Disaster Preparedness Art Contest for Elementary School Children

Austin, TX – For 2022, the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will redesign the Emergency Preparedness Calendar to showcase student artwork.

HSEM invites you to submit your child’s emergency preparedness creations in the 2022 Emergency Preparedness Calendar Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades 1-5 whose The school (or residence) is physically located within the city limits of Austin, regardless of independent school district.

September is National Preparedness Month and HSEM encourages everyone to prepare for emergencies, including children. As part of National Preparedness Month, we are asking elementary school students to learn and share artwork about emergency preparedness. Throughout September, we’ll be sharing information on our social media and other platforms about our four key stages of preparation:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Build a kit
  3. Know your neighbors
  4. Stay informed

Family actions of emergency preparedness, extreme weather occurring in central Texas and man-made disasters.

  • Examples of family emergency preparedness action are creating a home or vehicle emergency kit or practicing an emergency plan, such as an escape plan.
  • Extreme weather risks are tornado, hail, flash flood, lightning, excessive heat or cold and dangerous freezing conditions.
  • Examples of man-made disasters are terrorism, forest fires, train derailments, chemical spills, building fires and epidemics. The illustrations should also contain a safety message about the specific hazard presented.

To note: Remember this is a 12 month calendar, extreme weather conditions occur throughout the year. Ice storms, extreme cold, and flu season are better examples of late fall and winter than a tornado or flash flood. Drought, excessive heat, and hail work well in the summer months. Man-made disasters, communication plans and emergency kits will fit any month.

Information about personal safety during severe weather and man-made disasters is available on public education websites such as:

National Preparedness Month
HSEM preparation information
Texas Disaster Preparedness
National Weather Service – Safety Information
CDC – Disaster Information
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness

Artwork guidelines:

  • Artwork must consist of paint, pen/pencil, pastel, collage, crayons, computer graphics, or any combination of materials listed. No glitter please.
  • Artwork should be created and submitted on a poster board up to 12″ x 18″ for 3-D; 8.5″ x 11, 12″ x 24″ or 9″ x 12″ drawing or construction paper.
  • Complete the submission form which contains student’s name, home address, phone number, grade, school, school district, teacher’s name (if applicable). We will need to contact the family of the winning artist as well as art teachers and school principals to invite them to the awards ceremony.

Evaluation criteria:
Illustrations will be evaluated on creative visual quality and content of safety messages. Depending on the number of registrations, a minimum of one finalist from each submitting school will be chosen in the first round. First round finalists will participate in a second round of judging for coverage and 12 monthly schedule positions. There will also be a block of semi-finalist entries on the back cover.

The competition judging committee will be comprised of the City of Austin Homeland Security Office of Emergency Management and the Travis County Office of Emergency Management.

The deadline for submitting works is Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

All artwork should be submitted to the City of Austin’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management either electronically or by mail to:

Box 1088
Austin, Texas 78767

Works submitted after the October 1, 2021 deadline will not be accepted. The winners will be announced in October.

To submit electronically or for more information, please visit: