Your View: STEP program teaches disaster procedures

Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:26
Written by Harley Graime

Emergency management director

To the Editor:

Last week, the city Emergency Management Department completed a month-long educational series in the Bristol schools. This is the second year we have participated in the FEMA-sponsored STEP program instructing our fifth graders in emergency preparedness for both weather-related and fire safety emergencies.

I want to thank the school superintendent, Board of Education and the teachers and principals of the various fifth grade classes for the opportunity to present the STEP program in our Bristol schools. We served over 600 fifth grade students in eightschools with the assistance of the Bristol Police and Fire Departments, along with Bristol CERT volunteers. All were valuable assets in our presentations and we appreciate their continued support with the students.

While we have been fortunate in not having experienced a citywide emergency lately, we are on constant vigil to protect the Bristol community.

Our first responders do an excellent job in protecting our citizens, but we need the entire community to assist when an emergency develops.

We present this program in hopes of educating the students (and their parents) in emergency and disaster procedures so that they may assist their families and our first responders by knowing the basics of emergency preparedness.

Your allowing us to present this program means a great deal in fostering the safety and viability of our community.

If anyone or city group is interested in furthering their education or participation in emergency preparedness, please contact me or our local Bristol CERT team at for further information.

Harley Graime, director

Emergency Management


Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:26. Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:28.