Severe Weather Awareness, Preparedness Public Service Announcement Contest Now Open

LINCOLN – As we move through the fall season, next up will be the winter sever weather season and a trio of sponsors are again putting together a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA).

According to a release, the contest is being sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

The PSA contest is open to all seventh and eighth grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home school students. The info-grams, short videos (3-5 minutes) and PSAs (30 sec. to 1 min.) should be on anything regarding preparedness including, home fire safety, home disaster preparedness (kits, plans, drills) and safety tips for severe weather (tornadoes, severe winter weather, lightning, flooding).

The winning class info-gram will receive $100, the winning class PSA will receive $250 and the winning class short video will receive $500. The prizes will be awarded to the teacher for use in the classroom.

Again, the Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA) is open to all middle school (seventh and eighth) media classes in public and private schools along with combined home school students in Nebraska (one entry per category, per school). Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety/preparedness and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy (entries may be a 30-60 second video PSA, a 2–5-minute Instructional video or digital image ensemble, Facebook cover image, educational infographic, etc.).

Also, each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All submittals are to be made electronically to by November 19, 2021 by a link to either YouTube or Vimeo. All submittals become the property of NAEM upon submittal.

Each entry must have the teacher’s name, school, school address and the Nebraska county where the school is located.

All winners will be contacted by phone by December 20, 2021.

Any questions regarding the 2021 Severe Weather PSA should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz 402-288-5613 or email

Contest rules and other information can also be obtained at the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management website at Judging will be done in December by representatives of the contest’s sponsors: Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.