Systems-Level Mass Fatality Preparedness
About the study:
This study, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), was conducted by an interdisciplinary team with experienced disaster researchers from University of California, San Francisco, Columbia University, and Loyola University Maryland. The purpose of this study is in three-fold:
1) To develop valid preparedness measures;
2) To assess the preparedness levels;
3) To identify gaps in preparedness for mass fatality disaster incidents.
The findings from this study will help us to develop strategies and practices to make agencies and organizations better prepared for a mass fatality incident. In particular, we are studying the capabilities of stakeholders involved in preparing and responding to a mass fatality incident. The groups include offices of medical examiners, coroners, local and state health departments, offices of emergency management, funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, faith based organizations and DMORT teams.