What Is an Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge?


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The Emergency Preparedness merit badge is awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and recognizes a scout's ability to respond productively in emergency situations, such as house fires, auto accidents, food poisoning and floods. The Girl Scouts also have an Emergency Preparedness patch program.

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As of 2014, the First Aid merit badge is the minimum prerequisite to pursue the Emergency Preparedness merit badge. Next, a counselor must talk to the scouts about essential emergency preparation, prevention and response techniques. The scouts must create a chart outlining specific emergency preparedness concepts using five mandatory scenarios and five additional choices from the provided lists. The process also involves acting out rescue procedures, developing family preparedness plans and demonstrating knowledge of emergency response agencies.

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