Thinking About Starting a School Preparedness Program?
Teaching our children is the best way to prepare them for success in the “real” world and it also applies to how to cope with emergency situations. We know we can have hurricanes and other severe weather here, and knowledge helps reduce anxiety and may help our children to survive and save others.
The State of Connecticut and many schools in our Region have implemented the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Program to better prepare our children and their families. The beauty of STEP is that it is designed by teachers, is well tested, has been proven successful, costs nothing, and is simple to implement.
FEMA Region 1, which covers New England, partnered with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to implement the program in New England. We encourage you to view the STEP web site to learn more about the program. Most of the materials are available for download from that site, but if you sign up online, all the materials will be sent directly to you.
Implement STEP at Your School
Other support is also available for implementing STEP in Connecticut. The Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has purchased kits for schools desiring to implement STEP. Additional information and support is also available through the Capitol Region Council of Governments.