STEP Up with 4-H

November 9th, 2021

This guide is designed to partner with FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Curriculum and encourages program delivery that matches the 4-H model. With anywhere from 1.5 to 7 hours of instruction, this program can be delivered to individual classrooms or as its own 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club. If all STEP activities are used (optional) as well as the supplemental 4-H activities, you should add 15-30 minutes to each lesson. The high quality modular emergency preparedness curriculum has been developed by FEMA in partnership with other experts on disaster preparedness ensuring a high quality educational experience for youth in 4th and 5th grade. Youth Development and Disaster Preparedness professionals from University of Illinois Extension have added to this experience to ensure all principles of positive youth development and elements of BIG-M will be prioritized in this program.


STEP up with 4-H is designed to help 4-H professionals to deliver the high quality STEP curriculum developed by FEMA. Both 4-H activities and those proposed in the STEP curriculum can be adjusted to meet time constraints and the needs of the program audience. After reviewing STEP up with 4-H, please consult the full STEP curriculum.


Upon the successful completion of lesson, participants can earn a badge (available for order at When a participant has completed all three core lessons or all three core lessons and hazard units, they can earn a certificate declaring them “Emergency Prepared”. All materials can be accessed free of charge digitally at or hard copies can be requested at Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of materials.


Download the guide here: Step Up with 4-H Curriculum