Kentucky Emergency Management
KYEM UNVEILS 2011 KENTUCKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS POSTER
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 12, 2011)-The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management
(KYEM) announced the winner of the 2010 Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest yesterday at Westridge Elementary School, located in Frankfort, Ky.
Samantha Durham, a fourth grader at Westridge Elementary, received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and a certificate of accomplishment from KYEM Director John Heltzel. Her poster will be used in elementary schools throughout the Commonwealth to promote earthquake awareness and preparedness. A copy of Samantha's winning 2011 Elementary Earthquake Awareness Poster is available for downloading at www.kyem.ky.gov/programs/earthquake/.
In 2009, KYEM and the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) worked together with two Kentucky school teachers to develop a KYEM Earthquake Awareness Educational Program and Earthquake Instructional Unit for third through fifth grades. This five-hour educational awareness unit is designed to educate both children and adults in Kentucky communities and is available for download on the KYEM Earthquake Program website.
This past year, as a part of this unit, students across Kentucky were given the opportunity to create a classroom poster promoting earthquake awareness and submit their posters for competition.
Kentucky teachers are again encouraged to present this curriculum to their classes during 2011 to educate children and their parents of the dangers of earthquake and how we can better prepare for one. A statewide poster winner will again be selected from each grade level and winning posters will be used to promote Earthquake Awareness during 2012.
Information on the Earthquake Instructional Unit and information concerning earthquake preparedness can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov/programs/earthquake/,as well.