Never before told stories that reveal the incredibly valiant deeds of young
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts during the Texas City Disaster of 1947
Numerous books have been written about the Texas City Disaster of 1947, the deadliest industrial accident in American history. However, none of them describe or recognize the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who heroically responded to this disaster, braving choking fumes and dodging hot shrapnel from exploding fuel storage tanks. Scouts as young as twelve years old were involved in rescue efforts.
After a ship loaded with 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded, officials responsible for disaster relief efforts immediately requested that Scouts be mobilized to provide emergency services.
Scouts were called to help because it was known that they had achieved specifically needed skills through the merit badge program, they could be depended upon to obey orders, and that Scouts were trained to follow the Scout Motto, “Be Prepared.”
This book is based upon interviews from Scouts and Scouters who answered the call to duty, official reports, media articles, and my personal experiences. We Were Prepared is intended to be an inspiration for Scouts to always be prepared to render aid, just as we were back in 1947 during the Texas City Disaster.