|Globally, large-scale disasters often overwhelm government response and disrupt transportation, leaving communities and households to mount their own disaster response. Communities like Polvorines that have a strong understanding of risk are more prepared and able to respond and recover more quickly than communities with less information. In Polvorines, the community level civil defense group was critical for identifying local risk and helping community members respond to that risk. The local government is now working with Polvorines to develop community-level civil defense groups in other communities. This model is one that the national and regional governments could promote and fund, with the support of NGOs. NGOs can pilot approaches and techniques for this work, and the government can institutionalize successes.