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A Fusion Center's Role During Mass-Casualty Incidents and Major Events

The purpose of this document is to describe a plan for effective response—as well as coordination and communication—during mass-casualty and fatality incidents, major events, and other major critical incidents that leverages fusion center resources and expertise. Critical incidents are resource intensive and require more comprehensive planning and direction than routine public safety incidents.This document provides recommendations for fusion centers that do not have existing relationships, protocols, policies, or memoranda of agreement with their federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial (FSLTT) emergency operations centers (EOCs) and law enforcement operation centers. It defines the role and responsibilities of such fusion centers during major critical incidents. A fusion center may play a crucial role by supporting investigations, enhancing the intelligence cycle, and providing situational awareness to FSLTT public safety agencies, as well as private sector and critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) partners. The document complements and builds on the NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide as well as the Considerations for Fusion Center and Emergency Operations Center Coordination Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 502

Published: December 2019