Humanitarian Health Action

Management of dead bodies after disasters: a field manual for first responders

When a major disaster strikes, the first people on the scene are often local organizations, residents and volunteers. They are often faced with the retrieval and immediate management of dead bodies before forensic experts can arrive.

“Management of dead bodies after disasters: a field manual for first responders” provides practical, easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure proper and dignified management of dead bodies after disasters.

If first responders know how to take the proper steps in dealing with dead bodies, they can help future work by forensic specialists and investigators in identifying human remains and clarifying the fate of missing persons. This second edition reflects scientific and technical developments in the field of mass fatality management, and lessons learned from the use of the manual.