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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Appendix B

Partnerships and Peer Networks

In an effort to provide examples of partnerships and peer networks that are currently working to increase the disaster resilience of the biomedical academic research community, the committee has assembled the following list. Please note that Table B-1 is not exhaustive but rather is intended to be representative of the different types of partnerships and peer networks that exist. Additionally, the committee acknowledges that there are many informal partnerships and peer networks working to increase the disaster resilience of the academic biomedical research community, such as the University and College Continuity of Operations Consortium.1

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1 Personal communication, Melanie Lucht, Carnegie Mellon University, February 27, 2017.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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TABLE B-1 Partnerships and Peer Networks

Organizations Description Website(s)
American Association for Community Colleges (AACC) In 2008, AACC partnered with FEMA’s Citizen Corps Program to help promote and improve community emergency preparedness, disaster response training for the public, and volunteer service. According to the association’s press release, it is especially important for community colleges to partner with DHS because over 80 percent of police, fire, and EMT workers receive their credentials from these institutions. AACC also provides links to help community colleges determine their readiness level, develop a response plan, and communicate that plan to their institutions. http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/News/articles/Pages/062020081.aspx

http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/Pages/crisis_management_resources.aspx
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) AALAS is a membership association of professionals employed around the world in academia, government, and private industry who are dedicated to the humane care and treatment of laboratory animals as well as to the high-quality research that leads to scientific gains that benefit people and animals. On its resources page AALAS offers links to sample institutional plans, online resources, and other resources. https://www.aalas.org/about-aalas#.WA4KFPkrLGg

https://www.aalas.org/iacuc/iacuc_resources/disaster-preparedness#.WKSBrW8rJhE
American Council on Education (ACE) ACE represents presidents of degree-granting institutions. It provides advocacy and research, and its website features content on security and crisis management. http://www.acenet.edu/pages/default.aspx
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) AMVA operates the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT). This program began in 1992 as a public–private partnership with HHS but has since evolved into a program that AVMA solely supports. AVMA has developed and provides a range of materials to help educate veterinarians and their clients on disaster preparedness and response. https://www.avma.org/Pages/home.aspx

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/disaster/Pages/default.aspx
Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) AAHC is a nonprofit organization that advances the health and well-being of communities through its membership of university-based health centers, including all health professional schools as well as hospitals owned by or affiliated with academic health centers. The organization has developed two short disaster preparedness and response guides for academic health centers and provides links to them on its website. http://www.aahcdc.org

http://www.aahcdc.org/policy/reports/emergency_preparedness_05_06.pdf

http://www.aahcdc.org/policy/reports/AAHC_Emergency_Prep_08.pdf
Association of American Universities (AAU) AAU is an association composed of 62 public and private universities in the United States and Canada. It focuses on issues that are important to academic research institutions, such as funding for research and research policy issues. In 2014, AAU highlighted the universities in its network that were conducting research into the impacts of the Ebola epidemic. https://www.aau.edu

https://www.aau.edu/research/ebola.aspx?id=15450&terms=preparedness
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
Best Practices in Higher Education Emergency Management An annual conference that provides an opportunity to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and emerging issues. http://www.cpe.vt.edu/bpheemc/index.html
Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) C-CERT is a network that helps carry out damage and vulnerability assessments and response operations, such as search and rescue during an emergency. It offers training materials, a liability guide, and volunteer opportunities for groups organized around campuses, workplaces, and teenage audiences. https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) CSHEMA supports and educates campus-based environmental health and safety professionals. In the past it has partnered with the American Red Cross’s Ready Rating program and offered a class focused on disaster readiness. http://www.cshema.org
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) OAE works with the academic community on six key areas: (1) academic research and faculty exchange, (2) campus resilience, (3) cybersecurity, (4) homeland security academic programs, (5) international students, and (6) student and recent graduate recruitment. https://www.dhs.gov/academic-engagement-overview
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
Disaster Resistant Universities (DRU) Initiative and Network DRU is an initiative that supports hazard mitigation planning at higher education institutions. While DRU initially began as a partnership between FEMA and six schools in 2000, the listserv has since grown to more than 1,400 members representing 800 institutions. This network has partnered with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Universities and Colleges Caucus to develop a number of tools and resources, including training courses, webinars, workshops, standards, and an accreditation program. http://www.nccpsafety.org/assets/files/misc/DRU_Network_Overview_123115_FNL.pdf
Education Advisory Board (EAB) EAB is an organization that helps academic and administrative leaders identify and implement best practices at their institutions in order to address education’s top challenges. In 2012 and 2013 EAB released research briefs on how institutions should prepare for disaster recovery. https://www.eab.com
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Campus Ready Initiative FEMA has developed a large set of videos and documents to help colleges and universities plan and prepare for natural, technological, and health hazards. https://www.ready.gov/campus
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) IACLEA advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. http://www.iaclea.org
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
International Association of Emergency Managers Universities and Colleges Caucus (IAEM–UCC) The IAEM–UCC is a nonprofit, member-based association of emergency management practitioners from around the globe. One of its work groups is the Universities and Colleges Caucus, whose purpose is to provide information, networking, and professional development opportunities to emergency managers from higher education institutions. http://www.iaem.com/page.cfm?p=groups/us-caucuses/universities-colleges&lvl=2
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. These plans are developed by LEPCs who include at a minimum: elected state and local officials; police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals; environment, transportation, and hospital officials; facility representatives; and representatives from community groups and the media. This is a great opportunity for academic research institutions to participate in planning with the local community. https://www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees
National Association of Biomedical Research (NABR) NABR is an organization that is solely dedicated to advocating for public policy in support of ethical and essential laboratory animal research. http://www.nabr.org/
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) NACUBO is a membership organization representing more than 2,100 colleges and universities. The association’s mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions by supporting and representing their chief business and financial officers. On its website the association links to a large number of resources to help institutions develop or refine their emergency preparedness plans, respond to and recover from emergencies, and reduce their risk through mitigation. http://www.nacubo.org

http://www.nacubo.org/Business_and_Policy_Areas/Risk_Management/Campus_Security/Emergency_Preparedness.html
National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) The NCCPS’s vision is “safer and stronger campus communities,” and its mission is to “provide useful resources and information to support safer campus communities.” NCCPS consults with subject matter experts to address critical issues in campus public safety. It also provides resources, training, and technical assistance to campus public safety and emergency management organizations and officials. http://www.nccpsafety.org/
National Safety Council (NSC) NSC is a nonprofit, public service organization that works to eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC has developed an Emergency Preparedness Instructor Kit and Student Guide. http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
National Veterinary Response Teams (NVRTs) As part of the National Disaster Medical System, NVRTs are the primary federal resource for the treatment of ill or injured animals that are affected by disasters. Members of the NVRTs have expertise in veterinary medicine, public health, and research. https://www.phe.gov/preparedness/responders/ndms/teams/pages/nvrt.aspx
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) The PERLCs are a CDC-grant-funded program that promotes collaboration between university, local, and state partners on the design, development, and delivery of local preparedness training programs. Participants have the opportunity to share lessons learned, best practices, and training plans within the PERLC network. https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/perlc.htm
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center The REMS Technical Assistance Center is a program developed by the Department of Education for K–12 schools and institutions of higher education as a hub of information, resources, training, and services in emergency operations planning. REMS also hosts the Community of Practice, a virtual space for representatives from schools to share news and resources. https://rems.ed.gov
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) SCUP is a community consisting of higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and of the professionals who support them. https://www.scup.org/page/index
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Partnerships and Peer Networks." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community: Protecting the Nation's Investment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24827.
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Organizations Description Website(s)
University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) In order to advance the discipline of risk management in higher education, URMIA provides its members with access to resources such as a network of professionals, sample forms, and annual and regional conferences. http://www.urmia.org/home
Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) A VMAT is a group of volunteer veterinary professionals who can provide field-response capabilities for care of animals following disasters. VMATs are sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/TrainingAndService/VMAT/Pages/default.aspx
Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) VTC is a consortium of 13 institutions of higher learning in a geographical region that collaborate on disaster response activities. Preparedness issues such as coordinating closing times and selecting a site to house evacuated students are addressed. http://www.vtc.odu.edu/
National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) National VOAD, a nongovernmental organization association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster. https://www.nvoad.org/
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The academic biomedical research community is a hub of employment, economic productivity, and scientific progress. Academic research institutions are drivers of economic development in their local and state economies and, by extension, the national economy. Beyond the economic input that the academic biomedical research community both receives and provides, it generates knowledge that in turn affects society in myriad ways.

The United States has experienced and continues to face the threat of disasters, and, like all entities, the academic biomedical research community can be affected. Recent disasters, from hurricanes to cyber-attacks, and their consequences have shown that the investments of the federal government and of the many other entities that sponsor academic research are not uniformly secure. First and foremost, events that damage biomedical laboratories and the institutions that house them can have impacts on the safety and well-being of humans and research animals. Furthermore, disasters can affect career trajectories, scientific progress, and financial stability at the individual and institutional levels.

Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the Academic Biomedical Research Community offers recommendations and guidance to enhance the disaster resilience of the academic biomedical research community, with a special focus on the potential actions researchers, academic research institutions, and research sponsors can take to mitigate the impact of future disasters.

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