References



Below are references taken from the Church publications as they pertain to emergency preparedness and response:



Member Responsibility

Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others. Church members are responsible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being. Blessed with the gift of agency, they have the privilege and duty to set their own course, solve their own problems, and strive to become self-reliant. Members do this under the inspiration of the Lord and with the labor of their own hands. (See Church Handbook 2, 6. Welfare Principles and Leadership)

Emergency Response 

Stakes and wards should develop and maintain a simple written plan to respond to emergencies. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.1.1 and 5.2.11; see also Stake and Ward Emergency Planning Guide) 

Stake Plan

The stake president directs the stake council in preparing a simple written plan for the stake to respond to emergencies. This plan should be coordinated with similar plans of other stakes in the coordinating council and with plans in the community. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.1.3) 

Ward Plan 

The bishop directs the ward council in preparing a simple written plan for the ward to respond to emergencies. This plan should be coordinated with similar plans in the stake and community. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.2.11) 

Emergency Assets 

Stakes and wards should “compile and maintain the following information: contact information for all members and missionaries living within stake or ward boundaries; a list of members with special needs, such as the disabled and the elderly, a list of members with special skills, such as medical training or the ability to operate heavy equipment; contact information for public safety agencies (e.g. police, fire, medical); and contact information for community organizations (e.g. the Red Cross) that provide emergency services, such as food, shelter, and medical care. (See Stake and Ward Emergency Planning Guide)

Emergency Communications 

During an emergency, normal means of communication may become inoperable. Priesthood leaders should consider: how to contact missionaries and members following a disaster, how to communicate the status of missionaries, members, buildings, and other necessary information to area leaders; and available communications personnel and equipment. (See Guidelines for Emergency Communications) 

During an emergency, the stake presidency receives reports from bishops on the condition of Church members and Church property. The stake presidency then reports to a member of the Presidency of the Seventy or the Area President. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.1.3)

When emergencies arise, the bishop should receive reports from quorum leaders concerning the conditions and needs of members. Quorum leaders receive these reports from home teachers. The bishop then reports to the stake presidency on the condition of members and Church property. This system may also be used to communicate messages from the stake presidency or bishopric. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.2.11)

Use of Church Buildings

With approval from a member of the Presidency of the Seventy or the Area Presidency, Church buildings (except temples) may be used as shelters, first-aid stations, feeding locations, and recreation centers during emergencies.” (See Handbook of Instructions 5.1.3, 8.4.4 & 21.2.3; see also Guidelines for Use of Meetinghouse as Emergency Shelters)

Stake / Ward Councils

The stake (ward) council makes assignments for carrying out the stake’s (ward’s) emergency response plan. The council periodically reviews and updates these assignments.

Mock Drills & Exercises

Care should be exercised so emergency planning does not promote fear. Mock emergency exercises should not be conducted. (See Handbook of Instructions 5.1.3 & 5.2.11) 

Home Storage

To help care for themselves and their families, members should build a three-month supply of food that is part of their normal diet. Where local laws and circumstances permit, they should gradually build a longer term supply of basic foods that will sustain life. They should also store drinking water in case the water supply becomes polluted or disrupted. (Church Handbook 2, 6. Welfare Principles and Leaders)