Local emergency manager may be deployed to Oklahoma tornado devastation

Posted May 20, 2013 10:43 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

FILE/Cotton Howell

Following Monday’s deadly tornado in Oklahoma, a local addition to federal emergency response crews is poised to head to the nation’s heartland if needed.

York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell, who serves on the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), said he has not yet been called to serve.

Cotton was called to Haiti following deadly earthquakes in 2010 and also responded New York City following the deadly terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“We have an assessment team from Texas Ready to go if needed,” Howell said. “I don’t know if I will go.”.

DMORT teams, which are made up of emergency preparedness officials like Howell, assist in the aftermath of major disasters with setting up temporary morgue facilities, identifying victims, conducting forensic dental pathology, and the disposition of human remains.