Two groups of students from Tri County Schools took home statewide awards for safety videos on Wednesday morning.
Public service announcement videos on severe weather awareness and emergency preparedness were created by seventh and eighth grade students at Tri County for a contest put on by the Nebraska Association for Emergency Management. The videos brought attention to fire safety and tornado safety and students were awarded $750 for their work.
The fire safety video by Breonna Meyer, Chris Janssen, Carter Holtmeier, Skye Washburn and Colton Bales won $500, and the tornado safety PSA by Samantha Rainey, Karli Sherling and Breanna Chapman won $250.
Laura Hintz, the president of the Nebraska Association for Emergency Management and John McKee, the emergency management director for Jefferson and Saline counties, provided the check to Tri County science teacher Ashton Feldkamp, and the award money will go toward classroom activities.
“I hope you learned what to do in severe weather situations and you're prepared for emergencies that happen in your lives,” Hintz told the students. “We look forward to seeing your submissions next year.”
McKee also told the students that their videos would be posted on the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management social media pages for the public to see.
This was the first year the contest has been held, said Hintz—who is also the emergency manager for Knox County. They received submissions from eight schools throughout the state. The contest is open to Nebraska seventh and eighth grade students in public, private and home schools, she said, and classes from Fairbury and Minden also took home awards.
The fire safety video features students standing in front of a fire before descending down an emergency ladder to safety. The students also offer tips on getting clear of a fire and checking doors before opening them. Students in the tornado safety video showed themselves in a car before seeking shelter in a nearby ditch and gave reminders to never seek shelter under an overpass.
“We were real pleased with the turnout we had and the quality of the PSAs,” Hintz said. “They put a lot of thought into them. They did a real good job on them.”
An upcoming Nebraska Association for Emergency Management contest invites Nebraska fourth graders to submit posters on severe weather awareness to the organization by Feb. 15. Rules can be found at www.naem.us.
The winning videos can be viewed on the Daily Sun’s website.