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Report Offers Guidance on Protecting Research From Disasters

A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine outlines researchers’ role in protecting the academic biomedical research community from disasters. After a disaster, losses can include damage to research facilities and data, disruption to research outcomes, and significant financial and administrative burden. In addition to offering guidance on how researchers can protect their work from a disaster such as a fire, flood or cyberattack, the report suggests ways to create a culture of preparedness and resilience. Focusing on five areas for planning – including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery – the report also highlights case studies from recent disasters, including Hurricane Sandy.