Providing Relief to Families after a Mass Fatality: Roles of the Medical Examiner's Office and the Family Assistance Center [open pdf - 254KB]
This special report considers the response of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the State of Oklahoma following the domestic terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1995. It provides answers to the following questions: how will families be notified if their loved ones are recovered and identified? What method is used to identify the families' loved ones? May the families go to the disaster site? "OVC wants to ensure that all those who work with mass-fatlity victims and families effectively, compassionately, and sensitively--This OVC bulletin hopes to help achieve this by reporting the lessons learned in Oklahoma City while helping victims' families during the long, difficult recovery process [quote by John W. Gillis, Director]."