Pandemic Influenza Mass Fatality Response Guidance   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is "a guidance document, including templates and other tools, to assist local jurisdictions with mass fatality planning during a pandemic event. […] This document which is a compilation of information obtained from numerous entities contains guidelines to help local jurisdictions prepare to manage the increased number of deaths due to a natural disease event, such as an influenza pandemic. In a pandemic, the number of deaths will be over and above the usual number of fatalities that a locality would typically see during the same time period. This document will become an attachment to the Ohio Emergency Management Operations Plan Emergency Support Function 8 (October, 2005) and will become an additional resource for local jurisdictions to use for mass fatality planning. Utilizing a pandemic influenza outbreak as an example, assuming three pandemic waves of six weeks each and a five percent crude annual all causes death rate (similar to 1918), about 5,500 deaths per week per wave would occur in Ohio (this is more than 2 ½ times the usual rate of about 2,100 deaths per week). Local mortuary affairs entities in the state may not be able to meet this demand even if they were to remain fully operational; however, they too may be impacted and may lose staff to illness, family illness, death, and refusal to work."

2010 Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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