American Red Cross
A non-governmental (NGO) organization that specializes in disaster relief and blood donations from individuals.
Communications interoperability refers to “the ability of emergency responders to talk across disciplines and jurisdictions via communications systems and to exchange voice and/or data with one another on demand, in real time, when needed, and as authorized
Continuity of Communications
Continuity of communications is an uninterrupted ability to provide communications, while maintaining organizational viability, before, during, and after an event.
Department of Homeland Security
The United States Department of Homeland Security is the U.S. government agency established to provide a unifying foundation for the national network of organizations and institutions whose mission it is to secure the homeland.
An occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or manmade cause, including, but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, chemical spill, or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage.
Emergency Management Director
EMD is the head of a local or State emergency management agency organization charged with the management of disaster or crisis management from with natural or man-made disasters. They are the coordinating person between the local and State levels of Emergency Management.
Emergency Management Agency
An emergency management agency is the local or state organization charged with emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation and protection of the citizens in their area of responsibility.
Emergency Medical Services
EMS is the branch of emergency services dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care and/or transport to definitive care.
An unplanned event that interrupts the daily function of the jurisdiction and requires an emergency response.
Emergency Operations Center
An EOC is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principle of emergency preparedness and emergency management or disaster management function at a strategic level.
Federal Communications Commission
The United States Federal Communications Commission is an independent government agency that regulates intrastate and international communications by radio and television and wire and cable and satellite.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency of the U.S. government that provides for all federal emergency preparedness and mitigation and response activities.
Federal Response Plan
The Federal Response Plan was developed by DHS.
Government Accountability Office
The United States Governmental Accountability Office is an independent nonpartisan federal agency which acts as the investigative arm of Congress.
Geographic Information System
GIS provides the ability to envision the geographic aspects of a body of data, allows querying or analysis of a database, and the results are presented in the form of some type of map.
A system that interconnects channels of disparate systems (whether on different frequency bands or radio operating modes), allowing first responders using their existing radios and channels to be interconnected with the channels of other users outside of their agency. Dispatch consoles that are able to create patches will also be captures as gateways.
Department of Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program
HSEEP is a capabilities-based and performance-based program that furnishes standardized policies, doctrines, and terminologies for the design, development, performance, and evaluation of homeland security exercises.
International Association of Emergency Managers
IAEM is a working group of emergency management practitioners and academics to that consider principles of emergency management.
Incident Command System
ICS is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept and part of NIMS core principles.
Integrated Emergency Management System
(See ICS and NIMS)
Communications interoperability is defined as a means for disparate radio communication systems to communicate with each other in an effective and reliable manner.
Local Area Network
A LAN is a communication network that serves users within a confined geographical area.
Local Exchange Carrier
A LEC is a public telephone company that provides local phone service.
Local Emergency Operations Plan
A county wide plan, all-hazards plan, required by Nebraska Rev. Statute. §§ 81-829.31, 81-829.36 to 81-829.75, 1996, that establishes the policies, responsibilities, plans, guidelines and procedures for all elected and appointed officials, Emergency Managers, and First Responders to function effectively during an emergency or disaster.
Land Mobile Radio
LMR is a radio communications system used by emergency responder organizations.
MR is a vehicle radio or handheld radio used to communicate between base radio systems and other mobile radios. The mobile radio operates over an authorized area of operation.
Mutual Aid Base Station
MABS is a wireless communication station installed at a fixed location and used to communicate as part of a push-to-talk two-way radio system or a trunked radio system for mutual aid use.
Response to an incident by multiple emergency responders across jurisdictional boundaries. Such an incident may exceed local resources, thereby demanding additional resources from nearby agencies.
Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers
NAEM is a State of Nebraska working group of emergency management practitioners and academics to that consider principles of emergency management.
Nebraska Council of Regions
The Nebraska Council of Regions that provides oversight and integration for the eight local public safety communication regions in Nebraska.
National Emergency Communication Plan
NECP is a strategic plan that sets forth goals and identifies key national priorities to enhance governance, planning, technology, training and exercises, and disaster communications capabilities.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
NEMA is the State emergency management agency in the State of Nebraska that coordinates all EMA work within the State of Nebraska.
National Incident Management System
NIMS is not an operational incident management or resource allocation plan. NIMS represents a core set of doctrine, concepts, principles, terminology, and organizational processes that enables effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management.
NGO are organizations which are not part of any governmental agency such as the American Red Cross.
Nebraska Public Power District
NPPD is a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska.
National Response Framework
The NRF is a guide to how the nation conducts all-hazards incident management.
Nebraska Regional Interoperability Network
NRIN is the Nebraska Regional Interoperability Network which provides data connectivity for public safety voice and data interoperability.
Nebraska State Patrol
NSP is the State law enforcement agency for the State of Nebraska and part of the first responder organizations identified in the State of Nebraska.
Nebraska Wireless Interoperability Network
The N-WIN Council created by Governor Heineman through Executive Order No. 08-03 to provide governance and policy direction for the N-WIN system.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service provides weather forecasts for local areas and issues warnings and alerts when local weather conditions warrant.
Office of Chief Information Officer
OCIO is Office of Chief Information Officer as created by Nebraska Revised Statute sections Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 86-519 and 86-520; 81-1116 et seq.; 81-1120.01 et seq.; 86-401 et seq.; 86-550 et seq.; 86-569 et seq.; and other related statutes.
Office of Management and Budget
OMB is the executive agency that advises the President on the federal budget.
APCO Project 25
Project 25 (P25 or APCO-25) is a suite of standards for digital radio communications for use by federal, state/province and local public safety agencies in North America to enable them to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.
Paraclete™ is a software based gateway system licensed to the State of Nebraska that enables local, regional, and state emergency responders to communicate with one another using disparate radio systems.
Planning, Exercise and Training Region
PET Region in the State of Nebraska include eight (8) different regions for Planning, Exercise, and Training.
RF is any frequency within the electromagnetic spectrum associated with radio wave propagation.
Request For Proposal
RFP is an invitation for providers of a product or service to bid on the right to supply that product or service to an organization.
SAFECOM is a communications program within the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) that provides research, development, testing and evaluation, guidance, tools, and templates on communications-related issues to local, tribal, state, and Federal emergency response agencies.
State Communications Implementation Plan
Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIPs) are locally-driven, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-disciplinary statewide plans to enhance emergency communications.
State Emergency Operations Center
SEOC is the EOC for the State of Nebraska, usually headquartered in the NEMA facility (Nebraska).
State Emergency Operations Plan
State Emergency Operations Plan [Nebraska] establishes the policies, plans, guidelines and procedures that will allow all our emergency resources to function effectively, as a team, when disaster strikes.
State Emergency Response Team
The SERT is comprised of a number of NSP units and regionalized organizations under MOU to NEMA for emergency response within the State of Nebraska
System Operating Group
SOG is the owners and operators of the SRS, responsible for operation management, maintenance, and ongoing development of the SRS.
Standard Operating Procedure
An SOP is a written document or instruction detailing all steps and activities of a process or procedure. Standard Operating Procedures, a list of specific or detailed actions, methods or skills used to accomplish a specific task or job; also known as SOGs, Standard Operating
System User Group
SUG is a user agency of the SRS responsible for representing agency users for the ongoing development of user protocols and need.
Statewide Radio System
SRS is a VHF P25 digital trunked land mobile radio system built through a partnership between the State of Nebraska and NPPD.
TG is a predetermined affiliation or grouping for radio channel operation that allows subscribers to transmit and hear each other’s radio traffic, while the system assigns frequencies and coordinates user roaming between tower sites automatically.
Under the ICS [Incident Command System] concept of operations, Unified Command is a unified team effort which allows all agencies with responsibility for an incident, either geographical or functional, to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies. This Unified Command effort is accomplished without losing or abdicating agency authority, responsibility, or accountability.
Voice over Internet Protocol
Voice over IP (VoIP) is a family of technologies, methodologies, communication protocols, and transmission techniques for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet.
Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network (VPN) is a network that uses primarily public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or traveling users access to a central organizational network.
Wide Area Network
WAN is a geographically dispersed telecommunications network.