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Latter-day Saint Youth in Houston Help Neighbors Prepare for Emergencies

HOUSTON — Last weekend, 170 Latter-day Saint youth went door-to-door to share information that will help Houston residents prepare themselves for an emergency or disaster.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has partnered with the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston to promote emergency preparedness. In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the federal government and the American Red Cross urged citizens to prepare resources so that they could take care of themselves and their families for three days. The Church and Interfaith Ministries have responded by providing the resources to teach people how to do this.

The Cypress, Texas, youth group assisted in the project called Ready Houston by taking information packets to over 500 households and showing residents what items they should include in their emergency preparedness kits.

Event organizer and Church spokeswoman Patte Comstock said, "One of the greatest resources the Church can share with the community is teaching individuals how to make preparedness a way of life so they will not experience panic in the time of a crisis."

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