As families in the Northeast, still struggle to recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and now brace themselves for a second bad weather system on the way, students here in Georgia can see the real need for emergency preparedness. Ready Georgia, headed by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) continue year round safety and emergency information to help resident to know how to always be prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disasters. But for Georgia students this knowledge can not only save their lives, but earns them statewide honors. Emerging from hundreds of third, fourth, and fifth grade participants are the winners of the 2012 National Preparedness Month’s Ready Georgia Art, Essay and Video Contest.
Ready Georgia says Georgia elementary school students are “super” creative when it comes to helping their families prepare for emergencies. For the fourth year Ready Georgia and GEMA has asked students from across the state to combine creativity with knowledge of emergency preparedness by participating in the contest. Over the course of six weeks in September and October, nearly 200 students embraced the theme, “Georgia Kids are Super Ready” and illustrated how they can be a superhero for their families during emergencies.
The visual devastation of Hurricane Sandy has allowed Georgia students to see why it is so important to be ready before the storm hits. So with this contest students are required to explain the importance of learning about emergency preparedness and provided ways that their peers can help teach others how to get ready at home and school. Entries included personal and fiction stories, collages, figurative art and videos produced by Georgia classrooms.
Judges say it was a real challenge to select only a few winners from the excellence presentations. Charley English, Director of GEMA/Homeland Security says, “We are always impressed to see how Georgia kids apply the information they’ve learned about emergency preparedness and translate it into creative art, essay and video masterpieces. All of the participating students displayed great insight and quality work.
Although winners hailed from across Georgia, the artistic talent at one Fulton County school proved tough to beat. Students at East Point’s Conley Hills Elementary School swept the art category, taking the three top spots.
Conley Hills Elementary School winners are: First Place – Phylisse Toliver , Second Place – Christopher Zepeda, and Third Place – Sarai Gonzalez
First Place winner is Morgan Rehburg of Twin City Elementary in Twin City; Second Place winner is Edith Kan of Allgood Elementary School in Stone Mountain; and Third Place winner is Kate Sullivan of GW Carver Elementary School in Richmond Hill
Shannon Hustick’s class at Hannan Academy in Columbus was named the Video Winner for their collective recorded work called: “The Disaster Diverter” .
Visit ready.ga.gov for more information about emergency preparedness in Georgia and/or tips on creative ways to involve kids in readiness efforts. For preparedness on the go, families can also download Ready Georgia’s free mobile app.
Interested in Sandy relief opportunities, then click on GEMA Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts for information on how to donate and assist families in need.