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Donald Bloom, B.S.

Mass Fatality Subject-Matter Expert

team-10Donald Bloom specializes in mass fatality disaster responses. He is the author of the Victim Identification Profile (VIP Program) used by the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) / Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). The program is used to collect ante mortem information from Reported Missing and compare it to the post mortem data collected from human remains in mass fatality responses. Mr. Bloom is also an active speaker for many Disaster training groups and has spoken both regionally and nationally on Disaster related topics.

In addition to serving as the Deputy Commander for the Health & Human Services NDMS/DMORT Family Affairs Division, Mr. Bloom is an Emergency Medical Services instructor for the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Chief of the Ohio Funeral Director’s Disaster Response Team. Mr. Bloom has responded to the following disasters: Lucasville Prison, US AIR Flt 427, Delta Comair Crash, Korean Air Crash, Hurricane Floyd, Egypt Air Flt 990, Alaska Air Crash, Shanksville Flt 93, World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and Comair Flt 5191.

Accomplishments/Achievements:

  • Member of the ESF 8 Fatality Management Working Group
    • Serves as an SME on this working group comprised of members from the federal government, DoD, private industry and others for the purpose of the development of a Fatality Management CONOPS for the ESF 8 response to a mass fatality event
  • Continental Airlines Flight 3407, Buffalo, NY 2009 and Comair 5191 crash, Lexington, KY, 2006
    • Worked closely with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), airline representatives, Medical Examiner’s Office, hotel employees, Douglas Mortuary and families of the victims
    • Assisted in establishing family interview activities and protocols, preparing the interview rooms with assistance from the hotel staff, assigning staff for the purposes of interviewing families, scheduling the interviews, and participating in the interview process
    • Participated in family interviews for the purpose of ante mortem data collection
  • Involved with the response and recovery teams for the following incidents:
    • MCI involving a Tornado in Northeastern Ohio (May 1985) – 1,000 injuries, 100 deaths
    • Lucasville Prison Riots (Easter Sunday 1993) – 250 inmates, 8 deaths
    • Flt 427 USAIR Crash – Pittsburgh PA (September1994) – 123 fatalities, no survivors
    • Delta Comair Crash – Monroe, MI (January 1997) – 43 fatalities, no survivors
    • Korean Air Crash – Agona, Guam (August 1997) – 225 fatalities, 29 injured
    • Hurricane Floyd Recovery Operation (October 1999)
    • Egypt Air Crash (October 31, 1999) – 217 fatalities, no survivors
    • Alaska Air Crash (January 31, 2000) – 88 fatalities, no survivors
    • Shanksville Flt 93 Crash (September 11, 2001)
    • World Trade Center (September 11, 2001)
    • Hurricane Katrina (August 30, 2005)
    • Flt 3407 Buffalo Air Crash (February, 2009)
    • Haiti Earthquake (January, 2010)
    • Joplin Tornado (May, 2011)

Career and Educational Background:

  • Deputy Commander for the Health & Human Services NDMS/DMORT Family Affairs Division
  • Emergency Medical Services instructor for the Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Chief of the Ohio Funeral Director’s Disaster Response Team
  • Funeral Director, Lane Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge, Ohio
  • Vice President/ Co-owner, Penn Care Inc., Niles, Ohio
  • EMS Instructor, Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • B.S., Applied Science (Pre-Hospital Care), Youngstown State University
  • Paramedic Training-Brown Memorial Hospital, Conneaut, Ohio
  • Mortuary Degree, Gupton-Jones College, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Ohio Licensed Funeral Director
  • Ohio Certified Disaster Coordinator
  • Ohio Certified Paramedic
  • Ohio Certified EMT Instructor

Memberships:

  • Team Member, FORMER Chief of the Ohio Funeral Director’s Disaster Response Team

Resume available upon request.