Glossary

Find important natural disaster planning, response, and recovery definitions here

Agency Administrator/Executive - According to FEMA, “The official responsible for administering policy for an agency or jurisdiction. An Agency Administrator/Executive (or other public official with jurisdictional responsibility for the incident) usually makes the decision to establish an Area Command.”

Agency Dispatch - The agency or jurisdictional facility from which resources are sent to incidents.

Agency Representative - According to FEMA, “A person assigned by a primary, assisting, or cooperating federal, state, tribal, or local government agency, or nongovernmental or private organization, that has been delegated authority to make decisions affecting that agency's or organization's participation in incident management activities following appropriate consultation with the leadership of that agency.”

American Red Cross (ARC) - A volunteer-led humanitarian organization that provides relief to disaster victims and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Area Command - According to FEMA, “An organization established to oversee the management of multiple incidents that are each being handled by a separate Incident Command System organization or to oversee the management an incident that has multiple incident management teams engaged. An Agency Administrator/Executive or other public official with jurisdictional responsibility for the incident usually makes the decision to establish an Area Command. An area command is activated only if necessary, depending on the complexity of the incident and incident management span-of-control considerations.”

ASCE 24 - Design and siting standards set by the American Society of Civil Engineers for buildings and structures in flood hazard areas. FEMA uses these as the standards to meet or exceed the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Assigned Resource - Resource checked in and assigned work tasks on an incident.

Assisting Agency - According to FEMA, “An agency or organization providing personnel, services, or other resources to the agency with direct responsibility for incident management.”

Available Resource - According to FEMA, “A resource assigned to an incident, checked in and available for a mission assignment, normally located in a Staging Area.”

Badging - According to FEMA, “The assignment of physical incident-specific credentials to establish legitimacy and limit access to various incident sites.” Volunteers should also receive a badge or other form of identification as part of the volunteer credentialing process.

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