Understand standardized terminology with these glossaries:


Climate and weather

National Weather Service Glossary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce


Disaster management

Glossary and Acronyms of Emergency Management Terms (downloadable PDF, 467 KB)
Office of Emergency Management, Department of Energy

Guide to Emergency Management and Related Terms, Definitions, Concepts, Acronyms, Organizations, Programs, Guidance, Executive Orders & Legislation (downloadable PDF, 5.4 MB)
Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Medical Surge Capacity and Capability Handbook. Appendix D: Glossary
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



Glossary of Earthquake and Related Terminology
U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior


Infectious diseases and bioterrorism

Chemical/Biological/Radiological Incident Handbook. Section H. Glossary of Biological Terms
Central Intelligence Agency

Microbes – Glossary of Terms
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

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