Student Tools for Emergency Planning

step logoInspire youth to prepare with FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Curriculum. The newly updated STEP is a modular emergency preparedness curriculum with fun activities that can be used in many different settings, inside and outside of school.

Geared for students in fourth grade and above, the program guides students on how to create emergency kits and family communication plans. At the same time, it teaches students about disasters, from severe weather to wildfires.

STEP includes three core lessons that can each be taught in as little as 30 minutes. Educators can also incorporate five supplemental lessons on specific disasters — severe weather, earthquake, fire, flood, and pandemic emergencies. A series of YouTube videos for kids, called Disaster Dodgers, helps introduce each concept, and an activity book offers 18 activities to reinforce ideas and jumpstart creativity.

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Downloadable Resources

Find all of the resources you need to use the STEP curriculum here.

Disaster Dodgers

This series of five videos starring kids introduces emergency preparedness and management to students, highlighting severe weather, fire safety, and earthquakes. Two of the videos are used for STEP’s Core Lessons, and the other three highlight concepts in the Supplemental Hazard Lessons.


Last Updated: 02/19/2021