Lessons learned from Disaster Research Exercises in California and Texas
Table Top exercises were held in April 2014 at the Port of Los Angeles and in March 2015 in Houston, Texas. Both exercises introduced the disaster research concept and used a disaster scenario to encourage active discussion among participants. Potential research questions and protocols for studying response workers were presented.
Participants noted that while many universities are able to conduct research in a rapid timeframe, pre-existing relationships to ensure data collected is shared with decision making authorities may not exist. Researchers are often unfamiliar with the incident command system and may not be fully integrated in to a response. Involving the community and workers from day one was a critical message at both events as this involvement is critical to providing lifesaving information to front line workers.
This session will explore lessons learned from both exercises, differences in capacity identified, existing systems for research on worker health post disasters, opportunities for workers and researchers to collaborate on important post-disaster questions and training potential for researchers, with an emphasis on integration into emergency management systems.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Public health or related research
Discuss the importance of integrating health research into formal disaster response structures Identify three worker related research questions that could be studied in a disaster Compare capabilities to conduct rapid health and safety research between different states
Keyword(s): Disasters, Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: A Public Health Specialist working to support the NIEHS DR2 Project since its creation, I have been involved in the planning and coordination of both Disaster Research Response table top training and in supporting the DR2 project since 2013.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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