Eight respondents indicated membership with the following disaster preparedness and response teams: American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) (n=1), American Red Cross (n = 1), Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) (n=1), Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) (n=1), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) (n=3), and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (n = 1).
Washington (DC); HHS, Department of Public Health Emergency; Disaster mortuary operational response teams (DMORTs) [Internet].
VeriTrace, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where it was used by the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
, was designed to assist in the management of emergency situations and disaster recovery using implantable RFID technology.
VeriTrace was used by the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
(DMORT) during Hurricane Katrina recovery operations.
According to Gary Hargrove, Coroner in charge of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
(DMORT), Harrison County, Mississippi, "Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, employees of VeriChip Corporation arrived in Harrison County to provide assistance with the VeriTrace system.
Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
(DMORT) are utilizing VeriChip's identification technology to integrate identification of the unidentified deceased with a database provided by the County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation so that loved ones may access the information to identify missing family members that may have perished in this disaster.
VeriChip has now trained nearly 400 FEMA employees on this technology including the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams
(DMORT) involved in the recovery efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and responsible for Weapons of Mass Destruction recovery efforts.