Episode 30 S1-30

Post-Disaster Group Dynamics


Day After Disaster Ch 30

Special Guest:

Raymond Dean White

The Day After Disaster adventure continues, in this episode of The Changing Earth Podcast. Erika and the group has finally reached the Lotus Camp and big groups are blending together. There are many factors that will cause a survival group to make it or break it. Here today to talk to us about group dynamics is Raymond Dean White, survival professional and fictional author of The Dying Time series. Ray gives us lots of food for thought and stresses the need to get your group organized now!

Top Concerns

  • Form a MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) now!

  • Know your member well!

  • Form a plan and get everyone to agree - do it in writing like by-laws for a corporation

  • Have an agreed upon method of conflict resolution - have this in place well before anything happens.

  • Drill, train, practice and be ready.

  • Communication is critical

  • Have meetings ahead of time - if someone is a no-show you know they are not reliable for your group.

  • Group needs to be able to brainstorm freely - helps to concrete cohesion.

  • Play the "Conflicted" game - presents the group with morally difficult situation so you can see how they would respond.

When Blending Big Groups:

  • Skills are always better than physical supplies but if you only have supplies have a lot if you want to be accepted to a new group.

  • Important skills to have on hand - Sewing skills, doctor or nurse, tinkerer, tanning, soldier, electrician, gardening, gunsmith, well driller, ammo re-loader, herbalist, food preserver, or engineer.

  • Get to know the new group - having a common enemy (anything that threatens your survival) helps the group grow closer faster. Also working together will form bonds faster.

  • When removing someone from the group their popularity will have an effect on the group's decision. Follow removal clause guidelines.

Best Items To Have For Trade:


  • Ammunition - but watch out it can be used against you!

  • Seeds and the knowledge to save and use them.

  • Food

  • Books! Education and entertainment will be paramount!

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Character Origins


Raymond Dean White

Raymond Dean White was born in a small town in Kansas and lived an adventurous life, hunting, fishing, trapping and tracking, backpacking, spelunking and mountaineering until he got older, wiser, and married. A lifelong avid reader, he writes what he loves to read--fast paced, action-adventure stories complete with intriguing characters, a touch of humor and a bit of information thrown in on how to prepare for emergencies. As a hyperactive ten year old (who still loved to read) he stumbled onto Andre Norton's Star Man's Son and his lifelong love affair with apocalyptic fiction was born.


Now retired, he writes terrorist thrillers and apocalyptic action/adventure novels including, The Dying Time Impact and After The Dying Time. He has also written one non-fiction book titled How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell How In Their Own Words which details their (and his) adventures in traditional publishing. That book, co-authored with Duane Lindsay, is currently available on Amazon.

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