Fact Sheets

A collection of Church guidelines related to safety.


Avian Influenza

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is a virus originating in birds that can spread to other species, including humans. This fact sheet provides information on signs, symptoms, and prevention guidelines for avian influenza.

Communicable Diseases

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
    Cytomegalovirus is a form of the herpes virus and may cause congenital defects if a woman becomes infected during pregnancy. This fact sheet provides information on the symptoms of CMV and ways to prevent CMV infection.
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
    Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral illness that usually affects infants and children up to 10 years old. This fact sheet provides information on the signs and symptoms of HFMD and techniques that may be used to prevent HFMD.
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
    MRSA is caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This fact sheet contains information about MSRA, signs and symptoms, and how to prevent an infection.


Do you know what to do if someone hits their head during an activity? This fact sheet provides a description of the symptoms of and proper ways to handle a concussion during Church-sponsored sports or physical activities. Concussions may occur in any sport or physical activity but are most common in contact and collision activities.

Disaster Cleanup Guidelines—Church Volunteers

This fact sheet addresses general conditions and health and safety guidelines that should be followed when assisting in voluntary cleanup efforts.

Floodwater Facts for Volunteers

Flooding may affect water purification and sewage disposal systems, carry hazardous chemicals, and increase the chance of mosquito-spread diseases. This fact sheet addresses the hazards of floodwater and precautions that can be taken. 

Food Safety

Food poisoning may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or toxic substances. This fact sheet provides information on the proper handling of food to avoid food-borne illness.

Heat Illness Prevention

Heat illness is a broad term for heat-related injuries and illnesses. This fact sheet provides information on a variety of heat-related illnesses, signs and symptoms of each, and precautions that should be taken to prevent heat illnesses.

High-Altitude Illness

Are you planning on hiking or backpacking soon? Do you know about high-altitude illnesses, including acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE)? Those traveling to high altitudes (8,000–9,000 feet elevation) should be aware of the symptoms and treatments for high-altitude illnesses.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes are carriers of several diseases that can be passed on to humans if bitten. Mosquitoes often acquire the disease from feeding on an infected animal prior to biting a human.

Pandemic Planning

  • Home and Family Preparedness
    A pandemic occurs when a disease becomes widespread over a country or globally. This fact sheet provides information on how families can prepare and protect themselves in a flu pandemic.
  • Sheltering-in-Place
    This fact sheet provides information on preparing and using the “Sheltering-in-Place” technique, a technique that focuses on staying home and practicing social distancing.
  • Social Distancing
    Social distancing involves limiting close physical proximity between a healthy individual and an infected individual. This fact sheet provides information on how to utilize social distancing for protection during a pandemic.

Severe Weather Planning

This fact sheet addresses severe weather planning for the protection of volunteers, missionaries, and others engaged in Church-sponsored events.

Tick Bites

Ticks are small, hard-shelled creatures that feed on the blood of their hosts. Ticks carry a variety of diseases in their saliva, which can infect the host when bitten. This fact sheet provides information on how to prevent tick bites and what to do if bitten by a tick.