2017 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

2017 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

The springtime severe weather season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for the annual 2017 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. The contest, sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and the Nebraska Military Department is part of the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week effort produced by emergency management directors and coordinators across Nebraska.

The poster contest is open to all fourth-grade students in Nebraska public and private schools as well as home-schooled fourth-grade 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. The second-place winner receives a $100 gift card and third-place winner receives a $75 Gift Card. The Nebraska Association of Emergency Management provides the first, second and third place gift card awards. The fourth place poster winner will receives a $50 gift card sponsored by the National Weather Service. The Nebraska Military Department mats the posters for the winners and Nebraska Emergency Management provides certificates and photos to the winners.

Contest rules are as follows:

  1. Poster artists must be a fourth-grade pupil in any Nebraska private, public or home school.
  2. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. The posters should have a clear preparedness/weather safety message included. The slogan is as important as the art. All entries must be on an 11″ x 17″ sheet of white paper providing a 1 inch border to allow for matting the winning posters. Any medium may be used (crayon, paint, markers, etc.). Only one entry is allowed per pupil and no joint entries (posters by more than one person) will be accepted.
  3. Each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All entries must be received by the local emergency management director/coordinator on or before Feb. 14, 2017. A list of directors/coordinators can be found at http://www.naem.us orhttp://www.nema.nebraska.gov. Remember to allow enough time for mailed items to get where they need to be.