LETTER REPORT #6, APPENDIX 6-B ACRONYMS AND GLOSSARY

Acronyms

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CHER-CAP

Community Hazards Emergency Response Capability Assurance Program

CSEPP

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program


DHHS

Department of Health and Human Services

DHS

Department of Homeland Security


EMS

Emergency Medical Services

Epi-Aid

Epidemic Assistance Investigation


FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigations

FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency


GAO

General Accounting Office


HAN

Health Alert Network

HSAC

Homeland Security Advisory Council

HSC

Homeland Security Council

HRSA

Health Resources and Services Administration

HSEEP

Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program


ICS

Incident Command System


LLIS

Lessons Learned Information Sharing (www.llis.org)


MIPT

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism


ODP

Office of Domestic Preparedness


PCC

Policy Coordination Committee (of the HSC)


REP

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program


WMD

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Glossary

All-hazards:

generally contrasted with “agent-specific,” refers to a broad preparedness and response approach to all possible hazards to population health and safety, whether the complete range of known disasters, or specifically the complete range of public health disasters (from naturally occurring to deliberately introduced).


Disaster:

phenomena caused by natural, technological, or deliberate causes. Term is sometimes used interchangeably with emergency, although the two are not only quantitatively but also qualitatively different. A key difference is that while emergencies call upon largely local resources and response, disasters are of sufficient magnitude to require external resources and personnel for response and recovery (Mothershead, 2003).



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