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1st Edition

Disaster Victim Identification
A Manager's Guide to Policy and Procedure

  • Available for pre-order on May 23, 2023. Item will ship after June 13, 2023
ISBN 9781032385037
June 13, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
128 Pages 11 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Disaster Victim Identification: A Manager’s Guide to Policy and Procedure’s guiding thesis explains why disaster victim identification (DVI) must be fundamentally integrated—at the outset—into general disaster planning and operations procedures. By doing so, it allows for pre-event assessment of any risks and vulnerabilities, in coordination with planning and response agencies, so that the on-site response isn’t the first time they have communicated and worked together. 

The book outlines the importance of exercising, interagency memoranda of understanding (MOU), and coordination in advance to provide the best, most effective response that optimally serves both the victims and the community. DVI requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, as such, plans should take into consideration and account for possible integration of outside assistance into the general work plan and flow. By doing this, practical action and measures—sometimes coordinated impromptu depending on the nature and scale of a disaster—can be undertaken both quickly and seamlessly.

Coverage outlines the overall DVI process, its various methodologies, and how it serves as an integral part of overall disaster response. Disaster Victim Identification brings together the expertise of two professionals with longstanding, extensive first-hand experience in the field. This includes working at, as well as supervising coordination of, DVI response to such scenes. The book will be a welcome addition to professionals by examining what works, what doesn’t, and how to maintain best practices while avoiding common mistakes.   

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I: General  1. Overview of Disasters  2. Planning a Response  3. DVI and Other Stakeholders  4. Public Inquiries Center  5. DVI Equipment  Part II: When Disaster Strikes  6. Facing Disaster  7. Command  8. Antemortem and Postmortem  9. Identification and Cooperation  10. Data Corroboration (Reconciliation)  11. Beyond Identification  12. Other DVI Responders  Part III: Post Incident  13. Caring for Responders

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Jay H. Levinson is a researcher at the Hebrew University and Prof. Adj. at John Jay College of the City University of New York. Since the 1990s he has been a correspondent for the (UK) Jewish Tribune. He earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Studies from New York University. He also studied foreign languages at Yale, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania. During 1972-1981 he worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, primarily on anti-terrorism targets. From 1981-2002 he served in the Forensic Science Division of the Israel Police (1985-1999 in Disaster Victim Identification). From 1994-1999 he was Chairman, Interpol Disaster Victim Identification Standing Committee. He has lectured in more than 25 countries and has written six books as well as dozens of journal articles concerning DVI. His research interests primarily relate to media coverage of disasters, DVI management and infrastructure, and related psychological and religious issues.

Abraham J. Domb is a Professor for Forensic Sciences at the Faculty of Law and Medicinal Chemistry and Biopolymers at the School of Pharmacy-Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University. He earned B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Law; Diplomas in Business management and Textile Science, and a Ph.D. from The Hebrew University. He did his postdoctoral training at Syntex Research, MIT, and Harvard University. Since 1991 he has been at the Hebrew University. During 2007-2012 he headed the Division of Forensic Science at the Israel Police. During 2014-2016 he served as president of the Azrieli College of Engineering. Since 2021 Prof. Domb has been the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Innovation, Science & Technology. His research interests include: forensic science, medicinal and polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical development, and drug delivery systems.