How to Form a Community Group During a Disaster

Preppers Universe Guide on Building Community Groups

Community Groups

In the event of a disaster, most people form together with compassion, unity and courage.  However, It is extremely crucial to form a community group during a disaster.  Major disasters will overwhelm local first responders, leaving your family vulnerable to major risks and threats.  The best way to protect your family is to get your community involved during a disaster in activities that protect the whole community.  Important Note: This article is geared toward building community groups after a disaster happens.

When a major disaster strikes you will need to manage your emotions.  The initial shock and mourning of the disaster will bring on fear, anxiety and depression.   It will bring on a sense of being overwhelmed and that things are not real and it will feel like a bad dream.

Depending on events, people will feel relief over their own family’s survival.  However, guilt over others who have been hurt or perished will set in.  This is why forming a community group is so important and it is the right thing to do. Helping others is the key to surviving during a disaster.  When a major event happens it is important to help your “family first” and then become a community leader and teach others to be prepared and to protect the community.looting

The social norms are thrown out the window during major disasters.  Look what happened during Hurricane Katrina, there was looting, pillaging and major chaos.  People were not prepared for that type of disaster and panic and confusion set in and everyone was in it for themselves.  People were robbing each other on the streets.  When this type of chaos happens there is strength in numbers and having a community group formed together will bring more protection for your family and your neighbors families.

Once the initial chaos of the disaster settles in and your family is safe, canvas you’re neighborhood and look for people who need help and/or are willing to join you’re community group.  I store extra provisions of food for the purpose of handing out to my neighbors as a “piece offering” and to ease their tensions of what just happened.  This shows you care and it makes them feel comfortable joining you’re group.

I plan going up and down the entire block of my neighborhood to find people willing to join my community group.  The size of you’re group depends on the size of you’re neighborhood.  When you find enough people who can effectively watch over you’re neighborhood, find out how many families have weapons. It is important to find people who are willing to stand sentry watches.  Similar to neighborhood watch programs.

A good way to protect you’re community during a disaster is to block access to you’re neighborhood with road blocks at each end with a couple of sentries (guards) checking ID’s of people coming into the neighborhood.  If they don’t live there or have family there don’t let them in.  Depending on where you live and the size of you’re neighborhood it may be difficult to find enough people to stand guard 24 hours a day.  It may be easier to have a couple of roaming sentries walking the neighborhood confronting anyone that looks out of place.  The choice is up to you’re particular community group.

Now you’re neighborhood is somewhat protected from utter chaos and looting.  The community group can concentrate on the needy.  From those who did not prepare for the disaster and don’t have enough provisions to feed their family.  To those that were injured and need special care.  Hopefully, most people in the neighborhood have enough provisions to feed their family for at least 1 week.  If you need to get more food, leave the community in groups of four to find food.  A group of four is small enough not to be noticed and large enough to protect each other.

In your outreach to form a community group “during” a disaster it is important to teach others to be prepared and to better cope with the situation you are currently facing.  At this stage, planning is essential even if it seems like there is little time. Time is precious and your group needs to decide where to spend their time for the best investment. You’re goal is no doubt to have the best possible response to the situation.

The best response is:

  • Formed by the needs of the community (Goal Based)
  • Determine the minimum amount of resources necessary to accomplish goals
  • Avoid unnecessary duplications of effort
  • Sustainable for as long as needed

Under the circumstances, if you satisfy the criteria above you are on you’re way to a sound post-disaster response.

General outline to forming groups in post-disaster scenarios:

  • Manage You’re Emotions
  • Help you’re family and make sure they are safe
  • Help you’re neighbors
  • Offer food to those who need help
  • Find like-minded neighbors willing to join you’re community group
  • Find out who has weapons for protection
  • Form sentries or roaming neighborhood watch teams
  • Hold face to face meetings with group and form goals
  • Determine amount of resources necessary to accomplish goals
  • Avoid duplicated efforts
  • Make goals sustainable for as long as needed


In a post-disaster scenario, you should brace yourself for long term recovery within you’re community.  The stress levels are high and the conditions are new; responses are limited; and there is significant chance of future, additional negative events such as continued flooding, fire, aftershocks, looting, chaos or disease outbreaks.  The key is to manage you’re emotions and become the community leader and find like minded individuals who are willing to help protect those around them.

Rodney Butler



By Rodney Butler



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