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Managing Mass Fatalities: A Toolkit for Planning (CD)

Description:

This comprehensive toolkit evolved from recognition of the need for communities to increase their preparedness for managing mass fatalities. Its focus—the care and management of the dead—is one of the most difficult aspects of disaster response and recovery operations. Toolkit materials are based on lessons learned from actual events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. The toolkit provides scalable, operational direction and tools to guide jurisdictions in creating a local plan.

Highlights include:

  • Identification of stakeholders involved in mass fatality management and recommendations for a planning process that is co-led by public health and the medical examiner/coroners office;
  • Specific guidelines for all medical examiner/coroner responsibilities at the incident site, morgue, and family assistance center
  • Guidance on infection and other health and safety threats; and
  • Requirements and recommendations for managing mass fatalities during a worst-case scenario pandemic influenza.

Format: CD

Toolkit:

APC Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Advanced Practice Centers, All-Hazards

Jurisdiction:

Institutional Author:

Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center

Submitted:

04/06/2009

Modified:

09/10/2013

The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.