Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman honored Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest winners Thursday during the proclamation signing in Lincoln for Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 24th-29th.
The contest was open to all fourth-grade students in Nebraska. Picture from left are Ensley Frame from Palisades Elementary School in Omaha (fourth place), Takaylynn Hergott from Thayer Central School in Hebron (second place), Joshua Jerabek from St. Paul Public School (third place) and John Kaslon from St. Paul Public School (first place).
Kaslon’s poster depicts a tornado approaching a farm and includes an inside look at a basement with an emergency tote full of supplies that are ready should disaster strike.
Hergott's poster warned “as tornadoes dance across Nebraska...don’t be its dance partner.”
Jerabek caught the judge’s attention because it included advice on how to be ready for tornadoes. “Practice tornado drills, listen to local news or NOAA radio, take shelter in a basement or interior room and have food, water and first aid in shelter.”
Frame listed tornado safety rules on her poster and included what to do when a tornado watch or tornado warning is issued. “Watch, don’t snooze, watch the news!" and “warning, don’t be last, find shelter fast!”
Posters were judged on originality, effort and accuracy. The top prize was a $125 gift card, second $100 third $75 and fourth place a $50 gift card. Each of the winners will also receive a weather alert radio.
A statewide tornado drill is scheduled on March 26th.