Resilience Through Learning - Explosions & Mass Gatherings

Images of Boston explosions

After the explosions in Boston, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health gathered resources for health professionals. Although these resources apply to the Boston bombing, they can be used more generally for explosions and mass gatherings.

Contribute to "a nation of resilient communities" by educating yourself and others on disaster health topics related to mass gatherings and explosions. NCDMPH has gathered resources to assist health professionals in preparing for these types of events.

By providing these resources, the National Center aims to foster resilience through learning. The organization of this content is intended to facilitate self-directed learning as well as provide materials for educators.

Additional ideas for educators who are teaching health professionals interested in learning content or activities related to explosions in mass gatherings may be found here.

Latest updates are indicated by   under individual sections.

-- Situational Awareness --

Yale-Tulane ESF-8 Special Report: Bombings at Boston Marathon PDF


-- Resources: Blast --

Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons- Trauma and Related Resources

Bombings and Blast Injuries: A Primer for Physicians. PDF

Centers for Disease Control: Blast and Bomb Injuries

American College of Emergency Physicians "Bombings: Injury Patterns and Care" [interactive lesson, fact sheets, pocket card, materials for educators (slides, curricula)]

Borden Institute's Emergency War Surgery (2004) - Chapter 1

Borden Institute's Combat Casualty Care: Lessons Learned from OEF and OIF (2012)-Especially chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 13


-- Resources: Mass Gatherings --

Biddinger P et al. Be Prepared - The Boston Marathon and Mass-Casualty Events. N Eng J Med. 2013.

Emergence of medicine for mass gatherings: Lessons from the Hajj (2012) The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 12 (1), pp. 56-65.

Disaster Information Management Research Center: Mass Gatherings


-- Resources: Psychosocial --

Children's Psychosocial Needs in Disasters. NCDMPH.

SAMHSA: Mass Casualty: Support and Response Webinar YouTube

SAMHSA: Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events

Response Template Toolkit

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Psychological First Aid PDF

Cook Children's course for physicians on traumatic stress (course length 1 hour)

Healthcare Toolbox: Health Care Providers'Response to Medical Traumatic Stress in Their Patients

Healthcare Toolbox Resource List PDF: Provider Stress and Self-Care

DIMRC : Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

Talking to Children about Bombings PDF

  SAMHSA. Post-Disaster Retraumatization: Risk and Protective Factors.  YouTube 


-- Resources: Systems --

DIMRC: Healthcare System Surge Capacity and Mass Gatherings

CDC's In a Moment's Notice PDF: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings Challenges and Proposed Solutions

CDC's Capability 10 PDF: Medical Surge

Health care facility and community strategies for patient care surge capacity (2004) Annals of Emergency Medicine, 44 (3) , pp. 253-261. (Abstract)

Surge capacity for healthcare systems: A conceptual framework (2006) Academic Emergency Medicine. 13 (11), pp. 1157-1159. (Abstract)

Disaster metrics: Quantitative benchmarking of hospital surge capacity in trauma-related multiple casualty (2011) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 5: 117-124.