I am definately not living on a compound. I think your "like minded people" idea is about right. I choose not to inform those around me of my preparations. The guys I hunt and shoot with know I have a few firearms of course. My close friends and family know that I have acquired a bit of training from my time in the Army but that is about it. My wife knows my thought process for prepping for emergencies, my kid just thinks it is all camping gear. I guess my "group" will remain just the three of us. Of course if I were geographically closer to my immediate family I would make plans to include them.What do people actually mean by "group"? Does this mean people who live with like in a compound or something like that or does it mean like minded people who help each other when needed?
I live alone so I don't belong to a group if it means living with people. I am lucky enough, however, to live in a place where people still help each other when asked. We are too busy with our own lives to take stock of what each other have for food stores or guns or ammo or whatever unless if we talk about it. Someone may ask, "Ya got enough potatoes this year?" or something like that but I don't know what other people store and they don't know what I do. Yet if I said I needed help or I saw one of my neighbors needed help we'd jump in and help each other.
So I'm not sure what people mean by group.