MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State emergency officials are offering courses to teachers to prepare their students for disasters.
The Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP, program offers fifth-grade teachers up to eight hours of lessons funded through U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants. The course includes how to put together an emergency kit and develop emergency plans with their families. Materials include instructor guides, student handouts and emergency kits students can take home.
Last spring nearly 2,400 fifth graders in 45 schools around the state participated in a STEP pilot program. State emergency officials want to get 5,000 students involved this year.
School officials can apply to participate in STEP on the ReadyWisconsin website through Oct. 28. Participating schools will be announced on Nov. 7.
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