County Wants To Buy Mobile Morgue
Minnehaha County Commissioners are preparing for a big disaster with many lives lost.
One of the responsibilities of government, especially local government, is to develop plans and have equipment, and other resources, available to deal with horrible events: tornadoes; floods; fires; plane crashes; large traffic accidents; chemical spills; to name a few. Minnehaha County has had disaster plans in place for years. As situations warrant plans are updated.
Such is the case with the discussion to buy, and equip, a trailer to assist in processing fatalities at the scene of disasters. A morbid topic, but a necessary one for elected and appointed people responsible for our health, safety, and welfare.
City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha county, and coroner staff presented their recommendations to the County Commission. Cost of the trailer will be in the range of $50,000, paid for in part by a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health. The specifics of the design and equipment in the trailer are a work in progress. Plans are for the county to store and maintain the unit, but it would be available to other jurisdictions if necessary.
From my viewpoint, this is a good investment. Being prepared for the worst is always a good thing. My preference would be for the State of South Dakota, to buy and maintain a couple of these units and have them located in major population areas.
As a side note, if you search for “Mobile Fatality Equipment” on the Web, many of the stories are about Minnehaha County discussing this issue.