U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT)
Category: Health & Medical (ESF #8)
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other
Standard DMORT has 31 personnel plus basic load of equipment (NOTE 1) Deployment Readiness, Staffing, Equipment Status, Training Status, Patient Treatment Capacity Deploy to site within 24 hrs. of notification; Provide on-site victim identification and morgue operations; Provide family assistance services (NOTE 2)        
DMORT-WMD Same as above Same as above except adds additional capability to deal with residually contaminated chemical, biological, or radiological dead        
Deployable Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) Fully equipped to support DMORT functions Add-on when no local morgue facilities available; Supports either standard DMORT or DMORT-WMD (NOTE 3)        


Definition: A Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team is a volunteer group of medical and forensic personnel, usually from the same geographic region, who have formed a response team under the guidance of the National Disaster Medical System (or State or local auspices), and whose personnel have specific training/skills in victim identification, mortuary services, and forensic pathology and anthropology methods.

NOTE 1: Usually includes a mix of medical examiners, coroners, pathologists, forensic anthropologists, medical records technicians, fingerprint technicians, forensic odentologists, dental assistants, radiologists, funeral directors, mental health professionals, and support personnel.

NOTE 2: DMORTs are mission tailored on an ad hoc basis, and usually deploy only with personnel and equipment specifically required for current mission.

NOTE 3: There are currently two Portable Morgue Units within NDMS.


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