With summer approaching, learning about preparedness doesn’t need to end because school’s out. The updated Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) curriculum and digital hazard lessons can be used at home on your computer or tablet. They also can be a part of scout, camp, or community activities.
STEP helps youth understand a variety of hazards, from tornadoes to pandemics, and how to stay safe. Lessons are tailored for students in the fourth and fifth grade but can be adjusted for older and younger students alike.
This free resource is available in print and online and offers three core lessons that introduce emergency preparedness. These lessons walk students through creating an emergency kit and a family communication plan. Additionally, there are five disaster-specific hazard lessons that incorporate more virtual-friendly materials. For anyone who is acquainted with STEP already, the earthquake, fire, flood, and pandemic lessons are hot off the presses!
The entire package includes detailed instructor guides with lesson plans and teaching tips, a video series, podcasts, an activity book with 18 fun, interactive and hands-on activities, digital badges and certificates to celebrate completion, and tips to involve family and the whole community! Educators from across the country ordered over 22,000 STEP activity guides in 2020!
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