Funeral CE

When Disaster Strikes: Mass Fatalities and Community Impact

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On April 17, 2013, a massive explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company in West, TX, leaving 15 people dead, including 12 volunteer firefighters, more than 160 injured, and several homes and business destroyed. This course provides an inside look into the days following the disaster, through the personal accounts of five funeral directors faced with the daunting task of handling mass fatalities, chaos, and community devastation.

This course offers six chapters:

Chapter 1: The Disaster
  • Introduction
  • The Disaster
Chapter 2: The Unknowns
  • The Day After the Disaster
  • Working with Volunteers
  • Working with the Media
Chapter 3: Impact on Local Funeral Home

Chapter 4: Working with the Honor Guard

Chapter 5: Dealing with the Unexpected

Chapter 6: Looking Forward
  • Where is West, TX Now? 
  • Lessons Learned
Exam Requirements: Self-study exams are open-book and do not require a monitor.

Important Study Requirements: You must submit form BFS-CE6OL to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service at least 10 days before taking an online exam.

The North Carolina Board of Funeral Service does not permit agents to access the final exam until the student's time in the course equals the number of approved credit hours. The course must be stopped if the student is inactive for more than 10 minutes.