Tips for Recording Casualties in Disasters
The aftermath of disasters such as an earthquake can be devastating, with widespread destruction, numerous casualties and families searching for missing persons. In such scenarios, it is critical to keep accurate records of casualties to successfully identify remains and provide closure to families and loved ones. To do this, it is crucial to maintain accurate records of casualties. This blog post will provide a checklist of best practices that include starting the collection of information immediately, using multiple sources, keeping detailed and organized records, utilizing technology, and collaborating with relevant organizations. Following these best practices will help ensure that casualties are appropriately managed and the identification process made easier to return human remains to their families.
I. Start Collecting Information Immediately
- Begin collecting information on casualties as soon as possible after a disaster.
- Collect information that includes: personal details of the deceased (if known), date and location of recovery, and details of the incident.
II. Use Multiple Sources of Information
- Gather information from multiple sources, including first responders, eyewitnesses, family members, and other relevant sources.
- Cross-check information from different sources to confirm the accuracy.
III. Keep Detailed and Organized Records
- Record information about each case separately.
- Keep records in a centralized, secure location.
- Organize records in an accessible and understandable manner.
- Make sure appropriate data protection protocols are applied to data.
- Record information in a standardized format for consistency and accuracy
IV. Utilize Technology for Record-Keeping
- Utilize digital tools such as databases, mobile applications, and geospatial mapping software to maintain accurate records.
- Use apps such as What3Words to capture location data.
V. Collaborate with Relevant Organizations
- Collaborate with organizations such as law enforcement, forensic labs, disaster response teams, and local communities to maintain accurate records.