Death Scene Investigation After Disaster or Other Weather-Related Events

Technical BulletinLast updated Thursday, October 5, 2017
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed this toolkit in collaboration with National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and a workgroup of leading subject matter experts. The toolkit gives death scene investigators and death certifiers a common framework for collecting and documenting disaster-related information. It includes various event-specific data collection tools designed to help death scene investigators investigate deaths that occurred during natural disasters and weather-related events. Information related to the circumstances of disaster or weather-related deaths can provide key information to the medical examiner or coroner as they certify the death. Documenting the disaster-specific data elements identified in the forms and checklists in this toolkit will make it easier to compare mortality data across jurisdictions. Use of these forms and checklists will also increase the ability of public health practitioners to accurately assess the burden of natural disasters, identify risk and protective factors, and develop prevention strategies. The toolkit provides resources that can be adapted and used across different jurisdictions in the United States and its territories.

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