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2011 Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Poster Contest

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Annual Poster Contest.

Who:   Florida students currently in the 4th or 5th grades.

What:  A poster that relates to the theme “Florida Severe Weather” and illustrates an example of natural hazards that affect Florida (hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flooding, heat wave, sink hole, etc.)

When:  All entries MUST be postmarked on or before FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 and must arrive at the Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011.

Where:  Send posters to:

Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross
1115 Easterwood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
(850) 878-6080

Prize:   The top three posters will be chosen as the winners of the Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week Poster Contest . The top winners’ artwork is scheduled to be displayed in the State Emergency Operations Center during the first full week of February 2011. Prizes will include tickets for the winner and their family to Walt Disney World, weather radios, and more.

Rules:  Please read this section carefully to make sure your entry will qualify.

Age:  Entry is open to registered Florida students in 4th and 5th grades.
               
Content:  The poster drawing must relate to the theme “Florida Severe Weather Awareness” and should illustrate an example of natural hazards that affect Florida. The description of natural hazards is wide-ranging – it can be a hurricane, a tornado, wildfires, flooding, heat waves, sink holes, etc. Students are encouraged to be creative.

Format:  The finished poster must be no larger than 11” x 14” – anything larger will be disqualified. Designs should be submitted on quality poster illustration board or heavy paper. Entries must utilize crayons, magic markers, or colored pencils only. Posters will stencils, traced, computer-generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or images will not be accepted.

Required:  Each poster must have the following clearly printed and attached to the back of the poster to be eligible:

  • The contestant’s name
  • Age
  • Grade level
  • School name and address
  • Parent/guardian’s name, address, and telephone number

Judging:  The top three posters that best illustrate natural hazards faced in Florida will be selected.  Judges will reward creativity and the extent to which the poster expresses the contest theme: Florida Severe Weather Awareness.

2011 Video Public Service Announcement Contest

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Annual Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest.

Who:  Florida students aged 11-18, in middle or high school (grades 6-8 and 9-12)

What:  A 30-second public service announcement (PSA) incorporating a safety or preparedness message about one of the following topics: hurricane preparedness, flood safety, or building a disaster supply kit. The content must include correct protective actions or safety messages and a link to Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week.

When:  Final digital videos should be mastered as a DVD for submission to the Division. All entries must be postmarked on or before FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 and must arrive at the Florida Division of Emergency Management in Tallahassee no later than MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011.

Where:  Send videos to:

Florida Division of Emergency Management
c/o Office of External Affairs
Attn: John Cherry
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

How:  Put together your contest packet, which must include:

  • Two copies of your script
  • Two DVDs of your PSA
  • A completed waiver form for each team member
  • A completed entry form for each team member

Prize:  There will be one individual or team winner chosen for both middle school and high school level videos.  Winning teams will have a professional broadcast crew come to their school to reproduce the PSA to be used by the Division of Emergency Management. Winners and their families will also receive tickets to Walt Disney World, weather radios and more.

Rules:  Please read this section carefully to make sure your entry will qualify.

Time:  Your public service announcement (PSA) must be exactly 30 seconds and must have an additional five second lead-in. This means your PSA must be introduced by a five-second blank screen or countdown, followed by 30 seconds of your content. Even PSAs just one or two seconds over or under the time frame will be disqualified, so get a watch and keep track.

Age:  To enter, you must be 11 to 18 years old and in middle or high school (grades 6-8 and 9-12.) You can get help from a teacher or mentor, but the writing, filming and production of this video must be completed by you and your teammates.

Team:  Your team can have no more than 4 members. There is also no limit on the number of entries each team can submit.

NO STUNTS:  When creating PSAs, the safety and wellbeing of participants must be of the utmost importance- teams should always be supervised by a parent or teacher. Entries with crazy and daredevil stunts will go straight into the trash.

Digital only:  Only digital videos submitted in DVD format will be accepted. 

Be complete:  Read the directions and make sure you’ve completed the entry forms before mailing them in. Your team could be disqualified if we don’t receive the proper information.

 

Updated:
March 4, 2011 16:20

 

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