Workshop

HITA Workshop – Are You Prepared for a Mass Fatality Incident Response?

Sunday September 22nd, 2019 // 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm // Pueblo

There is no cost to this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.

Help prepare your jurisdiction for a mass fatality DNA identification response effort. Mass fatality incidents require an accurate and timely response.  Rapid DNA is becoming an increasingly sought out tool for identifying victims of mass fatality incidents as it saves time and money by making identifications faster. Planning for a mass fatality can feel overwhelming, but not being prepared leads to an error-prone and stressful response.The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD*) is leading efforts to help jurisdictions get prepared for a mass fatality response.

This workshop is applicable to DNA analysts, supervisors and management and builds upon the efforts of the ASCLD Rapid DNA Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Subcommittee. During the workshop, participants will work collaboratively in small groups through a tabletop exercise to evaluate the mass fatality incident and organize an appropriate Rapid DNA response for victim identification using the ASCLD response tools and best practices.

*The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society of laboratory directors and forensic science managers from over 700 Federal, state, local and international crime laboratories, which are often called upon to support mass fatality human identification operations. In 2017, ASCLD, in conjunction with DHS S&T, formed a Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Subcommittee under their Rapid DNA Task Force, as a mass fatality response resource for public health officials. This task force is developing deliverables including: a Rapid DNA needs assessment checklist, Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (mutual aid agreements among states to share resources during times of need), a Rapid DNA deployment checklist, and DNA operational process maps.  This subcommittee’s goal is to make public health agencies aware of how a Rapid DNA mass fatality response can be a cooperative endeavor in order to support the local jurisdiction impacted by the mass fatality by providing resources and networking opportunities to those jurisdictions.

 

Goals

Participants will gain an understanding of how:

  • Rapid DNA can be used in DVI operations
  • To assess a mass fatality incident and design an effective Rapid DNA response operation
  • ASCLD’s Rapid DNA Task Force DVI Subcommittee Deliverables can be used in a mass fatality Rapid DNA response
  • A Rapid DNA response can be a cooperative endeavor to support the local jurisdiction

 

Objectives

  • Roleplay in a tabletop exercise to design a response using the ASCLD Rapid DNA Task Force DVI Subcommittee Deliverables
  • Hotwash to assess the deliverables and discuss next steps

 

Agenda

TimeActivity
1:00 – 1:10 PMIntroductions
1:10 – 1:25 PMASCLD Rapid DNA Task Force DVI Subcommittee Deliverables
1:25 – 1:35 PMScenario Explanation
1:35 – 3:05 PMResponse Design
3:05 – 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 – 4:00 PMGroup Reports
4:00 – 4:30 PMDeliverable Review
4:30 – 5:00 PMHotwash and Next steps

Speakers

Amanda SozerCo-Chair

Founder and President of SNA International

Dr. Amanda Sozer, founder and president of SNA International, has received recognition for her invaluable contributions to the forensic industry over her thirty year career. She was a key contributor to the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina identification responses and SNA as a company has responded to over 50 mass fatality incidents.

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Ray WickenheiserCo-Chair

Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System

Dr. Ray Wickenheiser is currently the Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System, headquartered in Albany, New York.  He is also a Past President of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD).  Ray has over 36 years of forensic science experience, with 19 of those as a Crime Lab Director in local and State Crime Laboratories.  His areas of expertise include crime lab administration, quality management, forensic DNA, serology, hair and fiber trace evidence, physical matching and comparison, glass fracture analysis, and forensic grain comparison.  Ray is currently the Chair of the ASCLD Rapid DNA Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee.

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