Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge


Emergency Preparedness



Either this Merit Badge or Lifesaving MB is Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank


  1. Earn the First Aid Merit Badge.
  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.

        B. Make a chart that demonstrates your understanding of each of the three aspects of emergency
              preparedness in requirement 2a (prepare, respond, recover, mitigate) with regard to 10 of the
              situations listed below. You must use situations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 below in boldface but you
              may choose any other five listed here for a total of 10 situations. Discuss this chart with your
            1. Home kitchen fire
            2. Home basement/storage room/garage fire
            3. Explosion in the home
            4. Automobile 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 in the country
            10. Mountain/backcountry accident
            11. Boating accident
            12. Gas leak in a home or a building
            13. Tornado or hurricane
            14. Major flood
            15. 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
  3. Show how you could safely save a person from the following:
        A. Touching a live household electric wire.
        B. A room filled with carbon monoxide
        C. Clothes on fire.
        D. Drowning using non-swimming 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. 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. 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.
        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.
  7. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.
  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.
        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.
        C. 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.

Emergency Preparedness Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.