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.
Wisconsin was the first state in the Midwest to launch the STEP program during the 2010-11 school year. It was an overwhelming success. More than 8000 students across Wisconsin are participating in STEP for the 2013-14 school year. The program is supported by an AT&T Innovation & Investment Award, as well as grants from Walgreens and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.
Volunteers Help Students Prepare for Disasters (DMA.wi.gov)
2013-14 STEP Schools List (pdf)
Department of Public Instruction Supports STEP (pdf)
Lt. Gov Joins AT&T in Announcing $15,000 Award to Support STEP Program (pdf)
Students learn what to do in case of an emergency (WEAU.com)
STEP Brochure (pdf)
AT&T awards $15K to program teaching kids disaster preparation
MADISON, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers, along with members of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management and AmeriCorps, worked together to assemble more than 8,000 emergency kits and other materials for Wisconsin 5th graders who will be participating in the STEP program this year.
STEP (Student Tools for Emergency Planning) is a statewide program that teaches students how to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, how to assemble an emergency kit, and how to develop an emergency plan with their families. The 2014 STEP program is supported by grants from AT&T, Walgreens and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.
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STEP in action in Wisconsin
Teacher Mark Getz joins Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, AT&T Wisconsin President Scott VanderSanden and Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch hold check of $15,000 from AT&T for the STEP program.
5th Graders at Middleton West Elementary ask Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch to sign their STEP shirts.
STEP 2013-14 Kickoff at West Middleton Elementary.
Support for STEP from AT&T
Also supported by an educational grant from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation
STEP in action 2012
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)