Mass casualty incidents often last just a few minutes while having a lasting effect on communities. And, the recovery process requires that the whole community join together.
The initial recovery involves a unity of effort between law enforcement to begin the investigative process and crisis recovery teams to begin the reunification and healing process.
Teams of staff, counselors, faith-based leaders, and others attend to the emotional needs of survivors and their loved ones.
Public information officers help ensure that family members and the community receive accurate information while protecting the privacy of those affected by the incident. In addition, these individuals help dispel rumors.
Crisis recovery teams consider other practical details such as how to handle the outpouring of donations from the local and extended community, and how best to manage memorials.
In this lesson you will learn how the recovery process helps provide emotional support and rebuilds a climate of safety and security.
IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship
Lesson 5: After an Incident: Planning for Recovery