LDS Church, Red Cross announce new partnership

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The American Red Cross and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made an announcement formalizing their partnership on Wednesday.

The two organizations have had a working relationship for the last 25 years. The memorandum signed and relieved Wednesday layouts a framework of the LDS church capabilities and capacity of support to the Red Cross.

"We are more prepared than ever for when disaster strikes because of the relationship that we have with the LDS Church," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. "We also want the public to know how grateful we are for their support on so many element of our mission."

LDS churches can be used as shelters as well as approved blood service facilities. They will also work with the Red Cross on preparedness drills.

The LDS church said the agreement is more robust in defining their role and revitalized the decades old partnership.