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 2009 Kids Weather Survival Week

Just Read, Florida!, in partnership with the Division of Emergency Management and several other partners, is conducting a statewide short essay contest aimed at high school students as part of the 2009 Kids Weather Survival Week, February 1-7, 2009.

Students in grades nine through twelve in all school districts are invited to participate in the statewide essay contest to “Tell Us Your Story of Survival.” Six regional winners and one grand prize statewide winner will be selected from each of the seven emergency management areas in the state. Each regional student winner and their teacher will be awarded prizes and weather radios for their achievements. Awards will be presented to the statewide winner at a ceremony on January 31, 2009, in Lake Buena Vista. Each of the regional winners will also be recognized at their local schools.

One of the goals of Kids Weather Survival Week is to promote a culture of preparedness throughout all grade levels. The essay contest is part of an annual public awareness campaign that includes distribution of the "Florida Hazardous Weather Guide" to middle school classrooms, children's books in elementary school classrooms, and a poster contest for fourth and fifth grade students. Also, as a part of the campaign, there will be a statewide "tornado drill" conducted by the Florida offices of the National Weather Service tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2009.

For more information, resources and a complete list of contest rules, deadlines, list of prizes and much, much more, please click on the respective bullets below.