Regional Mass Fatality Management (MFM) Plan
The Regional Mass Fatality Management (MFM) Plan will integrate a variety of forensic disciplines and outline operational strategies to incorporate best practices for developing a framework to manage mass fatalities following a regional catastrophic event.
Essential considerations for mass fatality management planning include:
- Identifying and synchronizing key decision points across the region
- Ensuring the effective sharing of information, best practices, personnel, and physical assets
- Maximizing regional and federal coordination
International Mass Fatality Management Conference and Workshop, April 27, 2012:
Creating a Regional Mass Fatality System
Click to download the 2012 International Mass Fatality Management Conference Program [PDF]
On April 27, the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OEM) and the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT) hosted the International Mass Fatality Management Conference in an effort to promote the concept of regionalization of assets for disaster response. The speakers and attendees came from 19 countries and 39 states, representing a broad range of organizations and disciplines, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, INTERPOL DVI, the International Red Cross, FEMA, OEM, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Transportation Safety Board, DMORT, and many more.
Among the speakers were former mayor Rudolph Giuliani; National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman; Dr. Tzipi Kahana of the Israeli National Police; Deputy Minister Toshikazu Okuya, special adviser to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry; and Dr. Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, associate professor of forensic medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Commissioner Joe Bruno of OEM delivered a keynote speech on the RCPT concept and its success in the region; FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano gave a warm welcoming address highlighting the commitment made to the families of the victims of September 11, 2001.
The audience of more than 300 attended three days of presentations and panel discussions, covering topics that included DNA advances in victim identification since September 11, new remains recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, religious and cultural considerations in fatality management, and economic and political considerations for disaster response. The common theme was the necessity of crossing national, county, state, and local borders to respond to and manage disasters, which rarely respect manmade barriers.