CHHS Facilitates Mass Fatality Management Workshop in Prince George’s County
The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) assisted the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) with a Mass Fatality Management Workshop today, ensuring local officials, healthcare facilities, first responders, and coordinating agencies understood their roles in the event of a pandemic or other health related disaster which may lead to a large number of deaths. The workshop allowed PGCHD officials and partner agencies to walk through various stages of the county’s plan, while assessing strengths in the public health infrastructure, as well as areas for improvement.
The workshop, which focuses on operationalizing several functions of the County’s Mass Fatality Management response, was developed and facilitated by CHHS exercise and training professionals alongside PGCHD planners. Through a year-long contract, CHHS is supporting the county’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, including providing a full-time analyst and a series of preparedness exercises.
The Center routinely works with hospitals and public health organizations to exercise emergency response capabilities, as well as develop and evaluate policies and procedures – helping clients build effective preparedness plans prior to an actual emergency.