By Darryl Alder
Mar 16, 2015

Earthquake readiness

Shakeout headerFrom its beginning, the Scouting movement has taught young people to do their best, to do their duty to help others, and to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and morally to meet many challenging situations. Scouts of all ages learn to care for themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve in an emergency.

When an emergency does occur, it can affect every youth and adult member in your area. One way to get ready is each April devote a meeting or two earth quake awareness as part of the Great Utah Shake Out.


SO_1inchStickerRv7.11.14On or before April 16th, Scouts should plan for and hold a Great ShakeOut earthquake drill and earn a special patch for doing it. The recommendations for how your youth can earn these patches include:

  1. Participate in a meeting on earthquake preparedness before the ShakeOut date, in which you cover the content in the ShakeOut Meeting Outline document and complete the Scouting Earthquake Preparedness Worksheet. Instructors (for younger Scouts, either adults or older youth participants) will need to plan this meeting for the group.
  2. Register your crew, team, troop and pack to participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill on April 16, 2015. As most youth will be in school at the time of the drill, they may participate separately and then again as a group later in the day or another day that week.
  3. To order patches for the 2015 ShakeOut Patches, simply visit the patch order form on ShakeOut Shop


There are many things Scouts of all ages can do to evaluate and increase their earthquake preparedness before the ShakeOut.

  • Visit MyHazards to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk!
  • Encourage your families to get prepared. More information is in the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.
  • You may find the School Preparedness Information page helpful for improving preparedness.
  • Do a facility inspection at your meeting place for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and be damaged or cause injury and arrange to secure them.
  • Organize or refresh your emergency equipment – fire extinguishers, first aid, flashlights, food, crank radios, satellite phones, generator, fuel; make sure staff know the location and how to utilize supplies.
  • Be prepared for the possibility that you children may need to remain in place at school or home for 2 – 3 days.
  • Store at least one gallon of water per person, per day.

What other supplies might you need if transportation routes were blocked and you needed to remain in your home for an extended length of time?

Emergency Preparedness BSA

Emergency featureYou might also work on the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award, which was designed with the aims mentioned in the front paragraphs. The award has been earned by tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters individually, with their unit, or at a large event such as a jamboree.

By developing these lifelong skills, Scouts have been instrumental in helping their communities recover from emergencies. . Earning the award teaches participants to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving their neighborhood and community. This award will allow all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of emergencies, whether they are natural or man-made.

Scouts and adult leaders can earn the individual Emergency Preparedness Award, which are available at our Scout shops once specific requirements for each rank or achievement level have been met.

On the morning of April 16th, I will call the alarm and evacuate the Orem Service Center. Staff will grab their readiness kits and extra shoes and head out to the designated meeting area south of the building.

Where will you do your drill and will your people know what to do?



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