Severe Weather Awareness Week Tour begins at PDL

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

PONCE de LEON — Governor Rick Scott proclaimed Feb. 11- Feb. 15 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management is celebrating 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week with a five-day, seven-city tour to recognize each of the seven poster contest winners and raise awareness about emergency preparedness in Florida, starting at Ponce de Leon Elementary School.

The poster contest winner from Ponce de Leon Elementary School was Alexis Fierra Taylor for Region 1.

Taylor won an Ipod Touch, a storm radio, as well as several other prizes and her art teacher, Tammy Godwin, also received a storm radio along with a $200 gift card to Office Depot and multiple other prizes.

The goal of the 2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week campaign is to promote preparedness for all types of hazards to Florida’s citizens and communities.

“We are excited to bring Severe Weather Awareness Week to each region of the state as we work towards building a culture of preparedness in Florida through our students,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “As we visit each school, we hope to reach beyond their doors and into the communities to ensure all of Florida’s families and businesses are prepared for severe weather that can impact Florida any time of year.”

Games, prizes and special guests will highlight the importance of severe weather awareness in Florida as students learn how to recognize and be prepared for potential disasters that may impact them and their families. FDEM kicked off Severe Weather Awareness Week last week at the Florida State Fair in Tampa with Professor Nibmus Tinkermesiter of Kids Get a Plan and FDEM staff to spread the word about disaster preparedness and this week’s events.

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