As part of National Preparedness Month HSEM wants artwork on preparing for disasters from 1st through 5th graders
Austin, TX – For 2022 the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will again design the Emergency Preparedness Calendar to feature student artwork.
HSEM invites you to submit your child’s emergency preparedness creations in the 2022 Emergency Preparedness Calendar Contest. The contest is open to all 1st through 5th grade students whose school (or residence) is physically located within the Austin city limits, regardless of the independent school district.
September is National Preparedness Month and HSEM is encouraging everyone to prepare for emergencies - including kids. As part of National Preparedness Month we are asking for elementary school students to learn and share artwork about emergency preparedness. Throughout September we will share information on our social media and other platforms about our four key steps to preparedness:
- Make a Plan
- Build a Kit
- Know your Neighbors
- Stay Informed
SUBJECT OF ARTWORK:
Family emergency preparedness actions, severe weather conditions occurring in central Texas, and man-made disasters.
- Examples of a family emergency preparedness action are the creation of a home or vehicle emergency kit or practicing a disaster plan, such as an evacuation plan.
- Severe weather hazards are tornado, hail, flash flooding, lightning, excessive heat or cold and dangerous icy conditions.
- Examples of man-made disasters are terrorism, wildfires, train derailment, chemical spills, building fires and epidemic. Artwork should also contain a safety message about the specific hazard featured.
Note: Remember this is a 12-month calendar, severe weather occurs throughout the year. Ice storms, extreme cold, and flu season are better examples of the late fall and winter months than a tornado or flash flood. Drought, excessive heat and hail work well for summer months. Man-made disasters, communication plans and emergency kits will fit in any month.
Information on personal safety during severe weather and man-made disasters are available at public education websites such as:
National Preparedness Month
HSEM Preparedness Information
Texas Disaster Preparedness
National Weather Service - Safety Information
CDC - Disaster Information
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness
- Artwork must consist of paint, pen/pencil, pastel, collage, crayons, computer graphics or any combination of listed materials. No glitter please.
- Artwork should be created and submitted on poster board up to 12” x 18” for 3-D; drawing or construction paper that is 8.5” x 11, 12” x 24”, or 9” x 12”.
- Fill out the submission form that contains student name, home address, telephone number, grade, school, school district, teacher name (if applicable). We will need to contact winning artist’s family as well as art teachers and principals to invite them to the awards ceremony.
Artwork will be evaluated on creative visual quality and safety message content. Depending on the number of entries, a minimum of one finalist from each submitting school will be chosen in the first round. First round finalists will compete in a second round of evaluation for the Front Cover and 12 monthly calendar positions. There will also be a block of semi-finalist entries on the back cover.
Contest evaluation panel will be made up of City of Austin Office of Homeland Security Emergency Management and the Travis County Office of Emergency Management.
The deadline for submitting artwork is 11:59 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2021.
All artwork must be submitted to the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management either electronically or mailed to:
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767
Artwork submitted after the October 1, 2021 deadline will not be accepted. Winners will be announced in October.
To submit electronically or for more information please visit: