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37 THE FAMILY ASSISTANCE CREW that met with victims’ relatives after the crash of Comair Flight 5191 was part of a regional group called a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, or DMORT. The United States has ten DMORTs. They are part of the National Disaster Medical System, which is run by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. When a disaster kills a large number of people, local experts and resources may be overwhelmed by the scale of the calamity. In such cases a coroner or medical examiner can ask the federal government to activate one or more DMORTs.

That foam proved to be highly flammable. Sparks from the gerbs ignited the foam and started a fire. Within seconds, the walls near the stage were aflame. Smoke began to fill the room, and the fire alarm sounded. THE CASUALTIES The video of the disaster shows that most people in the club seemed confused at first, rather than panicked. For half a minute or so they stood and looked at the stage, perhaps thinking that the flames were part of the act. The fire moved rapidly across the ceiling, however, and people turned to flee.

The Katrina DMORT crews labored for months to identify the bodies of some 1,300 storm victims, as well as more than 600 sets of remains that had been washed from cemeteries by the floodwaters. It was difficult work in heartbreaking circumstances. ” On the morning after a fire at the Station nightclub, the disaster team removes the body of one of the blaze's hundred victims. CHApTER two E V E RY M AS S D E AT H I S M O R E T H A N a tragedy. It is also a forensic challenge. A fire in an American nightclub and an earthquake that caused a tsunami in the Indian Ocean showed that forensic science plays an important role after both human-caused and natural disasters.

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