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Natural Disasters Badge
(Discover the Outdoors)
by Kerry Cordy

This badge can be earned multiple times, once for each different type of natural disaster you study.
Possible badges are earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, wild fires, floods, drought, land
slides, thunder storms, etc.

Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* What is a natural disaster? Be able to identify at least three natural disasters from pictures.

_____ 2.* Learn what natural disasters are common in your area. Talk to your parents and find out what you should do if one of these disasters were to happen.

 

Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2. Learn what the natural disaster you are studying is and what causes it.  Learn what to do to survive during the natural disaster you have chosen.  Be careful of myths and make sure you get your information from a reputable source such as NOAA, the Red Cross, or FEMA.  Their websites are listed below, but only visit them with the permission of a parent.

FEMA
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/types.shtm

NOAA
http://www.weather.gov/om/brochures.shtm

Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/

_____ 2. * Create a Family Disaster Plan.

Find out what types of natural disasters are most common in your community and know how to prepare for each.  Find out if your community has a public warning system and what it sounds like. If you have pets or disabled people in your family, what special needs might you need to consider if you
cannot return home right away?

Choose two meeting locations if you are not able to meet in your home.  One meeting area should be close by in case of a sudden emergency such as fire or earthquake.  The other meeting location should be somewhere outside of your immediate neighborhood in case you are asked to evacuate and someone cannot meet you at home.  Make sure everyone knows the phone number and address of your meeting locations.

Have an out of town contact for emergency communications. Your contact should live outside of your area. After a disaster, it is often easier to make a long distance call than a local call. Family members should call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact's name, address, and phone number.

Make arrangements with family or friends in case an evacuation is ever necessary.

 

Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Find out where and when the worst of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map.  Find out where the most recent of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map. Locate areas that are prone to your natural disasters and mark them on a map.

 

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Find out how the severity of your natural disaster is measured.  For example, hurricanes are rated 1-5 using the Saffir-Simpson scale; earthquakes are rated on a Richtor scale.

 

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Read an account of the natural disaster you have chosen.  Examples might include:
o        Pompeii
o        Mt St Helens
o        San Francisco Or Japanese Earthquake
o        Sydney bushfires
o        PNG Tsunami

 

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Learn how the natural disaster you are studying interacts with other natural disasters, either as a cause, or an effect.  For example, an earthquake can cause a tsunami, or a thunderstorm might cause a wildfire. Why?

_____ 4.  Find out where and when the worst of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map.  Find out where the most recent of the natural disaster you are studying struck.  Find it on a map. Locate areas that are prone to your natural disasters and mark them on a map. (If this is a starred requirement for you, you may not use it as an optional requirement)

_____ 5.  Find out how the severity of your natural disaster is measured.  For example, hurricanes are rated 1-5 using the Saffir-Simpson scale, earthquakes are rated on a Richtor scale. (If this is a starred requirement for you, you may not use it as an optional requirement)

_____ 6.  If the disaster you are studying is Hurricanes, learn the history of naming them.

_____ 7.  Create a science experiment that demonstrates the natural disaster you are studying.

_____ 8.  Participate in a community service project that relates to the natural disaster you are studying. This might be make community service pamphlets or posters, or even raising money or collecting supplies for a relief effort.

_____9.  Learn about at least three different organizations or government agencies that provide assistance and relief after a natural disaster.  Examples include the American Red Cross, FEMA, and Christian Aid.  A list of agencies can be found here at:
http://www.disastercenter.com/agency.htm

_____ 10.  Find out how the natural disaster you are studying can be predicted and an early warning system set in place.

_____ 11.  Write an essay about the impact of the natural disaster you are studying on a community.

_____ 12.  Create a booklet to teach younger kids how to stay safe during the natural disaster you are studying.

_____ 13.  Learn at least five vocabulary words related to the natural disaster you are studying that you did not know before starting this badge.

_____ 14.  Read an account of the natural disaster you have chosen.  Examples might include:
o        Pompeii
o        Mt St Helens
o        San Francisco Or Japanese Earthquake
o        Sydney bushfires
o        PNG Tsunami

(If this is a starred requirement for you, you may not use it as an optional requirement)

_____ 15.  Learn about careers that relate to the natural disaster you have chosen.  These might be careers regarding studying the disaster, providing relief for the disaster, or creating technology to predict the disaster.  What education would you need for your chosen career?  What type of pay might you expect? Where might you have to live?

 

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content.  Please do not surf the internet without your parent's permission.

Great resource for lesson plans
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/natural-disasters/teacher-resources/48771.html

Natural Disaster Science Fair Projects
http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects/earthsciences/naturaldisaster.html

Natural Disasters: Destructive Forces of Nature
http://www.library.thinkquest.org/16132/html

Natural Hazards Database
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency
http://www.fema.gov