Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
Activity Guide for Patrol Leaders

    Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

    Aids for the Boy-Led Scout Troop

    Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge follows the Scout Motto: Be Prepared! There are some fun activities here.

    Sample Activity Plan

    Emergency Preparedness requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #9a. (Home Safety Inspection Checklist)

  • FEMA - Home Safety Checklist - Print and distribute copies at first patrol meeting.

    Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge A) Make Your Plan
    The Trail to Adventure Fun!

      1. Merit Badge Activity Preview

      2. Sample Plan Outline
      Note: This Plan is a Draft - Some dates, events and activities may change after reviewing it with your leaders.

      • Make draft of Event Flyer (See Example Here).
      • Each Participant to be notified that he needs:
      • Event Dates / Places / Dress Code / Supplies / Etc.
      • Pre-requisites (ie worksheet, blue card, research materials)
      • Homework Requirements
      • BSA Troop 780 - Emergency Preparedness Skills - Kits / Plans

      3. Meet the Merit Badge Counselor
      Review your plan with the merit badge counselor. Some activities require his advance approval. The Scoutmaster should be able to recommend a counselor to you.

      4. Patrol Leader Council
      Present Activity Proposal to your fellow patrol leaders and scoutmaster. Make assignments as needed.

      5. Field Trip Plan

      • Contact the destination venue. Confirm that they can assist with the Field Trip Requirements. Reserve your Event Dates.
      • Troop Historian should be ready to take pictures on this activity to report back on the next troop blog, newsletter or court of honor.

      6. Announce & Start Activity

      • Get final approval from your scoutmaster.
      • Update event flyer (#2) above.
      • Distribute event flyer / Begin Introduction

    B) Introduction
    Present the plan to your patrol or troop (Either at your first activity meeting or sometime earlier.)

    Here are some ideas to show why this activity will be both fun and important.

    Emergency Preparedness is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Sir Richard Steele, English Playwright
    Miami Beach Fire Department responds to Apartment Fire - 2/21/15
    Show on Laptop or portable TV & crank up the sound!

    Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

    C) Scout Homework
    Start working your Merit Badge here:

      Getting Started:
      Print Merit Badge Workbook - One for each scout.

      Req #2b: Create Emergency Preparedness Chart:

        Make a chart that demonstrates your understanding of each of the aspects of emergency preparedness in requirement 2a (prepare, respond, recover, prevent, and mitigate) with regard to 10 of the situations listed below. You must use situations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 below in boldface, but you may choose any other five listed here for a total of 10 situations. Discuss this chart with your counselor.
        1. Home kitchen fire
        2. Home basement/storage room/garage fire
        3. Explosion in the home
        4. Automobile crash
        5. Food-borne disease (food poisoning)
        6. Fire or explosion in a public place
        7. Vehicle stalled in the desert
        8. Vehicle trapped in a blizzard
        9. Flash flooding in town or the country
        10. Mountain/backcountry accident
        11. Boating or water accident
        12. Gas leak in a home or a building
        13. Tornado or hurricane
        14. Major flood
        15. Toxic chemical spills and releases
        16. Nuclear power plant emergency
        17. Avalanche (snowslide or rockslide)
        18. Violence in a public place

      Req #2c: Family Emergency Plan

        Meet with and teach your family how to get or build a kit, make a plan, and be informed for the situations on the chart you created for requirement 2b. Complete a family plan. Then meet with your counselor and report on your family meeting, discuss their responses, and share your family plan.

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      Req #9: Home Safety Inspection
      Do ONE of the following:

        a. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, inspect your home for potential hazards. Explain the hazards you find and how they can be corrected.
        b. Review or develop a plan of escape for your family in case of fire in your home.
        c. Develop an accident prevention program for five family activities outside the home (such as taking a picnic or seeing a movie) that includes an analysis of possible hazards, a proposed plan to correct those hazards, and the reasons for the corrections you propose.

    Genealogy Merit Badge D) Study Hall

    Purpose: Help each Patrol Member learn key concepts on this subject. Include the following resources:

      Req #2a: Emergency Planning:

        Discuss with your counselor the aspects of emergency preparedness. Include in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these.
        1. Prepare for emergency situations
        2. Respond to emergency situations
        3. Recover from emergency situations
        4. Prevent emergency situations
        5. Mitigate losses in emergency situations.

      Req #3: Rescue Drills

        Show how you could safely save a person from the following:
        a. Touching a live household electric wire.
        b. A structure filled with carbon monoxide
        c. Clothes on fire.
        d. Drowning, using nonswimming rescues (including accidents on ice).

      Req #4: Search and Rescue

        Show three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft.

      Req #5: Rescue Transport

        With another person, show a good way to transport an injured person out of a remote and/or rugged area, conserving the energy of rescuers while ensuring the well-being and protection of the injured person.

      Req #6: N.I.M.S.

        a. Describe the National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS).
        b. Identify the local government or community agencies that normally handle and prepare for emergency services similar to those of the NIMS or ICS. Explain to your counselor ONE of the following:
        1. How the NIMS/ICS can assist a Boy Scout troop when responding in a disaster
        2. How a group of Scouts could volunteer to help in the event of these types of emergencies

        c. Find out who is your community's emergency management director and learn what this person does to prepare for, respond to, recover from, prevent, and mitigate emergency situations in your community. Discuss this information with your counselor and apply what you discover to the chart you created for requirement 2b.

      Req #8a: Scouting Emergency Services

        Tell the things a group of Scouts should be prepared to do, the training they need, and the safety precautions they should take for the following emergency services:
        1. Crowd and traffic control
        2. Messenger service and communication.
        3. Collection and distribution services.
        4. Group feeding, shelter, and sanitation.

    E) Patrol Activity

    Ask your Scoutmaster or Merit Badge Counselor why would it be better to do Req #7b before Req #7a.

      Req #7b : Troop Emergency Plan

      Req #7a : Emergency Drill Activity

        Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.

      Req #8b : Home Emergency Kit

        b. Prepare a personal emergency service pack for a mobilization call. Prepare a family kit (suitcase or waterproof box) for use by your family in case an emergency evacuation is needed. Explain the needs and uses of the contents.

    F) Merit Badge Final

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed for the Requirements.

    H) Extra Credit

    Never add to or take away from the stated merit badge requirements. The material presented below is intended only to add fun for the patrol by way of either activity or community service.

        BSA Emergency Preparedness Award
        Scouting Award for Scouts and Leaders

        Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property and to help a community—or even a nation—return to normal life after a disaster occurs. To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergency situations, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages.

        When an emergency occurs, it affects every youth and adult member of BSA in the immediate area, creating the responsibility to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving the neighborhood and community. Because of these multiple levels of responsibility, the Emergency Preparedness BSA plan includes training for individual, family, and unit preparedness. Special training in all three areas is a prerequisite for BSA members conducting any type of emergency service in their communities.

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