Submit your child’s artwork before October 18, 2020.
The City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will be designing the first Emergency Preparedness Calendar to feature student artwork. HSEM invites you to submit your child’s emergency preparedness creations in the 2021 Emergency Preparedness Calendar Contest.
The contest is open to all 2nd through 5th grade students whose school or residence is physically located within the Travis County limits, regardless of the independent school district.
The kind of artwork we are looking for emphasizes family emergency preparedness actions, severe weather conditions occurring in central Texas, and man-made disasters.
- Examples of a family emergency preparedness action would be the creation of a home or vehicle emergency kit or practicing a disaster plan, such as an evacuation plan.
- Severe weather hazards are tornado, hail, flash flooding, lightning, excessive heat or cold and dangerous icy conditions.
- Examples of man-made disasters would be terrorism, wildfires, train derailment, chemical spills, building fires and epidemic. Artwork should also contain a safety message about the specific hazard featured.
Information on personal safety during severe weather and man-made disasters can be found at public education websites such as:
Artwork must consist of paint, pen/pencil, pastel, collage, crayons, computer graphics or any combination of listed materials. No glitter please. Artwork should be created and submitted on poster board up to 12” x 18” for 3-D; drawing or construction paper in sizes: 12” x 24”, 8.5" x 11", or 9” x 12”. Fill out the submission form here that contains student name, home address, telephone number, grade, school, school district, art teacher name (if applicable). We will need to contact winning artist’s family as well as art teachers and principals to invite them to the awards ceremony.
The deadline for submitting artwork is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020.
All artwork must be submitted to the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management either electronically or mailed to:
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767
To submit electronically, please fill out this form here.
Artwork submitted after the October 18, 2020 deadline will not be accepted. Winners will be announced in November.
More information is available on our website, AustinTexas.gov/HSEMCalendar.