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DR2 Exercise

NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Exercise

Tuesday, July 19, 2016: Disaster Research Response (DR2) Exercise
Wednesday, July 20, 2016: Workshop/Awardee Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts

DR2 Exercise Details

The NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) tabletop exercise will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The exercise and related activities are tentatively scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will take place in the Auditorium of the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building in Boston, Massachusetts.

About DR2
The DR2 Program is a collaborative effort by NIEHS and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that aims to improve our nation’s capabilities for performing timely environmental health research in response to emerging threats and disasters. The goals of the DR2 Program focus on various processes and products that support research response including: 1) creating publicly accessible ready-to-go research data collection tools, e.g., surveys, forms, and research protocols, 2) fostering a national network of trained researchers to collect needed data, and 3) conducting workshops, guidance, and training exercises to facilitate, support, and integrate an evolving research community. As part of these efforts, the NIH also seeks to broaden the discussion and participation of diverse groups of stakeholders across the nation interested in performing post-disaster health research. For more information regarding the DR2, please visit


Purpose and Scope of the Exercise
The tabletop exercise will facilitate a discussion using a realistic scenario to guide participants to:

  • Assess the local and state health departments' capability to identify, prioritize, and respond to human health research needs in the immediate post-disaster and recovery timeframes
  • Consider the state and local capacity to conduct needed environmental health research, in addition to acute response activities, in the immediate post-disaster and recovery timeframes
  • Identify stakeholder relationships and opportunities for collaboration among academia, government organizations, business, involved workers, and community groups to develop and implement environmental health investigations
  • Explore how local academia and non-governmental organizations, as well as broader resources, can be integrated into disaster health research efforts
  • Identify the mechanisms and frameworks by which National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) research resources can be requested and integrated into disaster response and recovery activities conducted by local and state officials

Exercise Location

The exercise will be held at:

Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building
Main Auditorium
10 Causeway Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02222-4128


Registration for the Boston Exercise is now open!

Please note: the Boston tabletop exercise is held in conjunction with the WTP Workshop. While these are two independent but related events, you are also welcome to attend the WTP Workshop if you are interested.

American Disabilities Act Accommodation Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in these events should contact Kerri (Moran) Voelker at voice telephone: 919-794-4700 or email: TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.


For questions that can't be answered by the content of this website, please contact Joy Lee For logistical questions, please contact Kerri (Moran) Voelker at 919-794-4710 or

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