This is a fairly short but comprehensive view of the members part of the Greenfield 4th Ward Emergency Preparation and Response Plan. If you want a shorter version go to the Downloads page and look at the 4th Column. That is a shorter more concise form with little or no explanations.
The Bishop and Ward Council are responsible for seeing that a ward emergency plan is prepared, explained, implemented and kept current. This is not a new program or a new push on the part of the Brethren at this time. It is an ongoing responsibility but since we are a relatively new stake and ward we have been without a written and coordinated plan since we started as a ward and the stake is now asking all wards to get an “Emergency Plan” in place. This”Plan” is formulated using the Ward and Stake Emergency Plan Guidelines (See Guidelines Here) to help the ward council develop a plan for the specific needs of a ward.
This “Plan” is designed to help members of a ward and the ward council and bishopric prepare for and respond to emergencies. “Small-scale emergencies will often be addressed in wards and stakes. Largescale emergencies may require action at the coordinating council level. In rare circumstances, an event may involve more than one coordinating council, and a member of the Presidency of the Seventy will assign an Area Seventy to direct the Church’s response. (This information is taken from the area plan and can be seen here)
This Ward Emergency Plan is designed to help the Greenfield 4th Ward prepare for and respond to emergencies effecting individual families in our ward and/or emergencies or difficulties effecting the ward, stake, city, state or nation as a whole. The ”Plan” is organized into the following four categories: (These categories are taken from the Area Emergency Plan for the United States and Canada and are generally recognized parts of standard operations for emergency management)
- Preparation: Prepare in advance to lessen the impact of disasters and improve response and recovery efforts.
- Response: Address the short-term, direct effects of a disaster.
- Recovery: Help address the long-term needs in the ward or family.
- Mitigation: Reduce or eliminate future risks from similar incidents by reviewing lessons learn
“Emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime. In most cases, there is little we can do to stop them from happening. However, through thoughtful preparation we can limit the damage and disruption they will have on individual lives and communities”. (Quoted from Area Plan)
For Individuals and Families
All agencies that have been involved with disaster relief seem to agree that the first 72 hours after a disaster strikes is critical and if individual families are prepared ahead of time to flexibly handle the first 72 hours of any emergency it would save lives, lessen the trauma of difficult events and increase the effectiveness of disaster relief efforts. This preparation includes being prepared to evacuate or to shelter at home with limited or no services depending on the situation at the time of the disruption.
Individual and Family Preparation --Each Family Should Have:
A Family emergency plan (Lots of resources : 1. Red Cross, 2. Emergency Plan One Page, 3. Info_Vids
Emergency kits (72 hour, car, in-home, first aid and others as needed) (check out Step by Step)
Water Storage (2 gal/day/person for an absolute min of 3 days) Increasing to 2 weeks and than 3 months or longer if possible.
3 month and then longer term food storage. (Info from the Church on this)
Financial preparedness, including insurance (Info from the Church on this)
Personal and family safety (Fire extinguisher, smoke & CO2 detectors, utility shut-off skills, etc. and one or more sanitation kits.) (Info on Sanitation Kits)
Prayerfully consider the information contained here, and other information you have about emergency preparation, and seek guidance from the Spirit as to what you and your family can do to be better prepared for whatever life has in store for you and for us as a ward, stake and church. There are helpful resources on this site so explore it and see if could be helpful to you. You may also want to look at RedCross, Ready.gov, Maracopa County and other helpful resources on the internet.
When disaster or difficulties strike, it is time to talk action.
Hopefully, you have prepared with some help from the guides in the Preparation Section.
Current Directions to Greenfield 4th Ward Families during a disaster or difficulties are:
- Take care of your family first.
- Follow the instructions of government leaders for evacuations and other emergency orders. (you should have an emergency radio in your emergency kit).
- Assess the impact of the disaster, and report your assessment to your block captain, if this is a larger scale emergency, or to your ministering brothers if this is an emergency that just involves you or a few others. Be prepared to get information from them if there are directions from the Bishop or Stake President.
What you should reports includes:
- Are all members of your family accounted for and are they safe? If no, how many are missing and where were they when you last knew their location?
- How many are injured in your family? What kind of medical help do you need?
- Are there any deaths in your family? How many?
- Is your home damaged or destroyed and what are your current immediate needs? How are your neighbors?
- If you have church property in your area (Area H has the seminary building), is it damaged? If so how much and what is needed to fix it for use.
- Respond to needs (especially reach out to people with special needs and to the first responders in the community).
- Assist your neighbors with immediate needs where possible and inform block captains or ministering brethren of additional needs.
- Communication to you from the Ward will come through regular channels if they are still working, including, texts, and posts on the Social Media Sites or through your ministering brethren or block captains. If the emergency is large and there is need for more resources than our ward can handle the Stake President will make decisions about what will be done next and that information will be relayed to you by the above means.
What Block are you in and who is your Captain?
Ocatillo along the top
? along the short right side, not yet to Greenfield---- Brooks Farm Road running across from right to left.
Val Vista runs down the middle with X on one side and A-C on the other at the top
Chandler Heights running from right to left.
156th runing up and down along the long right side.
Riggs running right to left
San Tan Boulevard at the bottom
X = None Expansion
A = J Harris
B = T Clegg, P
C = R Miller, D
Y = None Expansion
D = S Simons,
E = L Harper
F = K Clark
G – None Expansion
H = J DeVries,
J Strong, JT
I = D Crow,
J = M Bailey, Todd
Farmer, will also help
K = No Captain at
this time use Block J
L = D Stull
M = J Fillmore,
T Sibley, A
N = K Burton
O = J Gaylord, M Harper