Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest 

The Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, and 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 third grade students in Nebraska public and private schools as well as home-schooled students. Teachers are encouraged to have students participate while teaching them about hazards of severe weather in Nebraska. 

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. 

Click here to access the Contest Rules!

2023 Winners:

First Place: Lucas Rabstejnek, 8, Southern School District, Blue Springs, Gage County, “April Showers Bring May Floods”

Second Place: Gunnar Fernau, 9, Valentine Elementary School, Valentine, Cherry County, “Stay Inside During a Storm”

Third Place: Barrett Boynton, 9, Ruth Hill Elementary School, Lancaster County, “Tornado: Take Shelter Immediately” 

Fourth Place: Allison Jerri Johnson, 9, Adams Elementary School, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Don’t Let Your Future Go Up In Smoke!”

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):
Karyss Carufel, 8, Isanti Community School, Niobrara, Knox County
Elianna Clay, 8, Southern School District, Blue Springs, Gage County
Natalie Dolezal, 8, Gordon- Rushville Elementary School, Rushville, Sheridan County
Jeanette Vizcay Martinez, 9, Chandler View Elementary School, Sarpy County
Brooklyn Pavelka, 9, Adams Central School, Hastings, Adams County
Lilly Pracheil, 9, Dorchester Public Schools, Dorchester, Saline County
Capri Rodriquez, 8, Gordon-Rushville Public Schools, Rushville, Sheridan, County
Heidi Rutt, 9, Lourdes, Central Catholic School, Nebraska City, Otoe County
Josie Zagozda, 8, Westmont Elementary School, Bellevue, Sarpy County

**Packets with information will be sent to the schools at the beginning of January. If you have questions or did not receive packet information, please contact the office at 402-441-7441. Calendars from the previous year's winners will be distributed with the packets in January. 


Front row from left: Allison Jerri Johnson (4th Place), Barrett Boynton (3rd Place), Gunnar Fernau (2nd Place), and Lucas Rabstejnek (1st Place).

Back rows from left: NEMA Director, Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Vice President of Nebraska Emergency Management Brian Woldt of Dawson County, Meteorologist in Charge of Nebraska Weather Service Omaha Valley Suzanne Fortin, President of Nebraska Emergency Management Dawna Whitcomb of Adams County, Cherry County Emergency Management Director Matt Sandoz, Warning Meteorologist of Nebraska Weather Service Omaha Valley Brian Smith, Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Jim Davidsaver, Gage County Emergency Management Director Lisa Wiegand, Governor Jim Pillen.


3rd Place Winner, Barrett Boynton's artwork.


4th Place Winner, Allison Jerri Johnson's artwork.


Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management receive a high number of poster entries for the Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. It is always very difficult to choose which ones to send to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to be a finalist. All entries are appreciated!