Mass Casualty Incident Plans
Any jurisdiction is at risk from a variety of natural and manmade hazards that have the potential to generate a large number of causalities. A well-written mass casualty incident plan can help minimize loss of life, disabling injuries, and human suffering. An efficient and coordinated mass casualty incident response demands a well written plan. DSI's Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Plan was developed to assist jurisdictions in dealing with any type of situation involving mass casualties. This plan defines who does what, when, where, and how they will do it. By training on, and following this plan, emergency responders can reduce the danger to themselves and the general public in a mass casualty event.
Regardless of the size of your jurisdiction, there can still be any number of events that could result in an MCI event. For example, any of the following could result in an MCI event requiring the activation of this plan:
Transportation accidents, including school buses, private buses
Congregate care facility events
Terrorism events at schools (active shooter, bomb threats), Multiple shooting victims
Tornado events in populated areas
Hurricanes, especially storm surge
Hazardous materials events near populated areas or congregate care facilities.
All jurisdictions must be able to quickly mobilize and respond to such events. Mass casualty incidents will generate an immediate increase in the number of people needing medical attention, and the immediate need for quick response on the part of the jurisdiction's first responder teams. Therefore, the goal of these plans is to achieve overall understanding of roles and responsibilities of all first responders involved in any MCI event. In addition, this plan has components of the Incident Management System (ICS) embedded within to help standardize the response actions in the event outside assistance is required.