Guidelines for Emergency Communication

During an emergency, normal means of communication may become inoperative. Priesthood leaders should consider:

  • How to contact missionaries and members following a disaster.
  • How to communicate the status of missionaries, members, buildings, and other necessary information to area leaders. 
  • Available communication personnel and equipment. 

Communication Specialists

Priesthood leaders may call communication specialists as needed. Communication Specialists may develop a plan that involves a variety of communication options (Internet-based technologies, text messaging, social media, amateur radio,* satellite telephones*).

Additional Resources

Satellite Telephones. Storehouses in the United States and Canada have satellite telephones. In other Church areas, satellite telephones are available in administration offices for emergency use.

Amateur Radios. Some storehouses in the United States and Canada have amateur radio equipment and conduct regular network exercises. For information, contact your priesthood leader or regional welfare specialist.

*Note: Wards and stakes should not purchase or accept donated satellite telephone or amateur radio equipment for use in an emergency or for installation in a meetinghouse. However, leaders are encouraged to identify individuals who may already have their own equipment to assist with specific ward and stake communication needs. No permanent installation of equipment, including antennas, is to be made in any Church meetinghouse. Exceptions must be approved by the Meetinghouse Standard Plans Committee.