Revised practical guidance for first responders managing the dead after disasters

Sarah Ellingham, Stephen Cordner, Morris Tidball-Binz

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The proper and dignified management of the dead is one of the three pillars of the humanitarian response to disasters, along with the rescue and care of survivors and the provision of essential services. First launched in 2006, the widely used publication Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders offers practical and easy-to-follow guidelines. It has become the go-to guide not only for non-experts confronted with dead bodies in the aftermath of a catastrophe, but also for those responsible for disaster planning and preparedness in countries with well-developed forensic services. Ten years after the publication of the 2006 Manual, a revised edition has been released. The inclusion of a decade of experience in its field implementation, as well as the incorporation of recent scientific developments in mass fatality management, makes the revised Manual an invaluable resource for first responders confronted with the realities of dead body management following a disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-669
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Review of the Red Cross
Issue number902
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • disaster victim identification
  • disasters
  • first responders
  • humanitarian forensic action
  • management of the dead

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