subdivision of the United States
                       in which it occurs; and is intended to intimidate or coerce the
                       civilian population, or influence or affect the conduct of a
                       government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.
                       See Section 2 (15), Homeland Security Act of 2002, Pub. L.
                       107?296, 116 Stat. 2135 (2002).

Threat                 An indication of possible violence, harm, or danger.

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          TERM                                    DEFINITION

                         A continual process of compiling and examining all available
                         information concerning potential terrorist activities by terrorist
                         groups that could target a facility. Includes continual review of
Threat Analysis
                         the factors of a terrorist group’s existence, capability,
                         intentions, history, and targeting, as well as the security
                         environment within which friendly forces operate.

Threat Working Group     A team that analyzes, coordinates, and disseminates threat or
(TWG)                    hazard warnings, reports, summaries, and recommendations.

                         Those instruments and capabilities that allow for the
                         professional performance of tasks, such as information
                         systems, agreements, doctrine, capabilities, and legislative

                         Poisonous products of living organisms that, when inhaled,
Toxins                   swallowed or injected into man or animals, will cause injury,
                         illness or death.

                         A standardized, integrated process conducted throughout the
                         duration of an incident. This process provides incident
                         managers with a clear picture of where resources are located;
Tracking and Reporting
                         helps staff prepare to receive resources; protects the safety of
                         personnel and security of supplies and equipment; and enables
                         the coordination of movement of personnel, equipment, and

                         The process of moving the responsibility for incident
Transfer of Command
                         command from one Incident Commander (IC) to another.

                         The evaluation and classification of casualties for the purpose
                         of treatment and evacuation.

                         Referring to any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized
                         group or community, including any Alaskan Native Village as
                         defined in or established pursuant to the Alaskan Native
Tribal                   Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C.A. and 1601 et
                         seq.], that is recognized as eligible for the special programs
                         and services provided by the United States to Indians because
                         of their status as Indians.

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         TERM                                   DEFINITION

                       An Incident Command System resource classification that
                       refers to capability. Type 1 is generally considered to be more
Type                   capable than Types 2, 3, or 4, respectively, because of size,
                       power, capacity, or (in the case of incident management teams)
                       experience and qualifications.

                       Resources are organized by category, kind, and type, including
                       size, capacity, capability, skill, and other characteristics. This
                       makes the resource ordering and dispatch process within and
Typing Resources
                       across organizations and agencies, and between governmental
                       and nongovernmental entities, more efficient, and ensures that
                       the resources received are appropriate to their needs

                       A major objective of preparedness efforts is to ensure mission
                       integration and interoperability when responding to emerging
Unified Approach
                       crises that cross functional and jurisdictional lines, as well as
                       between public and private organizations.

                       Command system established when incidents under an Area
Unified Area Command
                       Command are multijurisdictional. See Area Command.

                       When responding agencies or jurisdictions with responsibility
                       for the incident share incident management. In a unified
                       command, Incident Commanders (ICs) from various agencies
                       share responsibility for incident manage from a single Incident
Unified Command        Command Post (ICP).
                       The Unified Command is depicted as a triangle; the member
                       placed at the top of the triangle has the final authority within
                       the Incident Command System (ICS) for the response.

                       An Incident Command System application used when more
                       than one agency has incident jurisdiction or when incidents
Unified Command (UC)   cross political jurisdictions. Agencies work together through
                       the designated members of the UC, often the senior person
                       from agencies and/or disciplines participating in the UC, to
                       establish a common set of objectives and strategies and a
                       single Incident Action Plan.

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          TERM                                 DEFINITION

                      A menu of unique tasks that link strategies to prevention,
                      protection, response, and recovery tasks for the major events
                      represented by the National Planning Scenarios. It provides a
Universal Task List
                      common vocabulary of critical tasks that support development
                      of essential capabilities among organizations at all levels. The
                      List was used to assist in creating the Target Capabilities List.

                      The organizational element with functional responsibility for a
Unit                  specific incident Planning, Logistics, or
                      Finance/Administration activity.

                      The individual in charge of managing Units within an Incident
                      Command System (ICS) functional section. The Unit can be
                      staffed by a number of support personnel providing a wide
Unit Leader
                      range of services. Some of the support positions are pre-
                      established within ICS (e.g. Base Camp Manager), but many
                      others will be assigned as Technical Specialists.

                      A subdivision of the Planning Section including: Resources,
                      Situation, Documentation, Demobilization, and maybe
                      Technical Specialists. Units may also be used to subdivide the
                      Logistics Section.

                      An operating procedure that dictates that every individual is
Unity of Command      accountable to only one designated supervisor to whom they
                      report at the scene of an incident.

                      Principle of management stating that each individual involved
Unity of Command
                      in incident operations will be assigned to only one supervisor.

                      A suspension of attenuated live or killed micro-organisms
                      (bacteria, viruses, or rickettsiae), or fractions thereof,
                      administered to induce immunity and thereby prevent
                      infectious disease.

                      The essential agency records that are needed to meet
                      operational responsibilities under national security
                      emergencies or other emergency or disaster conditions
Vital Records
                      (emergency operating records), or to protect the legal and
                      financial rights of the Government and those affected by
                      Government activities (legal and financial rights records).

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            TERM                              DEFINITION

                    For the purposes of NIMS, any individual accepted to perform
                    services by the lead agency (which has authority to accept
Volunteer           volunteer services) when the individual performs services
                    without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for
                    services performed.

                    Probability that existing Installation and asset safeguards
                    against a threat or hazard will fail.

                    Any weapon or device that is intended, or has the capability of a
                    high order of destruction or of being used in such a manner as to
                    destroy large numbers of people. The weapon can be nuclear,
                    chemical, biological, radiological, or a large explosive device, but
Weapons of Mass
                    the definition excludes the means of transporting or propelling
Destruction (WMD)   the weapon where such means is a separable and divisible part of
                    the weapon. A WMD is termed a Chemical, Biological,
                    Radiological/Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) terrorism event
                    within the context of the Navy Installation EM Program.

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