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LDS Emergency Preparedness Tips

LDS Emergency Preparedness Tips

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long taught the principle of self-reliance. With an economy in recession and job insecurity, it is imperative now more than ever that families, communities and nations be prepared for difficult times. The church has strongly counseled its members to be prepared for personal and widespread emergency. Among this counsel is a set of guidelines and resources to help begin and maintain preparedness plans.

First, the church advises that families keep a one-year supply of food at all times as well as a supply of basic needs including water, clothing, bedding, first aid and money. The church provides a Family Home Storage pamphlet outlining how to start and retain a year supply. The church also recommends that a family emergency plan be put in place in case of natural or unnatural disaster. Fire escape, earthquake, hurricane and other disaster preparedness plans should be instigated and practiced. The church also advises that important documents be safely secured and a means of communication in any emergency be established.

Secondly, the church encourages members to pay tithes and offerings, avoid debt, implement a budget and build a savings. A pamphlet called One for the Money has been provided by the church to help with budget planning. The church also offers a Family Finances pamphlet and financial services for those who are in debt.

On a larger scale, the church advises that wards and stakes – small meeting groups – also have emergency preparedness plans. The church has given guidelines for these plans. Ward and stake buildings can be used as community emergency shelters. The church has provided buildings with radios for communication if needed. The church has also implemented a plan for members to organize disaster clean-up and volunteer groups.

If a disaster strikes or there is an emergency that has not been prepared for, the church has resources to assist those affected. Bishops’ storehouses – similar to grocery stores – are spread across the world to provide food and other household goods. At the storehouses, orders are filled for people who cannot afford food or have lost everything they own. The church also provides disaster relief including clothing, medical supplies and other needed items. The church has humanitarian aid centers and food processing centers with resources needed to assist in widespread emergencies.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a wide array of services and helpful resources for disasters and emergencies. All of this enables the church to assist those in need and to help people help themselves.

Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of the church, said

“The best welfare program is our own welfare program. Begin in a small way and gradually build toward a reasonable objective. Save a little money regularly. None of knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us.”

That is more prevalent today than it has ever been. The church has guidelines and resources to help get started and keep emergency preparedness plans in effect. The time to be prepared is now.