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Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)


DIMRC is committed to help prepare for, respond to, recover from, and
mitigate the adverse health effects of disasters in conjunction with federal,
state, and local governments, organizations, and local communities. To
accomplish this, DIMRC is focused on several areas:

*Maintain access to health information during disasters* - DIMRC collects,
organizes, and disseminates health information for all stages of disasters.
This includes training classes, research reports, field assessments,
after-action reports, factsheets, lessons learned, and guidelines that are
stored in the Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public
Health [1] database. NLM also worked with a number of publishers to
develop the Emergency Access Initiative [2] web resource that provides
full-text access, at no cost, to over 650 medical journals and numerous
e-books and databases following any widespread disaster that is expected to
severely limit libraries' abilities to function for at least several weeks.
In addition, NLM plans and trains for continuity of operations at its own
facilities, its eight Regional Medical Libraries, and the 6,000 member
libraries of its National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Finally, NLM
trains and supports librarians to serve as Disaster Information Specialists
[3] in support of meeting their communities' information needs.

*Develop innovative products and services to serve health professionals and
the public *- NLM has developed several tools to assist emergency personnel
prepare for and respond to hazardous materials (Hazmat) incidents and
chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) events.  WISER [4]
assists with the identification of and response to Hazmat incidents involving
chemical, biological, or radiological agents. WISER is available for multiple
platforms and can be downloaded to mobile devices or PCs. REMM [5], the
Radiation Emergency Medical Management web site, was developed by the
Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness
and Response (HHS/APSR), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and NLM to provide health professionals
with critical information to manage all types of radiation events from dirty
bombs to nuclear reactor accidents. REMM can be downloaded to a computer and
is available on the web or on mobile devices.  NLM also collaborated with
HHS/ASPR on CHEMM [6], the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management web
site. CHEMM is designed to assist emergency responders and health care
providers manage large-scale chemical incidents. NLM is also investigating
the use of new communication technologies in emergency and disaster
situations and uses social media to facilitate information sharing,
communication, interoperability, and collaboration concerning
disaster-related issues.

*Conduct research to support disaster health information management* -
Through grants, research contracts, and in-house activities, NLM supports
emergency preparedness and response research and development projects. This
research and development support is making a significant contribution to the
field of disaster informatics and in the development of new technologies.

*Collaborate with other agencies and communities* - Working with multiple
federal agencies, international organizations, and educational institutions,
NLM participates in national and local partnerships to ensure that
information needs receive adequate attention in planning, responding to, and
recovering from disasters.


To develop and provide access to health information resources and technology
for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.