Revolutionary Decedent Storage System for Covid-19 Death Surge

Belton, SC (November 18, 2020) —With the nation experiencing its second surge of Covid 19 cases and an unprecedented number of additional deaths the need for temporary and long-term cooling and storage of decedents is on the rise. Mortuary Response Solutions patented MERC® System is the first rapidly deployable, scalable refrigeration system of its kind for the storage of human remains, which augments or replaces standard morgue coolers. The design of the MERC®System, along with the MRS® collapsible, cadaver rack, cadaver storage trays and Cadaver Seal® products, allows for a rapid transition of under-utilized existing space or the rapid conversion and repurposing of other areas to increase decedent storage capacity. The MERC® System and accessories, is the perfect solution for Hospital, Medical Examiners, Coroners, Funeral Homes and Nursing Home Facilities.

24 Body MERC System in Full Operation During Airline Incident Response (Photo: Business Wire)

CEO, Michael Richardson, has used his more than 20+ years of MFI response experience to create this highly efficient and cost-effective system. Richardson recently said, “Covid-19 has exposed the current lack of Mass Fatality Preparedness on a massive & overwhelming scale.” The MERC® System provides a rapid, long-term solution, to compensate for the absence of Mass Fatality Preparedness and Fatality Surge Solutions.

This proven technology was put through extensive testing at a highly respected school of mortuary science. The results were indisputable, the MERC® System reduced body core temperature rapidly and maintained a constant temperature for an indefinite period time. Dr. Donald Douthit developed the criteria for the initial stress test and evaluation. The in-situ investigation utilized two human cadavers, with continuous monitoring and data collection on two-minute intervals. The results were conclusive. The MERC® System, has the capability to deliver superior results at a fraction of the cost of fixed site, refrigerated coolers. Additionally, the MERC® System will provide a reliable, secure, dignified, environment for human remains storage.

Mass Fatality Preparedness, for both man-made and natural disasters, such as Covid-19 further highlights the need to be prepared. The patented MERC® System was developed and is manufactured in the USA.

About Mortuary Response Solutions

Mortuary Response Solutions, based in Belton, South Carolina is a manufacturer of unique storage and packaging systems for mass fatality response. With over 20 years of mass fatality response experience, MRS was launched in 2007 to fill a void in portable cold storage systems for human remains. MRS pioneered and patented the use of Direct Contact Cooling for human remains storage. For further details on Mortuary Response Solutions® and the MERC® System, as well as the numerous other related products, visit our website:

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