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

Disaster Response

A Window Propped Open
A Window Propped Open Issue 2: Lessons Learned Organizing After Hurricane Harvey
A Love Letter to the Future
Mutual Fire Brigade
Basic Rescue Skills
Trauma and Therapeutic Art: Information for Children, Families and Volunteers
Transition is Inevitable; Justice is Not: A Critical Framework for Just Recovery
Staying Above Water: Global Migration in the Face of the Climate Crisis
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Navigating Trauma
Citizen’s Guide for Readiness for Climate Extremes in the Desert Southwest
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
When We Got Handed Gatorade We Danced in the Street: A Survivor’s Survival Guide
Prisoners in Disaster: The Legacy of Abuse, Exploitation and Endangerment of Prisoners in Disaster

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

Repairing Your Flooded Home
EPA Flood Cleanup Booklet
DIY Field Guide For Clean-up Of Flooded Homes
Safety Notice For Unskilled Or Nontrade Volunteers
House Gutting Manual

Muckout Safety Guidelines
Toxic Chemicals and Staying Safe
Mold Cleaning and Prevention
Mold Cleaning and Prevention (Spanish)
Black Mold Flyer

Wellness/Community Care

An Activists Guide to Basic First Aid
Peer Counseling and Active Listening
Alternatives to EMS
Home Remedies for Common Maladies
Traveling Companions

Information on Heat and Related Illnesses
Responding to Critical Incident Stress
Class Struggle and Mental Health Zine
Madness and Oppression Guide
A Call for Prefigurative Mental Health Support and Communal Care for Radical Orgs

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

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Navigating Trauma
Preventing Burnout
Understanding and Coping with Traumatic Stress
Understanding and Addressing Vicarious Trauma
Grounding and Centering for Activists

Rising Up Without Burning Out
Sustainable Activism and Avoiding Burnout
Psychological First Aid
Activist Trauma and Recovery
Trauma and Therapeutic Art: Information for Children, Families and Volunteers

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.


Security Culture – A Handbook For Activists
Ruckus Security Culture For Activists
Know Your Rights: Immigration and Disaster Relief

Council on American Islamic Relations Know Your Rights Guide
National Lawyers Guild Know Your Rights Guide
Why Misogynists Make Great Informants

Disaster Legal Hotlines

Legal Aid of North Carolina: 1 866 219 5262
Florida Legal Services’ Disaster Recovery: 888 780 0443
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
Why Misogynists Make Great Informants
Who Is Oakland: Anti Oppression Activism, The Politics of Safety, and State Co-optation
Anti-Oppression Reader
With Allies Like These
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

Kitchen and Food Handling

Food Safety First Manual

Popular Education and Direct Action

You Have Skills: Evaluating What Skills You Can Bring to Radical Organizing
From Banks and Tanks to Cooperation and Caring
Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns
Handbook For Direct Action
Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups 2
On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict

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
Core Curriculum – A Guide To Effective Nonviolent Struggle
What do we mean by mutual aid?

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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.