"Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them" (Ezekiel 38:7).

Ward and stake councils may use this guide to create or update their emergency response plans (see also Stake and Ward Emergency Planning Guide).  These plans should be brief and simple and are most effective when coordinated with community plans. Ward and stake leaders may consider calling welfare specialists to assist with emergency response efforts. Councils should review and update the plans regularly.

With the help of this guide you should be able to create:

  • A ward or stake preparedness plan
  • An analysis of needs and action steps

The guide includes the following five steps:

  1. Identify Likely Disasters
  2. Gather Critical Information
  3. Outline Assignments and Procedures
  4. Identify Emergency Communications Methods
  5. Encourage Member Preparation

The following emergency preparedness planning worksheets can help you develop an effective emergency plan in your ward or stake councils:

  • Disaster Review
  • Planning for Disruptions 
  • Critical Information—Members with Special Needs
  • Critical Information—Equipment, Skills, and Communication Resources
  • Critical Information—Services
  • Actions and Assignments