Volunteers “Step” Up for Preparedness

Posted at 1 p.m.

Volunteers packed over 3,000 backpacks for the STEP program

Volunteers from Volunteer Fairfax, RSVP-Northern Virginia (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) and the AmeriCorps NCCC got together this past Saturday to help our emergency management office to get prepared for school.

The group packed 3,200 Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) backpacks with emergency preparedness information for fourth graders in the Fairfax County Public School system.

STEP is an emergency preparedness education project developed by FEMA and the American Red Cross and in 2008 was piloted in six New England states. The program provides students strategies and information for dealing with various types of emergencies, and encourages the students to share this with family members.

If you would like additional information on the STEP program, contact Bruce McFarlane at 571-350-1016, TTY 711, or email bruce.mcfarlane@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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