Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19

A growing directory of autonomous and self-organized mutual aid groups and resources related to the coronavirus, updated daily.


To get a pulse on community aspirations and challenges, to build deeper relationships with the ever-growing network, and to share insights and lessons learned from past iterations of grassroots d.i.y. humanitarian aid projects, we engaged in a 30 city training tour in Spring 2018, then a follow up West coast version in the Fall.  This guide breaks down the flow of the interactive portion of the workshop.  We hope that this template for facilitators can spark more local conversations about mutual aid survival programs.

We are super excited to make this freely available. Please give feedback via our contact form, and please share! Let’s turn the tide against disaster capitalism.

With love,
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Training Working Group


Coronavirus Specific Resources

All We Have Is Each Other: A Guide To Creating Fabric Masks
All We Have Is Each Other: A Guide To Creating Fabric Masks (zine formatted)
DIY Emergency Handwashing Station
DIY Emergency Handwashing Station (zine formatted)
Get Radical, Boil Roots: A Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Wellness in the Time of COVID19
Immune and Respiratory Herbs: A Resource for Tribal Communities During COVID-19
Keeping Each Other Safe When Virtually Organizing Mutual Aid
National Lawyer’s Guild: Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus (zine formatted)
Rent Strike Resource Pack for 2020 Pandemic
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic (zine formatted)
Street Medic Practice During the COVID19 Pandemic
Useful Mutual-Aid Projects in Response to COVID-19: Experiences from Chinese Volunteers
When Every Community Is Ground Zero: Pulling Each Other Through a Pandemic Zine

Disaster Response

A People’s Framework for Disaster Response: Rewriting the Rules of Recovery after Climate Disasters
A Window Propped Open
A Window Propped Open Issue 2: Lessons Learned Organizing After Hurricane Harvey
A Love Letter to the Future
Basic Rescue Skills
Citizen’s Guide for Readiness for Climate Extremes in the Desert Southwest
Inhabit: Instructions for Autonomy
Lessons Learned (draft)
Mutual Fire Brigade
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus (zine formatted)
Prisoners in Disaster: The Legacy of Abuse, Exploitation and Endangerment of Prisoners in Disaster
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic (zine formatted)
Staying Above Water: Global Migration in the Face of the Climate Crisis
Solidarity for Survival: A Graphic Illustration
The Resilience We Want: A Guide to Making Your Community Space into a Hub for Resilience and Mutual Aid
To Heal We Must Resist, To Resist We Must Heal: A Zine on Navigating Trauma from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
To Heal We Must Resist, To Resist We Must Heal: A Zine on Navigating Trauma (zine formatted)
Trauma and Therapeutic Art: Information for Children, Families and Volunteers
Transition is Inevitable; Justice is Not: A Critical Framework for Just Recovery
When Every Community Is Ground Zero: Pulling Each Other Through a Pandemic Zine
When We Got Handed Gatorade We Danced in the Street: A Survivor’s Survival Guide

What is Mutual Aid? and How To Start a Network?

A Mutual Aid Explainer Video
Submedia’s: What Is Mutual Aid? Video
What Do We Mean by Mutual Aid?
Table for Identifying Potential Constructive Programs
You Have Skills: Evaluating What Skills You Can Bring to Radical Organizing
Mutual Aid: How to Build a Network in Your Neighborhood
Neighborhood Pods How-To
Pod Mapping for Mutual Aid
Template: Community/Family Invitation to Form Mutual Aid Group
Template: Mutual Aid Google Form 
A Neighborly Invitation Regarding Coronavirus
Mutual Aid 101 Toolkit from AOC and Mariame Kaba
AARP: How to Start a Mutual Aid Group
The Resilience We Want: A Guide to Making Your Community Space into a Hub for Resilience and Mutual Aid
Organizational Culture Chart
Leadership Qualities That Support Mutuality and Collaboration
Workshop Facilitation Guide
Lessons Learned (draft)
Mutual Aid Syllabus and Reading Questions

Disaster Disability Hotline

The Partnership For Inclusive Disaster Strategy’s Disaster Disability Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs.

The Disaster Hotline is always available for intake calls, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at (800) 626-4959 and [email protected] They will have their knowledgeable team respond to your call as soon as possible, often immediately, and intend to respond to all callers within 24 hours.

Safety and DIY Cleanup

All We Have Is Each Other: A Guide To Creating Fabric Masks
All We Have Is Each Other: A Guide To Creating Fabric Masks (zine formatted)
Black Mold Flyer

Repairing Your Flooded Home
DIY Field Guide For Clean-up Of Flooded Homes
EPA Flood Cleanup Booklet
House Gutting Manual
Muckout Safety Guidelines
Mold Cleaning and Prevention
Mold Cleaning and Prevention (Spanish)
Safety Notice For Unskilled Or Nontrade Volunteers
Toxic Chemicals and Staying Safe

Wellness/Community Care

A Call for Prefigurative Mental Health Support and Communal Care for Radical Orgs
Alternatives to EMS

An Activists Guide to Basic First Aid
Class Struggle and Mental Health Zine
Get Radical, Boil Roots: A Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Wellness in the Time of COVID19
Home Remedies for Common Maladies
Hypothermia
Immune and Respiratory Herbs: A Resource for Tribal Communities During COVID-19
Information on Heat and Related Illnesses
Madness and Oppression Guide

Peer Counseling and Active Listening
Responding to Critical Incident Stress
Strategies for Autonomous Emotional Support
Street Medic Practice During the COVID19 Pandemic
Traveling Companions

Emergency Prescription Assistance Program

The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, or EPAP, was created to help people in a disaster
who don’t have health insurance so they have access to: prescription medicine, medical equipment, medical supplies, and vaccinations. Hotline: 1-855-793-7470.

Trauma and Burnout

Activist Trauma and Recovery
Coping With Climate Change Distress
Community Trauma Toolkit
Grounding and Centering for Activists
Preventing Burnout
Psychological First Aid
Rising Up Without Burning Out
Sustainable Activism and Avoiding Burnout
To Heal We Must Resist, To Resist We Must Heal: A Zine on Navigating Trauma from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
To Heal We Must Resist, To Resist We Must Heal: A Zine on Navigating Trauma (zine formatted)

Trauma and Therapeutic Art: Information for Children, Families and Volunteers
Trauma Overview
Understanding and Coping with Traumatic Stress
Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Legal/Security

Council on American Islamic Relations Know Your Rights Guide
Keeping Each Other Safe When Virtually Organizing Mutual Aid
Know Your Rights: Immigration and Disaster Relief
National Lawyers Guild Know Your Rights Guide
National Lawyer’s Guild: Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Ruckus Security Culture For Activists
Security Culture: A Handbook For Activists

Why Misogynists Make Great Informants

Disaster Legal Hotlines

Florida Legal Services’ Disaster Recovery: 888 780 0443
Legal Aid of North Carolina: 1 866 219 5262
State Bar of Texas Disaster Hotline: 800 504 7030
California Disaster Legal Services
For More Legal Aid Disaster Hotlines go to: American Bar Association

Anti Oppression

Accomplices Not Allies
Anti-Oppression Reader
Challenging Capitalism And Patriarchy
Confronting Classism
Contextualizing Katrina and Confronting Racism
Guidelines For Being A Strong White Ally
Overcoming Discrimination
Patterns of Patriarchy Commonly Observed within Social Justice Movements
Readings on Racism and Resistance for Solidarity Activists
Ten Things To Remember : AntiRacist Strategies For White Student Radicals
The Revolution Starts At Home – Confronting Partner Abuse In Radical Communities
Towards A Perspective On Unlearning Racism
With Allies Like These
Who Is Oakland: Anti Oppression Activism, The Politics of Safety, and State Co-optation
Why Misogynists Make Great Informants

Kitchen and Food Handling

Food Safety First Manual
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus
Practicas Seguras Para Apoyo Mutuo y Distribucion de Alimentos y Recursos Durante la Pandemia de Coronavirus (zine formatted)
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food & Supply Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic (zine formatted)

Popular Education and Direct Action

Affinity Groups
Affinity Groups 2
Core Curriculum: A Guide To Effective Nonviolent Struggle
From Banks and Tanks to Cooperation and Caring
Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns
Handbook For Direct ActionOn Strategic Nonviolent Conflict
Manual de Planificación Para Organizaciones Sociales
Metodo de Trabajo y Organizacion Popular

Participating In Direct Actions: A Guide For Transgender People
Planning An Action
Rising Tide Climate Change Popular Education
Ruckus Action Planning Manual

Ruckus Action Strategy Guide
Ruckus Scouting Manual For Activists
Social Change Vision Questions
Workshop Facilitation Guide

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

DIY Emergency Handwashing Station
DIY Emergency Handwashing Station (zine formatted)
No More Deaths: Compost Toilet User Guide
Sanitizing Water (Spanish) – Saneamiento del agua (español)

Also for even more resources, check out this Mutual Aid Toolbox from Big Door Brigade and these How To guides from Shareable.