Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

– How To Get It

By: - Parenting - June 6, 2011
emergency preparedness merit badge

In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouts have to complete either a lifesaving or emergency preparedness merit badge.  The emergency preparedness badge involves learning about varied situations, creating charts to show an understanding of dealing with situations, how to get emergency help and emergency survival.

The first step in getting the emergency preparedness merit badge is to get the first aid merit badge.  Scouts have to describe different types of emergency situations, how to respond to them, preparing in advance for them, recovering from them, and preventing and mitigating them.  The 2nd step is to create charts that demonstrate the Scout understanding of emergency preparedness requirements.  Situations covered include public violence, rockslides, snowslides, avalanches, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, boating accidents, gas leaks, flash floods, blizzards, desert vehicle stalls, public fires, public explosions, food poisoning, car accidents, home explosions, garage fires, storage room fires, basement fires and kitchen fires.  The 3rd step is to educate friends and family about making emergency preparedness kits, making escape plans and planning for entire family care.  The 4th step is to demonstrate saving a person from varied situations – drowning, ice accidents, fire on person, CO2 inhalation and electrocution.  The 5th step is to show 3 methods of finding help by attracting attention and finding methods of protecting, securing and transporting injured parties.  The 6th step is to demonstrate administrative roles such as traffic and crowd control, communication service person, messenger, distribution/collection service person, shelter finder/builder, food preparer and distributor, and sanitation person.  The 7th step is to show how to assist emergency service agencies in the process of doing their duties and to identify all such services, the main director and who governs emergency situations within their community.  The 8th step is to partake in real or practice service projects and/or drills with real emergency services.  The 9th step is to prepare plans for the Scouting troop as an emergency service agency and what part they have to play it, how to mobilize the troop, and describe before, during and after duties.

The final steps towards getting an emergency preparedness merit badge in the Scouts is to do a real life home inspection and safety check, reviewing escape plans with family members and creating accident prevention programs for all family members.  Once all has been done, the Scout will easily earn the emergency preparedness badge.

Photo: a type of badge – public domain photo