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. 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. Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the Eagle Scout rank.Scouts can choose to earn Lifesaving instead. 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. Emergency Preparedness merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Adventure. Include in your discussion the kinds of questions that are important to ask yourself as you consider each of these. The BSA Emergency Preparedness Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Emergency Preparedness as one of your monthly themes.
An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc. Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. FEMA Independent Study List — If you have an older Scout working on this badge, FEMA self-study units can be converted to college credits. In this boy scout merit badge:  emergency preparedness worksheet, 8th graders research the topic using websites listed, answer 9 detailed questions about emergency situations of any kind, safety and first aid, troop mobilization, emergency kit, checklist and plan, then perform specific activities. Join Lesson Planet Community, our free teacher discussion forum, to share ideas about this resource, and more. This personal fitness workbook provides all of the steps that scouts must complete to earn their merit badge.
In this automotive maintenance worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about automotive maintenance.


In this fishing worksheet, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about fishing in order to get a merit badge. In this snow sports worksheet, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about snow sports in order to get a merit badge.
In this rowing learning exercise, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about rowing in order to get a merit badge. In this water sports worksheet, students answer short answer questions about water sports and safety.
In this canoeing worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about canoeing and safety. If you have a boy scout troop, consider this merit badge workbook to help keep track of communication activities. Lesson Planet is almost like having another teacher to collaborate with as I plan my lessons. The dictionary defines vinegar as “sour wine” or “a sour liquid obtained by acetic fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids and used as a condiment or preservative.”  The vinegar produced and used today is much like the product of years past, but with newly discovered flavors and uses. From the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond, vinegar is the most flexible of products sure to have a daily use in your home and life. Most vinegars contain insignificant amounts of some or all of the mandatory nutrients required in nutrition labeling. Specialty vinegars make up a category of vinegar products that are formulated or flavored to provide a special or unusual taste when added to foods.
Herbal vinegars: Wine or white distilled vinegars are sometimes flavored with the addition of herbs, spices or other seasonings.
The Vinegar Institute conducted studies to find out and confirmed that vinegar’s shelf life is almost indefinite. Storage of water is one of the simplest but most neglected areas of emergency preparedness. According to the Red Cross and Civil defense, you need a minimum of 14 gallons per person for a 2 week period. If you have pets you need to remember to include about a gallon a day per dog and a pint per day per cat.
5 gallon plastic water containers are available at army surplus, sporting good stores, discount stores and preparedness stores. Dish washing soap bottles, liquid laundry soap bottles & dish washing soap, liquid soap bottles too. You can tie a piece of twine or rope around the neck of 2 liter containers, mount a 2×4 along storage walls and hook the liter bottles over nails on those boards. It is not necessary to treat water from a public water supply if it is already chlorinated.
Boiling - Most water can be purified for drinking purposes by boiling it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Purification Tablets - Tablets that release iodine may be used safely to purify drinking water. Warnings: Be careful the can rim will be hot to touch during and for a while after burning, although the can could be held from the bottom even while the heater is burning. Click on the images or links below to view the step by step instructions on how to build either one of these yourself at home for future use in case of emergency power outages or even when camping.
What I love about these charcoal box ovens is they can actually bake at the same temperatures as our regular ovens at home. The following awards are advanced challenges for Cub Scouts and may be transferred to the scout sash (pre-2011 uniform) after joining Scouts. The Canadian Wilderness Award will give Cub Scouts a chance to discover as much as they can about the natural world. The Emergency Preparedness Badge, formerly an award, focuses around more advanced aspects of the Family Safety Badge and First Aider Badge.
The Canadian Family Care Award focus around more advanced aspects of the Family Safety Badge, First Aider Badge, and Disability Awareness Badge.
The World Citizen Award is for Cub Scouts who are more interested in what goes on in the world. 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. 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. 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. Make a chart that demonstrates your understanding of each of the aspects of emergency preparedness in requirement 2a (prepare, respond, recover, prevent, and mitigate) with regard to 10 of the situations listed below. 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.
Find out who is your community's emergency management director and learn what this person does to prepare for, respond to, recover from, prevent, and mitigate emergency situations in your community. Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, inspect your home for potential hazards. 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 that case, they can only be edited by an administrator.Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page. The courses from FEMA are free; there is a small charge to convert them to college credits. Beginning photographers research and explain elements of photography, camera equipment, and careers in photography.
The mainstays of the category – white distilled, cider, wine and malt have now been joined by balsamic, rice, rice wine, raspberry, pineapple, chardonnay, flavored and seasoned vinegars and more.
Vinegar is commonly used in food preparation, particularly in pickling processes, vinaigrettes, and other salad dressings. Popular flavorings are garlic, basil and tarragon - but cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavored vinegars can be a tasty and aromatic addition to dressings.
Raspberry flavored vinegars, for example, create a sweetened vinegar with a sweet-sour taste. We sure hope you’ll find it easier to follow these basic steps instead of trying to tackle all goals all at one time. It is suggested that you carry a metal pan or cookie sheet or fold a square of tin foil into fourths to set the heater on. I found 2 sites which were showing how to bake in Box Ovens which only required charcoal to heat them. Each charcoal briquette supplies 35-40 degrees of heat, so 9 briquettes will give us approx 360 degree oven.
You must use the information which is freely provided in assessing the needs of your family. The images will just be enlarged on a new page which you can print or save to your computer. 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. 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 information with your counselor and apply what you discover to the chart you created for requirement 2b. Prepare a family kit (suitcase or waterproof box) for use by your family in case an emergency evacuation is needed.
We want you to feel excited about becoming prepared, not overwhelmed and then to finally give up after trying for 2 weeks. Put the can and the rest of the items in a ziploc bag separately so the recipient may pour the alcohol in the can when heat is needed. 2011, to align with the six "Star Badge System", consideration was given to reducing the number of Cub Scout Activity Awards from eight to six. 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. Then meet with your counselor and report on your family meeting, discuss their responses, and share your family plan. That way you will have it to use for sanitation and not have to use precious drinking water Cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, personal hygiene, etc.
Because some family members might not be at home at the time of an emergency, designate alternates in case someone is absent. Conference or when you change your clocks.) After sitting for a while water will taste flat. Such a can may be used for the emergency storage of body wastes until the public sewage system can be put back into action, or until other arrangements can be made.
Check the label of your favorite vinegar product to determine the nutrition information for that product. Many remedies and treatments have been ascribed to vinegar over millennia and in many different cultures, however, few have been verifiable using controlled medical trials and many that are effective to some degree have significant side effects and carry the possibility of serious health risks. We hope you have fun while filling it out and putting your car kit together with your families.



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