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2/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Ohio students can participate in poster contest

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is looking for students in first through sixth grades, including specialized instruction classes, to participate in its annual poster contest.

The purpose of the Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is to have Ohio’s youth demonstrate through illustrations of actions they can take before, during and after severe weather events to protect themselves and others.

“Ohio has experienced extreme weather this past year: a derecho; a superstorm with hurricane force winds; winter with record-breaking high temperatures on one day and snow and bitter cold the next,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “This poster contest provides the perfect opportunity for students to learn about Ohio weather, and through their creativity, teach others about safety and preparedness.”

Ohio schools have until April 16 to send their first-place posters (per grade) to their regional National Weather Service (NWS) offices. The NWS offices will judge all poster entries and choose their top regional winners per grade. In early May, the Severe Weather Awareness committee will judge the top regional posters to determine the state and overall state winners.

Schools will be notified of their regional winners by the end of May. All regional winners will be invited to attend the poster contest awards ceremony, which will be held at the Ohio State Fair’s DiSalle’s Creative Arts Center Aug. 3.

All regional winners and their parents will receive four entry passes for the day at the Ohio State Fair. All regional-winning students will receive a host of prizes, certificates and awards. State-level winners will receive additional prizes, and the overall state winner will receive more prizes, along with a personalized trophy. The overall winner’s school will be loaned a “traveling trophy” to display during the school year.

Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 3-9. This year, it coincides with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Ohio’s statewide tornado drill will be conducted March 6 at 9:50 a.m. Many Ohio county emergency management offices will test their outdoor warning systems. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages schools, businesses and homes to practice their tornado safety drills during this time.

For complete rules and forms to participate, visit www.weather safety.ohio.gov. Go to “Just for Kids” and click on “2013 Poster Contest Rules.”


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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