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Artistic Fourth and Fifth Graders Wanted for Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, (517) 336-6464
Agency: State Police

Issued: Feb. 10, 2014

LANSING. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) reminds Michigan fourth- and fifth-grade students that the deadline for the Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is Feb. 15, 2014.The poster contest is open to students whose artwork illustrates severe weather preparedness that will protect people and property.

“Every Michigan resident is at risk of experiencing a severe weather emergency,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By educating Michigan’s youth about severe weather preparedness, we are better preparing Michigan to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster.”

Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest entries should present a simple, clear message that illustrates what individuals or families should do to prepare for Michigan’s severe weather. Any of Michigan’s severe weather hazards may be represented on the poster entries, including snowstorms, extreme cold, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning or floods.

Winners of this annual contest will be recognized at a special ceremony at the Michigan State Capitol in April for their dedication to being prepared for a severe weather emergency in Michigan. For contest rules and information, please visit www.mcswa.com/Poster-Contest.html.

The Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is presented by the MSP/EMHSD and Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (MCSWA). The MCSWA was formed in 1991 to encourage Michigan residents to be prepared in the event of severe weather.

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The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.