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National Preparedness Month (September)


National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is " Prepared, Not Scared ."

2019 weekly themes:

  • Week 1: Sept 1-7 Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • Week 2: Sept 8-14 Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 3: Sept 15-21 Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4: Sept 22-30 Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

What you should know about Youth Preparedness

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911

per Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit

Scouting and Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness merit badge

Emergency Preparedness Award



This award has encouraged youth to be prepared, productive, self-reliant adults active in their communities. As of February 2019, elements of the award have been incorporated into other program materials and we will sunset the award. Your can continue to earn the award, but the requirements will not be updated. Please check with your Scout Shop or for pin and pamphlet availability.

per BSA Awards Central web page.

Who Could Earn This Award?

Earned by registered youth and adults.
BSA Organizations: unit, district, and council

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