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"The VeriChip allows the technicians to accurately and quickly identify the remains inside the body bag without having to open the body bag at each step along the process," Procter said.
Some privacy advocates fear that implantable RFID chips could lead to unwanted tracking of humans.
But Chuck Kerr, a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, businessman whose parents' bodies were at the DMORT site in Gulfport for nearly two weeks after the Aug. 29 storm, doesn't object to the technology's use in disaster recovery.
"If it helps the families find their loved ones, then I think it's a good thing," he said.