The ESF-8 partners that deal with Fatality Management are often misunderstood. These agencies and organizations have to be nimble as their scope varies with the size and type of incident. A community’s Medical Examiner or Coroner has complete jurisdiction over the deceased and are responsible for many vital tasks such as: recovery efforts, setting up temporary morgues, identifying victims, and collecting postmortem data. These partners are also tasked with notifying families and assisting those families with final arrangements.
The Kansas Funeral Directors Association Disaster Team is available in our region when the medical examiner’s office resources are taxed. This team is made up of funeral directors from all over the state that volunteer to assist in the vital mission of managing fatalities.
When local, regional, & state resources are stretched thin, the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) is a federal resource that can be called in.