Learn Your Neighborhood Roles
In Regard to Preparing For And Responding to Emergencies

Click On Your Role In Regard to Emergency Preparedness (As An Individual, or Member of Your Block and  Neighborhood) Below:

The below information is in regard to your roles within the Neighborhood.  For Area (Stake) leadership roles, please click here.


  • Individual or Family

    Individuals and Families - Roles In Regard to Emergency Preparedness and Response

    What You Should Be Doing Before An Emergency

    What You Should Be Doing During An Emergency

    1. Start asking yourself and your family the right questions - the questions that answer the big question, “Are You Prepared?
    2. Start making a family communications plan and evacuation plan and a disaster checklist.
    3. Participate in the Orem Hillcrest Neighborhood emergency response plan, including:
    4. Make a list of items that should be in one’s house or car or office (work location) in case of emergencies or disasters, based on the rule of threes, which is that you can live:
      • 3 minutes without air or blood - you need first aid knowledge and supplies to stop bleeding and restart breathing
      • 3 hours without shelter or warm clothing in cold weather - you need to have fuel, clothing, bedding.
      • 3 days without water - you need at least 3 days of stored, sterile water (per person) and the ability to make foraged water safe once your stored water runs out
      • 3 weeks without food - food will be a huge problem after 3 weeks
      • Take inventory of these items and acquire missing items.
      • Establish a replenshing cycle for perishable items.
    5. Prepare your home to be more emergency “resistant” by:
      • Acquiring and maintaining working fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc. (Fire Safety)
      • Fastening high furniture to the wall so that it won't come loose during an earthquake;  Strapping your water heater(s) to a stud; Securing your home walls to the home foundation (Earthquake Safety).
      • Preparing your home so that flood, rapid rising storm waters won't easily come into your home.
    6. Acquire basic preparedness items of food, water, medicines, etc. for an emergency or calamity that might last several months.
    7. Grow all the food you feasibly can on your own property.
    8. Become physically conditioned - able to walk for miles and work hard physically.
    9. Put preparedness deep into your brain by going over emergency scenarios and mentally preparing your response. Also, you should read books and guides on Emergency Preparation. There are considerable suggestions at our Resources Page.

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    10. Becoming a resource to your neighbors by:
      • Seeking learning from books and forums on getting prepared (and understanding the perplexities of nations that could trigger emergencies).
      • Sharing knowledge and skills you current have (or acquire) via:
        • Resource section of this website
        • Presenting at the bi-annual Country Fair or other emergency preparedness events
        • Praying and asking God what your role in the neighborhood preparation should be. He will guide you.”
    11. Adding to your Emergency Preparedness goals the capabilities and skills that would allow you to not only survive, but thrive during a long-term, serious calamity. This goes beyond obtaining a few months of emergency stockpiles and CERT training. It requires long-term, life-sustaining capabilities including production of food (i.e. farming, ranching, fishing and water sources) as well as herbal medicine.
    12. Educating yourself to become a resource in helping one's community to REBUILD after a serious calamity. This is a matter of acquiring knowledge that would have been common 150 years ago and also acquiring the technical knowledge that can take us from backwoods to modern again.
    13. Remembering that helping your neighbors to prepare for tough times also benefits your own family because your family is more likely to survive during emergencies if many people in your neighborhood and community are prepared and work together for a common good - “The first law of life is not survival, it is that we are one.

    Get more details at Family Emergency Preparedness Page.

    1. Take care of your own self and family first. This includes:
      • Implementing your family plan for communication and evacuation (if needed).
    2. If possible, send someone from the household to your block staging area to give a household report of we’re okay or we need help:
      • Sending someone to the Block Staging Area (the predesignated gathering area within the Block area) to report is onlyto be done if someone from that household is not needed at the household (for dealing with problems there). For example, a child could  go to the Staging Area  for the purpose of reporting the household status.
      • If someone in one’s household needs assistance, or a danger exists for which help is needed, a member of the household (when possible and prudent) should go to the block staging area to describe the help that is needed.
      • If no significant need exists at the household, then that person who is reporting could remain there to be assigned to help with other households (see the section 3).
    3. Work together as requested by Block, Neighborhood, Area and City Emergency Response leaders:
      • if a household has determined that everyone and everything in its household is okay,  then available individuals from that household should go to the Block Staging Area (the predesignated gathering area within the Block area) and make themselves available to help neighbors as assigned by the Block Captain (or acting Block Captain).
      • Please note that the first adult arriving at this staging area to help will become the Acting Block Captain, until the actual Block Captain arrives. (Which means that everyone in the Block should make themselves familiar with the roles of a Block Captain).
      • If needs exist in the Block that could use assistance from the larger Neighborhood resources, a runner should be sent (or Amateur Radio communication established) to the Neighborhood Command Post to describe the need.
      • If it is determined that no needs exist in the Block, then individuals and families that have reported to the Block Staging Area should  go to the Neighborhood Command Post to be assigned how and where to assist others within the larger Neighborhood.
  • Block Captain
  • Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Neighborhood Captain (Bishop / HP Group Leader)
  • Logistics Coordinators (1st Counselor / YM President)
  • Search and Rescue Coordinator (2nd Counselor / EQ Pres)
  • Documentation Clerk (Ward Clerk)
  • Relief Coordinator (Relief Society President)
  • Assistant Relief Coordinator (Young Women's President)
  • Assistant Relief Coordinator (Primary President)
  • High Priest Group Leader
  • Assistant Search & Rescue Coordinator (Young Mens Pr.)
  • Assistant Logistics Coordinator (Young Mens President)
  • Emergency Plan

    The Orem Hillcrest Neighborhood Emergency Plan document was created under the leadership of President Olsen and Stake Emergency Preparedness Leader, Beverley Waldon.

    This multi-page document in Microsoft Word format outlines our individual and collective responsibilities both before, during and after emergencies.

  • Family Signal Kit
  • Survey Permissioin
  • Block Signal Cart Report
  • Block Signal Summary Report
  • Block Damage Assessment Report
  • Communications Center
  • Orem City Drill

CERT - Saves Lives

  • it is very desirable to have as many people as possible be CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trained. Skills learned through this training program will help Orem residents know how to to avoid becoming a victim and how to save as many lives as possible through a safety first attitude, CERT 60 second triage and through understanding how to render life saving medical aid.
    • CERT members are trained and organized through the Orem City staff and leadership, but function primarily within Blocks, Neighborhoods and Areas.
      • CERT trained persons are requested to respond to emergencies first in their own Blocks (going as soon as possible to their Block staging area). Once no needs for CERT members exist in the Block, they report to the Neighborhood Command Post (Ward Building) and function under the leadership of the Neighborhood Leader (Bishop). When no needs exist within the Neighborhood they then can then report to the Area Command Center (Stake Offices) and function at the direction of the Area Leader (Stake President). Once no needs within the Area exist, then and only then are they free to report to the City Emergency Operations Center.
    • CERT training is different than Red Cross training because it is focused on maximum saving of lives with a large number of casualties and no opportunity for professional responders to eventually arrive on the scene. This is a huge difference, because Red Cross training is focused on saving a single person in a situation where professional responders will be arriving within a matter of minutes or at most an hour).
  • Please consider becoming CERT trained. The training is invaluable

Documents, Forms and Reports

Click on Your Role (Below To Review Your Responsibilities During An Emergency

Find your role below and mentally practice doing it. Neighborhood (Ward) roles shown below. For Area (Stake) roles click here.

  • Individual or Family


  • Block Leader
  • Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Leader
  • Neighborhood Captain (Bishop)
  • Logistics Coordinator (1st Counselor)
  • Search and Rescue Coordinator (2nd Counselor)
  • Documentation Clerk (Ward Clerk)
  • Relief Coordinator (Relief Society President)
  • Assistant Relief Coordinator (Young Women President)
  • Assistant Relief Coordinator (Primary President)
  • High Priest Group Leader
  • Assistant Search & Rescue Coordinator (Elders Quorum Pr.)
  • Assistant Logistics Coordinator (Young Mens President)