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Sifo-Dyas
12-06-11, 18:09
Hey

I'm currently trying to write a scene where 28 people lie dead in the desert. I need to know who'd be present to deal with such a situation, please? I can think of police officers and paramedics, but who else?
* Are there any special people assigned to handle the press and people watching?
* would there be some sort of working men with white helmets on or so (I saw that once on the news during the terrorist attack in London).

Sorry if this question is in any way, shape or form unsettling. I'm just trying to paint the right picture ...

Thanks!

Bye for now

P.S.: my story is not terrorist-related at áll ... lol. :D

lararoxs
12-06-11, 18:23
Coroners, forensics, anthropologists if there's bones. Police, paramedics, crime scene investigators. As for press, I'd imagine anyone who's interested in the story, so news reporters, journalists, maybe film crews.
That's my guess for you! :)

Sifo-Dyas
12-06-11, 21:23
Coroners, forensics, anthropologists if there's bones. Police, paramedics, crime scene investigators. As for press, I'd imagine anyone who's interested in the story, so news reporters, journalists, maybe film crews.
That's my guess for you! :)

Wow, cool answer. There are a few I don't understand.

What are coroners?
What are forensics?
Anthropologists?

I'll look it up on Google just in case.

Thanks again,

Bye for now

lararoxs
12-06-11, 21:40
Wow, cool answer. There are a few I don't understand.

What are coroners?
What are forensics?
Anthropologists?

I'll look it up on Google just in case.

Thanks again,

Bye for now

Coroners are medical personnel that deal with dead bodies and can perform autopsies to find a cause of death.

Forensics teams are just like Crime Scene Investigators, they deal with all the evidence (if you're putting any in your story!) For example; hair or skin found on or near the body. In this case it could be them looking at disturbances in the sand near the bodies and foot prints, again if you choose to put any in your story!

Anthropologists deal with human remains - bones. They're like a coroner but specialise in bones and the skeleton, if there are bones, they can use them to make a facial reconstruction to know who the victim was. They can also use the bones to find out the age, sex, height of the victim and of cause determine the possible cause of death.

If it's an unexplainable catastrophe you may even get someone present from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that handle all the pandemics and outbreaks that may be health related, for example swine flu.

Hope this helps you a little more. :)

Sifo-Dyas
12-06-11, 22:23
Coroners are medical personnel that deal with dead bodies and can perform autopsies to find a cause of death.

Forensics teams are just like Crime Scene Investigators, they deal with all the evidence (if you're putting any in your story!) For example; hair or skin found on or near the body. In this case it could be them looking at disturbances in the sand near the bodies and foot prints, again if you choose to put any in your story!

Anthropologists deal with human remains - bones. They're like a coroner but specialise in bones and the skeleton, if there are bones, they can use them to make a facial reconstruction to know who the victim was. They can also use the bones to find out the age, sex, height of the victim and of cause determine the possible cause of death.

If it's an unexplainable catastrophe you may even get someone present from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that handle all the pandemics and outbreaks that may be health related, for example swine flu.

Hope this helps you a little more. :)

Coool! Many thanks! Yeah, it's actually 28 people that got hit by a massive bolt of lightning, so ... I might even think of adding a weather specialist, lol! :D

lararoxs
12-06-11, 22:36
Coool! Many thanks! Yeah, it's actually 28 people that got hit by a massive bolt of lightning, so ... I might even think of adding a weather specialist, lol! :D

Yes, that sounds good! :tmb: A meteorologist! If it was a huge bolt of lightening you might get people that are starting to think it's a conspiracy, for example people who think it's aliens or an act of God. Just an other idea for you!

You'll have to let me know if/ when you're finished and can share it. It sounds like a really interesting story, I'd love to read it! :)

Tombraiderx08
12-06-11, 22:37
Jessica Fletcher :mis:

The Great Chi
12-06-11, 23:11
The chances of 28 people dying close together by a lightning strike in a dry flat desert is very low, Maybe 4 or 5 of them might get it, with others having burns, yes, but not all 28.

Exceptions, where they all might get killed:

1....they were all having a group hug, so zapped through all hearts to ground :p

2 .... The ground was wet and they were at the highest point of the ground, like a hill.

3....If they were crawling, with their hands and feet apart, which would induce a high voltage potential across the hands to feet and the current would flow through and kill them (cows get it that way) :D

4 .... They were all under a tall tree, again a nasty way to get it.

Anyway you write the story, but make it realistic ;)

Sifo-Dyas
13-06-11, 00:13
The chances of 28 people dying close together by a lightning strike in a dry flat desert is very low, Maybe 4 or 5 of them might get it, with others having burns, yes, but not all 28.

Anyway you write the story, but make it realistic ;)

Heheh - I should've forseen such a reply. You're right, of course. But then again: I haven't told you the whole story. This lightning was caused by some sort of a (for lack of a better word) superhero. Realism will be implemented into my story, but aiming for realism all the way is a bridge too far for me. :)

But thanks anyho for any help. :)

Bye for now

tampi
13-06-11, 11:57
Everything depends on the country where this situation occurs.

According to the hierarchical structure and legal status of each country, the situation will be resolved differently.
Or it does not matter? :confused:

Rachie737
13-06-11, 13:40
Anthropologists deal with human remains - bones. They're like a coroner but specialise in bones and the skeleton, if there are bones, they can use them to make a facial reconstruction to know who the victim was. They can also use the bones to find out the age, sex, height of the victim and of cause determine the possible cause of death.

You mean specifically Salvage Anthropologists, or even Archaeologists. Anthropologists don't normally deal with just remains, they also study the diversity of cultures, with their social structures, myths, language and social conventions. For example, an Anthropologist may study the war-relations amongst tribes in the Amazon, or even inner-city street culture in New York.

Anthropology has several different branches, though you've correctly found one of them. I'm not calling you out or anything, but I figure this should be pointed out just in case, for the sake of the story. :D After all, you are aiming for realism. Perhaps the anthropologist was studying your particular.....superhero?

Guess who is studying anthropology at university.....:whi:

Sifo-Dyas
13-06-11, 14:58
You mean specifically Salvage Anthropologists, or even Archaeologists. Anthropologists don't normally deal with just remains, they also study the diversity of cultures, with their social structures, myths, language and social conventions. For example, an Anthropologist may study the war-relations amongst tribes in the Amazon, or even inner-city street culture in New York.

Anthropology has several different branches, though you've correctly found one of them. I'm not calling you out or anything, but I figure this should be pointed out just in case, for the sake of the story. :D After all, you are aiming for realism. Perhaps the anthropologist was studying your particular.....superhero?

Guess who is studying anthropology at university.....:whi:

Hahah, véry interesting. Thanks! Well, I'm basically gonna keep it simple. it's just me trying to write a movie script in the hope that - when it's finally finished - someone in Tinseltown may show a sparkle of interest. :p
Just passing the time and enjoying myself. :)

sandygrimm
13-06-11, 15:32
Soldiers or an army.., criminologists, Medical Examiner, Forensics ,

or were those ancient dead bodies?:p