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Region 3 Natural Death Surge Plan for Catastrophic Public Health Emergencies (Mass Fatality Manageme


The Region 3 natural death surge plan describes the set-up and operation of two Central Collection Points (CCPs) for managing deaths from all causes during the duration of a severe pandemic. When the capacity to provide mortuary services at individual funeral homes is overwhelmed, all the funeral homes in Region 3 will be authorized to close and re-locate their staff, supplies and vehicles to two Central Collection Points. This plan also creatively addresses many significant unresolved issues such as lack of adequate cold storage for human remains; lack of supplies, such as body bags and embalming materials; a slow death certificate issuance process; and the implications caused by an increase of deaths at home. Region 3 is a rural, 7-county region in western Kentucky.

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Keyword Area:

All-Hazards, NIMS, Pandemic Influenza, Surge Capacity, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Angela Woosley, Green River District Health Department, Owensboro, KY





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