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This is the Emergency Preparedness merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Readyman activity badge.
Scouts and Scouters at all levels can earn the Emergency Preparedness Award.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the Eagle Scout rank.
Scouts can choose to earn Lifesaving instead.
Emergency Preparedness requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #8b, 9a.

Emergency Preparedness merit badge
Image:Emergency Preparedness.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1972
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 006
Requirements revision: 2013
Latest pamphlet revision: 2012


Scouts are often called upon to help because they know first aid and they know about the discipline and planning needed to react to an emergency situation. Earning this merit badge helps a Scout to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure.

Emergency Preparedness merit badge requirements

  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 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 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 the country
    10. Mountain/backcountry accident
    11. Boating or water 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 plan.
  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 nonswimming 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.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Emergency Preparedness is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Emergency Preparedness requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Emergency Preparedness merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.g.). It is one choice of a group of two merit badges (or Lifesaving) on the list.
  2. The BSA Emergency Preparedness Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Emergency Preparedness as one of your monthly themes.
  3. Emergency Preparedness is a popular summer camp merit badge.

Requirement resources

The Troop Emergency Preparedness Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.
1-9 American Red Cross - "After a Disaster" Series of Publications - FEMA
1. First Aid Merit Badge - First Aid Kit
2. Natural Disaster Program for Families - "After a Disaster" Series of Publications - American Red Cross - Disaster Safety - NFPA Natural Disasters Link
2b. The chart is in the Emergency Preparedness Worksheet.
2d. Swimming Merit Badge
4. SARBC - Survival: Signalling for Help
4b. FEMA
8. Emergency Preparedness Kit - NFPA Emergency Preparedness Kits
8a. Here is a sample copy of a Troop Mobilization Plan.
9a. The BSA Safety Checklist you need is in the Emergency Preparedness Worksheet
9b. The graph paper you need is in the Emergency Preparedness Worksheet
9c. A blank accident prevention program is in the Emergency Preparedness Worksheet.

Related awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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