Step 4: Identify Emergency Communication Methods

“Step 4: Identify Emergency Communication Methods,” Stake and Ward Preparedness (2018)

Step 4: Identify Emergency Communication Methods

A key part of disaster response is for Church leaders to have open lines of communication with Church headquarters, Church members, and community leaders.

Identify and plan for alternative communication methods that can be used in case phone lines, cellular phone service, or vehicle transportation routes are disrupted during a disaster.

Such methods may include:

  • Internet communications (including email, social media, and instant messaging).

  • Text messaging via cellular phone (which may be available even if voice service is not).

  • Amateur radio.

  • Personal contact via foot, bicycle, and so forth. (Full-time missionaries can also help.)

As needed, priesthood leaders may call members of their units to be communication specialists. Qualified specialists often own communications equipment and possess valuable experience.

Refer to the Disaster Review and Planning for Disruptions worksheets to plan for communication disruptions. Use the Critical Information—Equipment, Skills, and Communication Resources worksheet to complete this step.