A fourth grader at Hemingford Public Schools has earned first place in the 2018 Severe Weather Awareness contest.
10-year-old Clayton Butler’s poster features super-hero Blue Lightning, who teaches severe weather safety to others. Butler edged out more than 900 entries from 4th graders across the state in this year’s contest, sponsored by by the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, the Nebraska Military Department and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Lt. Gov. Mike Foley proclaimed March 25-31 as Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week, a week observed to increase awareness of, and response to spring and summer severe weather hazards. As part of the week’s observance a statewide tornado drill is scheduled at 10 a.m. on March 28.
“We want all Nebraskans to take some time to during Severe Weather Awareness Week to prepare for spring and summer severe weather,” said Bryan Tuma, NEMA assistant director. “The devastating impacts of extreme events can be reduced through improved readiness. Make a safety plan, create a preparedness kit and review proper safety precautions. It is a good practice for those of us who live in areas affected by tornadoes, floods and severe thunderstorms.”
The annual contest was open to all fourth grade students in Nebraska. Lt. Gov. Foley presented the students with certificates signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. County emergency managers submitted their top three posters from their counties for judging at the state level.