Disaster Action

No 4, 71 Upper Berkely Street

Web: www.disasteraction.org.uk

Disaster Action is a charity, founded in 1991 as a result of numerous disasters resulting in loss of life. Membership comprises survivors and/or bereaved from over 25 disasters such as King's Cross, Lockerbie, Hillsborough, Zeebrugge, Marchioness, Piper Alpha, the Southall and Paddington rail crashes, 11th September attacks, the Bali bombing, the Tsunami and the July 2005 London and Sham El Sheikh bombings as well as other terrorist attacks overseas.

Disaster Action's main objectives are:

  • To raise awareness of the needs of survivors and the bereaved.
  • To offer support and guidance to those directly affected by trauma as a result of a disaster.
  • To campaign for a safer climate in which disasters are less likely to occur.
  • Disaster Action is not a front-line responder to disaster, seeking instead to influence government and policy on the handling of the human aspects of major disaster.
Members give talks on the human aspects of disaster response to the police, emergency planning officers, social services, voluntary agencies and others. Some of Disaster Action's current funding comes from charitable trusts such as the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Disaster Action's collective expertise lies in their direct personal experience of sudden catastrophe in which members have suffered the loss of loved ones or been involved as survivors. There are 13 leaflets in a series entitled When Disaster Strikes that have been written by members for those affected by trauma. The information covers those things members feel it would have been helpful for them to have known at the time of each disaster. The leaflets can be accessed via the website. The website also contains a page entitled Guidance for Responders, which contains several leaflets to guide those working with survivors and bereaved in the aftermath of disaster.

Last updated on 21/07/2012

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