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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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New Millennium, New Dimensions – Responding to Further Disasters

New Millennium, New Dimensions – Responding to Further Disasters

(p.113) Chapter 9 New Millennium, New Dimensions – Responding to Further Disasters
Collective Conviction

Anne Eyre

Pam Dix

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores how, as new members joined Disaster Action, they brought with them different experiences. While these were inevitably devastating, sometimes aspects of these experiences reflected the difference Disaster Action had been able to make. There were instances when individuals and families were referred directly and quickly to Disaster Action, giving them the opportunity to make contact early on with people who could offer valuable information, support, and guidance. The chapter then considers the September 11 attacks in 2001; the Bali bombings in 2002; the 2004 terrorist attacks in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia; the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004; the London bombings in 2005; the Sharm El Sheikh bombings in 2005; and the North Sea helicopter crashes in 2009 and 2013. Disasters do not happen every day or week in the UK and yet there is always work to be done, keeping Disaster Action members busy, particularly at the office and within their informal and internal networks. This includes supporting each other and other individuals who may contact them for support at significant times such as anniversaries or when personal experiences and emotions are triggered through new disasters.

Keywords:   Disaster Action, disasters, terrorist attacks, bombings, Indian Ocean tsunami, North Sea helicopter crashes, September 11 attacks, disaster support

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