There's some big snow in Denver today, and many school districts and businesses are closed. Is the temple open? The cannery? LDS Family Services? There is no good way to find out until these facilities are scheduled to open, and by then many people who use them will already have driven there (or attempted to).
This problem could be much greater in a place like Utah with many more Church facilities open on weekdays.
My big idea is a central webpage where unexpected closures of non-meetinghouse Church facilities can be listed by area.
This would NOT be a place for wards to say "Mutual is canceled on Wednesday because Brother Jones is out of town." Rather, it would be a place for members and others who use Church services to find out about weather-related and other emergency-related closures for weekday activities at Church-administrated facilities.
I can see this applying to the following types of facilities and events (add more as needs become clearer):
-Church-operated historical sites (e.g. Martin's Cove)
-Church-operated food processing plants
-LDS Family Services offices
-Church Headquarters offices
-Welfare-related facilities (D.I. processing centers, welfare square, Bishop's Storehouses, employment centers, etc.)
-Family History Library (and possibly individual Family History Centers)
-Temple Square events (concerts, etc.)
Generally, the people who operate these facilities are informed of unscheduled closures, but there is not currently a good way to inform the patrons of these facilities, because people do not make appointments to visit many of them.
So you have the BIG idea that the Church or community needs to develop. Discuss that idea here. Maybe you just want to make a suggestion on a new forum topic. Let us know.
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