February is right around
the corner; and with it, comes the probability of severe
thunderstorms, hail, snow, and dangerous ice. Historically, this
is the most brutal winter month, ushering in power outages,
damage from fallen trees, and of course, the inevitable bread
and milk shortages. Treacherous winter weather conditions demand
an action plan. There’s nothing more important than being
prepared, if and when a disaster does strike.
Fortunately, February 4
through 8 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. The Henry
County Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) is holding a variety
of contests to encourage citizens of all ages to become more
aware of severe weather safety measures.
The Henry County
Emergency Management Agency (HCEMA) targets the entire Henry
County population. This includes children and teens, who are
often the most eager to learn and can find creative ways to get
prepared and then share that enthusiasm with their peers.
Consequently, this year during Severe Weather Awareness, HCEMA
is encouraging Henry County elementary, middle and high schools
to become involved by participating in one of several severe
weather awareness contests:
•A Poster Contest will be
open to all elementary school students in Henry County and must
address why it's important to plan for severe weather.
•An Essay Contest will be
open to all middle school students, in which the writer must
share why it’s important to prepare for severe weather.
•A Public Service
Announcement Video Contest will be open to all high school
students. Students may form teams of up to four people to script
and produce a public service announcement illustrating why it's
important to plan for severe weather, ways to plan for severe
weather and include a safety message.
•Posters and essays must
be dropped off or mailed to the HCEMA office no later than
January 28. Public Service Announcements must be submitted in
DVD form no later than February 28. Contest winners will be
interviewed at the school campus by Henry TV 14 for the Update
News program, and recognized at the Henry County Board of
Commissioners meeting, along with other prizes. The winning
Public Service Announcement will air on TV14 for one month.
Contest Entries can be
mailed to: Henry County Emergency Management Agency, Attn:
Shelita D. Broomfield, 526 Industrial Blvd, McDonough, GA 30253.
Essays may also be
firstname.lastname@example.org. The poster and Public Service
Announcements must be mailed or hand-delivered.
Adults also have an
opportunity to get in on the fun and win a NOAA weather radio!
For your chance to win simply submit a brief essay, 200 words or
less, on why you want a NOAA weather radio by Thursday, February
9. It’s that simple. HCEMA is giving away two NOAA weather
radios. You must be 18 or older to enter or have parental
consent, and live in Henry County. No purchase is necessary.
complete rules and details, please visit