‘……”I saw people lying there. The people were torn apart. Their body parts scattered,” said Abdul Jalil, frantically searching for his brother who works at the market. Cell phone calls to the brother were not going through “Who are these people killing innocent people? What do they get out of it? God will not forgive them.”….’
The team’s final report, Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing, was publicly released on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The report highlights a number of factors that contributed to a largely successful response and emphasizes what, exactly, made Boston Strong and resilient in the face of tragedy.
It also provides a set of recommendations for jurisdictions to consider going forward. Among other findings, the authors urge responders:
• To quickly establish a cross-agency, senior strategic and policy-making level of engagement and secure command post — with dedicated space for strategic, tactical and logistical teams — that looks to both the big picture and a longer timeframe.
• To provide responders and political leaders with more training and experience in the doctrine of incident command in complex circumstances through exercises and utilization of regular “fixed events” to develop skills.
• To develop a more effective process to manage the inevitable self-deployment of responders who in response to crisis arrive as independent individuals rather than in organized units.
• To critically review current training and practice on control of weapons fire, which may call for new paradigms.
• To design and routinely establish a staffing schedule for all levels of personnel ensuring rotation and rest that are essential to sustained performance when critical events last for days.
• To consider a legislative change to the HIPAA regulations regarding release of information to family members about the health status of patients critically injured in an attack, in order to provide them the best care possible and to cater to their wide range of needs.
“……..Police officials said a car bomb went off at night in a commercial street in al-Ameen district in southeastern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 13. Minutes later, police said another car bomb explosion near a falafel restaurant killed three people and wounded six in the capital’s Qahira neighborhood.
A third car bomb exploded in a commercial street in western Baghdad, killing four persons and wounding 14 others………. Later, a car bomb in a commercial area of Baghdad’s northwestern neighborhood of Shula killed four people and wounded nine………
In Baghdad’s northern district of Hurriyah, a car bomb also exploded, killing four people and wounding 10……..”