New York State Guidance: County Mass Fatality Annex With Emphasis on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness [2009]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The State of New York is subject to a wide variety of natural, technological and human-caused hazards. The occurrence of such hazards has the potential to impact public and private property and critical infrastructure; they can also cause great economic hardship, and a significant toll in human lives. For example, the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in July of 1996 caused all levels of government to review airline crashes / disasters and the effect that these events have on local, county, State and Federal response capabilities. This incident presented challenges in mass fatality management in the debris field, Long Island Sound. During the September 11, 2001 attacks, close to 3,000 people lost their lives in New York City. In this case, the volume of fatalities and the processing of the remains caused significant challenges. New York State and its counties are not alone. On a national scale, the country has endured many tragedies that have resulted in mass fatalities, including Hurricane Katrina, in which 1,836 people died."

New York (State). Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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