Guidance for Responders
A needs-driven, user-led approach, which is intended not to be a substitute for self-support, but as an addition to it, has been at the heart of Disaster Action’s work. It is now recognised that appropriate practical and emotional assistance in the immediate aftermath of a trauma can help to prevent any future mental health disorder, which supports the long-term views and experience of Disaster Action.
The ideal is to enable people to help themselves, while facilitating access to organised support for ongoing practical/medical/financial help for those who may fall through gaps, or for whom disaster-related needs may not become apparent till some time after the disaster. The need for practical/medical/financial help to be available may continue for a considerable period of time.
The most effective support in our view is a practical, signposting service that enables people to access the services that they may require. The Guidance leaflets in this section of the website should be helpful both in planning and responding to the human aspects of emergencies.
- Helping People after Emergencies: Key Principles and Practical Tips
- Disaster Victim Identification: Relatives’ Experiences
- Young People and Disasters
- Personal Reflections and Guidelines for Interviewers
- Bringing People Together and Enabling the Development of Support Groups after Disaster
- Disaster Victim Identification: Issues for Families and Implications for Police Family Liaison Officers and Coroners’ Officers
- Working with Disaster Survivors and the Bereaved: Code of Practice on Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality
- Longer-term Support for Survivor and Bereaved after Disaster
- Emotional Aftermath of Disasters
- Guidance on Management and Distribution of Disaster Trust Funds
- Notes on Family Viewing
- Code of Practice on the Use of Information, Images and other Audio-Visual Material in Disaster Training and Presentations