Commonly Used Acronyms

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ACCD (VT) - Agency of Commerce & Community Development
ANR (VT) - Agency of Natural Resources
AOT (VT) - Agency of Transportation (Vtrans is also used)
ARC - American Red Cross
ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Services

BGS (VT) - Buildings & General Services
BISHCA (VT) - Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Acces

CAP - Civil Air Patrol
CCP - Citizens Corps Program
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CERCLA - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team
CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
CHEMTREC - Chemical Transportation Emergency Center
COG - Continuity of Government Plan
COOP - Continuity of Operations Plan

DEC (VT) - Department of Environmental Conservation
DHCA (VT) - Department of Housing and Community Affairs
DEMHS (VT) - Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
DHS - Department of Homeland Security (Federal)
DPS (VT) - Department of Public Safety

EAL - Emergency Action Level
EAS - Emergency Alert System
ECL - Emergency Classification Level
EMAC - Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMAP - Emergency Management Accreditation Program
EMD - Emergency Management Director
EMI - Emergency Management Institute
EMPG - Emergency Management Performance Grant
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
EOC - Emergency Operations Center
EOP - Emergency Operations Plan
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
EPCRA - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
EPZ - Emergency Planning Zone

FE - Functional Exercise
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
FMA - Flood Mitigation Assistance Program

GAR - Governor’s Authorized Representative

HAZMAT - Hazardous Material
HMEP - Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (Grant)
HMGP - Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

IAP - Incident Action Plan
IC - Incident Commander
ICS - Incident Command System
ICT (VT) - Incident Coordination Team
IEMAC - International Emergency Management Assistance Compact
IEMG - International Emergency Management Group
IFO - Incident Field Office

JIC - Joint Information Center

LEOC - Local Emergency Operations Center
LEOP - Local Emergency Operations Plan; also referred to as the “Local Template”.
LEPC - Local Emergency Planning Committee

MAA - Mutual Aid Agreements

NAS - Nuclear Alert System
NAWAS - National Warning System
NIMS - National Incident Management System
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NWS - National Weather Service

OCME (VT) - Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
ODP - Office of Domestic Preparedness
OMB - Office of Management and Budget

PA - Public Affairs or Public Assistance
PDA - Preliminary Damage Assessment
PDD - Presidential Decision Directive
PDM-C - Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive Program
PIO - Public Information Officer
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
PSD (VT) - Department of Public Service

RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services
REP - Radiological Emergency Preparedness
RERP - Radiological Emergency Response Plan
RPC - Regional Planning Commission
RRP - Rapid Response Plan

SCO - State Coordinating Officer
SDO - Supervisory Duty Officer
SEOC - State Emergency Operations Center
SEOP - State Emergency Operations Plan
SERC - State Emergency Response Commission
SHMC - State Hazard Mitigation Committee
SHMO - State Hazard Mitigation Officer
SOG - Standard Operating Guidelines
SOPs - Standard Operating Procedures
SRAAT - State Rapid Assessment & Assistance Team
SSF - State Support Function

TSA - Transportation Staging Area
TTX - Tabletop Exercise
TTY - Teletypewriter

VDH (VT) - Department of Health
VEPARDS - Vermont Emergency Planning & Response Database System
VERV - Vermont Emergency Response Volunteers
VOAD - Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
VSP - Vermont State Police
VTHMRT - Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team
VTANG - Vermont Air National Guard
VTNG - Vermont National Guard