HEALTH AND SAFETY - Be Prepared!
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Please take or update this training before your first outdoor or camping activity. This training must be retaken bi-annually.
Since April 2018 BSA has required adult volunteer direct-contact leaders in all outdoor programs to take the NEW (April 2018) Hazardous Weather Training (SCO_800). This training is available online and must be renewed bi-annually.
This training is included in the basic position-specific leader training for:
- Cub Scouting (Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader)
- Scouts BSA (Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster)
- Venturing (Crew Advisor and Associate Advisor)
- Sea Scouts BSA (all Adult Leaders)
- Exploring (Advisor and Associate Advisor)
Note: Since 2018 the Sea Scouts BSA the “basic leader position-specific training requirements” documents have been corrected (or updated) to show all adult leaders, not just the Skipper and Mate are required to have this training. The LDS Scouting program requirements are no longer listed.
- Hazardous Weather Training (MDSC page)
- Hazardous Weather Training FAQs, April 10th, 2018, (BSA)
- Basic position-specific leader training requirements (BSA)
Posted: 2019-09-26; Updated 2019-09-30
The BSA Health and Safety and Risk Management teams periodically issue alerts on important issues.
- Heat and Hiking (April 2018)
- BSA Environmental, Health and Safety Reminder on Mosquito-Borne Illnesses (April 2016)
- Understanding Heat Index and Hydration (June 2012)
- Ice Safety (February 2012)
- More: BSA Health & Safety Alerts
- Contra Costa County – Warning System (CWS) – to “Shelter, Shut & Listen” (CAER)
- Prepare for Emergencies (CAER)
- Emergency Alerts (overview, FEMA ready.gov)
- Maritime Safety Information
- Broadcast Warnings (NGA)
- Public Safety Power Shutoff (PG&E)
- Tsunami Warning System (NOAA-NWS) – alerts, threats & earthquakes
- University of California, Berkeley
- Latest earthquakes map (1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S., USGS)
- Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada – Index Map (CalTech)
- List of Recent Earthquakes for California and Nevada(1 week – CalTech)
- PG&E Residential Outages
- UC Berkeley Health & Safety
- Wild Fires (CAL FIRE Incidents)
When you call 911 from a cell phone or internet connected mobile device:
- from some locations you may not be connected first to the local emergency medical services dispatcher when every second counts.
- there is a chance that police officers and firefighters will not be able to find you using the Global Positioning System (GPS).
- First tell the dispatcher you name, your location, your phone number and why calling (about one or two sentences).
Be prepared! You can add local numbers to your cell phone or WiFi telephone app.
Do not call 911 (or a 911 dispatcher direct number) for non-emergencies like a noisy party. Many police departments have a separate non-emergency number tor receiving those reports.
24-hours a day, dial 911 or from a mobile phone dial:
- East Bay Regional Park District parks and trails – To report an emergency, crime in progress or suspicious activity that is in progress, dial 1-510-881-1121
- University of California Police
- Berkeley – Dial 1-510-642-3333
- Richmond Field Station
Inclusion of links to emergency and disaster commercial information sites does not indicate an endorsement by Mt. Diablo Siverado Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America.