Governor Heineman Honors Poster Contest Winners

Gov. Dave Heineman honored Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest winners at the Proclamation Signing for Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week which is March 24-29.


From left to right

  • First:John Kaslon, Ashton, Nebraska, St. Paul Public School, St. Paul, Howard County
  • Second: Takaylynn Hergott, Hebron, Thayer Central School, Hebron, Thayer County
  • Third: Joshua Jerabek, Farwell, St. Paul Public School, St. Paul, Howard County
  • Fourth: Ensley Frame, Palisades Elementary, Omaha, Sarpy County

John Kaslon, a fourth grade student from St. Paul Public School, in Howard County, earned first place in the 2014 Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management (NAEM), the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Kaslon’s poster depicts a tornado approaching a farm, and includes an inside look at a basement, with an emergency tote full of supplies that are ready should disaster strike.

The contest was open to all fourth grade students in Nebraska. The top four finishers will be recognized by Gov. Dave Heineman at a proclamation signing for Severe Weather Awareness Week, at the State Capitol on Thursday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 24-28, and is observed to increase awareness of, and response to, severe weather hazards. A statewide tornado drill is scheduled as part of the week, on March 26.

“Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is a time to prepare for the severe weather we face in the spring and summer months in Nebraska,” said Al Berndt, NEMA assistant director. “We hope all Nebraskans will make a safety plan and review proper safety precautions. The poster contest gives fourth grade students an early lesson on preparedness that they can share with their families.”

Severe weather can result in tragic losses that preparation and planning can prevent. Through the poster contest, fourth graders from across the state encourage Nebraskans to follow weather safety precautions.  

In her second place poster, Takaylynn Hergott, 10, of Hebron, encouraged people to “Seek Shelter Immediately.” Her poster warned:  “As Tornadoes Dance Across Nebraska …Don’t be It’s Dance Partner.”

Joshua Jerabek , 10, of Farwell, had the third place poster, which caught the judge’s attention because it included advice on how to be ready for tornadoes. “Practice tornado drills, listen to local news or NOAA radio, take shelter in a basement or interior room and have food, water and first aid in shelter.”

Ensley Frame, 10, of Omaha, listed tornado safety rules on her poster and included what to do when a tornado watch or tornado warning is issued.  “Watch—don’t snooze, watch the news!”  and “Warning—don’t be last, find shelter fast!”

Congratulations to all the winners!