Miami Dade College’s North Campus to Host FEMORS Preparedness Exercise April 10-11

Miami, April 3, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus will once again host the Florida Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS) Preparedness Exercise on Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11.    The exercise will include a disaster site for fatality recovery operations, a disaster mortuary portable morgue, a morgue identification center, and a victim information center.

The FEMORS exercise is a collaboration between MDC’s School of Justice, Public Safety and Law Studies and The University of Florida.  It is also hosted in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Department of the Medical Examiner, the Florida Air National Guard Fatality Search and Recovery Team, a U.S. Army Transportation Unit and the Florida Department of Health. Emergency Support Function (EFS 8) will also participate.

The State of Florida, in its disaster preparedness efforts, has collaborated to develop and implement protocols to respond to a mass fatality incident within its borders using trained personnel from multiple state and local agencies, as well as other specialized resources in the event of a human-made or natural catastrophic incident. The investigative and identification process in a mass fatality situation is a multidisciplinary endeavor requiring multiple forensic and medical specialists to come together rapidly often under adverse conditions.

The full-scale exercise is open to MDC students in the fields of Forensic Science, Funeral Service and Criminal Justice, members of the law enforcement community, and the working media.

WHAT:            FEMORS Preparedness Exercise

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:         MDC’s North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Bldg. 400

For more information, please contact Dr. Raimundo Socorro at