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This is the Emergency Preparedness merit badge for Scouts, Lone Boy Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts.
Webelos/Arrow of Light Scouts can earn the First Responder Adventure Pin.
Venturers can complete the Ranger Award Emergency Preparedness core requirement
Scouts and Scouters at all levels can earn the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award.
Units can earn the BSA Ready & Prepared Award.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the Eagle Scout rank.
Scouts can choose to earn Lifesaving instead.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #2b, 9a.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure.
Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award.

Emergency Preparedness merit badge
Image:Emergency Preparedness.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1972
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 006
Requirements revision: 2018
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015


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 requirements

  1. Earn the First Aid merit badge.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor the aspects of emergency preparedness:
    1. Prevention
    2. Protection
    3. Mitigation
    4. Response
    5. Recovery
    Include in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these.
    b. Using a chart, graph, spreadsheet, or another method approved by your counselor, demonstrate your understanding 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 five situations listed below in boldface, plus any other five of your choice. Discuss your findings 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. Earthquake or tsunami
    10. Mountain/backcountry accident
    11. Boating or water accident
    12. Gas leak in a home or a building
    13. Tornado or hurricane
    14. Major flooding or a flash flood
    15. Toxic chemical spills and releases
    16. 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 structure 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. 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 services similar 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 disaster
    2. 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 prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from emergency situations in your community. Discuss this information with your counselor, utilizing the information you learned from requirement 2b.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency.
    b. 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.
  8. 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. 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, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Emergency Preparedness is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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Or click here to print just the Emergency Preparedness requirements.
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  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

Program Features

  • Useful information and practical ideas for planning and conducting Emergency Preparedness-themed troop meetings, outings, and other activities :

1-9 General Resources:

Launched in February 2003, Ready (www.ready.gov) is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. A special Ready page has been set up for kids, parents, and educators.
All U.S. states, territories, commonwealths, and districts have their own Ready information specific to its own needs and circumstances (map):
Territories/Commonwealths: American Samoa (AS)Guam (GU)Northern Mariana Islands (MP)Puerto Rico (PR)U.S. Virgin Islands (VI)
Federal districts: District of Columbia (DC)

1. First Aid Merit Badge - First-Aid Kit
2. General resources:


EarthquakesExtreme HeatFloodsHurricanesLandslides and MudslidesLightningTornadoesTsunamisVolcanoesWildfiresWinter Weather

2c. Family Emergency Kit and Plan

3a. Emergency Situations: If someone touches a live electrical wire — SRPNet.com
3b. How to Save Yourself (or Someone Else) from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning — meditrenz.com
3c. What should I do if someone catches on fire? — sharecare.com
3d. 4 types of non-swimming rescues (in priority order) — Quizlet.com
4. Attracting and communicating with rescue planes/aircraft

5. How to Carry an Injured Person Using Two People — WikiHow.com
6a. National Incident Management System / Incident Command System

7a. Amateur radio Field Day  •  Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test (Military Auxiliary Radio System) (one week prior to Armed Forces Day each May)
7b. Here is a sample copy of a Troop Mobilization Plan.

(1) CERT Traffic and Crowd Management Module — FEMA.gov
(2) CERT Emergency Communications Module — FEMA.gov


9a. A sample Safety Checklist is in the [[Media:Emergency_Preparedness.pdf|Emergency Preparedness Workbook]
9b. How to make a home fire escape plan (NFPA.org)  •  Escape My House (New Zealand Fire Service)  •  Escape Planner (New Zealand Fire Service)
9c. A blank accident prevention program template is in the Emergency Preparedness Worksheet.


  • American Red Cross. American Red Cross Water Safety Handbook. StayWell, 2004
  • __________________. First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Communities (participant's manual). Staywell, 2006
  • __________________. Responding to Emergencies (participant's manual), Staywell, 2007
  • Forgey, William W. Basic Essentials: Wilderness First Aid. 3rd. ed. Falcon Guides, 2007
  • Keily, Kate. Living Safe in an Unsafe World: The Complete Guide to Family Preparedness. New American Library Trade, 2000
  • Meyer-Crissey, Pamela, and Briand L. Crissey, Ph.D. Common Sense in Uncommen Times, 2nd ed. Granite Publishing, 2013
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. First There First Care: Bystander Care for the Injured. DOT HS 809 853, 2005.

Organizations and Websites

Related awards

  • Radio requirement #9.a.6. to carry on a 10-minute amateur radio contact and Emergency Preparedness requirement #7a to take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency can be met by participating in the annual amateur radio Field Day on the fourth full weekend of June each year or, possibly, by participating in the annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test (Military Auxiliary Radio System) (one week prior to Armed Forces Day each May).

See also

Emergency Preparedness-related awards
Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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