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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

STEP Program

STEP - Student Tools for Emergency Planning


Toll Gate MS 5th Graders
Student tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP, is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum designed for fifth-graders. Students learn about disasters, emergencies and hazards that impact their community, and also learn how to create a disaster supply kit and family communication plan.
The STEP program encourages students to share the emergency planning information with their families and to develop their own family emergency plan. After completion of the course, each student receives a starter disaster supply kit.
Fifth-grade students in Toll Gate Middle School, Pickerington, were the first in Ohio to take STEP in May 2017. Fairfield County EMA Director Jon Kochis visited each fifth grade classroom to teach emergency preparedness and show the Disaster Dodgers Introduction to Emergency Planning video.
Ohio EMA plans to launch the STEP program during the 2017-2018 school year.





Disaster Dodgers

STEP - Student Tools for Emergency Planning Ready Kids Make A Plan

Build A Kit

Know The Facts


For additional information about STEP, contact:
Kelli Blackwell, Ohio EMA, kblackwell@dps.ohio.gov, (614)799-3694

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