“Self-reliance is a key Mormon philosophy,” according to a report in New Zealand’s Kapi Mana News.
The article continues: “Churchgoers try to be prepared for any emergency, from a sudden redundancy to a natural disaster.”
Wellington Latter-day Saints Elaine and George Harvey feature in the article.
"The big overall reason is when we're able to help ourselves we're more able to help our neighbours," Mrs Harvey told the newspaper.
"Our emergency preparedness focuses on the here and now. If a Mormon cannot help themselves, their extended family is the next port of call.”
The article adds that: “Church members fast once a month and donate the money they save on food to provide an emergency fund for members.”
Elaine Harvey’s husband, George, told the newspaper: “The church wants our people to be conscious of always being prepared and to plan ahead, not just live from one week to the next. Nobody's immune from challenges and trials.
Read more about emergency preparedness principles and resources here.