CDC Stresses Importance of Disaster Mortality Report
The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease
Control is reminding the public of the availability of its
disaster-related mortality report that it says is intended to serve as
an initial report for state department and medical examiners following
a disaster or emergency situation.
CDC says that in a disaster situation death certificates are not a
timely method for counting or evaluating mortality during or
immediately after an event. Although this report is not intended to
replace the death certificate or death certification procedures, it is
hoped that it will serve as a helpful guide for basic information
gathering required for mortality reporting in any natural or man-made
disaster. Its data can then be used by the states and local authorities
for evidence-based decisions on required resource distribution.
The goals of the report are as follows:
- Identify the number of deaths-related to disasters and
provide basic mortality information about the deceased for public
health emergency officials in affected jurisdictions.
- Identify high risk groups that could benefit from immediate public health interventions.
- Evaluate and assess the direct and indirect impact of the disaster
and human toll in affected communities on high vulnerable groups.
- Provide information on disaster-related mortality for emergency
officials and public health officers to assist in future planning and
A Web-based data entry format of the report, along with PDF and Word versions in English and Spanish, are available at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/surveillance/resources.asp.