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Disaster convergence

Disaster convergence is the phenomenon of individuals or groups moving towards a disaster stricken area. Convergers have many reasons for heading towards a disaster area. Kendra and Wachtendorf (2002) identified seven distinct categories of convergers. These categories are mourners, the anxious, returners, the curious, the helpers, the exploiters, and the supporters.


  • Kendra, J. and Wachtendorf, T. (2002) Reconsidering Convergence and Converger - Legitimacy in Response to the World Trade Center Disaster. Research in Social Problems and Public Policy 11: 197-224.