Revised practical guidance for first responders managing the dead after disasters

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.

About the authors

Dr Sarah Ellingham
ICRC

Dr Sarah Ellingham works at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Forensic Science Services, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Morris-Tidball-Binz
ICRC

Dr Morris-Tidball-Binz works at the International Committee of the Red Cross, Forensic Science Services, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Stephen Cordner
Victoria Institute of Forensic Medecine

Dr Stephen Cordner works at the Victoria Institute of Forensic Medecine, Melbourne, Australia.

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