Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hey, Fourth Graders! Win Big Money In Severe Weather Poster Contest

The springtime severe weather season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for the annual 2015 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest.  But the deadline to turn your poster in is Feb. 27!

The contest, sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, is part of the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week effort by emergency management directors and coordinators across Nebraska.  

There will also be a contest just for Saline County students.

The poster contest is open to all fourth-grade students in Nebraska (including home-schooled and private school students). Teachers are encouraged to have students participate while teaching them about hazards of severe weather in Nebraska. While not specifically designed to promote tornado awareness, tornadoes are the most common theme chosen for posters. Lightning and flooding, which are also products of severe thunderstorms, are also good topic choices. 

The first-place winner in the state contest wins a $125 gift card, second-place winner receives a $100 gift card and third-place winner receives a $75 gift card provided by the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management. The fourth-place poster winner will receive a $50 gift card sponsored by the National Weather Service. All four state winners will also receive a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Alert Radio from Saline County Emergency Management. (In the Saline County portion of the contest, the top four poster artists will receive gift cards and awards during the Regional Severe Weather Seminar at Saline Center Hall on Saturday, March 28 at noon.)

Here are the rules:
  • Poster artists must be a fourth-grader. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. All entries must be on an 11" x 17" sheet of white paper, providing a 1-inch white border to allow for mounting the winning posters. Any medium may be used (crayon, paint, markers, etc.). Only one entry is allowed per pupil.
  • All entries must be received by Saline County Emergency Management by Feb. 27, 2015. Contact BJ Fictum, Saline County Emergency Management Coordinator, at (402) 821-3010 or via email at for more information. Her will pick up the posters.
  • Each entry must include student name, age, complete home address, home phone number, name, location and phone number of school on the back side of the entry. 

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