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Emergency Working Groups at Airports (2019)

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Suggested Citation:"Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Emergency Working Groups at Airports. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25572.
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35 Acronyms and Abbreviations 1:1 one-to-one, or one-on-one 31C FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-31C Airport Emergency Plan 9/11 September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks A-CERT airport-community emergency response team AAAE American Association of Airport Executives AEP airport emergency plan Air 21 Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century ASP airport security program CBP U.S. Customs and Border Protection CERT community emergency response team EOC emergency operations center ERG emergency response group (IAH’s term for EWG) EWG emergency working group FAC family assistance center FAST family assistance support team (TPA’s term for EWG) FAWG family assistance working group (MCO’s term for EWG) FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation FBO fixed-base operator FEMA-EMI Federal Emergency Management Agency-Emergency Management Institute FRC Friends and Relatives Center ICS incident command system IROPS irregular operations LAWA Los Angeles World Airports NIMS National Incident Management System NPIAS National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems NTSB National Transportation Safety Board O&D origin and destination PARAS Program for Applied Research in Airport Security PASAG port and airline stakeholder action group (Port of Seattle/SEA’s term for EWG) PGA passenger gathering area SMART station manager airport response team (CLT’s term for EWG) TSA Transportation Security Administration Vision 100 Century of Aviation Re-Authorization Act VST victim support tasks

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Airports—especially in the past two decades—have generally sought to promote and increase collaboration among the members of the airport community, particularly between an airport and its airlines. One metric of this trend has been the increase in the number of U.S. airports with full-time emergency managers, from fewer than 10 in 2007 to more than 120 today. Collaboration and increased professionalism in airport emergency management have gone hand in hand.

No matter whether the incident is aircraft-related or an incident in the terminal—such as an active shooter, a bomb threat, or other hazard—the goals of airports, airlines, and others in the airport community are to achieve safety, security, compassion, customer service, regulatory compliance, and reputation. Achieving these goals can contribute to resiliency and to the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources.

Although air travel is one of the safest modes of travel, and airports are among the safest public spaces in the United States, air-travel incidents do occur. ACRP Synthesis 99: Emergency Working Groups at Airports documents these working groups and how they assist victims and their families and friends in the weeks following an incident.

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