Wisconsin students learn emergency preparedness in schools

The office of Wisconsin Emergency Management said on Friday that students from Prairie View Elementary School received disaster and emergency response training at school.

The students were involved in the Student Tools for Emergency Planning program, which teaches fifth-grade students statewide how to prepare for disasters and emergencies, how to assemble an emergency kit and how to develop a family emergency plan.

"Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time to anyone, and that's why we think it is so important to prepare our students," Tracy Stockwell, the principal of Prairie View Elementary, said. "We're excited to teach the STEP curriculum once again this year and give our students the tools and knowledge they need in order to have confidence in an emergency situation."

The state has offered emergency planning in schools for four years at no cost to the schools. This year's program was funded by a $15,000 AT&T Innovation and Investment Award, as well as grants from Walgreens and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.

"We know how critical it is to be ready and prepared to respond in the event of a disaster or emergency," Scott 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 both 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."