…The motto, “Be Prepared,” means that the scout is always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do his duty. To be prepared in mind, by having disciplined himself to be obedient, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that may occur, so that he may know the right thing to do at the right moment, and be willing to do it. To be prepared in body, by making himself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and then to do it.”
Scouts should try their very best to exemplify the motto, “be prepared” by training themselves on how to respond to various situations or conditions that may befall them.
Depending on where you live, you may face the potential for a range of natural disasters. Here’s a short list of examples:
- extreme heat
- landslides and debris flow
- severe weather
- space weather (The term “space weather” refers to the variable conditions on the sun and in space that can influence the performance of technology we use on Earth.)
- thunderstorms and lightning
- winter storms and extreme cold
If you need a single source of tips and reminders for these sorts of conditions, check out http://ready.gov and grab an “emergency preparedness” merit badge booklet, too!
A natural disaster is an opportunity for scouts to offer service to others while they protect their family and clean up from the event(s) that caused a disruption in their normal lives.
The “Ready.Gov” web site suggests that you ought to:
- Getting informed
- Having a game plan,
- Stock a disaster kit and
- Get involved in community preparedness by organizing teams, teaching others to be as prepared, or volunteering with disaster relief agencies.
A Scout helps other people at all times. Be ready for the worst nature is likely to throw at you throughout the year.