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Mass Fatality Management: A NYC Perspective (CLIN 2605)Mass Fatality Management: A NYC Perspective (CLIN 2605)

Barbara Butcher, Chief of Staff, and Director of Forensic Investigations at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner provides an overview of the core issues in Mass Fatality Management Operations. In this presentation learners are presented with the definition of mass fatality management, the primary objectives and description of tasks and responsibilities the newest state-of-the-art technologies that codify mass fatality management and the critical role of the Disaster Victim Identification Unit.


Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre-Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material -
Online Lesson3. Post-Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


 Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  • Provide an overview of a very complex subject so that the learner can become familiar with  the primary objectives and core issues in mass fatality management operations
  • Describe where Mass Fatality Management Operations fits within Emergency Support Functions and NIMS
  • Introduce the learner to the key responsibilities of mass fatality management within an incidence response: field operations, morgue operations and remains management 
  • Present the newest ‘state of the art’ technology, referred to as Unified Victim Identification System (UVIS), a catastrophe management system 

Key Messages:

  • Fatality management does not have to involve a huge or national level of fatalities
  • Medical examiners and Coroners must be prepared to play an active role in all aspects of the incident
  • The Disaster Victim Identification Unit plays a critical role in identifying victim remains. 


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Surveillance and Intervention  
  • Countermeasure and Mitigation: Fatality Management 
    - Function 2: Activate public health fatality management operations
    - Function 3: Assist in the collection and dissemination of ante-mortem data
    - Function 5: Participate in fatality processing and storage operations

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • Model Leadership: 
    - 1.3. Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners
  • Communicate and Manage Information: 
    - 2.4 Collect data according to protocols 
    - 2.5. Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocols
  • Plan for and Improve Practice: 
    - 3.1. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans
  • Protect Worker Health and Safety: 
    - 4.2. Employ protective behaviours according to changing conditions, personal imitations, and threats.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the four characteristics of a mass fatality event 
  • Name the primary objectives of mass fatality management operations
  • Identify key operations in an incident response  
  • Identify where Mass Fatality Management fits within Emergency Support Functions and within NIMS-ICS
  • Describe what UVIS (Unified Victim Identification System) is and its functions
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