Emergency Transportation Operations

Highway Evacuations in Selected Metropolitan Areas: Assessment of Impediments

Appendix 3
Acronyms & Terms

The following will aid in review and understating the acronyms and terms used throughout this document.

Acronym Description
511 National traveler information call number
911 Emergency services call number
AC Advanced Construction
ACTT Accelerated Construction Technology Transfer
ATMS Advanced Transportation Management Systems
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior
CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosive
CCTV Closed Circuit Television (video monitoring of the roads—one of the ITS tools used by DOTs)
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DHSEM Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (Illinois)
DMS Dynamic Message Signs
DOT Department of Transportation
DPS Department of Public Safety
EHTR Emergency Highway Traffic Regulation
EMA Emergency Management Agency (either a name or a generic description of the office)
EMAC Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a State-to-State mutual aid agreement activated during a major disaster
EOC Emergency Operations Center;
ESF Emergency Support Function, associated with the National Response System that divides response efforts into like groups, for example, ESF-2 is Communications (See ESF-1)
ESF-1 Emergency Support Function #1, or Transportation, as designated under the National Response System and used by State and local emergency management agencies to group transportation functions together.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, a component of the Department of Homeland Security
FHWA Federal Highway Administration, a modal Administration within the Department of Transportation with Division offices in each State /territory and which manages the highway surface transportation component of the U.S. Department of Transportation
FOUO For Official Use Only (Sensitive, but not classified)
GARVEEs Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle
GIS Geographic Information Systems
HAR Highway Advisory Radio
HOV High Occupancy Vehicle (lanes)
I- Interstate (U.S.)
I/D Incentive/Disincentive (Acceleration Technique)
INRIX® A private-sector company that produces an annual traffic scorecard (and other studies) used in this report
IRP Incident Response Plan
IRR Indian Reservation Roads
ITS Intelligent Transportation Systems
MOU(s) Memorandum of Understanding
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
NCRC Office of the National Capital Region Coordination, FEMA, DHS
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NHS National Highway System
NIMS National Incident Management System
NPR II National Plan Review, Phase 2 (2006 study of response plans from around the region by the Department of Homeland Security
PCAC Partial Conversion of Advanced Construction
RCP Regional Catastrophic Preparedness
RCPGP Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (DHS program)
RCPT Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (New York)
ROD Record of Decision
RWIS Road Weather Information System
SAFETEA-LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, (P.L. 109-59)
SH- State Highway
SR- State Road
STIP State Transportation Improvement Plan
STRAHNET Strategic Highway Network
TIP Transportation Improvement Plan
TMC Transportation or Traffic Management Center
TOC Transportation Operations Center
TSA Transportation Security Administration, an Administration within DHS
UASI Urban Area Security Initiative (as identified by the Department of Homeland Security)
VE Value Engineering
vpd vehicles per day
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction

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