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Lise D. Martel

Informal Convergence at Major Emergency Incidents in Kenya

Daniel M. Wako, Joel Montgomery, Lise D. Martel, John Neatherlin

Aug 07, 2014|AEDR 2014 Vol. 2 Issue 2|Special Contribution

"Convergence behavior" is the informal, spontaneous movement of people, messages, and supplies toward a major emergency incident area. This form of movement brings needed aid to many victims, but at the same time the resultant congestion makes organization and control of the rescue and relief efforts more difficult. Whenever a major emergency incident occurs in Kenya, typically a huge crowd of sightseers and personnel converge at the scene. This report provides a review of informal convergence behavior in Kenya during major emergency incidents over the last 15 years (1998-2013) and...

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