The Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI-MORT) was established to provide the State of Michigan a mass fatality resource that could be readily deployed to any location in the State in response to an incident in which the number of fatalities had exceeded local or regional resources.

The MI-MORT team consists of various professions including; forensic pathologists, forensic dentists, forensic anthropologists, funeral directors, radiologic technologists, many others. This team works to support the local Medical Examiner and ultimately the Local, Regional and State response by providing technical assistance and personnel to recover, identify and process deceased victims in a dignified manner.


MI-MORT members have dedicated themselves and are committed to serving the needs of families throughout disaster events. MI-MORT members shall maintain a state of “readiness” during the non-activation periods. Team members are expected to pursue training in mass fatality related subjects, to register in the MI Volunteer Registry, and to be available for deployment on short notice. When Team members are activated/deployed, they shall adhere to the MI-MORT Code of Conduct and follow instructions regarding work assignments and policies as outlined.


Individuals with related disaster, forensic or mortuary experience may apply for MI-MORT membership by registering on the Michigan Volunteer Registry.

MI-MORT members are expected to keep their user profiles up to date and to notify the MI-MORT Administrative Officer of any changes in:

  • Address
  • Contact information
  • Name change
  • Job changes or changes in licensure
  • Additional training that would qualify for upgrading the member’s classification.


Applicant Member – any person who has completed a User Profile and seeks consideration for membership.

Active Member – Any person, whose MI-MORT application has been completed, reviewed by DEPR along with a background check, submitted the required ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 certificates and has been assigned to a position classification.

Inactive Member – Any person whose Active status has been suspended due to:

o   Voluntary request for such status.

o   Failure to maintain training requirements, etc.

o   Investigation of violation of Code of Conduct.


Disaster response work is often very different from day-to-day tasks performed in normal occupations, even for forensic professionals. Members are not expected to know how to maximize the team effort of a MI-MORT mission without adequate training. For this reason, each member is expected to take part in:

  • Completion of the following independent study NIMS courses: IS 100a, IS 200a, IS 700a & IS 800a. The IS 300 and IS 400 classes are a requirement for command staff and team leaders.
  • A minimum of one disaster-related exercise, disaster related training seminar, or disaster activation event in each two-year period in order to remain in Active status and ready for deployment. Failure to document such activity, or obtain an exemption granted by the Commander upon exigent circumstances, may be grounds for moving the member to Inactive status until the education requirement has been satisfied.
  • GO Team Leaders, members of the VIC Core Team, Odontology Team, DPMU Team and other members may be asked to participate in additional training sessions each year due to the depth of information to be learned.


Membership in MI-MORT is limited to qualified individuals in the forensic disaster/mortuary community who have a desire to serve their community in the time of need. These positions involve working with deceased human remains, to varying degrees. All members are classified by position according to their respective training, education, and experience backgrounds. The various classifications are:


Description (primary but not limited)

Minimum Requirement

MI-MORT Commander Disaster Management of Human and Equipment Assets; ME Liaison; MSU Liaison; Scheduling Mass Fatality Disaster Response Experience; Management and Administrative Experience
Regional Team Leader Performs Go Team Duties as Back-up to MI-MORT Commander Mass Fatality Disaster Response Experience; Management and Administrative Experience
Family Assistance Core Team Leader Supervises Family Assistance Center Mass Fatality Disaster Response Experience; Management and Administrative Experience
Pathologist, Forensic Examines recovered remains, details anatomic observations; May serve as section leader for Pathology Forensic Pathology M.D. or D.O.
Pathologist, Non-Forensic, M.D., or D.O. Examines recovered remains and details anatomic observations under the supervision of a forensic pathologist M.D. or D.O. without forensic/ postmortem experience
Anthropologist, Forensic Search or examination of bone or fragments; May serve as section leader for scene or morgue Anthropology Ph.D. with forensic/ postmortem experience
Anthropologist, Non-Forensic Search or examination of bone or fragments under the supervision of a forensic anthropologist Ph.D. without forensic/ postmortem experience
Odontologist, Forensic Examines dental remains, processes antemortem dental records for ID; May serve as section leader for ante or post mortem Odontology Licensed Dentist with forensic/auxiliary postmortem experience
Odontologist, Non-Forensic Examines dental remains, processes antemortem dental records for ID under the supervision of a forensic odontologist Licensed Dentist without forensic/auxiliary postmortem experience
Mental Health Officer Monitors team member performance and well being M.D., Ph.D., or Nurse
Administrative Officer Coordinates Administrative and Financial documentation duties with MSU Administrative and Financial Experience,
Chaplain Pastoral Care of MI-MORT staff Pastoral Experience,
IR Computer Specialist Sets up and troubleshoots network operation and VIP modifications; assists command staff Programming, IT or MIS Experience, MS Excel power user
Medical Investigator Identification coordinator; Post mortem data entry and VIP searching for possible ID linkages; May perform FAC interviews or contact families for information; May serve as section leader for Identification Center, Medical Investigations, Admitting, Photography, Personal Effects, Body X-Ray, Remains Holding or Storage, Records Management; May assist with pathology, anthropology, odontology, DNA, or scene search sections Medical Examiner Forensic Investigator or Law Enforcement Death Investigation Detective
Mortuary Officer May serve as section leader for Morgue Operations, Admitting, Personal Effects, Body X-Ray, Embalming, Casketing, Remains Holding or Storage, or Remains Release; May serve as FAC interviewer Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer
Safety Officer Monitors proper PPE usage and safety factors in the morgue environment Chemistry/Bloodborne Background
DNA Specialist May serve as Section Leader for post mortem DNA collection and FAC DNA Section for specimen collection from families. Laboratory level Forensic DNA Experience
Fingerprint Specialist Obtains print impressions from remains or antemortem specimens; Compares ante and postmortem prints for ID; May serve as section leader for ante or post mortem Fingerprint sections. Postmortem Fingerprint Experience or Latent Print Analyst
Forensic Specialist Assists DNA, pathology, anthropology, odontology, photography, or personal effects sections; May serve as section leader for Photography or Personal Effects Laboratory level Forensic Experience: Toxicology, Chemistry, Firearms, etc.
DPMU Team Equipment managers and logistics coordinators Administrative and Mechanical Aptitude Experience
Evidence Specialist Scene search and recovery; Assists photography, personal effects, pathology (as scribe), anthropology (as scribe), odontology (as scribe), or DNA sections; May serve as section leader for Disaster Site Center or Transport, Remains Holding, Photography, Personal Effects, or Remains Storage. Crime Scene Technician Experience
Autopsy Technician Assists pathology, anthropology, odontology, or DNA sections; May serve as section leader for Body X-Ray Medical Examiner Morgue Autopsy or X-Ray Experience
IR Data Entry Performs data entry; Helps in any other clerical capacity Data Entry, Windows, and MS Office Proficiency
FAC Specialist Interviews families for gathering VIP information on missing persons; Performs data entry of ante mortem information Training in FAC (non-Funeral Director Level)
Photographer Takes photographs at any of the several morgue stations or at disaster site Forensic Photography Experience
Administrative Specialist Helps in any clerical capacity including data entry, records clerk, or morgue scribe Clerical skills with basic computer skills
Forensic Dental Hygienist Examines dental remains, processes antemortem dental records for ID under the supervision of a forensic odontologist Forensic Dental Hygienist
Forensic Dental Assistant            Examines dental remains, processes antemortem dental records for ID under the supervision of a forensic odontologist Forensic Dental Assistant
Mortuary Assistant Body escort, scribe, body storage handling Volunteers not otherwise defined