STEP - Student Tools for Emergency Planning


Disasters impact children and youth across the United States. But when they prepare and practice for an emergency, it improves their ability to take immediate action. With training, they can actively take part in preparedness in their communities, from home to school. But students, teachers, and parents know that between classes, testing, and extracurriculars, making the time can be challenging.

That is just one reason many schools have begun using Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP). FEMA piloted STEP in 2008 for fourth and fifth grade classrooms. STEP’s basic lessons are only an hour long. Students learn skills to build an emergency kit and a family communications plan. These basic lessons taught together build the foundation for the program, or can stand alone.


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