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Collective ConvictionThe Story of Disaster Action$
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Anne Eyre and Pam Dix

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381236

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781781381236.001.0001

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Accountability, Support, Prevention

Accountability, Support, Prevention

(p.31) Chapter 3 Accountability, Support, Prevention
Collective Conviction

Anne Eyre

Pam Dix

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how, for the October 1991 launch, Disaster Action published a pamphlet setting out the organisation's origins and purpose. The descriptions of the disasters are stark, a shocking reminder of the human consequences that lie behind the bare facts. The issues common to all of them — a lack of responsibility and little understanding of the needs and priorities of those directly affected — gave rise to the three principle objectives — accountability, support, prevention — that continue to underpin the charity's activities. The words in the pamphlet were written only a short time after the disasters of the 1980s. They capture a moment in time in the history of the organisation, when the experiences were still raw and fresh in the minds of those affected. Disaster Action members were not prepared to accept the lack of resolution common to their experiences, however different the disasters had been in their cause and origin. How they set about translating these desperate moments in time into societal change truly began to evolve over the decade that was to follow, the 1990s.

Keywords:   Disaster Action, disaster prevention, responsibility, disaster accountability, disaster support, societal change, Disaster Action members

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