Nearly 6,000 Fifth-Graders Enrolled in National Emergency Preparedness Program; Registration Ends on Feb. 6, 2015

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-336-6464
Agency: State Police

Issued: Jan. 28, 2015

LANSING. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) today announced that teachers have enrolled nearly 6,000 Michigan fifth-graders in the Student Tools for Emergency Planning program.  Known as STEP, this classroom curriculum enables teachers to prepare students for various emergencies, including tornadoes, flooding and storms.

“We are excited to have another record-breaking year for STEP program enrollment,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Our fifth-graders will be learning important and potentially life-saving lessons about emergency preparedness, making their families and communities better prepared for emergencies and disasters.”

The STEP program provides teachers with emergency preparedness materials at no cost to the school, including instructor guides, copies of student handouts and starter emergency supply kits for each student. The basic lesson includes one hour of instruction, but teachers have the option of expanding the lessons to include eight hours of material.

To date, 92 schools statewide are enrolled in the STEP program, reaching 5,968 students. Last year, 5,494 fifth-graders were enrolled at 88 schools.

Schools still have an opportunity to register students in the preparedness program, but applications must be received by mail, email or fax no later than Feb. 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/step.

STEP is sponsored by the MSP/EMHSD and Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Schools participating in STEP include:

School Name

Location

Addison Elementary

Addison

Alcona Elementary

Lincoln

Appleview Elementary

Sparta

Aspen Ridge School

Aspen Ridge

Atlanta Community School

Atlanta

Avalong Elementary

St. Clair Shores

Barry County Christian School

Hastings

Bath Elementary

Bath

Bay County Public School Academy 

Bay City

Bingham Arts Academy

Alpena

Bishop Baraga Catholic School

Iron Mountain

Briarwood Elementary

Warren

Burt Township School

Grand Marais

Caseville Public School

Caseville

Cass City Elementary

Cass City

Cheboygan Middle School

Cheboygan

Chesaning Middle School

Chesaning

Cole Academy

Lansing

Coleman Elementary

Coleman

Columbia Middle School

Brooklyn

Conner Creek Academy East

Roseville

Countryside Academy

Benton Harbor

Dansville Elementary

Dansville

Delton-Kellogg Middle School

Delton

Dryden Elementary

Dryden

Dundee Community Schools

Dundee

East Elementary School

Iron Mountain

East Leroy Elementary

East Leroy

Edmonson Elementary School

Madison Heights

Elmwood Elementary

St. Clair Shores

Escuela Avancemos

Detroit

F.C. Reed Middle School

Bridgman

Father Marquette Middle School

Marquette

Forest Park School District

Crystal Falls

Freeland Elementary

Freeland

Genesee Academy

Swartz Creek

Hanover Horton Elementary

Hanover

Hart Middle School

Hart

Hemlock Middle School

Hemlock

Hillman Elementary

Hillman

Holly Elementary School

Holly

Houghton Lake Middle School

Houghton Lake

Ida Middle School

Ida

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Grand Rapids

Joy Preparatory Academy

Detroit

K.I. Sawyer Elementary

Gwinn

Koepsell Education Center

Eastpointe

Marshall Greene Middle School

Birch Run

Martin G. Atkins Elementary

Saginaw

Mason Elementary

Erie

Mio AuSable Elementary

Mio

Mount Clemens Middle School

Mount Clemens

Multicultural Academy

Ann Arbor

New Haven Elementary

New Haven

New Life Christian Academy

Kimball

North Aurelius Elementary

Mason

North Dickinson County School

Felch

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School 

Farmington

Patricia St. Clair Elementary

Hesperia

Patterson Elementary

Holly

Peace Lutheran School

Warren

Pine River Area Middle School

LeRoy

Posen Consolidated Schools

Posen

Powell Township School

Big Bay

Randels Elementary

Flint

Richfield Public School Academy

Flint

Riverside Elementary

Constantine

Ruth Murdoch Elementary

Berrien Springs

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Dearborn

Sam Adams Elementary

Cassopolis

Saranac Elementary

Saranac

Schoolcraft Elementary School

Schoolcraft

Schulze Academy

Detroit

Spiritus Sanctus Academy

Plymouth

St. Damian Catholic School

Westland

St. John Elementary

Jackson

St. Mary School

Lake Leelanau

St. Sebastian Catholic School

Dearborn Heights

Stambaugh Elementary School

Iron River

Superior Central School

Eben Junction

Symons Elementary

Milan

Tecumseh Middle School

Tecumseh

Trinity Lutheran Church and School

Reed City

Trinity Lutheran School

Traverse City

Vernor Elementary

Detroit

Warren Woods Christian School

Macomb

Washington Elementary

Bay City

Whiteford Elementary

Ottawa Lake

William G. Mather Elementary

Munising

Williams Elementary School

Jonesville

Woodland Elementary School

Kingsford

Zion Lutheran of Auburn

Auburn

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.