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Summary of Site Selection Considerations
for the Family Assistance Center

  • Site selection factors.

    • Type of disaster event and number of fatalities.

    • Location in relation to the disaster site and the morgue.

    • Availability of a neutral, nonreligious site (e.g., hotel, school).

    • Needs of the many participating agencies.

  • Availability of facility—immediate and long term.

  • Infrastructure.

    • Electrical power.

    • Telephone service.

    • A sufficient number of toilets.

    • Controlled heat/air conditioning, water, and sewage.

    • Adequate parking.

    • Security options.

    • Disability accommodations.

  • Space and floor plan. Accommodate the performance of many functions and delivery of services. Space should be provided for

    • Operations center and administrative offices.

    • Large general assembly room with a public address system.

    • Reflection room.

    • Death notification rooms.

    • Counseling rooms.

    • Medical area.

    • Reception area.

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Providing Relief to Families After a Mass Fatality
November 2002
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