Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet,
Home Safety Checklist, links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Emergency Preparedness is one of the most popular Merit badges and an option for Eagle Scout.

This is the Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
Also see the Emergency Preparedness Award for all programs and the Webelos Readyman.
The Emergency Preparedness requirements were revised effective January 1, 2009.
Emergency Preparedness requires prior counselor approval for requirements #8b, 9a.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge
Image:Emergency Preparedness.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1972
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 006
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


Emergency Preparedness requirements

  1. Earn the First Aid merit badge.
  2. Do the following:
    (a) Discuss with your counselor the aspects of emergency preparedness:
    (1) Prevention
    (2) Protection
    (3) Mitigation
    (4) Response
    (5) Recovery
    Include in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these.
    (b) Using a chart, graph, spreadsheet, or another method approved by your counselor, demonstrate your understanding of each aspect of emergency preparedness listed in requirement 2a (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) for 10 emergency situations from the list below. You must use the first five situations listed below in boldface, plus any other five of your choice. Discuss your findings 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) Earthquake or tsunami
    (10) Mountain/backcountry accident
    (11) Boating or water accident
    (12) Gas leak in a home or a building
    (13) Tornado or hurricane
    (14) Major flooding or a flash flood
    (15) Toxic chemical spills and releases
    (16) Nuclear power plant emergency
    (16) Avalanche (snowslide or rockslide)
    (17) Violence in a public place
    (c) 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Show three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft.
  5. 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.
  6. Do the following:
    (a) Describe the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the 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 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 prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations in your community. Discuss this information with your counselor, utilizing the information you learned from requirement 2b.
  7. Do the following:
    (a) Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.
    (b) 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.
  8. Do the following:
    (a) 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.
    (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.
  9. 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.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Emergency Preparedness is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Emergency Preparedness requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  1. Emergency Preparedness merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.g.). It is one choice of a group of two merit badges (or Lifesaving) on the list.

Requirement resources

  • 8.c. Emergency Kits
  • FEMA Independent Study List — If you have an older Scout working on this badge, FEMA self-study units can be converted to college credits. The courses from FEMA are free; there is a small charge to convert them to college credits.

Related awards

Emergency Preparedness Awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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