"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30).

The ward or stake emergency preparedness plan is complete only when members are familiar with it and implement it. Review the plan with ward or stake members, and encourage them to personally engage in preparedness efforts, such as creating their own family preparedness plans and participating in community preparedness events.

The ward or stake plan will be more effective by regularly teaching preparedness principles. (See the Emergency Preparedness and Response topics page). Consider how to teach these principles and who will teach them, and schedule teaching opportunities in council meetings. 

Teaching opportunities may include:

  • Priesthood and Relief Society meetings.
  • Sacrament meeting or stake conference talks.
  • Home and visiting teaching messages.
  • Emergency preparedness events (for example, a fifth Sunday lesson or a ward activity).

Wards and stakes are strengthened when members are prepared for disasters and disruptions. Review the Planning for Disruptions and Critical Information worksheets, and find areas where the ward or stake is less prepared. Consider inviting members to receive preparedness training in order to strengthen the ward or stake plan, better prepare them for emergencies, and aid in community relief efforts.

Take Action:

1. Find opportunities to share the emergency preparedness plan with ward or stake members. 

2. Complete all outstanding tasks on the Actions and Assignments worksheet.

3. Review and continue to update the plan regularly.