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Washington Webinar Series Features Mass Fatality Management and Oso Mudslide Response

Despite the many day-to-day activities conducted in the name of emergency preparedness, organizations involved in these efforts are frequently judged by how well they handle incidents with large losses of life. The need for mass casualty management is clear, but how do agencies get it right?

Join the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) for two compelling webinars on preparing for and responding to mass fatality events. These online webinars are part of Hot Topics in Practice, a monthly forum where local, state, and national guest speakers discuss contemporary public health issues.

September 23, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific – Mass Fatality Management: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Preparedness and Response, will feature Dr. Jason Wiersema and Ms. Allison Woody, of the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences in Houston, TX. Hear how these representatives developed partnerships and protocols to respond to mass fatalities. Topics include: addressing the legal and jurisdictional challenges of death investigation; operation of morgues, mobile disaster units, and family assistance centers; and the roles of public health, medicine, and law enforcement in mass fatality management.

October 8, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific – Public Health’s Response to the Oso Mudslide, Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer, Snohomish Health District, Washington will share how the Snohomish Health District worked with county, state, and federal partners to respond to a massive mudslide in rural Washington. He will discuss specific public health actions, such as activating the coordinating center, working with volunteers, and addressing environmental health concerns. Topics such as handling medical and mental health issues, public messaging, and worker safety will also be addressed.

Stay tuned for more information about these webinars at: http://www.nwcphp.org/hot-topics.