New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania Regional Mass Fatality Response System

Regional Catastrophic Planning Team

  • Erin McLachlan, Mass Fatality Project Manager, OCME
  • 28 pages
  • September 21st, 2010


Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant Program
• A regional planning initiative for 10 high risk urban areas across the nation
• The NYC/Northern NJ site includes jurisdictions from:
– New York
– New Jersey
– Connecticut
– Pennsylvania

Grant Program: MFM Stakeholders
• Local ME/C Offices (22)
• Local Emergency Management Agencies (4)
• Local Departments of Health (4)
• NY State National Guard
• National Guard Bureau (NGB)
• Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) and DMORT Family Assistance Center (FAC) Team
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regions I, II, III
• Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
• US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
• US Army Joint Mortuary Affairs Center (JMAC)
• US Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
• Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (e.g., American Red Cross)
• Private Sector (e.g., Funeral Associations)

• What is a MF Incident?
– Common definition
Mass Fatality Incident(MFI) is an emergency management term used to identify an incident involving more decedents and/or fragmented remains than can be located, identified, and processed for final disposition by available resources
– “Overwhelms Local Resources”

14 Components:
– Site Characterization
– Call Centers
– Decedent Manifest
– Family Assistance Centers
– Antemortem Data Collection
– Long-term Family Management
– Hazard Analysis
– Death Investigation

Foundational Principle: Primary Components of an MFM Response
– Decedent Recovery
– Transport/Mobile Storage
– Postmortem Exam
– Laboratory Analysis
– Mid-/Long-term Decedent Storage/Release
– Management of Daily Caseload

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