Mass Fatalities: Managing the Community Response

Peter R. Teahen

October 13, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 421 Pages - 65 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439849026 - CAT# K12215

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Features

    • Outlines management of various operation sites including the disaster site and the victim identification center
    • Provides step-by-step procedures for search, recovery, and identification of remains
    • Discusses empathetic treatment of family members including how to complete a Notification of Death
    • Examines the importance of providing mental health services to individuals dealing with the physical, emotional, and spiritual stressors often faced in a mass fatalities response
    • Includes the author’s personal reflections

     

    Summary

    A mass fatalities response goes far beyond returning the remains of a loved one to surviving family members. Those charged with this grim but critical responsibility will find themselves immersed in multiple tasks involving diverse individuals, organizations, and priorities. Mass Fatalities: Managing the Community Response examines multiple complex issues while providing practical guidance to communities and responders as they plan for, respond to, and recover from a mass fatalities incident. This book explores the immense array of tasks such as:

    • Managing resources and personnel
    • Protecting a potential crime scene
    • Conducting a comprehensive search and recovery of the remains
    • Identifying and returning the remains and personal effects
    • Ensuring family members of the deceased are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect
    • Making sure responders have the proper tools to complete their responsibilities
    • Providing family members, responders, and the impacted community the necessary support to cope with the physical, spiritual, and emotional stressors of a mass fatalities incident

    The book explains in detail the functions performed at the mass fatalities operational sites, including the Disaster Site, Victim Identification Center, Family Assistance Center, and Staff Processing Center. It provides organizational charts with job descriptions detailing the roles and responsibilities for an effective leadership team and describes the management of the disaster site, presenting step-by-step procedures for search and recovery. The book also discusses the registration, initial interview, and Notification of Death for family members at the Family Assistance Center and covers best practices for the Victim Identification Center operations. Throughout, chapters emphasize the need for mental health services—exploring the essential elements of providing effective and compassionate support to surviving family members (including children), to responders and their families, and to the community.

    An increase in catastrophic disasters in recent years has highlighted the need for sound guidance outlining the protocol for handling these events. Mass Fatalities: Managing the Community Response is an indispensable resource for this formidable task.

    Peter Teahen discusses the book in a video on the CRC Press YouTube channel.

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