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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Management

The emergency management core element of science preparedness is the critical component needed to align and integrate applied measures of effectiveness and scientific research efforts into the greater preparedness, response and recovery efforts as required in the National Planning Frameworks (i.e. National Response Framework [NRF], and National Disaster Recovery Framework [NDRF]).

Our goal is to ensure research related efforts enhance life-saving activities. When integrated into emergency management, applied measures of effectiveness and scientific research can inform evidence-based decision making for responders, incident commanders, communities and individuals. For their own health and safety, (and in compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 5 (HSPD-5): Management of Domestic Incidents), all scientific research responders who deploy to disaster zones or are on site during public health emergencies are expected to achieve and maintain the appropriate training certifications (e.g. National Incident Management System [NIMS] and Incident Command System [ICS]), including any threat-specific specialty training that may be required based on the nature of the disaster or emergency.


Preparing for a science research response or recovery effort is an iterative and collaborative process that includes the whole community and cuts across steady-state, response and recovery efforts. 


For information regarding active public health responses from ASPR, visit Public Health Response.


For information regarding active public health recovery operations from ASPR, visit ASPR Sustained Recovery.

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  • This page last reviewed: May 29, 2015