First Responders And Their Initial Behavior In Hazardous Chemical Transportation Accidents
Quarantelli, E. L.
Disaster Research Center
There seems to be general agreement that accidents, disasters, and catastrophes involving dangerous chemicals have been increasing in recent years (1). The Bhopal, India incident was simply a very public manifestation of what many observers have known has been a growing trend. Considerable research of a technical nature has been undertaken on the problem. However, very little attention has been paid to the behavioral, that is, the human and group aspects of the matter. To begin to close this gap in knowledge, we at the Disaster Research Center (DRC) in 1977 launched a four year study of sociobehavioral responses to acute chemical emergencies, this being the first systematic and large scale effort of its kind by social scientists.
Accidents , Dangerous Chemicals , Chemical Emergencies