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NHC and Emergency Management Acronyms


  • ARWO Aerial Reconnaissance Weather
  • AFOS Automation of Field Operations and Services
  • ASOS Automated Surface Observing Systems
  • AST Atlantic Standard Time (EST + 1 or same as EDT)
  • AVN AViatioN run of the NCEP Medium Range Forecast (MRF)
  • AWIPS Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System
  • AOC Army Operations Center, Pentagon
  • ARC American Red Cross
  • ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Services
  • ARRL American Radio Relay League
  • AVN AViation ruN of the NCEP MRF model
  • CARCAH Chief, Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, All Hurricanes
  • CDT Central Daylight Time
  • CLIPER CLImatology and PERsistence (statistical track forecast model)
  • CONUS Continental United States
  • CP Continental Polar (dry (continental) and cold (polar) airmass)
  • CST Central Standard Time
  • DAE Disaster Assistance Employee
  • DAC Disaster Application Center
  • DCO Defense Coordinating Officer
  • DFO Disaster Field Office
  • DOC Department of Commerce
  • EAS Emergency Alert System
  • EBS Emergency Broadcast System
  • EDT Eastern Daylight Time
  • EICC Emergency Information and Coordination Center (FEMA)
  • EMS Emergency Medical Services
  • EMWIN Emergency Manager's Weather Information Center
  • EOC Emergency Operations Center
  • EOP Emergency Operations Plan
  • ERT Emergency Response Team (FEMA)
  • ERT-A Advance Element of the Emergency Response Team (FEMA)
  • ESF Emergency Support Function
  • EST Emergency Support Team (FEMA) / Eastern Standard Time
  • FAST Field Assessment Team
  • FCO Federal Coordinating Officer (FEMA)
  • FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • FRP Federal Response Plan
  • GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (a location and a computer model)
  • GFS Global Forecasting System
  • GMT Greenwich Mean Time
  • GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
  • GUNS GFDL-UKMET-NOGAPS model ensemble average
  • GUNA GFDI-UKMI-NGPI-AVNI model ensemble average
  • HES Hurricane Evacuation Study
  • HF High Frequency
  • ICS Incident Command System
  • IT Information Technology Directorate (FEMA)
  • ITCZ Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone
  • JIC Joint Information Center
  • KM Kilometers
  • KT Knots (nautical miles per hour 1 KT = 1.15 MPH)
  • LBAR Limited area BARotropic (NCEP model)
  • LGE Logistic Growth Equation (modified SHIPS)
  • LLCC Low Level Cloud Center
  • M Statute Mile
  • MB Millibars
  • MEOW Maximum Envelope of Water or Maximum Envelope of Winds
  • MERS Mobile Emergency Response Support (FEMA)
  • MPH Miles Per Hour
  • MOC MERS Operations Center (FEMA)
  • MRF Medium Range Forecast (NCEP)
  • M/S Meters Per Second
  • MT Mitigation Directorate (FEMA)
  • NAM North American Mesoscale model
  • NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NAWAS National Warning System
  • NDMS National Disaster Medical System
  • NECC National Emergency Coordination Center (FEMA)
  • NEXRAD Next Generation of Radar
  • NHC National Hurricane Center
  • NM Nautical Mile
  • NPSC National Process Serving Center (FEMA)
  • NTC National Teleregistration Center (FEMA)
  • NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NOGAPS Naval Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System
  • NVOAD National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
  • NWS National Weather Service
  • NWSFO National Weather Service Forecasting Office
  • OSC On-Scene Coordinator
  • OS Operations Support Directorate (FEMA)
  • PIO Public Information Officer
  • PT Preparedness, Training and Exercises Directorate (FEMA)
  • PUP Principle User Processor
  • RACES Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
  • RADAR Radio Detection And Ranging
  • RD Regional Director
  • REACT Radio Emergency Associated Communication Team
  • ROC Regional Operations Center
  • RR Response and Recovery Directorate (FEMA)
  • SCO State Coordinating Officer
  • SFMR Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer
  • SHIFOR Statistical Hurricane Intensity FORecast
  • SHIPS Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction Scheme
  • SITREP Situation Report
  • SLOSH Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges for Hurricanes
  • SOP Standard Operating Procedure
  • TD Tropical Depression
  • TS Tropical Storm
  • TPC Tropical Prediction Center (no longer used)
  • TAFB Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (at NHC)
  • TSB Technical Support Branch (at NHC)
  • UKMET United Kingdom Office of Meteorology (a place and a computer model)
  • USACE United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • USAF United States Air Force
  • USCG United States Coast Guard
  • USGS United States Geological Survey
  • USN United States Navy
  • USAR Urban Search and Rescue
  • UTC Coordinated Universal Time
  • VT Valid Time
  • WFO Weather Forecast Office
  • WRF Weather Research and Forecasting model
  • Z Zulu Time (same as UTC)