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Glossary –Acronym/Term Definition

AAR/IP After Action Report/Improvement Plan

ACS Alternate Care Site

ALS Advanced Life Support

AMTS Alternative Medical Treatment Site

ASPR Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: part of the Department of Health and

Human Services; provides federal funding for healthcare preparedness

B3 Bomb, Burn, Blast

BLS Basic Life Support

BPR Bureau of Preparedness and Response (channels guidance and federal funding for Florida’s

public health and healthcare system preparedness efforts)

CCP Casualty Collection Point

CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (federal funding for public health preparedness)

CERT Community Emergency Response Team

CHIRP Comprehensive Health Incident Response Plan

COAD Community Organizations Active in Disaster

CRI Cities Readiness Initiative (preparing selected cities for mass dispensing/vaccination)

COOP Continuity of Operations Plan

Decon Decontamination

DEM Department of Emergency Management

DHS Department of Homeland Security

DMAT Disaster Medical Assistance Team: a federal asset that can be deployed at the request of a

state to provide medical surge support

DMORT Disaster Mortuary Response Team

DoD Department of Defense

DOH Florida Department of Health, the state agency responsible for promoting and protecting the

health of Florida’s citizens and visitors

DSOC Domestic Security Oversight Council. Florida’s preparedness governance board, comprised

of officials appointed by the Governor. This entity provides strategic direction to the state’s

preparedness efforts

EDICS Emergency Disaster Incident Communications System

EDs Hospital Emergency Departments

EM Emergency Management

EMAC Emergency Management Assistance Compact

EMS Emergency Medical Services

EMTALA Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act

EOC Emergency Operations Center

EOP Emergency Operations Plan

ESAR-VHP Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (federal

program – in Florida previously known as SERVE FL – transitioning to Everbridge)

ESF Emergency Support Functions. EOCs are structured around 17 emergency support functions

ESF8 Emergency Management Support Function 8 (Health and Medical) Essential Partners Essential partnership groups include hospitals and health systems, local emergency management/public safety, local public health, EMS providers, long-term care, behavioral and mental health, specialty service providers (such as dialysis, pediatrics, urgent care, etc.), support service providers (such as laboratories, pharmacies, blood banks, poison control), primary care providers, community health centers, federal entities (such as NDMS, VA hospitals, DOD facilities) and private entities associated with healthcare (such as hospital associations). Other stakeholders include law enforcement, public works, private organizations, non-government organizations, non-profits, VOAD, COAD, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, volunteer medical organizations (such as the American Red Cross)

FDLE Florida Department of Law Enforcement

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMORS Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (mass fatality equipment and


FMS Federal Medical Station

FOG Florida Incident Field Operations Guide

FY Fiscal Year (both federal grants and Florida’s fiscal years are July 1 through June 30)

HAvBED Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies & Disasters

HazMat Hazardous Materials

HCC Healthcare Coalition

HHS Department of Health and human Services

HPP Hospital Preparedness Program (under ASPR)

HSEEP Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

HVA Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

ICS Incident Command System

IMT Incident Command Team

JIC Joint Information Center

LEOC Local Emergency Operations Center

MAC Multi-Agency Coordination

MCI Mass Casualty Incident

MMRS Metropolitan Medical Response System

MOA/MOU Memoranda of Agreement/Understanding

MRC Medical Reserve Corp (volunteer medical personnel registered and trained to assist in


MYTEP Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan

NDMS National Disaster Medical System

NHHS National Health Security Strategy

NIMS National Incident Management Systems

NRP National Response Plan

PAHPA Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act

PH Public Health

PHEP Public Health Emergency Preparedness

PHHP Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness

PPE Personal Protective Equipment

RDSTF Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Following 9/11, a functional structure for emergency preparedness within Florida was created in Florida Statute, based on the Department of Law Enforcement regions RDSTF Co-Chairs Each of the seven RDSTF regions in Florida is co-chaired by a Sheriff and the FDLE Special Agent in Charge. Additionally, there are co-chairs in each region for specific disciplines, including Health and Medical, Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, etc.

RERA Regional Emergency Response Advisor

SEOC State Emergency Operations Center

SHSGP State Homeland Security Grant Program

SLRC State Logistics Response Center

SMRS State Medical Response System. Florida’s medical surge system (modeled after the federal


SMRT State Medical Response Team (regional medical surge teams trained and ready to deploy

within Florida)

SNS Strategic National Stockpile

SpNS Special Needs Shelter

START Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment

SWG State Working Group: Working committees that oversee multi-disciplinary planning, equipping, training and exercising in Florida; reports to DSOC

SWP State Warning Point Target Capabilities Federally identified capabilities needed across all disciplines to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster (all target capabilities are outlined in Florida’s Domestic Security Strategy, and healthcare target capabilities are outlined in the Florida Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Strategic Plan

VOAD Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaste

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