Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)

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The Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program, created in 2008, is designed to teach students how to prepare for emergencies and disasters, and to train them to become leaders in family preparedness.

STEP is free for schools. Teachers are required to dedicate one hour of class-time to the base lesson, and have up to ten hours of optional lessons to reinforce the base lesson.

Participating schools receive ready-to-teach lesson materials, including DVDs, copies of student handouts, and disaster game cards. Students may also receive starter kit backpacks.

Students at participating schools have displayed confidence and knowledge in responding to disasters, and have enjoyed taking a leadership role in assembling a family emergency kit and making a family communications plan.

Boston, Mass., April 28, 2010 -- Deputy Administrator Richard Serino talked Wednesday with Boston and North Providence, RI, schoolchildren involved in FEMA Region I's STEP Program pilot, an initiative that encourages emergency preparedness amongst New England's youth.  Students told the Deputy Administrator about the disasters they learned to prepare for, their family meeting locations, and the contents of their emergency kits.  FEMA/David Bibo















As participants in the STEP program:

  • Students will learn general knowledge about disasters common to their area.
  • Students will learn to assemble emergency kits with their families.
  • Students will learn to form family communications plan.

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Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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