Social Climate and Preparations for Sudden Chemical Disasters
Quarantelli, E. L.
Tierney, Kathleen J.
Disaster Research Center
In the last two decades, social scientists, especially sociologist, have increasingly brought their models, concepts, hypotheses, and methodologies to bear one question of how people and groups behave in, and react to, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The research undertaken has led to considerable understanding of human behavior and organized social action under extreme stress situations. The work done, therefore has not only contributed to better planning for and recovery from collective stress situations, but also, as a recent survey article noted, has provided corrective and substantive feedback to theories and empirical generalizations in sociology. (Quarantelli and Dynes, 1977)
social climate , chemical disaster , natural disaster , human behavior