scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Emerg. Prep. Badge
Bob Amick (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU
Thu Feb 24 2000 - 17:23:47 CST
I'm not sure this is what you had in mind, but here
is one offering:
The mobilization plan typically consists of a standard
"fan-out" telephone tree which presumes that phones
are working, and is usually organized in some logical
manner such as the "command" structure of the troop
(e.g., SPL to ASPL'S to PL's to Patrol members). The
plan needs to include "bypass" instructions (i.e., if
the first Scout called is not home or a voice mail is reached,
it is essential to then also call the next two Scouts that
would have called by the first Scout who was not home). Another
option is to make the telephone fan-out the same as the
geographic fan-out (described below) so regardless of whether
phones are out or are working, the Scouts are
always responsible to notify the same Scouts.
The geographic fan-out method presumes that phones are not working
(which frequently occurs in disasters) and thus the calling
"tree" should be patterned geographically
around the closest proximity of homes (e.g., John lives
a few blocks from Joe and Brad, who also live
within a short walking or biking distance of the two
Scouts that each of them are to notify (e.g., Joe lives three blocks from
Bill and five blocks from Jim, ad inf.); So, the person who starts
the callout can physically travel as quickly as possible to the next two
Scout's homes and notify them and they in turn can travel to the following
two homes in the "chain" until the mobilization is completed. Again if
a member in the chain is not home, then it becomes the responsibility
of the first member to bypass that individual and go to the next
two member's homes that need to be contacted so the chain remains
We have done mobilization drills with the Troop and Crew. After talking
about emergency mobilizations and showing Scouts how to develop
"telephone trees" we provided them fan-out charts and let them set up
both fan-out and geographic notification trees and had them
make copies for each Scout to take with them. Then we
gave them instruction and practice on line searches and similar
orientation for emergency services responses at Scout meetings.
We taught Scouts to always be ready for a mobilization
with an emergency day pack containing flashlight, water, "GORP"
that stays edible for long periods (e.g.,candy, cookies, canned tuna
or chicken, etc.) extra clothing, gloves, tools, first aid kit, etc.,
in case their help was needed for an emergency or disaster.
For the mobilization exercise, we would pre-notify only parents
(a week or so in advance with a specific date/time), but not Scouts, that
an unannounced call would go out to the Scouts indicating they were to
for a "lost child" search. Parents agreed to keep the event "under
wraps" so the Scout did not discover that a drill was coming up.
Other alternatives included a "mass casualty"
event with lots of "victims" made up with moulaged injuries; on these
it is important to make sure that Scouts know the injuries
are simulated so they are not traumatized by thinking
they are real.
On the date of the mobilization, the Scoutmaster or Advisor
activated the "telephone tree" to effect the notification
and then parents would see that their Scouts (who didn't know if
it was real or not) were delivered to our Scout meeting room.
>From there they were taken out to the "search site" to look for
a "lost child" and were organized into "scratch teams" to
go look for the child in groups, or in a "line search" pattern
depending on the circumstances.
For added realism, if you can
get the local search and rescue team to participate and help
with the training sessions before the actual event, then
the Team can respond to the exercise site
and help "coordinate the search" which is especially exciting
for the Scouts. Afterwards the team can debrief on
how things went and what to do better in the future.
The mobilizations were very meaningful and fun for the Scouts,
and of course got them their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge signoff for
those requirements. Following the critique we ended it all with
pizza and ice cream (unofficial 13th point of the Scout Law: Hungry!)
Bob Amick, EMT-B, Advisor, Venturing Crew/Sea Scout Ship 72, Boulder, CO
At 10:17 AM 2/23/00 -0800, you wrote:
>requirement8a: prepare a written mobilization plan for your troop when
>needed to do emergency service.