Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poster Contest Set for Awareness Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poster Contest Set for Awareness Week

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A statewide poster contest is being held as part of the 2003 "Hazardous Weather Awareness Week" slated for Feb. 16 to 22.

Fourth- and fifth-graders in all 67 Florida school districts are invited to participate in the contest, and the top winners' artwork will be displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol during the third week of February. Prizes will include savings bonds for each winner.

The poster contest is sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida's American Red Cross chapters, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and Florida's National Weather Service forecast offices.

It is part of an annual public awareness campaign that will also include distribution of the "Florida Hazardous Weather Guide" in school classrooms, as well as a statewide tornado drill Feb. 19 by the Florida offices of the National Weather Service.

"With so many Floridians enjoying outdoor activities, it is important for residents to prepare and stay aware of potential weather dangers," said Matthew Green, state meteorologist for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Some of these hazards include dangerous lightning and severe storms that can occur with little warning."

Poster contest submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 11 and must arrive at the American Red Cross by Feb. 13. Winners will be notified by mail.

"Our biggest hope is that the students will not only use their creative talents, but share their knowledge with friends and family about planning and preparation," said Christian Smith, director of public support for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross.

For more information and a complete list of contest rules and requirements, visit: jacksonville.com, keywords: florida disaster or poster contest, or contact Chris Floyd at (850) 878-6080. …

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