Austin's 15th Annual Flood Safety Poster Contest is underway. Create a poster to spread awareness about the importance of flood safety. Visite esta página en español.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are evaluating ways to both judge the poster contest and honor the winners. We will update this site with a timeline for announcing winners as more information is available.


Download guidelines (en español).

  • Size: 8 ½ by 11, landscape orientation.
  • Front: Use bright colors. Encourage drivers to be safe and not drive through flooded roads. Include the headline “Turn Around – Don’t Drown” or “Es mejor regresarse - que ahogarse.”
  • Back: Include child's full name, school and grade; parent or guardian's full name, phone number, email and home address; teacher's name and email.

*Artwork will become the property of the City of Austin and will not be returned.


Participants must be in grades 1 - 8. Entries will be judged by Central Texas meteorologists in the following categories:

  • Category 1: Grades 1 - 2
  • Category 2: Grades 3 - 5
  • Category 3: Grades 6 - 8


Deadline: Artwork must be received by March 12, 2020.

Mail artwork to:

City of Austin
Watershed Protection Department
Attn: Susan Garnett, 12th Floor
PO Box 1088
Austin TX 78767

Photo of previous contest winners on boat ride.


  • Cash prizes awarded in the form of a gift card.
  • Winners will get to ride on Lady Bird Lake in a swift water rescue boat.
  • First Place, $100
  • Second Place, $75
  • Third Place, $50
  • Fourth Place, $25


The contest is sponsored by the City of Austin, the Texas Floodplain Management Association, the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and LCRA.


Please email Susan Garnett or call her at 512-974-7064.