Emergency survival

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Learn the self-reliance and preparedness skills that will enable you to survive and serve others during a disaster.


In order to survive a disaster, we must prepare essential items and develop the attitude that we can cope with and overcome problems. Plan a series of activities that will help you gain the skills you need to survive and serve others during a disaster. These activities should be planned by various team members and chosen from the following five fields of emphasis. You should also choose and plan a culminating activity—such as a mock disaster or survival camp—from one of the fields of emphasis.

Fields of emphasis

Personal development

  • Learn how to provide the type of first aid required during various disasters, such as a flood, fire, or earthquake.
  • Learn how to find and purify water. Create an emergency kit that includes means for water purification, and keep the kit in a place that will be accessible during a disaster.
  • Explore ways to store food for long periods of time.
  • Build a shelter out of the type of materials that would be available during a disaster. Sleep in your shelter without a sleeping bag.


  • Fill sand bags for flood relief and prevention.
  • Visit and serve in a local food pantry.
  • Organize a preparedness workshop for your community or Church unit.
  • Publicize and help at a local blood drive.
  • Organize or participate in a food drive for your local food pantry.
  • Take a short trip to an area that recently experienced a disaster. Clean up the area and provide service.

High adventure

  • Plan and attend a survival campout where you put your emergency skills to use.
  • Visit a disaster museum or monument.
  • Cook a meal using food that has been stored. Use only the cooking utensils and appliances that would be available to you in a disaster.

Special programs and events

  • Invite a disaster relief professional to teach a class on disasters common to your community. Make a plan to prepare for and respond to those types of disasters.
  • Invite other Scouting groups or young women to participate in a workshop where you build hygiene kits or 72-hour emergency car kits.


  • Emergency preparedness merit badge

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