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Glossary for disaster relief and animal rescue Edit

Glossary includes organization names, specialized words, acronyms and abbreviations related to disaster relief and animal rescue. (Use search to find other resources. To limit a search to this wiki use the Advanced search.)

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A1 ID Systems
Certified ISO Manufacturer of microchip identification products for animals
AAHA
American Animal Hospital Association
ACP
Area Contingency Plan
Action Plan
See Incident Action Plan.
AERN
Animal Emergency Response Network PetFinder.com
Aftershocks
Lesser tremblers which occur after the "main shock" or initial earthquake. These tremblers could begin within hours of the main shock and may continue for months, depending on the severity of the initial quake.
Agency
An agency is a division of government with a specific function, or a nongovernmental organization (e.g., private contractor, business, etc.) that offers a particular kind of assistance. In ICS, agencies are defined as jurisdictional (having statutory responsibility for incident mitigation) or assisting and/or cooperating (providing resources and/or assistance). (See Assisting Agency, Cooperating Agency, Jurisdictional Agency, and Multiagency Incident.)
Agency Administrator or Executive
Chief executive officer (or designee) of the agency or jurisdiction that has responsibility for the incident.
Agency Dispatch
The agency or jurisdictional facility from which resources are allocated to incidents.
Agency Representative
An individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or cooperating agency who has been delegated authority to make decisions on matters affecting that agency's participation at the incident. Agency Representatives report to the Incident Liaison Officer.
AHA
American Humane Association
Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
The Animal Welfare Act is the federal law that governs the humane care, handling, treatment and transportation of some animals in certain situations: animals in laboratories, dealers who sell animals to laboratories, animal exhibitors, carriers and intermediate handlers, dog and cat breeders, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, roadside menageries and transporters of animals. AWA is administrated by USDA/APHIS)
APHIS
Animal and Plant Inspection Service - an agency in the USDA responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act see Animal Care
ARNO
Animal Rescue New Orleans
ARF
Animal Rescue Foundation
ASPCA
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
AST
Atlantic Strike Team
AVERT
Association of Volunteer Emergency Response Teams
AVIC
Area Veterinarian-in-Charge (USDA APHIS Veterinary Services)
AVID
American Verternary Identification Devices
AVMA
American Veterinary Medical Association
AVMF
American Veterinary Medical Foundation funds VMATs
AWA
Animal Welfare Act - administered by USDA/APHIS

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Base
The location at which primary Logistics functions for an 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 collocated with the Base.
Blizzard
An intense, severe snowstorm with sustained freezing winds of 35 miles per hour or more.
BT
Buying Team
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Cache
A pre-determined complement of tools, equipment, and/or supplies stored in a designated location, available for incident use.
CAMEO
Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations
Camp
A geographical site, within the general incident area, separate from the Incident Base, equipped and staffed to provide sleeping, food, water, and sanitary services to incident personnel.
CAR
AKC Companion Animal Recovery
CARES
California Animal Response Emergency System [1]
CART
County Animal Response Team see SART
CCRF
Commissioned Corps Readiness Force is a cadre of U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) officers who can be mobilized in times of extraordinary need during disaster, strife, or other public health emergencies
CEM
Comprehensive Emergency Management
CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CERT
Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
Check-In
The process whereby resources first report to an incident. Check-in locations include: Incident Command Post (Resources Unit), Incident Base, Camps, Staging Areas, Helibases, Helispots, and Division Supervisors (for direct line assignments).
Chief
The ICS title for individuals responsible for functional Sections: Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance/Administration.
CIDI
Center for International Disaster Information - Situation Reports
CIPAC
Critical Infrastructure Protection Advisory Committee
CNCS
Corporation for National Community Service
COAD
Community Organizations Active in Disaster
Coastal Flood
Flooding along low-lying coastal areas caused by tropical or winter storms combined with the effects of tides, waves, and wind which may cause extensive erosion and property damage. This event may occur even if the storm generating the flooding is not a direct threat to the affected area. [2]
Code 3
Code 3 Associates dedicated to animal disaster response and disaster preparedness training.
Command Staff
The Command Staff consists of the Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, and Liaison Officer. They report directly to the Incident Commander. They may have an Assistant or Assistants, as needed.
Communication Unit
An organizational Unit in the Logistics Section responsible for providing communication services at an incident. A Communication Unit may also be a facility (e.g., a trailer or mobile van) used to provide the major part of an Incident Communications Center.
Compacts
Formal working agreements among agencies to obtain mutual aid.
Complex
Two or more individual incidents located in the same general area that are assigned to a single Incident Commander or to Unified Command.
Cooperating Agency
An agency supplying assistance other than direct operational or support functions or resources to the incident management effort.
Coordination
The process of systematically analyzing a situation, developing relevant information, and informing appropriate command authority of viable alternatives for selection of the most effective combination of available resources to meet specific objectives. The coordination process (which can be either intra- or interagency) does not involve dispatch actions. However, personnel responsible for coordination may perform command or dispatch functions within the limits established by specific agency delegations, procedures, legal authority, etc.
Coordination Center
A facility that is used for the coordination of agency or jurisdictional resources in support of one or more incidents.
CORE
Cadre on-Response Employees (FEMA)
Cost Sharing Agreements
Agreements between agencies or jurisdictions to share designated costs related to incidents. Cost sharing agreements are normally written but may also be oral between authorized agency or jurisdictional representatives at the incident.
CSHS
Center for State Homeland Security - State Links
CVM
Center for Veterinary Medicine US FDA
CWA
Clean Water Act
Cyclones
Violent tropical storms located in the southern hemisphere, with winds rotating in a clockwise direction, which can advance at speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and often generate heavy rain and tornados.[3]
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DAE
Disaster Assistance Employees (FEMA)
DART
Disaster Animal Response Team
DART Training (AHA), (HSUS), (UAN/EARS)
DES
Department of Emergency Services
DHS
Department of Homeland Security
Distemper
DLA
Defense Logistics Agency
DMAT
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
DNA
Do Not Adopt - this is a warning applied to rescues and sanctuaries that are not providing adequate care for animals in their charge
DNR
Department of Natural Resources
DOI
Department of the Interior
DRG
District Response Group (DRG), provides a framework within which Coast Guard districts organize their response operations. It consists of all Coast Guard units, personnel and equipment within a district's boundary, all pre-positioned response equipment strategically located in the district, and the District Response Advisory Team (DRAT).
DRG
Domestic Readiness Group (DRG) convened on a regular basis to develop and coordinate implementation of preparedness and response policy and in anticipation of or during crises
DFTO
Disaster Field Training Operations (FEMA)
DSCA
Defense Support of Civil Authorities
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EARS
Emergency Animal Rescue Service United Animal Nations
EAS
Emergency Alert System (FCC) NOAA Weather Radio
EDEN
Extension Disaster Education Network is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters and it links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.
EMAC
Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a congressionally ratified organization that provides form and structure to interstate mutual aid.
EMAP
Emergency Management Accreditation Program
EMS
Emergency Management Services
EMWIN
Emergency Managers Weather Information Network (NOAA)
EOC
Emergency Operations Center
A site from which civil government officials exercise direction and control in a disaster.
EOP
Emergency Operations Plan
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
ERT
Emergency Response Team
ERT
Environmental Response Team (EPA): Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Response Team (ERT) is a group of highly trained scientists and engineers based in Edison, NJ and Cincinnati, OH. Its capabilities include multimedia sampling and analysis, hazard assessment, cleanup techniques and specialized technical support. EPA's ERT provides SSCs for the inland zone.
Epicenter
Located on the earth's surface directly above an earthquakes's first movement.
ESF
Emergency Support Function
Adminstrative system used to plan, prepare, and organise an effective disaster response and recovery effort. Twelve Emergency Support Functions are used in the federal Response Plan. Some states using this system have expanded the number of ESF's in their state plan.
  • ESF-1 Transportation - US Department of Transportation
  • ESF-2 Communications - US National Communications System
  • ESF-3 Public Works - USDoD Army Corps of Engineers
  • ESF-4 Firefighting - USDA Forest Service
  • ESF-5 Info and Planning - FEMA
  • ESF-6 Mass Care - American Red Cross
  • ESF-7 Resources - US General Services Administration
  • ESF-8 Health & Medical - US Department of Health and Human Services
  • ESF-9 Search & Rescue - FEMA
  • ESF-10 Hazmat - US Environmental Protection Agency
  • ESF-11 Food & Water - USDA Food and Nutrition Services
  • ESF-12 Energy - US Department of Energy
  • ESF-13 Military Support
  • ESF-14 Public Information
  • ESF-15 Volunteers & Donations
  • ESF-16 Law Enforcement
  • ESF-17 Animal Services
Example: Florida

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FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FECAVA
Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Association
see also Animal identification
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Flash Flood
Very swift moving flood waters which may pose a significant threat to lives and property. Generally, Flash floods are caused by intense storms, producing heavy rainfall in short time periods-6 to 10 inches in 24 hours or less - or dam/levee failures.
Flood
The overflow or back-up of water into particular areas. Generally, floods are caused by excessive rainfall in the area, areas upstream, or by the rapid melting of snow. "Riverine" flooding occurs when rivers, streams, or lakes overflow and "ponding" occurs when the community drainage system is insufficent to remove the water from streets allowing flood waters to back upinto adjacant areas. Floods are much slower to rise than flash flood events.
FOIA
Freedom of Information Act
FOSC
Federal On-Scene Coordinator: When a discharge or release is discovered or reported, the predesignated Federal On-Scene Coordinator is responsible for immediately collecting pertinent facts about the discharge or release to evaluate the situation.The FOSC, either directly or through his or her staff, monitors, provides technical assistance, and/or directs federal and potentially responsible party (PRP) resources.
FR
Federal Register
Fujita-Pearson Scale
A scale which indicates the intensity (wind speed) and resultant damage of a tornado.

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Gale/Tropical Storm
Intense winds accompaning or preceding a storm with sustained speeds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

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HART
Homeless Animal Rescue Team
Hazardous Materials
Any substance that has the potential to cause damage to the environment or the population, if released. These substances are usually identified as being either flammable or combustible, explosive, toxic, noxious, corrosive, oxidizable, an irritant or radioactive.
HAZWOPER
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HHS
Health and Human Services
HMEP
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness
Home visit
A home visit is typically part of a reputable rescue's adoption and application approval process. It is designed to verify the information contained in the application and to check out the home and family for appropriateness for the dog they want to adopt. An internet search will yield several hits for rescue dog home visit. There will also often be forms used in this process. (Source: Jane Whitfield, Kanine Kids)
HSC
Homeland Security Council
HSOC
Homeland Security Operations Center
HSPD
Homeland Security Presidential Directives Numbers 1 - 12
HSPD-5
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5
HSPD-8
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8
HSUS
Humane Society of the United States
Hurricane
A violent tropical storm located in the northern hemisphere, with winds rotating in a counter-counter-clockwise direction and reaching a sustained speed of 74 miles per hour or more near its center. The size of the storm clouds range from 50 to 1000 miles in diameter and may be associated with flooding, heavy rains, severe lighting and sometimes tornados. [4]
Hurricane Center/Eye
The relatively calm area at the center of the strom where winds are light and the sky may be seen. Intense storm conditions may be experienced 12 hours or longer before the eye actually makes landfall. Conditions in the trailing, or second winds, fllowing passage of the eye can be even more intense than the first winds.
Hurricane Evacuation Zones
Areas vulnerable to storm surges and severe flooding when in the paths of hurricanes. Evacuation routes are provided by state and local agencies based on forcasts. See NOAA interactive map.
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IAC
Incident Advisory Council (IAC) is a tailored group of senior Federal interagency representatives that adjudicates matters that cannot be resolved by the NOC-NRCC and provides strategic advice to the Secretary of Homeland Security during an actual or potential incident requiring Federal coordination
IAEM
International Association of Emergency Managers
IAP
Incident Action Plan
IC
Incident Commander
ICP
Incident Command Post
ICS
Incident Command System - ICS Unit Guide - Org. Chart
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 hindered by jurisdictional boundaries. ICS is the combination 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. Wikipedia
ICS/PTB
ICS/Position Task Books
ICS/UC
ICS/Unified Command
IEMS
Integrated Emergency Management System
IFAW
International Fund for Animal Welfare
IMT
Incident Management Team
INS
Incident of National Significance (INS) is an actual or potential high-impact event that requires robust coordination of the Federal response in order to save lives and minimize damage, and provide the basis for long-term community and economic recovery.
IWIN
Interactive Weather Information Network (NOAA)
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JFO
Federal Joint Field Office
JIC
Joint Information Center

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KARE
Knapptime Adoption Rescue and Education Michigan Parrot Rescue

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LEPC
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Lessons learned
Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina
LOG MT
Logistic Management Team

M Edit

MACS
Multi-Agency Coordination System
Major Disaster
As defined under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122), a major disaster is any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the United States, which in the determination of the President causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance under this Act to supplement the efforts and available resources of States, tribes, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby.
Microchip
RFID transponder, (see also Animal identification) Microchips are small micro-capsules about the size of a grain of rice that are inserted by a veterinarian (much like a vaccination) under the loose skin on the back of the neck between the shoulder blades. When read by a scanner, radio waves return a unique identification number that can be looked up in a database and allow the owner to be identified and contacted.
Mitigation
The process of planning and preparation for the purpose of preventing the occurrence of a disaster or minimizing the severity of its impact. Activities that can help avoid a disaster or minimize its impact include locating buildings outside of flood-prone areas or instituting appropiate building codes for severe storms, earthquakes, and wildfires.
MOA
Memorandum of Agreement
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MRIC
Mobile Registration Intake Centers
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NAIS
National Animal Identification System
NASAR
National Association for Search and Rescue
NCAC
National Companion Animal Coalition - comprised of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the Canadian Kennel Club and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada. The NCAC have mandated full transition to an ISO standard for microchips as of August 1, 2005.
NCP
National Contingency Plan
NDMS
National Disaster Medical System
NEG
National Emergency Grants
NEMA
National Emergency Management Association NEMA is the professional association of and for state emergency management directors.
NERT
National Emergency Response Team
NETC
National Emergency Training Center Virtual Campus
NIEHS
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIIMS
National Interagency Incident Management System
NIMS
National Incident Management System FEMA
A system mandated by HSPD-5 that provides a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments; the private-sector; and nongovernmental organizations to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. To provide for interoperability and compatibility among Federal, State, local, and tribal capabilities, the NIMS includes a core set of concepts, principles, and terminology. HSPD-5 identifies these as the ICS; multiagency coordination systems; training; identification and management of resources (including systems for classifying types of resources); qualification and certification; and the collection, tracking, and reporting of incident information and incident resources.
NIMS/ICS
see Incident Command System
NIPP
National Infrastructure Protection Plan
NLPA
National Livestock Producers Association
NMDS
National Disaster Medical System is a section within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Response Division, Operations Branch, and is responsible for supporting Federal agencies in the management and coordination of the Federal medical response to major emergencies and Federally declared disasters.
No-kill shelter
The most widely accepted definition of a no-kill shelter is a place where all adoptable and treatable animals are saved and where only unadoptable or non-rehabilitatable animals are euthanized. [5]
NOAA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOC
National Operations Center
NOC-NRCC
National Response Coordination Center (NOC-NRCC)National Operations Center (NOC) - The NOC-NRCC monitors potential or developing incidents and supports the efforts of regional and field components, including coordinating the preparedness of national-level emergency response teams and resources; in coordination with Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCCs), initiating mission assignments or reimbursable agreements to activate other Federal departments and agencies; and activating and deploying national-level specialized teams.
NOC-Watch
NOC–Interagency Watch (NOC-Watch) is a standing 24/7 interagency organization fusing law enforcement, national intelligence, emergency response, and private sector reporting. The NOC-Watch facilitates homeland security information-sharing and operational coordination with other Federal, State, local, tribal, and nongovernmental EOCs.
NPFC
The National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC) is an independent Coast Guard Unit reporting directly to the Chief of Staff and is the fiduciary agent for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) and the portion of the Superfund used by the US for response to hazardous substance released in the coastal zone. The Treasury Department is the Trustee for the Fund, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), coordinates the cleanup of inland oil spills and trustees who oversee the restoration of natural resources.
NRC
National Response Center: The NRC receives reports of all chemical, radiological, etiological (causes of a disease or abnormal condition), and biological releases regulated by various federal statutes.
NRCS
Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA) - (was responsible for disposing of livestock remains after Hurricanes Katrina/Rita)
NRDA
Natural Resource Damage Assessment
NRDAR
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
NRP
National Response Plan: A plan mandated by HSPD-5 that integrates Federal domestic prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery plans into one all-discipline, all-hazards plan. NRP Quick Reference (pdf) - 27 pages
NRS
National Response System
NRT
National Response Team providing technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction in natural and technological disasters and other environmental incidents of national significance. NRT, is made up of 16 federal agencies, each with responsibilities and expertise in various aspects of emergency response to pollution incidents.
NSF
National Strike Force: The Coast Guard's National Strike Force (NSF) is composed of three strategically located strike teams and a coordination center. Strike teams have specially trained personnel and are equipped to respond to oil spills and chemical releases. NSF capabilities are especially suited to incidents occurring in the marine environment, but also include site assessments, safety, action plan development and documentation for both inland and coastal zone incidents.
NSFCC
National Strike Force Coordination Center
NVOAD
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
NWCG
National Wildfire Coordinating Group - Useful publications & forms
NWR
NOAA Weather Radio
NWS
National Weather Service NOAA
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OIE
World organization for animal health
OPA
Oil Pollution Act of 1990
OSC
On-Scene Coordinator: The On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) and the Area Committee are responsible for developing, adopting, and implementing a response management system, such as ICS/UC, through the Area Contingency Plan (ACP). Use of a National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS)-based ICS/UC as the model for response management in the ACP can be helpful in ensuring an effective response.
OSHA
Occupational Safety & Health Administration

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Pandemic influenza
National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
PERT
Pet Emergency Response Team
PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
PFS
Professional Food Systems
PIO
Public Information Officer: A member of the Command Staff responsible for interfacing with the public and media or with other agencies with incident-related information requirements.
Preparedness
Activities that enhance the abilities of indiviuals, communities, and businesses to better respond to a disaster. Preparedness activities include public education, disaster training, and disaster exercies/drills.
Primary Agency
The Governmental agency or departmentassigned primary(lead) responsibility to manage and coordinate a specific ESF. Primary agencies are designated on the basis of having the most resources, capabilities, or expertise relative to accomplishment of the ESF. primary agencies are responsible for overall planning and coordination and their support agencies and other ESF's.
PRP
Potentially Responsible Party

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Recovery
Activities associated with the orderly restoration and rehabilitation of persons and property affected by disasters.
RERT
EPA's Radiological Emergency Response Team (RERT) prepare for and respond to emergencies involving radioactive materials, nuclear power plant accidents, nuclear weapons accidents, international incidents involving radioactive materials, lost (orphaned) radiation source devices, acts of terrorism involving nuclear materials, accidents involving satellites containing radioactive material.
Response
Activities, during the immediate aftermath ( usually considered the first 72 hours in a major event), that uses all systems, plans, and resources necessary to adequately preserve the health, safety, and welfare of victims, and their property affected by the disaster, with emphasis on meeting the emergency needs and restoring essential community services.
RFID
Radio Frequency Identification
see also Animal identification
Richter Scale for Earthquakes
4.0-4.9 - Light - Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely. 6000 per year.
5.0-5.9 - Moderate - Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. At most slight damage to well-designed buildings. 800 per year
6.0-6.9 - Strong - Can be destructive in areas up to about 100 miles across in populated areas. 120 per year
7.0-7.9 - Major - Can cause serious damage over larger areas. 18 per year
8.0-8.9 - Great - Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred miles across. 1 per year.
>9 - Rare Great - Devastating in areas several thousand miles across. 1 per 20 years
RP
Responsible Party
RRCC
Regional Response Coordination Center (FEMA)
RRT
Regional Response Team: RRTs ensure that appropriate federal and state assistance will reach an incident scene quickly and efficiently when needed. There are 13 RRTs, one for each of the ten federal regions, plus one for Alaska, one for the Caribbean, and one for Oceania. RRTs include state and federal members and are co-chaired by the USCG and EPA. Each RRT develops a Regional Contingency Plan that describes the policies and procedures for a quick and effective response to pollution incidents.
RSVP
Retired Senior Volunteer Program

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SACC
Southern Area Coordination Center
Saffir-Simpson Scale
A categorial method of measuring the intensity ( wind speed), storm surge, and expected damage caused by a hurricane.
SARA
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
SART
State Animal Response Teams
SATA
Site Assessment and Technical Assistance
SEMS
Standardized Emergency Management System
SERC
State Emergency Response Commission
Severe Weather
Severe weather conditions includingstrong thunderstorms, frequent lightening, gusts of high winds, and heavy rainfal usually associated with an identified weather front or system.
Severe Winter Storms
Heavy snow, ice, freezing rain and strong winds with sustained speeds of less than 35 miles per hour.
Slosh
Sea-Lake-Overland Surges from Hurricanes. A system of estimating the volume and depth of storm surge flooding caused by tropical storms. Coastal residents should consult the SLOSH map to determine the risk to their property in the event of coastal flooding.[6]
Squall/Squall Line
Strong winds associated with thunderstorms which maintain peak speeds over a period of two or more minutes and then decrease rapidly. Squall lines may precede approaching intense storms.
SSC
Scientific Support Coordinator: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration NOAA Scientific Support Coordinators (SSCs) are designated by the FOSC, and is the principal advisor for scientific issues, communication with the scientific community, and coordination of requests for assistance from state and Federal agencies regarding scientific studies. The SSC may serve on the FOSC's staff supporting the Unified Command or within the Planning or Operational Component of the ICS.
SSP
Site Safety Plan
Staging Area
Location established where resources can be placed while awaiting a tactical assignment. The Operations Section manages Staging Areas.
Storm Surge
An onshore gush of water associated with a low pressure weather system, typically a tropical cyclone. Storm surge is caused primarily by high winds pushing on the ocean's surface. The wind causes the water to pile up higher than the ordinary sea level. [7]
Support Agency
Organization or agency designated to assist a primary agency with available resources, capabilities, or expertise to accomplish the mission of the ESF response and recovery operations under the coordination of the primary agency.
SUPSALV
The U.S. Navy Superintendent of Salvage (SUPSALV), has extensive salvage-related, open-sea pollution incidents and recovery equipment inventory with the requisite knowledge and expertise to support these operations, including specialized salvage, firefighting, and petroleum, oil and lubricants offloading capability.


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Technological Hazard
A range of hazards emanting from the manufacture, transportation, and use of hazardous materials, such as radioactive materials, chemicals, explosives, flammables, agricultural pesticides, herbicides, and disease agents; oil spills onland, coastal waters or inland water systems; and debris from space.
TNR
Trap-Neuter-Release - a method of limiting feral cat populations without putting them in kill-shelters
Triage
A process for sorting injured people or animals into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment. Triage is used in hospital emergency rooms, on battlefields, and at disaster sites when limited medical resources must be allocated.[8]
Tornado
A violent whirling wind storm that can reach 300 MPH or more. A Tornado is identified by a funnel shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over land.
Tornado Warning
A Tornado has been sighted in the area or is indicated by radar. TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.
Traveler's Advisory
Severe Weather conditions, such as snow, ice, fog, or flooding which may make travelling difficult or dangerous.
Typhoon
The term used for Hurricanes in the western pacific.

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UAN
United Animal Nation
UC
Unified Command
USAHA
United States Animal Health Association
USC
United States Code
USCG
United States Coast Guard
USDA
United States Department of Agriculture
US&R
Urban Search and Rescue (FEMA)

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VCT
Volunteer Coordination Team (NVOAD)
VMATs
Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams Overview
VMAT Mission
VMAT Info
VMAT-1
VMAT-2
VMAT-3
VMAT-5
VOAD
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
VRC
Volunteer Reception Center (NVOAD)

W Edit

Warning
A public news release issued by the National Weather Service indicating that a severe weather event is taking place or is imminent ( within 24 hrs or less) in a specified area. It is of utmost importance that ALL precautionary measures and actions be taken immediately for the protection of life and property.
Watch
A public news release from the National Weather Service advising that conditions are present indicating possible development of a designated severe weather condition within a specified area.
Weather Advisory
A regulary scheduled public news release issued by the National Weather Service providing details on a continuing weather event.
Weather Bulletin
A public news release issued by the National Weather Service providing the latest details on the wather conditions during the period between advisories.
WMD
Weapons of Mass Destruction
WSAVA
World Small Animal Veterinary Association

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