With the updates to the Cub Scout program, many of the requirements for various awards need to be updated also.
Take a nationally recognized first-aid course geared toward children such as American Red Cross First Aid for Children Today (FACT).
Join a safe kids program such as McGruff Child Identification, Internet Safety, or Safety at Home.
Make a presentation to your family on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies. Make a small display or give a presentation for your family or den on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.
Heather This is a requirement that a local arts center could probably help you with, but I found it easy to run on my own. Be sure everyone in the family can recognize the different sounds made by smoke, heat, and motion detectors, burglar alarms, fire alarms, and community sirens and warning signals, and know what to do when they hear them. Be sure everyone in the family knows how to call 911 (if your community has that service) and other local emergency numbers; and how to call on different kinds of phones, such as cell phones. Because emergency responders will need an address or directions on where to send help, be sure all family members know how to describe where they can be found. Plan an out-of-town evacuation route and an out-of-town meeting point, in the event all family members aren't together at the same time to evacuate. Be sure all family adults and older children know that in case of emergency, it is their responsibility to keep the family together, to remain calm, and explain to younger family members what has happened and what is likely to happen next.
Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Gather a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, a manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, knife, duct tape, plastic sheeting, and garbage bags and ties. You'll want toilet paper, towelettes, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, bleach, etc. Include a current list of family phone numbers and e-mail addresses, including someone out of the area who may be easier to reach by e-mail if local phone lines are overloaded. Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
Emergency preparedness includes being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a communitya€”or even a nationa€”return to normal life after a disaster occurs. People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely. If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well.
You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area - hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism. This guide was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the agency responsible for responding to national disasters and for helping state and local governments and individuals prepare for emergencies.
Used in conjunction with information and instructions from local emergency management offices and the American Red Cross, Are You Ready? The main reason to use this guide is to help protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency.
Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system that is all about protection–protecting people and property from all types of hazards. Purchase insurance, including flood insurance, which is not part of your homeowner’s policy.
You will learn more about these and other actions you should take as you progress through this guide. If support and resources are needed beyond what the local level can provide, the community can request assistance from the state.
At the top of the pyramid is the federal government, which can provide resources to augment state and local efforts.
Public educational materials, such as this guide, that can be used to prepare the public for protecting itself from hazards. Grants and loans to help communities respond to and recover from disasters so severe that the President of the United States has deemed them beyond state and local capabilities.
The national emergency management system is built on shared responsibilities and active participation at all levels of the pyramid. A series of worksheets to help you obtain information from the community that will form the foundation of your plan.
Guidance on specific content that you and your family will need to develop and include in your plan on how to escape from your residence, communicate with one another during times of disaster, shut-off household utilities, insure against financial loss, acquire basic safety skills, address special needs such as disabilities, take care of animals, and seek shelter. Checklists of items to consider including in your disaster supplies kit that will meet your family’s needs following a disaster whether you are at home or at other locations. Part 1 is also the gateway to the specific hazards and recovery information contained in Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5. Throughout the guide are lists of publications available from FEMA that can help you learn more about the topics covered.
You can broaden your knowledge of disaster preparedness topics presented in this guide by reviewing information provided at various government and non-government Web sites.

The following list is to help you determine what to include in your disaster supplies kit that will meet your familya€™s needs. Lesser Known Cub Scout AwardsHere’s a list of some lesser known awards that your cubs can earn to help you add some diversity to your program. With 126 merit badges out there (including four for 2010 only ), Scouting offers something for every boy in your troop. I t looks like Boy Scouts with iPhones and iPod Touch's will soon be able to keep track of their merit badges on their devices.
A few Councils have started releasing the requirements for the much anticipated Geocaching Merit Badge. The Emergency Preparedness merit badge is one of the most useful badges a Boy Scout can earn. Scouts at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree are getting a hands-on sneak peek at an exciting upcoming merit badge by visiting the Robotics tent inside Merit Badge Midway. The BSA recently released four historic merit badges that were around when scouting was founded for scouts to earn during 2010. As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!) , we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up is Carpentry Merit Madge!
In an effort to learn something new every day I have been a quest to learn more about some merit badges. This weeks merit badge corner is a merit badge I earned last week at Summer Camp and is also one of the historic merit badges . WE've gottten a note from BSA that the Historic Merit Badge program for the Centennial has been delayed. This week's merit badge focuses on skills that are vital in being ready for emergency situations. The Scouting Heritage Merit Badge is a new merit badge and a great way to allow Scouts to learn about the rich history and heritage of not only the Boy Scouts of America but the Scouting movement. With memorial day having just passed a couple of weeks ago and this being one of the badges I am working on I thought that this would be a good badge for this week's corner. BSA today, on the Scouting Magazine BLOG announced the release of the final requirements for a new Merit Badge for the sport of GEOCACHING. As we mentioned back in August, Scuba Merit Badge was approved and would be showing up later this year.
All blog, photo and news content shown here is owned by the original poster and reproduced here under fair use. The emergency skills should include responses for fire safety, poisoning, water accidents, substance abuse, and more. Put on a training program for your family or den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home. Developing and rehearsing an emergency action plan will add precious time needed for response to a crisis. Determine what kinds of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies could occur in your community. Be sure everyone in the family knows that in that case, they must not hesitate, but must get out as soon as possible and after they are outside someone should call for help. Gather and post other emergency numbers, such as poison control, the family doctor, a neighbor and an out-of-town person who are your family's emergency contacts, a parent's work number and cell number, etc.
The meeting point might be the home of a family member in another city or a hotel or landmark known to all family members.
Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case the chosen roads are impassable or grid-locked. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. It is a challenge to be prepared for emergencies in our world of man-made and natural phenomena. To meet these varied responsibilities, the Emergency Preparedness BSA plan includes preparedness training for individuals, families, and units. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. It contains step-by-step advice on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.
Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure. The local level is the second tier of the pyramid, and is made up of paid employees and volunteers from the private and public sectors.
The state may be able to provide supplemental resources such as money, equipment, and personnel to close the gap between what is needed and what is available at the local level. The whole system begins with you, the citizen, and your ability to follow good emergency management practices— whether at home, work, or other locations.

You will need to find out about hazards that threaten the community, how the population will be warned, evacuation routes to be used in times of disaster, and the emergency plans of the community and others that will impact your plan. Information from these sections should be read carefully and integrated in your emergency plan and disaster supplies kit based on the hazards that pose a threat to you and your family. These are reminders to refer to previous sections for related information on the topic being discussed. But when a Scout comes up to you with dreams of Drafting or visions of Veterinary Medicine, how would you respond? You hope you will never need to use the information you learn, but if you do find yourself in an emergency situation, you can make a difference. Each November, they have a multi-day event for the general public that includes hikes, vendors, several talks, and a great session with live birds (last year's was about raptors).
Would you like to do something different this year, the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America? These merit badges will allow scouts to learn things that some of the first scouts learned. But, in a more subdued release, I saw that the Hunting merit badge is available TODAY at our local Scout Shop. The Scouts in our troop always earn the Swimming merit badge their first year at summer camp.
Now, check out the design of the Geocaching merit badge pamphlet and circular badge, released today by the Boy Scouts of America.
I answered it in Podcast number 4 as well as in this post; Hi Clarke- I really enjoy your thoughtful blogs and podcasts, and I'm interested to learn about your views on merit badge days. Even though he was a first year Scout, they let him do it because it was our second summer camp for the summer and he had completed Swimming merit badge at the first camp. The Emergency Preparedness merit badge  or the lifesaving merit badge can be used for the eagle required merit badge but you must only earn one. Make a list of them, then discuss each one and what you should do as a group in each situation. Agree on an outdoor meeting place for the family, such as a particular neighbor's front porch. Post all emergency numbers near every telephone in the house and make copies for everyone to carry with them. When dealing with the stress of an emergency, even adult family members could fail to recall details correctly. The Emergency Preparedness BSA program is planned to inspire the desire and foster the skills to meet this challenge in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs. At this level, you have a responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.
These individuals are engaged in preventing emergencies from happening and in being prepared to respond if something does occur.
The state also coordinates the plans of the various jurisdictions so that activities do not interfere or conflict with each other. How about earning a merit badge from the early days of Scouting that have been off the books for years?
When the guys sign up for this, they think it will be all shooting, but there is really a lot more to it than that. We dream about it, look forward to it each month (you do camp each month, right?), teach the skills and walk the walk.
If you see your content here and would like it removed, please contact me and I'll do everything I can to accomodate your request. For each type of emergency, establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. Most emergencies are handled at the local level, which puts a tremendous responsibility on the community for taking care of its citizens.
To ensure personnel know what to do and efforts are in agreement, the state may offer a program that provides jurisdictions the opportunity to train and exercise together. This part provides basic information that is common to all hazards on how to create and maintain an emergency plan and disaster supplies kit. Searches conducted from each home site’s page result in the most current and extensive list of available material for the site.
Because some family members might not be at home at the time of an emergency, designate alternates in case someone is absent.

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