Collective Conviction tells the story of Disaster Action, a small charity founded in 1991 by survivors and bereaved people from the disasters of the late 1980s, including Zeebrugge, King’s Cross, Clapham, Lockerbie, Hillsborough and the Marchioness. The aims were to create a health and safety culture in which disasters were less likely to occur and to support others affected by similar events. The founders could not have anticipated the degree to which they would influence emergency planning and management and the way people are treated after disasters.
Aware of the value of lessons learned over 22 years, the trustees felt that this corporate memory should be captured. Collective Conviction encapsulates that memory, so that it can be called upon by survivors, bereaved, government and others for years to come.
The book sets out the chronology of Disaster Action’s history, with first-person accounts and case studies of disasters interweaved with chapters on the needs and rights of individuals, the treatment of bereaved and survivors, inquests and inquiries, the law, the media, memorials and commemorations, and the importance of corporate memory. Additionally, the book contains guidance notes for survivors and bereaved on dealing with a disaster, and best practice guidance for responders and the media.
This book is essential reading for those in a wide range of disciplines with an interest in: planning for, responding to, reporting on and dealing with the aftermath of disaster. And importantly, people affected by disaster should find solace and support in the personal stories of others.
Anne Eyre is a sociologist specialising in psychosocial aspects of major incidents, emergency planning and disaster management and Vice Chair of Disaster Action.
Pam Dix is a writer and researcher, a board member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and Executive Director of Disaster Action.
1. Decade of Disaster - How it All Began
2. The Common Bond
3. Accountability, Support, Prevention
4. Communicating the Messages
5. Needs and Rights
6. Mad, Bad or Sad? People’s Treatment after Disaster
7. Inquests, Inquiries and Investigations
8. Corporate Responsibility and the Law
9. New Millennium, New Dimensions – Responding to Further Disasters
10. Experience of the Mass Media
11. Consolidating Disaster Action’s Influence and Contribution
12. Looking Back and Looking Forward – Significant Anniversaries
13. Disaster Action's Legacy – and the Future
Appendix 1: Disaster Action Membership, 2014
Appendix 2: Disaster Action Timeline – Key Events and Activities
Appendix 3: ‘When Disaster Strikes’ and ‘Guidance for Responders’ Leaflet Series
234 × 156 mm
September 30, 2014