Anthropologists and Mass Disasters

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Anthropologists and Mass Disasters Mass Disasters o Even, natural or man-made, which causes a large number of deceased individuals o Or that overwhelm the capabilities of the local system Mass Disasters/Fatalities o Disasters (Natural): Famine, epidemic disease, fires, floods, landslides, volcanoes o Fatalities (Man-Made): War, ethnic cleansing, terrorism, riots, aircraft, watercraft, panic Goals in Mass Disasters o Primary Get aid and relief to the survivors o Secondary Personal identification Cause and Manner of Death Can be important to public safety Civil litigation for reparation to victim families Planning for Mass Disaster o Open versus Closed Event? Open – everyone could be there Closed – only set number of people o Fragmented versus complete remains? Degree of fragmentation and number of victims determine role of DNA o Fate of un-identified remains? Usually (in closed events), all families are brought together and asked what they want to do
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o Family Assistance Center Point of contact for families so they don’t flood ME, PO, etc. Mandate
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course ANT 3520 taught by Professor K during the Fall '10 term at University of Florida.

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