Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the LDS Emergency Response, Orange County?
A: This a program initiated in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego as part of the Public Affairs Council in each county. 

Q: Under whose direction and under what priesthood keys does  LDS Emergency Response, Orange County function?
A: Each member of LDS Emergency Response, Orange County is under the direction of Elder Allen Haynie, Area Authority Seventy - North America West AreaWe report locally through Robert Greene, Director of Public Affairs, Orange County.  The priesthood keys for preparing the members of the Church reside with each stake president.

Q: Which stakes are in the LDS Emergency Response, Orange County region?
A: LDS Emergency Response, Orange County is authorized to work with those stakes that are part of the Orange County Public Affairs:
Anaheim California East Stake
Anaheim California Stake
Cypress California Stake
Fullerton California Stake
Garden Grove California Stake
Irvine California Stake
Huntington Beach California Stake
Huntington Beach North California Stake
Newport Beach California Stake
Orange California Stake
Placentia California Stake
Santa Ana California South Stake (Spanish)
Laguna Niguel California Stake
Mission Viejo California Stake
San Clemente California Stake
Santa Margarita California Stake
Q: I understand there will be a website for the Orange County area. How will that be different from the Provident Living website?
A: This site was launched as a resource to the stakes. This portal will contain valuable information and tools to assist leaders to prepare the Saints in many areas of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Our efforts are not to duplicate what is found on the Provident Living website, but to provide tools to identify what resources may be available in the event of an emergency, and to coordinate and train our members and leaders at a county level.

Q: Will there be an area-wide disaster plan and will it supersede all stake plans?
A: Although we will be preparing an area-wide disaster plan, it will not supersede stake plans. Stake plans will still be necessary for localized emergencies and will be integrated into the area-wide plan. Our charge is to direct and coordinate the Church's Orange County multi-stake response to emergencies including information reporting and coordinating a regional response. There is an organized effort to bring together all the resources of the participating stakes to serve in the event of an emergency.

Q: Will there be changes in the Emergency Communications plan?
A: Preparedness and conducting exercises to test the strengths and weaknesses of our emergency preparedness efforts will likely require change and the need to improve. Also a review of recent emergencies and disasters can teach us things that we may not have considered. Preparedness is not a one-time event.

Q: Will there be any training?
A: There will be training provided in many areas of preparedness, response, and recovery. In some cases, we may utilize local and state agencies or local professionals and trained members to assist in our education. There will be hands-on training, and possibly online webinars where appropriate for the subject and audience.

Q: Will there be any drills or exercises?
A: We have been directed to organize regular training which will be done in many different areas of preparedness and tied to local and state events where possible. (for example, The Great California ShakeOut). According to the General Handbook of Instructions, we should not have any mock drill or exercise which promotes fear among the saints. Emergency Preparedness training events should be conducted only under proper priesthood direction.

Q: Will there be any input asked or required from the stake level?
A: The first phase of our efforts is gathering information and becoming acquainted with what each stake is doing in preparedness. It is not our intent to duplicate efforts or "re-invent the wheel." It is our desire to bring together the best ideas in training meetings, to assist leaders in their sacred responsibilities to prepare the Saints. We will be looking for knowledgeable members throughout the region to assist and serve on regional resource committees to help us in our efforts.