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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

5. Proof of completion of your First Aid Merit Badge

6. Proof that you have reviewed with your family requirement 2c

7. The emergency kit for requirement 8c

8. Your work validated by an adult family member for requirement 9

9. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

10. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT SOME REQUIREMENTS MAY TAKE PLACE OUTDOORS AND SCOUTS SHOULD ATTEND WITH OUTDOOR GEAR APPROPRIATE FOR THE TIME OF YEAR AND FORECASTED WEATHER CONDITIONS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE ANY SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR USE SPECIFIC TO THIS MERIT BADGE THAT SCOUTS SHOULD HAVE FOR THE CLASS.

 

1. Earn the First Aid Merit Badge.

Scouts should bring proof of their completion of the First Aid Merit Badge to class. Simply saying that you have completed it will not be enough for the counselor to sign off on this requirement.  It is recommended to bring your Blue Card copy of your finished First Aid Merit Badge or even bring and wear your merit badge sash with the First Aid Merit Badge sewn on.  While it is preferred that Scouts have their First Aid Merit Badge prior to working on this merit badge the requirement does not require that the First Aid Merit Badge be earned in order to work on the other requirements.  Scouts attending that do not have their First Aid Merit Badge will need to earn their First Aid Merit Badge before they will be able to complete the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge completely.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor the aspects of Emergency Preparedness.

1. Prepare for emergency situations.

2. Respond to emergency situations.

3. Recover from emergency situations.

4. Mitigate and prevent emergency situations.

Include in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these.

Scouts must review the merit badge pamphlet to gain an initial understanding of the concepts for this requirement.  Scouts will discuss in a group with the counselor their findings and should come prepared with questions that might be important to ask in the consideration of each of these components of the requirement.  It is recommended that Scouts utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to write down and formulate their thoughts and questions as it pertains to this requirement prior to the class so that they are prepared for discussion during the class.  It will be difficult, if not impossible for Scouts who do not prepare for this requirement to complete the requirement without active participation in the group discussion at the class.

b. Make a chart that demonstrates your understanding of each of the aspects of emergency preparedness in requirement 2a (prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate and prevent) with regard to 10 of the situations listed below. You must use situations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 below in boldface (red), but you may choose any other five listed here 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. 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. Flash flooding in town or in the country

10.  Mountain / back-country accident

11. Boating or water accident

12. Boating or water accident

13. Tornado or hurricane

14. Major flood

15. Nuclear power plant emergency

16. Avalanche (snowslide or rockslide)

17. Violence in a public place

While this requirement will be covered in the class, this requirement does need to have some preparation done ahead of time. The majority of time during the class will be spent discussing Scouts' findings and thoughts in addressing these scenarios.  Drawing out one's chart ahead of time will ensure the highest probability of completing this requirement in the class.  Scouts who do not come with a chart and at least the required five scenarios prepared ahead of time will likely not have an opportunity of completing this requirement.

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.

A note from a parent or guardian living with you stating the scenarios from 2b discussed at home will help ensure completion of this requirement. Scouts should bring their kit (or a photo will suffice) along with an outline of their plan (shown or included on your chart from requirement 2b) to share with the counselor and the class.

 

3. Show how you could safely save a person from the following:

a. Touching a live household electrical wire.

b. A room filled with carbon monoxide.

c. Clothes on fire.

d. Drowning, using non-swimming rescues (including accidents on ice).

This requirement will be discussed in class, however Scouts should review these sections in the Merit Badge Pamphlet prior to the class to have a basic understanding of methods to utilize for each scenario. Scouts should be prepared for discussion and demonstration of their findings.

 

4. Show three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft.

Scouts will discuss this requirement in class.  The Merit Badge Pamphlet has a section on this subject that should be referenced and reviewed as a preparation exercise for this requirement.  Scouts may find it helpful to make notes in their Merit Badge Workbook for easy reference during the class to share their findings.

 

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.

Scouts will learn, practice, and demonstrate their knowledge and skill for this requirement during the class.

 

6. 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

While this requirement will be covered in the class through group discussion, Scouts should still familiarize themselves with methods and practices for each of these scenarios.  It may be helpful to us a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes ahead of time for easier reference and sharing during the class group discussion for each of the scenarios.  This type of preparation helps the counselor identify Scouts more easily that prepared and have thought out their response to this requirement.  Only Scouts that actively participate in the discussion during the class will have the opportunity of completing this requirement.

b. 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.

Scouts will need to have researched and prepared ahead of time for this requirement to be completed during the class. This requirement will be discussed in the class, however only Scouts that have done their preparation on this will have the opportunity to be considered for sign off on this requirement. Unprepared Scouts will learn a lot, but will not necessarily be signed off just for listening to the counselor and others share their information. Scouts should organize their thoughts and findings in a way that they can easily share what they found for this requirement during the class.

c. Find out who is your community's emergency management director and learn what this person does to prepare, respond to, recover from, and mitigate and prevent emergency situations in your community. Discuss this information with your counselor, and apply what you discover to the chart you created for requirement 2b.

To complete this requirement, Scouts will need to share with the counselor the person or agency responsible for emergency preparedness in their community.  In some cases this may be a multitude of people or organizations depending on the scenario. Scouts should come prepared with this information in order to complete this requirement at the class.

 

7. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.

This requirement will be completed in the class, however it must be noted that Scouts will be going outside to perform this requirement.  PLEASE BRING/WEAR WEATHER APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR THE DAY.  Scouts not found to have the proper outdoor attire for the day's weather conditions will not be allowed for safety reasons to participate and hence will not have an opportunity to complete this requirement.

 

8. Do the following:

a. 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.

Scouts who's troop already has a written plan to do emergency service should bring a copy of that or notes that cover the plan for sharing during the class.  Scouts should be prepared to share their responsibility in the plan when executed. If your Troop does not have a plan, time will be given in the class in order for you to create one. Scouts will need to be aware that this written plan will need to be completed before the end of the class in order to receive credit of completion for this requirement. A written plan does not necessarily need to be hand-written, so Scouts with writing challenges may want to consider bringing a laptop or tablet to class for use to complete this requirement.

b. 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.

Scouts that have participated in a troop mobilization should come prepared to share their experience with the class. Most likely Scouts have already been a part of another Troop Member's mobilization plan when they worked on this merit badge. For Scouts who have not been a part of a troop mobilization, the counselor will present information and exercises during the class that will assist Scouts in preparing for a troop mobilization and ultimately completion of this requirement.

c. Prepare a personal emergency service pack for a mobilization call. Prepare a family emergency 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.

Scouts who's troop already has a written plan to do emergency service should bring a copy of that or notes that cover the plan for sharing during the class.  Scouts should be prepared to share their responsibility in the plan when executed. If your Troop does not have a plan, time will be given in the class in order for you to create one. Scouts will need to be aware that this written plan will need to be completed before the end of the class in order to receive credit of completion for this requirement. A written plan does not necessarily need to be hand-written, so Scouts with writing challenges may want to consider bringing a laptop or tablet to class for use to complete this requirement.

 

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.

In order to complete this requirement Scouts will need to bring documentation of one of these components to share in the class.  It is highly recommended that a note signed by a parent or guardian with whom you live with stating your review and completion of one of these components with your family would serve to help the counselor validate your completion. Please note that simply having a signed note is not enough for completion of this requirement.  In each component of the requirement it requires some sort of additional documentation, chart, plan, etc to be included as a part of fulfilling this requirement.  Scouts should bring both their work and signed note to class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015