Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest Now OPEN!

Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest 

The Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is now open! 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 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!

2022 Winners:

First Place: Sophie Rakes, 8, Southern Public Schools, Blue Springs, Gage County    “What to Do During a Tornado Tips”

Second Place Mary White, 9, Gretna Elementary School, Gretna, Sarpy County  “Be Prepared Storms Pop Up Anywhere”

Third Place Abigail Strilkivsky, 9, Fredstrom Elementary School, Lincoln, Lancaster County “What to Do v. What Not to Do During a Tornado”

Fourth Place Morgan Ebel, 9, Creighton Community School, Creighton, Knox County  “Be Ready, Be Safe, Go Inside Just in Case”

Honorable Mentions:
Hayden Christensen, 9, Prairie Queen Elementary School, Papillion, Sarpy County
Addison Dimmitt, 9, Fredstrom Public Schools, Lincoln, Lancaster County
Cora Dobbe, 8, Loveland Elementary School, Omaha, Douglas County
Avery Mader, 9 , 1R Elementary School, Grand Island, Hall County
Violet Pavlik, 8, Verdigre Elementary, Verdigre, Knox County 
Olivia Placke, 9 Centura Public School, Cairo, Howard County
Baya Reynolds, Adams Elementary School, Lincoln, Lancaster County
Ezra Tanner, 9, Fredstrom Elementary School, Lincoln, Lancaster County
Zayd Wortuan, 9, Wynot Elementary School, Wynot, Cedar County

**Packets with information have been 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.

Photo with Governor

Gov. Pete Ricketts, center back, holds the Severe Weather Awareness Week Proclamation for March 21-25. Poster contest winners were also honored at the ceremony on Monday. Pictured, front Row, from left, Sophie Rakes, first place; Mary White, second; Abigail Strilkivsky, third,  and  Morgan Ebel, fourth. Also pictured are emergency managers Laura Hintze of Knox County, Nic Kemnitz of Wayne County, James Davidsaver of Lancaster County, Jesse Eret of Sarpy County, Gov. Ricketts, NEMA Assistant Director Erv Portis, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Smith and Lisa Wiegand of Gage County. The contest is sponsored by NEMA, Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Nebraska National Guard. 


3rd Place Winner, Abigail Strilkivsky's, artwork.


Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Management received a high number of poster entries for the 2022 Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest. It was very difficult to choose which ones to send to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to be a finalist. All entries were great!