Mortuary Response Solutions revolutionary decedent storage system for Covid-19 death surge

November 23, 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.

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.




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: