Tomah students learn to be prepared for emergency

5th graders participate in STEP Program

Students in Tomah are learning how to stay safe in an emergency situation.

Fifth graders at LaGrange Elementary in Tomah took part in the STEP program Monday morning. It stands for “Student Tools for Emergency Planning.”

The Program teaches students how to be prepared for an emergency and how to put together an emergency kit.  Students get to take home a kit that includes a blanket, a flashlight, and first aid supplies.

Tod Pritchard, of Wisconsin Emergency Services, said it’s a good way to get the conversation about emergency plans started at home.

“What this program really does is gets these kids the knowledge and the tools they need to help themselves and their family, friends, neighbors to really learn about, ok, what if something really bad happens? What do we do? How do we get ready before those bad things happen, and what do you we do when those bad things happen?” Pritchard said.

Teachers will also be incorporating those lessons in class this week.

“I think 5th graders have a huge amount of independence and they want to be a part of something bigger than just a family or a classroom. They want to help their communities,” said Sommer Dean, LaGrange Elementary 5th grade teacher.

About 8,000 kids across the state are taking part in the program this year. The program has reached 30,000 students in the past six years.