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.
Home kitchen fire
Home basement/storage room/garage fire
Explosion in the home
Food-borne disease (food poisoning)
Fire or explosion in a public place
Vehicle stalled in the desert
Vehicle trapped in a blizzard
Flash flooding in town or the country
Boating or water accident
Gas leak in a home or a building
Tornado or hurricane
Toxic chemical spills and releases
Nuclear power plant emergency
Avalanche (snowslide or rockslide)
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.
D) Study Hall
Purpose: Help each Patrol Member learn key concepts on this subject. Include the following resources:
Discussion session with your Merit Badge Counselor.
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.
Prepare for emergency situations
Respond to emergency situations
Recover from emergency situations
Prevent emergency situations
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:
How the NIMS/ICS can assist a Boy Scout troop when responding in a disaster
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:
Crowd and traffic control
Messenger service and communication.
Collection and distribution services.
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
Prepare a written plan for mobilizing your troop when needed to do emergency service. If there is already a plan, explain it. Tell your part in making it work.
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.
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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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