For additional information contact:

Jeff Barber (

Central Point Oregon Stake

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

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Emergency Response Team Members Assignment Considerations:

          (Each Ward/Melchizedek Priesthood Leaders needs to develop Response Teams to assist in assessing storm damage,

       contacting members, assisting members during emergencies, etc.)  

Fitness of individuals assigned.

  - Physical fitness

  - Age

  - Ability to work in adverse conditions, Hot, Humid, flooding, etc.

Experience and Training

  - 1st Aid/CPR/AED

  - CERT

  - Working outdoors

  - Ham Radio Operator (to report back to the Ward or County EOC for an emergency if phone are down)

Area assignments for Response Teams

  - North Ward Area, Central Ward Area, South Ward Area (Whatever makes geographical sense.)

Teams should be self-sustaining (so they don't become part of the problem.

  - Water, Food, Fuel, etc.

  - Maps/GPS coordinates of members. (can be downloaded from LDS Maps)

  - Letter from the Bishop on Church Letterhead stating the Assignment/Role of the Response Team to show officials as necessary.

Individuals on response teams should consider the following.

- Heavy duty yard gloves/leather gloves (best cause puncture resistant) or heavy duty mechanics gloves (although not puncture resistant)

- Boots (steel toe and shank are best) but hiking boots are acceptable (must have high ankle for support)

- sunscreen

- face mask (dust/particle)

- small personal first aid kit (can buy at Walmart)

- hat (wide brimmed, no ball caps they provide little to no sun protection)

- Long Pants

- Long Sleeve Shirt



Other items that are needed or helpful


- Day pack (small back pack or fanny pack)

- canteen or camelback (ability to carry significant personal hydration of choice/water best)

- safety glasses (prescription glasses don’t count)

- insect repellant

- mole skin (not in most 1st aid kits but if walking a lot priceless for blisters)

- pen and paper (keeping/leaving notes or making drawings/sketches for recall later)

- whistle (for emergencies/attention getter)

- pocket knife or multi-knife/tool

- personnel medications and ID


- CPR Mask

- Wet Wipes

- Plastic Gloves

- Ham Radio

Emergency Response Team Training

  1. - 1st Aid/CPR/AED

  2. - CERT

  3. - Skywarn Training - 2 hr training on storm identification (NOAA/NWS - free training)

  4. - NIMS Training (Nation Incident Management System - online training)

   - IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) : (

      When there is an Incident (wild fires, storms, chemical spills, terrorist, etc), the local agency sets up an

      Incident Command System to manage the Incident.  This course is an introduction to that system.

   - IS-200.b  ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: ( )

      This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident

      Command System.

   - IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction: ( )

       This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).   NIMS provides a

       consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to

       work together during domestic incidents.