• 03 Jan 2018 10:22 AM | Tim Hofbauer (Administrator)

    The springtime severe weather season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for the annual 2018 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. The contest, sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service the Nebraska National Guard 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 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 the 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 receives a $50 gift card sponsored by the National Weather Service. 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. 15, 2018. A list of EM Directors/Coordinators can be found at or Remember to allow enough time for mailed items to get where they need to be. 

    4. Each entry MUST INCLUDE the following information on the back side of the poster: Student name, Age, Home address, Home Phone,  School, School address, Nebraska County where school is located.

    5. Teachers are encouraged to contact the local emergency management director to assist in the selection of the “top three” entries from their school. If the local director is unavailable or unknown, please contact Laura Hintz, Poster Contest Chairman, (402) 288-5613. 

    6. First, second, third and fourth place winners will be chosen. All winners will be notified by telephone or mail. The four winners and their parents will be invited to the State Capitol in March for the presentation of their awards from NAEM and NWS and be recognized by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. 

    7. Any questions regarding the 2018 Severe Weather Poster Contest should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz at (402) 288-5613, email

    Contest rules and other information can also be obtained at the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management website at Poster judging will be done by representatives of the contest’s sponsors: Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Nebraska National Guard.

  • 12 Oct 2017 11:28 AM | Lynn Marshall

    2017 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest 

    The winter severe weather season is quickly approaching and it’s time for a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness PSA Contest. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics. The PSA contest is open to all 7 th and 8 th grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home school students. The infograms, short videos (3-5 minutes) and PSAs (30 sec. to 1 min.) should be on anything regarding preparedness including, home fire safety, home disaster preparedness (kits, plans, drills), safety tips for severe weather (tornadoes, severe winter weather, lightning, flooding) The winning class Infogram will receive $100, the winning class PSA will receive $250, and the winning class short video will receive $500. The prizes will be awarded to the teacher for use in the classroom.

    Click here for contest rules and other information 

  • 22 Sep 2017 11:45 AM | Lynn Marshall

    The 2017 Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) Workshop is set for October 26th & 27th.  The workshop will be held in Lincoln at the Ardis Room of the Graduate Lincoln Hotel (the former Holiday Inn) at 141 N. 9th Street in Lincoln.

    Thursday, October 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

    Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) Workshop

    Friday, October 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:

    Training, Exercise, and Planning Workshop (TEPW)

  • 14 Mar 2014 1:42 PM | Lynn Marshall

    2014 Poster Contest Winners Announced

    The top four finishers were recognized by Gov. Dave Heineman at a proclamation signing for Severe Weather Awareness Week, at the State Capitol Thursday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m.

    Front Row...Pictured Left to Right:

    2nd Place - Takaylynn Hergot, Thayer County

    1st Place - John Kaslon, Howard County

    3rd Place - Joshua Jerbek, Howard County

    4th Place - Ensley Frame, Sarpy County

    Back Row...Pictured Left to Right:

    Bill McPherson, Director Thayer County Emergency Management

    Michelle Woitalewicz, Director Howard County Emergency Management

    Brian Smith WCM/NWS Valley

    Dan Hiller, NEMA

    Lynn Marshall, Director Sarpy County Emergency Management, NAEM President


  • 15 Jan 2014 9:51 PM | Lynn Marshall

    2013 NAEM Poster Contest Winners...


        Pictured from left to right
       First Place Brynn Wortmann
        Second Place Jerome Silva
      Third Place Cleopatra Thomas
          Fourth Place Izak Spann

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