A mass casualty and mass fatality incident occurs when first responders are overwhelmed and outnumbered by the number of people injured or dead. A jurisdiction needs to be prepared for and to cope effectively with a mass casualty and mass fatality incident. They need to know how to adjust responses based on the type of disaster, and how to triage, treat, and transport victims.
Regardless whether the disaster is manmade or natural, it is essential to develop a mass casualty and mass fatality incident plan and exercise and train for it regularly. The actions of the first group of emergency responders can often make the difference between those who survive and those who do not. Read about one exercise we helped plan here.
Hagerty helps clients by developing a plan, identifying gaps and available resources, clarifying roles, and guiding communication responses to specific audiences. Those audiences will include groups such as victims, immediate relatives of victims, and the press. We have extensive experience developing scenarios, and training and exercising those scenarios so that clients feel prepared and confident no matter what type of emergency situation they confront.