A local funeral director has been chosen to serve on the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT). 

James Davidson II, who works at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, will serve on DMORT, a federally administered program that can support communities with medical care and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies. 

The release said DMORT, organized under the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

NDMS teams consist of physicians, nurses, veterinary staff, paramedics, fatality management professionals, and experienced command and control staff. When an emergency overwhelms local and state resources, the release said ASPR looks to the expertise within NDMS teams from across the country to assist in the response.

DMORT members operate forensic pathology, anthropology, fingerprinting, DNA and dental stations in temporary morgues during disaster responses. Approximately 5,000 medical, public health, and emergency management professionals comprise the NDMS, organized into approximately 70 types of response teams. Although they hail from communities nationwide, they are federal government employees who are part of a coordinated federal response.

For more information, visit phe.gov

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