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ID
12-508-1217
Name
Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit
Status
Published
Updated
11/18/2019 2:31:57 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Description
The Fatality Management (FM) Disaster Portable Morgue Unit (DPMU) is a mobile facility consisting of personnel, equipment, and supplies to support specially trained teams that respond to a mass fatality incident. The Medical Examiner/Coroner (ME/C), under the designated medico-legal authority, assists the local jurisdiction in identifying human remains through forensic dental pathology, forensic anthropology, latent print examination, and DNA testing. The DPMU also prepares and ensures the disposition of human remains.
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Fatality Management Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Unit
Overall Function
The FM DPMU establishes contact with the Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor designee and the ME/C to determine where to set up the temporary morgue and: 1. Sets up and manages the operation of a temporary morgue (cache of prepackaged equipment and supplies) with necessary work stations for processing within 24 hours of activation 2. Provides inventory management 3. Collaborates and coordinates with the Fatality Management Assessment Team, Human Remains Recovery Team, Victim Information Center Team, Morgue Identification Center Team, Family Assistance Center, and state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal authorities in the identification and return of human remains 4. Delivers and maintains equipment and supplies to operate the Mass Fatality Management Group and temporary morgue
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this unit, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. Requestors can order additional vehicles, equipment, and supplies, such as human remains transportation vehicles for temporary storage of human remains 3. Requestor can order additional units based on cause of death complexity, the geographic scale and scope, and the number of victims 4. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is mission-specific
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
Minimum Personnel Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 17
Type 27
Management and Oversight Personnel Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Leader
Type 21 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 2 FM DPMU Leader
Support Personnel Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Communications Coordinator 1 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Communications Information Technology Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Communications Programming Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Building/Arrangements Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Supply Specialist 1 – NIMS Type 1 FM DPMU Facilities Specialist
Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Response Capability Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Hazmat capable
Type 2Not Specified
Self-contained Temporary Morgue Equipment Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Portable x-ray unit 2. Human remains pouches 3. Medical instruments for autopsies 4. Radiation survey equipment 5. Portable autoclave 6. Digital cameras 7. Specimen containers and preservatives 8. Refrigerated storage
Transportation Equipment Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21 – Four-wheel drive vehicle with the ability to carry four passengers 1 – Truck with trailer, or a specially-designed vehicle to transport the DPMU
Electronics Equipment Per Unit MemberThe software assists with collecting, organizing, and analyzing ante-mortem and postmortem data, and has the ability to capture unique identifiers, including photographs and x-rays.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Laptops, tablets, or mobile devices equipped with data management and analysis software capability
Communications Equipment Per Unit MemberConsider alternate forms of communication, such as satellite phones, based on the mission assignment and unit needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Not Applicable
Type 21. Portable two-way radio 2. Cell phone
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Per Unit MemberThe following standards address PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1910.134:, Respiratory Protection; OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Hazmat PPE that is mission-specific, such as: 1. Full-face or half-mask, air purifying respirators 2. Hooded chemical-resistant clothing 3. Coveralls 4. Chemical-resistant gloves 5. Boots 6. Boot-covers 7. Hard hat 8. Face shield 9. Chemical tape 10. Chemical filters specific to the event
Type 2PPE is mission-specific, such as: 1. Non-porous protective outerwear 2. Masks/Respirators 3. Eye protection 4. Disposable gloves 5. Protective footwear
Data Collection and Dissemination Supplies Per UnitNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. General morgue forms 2. Release forms 3. Death certificates
683
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Communications Information Technology Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Communications Programming Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Building/Arrangements Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Communications Coordinator
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Facilities Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Disaster Portable Morgue Unit Supply Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor, pending publication
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted