LDS Church partners with Davis County to better handle emergencies

Davis County has teamed up with the LDS Church to better manage emergency situations.

At a Tuesday morning commission meeting, Davis County Information Systems Director Mark Langston said the county has reached an agreement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the church to provide the county with Geographic Information System data on every church-owned facility in the county.

The data comes from not only all of the church houses and temples, but all other church-owned facilities, such as orchards, welfare farms, storage warehouses and thrift stores.

"We don't collect taxes from them, so we didn't have their data," Langston said.

"And if we happened to have some kind of disaster, FEMA comes in and asks about how many damages we have. Now we can report all the total costs."

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