Fifth grade students across Wisconsin are learning to be ready for disasters and emergencies through STEP, Student Tools for Emergency Planning.
STEP is designed to teach students how to prepare for various emergencies including tornadoes, flooding and storms and encourages them to share the information with their families and to develop their own family emergency plan. Along with the knowledge, each student takes home a starter emergency kit.
More than 28,000 students across Wisconsin have taken part in STEP since the program’s launch during the 2010-11 school year.
MADISON, WI, Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 11,000 students across Wisconsin will learn how to be ready for an emergency, thanks to the STEP program. STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning) is a turn-key classroom curriculum for teachers to prepare 5th graders for various emergencies and disasters, including tornadoes, flooding and storms. The program also shows students how to put together an emergency kit and develop an emergency plan. STEP is administered by the Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management.
More than 40 volunteers from the AT&T Pioneers, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and the Wisconsin National Guard assembled 11,000 starter emergency kits and other STEP materials which were sent out to 185 schools across the state. Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, stopped by to thank the volunteers for their efforts. “Getting students excited about emergency preparedness is the goal of the STEP program,” said Maj. Gen. Dunbar.
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SUN PRAIRIE, Friday, December 18, 2015 - Students at Royal Oaks Elementary in Sun Prairie Learn How to be Prepared for Disasters & Emergencies;
AT&T Announces $15,000 Innovation Award to Help Continue STEP Program in Wisconsin
During a visit to Royal Oaks Elementary School today, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor announced the return of the STEP program to Wisconsin classrooms, thanks to a $15,000 donation from AT&T. The STEP Program stands for Student Tools for Emergency Planning, and teaches students how to prepare for disasters and react to emergencies.
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STEP in action in Wisconsin
Support for STEP from AT&T
Also supported by an educational grant from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation
STEP in action
STEP students at Wonewoc-Center Elementary show off their emergency backpack.
Keller Elementary in Green Bay
Roosevelt Elementary in Oshkosh
West Middleton 5th graders
Johnson Creek Elementary (Mrs. Scheibel's Class)
Johnson Creek Elementary (Dustin Nimmer and Nick Hoffman make emergency plans)
Johnson Creek Elementary (Mr. Brocket's Class)
ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3000 Fax: 608.242.3247