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).
But when catastrophe hits, she becomes an active member of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
, or DMORT, a group of about 1,400 coroners, funeral directors, dentists, anthropologists and forensics experts who help recover and identify the bodies of those killed in large-scale disasters, whether natural or man-made.
The protocols and safety and health recommendations developed as part of the Thai tsunami DVI efforts and the existing plans and guidelines of other agencies (e.g., Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
) (2,8-10) might form the basis for such an international effort.
* Disaster mortuary operational response teams
. These teams include pathologists, forensic pathologists, fingerprint experts, and dental assistants who help to identify victims' remains in a disaster.