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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.