Training & Exercises
The NIH Disaster Research Response Program encourages development of a network of trained, deployable “Research Responders.” Like all responders, researchers need training to be effective in their disaster roles. DR2 has conducted major tabletop exercises on incorporating data collection and research into disaster response and recovery. Training resources are also available for preparing scientists to conduct research in the post-disaster field environment.
Exercises by the Disaster Research Response Program
July 2016 Boston Tabletop Exercise
- Tabletop Exercise invitation letter
- NIH Disaster Research Response Workshop Participant Manual: Boston, Massachusetts, July 19, 2016
- NIH Disaster Research Response Workshop Report: Boston, Massachusetts, July 19, 2016
2015 Houston Tabletop Exercise
- Disaster Research Response Project Tabletop Exercise, Evaluation Report, Houston, TX (1MB)
- A video summary is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EA1cchKVc0. The video is closed captioned and a transcript is also available.
- Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise Major Findings Report (3MB)
- Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise Webinar Presentation (9MB)
- Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise Participant Manual (1MB)
- Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise Presentation (686KB)
- A video summary is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7b50-PKbCg&feature=youtu.be
Training for Disasters Available from...
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program (WTP)
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) provides high-quality occupational safety and health training to workers involved in handling hazardous materials or in responding to emergency releases of hazardous materials. Through the years, WTP trainers and trainees have responded to major disasters around the country. WTP training materials include disaster-specific guidance to keep workers and responders safe in the unique scenarios present in disasters. These trainings are designed for workers but may apply to researchers entering the field during the aftermath of an event. Disaster-specific training from WTP or awardees may be available in multiple languages and formats. For more information, or to find an NIEHS Awardee who may offer training in your area, please visit the National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)