About Us

Disaster Action was founded as a charity in 1991 by survivors and bereaved people from UK and overseas disasters. By 2015, members had personal experience of 29 disasters, including rail, air and maritime as well as natural disasters and terrorist attacks in the UK and overseas. The charity was founded on the principles of accountability, support and prevention.

Support for those directly affected by disaster

The Disaster Action leaflet series When Disaster Strikes will be of benefit for survivors and bereaved whatever the cause of nature of the disaster.

Guidance for Responders

A series of detailed guidance documents for responders on topics such as disaster funds; disaster victim identification; young people and disasters; privacy, confidentiality and anonymity; longer-term support needs; helping people after emergencies; and helping people to come together after disaster are available on the Guidance for Responders page.


Former members of Disaster Action still contribute in their individual capacity to emergency planning and response seminars and conferences throughout the UK and in Europe, highlighting issues of consequence to those directly affected by disaster and the impact of traumatic events on the lives of those who experience them. See Presentations for more on what we can offer.