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Regional Mass Fatality Management (MFM) Plan

The Regional Mass Fatality Management (MFM) Plan integrates 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.

  • The Mass Fatality Management Response System Plan was finalized in the Spring of 2012 and distributed to Regional Partners and Stakeholders
  • The Regional MFM Response System Training is held yearly with the objective to determine the coordination among local, state, regional and federal entities and to socialize the Regional Plan with key stakeholders and decision-makers. To date, the Regional MFM Training has been held in Hudson County, NJ; Bergen County, NJ; Dutchess County, NY and Kings County, NY.
  • The soon-to-be-complete Field Operations Guides (FOGs) are designed as operational tools to support scene, disaster morgue and Victim Information Center (VIC) operations in response to a Mass Fatality Incident (MFI).
  • The Regional Catastrophic Assessment Team (RCAT), a team composed of regional partners, will deploy to support the local medical examiner/coroner in efforts to perform an incident assessment, request resources and personnel from the region and interagency coordination.
  • Over the past few years, the Regional System has acquired a significant cache of interoperable resources that can be shared amongst jurisdictions. Pictured here is the Decedent Decontamination/Isolation Collection Point (DDICP) and other structures from NYC, NJ and CT at the Regional MFM Training.
  • The International Mass Fatality Conference was held from April 25-27, 2012 at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner. The primary objective of this conference was to bring together international and domestic experts and leaders in mass fatality management to explore past incidents, discuss lessons learned and define best practices to enhance future responses and decision-making in these complex disasters.

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
2012 Mass Fatality Management Conference Program
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.

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