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Published: Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:35 p.m. MDT

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MoJules
Florissant, MO

A couple of weeks ago there was a tornado not far from our home, it actually did hit the ward that shares our building. I noticed that people got on Facebook and started to communicate that they were OK. Of course not everyone will have power, but I think it would be a good idea to have each congregation and ward set up a group site where everyone can check in and state their status. Then if there are people who do not write in, those are the ones to check on, because you would know that the others are OK.

karenk
Dallas, TX

After the Lancaster/Forney/DeSoto/etc. tornado last year outside Dallas, our Home & Visiting Teachers contacted each of their members and communicated to the Priesthood & Bishopric. Within a very short time, they knew that everyone had been accounted for and was OK. Lots of power outages but no other issues for our group. Note that texting can often get through where phone calls don't connect. This was true in the Shawnee tornado just prior to the most recent one.

NT
SomewhereIn, UT

Thank you, President Taylor (and all other Mission Presidents and wives and members around the world) for keeping a watchful eye out for our missionaries. We know they are in good hands.

May God bless and comfort those who are grieving, those who have cause to mourn because of this disaster.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

MoJules; there is a system set up by the church to do that. it is done through the stake and each ward is supposed to have an emergency communications specialist. they are usually Ham radio operators, and they have practice drills at least once a year, and if your stake director is very concientious, then even more often. Ham radio is used because it in not dependent on local power sources, and in some cases not even on repeater stations. I have been involved in this organization, so I know it is there. Make inquires in your area.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

Every time there's a disaster, we expect the Church to post press releases and photos of missionaries and members doing disaster cleanup. I know it's done for PR sake to show that we're good people too. If it were done simply out of the goodness of our hearts, we wouldn't let the left hand know what the right hand doeth.

I suggest the Church put together a disaster cleanup business, akin to or even a part of Deseret Industries. That way, they're more fully organized, trained and ready to respond to any disaster. They can advertise their efforts and be called upon by communities or governments when disaster strikes.

This would also allow missionaries to focus their efforts on missionary work. Further, there is risk involved in disaster cleanup that members and missionaries aren't trained to deal with. Leave the work to professionals.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

I appreciated the comment by, I believe it was the stake president, that we 'don't just go rushing in'. The church recognizes the need for organization, not just photo opportunities. There are times when we just need to stay put until others have finished their efforts. It is too easy to simply want to help that we cause more harm than good by being in the way. I am grateful that church leaders recognize this aspect of service as well.

J-TX
Allen, TX

We're working behind the scenes in Dallas, at the Church warehouse and with local groups to accumulate the supplies that are necessary, so that when the word comes all we have to do is load the trailers and send them up. Right now, the roads are barely being cleared in Moore.

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