The springtime severe weather season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for the annual 2016 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. 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 produced by Emergency Management Directors/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 studen ts 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. The Nebraska Association of Emergency Management provides the “First”, “Second” and “Third” place gift card awards. The “Fourth” place poster winner will receive a $50 Gift Card sponsored by the National Weather Service.