LDS Emergency Preparedness: Natural Disasters

With the earthquakes in Japan and Chile the past few days, I have decided to collect a list of emergency preparedness helps relating to natural disasters.

You could use these links to make handouts for classes, find tips for a Emergency Preparedness corner of a Relief Society Newsletter, collect several for a ward preparedness binder, or print them out for your files.

Stake/Ward Disaster Planning and Best Practices

Coping with a Disaster

  • has a good section with mental health resources on helping families cope with a natural disaster.
  • Recognizing and Reducing Anxiety in Times of Crisis – helpful reading for church leaders.


  • USGS Prepare Website – The United States Geological Survey is taked with tracking earthquake activity. Their website has a lot of information about preparing for an earthquake and what to do after an earthquake has struck.

Winter Storms

  • – explains the types of weather storm watches and warnings.
  • has a section with good advice on preparing for winter storms, heavy snow, or very cold temperatures.
  • – The Center for Disease Control also has helpful information for winter storms and treating hypothermia and frostbite.
  • National Ag Safety – a nice checklist about traveling during a winter storm.
  • tells how to winterize your car.

Extreme Heat / Heat Emergency

  • FEMA’s website includes information on what to do before, during, a heat emergency.


  • US Fire Administration‘s website is entirely devote to helping you prepare for a fire in your home, office, school, or property.
  • San Diego County has information directed at Wildland fires.


  • FEMA has a section describing what to do during a landslide or debris flow.
  • – has a simple list of things to do after a mudslide.


  • FEMA’s section on surviving a volcanic eruption.



  • FEMA‘s section on Tornado preparedness.
  • NOAA‘s Tornado information page includes instructions for developing a Family Disaster Plan
  • CDC‘s section includes information about what to do during a tornado, information on mold damage, cleanup, and instructions on how to re-enter a damaged home.


  • CDC.gove‘s section on Hurricanes has information about gathering an emergency kit and what to do after the storm.

Thunderstorms / Lightning

  • FEMA‘s section talking about these types of storms.
  • NOAA has good information about lightning safety and medical treatment of those struck by lightning.


  • FEMA has information on Tsunami preparedness.
  • – find out how to get your coastal ready area for a Tsunami. Includes a movie you could use for a presentation “Tsunami: Know What to Do”.

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