In a recent call to action, “Research as Part of Public Health Emergency Response,” authored by the NIH Director, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the CDC Director, voiced the critical need for well-designed, effectively executed research to address a pressing need to understand environmental exposures during disasters and the potential health outcomes. These public health emergencies present challenges to the research community because of their unpredictable onset as well as their health and environmental effects. Currently, human subjects research in the period immediately following disasters is hampered by the time needed to design protocols and implement data collection, so the opportunity to acquire crucial early epidemiologic, medical, and environmental data and samples is usually missed. Dr. Sharon Croisant (Director, Community-Based Research) participated in a NIEHS-sponsored webinar in September 2014 that described CET experiences with disaster research and how Dr. Croisant’s work with vulnerable communities will inform future Public Health DR2 and Science Preparedness efforts to help respond to the need for timely research. For more information on the webinar, click here.