The following is a release from FEMA:
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The Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum for fourth- and fifth-graders in an easy, ready-to-teach format. Students will learn about disasters, emergencies, and hazards, and how to create a disaster supply kit and family emergency communication plan. STEP lesson materials include:
- An instructor’s guide
- The STEP It Up with the Disaster Dodgers video series
- Classroom activities
- Student handouts and homework assignments
- Suggestions for how to involve family members and the larger community
Download the STEP curriculum at www.fema.gov/media-library/
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More About the STEP Program
This program was created in 2008, and 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.
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