Training Resources

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Seattle Citizen Disaster Preparedness Training

Learn the formal infrastructure and vocabulary

 CentralWestBePrepared volunteers can take the online ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses to learn some of the basic vocabulary and process used by emergency personnel nationally. ICS 700 and ICS-800 classes are also highly recommended and focus more on the management system used during larger events. Most of these free courses can be done at home in an hour or two over the Internet.

We've also a list of the myriad acronyms you may encounter.

National Emergency Management Training

Washington Training

Regional Disaster Training Links

  • Online Term Glossary

Aircraft Radio – VHF radio that operates on frequencies set aside for airplanes using AM (as opposed to FM) modulation.

Apparatus – Vehicles used by the fire district

ARRL – Amateur Radio Relay League

ARC – American Red Cross

ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service

ASAP – “As soon as possible”

B C – (VIFR) Battalion Chief -- between Captain and Assistant Chief

Black – (Med) expected to die or already dead

Brush 55 – (VIFR) A small apparatus that holds 55 gallons & tows a boat

CB – Citizens’ Band radio (Island Channel - ch. 2)

CCC – Citizen Corps Council

Ch. – Channel on a communications device

CCT – Community Contact Team

CHMC – Children’s Hospital

CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

Com. Center – Communications (radio) center in the EOC

COMMs – (Radio) communications

CPOD – Community Point of Distribution (for relief supplies)

DAT – (Red Cross) Disaster Action Team

DHS – Department of Homeland Security (see FEMA)

Division – The partition of an incident into geographical areas of operation. Divisions are established when the number of resources exceeds the manageable span of control of the Operations Chief. A division is located within the ICS organization between the branch and resources in the Operations Section.

DMAT – Disaster Medical Assistance Team

ECC – (King Co.) Emergency Coordination Center

800 MHZ – Generally, refers to the 800 megahertz radio system shared by most King County agencies including our Fire District, 13, King County Sheriff’s Office, and King County ECC

EMS – Emergency Medical Services

EMT – Emergency Medical Technician

EOC – Emergency Operations Center

ETA – Estimated time of arrival

ETD – Estimated time of departure

FB – Facebook

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency (part of DHS)

FRS/GMRS – Family Radio Service/General Mobile Radio Service two way radios. Channel 2 is the Vashon calling frequency but most radios have a few dozen channels

GETS – Govt. Emergency Telecommunications Service, gives certain agencies and persons priority access to phone service when that service is overloaded (see WPS)

GPS – Global Positioning System

Green – 1. (Med) walking wounded, minor injuries 2. (other) “go,” okay, all clear

HAM – Amateur radio operator (meaning of term is lost)

Hazmat – Hazardous material(s)

HMC – Harborview Hospital

IAP – Incident Action Plan (ICS and NIMS term)

IC – Incident Command(er)

ICS – Incident Command System (see NIMS & OPLA)

Inject – How new information is inserted into drills, exercises & strategic games

JIC – Joint Information Center coordinates public information messaging at an EOC during a disaster, typically for us at the King County ECC

KCECC – King Co. Emergency Coordination Center

KCOEM – King Co. Office of Emergency Management

KCRDP – King Co. Regional Disaster Plan

KCSO – King Co. Sheriff’s Office

L – Left

LOGS – Logistics

Marine VHF – Short range ship-to-ship/ship-to-shore radio channels in the VHF band using FM modulation

MCI – Multiple casualty incident

Med – Medical

MIQA - Magnolia-Interbay-QueenAnne

MSO – Medical Service Officer

MVA – Motor vehicle accident

NACCHO – National Association of County & City Health Officials

NERO – Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization

NIMS – National Incident Management System (see OPLA)

NRP – National Response Plan

OEM – (King Co.) Office of Emergency Management

OL – Overlake Hospital

OPLA – Operations, Planning, Logistics, Administration (see NIMS & ICS)

Ops – Operations

PDA – Preliminary Damage Assessment, carried out following a disaster to support a Presidential Emergency Declaration

PI – Public Information

Prov. – Providence Hospital

PSE – Puget Sound Energy

R – Right

RDP – (King Co.) Regional Disaster Plan

REACT – Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams, use CB radio, not active on Vashon

Red – (Med & other) Urgent, imminent danger, highest priority, life threatening

REW – Registered Emergency Worker (In unincorporated areas of King County a REW is a person who is a volunteer, within the meaning of State law, who has registered with, and met the requirements and approval of, the Director, KC OEM. When operating under a mission or training number, issued by the State Emergency Management Division, a REW has immunity from liability and is eligible for benefits and compensation as provided in law.)

RIMS – Regional Incident Management System, King County’s Web-based system for tracking disaster information (currently in development)

“Roger” – Radio response meaning received & understood; does not mean accept or commit

RPIN – Regional Public Information Network, a multi-county system for publishing emergency and other information via Web and email

JIC – Joint Information Center (see RPIN)

Sector – A geographic area

SHMC – Swedish Hospital

Simplex – A Radio term; point-to-point, single-channel communication

SITREP – Situation Report, a summary of an emergency situation commonly used by Emergency Operations Center

SOG – Standard Operating Guidelines of Vashon Island Fire and Rescue

SOP – Standard Operating Procedures

Spuds – Anchoring legs for barges to pin them in place while loading and offloading at the shoreline

Status Boards – Information posting boards in the EOC

Tender – VIFR term for a big water truck

TEW – Temporary Emergency Worker a method of affording temporary workers at an incident the same liability and other protections afforded by the Washington state Registered Emergency Worker program

TRX – Transporting a patient to a medical facility

UHF – Ultra High Frequency, the frequency band used by the Vashon Ham radio repeater

UPS – Uninterrupted Power System

VG – Valley General Hospital

VHF – Very High Frequency

VMC – Virginia Mason Hospital

Whiteboard – At the front of EOC, where activation notes are made

Windshield Survey – Notes on damage observed while driving - report to EOC

WPS – Wireless Priority Service, like GETS, gives certain agencies and persons priority access to cellphone services when they are overloaded

WSFS – Washington State Ferry Service

Yellow – (Med) delayed, injured but can wait


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