Anne Arundel County Mass Fatality Plan

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Planning for the Worst – CHHS Assists MD County with Mass Fatality Plan

CHHS recently assisted the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Office of Emergency Management in the creation of the Anne Arundel County Mass Fatality Plan. Although it is a subject no one likes to think about, planning for a mass fatality event is of critical importance for communities to boost their preparedness capabilities. Relying on staff expertise and national best practices, CHHS began the project by holding stakeholder meetings with county officials to determine their roles in a mass fatality event. Afterwards, a countywide planning meeting was held to finalize the roles and responsibilities of the agencies.

CHHS also held a workshop in order to test and further refine the Plan. The workshop, held on December 11, 2013 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, was well attended by numerous county and state officials, as well as non-governmental representatives such as hospital officials and the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.

In the spring of 2014, CHHS is building upon its work with Anne Arundel County by organizing a Family Assistance Center Plan, a companion to the Mass Fatality Plan.

This text was taken from the CHHS Spring 2014 Newsletter.

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