Wisconsin fifth graders will learn emergency preparedness skills thanks to a $13,000 award from AT&T that will be used to bring the STEP program back to schools, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced on Sept. 29.
Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) is a classroom curriculum for teachers to prepare students for various emergencies and disasters including tornadoes, flooding and storms. STEP also shows students how to prepare an emergency kit and develop an emergency plan with their families.
“When disaster strikes, it’s important that Wisconsin communities know how to respond and act quickly,” Kleefisch said while visiting Pioneer Elementary School. “The STEP program not only teaches students how to prepare for emergencies, but it also encourages them to share that information with their families. I encourage interested schools in the Green Bay area and throughout the state to sign up for this program and help prepare their students for emergencies.”
The state received an Innovation and Investment Award from AT&T Wisconsin to continue the program.
“We know how critical it is to be ready and prepared to respond in the event of a disaster or emergency,” Scott T. VanderSanden, the president of AT&T Wisconsin, said. “Not only are we proud that our network operations are state-of-the-art when it comes to performing during and after a disaster, but we are also proud to help prepare Wisconsin families to respond to emergencies through our support of the STEP program.”