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Safety Merit Badge
Transcript of Safety Merit Badge
From the Boy Scouts of America Emergency Preparedness Kit
What you have on hand when a disaster happens could make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days.
____ Water. Have at least one gallon per person per day.
____ Food. Pack non-perishable, high-protein items, including energy bars, ready-to-eat soup, peanut butter, etc. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
____ Flashlight. Include extra batteries.
____ First Aid Kit Include a reference guide.
____ Medications. Don't forget both prescription and non-prescription items.
____ Battery-operated Weather radio. Include extra batteries.
____ Tools. 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.
____ Clothing. Provide a change of clothes for everyone, including sturdy shoes and gloves.
____ Personal Items. Remember eyeglasses or contact lenses and solution; copies of important papers, including identification cards, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, etc.; and comfort items such as toys and books.
____ Hygiene & Sanitary Items. Small bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb, facial tissues, towelettes, needle, thread, shoelaces, toilet paper, bleach
____ Money. Have cash. (ATMs and credit cards won't work if the power is out.)
____ Contact information. 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.
____ Pet supplies. Include food, water, leash, litter box or plastic bags, tags, medications, and vaccination information.
____ Map and Compass. Consider marking an evacuation route on it from your local area.
Other items from the Emergency Preparedness Pamphlet (Book}
____ Sleeping bag. (or bedroll of two wool blankets) and waterproof ground cloth
____ Poncho or raincoat. (with hood, hat, or sou'wester)
____ Matches. or other fire starting tools
____ Work gloves
____ 50 feet cord. No. 5 sash cord or similar-sized nylon cord
____ Hard hat.
____ Other equipment. as determined by weather (winter jacket, rubber boots, gloves, etc)
____ Pencil and small notebook.
____ Watch. (unless you usually wear one)
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Safety merit badge requirements
1. Explain what safety is and what it means to be safe. Then prepare a notebook to include:
a. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types and causes of injuries in the home and in the workplace, and how these injuries could be prevented.
b. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common kinds of crimes and ways to avoid being a crime victim.
c. Facts you have obtained concerning the frequency of accidents and of crimes in your local area.
d. A paragraph or more, written by you, explaining how a serious fire, accident, or crime could change your family life.
e. A list of safe practices and safety devices currently used by your family, such as safety practices used while driving or working and safety devices that prevent injuries or help in an emergency.
2. Do the following:
a. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. Explain the hazards found and how these can be corrected.
b. Review or develop your family's plan of escape in case of fire in your home. As you develop the escape plan with family members, share with them facts about the common causes of fire in the home, such as smoking, cooking, electrical appliances, and candles.
3. Do the following:
a. Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your community.
b. Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents, fire, burglary, robbery, and assault.
c. Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety. Explain the steps individuals can take to help prevent identity theft.
d. Discuss with your counselor the three R's of Youth Protection and how to recognize child abuse.
4. Show your family the exits you would use from different public buildings (such as a theater, municipal building, library, supermarket, shopping center, or your place of worship) in the event of an emergency.
Teach your family what to do in the event that they need to take shelter in or evacuate a public place.
5. Make an accident prevention plan for five family activities outside the home (at your place of worship, at a theater, on a picnic, at the beach, and while traveling, for example)
. Each plan should include an analysis of possible hazards, proposed action to correct hazards, and reasons for the correction you propose in each plan.
6. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship, place of employment, or community.
7. Explain what the National Terrorism Advisory System is and how you would respond to each type of alert.
8. Learn about three career opportunities in the field of safety.
Pick one career and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this choice with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)
What is safety?
Where do we practice safety?
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Jeff Geibel firstname.lastname@example.org
Who what or where do we turn to for training and help?