Mass Casualty Incidents

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The District Twenty Medical Examiner's goal is to provide safe, high quality, cost efficient forensic services to the citizens and visitors of Collier County regardless of the nature or extent of incident. Disasters and associated hardships not withstanding, we will always strive to meet this goal.

Natural disasters that are most likely to affect our area include severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, flash floods, earthquakes, wildfires, drought and extreme heat. These situations do not generally result in the loss of many lives. Hazardous materials incidents, structural fires and explosions, and radiological accidents present different challenges, as do national security emergencies. Each of these events will be handled professionally and with regard for the safety of all living persons concerned.

As with any other death, the main focus of major vehicular accidents such as aircraft, bus or ships/boats require determination of causation and identification of the deceased to the extent possible.