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TREASURE COAST --
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida chapters of the American Red Cross will celebrate Severe Weather Awareness week Feb. 11- 15.
This annual public awareness campaign provides an opportunity for teachers to educate students on the importance of being prepared in the event of severe weather.
Severe Weather Awareness week includes a poster contest for Florida's elementary school students and a video public service announcement contest for Florida's middle and high school students. This year, the poster contest will include seven winners selected from across the state. One winner each from middle and high school will be selected for the video PSA contest.
The poster contest is open to all elementary school students in Florida including private and charter schools and those enrolled in home-school programs. Posters should feature what severe weather in Florida means to the student. Poster submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 18 and sent to the Capitol Area Chapter of the Red Cross in Tallahassee. Winners for the contest will be announced Feb. 1. Details can be found at www.FloridaDisaster.org/swaw.
The video PSA contest is open to all Florida middle and high school students, including private and charter schools and those enrolled in home-school programs. Entries should be a 30-second public service announcement that incorporates a safety or preparedness message relating to the following "Know Your Zone" topics: flood zone, evacuation zone or storm-surge zone.
The winning video will be professionally re-produced for broadcast use by the Division of Emergency Management in its statewide public awareness campaign. Final digital videos should be submitted via the FDEM video portal at www.KidsGetAPlan.com. All entries must be uploaded by Jan. 18. Winning entries will be announced Feb. 1.
For complete poster and video PSA contest rules and topic information, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/SWAW or www.KidsGetAPlan.com.