A poster warning of the dangers of lightening wins an annual contest to raise awareness about severe weather.
Every year the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service sponsors their annual Severe Weather Awareness Week poster contest. The competition is open to all 4th grade students in Nebraska. The top four finishers will be recognized by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman at a proclamation signing for Severe Weather Awareness Week at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 13th at 10:30.
This year’s winner is a 4th grade student from Holy Trinity in Hartington, 10 year old Brynn Wortman. Her poster, “Lightening is Frightening – Respect It” takes top honors. Jerome Silva, 9, a St. Paul Elementary School, earned second place for his “KNOWLEDGE + PREPAREDNESS” poster that featured items to include in an emergency kit and information on tornado watches and warnings. Cleopatra Thomas, 10, of Creighton, a St. Ludger Elementary student finished third. Her message was “Keep Safe in A Blizzard,” and it showcased items people should include in a vehicle survival kit.” Fourth place was awarded to Izak Spann, 9, of Wymore, a Southern Elementary School student. His poster “Keeping Safe During Nature’s Fury” outlined tornado and safety tips. Many more students received honorable mentions.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 25-29 and is observed to increase awareness of, and response to, severe weather hazards. A statewide tornado drill is scheduled as part of the week on March 27.