EMAC glossary of terms and acronyms.

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Exercise Plan



Functional Exercise


Federal Emergency Management Agency



The “after-action” discussions and evaluations of an agency’s (or multiple agencies’) performance following an exercise, training session, or major event. The main purpose of a hotwash is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the response to a given event so that decisions may be made to prevent mistakes from that event to happen in a future event. A hotwash normally includes all the parties that participated in the exercise or response activities. (from Wikipedia)


Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program


Incident Command System (ICS)

A tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response.


Between two or more countries.


Between two or more states. EMAC is for interstate use only.

Interstate Reimbursement Form (R-1)

The form used to summarize the costs of all interstate assistance requested and provided by an Assisting State. 


Within a state (not between states).

Intrastate Reimbursement Form (R-2)

The form used to summarize the costs of all intrastate assistance requested and provided by an agency, municipality, county, or other organization within a state that provided assistance to another state under EMAC. 


Improvement Plan


Joint Field Office (JFO)

A facility used to house state, federal, and volunteer agency personnel who administer state and federal recovery assistance programs and manage recovery operations within each state declared a major disaster by the president.

Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (JRSOI) Site

An off-incident, temporary site where emergency services personnel and equipment report upon arrival into a disaster-impacted state. Many states use the National Guard to stand up a JRSOI as the first mission to provide logistical support of all resources that are coming into the state. A JRSOI may be staffed by a combination of National Guard, local, state, and federal resources.



Kentucky Division of Emergency Management


Lead State Representative (LSR)

A member of the EMAC Executive Task Force (ETF) who facilitates training courses and serves as a conduit of information for states within his/her region.  There is one lead state representative per each FEMA region.


Having a license or official authority to practice a profession.



Mutual Aid Support System

Member State

With regard to EMAC, any of the fifty United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

A document that describes a bi- or multilateral agreement between parties (Wikipedia). It may be used in states where there is no intrastate mutual aid agreement established that includes a provision making local personnel “agents of the state” so that they may deploy legally under EMAC.

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