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Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

Monday:

Requirement 1- HOMEWORK Earn the First Aid merit badge --- ask for scoutmaster signature by end of Week ***Question the scouts about the true reason why First Aid is required in order to pass this merit Badge*** Requirement 2a- DISCUSSION and EVALUATION Discuss with your counselor these three aspects of emergency preparedness 1) Recognition of a potential emergency situation a. Mostly involving risk factors of any emergency, NOT the signs of a possible emergency before it happens 2) Prevention of an emergency situation a. Involves the action of preventing or lessening the risk involved with that possible emergency situation. 3) Reaction to an emergency situation a. Two sub aspects: - before and after a crisis occurs. Include within your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these. These questions may include variations of the following: When is it peak threat season? What can easily cause this emergency and how can these causes be avoided? What should be done before an emergency occurs? What should be done after an emergency occurs? etc, etc. Requirement 2b- DISCUSSION and/or HOMEWORK Make a chart that demonstrates your understanding of each of the three aspects of emergency preparedness in requirement 2a (recognition, prevention, and reaction) with regard to 10 of the situations listed below. You must do situations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5* but may choose any other five 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. Automotive accident* 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 accident 12. Gas leak in a building 13. Tornado or Hurricane 14. Major Flood 15. Nuclear power plant emergency

16. Avalanche 17. Violence in a public place Requirement 2c- HOMEWORK NOTE: Be sure to let the scouts know about the fact that their parents must see their completed tables in order to complete badge. Without this they are guaranteed partials due to the loss of the requirement 2c. Reassure them that they can easily talk to their parents, get approval from a different counselor, and get the badge once they return home.

Tuesday:

Requirement 3- DISCUSSION Show how to save a person from each of the following situations: a) Touching a live electric wire b) Carbon Monoxide poisioning c) Clothes on fire d) Drowning using non-swimming rescues (including rescues on ice) i. Water: Reach, Throw, Row ii. Ice: Reach, Throw, Go

Requirement 4- DISCUSSION and ACTIVITY

Describe three ways to attract the attention of aircraft 1. Ground to Air Signals poster 2. Signal Mirror 3. Hand and Body signals in E. Prep Merit Badge Book.

Requirement 5- ACTIVITY With another person, show a good way to move 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.

Warn scouts about the lost-swimmer drill tomorrow, and alert the Waterfront about your arrival.

Wednesday:

Requirement 7- INSTRUCTION and EVALUATION Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency. Take the scouts to the Waterfront and show them how to properly use a ring buoy and a pole. Have each of the scouts take turns pulling you toward shore from the deepest end of the pool. If there's a large amount of time leftover afterward, head back to PW and do a fire escape plan.

Thursday: Requirement 8a- ACTIVITY

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. Requirement 8b & c- HOMEWORK Take part in at least one troop mobilization. Before the exercise, describe your part to your counselor. Afterward, conduct an "after-action" lesson, discussing what you learned during the exercise that required changes or adjustments to the plan. 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. Requirement 9b- DISCUSSION and ACTIVITY Review or develop a plan of escape for your family in case of fire in your home. Requirement 6a- DISCUSSION Tell the things a group of Scouts should be prepared to do, the training needed, and the safety precautions they should take for the following emergency services: Crowd and traffic control, Messenger service and communication, Collection and distribution services, and Group feeding, shelter, and sanitation.

Friday:

Requirement 6b- INSTRUCTION and EVALUATION Identify the government or community agencies that normally handle and prepare for the emergency services listed under 6a, and explain to your counselor how a group of Scouts could volunteer to help in the event of these types of emergencies. Requirement 6c- INSTRUCTION and EVALUATION Find out who is your community's disaster/emergency response coordinator and learn what this person does to recognize, prevent and respond to emergency situations in your community. Discuss this information with your counselor and apply what you discover to the chart you created for requirement 2b

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