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FEMA US&R Branch Doctrine

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*Note - All GMs, PDs and IBs are housed under the same file structure, by date within the year they were created​*

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FEMA US&R Administration Doctrine

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     200-A  Appendix A - Documents for US&R Cooperative Agreements and Reimbursements

     

      201- Annex A - US&R Advisory Organization and All Appendices

          201  Annex A - US&R Advisory Organization

          201-A  Appendix A - The Advisory Organization Decision Process

          201-B  Appendix B - Advisory Organization Recommendation Template

          201-C  Appendix C - Advisory Organization Action Tracker Template

          201-D  Appendix D - Advisory Organization Agenda and Meeting Notes Template

          201-E  Appendix E - Advisory Organization Chart

          201-F  Appendix F - Advisory Organization Project Management Principles

          201-G  Appendix G - Advisory Organization Vacancy KSA List

          201-H  Appendix H - Subgroup Core Competencies 

          201-I  Appendix I - Advisory Organization Document Review Comment Form

          201-J  Appendix J - Advisory Organization Meeting Request Form

          201-K  Appendix K - Advisory Group Action Presentation Template

          201-L  Appendix L - Advisory Organization Application

          201-M  Appendix M - Advisory Organization Letter of Support Template

          201-N  Appendix N - Advisory Organization Status Change Form

 

     202  Annex B - US&R Cooperative Agreements

     

     203  Annex C - US&R Task Force Program Manager Mentoring Guide

          203-A  Appendix A - Timeline for New Task Force Program Managers

          203-B  Appendix B - Task Force Program Manager Training Requirements

     204  Annex D - US&R Reimbursement Reference Guide

     205  Annex E - US&R Readiness Assessment Program Manual

Human Resources

     Workers Compensation

     FEMA Code of Conduct

     Health Guidance

US&R System MOA & MOUs

     Noncompliance with National US&R Response System Requirements

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02/2022

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03/2023

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v1.5 04/2002

 

10/2013

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FEMA US&R Operations Doctrine

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          300-A  Appendix A - Acronyms and Abbreviations

          300-B  Appendix B - Internet Resources

     301  Annex A - Response Concept of Operations

          301-A  New Madrid Earthquake Response Addendum

          301-B  Puerto Rico / U.S. Virgin Islands Response Addendum

          301-C  Hawaiian Islands Response Addendum

          301-D  Alaska Response Addendum (placeholder, does not yet exist)

 

     302  Annex B - US&R Operations in a Contaminated Environment

          302-A  Appendix A - Response Worker Guidelines

          302-B  Appendix B - US&R Hazmat Site Characterization Decision Algorithms

          302-C  Appendix C - Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)

          302-D  Appendix D - Respiratory Protection for US&R Personnel

          302-E  Appendix E - US&R Standard Radiological Response Operations Guidelines (RADWATCH)

          302-F  Appendix F - Legal Dose Record Sampling Form

          302-G  Appendix G - Radiation Exposure Tracking Aide Sample Form

     303  Annex C - Water Operations Concept of Operations

          303-A  Appendix A - Water Operations Equipment - Interim Cache List

          303-B  Appendix B - Water Rescue Specialist Position Description

          303-C  Appendix C - Water Rescue Specialist Position Task Book

          303-D  Appendix D - US&R Boat Operator Position Description

          303-E  Appendix E - US&R Boat Operator Task Book

     304  Annex D - Mission Ready Packages Concept of Operations

          304-A  Appendix A - Mission Ready Package - Canine Search

          304-B  Appendix B - Mission Ready Package - Communications

          304-C  Appendix C - Mission Ready Package - Command

          304-D  Appendix D - Mission Ready Package - Logistics Support

          304-E  Appendix E - Mission Ready Package - Search

          304-F  Appendix F - Mission Ready Package - Structures Specialist

          304-G  Appendix G - Mission Ready Package - Technical Rescue

          304-H  Appendix H - Mission Ready Package - Tunnel Rescue

          304-I  Appendix I - Mission Ready Package - Water Rescue

     305  Annex E - Position Descriptions

          305i  Summary of Clarifications to Annex E - Position Descriptions

          305-A  Appendix A - Additional Required Technical and Rope Rescue Skills

     306  Annex F - Safety

          306-A  Appendix A - Incident within an Incident (IWI) Protocol

          306-B  Appendix B - Blue Sheet - Summary Report Template of an Incident within an Incident (IWI)

          306-C  Appendix C - Risk Refusal

          306-D  Appendix D - First Report of Injury/Illness Notification

          306-Di  Appendix Di - Instructions for FEMA US&R First Report of Injury/Illness Notification        

          306-E  Appendix E - FEMA US&R Exposure Report

          306-Ei  Appendix E - Instructions for FEMA US&R Exposure Report

          306-F  Appendix F - FEMA US&R Summary of Task Force Exposures

          306-Fi  Appendix Fi - Instructions for FEMA US&R Summary of Task Force Exposures

          306-G  Appendix G - Major Event Review Team (MERT)

          306-H  Appendix H - Red Sheet - Facilitated Learning Analysis (FLA)

     307  Annex G - Canine Search Team Certification Evaluation Handbook

          307-(A-Q) Documents (All Documents Housed In This Folder)

          307-A  FEMA US&R Canine Evaluator Application

          307-Ai FEMA US&R Canine Evaluator Application - Instructions

          307-B  FEMA US&R Lead Evaluator Application

          307-C  FEMA US&R Application for Certification Evaluation

          307-D  FEMA US&R Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) Score Sheet

          307-E  FEMA US&R Scene Safety Establishment Checklist

          307-F  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation Survey

          307-G  FEMA US&R Guidelines for Evaluators

          307-I  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation (CE) Score Sheet

          307-J  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation After-Action Report Template

          307-K  Glossary of Terms

          307-L  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation Appeals Process

          307-M  FEMA US&R Guidelines for Conducting a Certification Evaluation

          307-N  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation Standard Operating Procedures

          307-O  FEMA US&R Certification Evaluation Host Checklist

          307-P  FEMA US&R Regional Certification Evaluation Standard Operating Procedures

          307-Q  FEMA US&R Application for Qualified Evaluator or Shadow Evaluator

     308  Annex H - FEMA US&R and USACE Concept of Operations

          308-A  USACE StS Strike Team Package - Type 1

          308-B  USACE StS Strike Team Package - Type 2

          308-C  Forms Used by Structures Specialists

          308-D  Structures Specialist Equipment in the FEMA US&R Cache

          308-E  USACE StS Regional Equipment Cache

          308-F  Mission Ready Package - Structures Specialist

          308-G  USACE Activation Using Mission Assignments

          308-H  USACE StS Training Cache

          308-I  USACE StS Cadre Activation SOP

          308-J  Structure Triage / Rapid Recon, Assessment and Marking System Handbook

     309  Annex I - International US&R Assistance Concept of Operations

          309-A  Appendix A - Import and Employment Steps for International US&R Resources

          309-B  Appendix B - Reception Departure Center and US&R Coordination Cell Procedures

          309-C  Appendix C - Pre-Scripted Mission Assignment for BHA

          309-D  Appendix D - Sample Activation Orders for VA-TF1 and CA-TF2

          309-E  Appendix E - Detailed Flowchart of FEMA US&R Requests for INSARAG Teams

          309-F  Appendix F - Federal Agencies Supporting the RDC

          309-G  Appendix G - Translator Support Requirements for International US&R Teams

          309-H  Appendix H - Vehicle Support Requirements for International US&R Teams

     330  US&R Field Operations Guide

     340  Marking Standards Handbook

     341  Search Strategy and Tactics Handbook

     390  US&R Operations Forms - 18 Series

          18-001  US&R Deployment Verification (PD 2008-007 | May 2011)

          18-002  US&R Action Order Form

          18-003  US&R Mobilization Partial Payment

          18-004  US&R Deployment Vehicle Inventory

          18-005  US&R Self-Evaluation Scoresheet

          18-006  US&R IST Timesheet

          18-007  US&R Action Order Number Tracking

          18-008  US&R Template Event Reimbursement Funding Log

          18-009  US&R Blank Claim Review

          18-010  US&R Appeal Workbook v3.0

          18-011  US&R Event Funding Calculation Workbook

          18-012  US&R Run Order

          18-013  US&R Herndon Warehouse - Monthly Activity Report

          18-014  US&R Non-Response Event Cost Estimate

          18-015  US&R PAX Manifest

          18-016  US&R Deployment Pre-Screening Form

          18-017  US&R System Resource Injury and Illness Log

          18-018  US&R Contact Tracing – Index Patient Interview Form

          18-019  US&R Close Contact Interview Form

          18-020  US&R Contact Tracing Report Form

          18-021  FEMA-Owned Vehicle Usage Report and Maintenance Tire Log

          18-022  Time-Phased Force Deployment Data List (TPFDDL)

          18-022i  Instructions for Time-Phased Force Deployment Data List (TPFDDL)

          18-022Ai  Instructions for Time-Phased Force Deployment Data List (TPFDDL) with Vehicles

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IWI - Annex F
400-Logistics

FEMA US&R Logistics Level Doctrine

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400 - US&R Logistics

      430  US&R Logistics Job Aids, Handbooks and Guides

          430 - FEMA US&R 463L Pallet System Job Aid

      490  US&R Logistics Lists and Forms - 17 Series

          17-001  FEMA Approved Equipment Cache List (Both Excel and PDF)

          17-001-4  Task Force Cache and Equipment List - Type 4

          17-002  Air Response Module (ARM)

          17-003  IST Cache and Equipment List

          17-004  Task Force Fly Away Kit

          17-005-PR  Pre-Positioned Equipment Kit (PEK) - Puerto Rico

          17-006  HEPP Cache and Equipment List

          SF 91  FEMA US&R Standard Form 91 (Sep 2020)

          17-091i  Instructions to Complete the SF91 during ESF #9 Activation

          FEMA Form 145-FY21-100 During ESF #9 Activation

          17-145i  Instructions to Complete the FEMA Form 145-FY21-100 During ESF #9 Activation

     491 17-304  US&R Mission Ready Package Cache Lists

          17-304-A  MRP - Canine Search - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-B  MRP - Communications - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-C  MRP - Command - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-D  MRP - Logistics Support - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-E  MRP - Search - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-F  MRP - Structures Specialist - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-G  MRP - Technical Rescue - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-H  MRP - Tunnel Rescue - Equipment Cache List

          17-304-I  MRP - Water Rescue - Equipment Cache List

     499 US&R Logistics Supporting Documents     

          Air Force Manual (AFMAN) 24-204

          Hazardous Materials Regulation in Subchapter C of Title 49 CFR Parts 171-180          

          National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG)

          Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Transportation

          FEMA Form 119-7-1-2 - DHS FEMA Property Transfer Report

          FEMA Form 119-7-1-3 - Custody Receipt for Government Property on Personal Charge

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2024

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2019

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08/2022

03/2023

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FEMA US&R Planning Level Doctrine

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500 - US&R Planning

     550 - FEMA US&R Structures Specialist Forms (note: this is a redirect to disasterengineering.org, where all             the documents listed can be found)

          RST-1  Rapid Structure Triage (Front)

          RST-2  Rapid Structure Triage (Back)

          HAZ-1  Hazards Evaluation Form (Front)

          HAZ-2  Hazards Evaluation Form (Back)

          HAZ-3  US&R Structures / Hazards Checklist

          MIT-1  Hazard Mitigation Form

          MIT-Log  Hazards Mitigation Log

          MON-1  US&R Structure Monitoring Form (Front)

          MON-2  US&R Structure Monitoring Form (Back)

          CP-Log  US&R Structure Monitoring Log

          MON-Log  US&R Structure Monitoring Log

          MON-Log-P  US&R Structure Monitoring Log

          Handoff  US&R StS Shift Change Form

          CU-1  US&R Crane Use / Order Form

          SHOR-1  US&R Shoring Checklist

          T-HAZ-1  US&R Tunnel / Hazards Evaluation Form

          RBA-1  US&R Rapid Bridge Assessment Form

     590  US&R IST ICS Forms

           590-001  IST Plans-Specific Forms

     599  US&R Planning Supporting Documents

 

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FEMA US&R Command Level Doctrine

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600 - US&R Incident Support Team Manual (Previously Called the IST Handbook)

     600-A  Appendix A - Acronyms and Abbreviations

     600-B  Appendix B - IST Position Abbreviations

     600-C  Appendix C - ESF #9 Group Supervisor Position Description

     600-D  Appendix D - Forms Used by the IST

     600-E  Appendix E - Sample IST Memorandum of Agreement

     600-F  IST Personnel Equipment List

     600-G  Appendix G - IST Equipment Caches

     600-H  Appendix H - IST Base of Operations Checklist

     600-I  Appendix I - IST Resource Ordering Process

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FEMA US&R Training and Exercise Doctrine

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01/2020

01/27/2020

01/27/2020

01/27/2020

01/27/2020

01/27/2020

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FEMA US&R Finance Level Doctrine

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     890  US&R Reimbursement Forms - 19 Series

          19-001  Task Force Full Claim Summary Workbook

          19-002  Master Personnel Costs Workbook

               19-002A  Salary Summary

               19-002B  Alert and Backfill

               19-002C  IST and Backfill

               19-002D  Activated Task Force and Backfill

               19-002E  Support Personnel and Backfill

               19-002F  CISM and Backfill

               19-002G  After-Action Costs

          19-003  Individual Team Member Workbook

               19-003A  Individual Input Worksheet

               19-003B  View and Print Worksheet

               19-003C  Team Member Data Page

          19-004  Equipment Category Summary Workbook

               19-004A  Equipment Costs Summary

               19-004B  Emergency Procurement Cover Sheet

               19-004C  Resupply and Replacement Cover Sheet

               19-004D  Damaged Equipment and Repairs Cover Sheet

               19-004E  Pharmaceutical Costs Summary Cover Sheet

               19-004F  Transportation and Services Costs Cover Sheet

               19-004G  Equipment Invoice Cover Sheet

          19-005  Administrative Costs Worksheet

          19-006 & 19-006i US&R Request to Purchase Supplies, Equipment and Services

          19-007  US&R Damaged or Lost Equipment Reporting

          19-007i  Instructions for 19-007 - US&R Damaged or Lost Equipment Reporting

     891  FEMA Cooperative Agreements - 104 Series

         FF-104-FY-21-174  Task Force Narrative Workbook

               FF-104-FY-21-174A  Preparer and Contact Information

               FF-104-FY-21-174B  Budget Summary (Detailed)

               FF-104-FY-21-174C  Administration and Management

               FF-104-FY-21-174D  Training

               FF-104-FY-21-174E  Equipment

               FF-104-FY-21-174F  Storage and Maintenance

               FF-104-FY-21-174G  Budget Totals

               FF-104-FY-21-174H  Position Descriptions

               FF-104-FY-21-174I  Form for Additional Budget Clarification Information

          FF-104-FY-21-175  Semi-Annual Performance Report

          FF-104-FY-21-176  Amendment Form / Scope of Work / Budget Change Request

          FF-104-FY-21-177  Task Force Self-Evaluation Scoresheet

          FF-104-FY-21-179  US&R System Vehicle Support Unit Purchase / Replacement / Disposal Justification

 

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FEMA Incident Forms 

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Responsible

FEMA US&R Medical Forms

     US&R 013 - ESF #9 Fatality Procedure

     US&R 014 - Patient Referral (Employees Only - Not for Civilians)

     US&R 015 - Medical Intelligence Data

     US&R 016 - IST/Task Force Injury/Illness Log

 

09/1998

09/1998

03/2006

03/1996

 

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FEMA ICS Forms - US&R Modified

     ICS 201 - Incident Briefing

     ICS 202 - Incident Objectives - US&R Template

     ICS 203 - Organization Assignment List

     ICS 204 - Assignment List

     ICS 205 - Incident Radio Communications Plan

     ICS 205A - Communications List (various formats, .docx / .xlsx / searchable)

     ICS 206U - Medical Plan - US&R

     ICS 207 - Organization Chart - US&R IST

     ICS 208 - Safety Message/Plan

     ICS 209 - Situation Report - US&R Template

     ICS 210 - Resource Status Change

     ICS 211 - Incident Check-in List

     ICS 212 - Vehicle Safety Inspection Form

     ICS 213 - General Message

     ICS 214 - Activity Log

     ICS 215 - Operational Planning Worksheet

     ICS 215A - Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis

     ICS 218 - Support Vehicle/Equipment Inventory

     ICS 220 - Air Operations Summary

     ICS 221 - Demobilization Checkout

     ICS 225 - Incident Personnel Performance Rating 

 

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FEMA National US&R Response System Doctrine Bibiliography

Purpose

The purpose of this Doctrine Bibliography is to maintain a single document that serves as a central location to catalog the official name and publication dates of all current FEMA US&R Doctrine, Plans, Policies, and Procedures.  

Doctrine guides the formulation of processes and procedures used by the FEMA National US&R Response System.  Doctrine provides a standard frame of reference for task forces in the performance of their administrative and operational responsibilities.  Doctrine links theory, experience, innovation, and practice and is a guide to action and judgment founded in hard-won experience.  Doctrine also facilitates readiness and increased efficiency and effectiveness by standardizing activities and processes. 

 

One of the foundational principles of FEMA National US&R System is that the doctrine constantly matures and evolves.  This document is designed to provide a centralized reference for when doctrine was published and facilitate the tracking of when revisions should be conducted.  This bibliography will be updated on a regular basis as required when US&R doctrine is updated and published.

Applicability and Scope

This document applies to all members of the FEMA US&R System.  This document reflects FEMA US&R doctrine and policies that provide statutory, regulatory, and executive guidance for FEMA US&R activities.

Authorities and Foundational Documents

The National Response Framework established FEMA as the lead federal agency for Emergency Support Function #9 - Search and Rescue. 

Hierarchy of DHS and FEMA Doctrine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concept of Operations (CONOPS)

Is an operational plan that describes the headquarters assumptions and considerations for a specific type of incident or operational area.  The document is designed to allow US&R Task Forces and other federal agencies to read and understand how a FEMA US&R response operation would be executed. 

Annex

An annex is designed to provide operationally specific guidance.  Within FEMA US&R, a concept of operations is issued as an annex to the FEMA US&R Operations Manual.  FEMA doctrine defines an annex is either a stand-alone document or part of a larger document such as a manual or guide and is typically ten or more pages in length. 

Appendix

An appendix is a supplement to a manual, guide, handbook or annex and is designed to add information or contains supporting and reference information for the document. An appendix is located at the end of a manual, guide, or handbook and can be from one to ten pages in length. 

Instruction

Detailed information that guides the filling out and completion of the following types of US&R documents: Forms, Reports, Logs, Score Sheets, Workbooks, and Worksheets. US&R Instructions should be created for each of these types of US&R documents and provide sufficient guidance to ensure System members understand the type of information to be filled out in each box or blank space in the document. A small “i” is used in the US&R Document Number to identify the corresponding Instruction.  Example: The “US&R 18-022i” is the Instructions for the Time-Phased Force Deployment Data List (TPFDDL).

 

Operational Draft 

Working doctrine that defines new techniques, methods, or concepts that the FEMA US&R Branch intends to test in real-world operations before finalizing as enduring doctrine, typically after a period of 12-18 months. 

 

Published Doctrine

Doctrine that has been through the formal concurrence process (21 Day Review and Adjudication by the Advisory Organization) and has been published using a Program Directive or General Memorandum by the FEMA US&R Branch.

CAPSTONE: FEMA Publication 1 (Pub 1) is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) capstone doctrine. Pub 1 describes FEMA’s ethos, which is to serve the Nation by helping its people and first responders, especially when they are most in need. It identifies FEMA’s core values of compassion, fairness, integrity, and respect. Finally, Pub 1 delineates nine guiding principles that provide overarching direction to FEMA employees for the performance of their duties.

KEYSTONE: The second level of the FEMA doctrine hierarchy is a Keystone.  The Keystone is the primary foundational document from which all other FEMA disaster response, recovery, mitigation, and logistics directives and policies are derived. It describes how the response doctrine, articulated in the National Response Framework (NRF) are implemented in the context of FEMA incident management and support operations. 

MANUAL: The third level of the FEMA doctrine hierarchy is manuals, such as the FEMA US&R Operations Manual.  Manuals describe concepts, capabilities, or functions, explaining "what" is being accomplished to perform a mission. They include definitions, descriptions of roles, functions, structure, and concept of operations for those conducting FEMA incident management and support duties.  

MANUAL

KEYSTONE

CAPSTONE

GUIDE

GUIDE: Addresses a singular concept, capability or function referenced or defined in a manual above it. Provides operational details for a specific or complex mission or requirement to explain additional "how to" information.

HANDBOOK

HANDBOOK: A portable reference guide for a compilation of procedures. Uses a flexible format based upon intended function and can be a compilation of procedures or concepts.  Requires a manual above it and some may have a guide as well. 

PROCEDURE

PROCEDURE: Provides tactical level of detail that supports concepts established in manuals or guides.  Identifies specific actions and methods for performing a single function.  Includes things such as lists, timelines and tasks. Can be developed independently of other documents such as a manual, handbook, or guide. 

FEMA Doctrine Ownership Abbreviations

AO = Advisory Organization

COMM = Communications Subgroup

Equip = Equipment Subgroup

FEMA = Federal Emergency Management Agency (above FEMA US&R Branch

GM = Grant Management Subgroup

IST = Incident Support Team Leaders and Project Officer

Logs = Logistics Functional Group

Med = Medical Subgroup​

PFG = Planning Functional Group

Rescue = Rescue Subgroup

Search = Search Subgroup​

StS = Structures Subgroup

TRSG = Transportation Subgroup

US&R OPS = FEMA US&R Operations Section Chief

CSG = Canine Subgroup

DHS = Department of Homeland Security

ECSG = Exercise Coordination Subgroup

FS = Finance Subgroup

HazMat = HazMat Subgroup

Legal = Legal Subgroup

MPS = Management and Policy Subgroup

OFG = Operations Functional Group

PA = Public Affairs Subgroup

Safety = Safety Subgroup

SG = Strategic Group

TSG = Training Subgroup

US&R = FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Branch

US&R F/A = FEMA US&R Finance and Admin Section Chief

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