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Mount Vernon Virginia Stake Emergency Response Plan 




The Emergency Response Plan for the Mount Vernon Virginia Stake is based on principles set forth in Providing in the Lord's Way and its supplement, Church Welfare Resources, pp. 14-17.

The purpose of the Mount Vernon VA Stake Emergency Response Plan is to outline emergency planning and response priorities at the stake, ward and individual levels. It is recommended that this plan be used as a guide by stake and ward leaders and individual members to assess risks and plan for response.  

This outline assigns the roles and responsibilities for the implementation of the Plan during an emergency and is designed to maximize human safety and preservation of property, minimize danger, and assure responsive communication to all appropriate parties.

Stake response to emergencies will be carried out through the existing stake and ward organizations. The stake council, under the direction of the Stake President, and the ward councils under the direction of each bishop should be used to coordinate these efforts.

In times of emergency, it is recommended that members of wards with multi-ward or stake-wide boundaries know how to contact representatives from the family-based ward in which they reside.  Likewise, Bishops should be aware of such members within their boundaries.

The primary responsibility to prepare for and respond to emergencies rests with individual members and families. However, civil authorities have priority in directing efforts to respond to emergencies. When they respond, the Mount Vernon VA Stake will play a subordinate and supporting role to city, county, state, or federal emergency response officials, and will provide technical and facility support as needed.

Plan Outline:

Stake Emergency Response

  • Stake Response to Emergencies
  • Stake Priority of Response

Ward Emergency Response

  • Ward Response to Emergencies
  • Ward Priority of Response

Family and Individual Emergency Preparation

Likely Emergencies

  • Fire
  • Flood and Flash Flood
  • Heat Wave
  • Hurricane
  • Terrorism
  • Thunderstorm
  • Tornado
  • Winter Storm

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"Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion."

"The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel?" President Ezra Taft Benson