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Mass Fatality Response Planning

mass-fatalityManagement is an essential component of a successful mass fatality response. Be prepared with a professional plan of action before disaster strikes.

Catastrophic events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, and pandemic outbreaks, can cause mass fatalities that require a strategically planned course of action to minimize the horrific impact on the families of the victims.

Because of our team members’ experience, we can provide a mass fatality plan that is sufficient and adaptable to immediately support operations in a time of crisis. We know first-hand what works.

SNA International’s team of experienced and reliable professionals will assist you in developing a functional mass fatality plan that will ensure a quick and effective response. Our team members have extensive experience in managing and participating in mass fatality responses.

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Who can benefit from mass fatality education and training?

  • Coroners and Medical Examiners
  • State and local emergency management organizations
  • State and local public health organizations
  • Emergency medical services
  • Hospitals
  • State and local law enforcement (including crime laboratories)
  • State and local fire services

Contact SNA International for a mass fatality operational response plan which will reduce:

1. Operational costs
2. Confusion and chaos
3. Overall response time
4. Stress for responders
5. Potential liability
6. Families’ grief

What do SNA’s mass fatality planning and response services include?

  • Needs Assessments: Review and discuss potential scenarios to help define:
    • Requirements, roles and responsibilities
    • Organizational capabilities
    • Expectations
    • Supplies, resources (funds, people, technology)
    • Communications
    • Planning assumptions
  • Mass Fatality Response Plan Development: Includes a full plan covering all aspects of the identification and disposition of the deceased in a mass fatality incident:
    • Body Recovery and Field Operations
    • Incident Morgue Operations
    • Victim Identification Profile (VIP) Software and Integration
    • Family Assistance Center Operations
    • Implementation of Quality Procedures
    • DNA Collection and Testing
    • Mass Fatality Operational Response Plan Template
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures, Forms and Templates:
    • Define mission, goals, objectives and capabilities for each organization
    • Finalize and develop documents which aid the mass fatalities response plan
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  • Mass Fatality Response Plan Review:
    • Benchmarking Study – Review of current plans against best practices
    • Updates and additions to relevant sections based on lessons learned
  • Mass Fatality Response Training:
    • Course development
    • Course materials development
    • Execution of trainings
  • Mass Fatality Response Exercises: These include discussion-based exercises (workshops, tabletop exercises and games) and operations-based exercises (drills, functional exercises and full-scale exercises) guided by a simulated mass fatality incident. They are designed to build relationships among participants, foster collaborations among agencies, and establish planning needs. Participants receive:
    • On-site subject matter expertise
    • Planning and logistics support
    • Technology solutions
    • Instructional seminars
    • Evaluation of current response capabilities
    • Training and exercise materials
    • After-Action Gap Analysis Report
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  • Mass Fatality Response Operational Support:
    • Stakeholder Coordination
    • Assistance with setting up inter-agency procedure agreements
    • Attendance at relevant conferences and meetings
    • Other support as needed


Our experienced consultants partner with client organizations to help them implement effective mass fatality response programs. Our process involves understanding your organization’s capabilities and developing realistic plans in a low stress, group problem-solving process guided by subject-matter experts. Contact us for a consultation with one of our mass fatality response experts.