September is national emergency preparedness month, so it’s time to make sure you and your family have a safety plan in place. Being prepared for an emergency is more relevant than ever in the wake of the natural disasters happening across the country. During these emergencies, it’s important to be prepared which is the Scout motto. According to Robert Baden-Powell, “being prepared to a Boy Scout means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.”

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What things should I have in case of an emergency?

When an emergency happens, having a first-aid kit available is necessary. The first-aid kit you choose to pack and bring can vary depending on the amount of time you’ll need it and the amount of people present. Here are some necessary supplies that should be in your safety kit.

  • Medication (if taking any)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream 
  • Cloth tape
  • Dressings and Gauze
  • Band-aids

For other good additions to your first-aid kit, visit here

How can you and your Scout be ready to go when an emergency occurs?

  • Create and share your emergency plan and evacuation plan with each other
  • Sign up to receive emergency alerts
  • Insure your items and home
  • Make sure all alarms and natural gas detectors are functioning properly
  • Shut off water and gas 

What are some trainings I can do to be more prepared?

Having your CPR certification is a great asset to have in an emergency situation. The Boy Scouts of America have partnered with America Red Cross to provide services and training to local councils and units. You can call 800-REDCROSS for more information on classes, training, and certificates.

Boy Scouts of America have a multitude of safety training, as one of our goals is to ensure Scouts and families safety wherever they participate with us. Visit the BSA’s training website.

As an organization dedicated to our youth and families, we recognize the importance of taking precautions and preparing in advance for any situation. The safety and health of every member, volunteer, and Scout are important to us. Start packing an emergency bag or sign up to be alerted when an emergency does happen.

For more tips specific to hurricanes, click here

How do you prepare for emergency situations?

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studies Communication and Environmental Science at Westminster College. She is currently a marketing intern at the Utah National Parks Council. She loves to travel and get outside as often as she can. Growing up overseas on military bases she fulfilled her desires to travel to many different countries. After high school, she returned stateside to pursue her passion for the environment and acquire her Bachelor's degree.

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