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LDS Emergency Preparedness

LDS Emergency Preparedness

LDS Emergency Preparedness

 

For emergency preparedness, there are essentially seven main topics to consider. The first is Family Home Storage. The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said, “We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.” The First Presidency encourages us to have clean drinking water and food in preparation of harder times to come. In short, we need to be prepared for our families and ourselves, for hard times that may arise in the future.

The second, being Family Finances. This simply means that as church members, we are responsible for paying our tithing, avoiding debt other than a home or a vehicle, create a budget for your family, build savings, and teach our family members and children how to save their money; to budget their money wisely.

Family Emergency Planning is also essential. Some things that we need to consider as members of the church are a three-month supply of food that’s our normal daily diet, plenty of clean drinking water, savings account, long-term food supply, first-aid kits, clothing and bedding, and a way to communicate to family members in case of a disaster. Personally, I have found that taking a backpack for each of my children, and packing it with a couple bottles of drinking water, some of their favorite snacks that last about 6+ months, a warm coat, clothes and a blanket is essential. We leave these special backpacks in our family van, so if anything were to happen, we are prepared with basic essentials, even on the road.

We should also be aware of our Ward and Stake Emergency Plans. If something were to happen, we would be well advised to know where we could go, and who we could contact from the ward or stake, and know that our families are being taken care of and safe. Emergency Communications are helpful things to consider, because regular phone lines may be out of service. Cell phones are wonderful in emergency situations; we are able to keep in touch with family members near or far, and almost every couple has one. It can be devastating to not have any ways of communication to family members.

It is important to be aware of your ward and/or stake Disaster Cleanup and Church Volunteer Safety. It’s reassuring and comforting to know that there is a bigger family than just your relatives that care for you and your family’s safety. Wards and stakes appoint volunteers to help in crisis situations.

Following a disaster, the use of Meetinghouses as Emergency Shelters is occasionally needed. Permission is granted by the stake president, after consulting with a member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy, or the Area Presidency. If there is an emergency situation, make sure that your family, young children included, know where a safe place to meet is. Have this location arranged ahead of time, so when something does happen, your family is prepared and knows what to do and where to go.
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