NLM DIMRC promotes the role of information specialists in the provision of disaster-related health information resources.
DIMRC works to ensure that the disaster medicine and public health emergency workforce has access to the literature, both from peer-reviewed journals indexed in PubMed and to vital non-journal resources.
DIMRC developed several tools for preparing for and responding to hazardous materials (hazmat) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) events.
DIMRC also explores the development of health information technology to support disaster preparedness training and enhance communications in times of disaster.
DIMRC also pioneered and developed a redundant communication system leveraging amateur radio to provide resilient email service enabling those in a disaster zone with disrupted communications systems to reach intact communications networks outside the disaster zone.
DIMRC works with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations.
DIMRC is unique in aggregating health information from a wide range of sources and in providing ready access (preformatted searches) to relevant materials from PubMed, Disaster Lit, TOXNET, and other NLM databases at the time of a disaster.
DIMRC aims to assist other government agencies in providing information in a coordinated, just-what-I-need, just-in-time fashion, and does not seek to duplicate efforts assigned to other agencies.