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News Release —  30 October 2012

Church Issues Statement on Sandy: Local Mormons Stand Ready to Assist in Aftermath

Salt Lake City — 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement in the aftermath of Sandy: 

Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by post-tropical storm Sandy. Local Church leaders along the eastern coast of the United States have made preparations for the storm. Church representatives are in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The American Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other relief agencies to coordinate response efforts. Forty-two LDS volunteers are supporting Red Cross shelter operations in New Jersey and neighboring areas. The Church is working closely with the Red Cross to identify additional shelter locations if needed.

The Church stands ready to assist affected communities. Emergency Response resources have been pre-positioned in Bishops Storehouses in the area. These resources include items such as food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, tarps, cleaning supplies, chain saws and shovels.

Local Church leaders will make assessments in the coming days and coordinate with response partners to determine further relief efforts.

Mission presidents have taken precautions to protect the safety and well-being of missionaries. 

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