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Strategic Mass Fatalities Plan (FOI)

Strategic Mass Fatalities Plan (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 13 February 2017.


Under the Freedom of information. I would like to request the following:

In reference to disasters, for example diseases affecting a large portion of the population. 

Have there been any plans in place to bury the deceased in large amounts, commonly called mass graves. 

If there has been what year did it occur, what devices where involved, for example, JCB diggers to dig the graves, how much time and money was put into these resources. 

Also is there currently any plan in place at this moment in time. I write the question above regarding the last 10 years.


There has not been nor are plans in place for the provision of burying large numbers of deceased individuals following a major disaster.

We do have, however, the Strategic Mass Fatalities Plan. The definition of a mass fatalities incident is:

‘Any incident where the number of fatalities or the circumstances of their deaths mean that normal local arrangements cannot provide an adequate response to that incident’.

The purpose of this plan is to act as the overarching protocol by which all mass fatalities major incidents will be managed in Jersey and relies upon an Island multi-agency response and, if required, the additional assistance of a full-service disaster preparedness and response organization from the UK.

The Strategic Mass Fatalities Plan will be a public document once finalised in a suitable form and will be available on the States Internet website later this year.

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