Mass shootings have become a sad reality in America. When there are multiple victims of gun violence in one incident, it is called a mass shooting. There is no universally accepted definition of a mass shooting. Still, it is generally agreed that a mass shooting has occurred whenever four or more people are shot — excluding the shooters.
Mass shootings take a terrible toll on not only the victims and their families, but also on the community. The crime scene must be treated with respect. It is crucial for both the physical and emotional welfare of community members that the scene be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by trained professionals. Although death cleanup is not easy for anyone, experienced biohazard professionals have been trained to work in psychologically traumatizing circumstances. Finally, cleanup efforts by untrained workers can actually increase environmental hazards after a mass casualty event.
How is a Mass Shooting Cleaned and Restored to its Former Condition?
Once investigators are satisfied that they have gathered all the evidence they need, our mass shooting cleanup team is called to take care of the scene. We must assess the situation and surrounding areas for contamination and then come up with a plan. Each mass shooting scene has different challenges, but, in general, the following must be addressed:
- How to proceed discreetly without further disturbing traumatized community members.
- How and where to dispose of biohazardous materials and other waste.
- The setting up of a ‘transition zone’ between clean and contaminated areas.
- If more evidence is found while cleaning, we must work seamlessly with law enforcement to ensure that the evidence is included in the investigation.
- In addition to blood, vomit, tissues, and human waste, teargas, forensic materials, and gunshot residue must be appropriately handled, cleaned, and disposed of.
- Handle the media and any other questions from onlookers.
While every crime scene and mass shooting is different, the following issues must be dealt with anywhere that a victim has been shot.
Small bloodstains visible to the naked eye may seem easy to deal with, but a spot of blood 2” in diameter is usually indicative of a two-foot stain underneath the carpet. Why is this worrying? All blood stains should be considered biohazardous and capable of harboring HIV, hepatitis, or other bloodborne pathogens. Bloodstains that are not handled correctly can be very dangerous. Additionally, conventional carpet cleaners will not sanitize a blood-stained area, and scrubbing a little bleach into the area is also insufficient. There are specific protocols that must be followed to remove bodily fluids and biohazards fully.
Fluid and Smell Removal
Blood is not the only fluid that needs to be cleaned up at a mass shooting scene. Excrement released when a person dies, and other bodily fluids, are often found at crime scenes. These fluids can be just as upsetting and difficult to deal with as blood. We have the training to handle both the emotional and logistical impact of bodily fluids left behind at a mass shooting scene.
The trained professionals at Alabama Bio-Clean have handled the cleanup of multiple mass shootings. You can trust us to be discreet and to do an impeccable job. Call on us anytime, day or night: 1-866-305-8001