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Emergency PreparednessMerit Badge WorkbookThis workbook can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet.This Workbook can help you organize your thoughts as you prepare to meet with your merit badge counselor.You still must satisfy your counselor that you can demonstrate each skill and have learned the information.You should use the work space provided for each requirement to keep track of which requirements have been completed,and to make notes for discussing the item with your counselor, not for providing full and complete answers.If a requirement says that you must take an action using words such as "discuss", "show","tell", "explain", "demonstrate", "identify", etc, that is what you must do.Merit Badge Counselors may not require the use of this or any similar workbooks.No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Scouts BSA Requirements (Pub. 33216 – SKU 653801).The requirements were last issued or revised in 2018 This workbook was updated in June 2020.Scout’s Name:Unit:Counselor’s Name: Phone No.: Email:http://www.USScouts.Org http://www.MeritBadge.OrgPlease submit errors, omissions, comments or suggestions about this workbook to: [email protected] or suggestions for changes to the requirements for the merit badge should be sent to: [email protected] 1. Earn the First Aid merit badge.2. Do the following:a. Discuss with your counselor the aspects of emergency preparedness:1. Prevention2. Protection3. MitigationWorkbook Copyright 2020 - U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. - All Rights ReservedRequirements Copyright, Boy Scouts of America (Used with permission.)This workbook may be reproduced and used locally by Scouts and Scouters for purposes consistent with the programs of the BoyScouts of America (BSA), the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations.However it may NOT be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other non-Scouting purposes withoutthe express permission of the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. (USSSP).

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:4. Response5. RecoveryInclude in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each ofthese.b. Using a chart, graph, spreadsheet, or another method approved by your counselor, demonstrate yourunderstanding 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 fivesituations listed below in boldface, plus any other five of your choice. Discuss your findings with your counselor.Situation1. Home kitchen cc2. Home basement /storage room /garage fire3. Explosion in thehomecc4. Automobileaccident5. Food-bornedisease (foodcpoisoning)c6. Fire or explosion ina public place7. Vehicle stalled inthe desertcc8. Vehicle trapped ina blizzardEmergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 2 of 14

Emergency PreparednessSituationccc9. Earthquake ortsunamiScout's y10. Mountain/backcountryaccident11. Boating or wateraccident12. Gas leak in ahome or a buildingcc13. Tornado orhurricane14. Major flooding or aflash floodcc15.Toxic chemicalspills and releases16. Nuclear powerplant emergencyccc17. Avalanche(snowslide orrockslide)18. Violence in apublic placec. Meet with and teach your family how to get or build a kit, make a plan, and be informed for the situations on thechart you created for requirement 2b. Complete a family plan. Then meet with your counselor and report onyour family meeting, discuss their responses, and share your family plan.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 3 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:3. Show how you could safely save a person from the following:c a. Touching a live household electric wirec b. A structure filled with carbon monoxidec c. Clothes on firec d. Drowning using nonswimming rescues (including accidents on ice)4. Show three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft.cccc 5. With another person, show a good way to move an injured person out of a remote and/or rugged area, conserving theenergy of rescuers while ensuring the well-being and protection of the injured person.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 4 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:6. Do the following:c 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 servicessimilar 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 disaster2. 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 toprevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations in your community.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 5 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:Discuss this information with your counselor, utilizing the information you learned from requirement 2b.c 7. Do the following:c a. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or acommunity agency.b. Prepare a written plan for mobilizing your troop when needed to do emergency service. If there is already aplan, explain it.Tell your part in making it work.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 6 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:c 8. Do the following:c a. Tell the things a group of Scouts should be prepared to do, the training they need, and the safety precautionsthey should take for the following emergency services:1. Crowd and traffic controlBe prepared to do:Training they need:Safety Precautions:2. Messenger service and communicationBe prepared to do:Training they need:Safety Precautions:Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 7 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:3. Collection and distribution servicesBe prepared to do:Training they need:Safety Precautions:4. Group feeding, shelter, and sanitationBe prepared to do:Training they need:Safety Precautions:Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 8 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:c b. Prepare a personal emergency service pack for a mobilization call.ContentscNeeds and UsesPrepare a family emergency kit (suitcase or waterproof box) for use by your family in case an emergencyevacuation is needed. Explain the needs and uses of the contents.ContentsEmergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookNeeds and UsesPage. 9 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:9. Do ONE of the following:c a. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, inspect your home for potential hazards.(See the Sample Home Safety Checklist at the end of this workbook.)Explain the hazards you find and how they can be corrected.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 10 of 14

Emergency PreparednessScout's Name:c b. Review or develop a plan of escape for your family in case of fire in your home.c c.Develop an accident prevention program for five family activities outside the home (such as taking a picnic orseeing a movie) that includes an analysis of possible hazards, a proposed plan to correct those hazards, andthe reasons for the corrections you propose.Activity:Possible Hazards:Plan to correct:Reasons forcorrections:When working on merit badges, Scouts and Scouters should be aware of some vital information in the current edition ofthe Guide to Advancement (BSA publication 33088). Important excerpts from that publication can be downloaded meritbadges.pdf.You can download a complete copy of the Guide to Advancement from ergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookPage. 11 of 14

Sample Home Safety ChecklistScout's Name:Check safety steps that are being taking in your home. Write N/A if the item is not applicable. Items left blank may present asafety hazard. This list provides some sample safety steps you might take. See the Merit Badge pamphlet and your counselorfor more information. Ask your parent or guardian before making any changes.Stairways, Halls, and Outdoor Stepsc Stairways with three or more steps have astrong handrail and slip resistant finish.c Stairways & halls are kept free from boxes,toys, shoes, brooms, tools, and other trippinghazards.c Gates at top and bottom of stairs preventchildren from falling.c The head and foot of stairs have no small orloose rugs.c Stair carpeting or covering is fastenedsecurely.c Stairways & halls have good lighting,controllable at each end.Kitchenc Matches are kept where children cannot getthem.c Emergency numbers are posted next to thetelephone, including 911 and poison control.c Knives & sharp instruments are kept in knifedrawers or holder.c Can openers don't leave sharp edges oncans.c Disinfectants & cleaning products are out ofreach of children.c Pan handles are turned away from stoveedges.c Spilled grease, water, or bits of food arewiped up immediately.c Pot holders are located near the stove, withineasy reach.c A dry chemical fire extinguisher is mountednear the stove.Attic and Basementc Ladder is strong, solid, and sturdilyconstructed.c Stairway is sturdy and well lighted.c Children keep skates and play gear in aspecific place.c Walls and beams are free from protrudingnails.c Fuses or circuit breakers are the proper size.c Rubbish & flammable materials are incovered metal cans.c Wastepaper is kept away from furnace andstairs.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookN/AccccccccccccccccccccccLiving Room and Dining Roomc Furniture is placed to allow easy passage inan emergency.c Before bedtime, furniture placement ischecked for orderliness.c Furniture and woodwork solid, in good repair,and free from splinters and rough spots.c Fireplace screen fits snugly.c Rugs are fastened or laid on non-slip pads.c Rugs are kept from curling at their edges.c Wax on floors is thoroughly buffed.c Fire in fireplace is extinguished at bedtime.c Candles are in stable holders and fullyextinguished after use, before bedtime, orbefore leaving homeBathroomc Tub and shower are equipped with stronghandholds.c Tub floor has non-slip surface.c Poisons and dangerous chemicals aremarked, sealed shut in original containers,and out of reach of children.c Medicines are out of reach of children inchildproof containers.c No one takes medicine in the dark.Bedroomc Smoke alarm has fresh battery or secureelectrical connection & is tested regularly.c Carbon monoxide detector has fresh batteryor secure electrical connection and is testedregularly.c Furniture placement for clear passagebetween bed and door.c Light switch or lamp is within easy reach frombed.c A night-light illuminates bedroom or hall.c Bureau and dresser drawers are closed whennot in use.c Bar across upper bunk beds helps preventfalls.c Children are taught not to lean againstwindows or screens.c Low sill windows have sturdy screens toprevent children from falling out.c Smoking in bed is prohibited.c Gas and electric heating devices are turnedoff at bedtime.N/AcccccccccccccccccccccccccPage. 12 of 14

Sample Home Safety ChecklistNurseryc Bars on cribs are closely spaced – no morethan 2 3/8” apart so baby’s head cannot slipbetween them.c Crib is approved by Consumer Products orsimilar.c Crib is free from sharp edges or corners.c Crib does not have a “drop” side.c Sleeping garments and covers keep babywarm without danger of smothering.c Pillows are kept out of bassinet or crib.c No thin, plastic material is in or near the crib.c No toys or objects in or near the crib or withinreach of any child under 3 are less than 1inch in diameter and 2 inches long.c No toys or objects have small parts that canbe removed.c Children are taught not to give marbles, etc.to younger children.c Toys are sturdy, do not come apart easily, &have no sharp edges or points.c Nontoxic paint is used on baby furniture andtoys.c All houseplants are nonpoisonous.Stoves, Furnaces, and Heatersc Stoves are away from curtains.c Stoves & furnace pipes and flues areinspected & cleaned annually.c Gas burners are properly adjusted and freefrom leaks.c Gas water and space heaters are equippedwith vents or flues.c Water heater or boiler has a safety valve & ischecked yearly.c Water heater temperature is set below 120degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk ofserious burns.c Flames of gas burners are protected fromdrafts.c Insulating shield protects woodwork within 18”of furnace, etc.c Keep flammable materials away from stoves,furnaces, etc.c A wrench is stored near the shut-off valve ofoutside gas line.c The flue is opened before using the fireplace.Emergency Preparedness - Merit Badge WorkbookScout's Name:N/AcccccccccccccccccccccPorch, Yard, and Garagec Railings and banisters are sound andinspected periodically.c Steps and walks are kept free from ice andsnow.c Yard/play space are free from holes, stones,glass, etc.c Tools and dangerous articles are out of reachof children.c Dangerous products & chemicals are kept inoriginal containers in locked storage areas.c Wires and low fences are brightly painted orclearly marked.c Wells, cisterns, and pits are kept securelycovered.c Disposable materials are not burned outside.c An area is marked off in the garage forbicycles, wagons, etc.c Lawn mower is equipped with propersafeguards.Workshopc Good ventilation exists, especially whensanding or painting.c Safety goggles or face mask, and hearingprotection are worn when working with oraround power tools, and an appropri